As part of a regular segment that I do for Makeup.com I shoot babes on the street and ask them about their beauty must haves; hence the name of the piece, ‘What’s in your makeup bag?’ Last week (pre-Sandy) I shot MTV Style’s associate editor, Maud in MAC classic lipstick Ruby Woo.
Last night two of the biggest fashion parties of the year took place: The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist Event and the FGI Night of the Stars gala. I caught up with Snob Global Media’s adorable mastermind, Tina Craig, who flew in to attend the latter event as honoree Derek Lam’s personal guest. We talked beauty, her latest denim collaboration and commiserated over traveling with carry-on luggage and all while getting ready in under thirty minutes.
“I studied photography in high school and then went to art school for painting and illustration. I loved painting but I was never going to be able to make a living from it. I like things to move quickly and I love photography because its more immediate, the idea goes form your head and into the camera. I also have a blog with a Swedish magazine, Damernas Värld but I identify more as a photographer because in Sweden we have a particular culture around blogs. The photos that I post on my blog follow my life and career I never put up any images of the actual work I do. The editorial or final shots always go up on my portfolio. Having this delineation helps me to keep the two separate.”
“I am very schizophrenic: I have a very strong creative side but I’m not an artist and I love the rigor and intention of science. I was a medical student in France, but for fun I went to a makeup school for four weeks over the summer. After those four weeks I was sent to do the makeup for Vogue. It was one of those moments when they send the understudy to replace the actor and the understudy becomes famous. They just had no one else to send so they sent me, and after this first shoot I became a makeup artist. I worked with Helmut Newton, my second shoot was with Guy Bourdin. It was a complete discovery of an entire world I never thought existed. If you are a biologist how can you imagine there is a whole team behind a picture? Now it seems so obvious with the internet and all those things. I loved that, so I decided to leave university. I’ve now been a makeup artist for 10 years. It was hard work but so much fun and after the shooting we were so happy and had the best dinners with the best caviar. It was a different time. Today it is so serious. We were all devoted to creating an art piece and the art piece was the picture. Nobody cared about celebrity or their name being in the magazine it was completely art.