Last week I invited to my home Marco Felgueiras, a Portuguese make-up artist, new entry of Amsterdam Fashion TV’s crew. He came with his inseparable make-up bag and during our chit-chat he talked about himself and his passion for the make-up world. Are you curious? Read on!
How did you get into the make-up world?
Around the time Jean Paul Gaultier launched his make-up line I bought a clever stick concealer disguised as a ball point pen. I suffered with adult acne and wanted to feel better in my own skin. It slowly turned into an addiction and I started to experiment with all kinds of make-up on myself and on my girlfriends, who were completely caught by surprise.
Where did you learn your skills?
A year later, I was doing backstage make-up for a Japanese animation event and I clearly lacked the technical skill so I decided to be classically trained in beauty make-up for events. That is what I like, being part of someone’s special day, having my very own imprint in someone’s wedding or special event. I also like to enhance a woman’s features and bring out whatever she is in the mood for, classic, sultry, sassy, everything. To this day, I remember doing a makeover on a woman and as soon as she looked in the mirror she started crying saying “I’m beautiful!”. Later that night her friends and her boyfriend were wowed, but it wasn’t the makeup: her whole attitude that changed.
Which sources do you use to find inspiration?
I was trained by Alexandra Vaz: a force of nature and an amazing artist. I am proud she was the one to teach me about make-up and beauty.
I love Kevyn Aucoin, his work and the way he transformed make-up in the nineties was amazing. He made faces and transformed women into beauty icons. His legacy lives on through his work and his make-up line. A snippet of Kevyn can be seen in the 4th season premiere of Sex and the City: he promised Carrie he would make her gorgeous and he did! Other personal icons are Diana Ross, Catherine Deneuve, Mina, Josephine Baker, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.
What is your favorite product or tool, one that you can’t live without?
I can’t live without concealers. There are very few that I haven’t tried out, among my favourites are Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer, Bobbi Brown’s Corrector, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Clé de Peau Stick Concealer. All of them are cult classics and there’s a reason why: they all perform amazingly in those days when you’re just not at our best. Begin with a gorgeous base and then you can be whoever you want to be for that day.
What is in your personal make-up bag?
My makeup bag evolves as the seasons change, it’s close to an addiction! Right now I have Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted balm (more than a tinted moisturizer but sheerer than foundation), Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in Pink (perfect for dark circles), Nars Radiant Concealer in Honey and the NARS Multiple in Orgasm to give that flush of health and sheen to my skin. Occasionally I’ll have a black kohl eye pencil like Kevyn Aucoin Eye Primatif, Giorgio Armani eye pencil in black or MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder or Teddy.
What three make-up items should no woman and man leave home without?
For a woman they vary depending on what type of skin she has. She should have at least some kind of base like a concealer or multipurpose foundation, a blush that suits her skin tone or a Pot Rouge by Bobbi Brown that can double as cheeks and lip and finally mascara, always! If you can, splurge on Helena Rubinstein’s Lash Queen. On a less costlier approach Maybelline and Revlon have very affordable mascaras as well.
For a man I’d say a concealer, a face powder that is very sheer like a MAC Plot Powder or a matte bronzer compact to keep the oil away or give you that sunkissed look, and a lip balm that gives just some hydration and sheen. Makeup for men is on the rise and I hope that the social stigma of men using make-up ends. We men are as pressured to look flawless as women, these days!
Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring make-up artists?
Practice practice practice! Invest in some good brushes (you can make miracles with good brushes and less stellar products, but it doesn’t work the other way around) and if you can ask a local make-up artist to take you on as assistant, then absorb everything they teach you. If you do bridal make-up: nerves of steel and quick movements because anything and everything will happen there!