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Interview: Makeup artist Ana Japson (Belgium)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My full name is Anastasiia, I was born in cold part of Russia - in Siberia , but was traveling quite a lot- US, Latin America and China, before I settled down with my family in Brussels last year. Now I'm working between Europe and Russia but still, mostly in Belgium. I consider myself a lucky person because my job is my passion, so even though it can be exhausting sometimes I'm still happy that I'm making money doing something I love , not to mention all amazing people I meet and places it takes me.
How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start?
it took me quite a while to realize I feel the best working in makeup and fashion Industry - influenced by my parents, who wanted me to have more "serious" job, I tried many not art-related professions from teacher and social work to HR and project manager, while doing small model jobs in my free time. I've been doing makeup for 3 years now, but I came into makeup through modeling, when sometimes on shoots I would have to do my own makeup . I finished makeup school, but keep learning non -stop from people I work with . So by the time I decided to switch completely to makeup, I already had connections among photographers and designers for whom I was working as a model before.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I guess everything I create is reflection of culture I'm into. Mostly inspired from what I watch, especially by movies or any visual art, but also from everyday things which surround me, sometimes, for example, I can get amazed by rainbow oil spill on parking lot . And while on set, I try to really understand how designer and photographer see the result and their inspiration or even model herself her and style can inspire me for the look i'll do in the end.
What are some of your makeup products that you use?
I have all kinds of brands in my kit, from lux to drugstore brands as I always look first on product quality and performance, but I can tell that for many years already my favourite foundation is Makeup For Ever Face & Body because it works for most types of skin and my go-to eyeshadows are always ones from Urban Decay, their pigmentation and texture are crazy good .
Who have you worked for and who would you like to work for in the future?
I'm worked for several european designers, including Alter Era, Luana Ga and Emilie Thirion and magazines including Le Fil D`Or and HUF magazine, so in the future I would like to keep going with fashion. It feels amazing when you help to complete concept and idea of the collection with your makeup . Working in a team is always like a puzzle and my main goal is to fit in my piece with others while still keeping my self-expression in it.
Any makeup tips you'd like to share with us?
To save your time and space in your makeup bag try to use more multipurpose products and don't be afraid to play and experiment - like light beige kohl pencil for example , you can use it not only on waterline, but to cover small blemishes or define brow bone or even use it as eyeshadow base to make colours pop! Endless possibilities :)
If you were not a makeup artist, what would be your dream job?
I was always into art, went to art school but never finished , so I think most likely I would be doing some other kind of art, but also I was always interested in psychology, curious how human beings "work" , so for me it would be one of those two!
What are three things every girl needs in her makeup bag?
1) concealer - again another multipurpose product-works to cover pimples and dark eye circles to contouring your face
2) eyebrow pencil-the easiest way to make accent on your beautiful eyes or even visually correct face shape is to do the right eyebrows shape!
3) tint or cream blush for lips and cheeks to bring back more color.
What are common mistakes you see women make on their makeup?
3 most common are: not enough makeup, too much makeup , or when girls following blindly any new trend they see on Instagram. To really stand out from the crowd you need to develop your personal style, not to copy someone else's.
What do you think of the magazine?
I love the idea of bringing people together in our industry through your magazine . Networking is so important, because you need a great team to make a great result. So one of my favorite section in a magazine is obviously interviews. Thank you!