We are thrilled to partner once again with the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) to promote all of the talented artists who are finalists for the 2017 NAHAs (North American Hairstyling Awards), the most prestigious hair and beauty award in the country. In this feature get to know more about this year's Makeup Artist of the Year Finalist, Florencia Taylor.
In this collection, Florencia Taylor got out of her comfort zone and created something truly special. She drew on androgyny and broke the mold of what was traditional, striving to embrace uniqueness our generation appreciates. Read on to learn more about her inspiration and about the Florencia as an artist.
What is your favorite thing about being a make-up artist?
I love what I do for so many reasons, and the main reason is the relationship I create with my clients and the smiles I see when they look at themselves in the mirror after I’ve finished their makeup.
What was the inspiration behind this collection?
Is very hard for me to point to one thing that inspired this collection because I drew on several sources of inspiration to make it come to life. My primary source of inspiration came as a reflection of the time we are living in right now, a time when many of us are searching and trying to find ourselves - or we are constantly looking for the approval of others by trying to fit a mold. That common way of thinking inspired me to make a collection that challenged that; a collection where the was a mix of genders, where there was no mold to be filled. I really wanted to embrace creativity over commonality and so I created a collection that was as different and unique as each of us are. The black and white colours I used were inspired by my vision to create work that was simple and classy, yet sophisticated and beautiful. The elegance and contrast of those two colours also created classic, yet modern structure and clean lines.
What was your biggest challenge in creating this collection?
My biggest challenge was selecting the third model, once I had chosen the first two faces. I knew that finding that perfect third face to complete the collection was critical.
What does your collection say about trends?
I’m not sure what my collection says about trends because I don't think about that when I create, it just happens.
If you were to describe this collection in one word, what would it be?
What were you hoping to convey to your audience with this collection?
With this collection I wanted to convey that we are all equal. I wanted the collection to speak to the idea that we shouldn't judge anyone based on their appearance or their choices: a man can feel confident, powerful, classy, and elegant wearing makeup and a woman can feel the same way wearing a suit.
Tell us a little more about you, as an artist.
I am someone who is constantly learning from everything around me. I am obsessed with beauty that is not perfect, but rather unique and different. I love natural beauty and simplicity.
How do you Vegas?
I have never been to Vegas. I will be going there for this first time this year.
Salty or sweet?
What did you learn about yourself through creating this collection?
Through this collection I learned that getting out of my comfort zone sometimes is good a thing!!
If you won the lotto (or slot machine) tomorrow, what would you do?
If I won the lotto I would probably take time to be in Argentina with my family more often and keep doing what I love doing makeup.
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