In a study of color, shape and form, Isidro Valencia pushes the edge of makeup artistry with his latest collection. Abstract shapes, bright pops of color and animated outlines dance across his model’s face as we, the audience, revel in the fantasy and the fun! Read on to learn more about the collection and the inspiration behind it!
What is your favorite thing about being a Makeup Artist?
I really enjoy the creative challenges that I face as a makeup artist. I can use my skills to create a piece of art, change a person's appearance or simply highlight certain facial features. "I love to create art with people as my canvas".
What was the inspiration behind this collection?
Pablo Picasso was the most dominant & influential artist of the first half of the twenty-century. Just like him, I'm obsessed with color, surrealism, structures & forms. I was inspired by his art style.
What was your biggest challenge in creating this collection?
People never realize how much work makeup artist’s put into a great picture. Every collection is a challenge, no matter how big or small the project is. I want to deliver the best of me in each collection by showing my hard work and creative power through the images.
Was creating this collection fun?
It's always fun, even though I was really sick at the time. But, I believe that personality and attitude is always very important in this industry. My photographer Jacob Roberts, hairdresser Matthew Tyldesley and model Jasmine Nicole were super enthusiastic about the shoot and they motived me even more with this collaboration.
What was your favorite part about it?
This collection represents my style, personality, and who I am as an individual. My favorite part was having the freedom to create something that I wanted to without limitations.
What does your collection say about trends?
Never be afraid to be different and always try new things.
If you were to describe this collection in one word, what would it be?
Just one?... "Fun"!
Tell us a little more about you, as an artist.
Besides being funny and crazy, being an artist definitely makes me a stronger person. Makeup gives the opportunity to communicate with different types of people and handle both praise and rejection. As an artist I'm very confident in my abilities and am constantly creating art.
How did you work with your hair team to craft the image?
Hair is an integral part of a photo shoot and talented hairstylists, like Matthew Tyldesley, know how to create perfect hair. He pushed boundaries and created the perfect vision of what I asked for in this collection.
What came first, the hair or the makeup?
Makeup was the first thing to come first because of the difficulty of creativity. Then the amazing hairdresser, Matthew Tyldesley, helped me craft the vision I had for the hair.
Salty or sweet?
What did you learn about yourself through creating this collection?
I always learn from my experiences, bad experiences don't get me down. In particular, in this collection, I learned that coordination, discipline, communication and responsibility were key to get great results.
If you won the lotto tomorrow, what would you do?
It would warm my heart tremendously to be able to share my winnings with my family and many others that might be in need.
Makeup artist: Isidro Valencia
Photographer: Jacob Roberts
Hair: Matthew Tyldesley
Model: Jasmine Graham
Assistant: Justin Sinkler