Interviews / Stories
Interview: Makeup Artist and Styliste, Olivia-Anna Beekman (Belgium)
WHO IS OLIVIA IN HER DAILY LIFE?
I am a happily married mother of one daughter. A freelance makeup artist/bodypainter from Belgium living in Spain in a little Gypsy village Called Villajoyosa near Benidorm. I am also a bible teacher and work at the marked. I would consider myself a hard worker that knows what she wants in life.
And I’m very passionate at what I do. I always give a 100% I love music, animals and art very much!
DID YOU ALLWAYS WANTED TO BECOME A MAKEUP ARTIST?
No deffinetly not! Though beauty, make-up and styling has always interested me In a sertain way i had this passion inside me without knowing the existence untill recently..
HOW DID YOU STARTED?
Well..simply by coincidence. I started experimenting with facepainting as an emotional outlet. I got a little blocked with my oilpaintings so I started on my face… A weird way of expressing my feelings. Some people literally asked me if I had nothing better to do while others realised they could see my true emotions by whatever it was I slapped on my face. It wasn’t untill a few photographers asked me to do make-up for photoshoots . I never expected that! Funny thing I refused the first few times couse it just didn’t feel right as I wasn’t a professional. Then I decided to go for it.. I went to school to see how far it would take me. I already knew makeup in an artistic way. Now it was time for the basics of beauty makeup.
DID YOU WORK ON SOME NICE PROJECTS?
Absolutely!! First time I did a real artistic make up was directly on stage in the spotlights at a fair to support my makeup school INDIAKA BEAUTY I performed some kind of lizzard! Suddenly I was surrounded by 100 people who wanted to watch me do what I previously would have been doing in my own little makeup room at home. That of course gave me a huge boost of confidence!! I then felt it was time for some photoshoot action! I started doing TFCD work with Spanish photographers to create a portfolio apart from my own facepaints. I got noticed by several makeup brands and a eye lens brand who started sponsoring me! Had my first event with Thierry Goovearts, 2 days with 3 international models with their own great personality’s and looks. I was responsable for makeup, hair and styling. Very happy I was trusted so easily by the whole team.. 2 Bodypaints got published in Mexico for a special shoe brand called Aerower. I also had my sister; who is an aternative model from Belgium here on vacation and got to work with her!! We had great fun! And got to scout a beautiful new model Manouk van der Berg and arranged her very first shoot. Seeing her being as talented as I hoped she would be was awesome! I quickly started doing styling and hair for almost every shoot.
WHERE DO THE IDEAS COME FROM?
Absolutely everywhere!! I can literely see a nice colorful purse and get inspired haha!! For a regular makeup to me every person is surounded by a sertain color (that has nothing to do with eye- skin- or haircolor!) It’s a kind of aura I sence among a model. I would go check lots of pictures of the model in order to find it even days before shooting. That color is my base! If I can go freestyle it depends on my mood..how I feel. I can get inspired by experiences in life, music, nature, fellow makeup artists and paintings. My favorite at this moment is Dustin Baillard he’s a great inspiration to me! Every single facepaint has a name and a feeling /expression behind it.
SO YOU THINK THERE IS STILL A FUTURE AS MAKEUPARTIST?
Haha that’ funny.. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be working as one! But…there’s a lot that comes with it.. you need to find good quality products, good planning, come up with fresh ideas, knowing the right makeup to fit the right model. Keeping track on the latest fashion. Understanding what is expected of you as being able to go crazy if you get the chance! I do believe however and I have noticed there is a huge difference between someone that can do a nice makeup on a model and a make up “artist” that is highly passionate about what he or she does.
DO PHOTOGRAPHERS AND MODELS HAVE IDEAS? AND DO YOU FIND THAT A CHALLENGE?
I love challenges!! Sometimes I love it when a photographer or model comes up with a nice idea. But it can be tricky when you notice the idea doesn’t realy fit the model. So for things to work out right you have to be honest yet respectful. And ofcourse hope they trust your opinion. But in the end when they tell you “this is exactly what I had in mind” it’s the best feeling ever!!
DO YOU WORK WITH MOODBOARDS OR DO YOU RATHER DO YOUR OWN THING?
Both! For events or shoots with more than one model or photographer I go for a moodboard as you want to make sure everyone knows what will be the end result more or less. And to save time; especially for styling and hair you need to have some structure. I can get highly motivated studying my moodboards. Other than that I love to go my way If i come with a crazy idea…best thing a photographer can tell me is “This isn’t gonna work” hahaha I’ll make it work!
WHAT MAKEUP DO YOU USE?
A big variety of products. Makeup and waterbased bodypaint. (Kiomi) For photography I always go for “CoverCover” a high quality mat finish foundation from Italy I love Ben Nye, NYX, Makeup Revolution, Sleek, l’Oreal, Kiko Milano… I go nowhere without a good black eyepencil..
WHAT MORE WOULD YOU REALY LIKE TO DO?
Well I have this great opportunity of working with a well known Spanish designer soon. But I can’t say much about it yet… I would realy love to do runway makeup of I get the chance. And soon id like to do a “four seasons “ shoot in my own style. Other than that I consider some hairstyling classes to improve those skills.
DO YOU THINK WOMEN THESE DAYS KNOW HOW TO DO THEIR MAKE-UP WELL?
I enjoy seeing a woman that knows her good sides if it comes to makeup and s out from the crowd. But I get bored from the absurd YouTube and intagram videos about shaping with 8 different colors..stobing until you look like alluminium foil and lip pumping.. ?? Really?? And another model asking me to “tape” her face before shaping. Now this might be a shock to the world but a real makeup artist will never! Tape! Your face!! Haha!
DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD OF MODELLING?
Stay humble! Never forget the people who helped you start and grow in your carreer as model, photographer or makeup artist and be grateful. Stop jealousy instead try to help others grow ..it's so satisfying to see others grow with your help. And: “It is better to create something others can critisize Than to create nothing and critisize others!!”
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OR MAGAZINE?
I personally love the fact it makes me able to see how others experience this world! It gives us the chance to see the person behind the great picture.. And we all can get inspired by one and other!!