What are your name, function, and the company you work for?My name is Fiona Taylor. I own a special events company, Faces by Fiona, and a beauty essential company, Beluxxia Beauty.
How old are you?I am 38 years old.
What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be?I provide artistic creations related to special events and the fashion industry. Clients have me transform them into either a red-carpet version of themselves or The Avant-Garde character for a themed party or photoshoot. My specialty is hair design and makeup artistry with a background in fashion design.
What made you decide to become a Makeup-Artist?I’ve always loved how uplifting, empowering, and feminine a makeup transformation makes you feel. I found a natural place in the beauty industry after realizing a perfect way to fuse fashion trends and beauty together.
There is power in beauty and how one presents themselves when they look polished. I intend to use my skills to not only make clients look amazing but also feel like they can take on what life throws at them… beautifully!
Is beauty important to you? Why?Beauty IS important because it can shift a person's mood and feelings of self-worth, empowering you to follow your inner fierceness.
Beauty is important to me because it allows me to help clients develop and transform into stronger, more beautiful versions of themselves.
What are your successes, and how did you achieve them?They have featured me on several platforms as a top makeup artist in Dallas. LUXLife Magazine awarded my company "The Best Beauty and Glamour Team North Texas", and I received WeddingWire’s "Couples Choice Award."
I believe my achievements come from my drive to level up my skills. I always jump at the opportunity to advance myself and push my limits and barriers.
I try to listen carefully to clients as they explain what they wish to achieve, then identify any gaps where I could possibly assist a future client with a similar need. Also, I am a very competitive person. I’m continually evaluating processes, my skills, and my company's offerings to ensure I’m giving the best version of my services in my industry.
I listen carefully to the fears of others for my dreams, ideas, and devotions. Hearing someone express their dislike or discomfort makes me question what makes them feel insecure about my ability. I use that energy to push myself to overcome negative feedback and achieve success beyond what people believe I could do.
What’s something you might want to do in the future?I’d like to see myself become a published author of self-help books related to the beauty industry. I’m currently working on completing an ebook bridal guide that will dive into how brides can look dreamy for their big day, with topics that discuss skincare and haircare prep, different bridal makeup styles, and more!
Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy make-up?It really is about the quality for me. It doesn’t have to be a super expensive brand to be of high quality. I look at other factors when buying makeup, such as longevity, quality of the ingredients, and their benefits.
Describe your personal make-up style?My personal makeup style is a modern classic Hollywood beauty. I can’t live without my red lipstick! I love red lips so much, I put one in my company logo!
How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look?The photo-ready red carpet look is a classic I love! I would say I’ve tried out different styles, from vibrant and bright to dramatic to artistry, and I never tire of seeing my prime look on my face. I like to define the features of my face that pop the most and look clean, polished, alluring, inviting, mysterious, and classy.
Regarding makeup for others, I use a similar approach. I try to elevate what features are the most striking naturally and create a beauty look that makes the wearer look like the best version of themselves without wearing an entirely unfamiliar face. I put careful attention into the wardrobe colors and mood of the event, which allows me to create a cohesive hair and makeup look.
Do you have an influence on other people’s make-up or clothing style?I would hope so! My clients request looks from my portfolio of past clients. They tell me they appreciate how authentic, beautiful, and realistic they appear. They often wish for the same aesthetics.
What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?Softer more natural brows, diffused soft lips, and winged eyeshadow looks. These are all amazing for defining your natural beauty in a trendy, non-harsh way.
What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?Over highlighting the nose, over contouring the nose, the bleached-out blonde eyebrow, and graphic liner. These trends pull away and distract from people's faces. They are sometimes harsh and out of place.
You should modify the intensity of trends so that it doesn’t pull away from your best features, but accentuates them.