Saturday 12 November 2022

Interview With Makeup Artist Fiona Taylor

Hi There..... Have you ever had your hair and makeup done by a makeup artist? 

Picture provided by Fiona Taylor
I had my makeup done once when I was about 17. My mom taught me a few things about hair and makeup, but not that much, so it was a real eye-opener for me. 😊

I absolutely wanted to learn because my best friend asked me if I wanted to start classes at a dancing school with her. I said yes, of course, so we enrolled in style dancing classes. 😎

The school held dance evenings for youngsters on Sunday evenings, so you can imagine I wanted to look my best to have enough boys ask me to dance. You never know when you might meet Mr. Right. 😏

Then again, there were always the ones you didn't feel like dancing with or the times when they played "La Bamba". Those were the moments when you would find everyone on the dance floor. πŸ˜‰

Our favorite moment of the evening where everybody would stand in an enormous circle and the one in the middle would get to choose a person to give 3 kisses to. 😁

Doesn't that sound superb? Eek, no, of course not. It was the perfect time for us to head to the restroom and wait for the song to end to come out again. πŸ˜‚

Oops, I've done it again. I wondered so far off. Today was supposed to be about another makeup artist, not about me, so let's find out what Fiona answered to my questions. 😍

Picture provided by Fiona Taylor

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. 

We provide on-site beauty services to luxury clients. Our service offering ranges from makeup, hair, and on-set styling to providing touch-up essential cosmetics and accessories for clients attending events.

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. 

Using my craft to give people encouragement to live through their alter-ego is inspiring! Sometimes it’s just helping someone feel more confident and assured by living out the dream version of who they envision from within.

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. 

How people perceive you matters as we, unfortunately, are often judged on how we look. I like to think of my services as a way to instill positive self-confidence so that you show up to succeed and make a positive impression on those who are important to you.

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.

Picture provided by Fiona Taylor

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.

Picture provided by Fiona Taylor

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. 

Many times, clients tell me excessively chiseled noses where it looks painted on turn them off. Excessively applying a shiny highlighter stripe down the nose bridge that ends with a nose tip that glows in the dark is sometimes humorous. I’m a fan of using trends with modification.

You should modify the intensity of trends so that it doesn’t pull away from your best features, but accentuates them.

What kind of beauty advice would you give us?

Start with a prime look that uses techniques that elevate your best features. For a more dramatic approach, take those techniques and intensify them by adding more or using a bolder makeup application in those areas. 

Also, it is important to find a focus point of energy within your face. If you love your eyes, start there. The other features should fall back and be softer around your eyes. One feature of the face doesn’t need to fight the other for attention. They should live in harmony and maintain balance and color with each other.

Who is your style icon and why?

I love Marilyn Monroe. She was classy, sexy, glamorous, powerful, and inspiring through her style. A timeless beauty.

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

Thank you for your time!

Picture provided by Fiona Taylor

I would like to thank you too, Fiona, for taking the time to answer my questions, and for the tips on hair and makeup. I checked out your BeluxxiaBeauty website, and am a fan of those hair accents.

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady) 

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  1. omg her work is amazing wow!!! She is awesome. Great interview, thank you so much....

  2. There is power in beauty and how we use it. I think being able to express ourselves through our features is one of the amazing things about makeup/fashion and all the things that make us feel empowered. Plus, it's also a form of artistry and it's always so exciting to see the whole look if that makes sense.

    Maureen |

  3. Wat ontzettend leuk om een interview met een professional te lezen. Er gaat veel schuil achter haar werk

  4. She sounds like a wonderful person and keep up the amazing work. Totally loving her make up works and it looks beautiful!

  5. Such a great amount of insight. Makeup can transform the way you feel if it's done the right way.

  6. Als iemand die nooit make-up gebruikt vind ik het altijd erg knap hoe anderen er zo mooi mee kunnen werken!

  7. great post about makeup and ladies clothes

  8. What a lovely lady Fiona seems to be! Makeup is indeed her passion and it comes through xx

  9. I have never had my makeup done by a makeup artist. This looks really amazing.

  10. Wat zien de foto's er mooi uit. Persoonlijk ben ik meer van de wat subtielere looks.

  11. she seems such a positive easy going person! I would definitely love her doing my makeup for important moment or event. I bet she's a gem to work with

  12. Wat een prachtige foto's en ontzettend toffe looks heeft Fiona gemaakt.


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