Conor Caracciolo - MUA
This is my second post for my Spotlight Series featuring Beauty Industry Professionals including makeup artists, stylists, fashion experts, bloggers and vloggers.
Today's Spotlight: Conor Caracciolo, makeup artist
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What can I say about Conor? One word...amazing! I hate to admit this but sometimes I'll make a trip into Sephora just to pick his brain about all the new releases and what he's been loving lately. If you want help with contouring he's definitely your guy. Plus I can always rely on his suggestions for both eyeliners and lip stick shades. Aside from being one of the nicest people you will ever meet, Conor is definitely knowledgeable but also very approachable when it comes to beauty. His beauty outlook is to just have fun and that's exactly what happens any time I visit when he's there.
A huge thank you to Conor for taking the time to answer my questions and for allowing me to feature him on my blog. For more amazing makeup looks please visit Conor's Instagram profile
Here we go.
What is a day in the life of @theangryandro?
CC: Let's see- generally wake up really early, make a big cup of black tea and peruse social media and blogs for inspiration, watch some youtube and get ready for the day. Head to work and help people find their vision of beauty all day. Head home and catch up on favorite shows or movies with my partner (with more tea, I'm a tea fanatic.) Sometimes you can throw in going to the gym or coffee with friends into the mix if I'm lucky.
How did your career begin in the world of beauty?
CC: Well I guess from my love of costumes, theater, fashion...I did theater in high school which was the first time I wore makeup outside of Halloween and the obsession kind of rolled from there. Learning more about theater makeup, costume makeup, eventually day-to-day wearing and experimenting with beauty. I would do makeup for friends, for different events, for drag. I've always been an artist so learning this was just an extension of the fine arts for me. I made friends at Sephora in Boston and they encouraged me to apply. It took a while to get in, but here I am 4 years later loving my job! It's great that I can come in and play with cosmetics all day and then do freelance on the side too, I'm surrounded by my passion all the time.
Men's grooming is one of the fastest growing segments in the beauty business. Do you think it's becoming more socially acceptable for men to put effort into looking and feeling good?CC: I think that depending on where you live it can be...you definitely see more of it it like the fresh groomed hair and the barber shop style shave and whatnot. Men will be into it if it is presented directly to them, but I feel they are less inclined to just walk into a store and say "help me!" But we do have some, and hopefully it spreads. When you look good you feel good and why wouldn't you want to feel good??
It's not just deodorant and after-shave these guys are reaching for powders, concealers, anti-aging creams and tinted moisturizers. But most guys are squeamish about products that seem too feminine. What is your advice for them? CC: They're on the right path haha! My advice for them is to just own it. Who cares if other dudes say it's "feminine," those other guys have dark circles and rough skin, and nobody got time for that! Be happy that you're taking care of yourself. You take care of your car or your body, why wouldn't you do the same for your face and skin?
How would you describe your signature look?CC: My signature look is that my "signature look" is always changing! Although I guess my hair is always on the longer side, androgyny is pretty key, and if I have makeup on I have to have a cat eye of some sort.
What is your most memorable moment while doing someone's makeup?
CC: That is a tough one! I feel like every time I do someone's makeup is a memorable moment. At least I try to make it that way, since it's usually part of something important for the client. Whether it be their wedding, a fancy party they are going to or just to learn how they can feel beautiful in their every day. So I feel like seeing it mean something to them means something to me.
What is the most important beauty advice you've ever received?CC: Blend, blend, blend! Haha. Also- Don't be afraid to wipe off and start again, and there are no mistakes only learning experiences.
Who has inspired you throughout your career?
CC: Amazing, outside-the-box makeup artists like Pat McGrath, Alex Box, Kabuki, Ayami Nishimura...but I also find inspiration from anywhere. Painters, graffiti artists, celebrity makeup artists, youtubers, drag queens, my coworkers. I could go on forever!
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting into the beauty industry?CC: You definitely have to work hard, and don't be afraid to experiment, on yourself, on others. Practice all the time. Learn your products, learn your skincare, learn your companies. Take constructive criticism and apply it. And know your strengths. but don't get stuck in that box! Push your boundaries.
Would you rather create your own line of makeup or brushes? CC: Makeup! Brushes are nice, but I'd love to create a really unique makeup line. Something that's really innovative, but sophisticated. Like Hourglass, Kevyn Aucoin or Becca. If only!
What are some of your favorite makeup brands?CC: 'd say I love at least a few products from every line, but some brands that are go-to for me are definitely Make Up For Ever, Laura Mercier, Lancome and Hourglass.
What are your Top 5 favorite foundations? CC: Lancome Teint Idole, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD, Laura Mercier Silk Creme, Hourglass Illusion, and Sephora Collection Teint Infusion. It's really hard to narrow that list down!
If money weren't an option what brand would you love to shop? CC: Oh man, I'd probably head straight for the Make Up For Ever boutique haha, or pick up tons of Chanel or Armani stuff for my kit.
What are some of your current skincare favorites? CC: I'm skincare obsessed so I'm always gushing about something. Lately I'd say I'm really liking the Jack Black Power Peel pads, Belif moisturizers, Nude Detox Fizzy exfoliator. Dr. Jart and Boscia gel sheet masks, Dior's new sunscreen and Caudelie's VinoPerfect serum are up there too!
The fall collections are soon to be released. Are there any that have peaked your interest? CC: It's tough to say, usually I loooove Fall collections, but there hasn't been any that WOWED me this year. Nars generally does a good job at it's limited collections, as does Bobbi Brown. I really like all the new stuff from Kat Von D and Smashbox. ColourPop and MakeupGeek have some good new stuff too. I don't know if all brands are so focused on Holiday stuff this year or what, but the Fall stuff seems skimpy.
Many people are on a budget? Do you have any budget friendly beauty suggestions? CC: Absolutely! I always say to people to invest in skincare and complexion, but for everything else don't be afraid to just try whatever. Sephora Collection has AMAZING product that's affordable. I love MakeupGeek, ColourPop and NYX which are also quality for low price. Even some drugstore stuff is great. I like a lot of Rimmel, L'oreal and Maybelline, especially for lipsticks, mascaras, powders. Don't feel like you have to own a high-end item just because it has hype. Buy those items if you know you love it, will use it, and have the money to splurge on it.
If you could work with any celebrity who would it be?CC: Lupita Nyong'o, Janelle Monae, Kate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton...Tori Amos...the dream list is endless! I guess it would depend if I was doing artistic makeup or glam makeup.
If you could work with any makeup artist in the world who would it be? CC: Oh god! So many brains I'd love to pick! Top 3 would have to be Pat McGrath, Lisa Eldridge, and Alex Box I think.
Bullying on Instagram is something that happens all the time. How would you handle any negative comments?CC: I've had this problem in the past. I used to get so mad and really put the person on blast, but I realized that's what they want. They want you to feel hurt and have that gut reaction. Now I just report it as "bullying" (thank god for that feature) or delete it. It's not worth my time or energy. I always try to balance out all that negative energy floating around by leaving positive comments on other people's work. It only takes a few seconds, but maybe it'll help someone's day be better.
What is your advice for someone wanting to get more into beauty?CC: Do it! Just dive in. Have fun and use everything as learning experience.
What is beauty to you?CC: Beauty is fun. It's exciting. It's expressing yourself and your uniqueness. Whether you wear all the makeup you can find at once, or just some mascara it should be for you! It's empowering!