Happy 2013 to our KeSARI readers!
To start off the year right, we wanted to get some great insider beauty scoop because, face it, what girl doesn’t want to revamp their beauty regime and kick off 2013 with flawless skin and a new look? We got a chance to catch up with the amazingly talented celebrity makeup artist, Andrew Sotomayor and pick his brain about makeup and his inspiration for looks. We love his inspiring advice and thoughtful answers to our questions- check out our interview with him below and make sure to follow him on Twitter for great tips @AndrewSotomayor! P.S. thanks for the shoutout to our KeSARI Indian Clay Masque, Andrew!
What do you love most about being a MAKEUP ARTIST?
It's hard to choose what I love most about being a makeup artist. When I was a kid, the new box of Crayola markers was the single best thing about the first day of school. Today, I love that my job involves working with color every day. At the same time, I've had the chance to work with some of the most interesting women in the world, and I'll never forget the conversations I've had with them. As a former theater person, listening to Anne Hathaway, Juliette Binoche, or Christine Baranski talk about acting technique is a moment when you're filled with gratitude that your career allows you such an experience.
Where do you draw inspiration for your looks?
My makeup is meant to be lived in, so I most often draw inspiration from my clients. They may be going to a premiere, a gala, or TV appearance. I like makeup to reflect the vibrant personality or quiet sensibility of the woman who wears it. In the more practical sense, makeup is an accessory. A matte red lip adds rock and roll confidence to a simple black outfit, while pairing a white shirt and dark denim with a shimmery beige eyelid is reminiscent of an afternoon of shopping in Beverly Hills.
How would you describe your personal style of makeup?
I like to give my clients makeup that is current and makes them look their most beautiful. Everyone's complexion looks better with just the slightest highlighting and contouring, while warm shades of taupe, espresso, and ivory on the eyes can be dressed up or down. That said, I have a pretty fierce arsenal of pop colors for when the time is right!
What would you characterize as your biggest accomplishment?
One of my biggest heroes in beauty is celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine, (who assisted Kevyn Aucoin early in his career). Sam was asked about what his biggest accomplishment is and after everything he's done, he said he still hasn't achieved it yet. When you're a creative person, and you are building a career, you always want to keep working, keep improving, and keep seeking out moments that take your breath away. One of my grandfathers was a Mexican immigrant construction worker and the other a rancher in Tucson. They worked hard all their lives, but were proud of whatever their kids and I accomplished so that drives me to do the best I can, and keep at it.
What are some beauty tips you have to starting off the New Year right?
Wearing the same colors for too long means a missed opportunity. No matter what your budget, a modern, fresh face of makeup is the easiest way to stay fashion forward. A makeup look lasts only a day, so why not try something new? Always take care of your skin, and read the labels to really understand what you're using. I like the KeSARI Beauty Pore Minimizing Indian Clay Masque because of the kaolin which absorbs impurities without the aggressive ingredients that can overly dry out skin or create sensitivity. If a product isn't working for you, change it, and remember that a good diet, with lots of organic food keeps you healthy inside and out.
What are some of the biggest makeup sins that you think women tend to commit?
Keeping products too long! If you can't remember when you bought it, or the packaging looks old, then you know the makeup is too!