In journalism, the five W’s (who, what, where, when, why, and how) is a concept used in gathering research information. It’s considered a way to get the full story about the subject. Blogversations will highlight some of my friends in fashion, fab bloggers, newbies to modeling, and my favorite creative folks.
Meet makeup artist, Victoria Stiles.
She’s the Editor-in-Chief and Creator of Makeup Artist Backstage, and a professional makeup artist for print, television, celebrities and events. Since 1999, Victoria has worked as a makeup artist in fashion and beauty and has collaborated with the industry’s leading creatives. I can’t even remember where I met her. I think twitter (winks).
I am truly a fan of her work as a makeup artist and I admire her outlook on the business. She’s worked with clients some can only dream of including Condé Nast, Niche Media, Modern Luxury, Surface, Twill, Kurv, People, Washingtonian, and Virginia Living. Celebrity clientele includes Verve Music Group’s Melody Gardot, Roberta Flack, Sherri Shepherd, Gary Sinise, Olivia Thirlby, Jordin Sparks, and Emmitt Smith.
(ON THE LEFT, VICTORIA PICTURED WITH MODEL – IMAGE COURTESY VICTORIA STILES)
VS – This is hard to answer because I have so many favorites! My favorite celebrity to work with was Swedish pop singer, Robyn. My favorite model to work with was Tassara from Trump.
GORGEOUS IN GREY - What‘s always in your kit?
VS – Skin care essentials including Embryolisse 24 hour miracle cream, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, Natural Born Cosmetics Ultra Gentle Eye Cream, Episilk Lip Balm, and Youngblood Cosmetics Mineral Mist
GORGEOUS IN GREY - Where will Victoria Stiles be in 5 years?
VS – Now I can’t let all of my secrets out, now can I? Let’s just say I have some major milestones in mind. You’ll have to wait and see what I have up my sleeve!
GORGEOUS IN GREY - When will Victoria Stiles have her own makeup line?
VS – Having my own makeup line never interested me. If anything, I would like to partner with an established line to develop “missing link” products or enhance their current line and maybe add in some social media marketing into the mix, lol!
GORGEOUS IN GREY - Why do you think it’s important for makeup artists to blog ?
VS – It’s important for any entrepreneur to blog. Blogging simply opens communication between you, your current, and future clients. It allows you to share with the world your thoughts and opinions in addition to future plans for your business. The possibilities are endless when it comes to blogging and promoting your business. Best of all, most blogging interfaces are completely free.
GORGEOUS IN GREY - How did you get your start in makeup?
VS – Makeup is truly in my blood. From a very young age, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. It was in high school when a friend’s mother took notice of my work and encouraged me to pursue a career. My first job in the industry was an artist for M.A.C. Cosmetics. I worked with them for 4 years, until I decided to freelance. Here I am today, painting faces and traveling. I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I have had and continue to be blessed with!