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INTERVIEW WITH CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST DANIEL TAN 

Daniel Tan appointed Victorian State Makeup Artist for Yves Saint Laurent Beauty has worked as a professional makeup artist for over 7 years, working for some impressive clients such as Nickelodeon Channel, Matrix Hair, Margot Robbie, L'Oreal, SLiDE, Real Housewives of Melbourne's Pettifleur Berenger, Andrea Moss and Lydia Schiavello.  

We interviewed Dan about his experience in the makeup industry and what he recommends for aspiring makeup artists.

When did you get your first break into the makeup industry?

After studying makeup artistry back in 2010, it was actually one of my previous makeup teachers who got me a job on a feature film called Sinbad and the Minotaur which was filming on the Gold Coast at the time, which was full of blood, guts, and prosthetic horns. But after that, I started focusing more on the beauty side of things and really putting myself out there by working with a lot of photographers which really helped me build up my portfolio.

Where do you draw inspiration from? Do you have any makeup artists you inspire to be like? 

I really look up to make up artists that really love to think outside of the box and break molds of what people think beauty is, makeup artists such as Val Garland, Alex Box, Tom Pecheux.

Why did you chose makeup artistry as a career?

It's funny because I didn't really chose it as a career, I sort of just started it as a hobby, and kept running with it after taking each opportunity that came to me. After working 6 years with MAC Cosmetics, I'm now in a role as Victorian State Makeup Artist for YSL Beauty where I can help influence and inspire the teams I work in store with.

What's the most exciting thing about working in the makeup industry?

The work of beauty is such a fast paced industry to be apart of but no two days are the same. Whether I'm in store doing instore training to the teams or on a shoot in the middle of a farm in the sweltering heat, or in a glamorous penthouse of a Real Housewife of Melbourne, as well as 15 hour days working backstage covering up bruises on models feet. All of that is part of the job at the end of the day and I honestly wouldn't trade any of that for a boring 9-5 office job.

 

What would you advise aspiring makeup artists do to build their clientele and confidence as an artist?

You need to put all your energy into what you love, don't try and do the same work that other artists are doing, create something new! Get the same result by getting to it in your own way. Put yourself out there and work with photographers and stylists to build up your confidence and your contacts!

What would you say has been your favourite project so far working as a makeup artist? 

All of the projects I've worked on have been incredible and have added such incredible experiences to my resume. But to date, two outstanding projects have been working with Pettifleur Berenger from The Real Housewives of Melbourne, who is such a blast and so open to changing up her look! And the second is from an editorial I did with Melbourne photographer Mikey Whyte and it was just one of those shoots where each creative involved (hair, photographer, makeup, stylist and even the models) were all on the same page and at the end, we were all just looking back at the photos on the monitor thinking "we just made magic today".

Check out more of his work at: http://www.danieltan.com.au/about/

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