MakeupTalk: What is your favorite “drugstore” product?
Erica: L’oreal Voluminous Mascara, hands down! In black of course.
MakeupTalk: What is your favorite “high end” product?
Erica: Yves Saint Laurent, Touche Eclat is one and the Clarisonic Skin Care brush.
MakeupTalk: How do you feel about the airbrush trend that’s ramping up? Do you use them?
Erica: I’ve been airbrushing for about 6 years and love it. I use TEMPTU pro and have had amazing results with their products and system. I really want to invest in the IWATA compressor and try the OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) foundations. That is on the list! I love the way the skin looks like skin, but still covers. It lasts a long time too!
MakeupTalk: What would be your skin care routine?
Erica: I use Embryolisse Foaming Soap Free cleanser with the Clarisonic skin brush 2x per day. At night I use pure Vitamin A ampules, the Mario Baduscu Moisture Magnet. For the am, I do the Clarisonic routine again, the the Embryolisse moisturizing eye cream, Lait Creme Concentre and then the MUFE HD primer in 0.
MakeupTalk: What is the toughest part of your job?
Erica: I would say carrying my kit around, packing and repacking and being away from home. I love what I do, I work really hard and wouldn’t change a thing about my career. However when I’m traveling alone, flight to flight and hotel after hotel, it get’s lonely.
I use Embryolisse Foaming Soap Free cleanser with the Clarisonic skin brush 2x per day. At night I use pure Vitamin A ampules, the Mario Baduscu Moisture Magnet.
MakeupTalk: What is the biggest misconception you think people have about the celebrity/professional Makeup Artist industry?
Erica: Hmmm – that’s a great question! When someone finds out what I do, sometimes they assume I work at a makeup counter, or that I do this ‘for fun’. When you tell a skeptic that you can make a very good living doing makeup it’s always interesting to see the reaction. Now, there is nothing wrong with counter work, it just never was for me. I’ve had women say, ‘Oh, my 9 year old likes to play with makeup, maybe I can bring them in?” – Um – no way.
MakeupTalk: What makeup tips can you share with women who try to achieve the professional makeup look at home?
Erica: The main tips I could give is get your skin care routine down and maintain your brows. When your skin and brows look good, you can do a quick face of blush, mascara and lip color with minimal foundation/concealor.
MakeupTalk: What are the must have products for the summer/fall of this year?
Erica: I would say Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar is a must have for fall. The pigments and texture of this lip product are unlike anything out there. They have a high pigment load, are totally Vegan and continue to moisturize and last all day.
MakeupTalk: How do you maximize an individual’s facial characteristics? Is there a way to bring out on’s personality through make-up?
Erica: I think this is a case by case basis. I ask lots of questions about my clients day to day life, weekend life etc. I want to find out what they struggle with and help them with that. When I teach classes or do videos, I always want to teach what people want to learn OR guide them to correct mistakes they make over and over. I think once a client has that ‘light bulb moment’ thier personality definitely comes out more.
MakeupTalk: What has been your career highlight so far? What are your next ambitions for the coming year?
I would say working NY Fashion Week would be a major highlight. I was asked to be on James Vincent’s team and we worked all the Green Shows with Youngblood Cosmetics. I got to see tons of shows and meet celebrities in the fashion world. It was magical!
Also, working with Sarah Brightman was spectacular. Knowing she was the muse for Andrew Lloyd Weber and the character Christine Daae was a bit nerve racking for me. She was the nicest celebrity I”ve ever worked with.
For the next year, I plan to expand my San Francisco studio to several other cities, complete my book and plan my wedding!
MakeupTalk: If you wanted to make someone look younger, what would you use and how would you do it?
Erica: I would use amazing skin care, like Embryolisse or Mario Baduscu. Some sort of silicone primer and Airbrush for sure! Lashes always make someone look younger if done correctly, so I add a few individuals.
MakeupTalk: What is your most used makeup item?
Erica: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre.
MakeupTalk: What’s in YOUR makeup bag right now?
Erica: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, NARS Torrid Blush, Dior Lip Glow, YSL Touch Eclat #3 and Teddy eyeliner + MAC Zoom Lash in black.
MakeupTalk: Who is your favorite YouTube Makeup Guru right now?
Erica: Well, can I say me? I do tons of videos for Beauty Bridge.com. Otherwise, I don’t watch them.
MakeupTalk: Your most important tool:
Erica: Hakuhodo blending brush
MakeupTalk: Your top 5 brands:
Erica: Make Up For Ever, Embryolisse, O.C.C., Mario Baduscu, MAC
MakeupTalk: Your favorite face feature: LIPS and Lashes
Erica: Most respected Professional MUA: James Vincent and Floriane David and Dany Sanz and Lottie Stannard (can I say all of them?)
MakeupTalk: Most respected designer:
Erica: Alexander McQueen, hands down. My studio is covered in his work.
MakeupTalk: Your conclusion:
Erica: If you work hard and want it bad enough, it will happen.