Haute Street's New York Contributing Editor, Jessi Jones, takes you straight to hands that are behind making many of Hollywood’s "A-listers" flawless for Red Carpet Events, Television appearances, and MORE.
THIS is our Official Interview with Celebrity Make-Up Artist, Kelsey Deenihan.
JJ: You are so Talented! We are really excited to get to interview someone that is behind painting the faces of SO many Hollywood A-listers! How old were you when you realized THIS was what you wanted to do?
KD: I've loved playing with makeup since as far back as I can remember but it was in high school that I realized you can make a career out of it and I never looked back!
JJ: Now I read that you graduated with a double major in Photography and Digital Media and a minor in Art History - Congrats!!! Do you feel like having these achievements has given you an advantage in the industry that you work in? What is some advice that you can give to the up & coming in your profession?
KD: Getting a college degree was important to me. I wanted to move away from home and get the full college experience. I went to school on Boulder Colorado ( GO Buffs!) and majored in photography and digital medias with minors in classical arts and art history. I was already doing make-up while in college so I knew I wanted to focus my time on a curriculum that would directly and indirectly help my career. Photography - to learn about lighting and how it affects skin tones etc. Digital medias - to build my own online portfolio and be a bit tech savvy. Art history - to have a broad knowledge of different styles and eras. Today, I couldn't imagine not having these tools and knowledge with my job. My advice to up & comers would be to never stop learning whether it's going to a make-up school, interning or going to college. The more you know the more you can apply to your work.
JJ: What some current colors &
trends that you are following right now in make-up? Do you have favorite brands
that are your “Go-To?”
KD: Emerald is big right now and I'm loving incorporating it into smokey eyes and using it as a liner. Just the bit of color really makes a difference in the look. Blue is also big for spring/summer - a little goes a long way with blue so don't go overboard! I have a couple of go to brands that I'm loving right now: NARS, Chanel, Armani, Bobbi brown, and koh gen do.
JJ: Do you prefer working with Men, women, OR Both??
KD: BOTH. I have both men and women clients and each are so different that it allows me to switch it up every day - keeps things exciting!