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Salt Lake City Make-up Artist takes New York

When it comes to being a woman, Make up is something that the majority love. We spend insane amounts of money on things that make us look tan and glowing. If you’re anything like me, I need some tutorials or friends who specialize in this kind of beauty ritual. With trends changing constantly it’s always nice to know people who thrive in this industry.

Lauren Searle, Salt Lake City Native has worked extremely hard with the latest make-up trends and now works extremely close to some of the biggest names in the industry such a Calvin Klein, H&M, Vogue and many more. I was able to catch up with her to talk about some current trends and what inspired her to be a MUA

 

WWW: What inspired you to be a MUA?
LPS: I was always inspired by art and color, but I never really found my niche until I started going to makeup counters. Having the opportunity to play with products, as well as have my own face done by the masters. Watching them work was always a huge inspiration, and I love what I left with especially when it was colorful, and artistic! This turned into an obsession, and I never looked back, from my teenage years forward I always knew I was going to be a makeup artist.
WWW:  How do you stay inspired in this type of industry?
LPS: Sometimes its difficult to stay inspired with Instagram makeup on the rise. It seems like these days everybody wants to look & be the same, but that’s not to say there aren’t some amazing artists in the mix of everything. I stay inspired by exploring new artists – artists I haven’t yet heard of. As well as going back in time, and looking up old references from the OG’s in makeup, music, and fashion. I also get inspired by where I live – graffiti, photography, the rave/club-kid scene, strange movies etc. I have quite a bit of a rebellious attitude. I like to do what everyone is not, so while heavy makeup is in trend, I’m constantly looking for fresh looks, and new ways to use color which was my first and foremost go-to inspiration.
 
WWW: Who are some MUA that you look up to? Why are they your go to?
LPS: I really look up to Alex Box, Lottie, Val Garland, and Pat McGrath all of these artists are Lady Bosses who have worked so hard to achieve their status in the industry.
I Love Alex Box because more than makeup she is also an artist. Using the human body as her canvas, and makeup as her medium. She is constantly pushing boundaries and creating such esthetically pleasing abstract looks on faces & bodies. She also practices being conscious, and self aware in & outside of her artistry which I admire greatly.
Lottie is amazing in the music & celebrity market. She is also Key Makeup artist for Urban Decay which is brand I’ve loved and been loyal to for years. I love her use of color when she does glitter & glam, and I feel like she really represents the term “bad ass” everything she puts out inspires me.
Val has created the opportunity to work with so many incredible fashion/editorial photographers, as well as brands. I admire her hard work, and the way she has created such an unforgettable name for herself. She will always be a staple, and go-to in this industry. I love love her ability to step out of the box and really turn it up on the editorial looks.
Pat because she continues so soar, and conquer. She’s created her own line of makeup which is incredible product. She too has built up such a high demand for herself, it’s inspiring watching her take on so much and do so well with it. She is graceful, and diligent both qualities I admire so much. And all of her work on the runway is sensational!!
WWW: You just moved to NYC, How has your career been with that transition?
LPS: I’ve been much busier in NYC so far. I love that knowing achieving my dreams here is absolutely possible. It’s amazing to get to work first hand in the fashion market with such amazing brands, photographers, and artists. That’s not to say it’s not a rollercoaster, but I truly do feel like everything I want for myself will begin here, and I’m happy to have taken the leap of faith!
WWW: What are some beauty trends you love? & what are some that has got to go?
LPS: Love color, always love color. I can always go for colored mascara, or a colorful liner. A colorful Lip is a staple of course. As far as skin goes I’ve been a fan of keeping it FRESH for a while now, so I really don’t like to do much heavy foundation or face makeup which is why I have issues with all this cream contour, baking and cutting up of the face. I’m also not into this concealing of the brows and ‘instabrow’. I just like fresh faces, and full brows brushed up a bit with a little powder or maybe even a brow gel. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been more drawn to the fashion, and editorial side of makeup.
WWW: What are some Summer tips for make-up lovers?
LPS: Clean your skin!! Wear sunscreen. Don’t over-do heavy creams or foundations, instead try a tinted moisturizer, or a sheer foundation with a bit of setting powder. Pops of color on the cheeks is always fun – people don’t wear enough blush these days! Throw it on and pair it with a lip you’ll be good to go! If you prefer to leave the blush alone & play with your eyes, then go get some fun colorful mascaras or a couple eyeliners that aren’t black but still wearable for everyday. Try teals, greens, purple, & blue’s.
WWW:  What are your favorite brands right now?
LPS: Love NARS, Urban Decay, Bite Beauty, Makeup forever, Shiseido,  All for different reasons but there’s something good to be found in all of them!
WWW: Where are you favorite places to shop for make-up?
LPS: I like to actually shop online for makeup usually just because I’m buying for my kit rather than myself. But I do like to go to Sephora to try stuff out and ask questions, or to the department stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales & Saks to get my hands on those high quality products that aren’t always at Sephora, or Ulta.

 

Lauren has been an inspiring person who goes after her dreams and she has taken the opportunity to learn as much as she can within the industry. You can check her work out at www.lpsmua.com.

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