Interview with Tamara De Souza Tillery~ Make-up Artist

November 30, 2017 1

Why did you choose this profession?
I have always had a knack for makeup. I’ve been drawn to it in many forms. From being young and playing with my mom or sisters makeup to doing Halloween makeup and Theatre makeup in High School. It’s always been something that I have had a passion for and that many me happy.
What are the biggest challenge makeup artists have to face?
Unfortunately, now a day everyone can say they are a makeup artist. So, for someone who is truly perusing this path as a career because of passion and desire, they must demonstrate what makes them a value. What is it that sets you at a different bar than other artists? If you do the same trendy look that every Tom, Dick, and Harry can do then you aren’t an artist. If you don’t take your path seriously and engulf yourself in the pursuit of education to continuously advance your skills, then this is just a hobby. As a true makeup artist, you are continuously chasing a dream and you must be tough enough to handle the obstacles, nay-sayers and wannabe’s that come with that chase.
What If a customer asks for a style that you are sure would not suit them, how do you convince the customer to go otherwise?
Sometimes it’s hard to do that. The best bet is to get to know your client and what they are normally comfortable wearing. Does the look they are requesting match that? If not, sometimes the best thing is to complete a trial so that they can see what they have requested. Ultimately, at the end of the day, my job is to deliver a phenomenal application based on my client’s request. That is what I will do at every opportunity.