Stephanie Hughes - MUA
This is my first post for my Spotlight Series featuring Beauty Industry Professionals including makeup artists, stylists, fashion experts, bloggers and vloggers.
Today's Spotlight: Stephanie Hughes, makeup artist
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I visit Sephora on a weekly basis and over time I have become very friendly with the staff. Sometimes my trips will simply entailscoping out the newest releases but most of the time we just end up talking about beauty. I've learned so much through my conversations with them over the years and find them to be one of my biggest assets in achieving all my beauty goals.
One of my favorite people to talk shop with is Stephanie. She's a MUA at Sephora/Natick and she has always given the best beauty suggestions. Please be sure to check out her Instagram @stefanih84.
A huge thank you to Stephanie for taking the time to answer my questions and for allowing me to feature her on my blog. You are beautiful inside and out and always make my visits super enjoyable!
So without further ado, here's what she had to say. Happy reading!
Tracy: Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself? SH: Hello, I'm Stephanie & I work for Sephora. The following are my opinions & not those of Sephora. I am a makeup artist first & a product junkie second. Nothing makes me happier than color & art. I hope you share my passions! Thanks SWAY.
Tracy: How long have you been a makeup artist? SH: I've been a makeup artist for about seven years now. I feel as though I've grown leaps and bounds since my initial years in the industry.
Tracy: Who or what influenced you to become a makeup artist? SH: At a young age, I always read fashion magazines, which provided some early inspiration. A majority of those magazines featured the work of Pat McGrath, and I have always admired her artistry. She's been at the top of her game for decades and is my biggest role model.
Tracy: Did you go to a makeup school or are you self-taught? SH: I am self taught since I've always considered makeup to be another form of art. I graduated with a degree in fine arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I feel both makeup and art have always been one in the same. In fact, I still mix up my own lip colors with a painter's knife.
Tracy: What was your first makeup job? How did you get it? SH: I walked into a major retailer and received an on the spot interview. Makeup counters are certainly tough, but I feel as if I've paid my dues.
Tracy: What is the toughest part of your job? SH: This is going to sound silly, but there is nothing more challenging than picking out a lipstick for another person. Also, in general, it can be tough to please everybody in this line of work.
Tracy: What has been the biggest challenge of your career? SH: Life as a makeup artist requires a full-time job to survive, as well as balancing projects on the side. Scheduling both worlds can be a bit of a task.
Tracy: What do you like the most about being a makeup artist? SH: I love that I get to paint faces of all ages and teach them. I really enjoy channeling my passion through various tips and tricks I have learned.
Tracy: Who or what are your inspirations? SH: For starters, Henri Matisse is my favorite painter. David LaChapelle is my favorite photographer. Similary to when I was a kid, I still hoard vintage fashion magazines for inspiration. Alex Box, much like Pat McGrath, provides a cutting edge with her creative side.
Tracy: For which celebrity would you love to work? SH: I would work with any and all celebrities if I had the opportunity. I have always adored The Spice Girls & Stevie Nicks so it's safe to say they would be my favorite to work with.
Tracy: What are some of your favorite makeup brands? SH: One of my favorite brands is The Dearly Departed Original Hard Candy brand, which is no longer available. Others include Makeup Forever, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, and Hourglass.
Tracy: Which brand makes the best makeup brushes? SH: I love brushes from Real Techniques, Bdellium Tools, and the Sephora Collection is always super cutting edge.
Tracy: What are some of your favorite skincare products? SH: Some of my favorite skin care products are Caudalie, particularly their Polyphenol serum for day and night. Ole Henriksen eye cream is my go to, and I'm always switching up my daily face moisturizers. I've recently repurchased the Philosophy no reason to hide perfecting moisturizer.
Tracy: What are the most important makeup must-have products? SH: SPF, in some form, is the most important thing! Nars Creamy concealer is my best friend. A girl should always have a great mascara & a touch up powder compact. I love Tarte's pressed powders.
Tracy: What products do you buy, if any, at the drugstore? SH: I love checking out what's new at the drugstore. Neutrogena makeup wipes are always on my list. Shea Moisture has wonderful body products. I will usually buy my cheaper shampoo & conditioners there as well.
Tracy: What three makeup item do you never leave home without? SH: I always have one powder compact and at least 8 different lip products in my purse. Pretty simple for touching up.
Tracy: Some trends can feel a bit out-there for the average woman.What are some comfort-zone-friendly ways to rock the latest trends? SH: There are always runway to reality ways to wear funky looks. Pick one feature on your face to accentuate. Pick a bright eye liner or lip color of the moment.
Tracy: Which makeup products do you recommend in creating "the 5 minute face"? SH: For the five minute face, I love multi-use products. Slap on some BB cream with a cheek/lip stain, maybe some mascara, and then head out the door.
Tracy: Would you ever want to start your own makeup line? SH: I've never had a realistic dream of doing that, but I imagine it would be a fun process. By creating textures and colors, my packagingBwould be a mixture of vintage cases with a modern flair.
Tracy: Which do you enjoy more applying makeup to yourself or to other people? SH: As much as I love working on clients, I find it so much easier and relaxing applying makeup on myself. I love the transformation and don't have to deal with time or blinking.
Tracy: What advice do you have for someone who wants to become a makeup artist? SH: My advice to a newcomer is you must love it and have a true passion for makeup artistry. Practice your art, take unpaid gigs, help out at fashion shows, take a painting class to learn color theory. Most importantly, just have fun and believe in yourself.