Suzanne Hewett MUA
This is vol.3 for my Spotlight Series featuring Beauty Industry Professionals including makeup artists, stylists, fashion experts, bloggers and vloggers.
Today's Spotlight: Suzanne Hewett, makeup artist
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About a month ago I was browsing around Ulta and ended up having a discussion about makeup, what else, with a rep from Laura Gellar. This chance encounter led to coffee which eventually led to this lovely lady offering to do my makeup for the upcoming Boston Curvy Fashion Week where I'll be a featured speaker (so excited!).
It's not often that I find someone I can discuss beauty with and what better friend to have than one you can talk about one of your biggest passions with for hours on end.
Suzanne has graciously agreed to participate in my Q&A series where I feature local makeup artists. She's not only one of the sweetest people I've met but her work is amazing. You can take a closer look at some of her work at www.flawless-face.net.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself? Just like peanut butter and jelly go hand-in-hand, so does Suzanne and Makeup! I’m a self-taught makeup artist that got my start back in the 90s with the Body Shop in Stamford Connecticut. As the store manager, I learned about ingredients and color, testing techniques and textures on all types of skin. A passion for products was always part of my thread, but now a passion for color and the magic of makeup was ignited.
How long have you been a makeup artist? I was doing makeup for weddings before I officially called myself a makeup artist. I started in the 90s when I got married, then it blossomed from there.
Who or what influenced you to become a makeup artist? When I used to babysit for a family friend’s son, she would pay me in cash and with her GWPs from the department store makeup counters. The love was real way back then!
Did you go to a makeup school or are you self-taught? Self-taught but with trainings from corporate brands like Origins,Estee Lauder, Trish McEvoy, Jane Iredale, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Laura Geller, IT Cosmetics
What was your first makeup job? How did you get it? My first gig had to be a wedding – a friend’s wedding – so non-paying! Origins was my first counter job.
What is the toughest part of your job? Convincing non-makeup wearing customers that it’s OK to wear makeup and still look like themselves
What has been the biggest challenge of your career? Getting everyone’s face done at a wedding in time when they want to add extra applications, squeezed for time, but always saying yes to the customer!
What do you like the most about being a makeup artist? The feeling I have created for someone when they are revealed in the mirror and love what they see. I love when people feel pretty.
Who or what are your inspirations? Magazine browsing has always been my thing – I love to shop and go into boutiques that have makeup, Anthropologie accessories and clothing inspires different looks and texture for application. Going to an event is exciting because I always think – what’s the look going to be? I love skin color and tones – especially women of color with gold tones in their skin.
For which celebrity would you love to work? Mark Jacobs – I love his work and edginess
What are some of your favorite makeup brands? I love INGLOT and Kevin AuCoin. Hourglass is amazing, Guerlain and Givenchy. Nars and Laura Mercier and Estee Lauder. The list is endless…
Which brand makes the best makeup brushes? Trish McEvoy hands-down are the best brushes I have used, with a new addition to my collection – ARTIS. Laura Mercier brushes are great as well – only natural bristle brushes are in my kit.
What are some of your favorite skincare products? Serums are a must-have. Glycolic cleansers and moisturizers with retinol are important to me right now. Lots of good scrubs and masks to detox and hydrate.
What are the most important makeup must-have products?
Primers for face and eye – highlighters, concealers and MASCARA!
What products do you buy, if any, at the drugstore?
I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect black liquid felt time pen eyeliner. So, I’ve been grabbing Rimmel London, Milani, some L’oreal – MUA line is really good for natural and synthetic blend of brushes in CVS. It’s similar to Japonesque.
What three makeup item do you never leave home without?
Foundation, Mascara and Lipgloss
Some trends can feel a bit out-there for the average woman.What are some
comfort-zone-friendly ways to rock the latest trends? Highlight with a gel or cream highlighter instead of powder. A winged eye is doable as long as it is not too long, a little flick will look just edgy enough. Eyebrows are always a good thing, just filled in and defined but not too heavy.
Which makeup products do you recommend in creating "the 5 minute face"? Foundation - either a cc cream (IT Cosmetics or Pacifica) or any liquid (Laura Geller, Japonesque) or airbrush spray - Dior Airflash. Always Concealer - Guerlain or any liquid pen concealer. Bronzer/Blush, Mascara and Eye Crayon Caviar Stick Laura Mercier, Liquid Eyeliner black and any lipstick/gloss! I always finish with a setting spray - ECLOS is my favorite or Japonesque or Pur.
Would you ever want to start your own makeup line? Sure – it’s a dream…
Which do you enjoy more applying makeup to yourself or to other people?
I love to make others feel beautiful, so my first choice would be to apply makeup on another person. I do however, love a good night out to glam myself up something fierce!
What advice do you have for someone who wants to become a makeup artist?
BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!