Under the heading "Cosmetic bag" we study the contents of beauty cases, dressing tables and cosmetic cases of characters we are interested in - and show all this to you.
Interview: Margarita Virova
Photos: Ekaterina Starostina
We must be tolerant of things we don't understand.
First of all, I am a makeup artist. So far, perhaps, not a guru (in general, I think that there is no ceiling in this business), but also not a green beginner: in the spring it will be four years since I have been professionally doing makeup. This is not much, especially when compared with fellow long-livers, but certainly not a little, if you remember how many trends, textures and events have passed by and through me. I also teach: I teach with pleasure both beginners and already established masters, and simply enthusiasts interested in cosmetics. In addition, I am an assistant to Sam, an artist of incredible level, even after four years, every day working with him is happiness and honor. Last but not least (in terms of volume of work, and not in importance), I was a model who came to make-up precisely through this lesson.
Expression is important to me in makeup. When you work with models, it can be an expression of yourself as an artist, when with clients - revealing the character and inner world of a person through an image. I do not like overloaded make-ups: if this is not a scene and the task is not to “shout out” to the viewer, I do not see beauty in excessive brightness. I try to make the make-up as lively as possible, as if it was applied not by the makeup artist, but by the one who wears it. I often use products and textures differently than the manufacturer intended: lipstick instead of blush, eyebrow products instead of a sculptor, and so on.
In my makeup, I usually do not come off, but come up with laconic images that are often repeated. This is partly due to the lack of time, and partly due to the fact that the makeup artist, in my opinion, should still maintain the iconic image. But I can't choose the one and only one - my perception of myself changes too often.
About hairstyle and lack of eyebrows
I shaved my head for the first time over five years ago. I wanted to drastically change my image, and I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction of those around me: I had a huge number of proposals for shooting from photographers and makeup artists, and my own image became much more interesting. Time has also increased: I no longer spend hours on styling, haircuts and so on. Of the downsides, I have forgotten how to deal with hair in general, and working with models' hairstyles is a complete torment for me.
I said goodbye to my eyebrows easier: I once shaved them off for a shoot with Sam when he was doing a project for a new Illamasqua product. I immediately felt how comfortable I was - I had room for shading makeup, my eyebrows stopped dictating the direction of my drawing, and people stopped easily reading my intonations and mood. Many noted that this way I look more indifferent and calmer.
About care and wellness
I have dehydrated combination skin with enlarged pores in the area of the nose and chin, so I chose the appropriate care system. Now I unlearn from cleansing the face "to a squeak" - this, to put it mildly, is not good for the microbiome and worsens the situation with dehydration. I like to use soft scrubs and brushes, I love acid peels, I try to alternate the methods of cleansing and monitor the reaction of the skin. Be sure to moisturize my face abundantly after washing, and I can apply the products in several layers, if I understand that one approach was not enough. I used to choose fatter creams, even for a while I was fond of oils, but then I realized that they leave a film - I switched to water-based serums and use more.
It seems to me that today the main rule of self-care is to monitor the information that you consume.A healthy lifestyle is usually understood as running, meditation, dancing and yoga, but in fact, a person becomes much happier when he stops consuming tons of information waste - he adds nervousness and insecurity both in himself and his physical data, and in tomorrow and his the future.
About appearance and tolerance
Sometimes I face rejection of my appearance by other people: for some reason, people around me often want to bring everyone under a common denominator, and the sight of a person knocking out of the crowd makes them at least into a stupor, and more often - into a rage. Sometimes even close ones make unpleasant comments, but, oddly enough, such a reaction even tempered me. She reminds me that we must be tolerant of things that we do not understand or do not correspond to our ideas about the structure of the world. And also about how important it is to have your own opinion and do exactly what you want and love.