MICHELLE RAINER, MAKEUP ARTIST
I caught up with makeup artist Michelle Rainer in Paris for a chocolat chaud -- and to find out more about how her lifelong love affair with beauty began. "My interest in makeup goes back to my childhood. I grew up in Vienna, which is a very colorful, beautiful city with lots of art; inspiration was always around me. My aunt had a makeup shop near my school and I spent the afternoons in there, from when I was ten years old and on. I always had a natural eye for color and I can tell the difference between slight variations.... For me, the [beauty] universe was always familiar and later on, it would become a job. The most exciting aspect for me has always been fashion, and with the fashion goes the makeup... Whether I am working for a magazine or a show. It is all so interconnected. If we promote red on the eye in a fashion show, we also use red on the eye in a beauty story later on. In the end, it is the fashion that gives the direction for the beauty. If there is a lot of blue on the catwalk, there will be blue nail polish out next season. It was not so interesting for me to become a fashion designer or a clothes maker -- so I design faces."
JOANNA LILY WONG, MAKEUP ARTIST / CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Last week I got to chat with makeup artist Joanna Lily Wong. This creative beauty offered up some insider beauty tips and we chatted about the much-anticipated Maker Magazine. “It’s kind of a funny story how I started out. When I was eighteen I used to go on Craigslist and see these ads for makeup artists. Growing up I had always loved doing makeup on my friends. Even when I was little I was doing my friends' makeup and taking photos of them. So I would see these ads and think, “I wish I could do this and get paid for it.” I knew that I had the skills to do those jobs but I didn’t have any professional experience. One day I saw an ad that said to come in and do a demonstration. I knew that I could do the demonstration so I got a bit creative with my resume. I made up some magazines and totally bluffed the whole thing. When they called me in, I did the demonstration, and I got the job on the spot. So that is how I got my first makeup job. It is one of those situations where I was just really young and did not have anything to lose so I went for it. Then after college I lived in Paris for two years and trained at a makeup school there, we did not only fashion makeup but also special effects and prosthetics as well.”