08 Feb MAKEUP ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: YCIAR CASTILLO
How did you start?
Burnt out from corporate work, I put myself through makeup school. I then proceeded to work for MAC Cosmetics as Counter Manager running the Shangri-la counter. I was then lucky to have been able to apprentice for 2 years under a great mentor who encouraged & helped me hone my craft. After my apprenticeship, I was offered to be a MAC Affiliate Artist – a position I kept for 4 years. Now, I do completely freelance work.
Where do you buy your makeup?
Online or when I travel.
Top 5 Must-haves in your kit?
- MAC Select Cover-up Concealer
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter (Opal)
- Shu Uemura/Shiseido Lash Curler
- Maybelline waterproof mascara
- Smith’s Lip Balm
- MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion is a skin saver for very dry or peeling skin (like sunburnt noses).
- VMV Hypoallergenics Superskin Spring Fresh Oil-Free Nourisher is a great light moisturizer for those with oily skin before putting on their primers. I’m crazy about Korean and Japanese skincare & primers!
Favorite makeup brands?
- Urban Decay for their 24/7 liners
- K-Palette brow pens
- MAC pigments
- Charlotte Tilbury & YSL foundations
- OFRA lipsticks
Secrets you wouldn’t share with others?
When I was in make-up school, I didn’t even know what contouring was! Everything is learnt through experience & exposure. Patience seriously is a virtue!
Who would you love to put makeup on?
I think I would rather answer this question with what my dream job would be and that’s to work on a period piece.
How do you keep up with new trends?
Lots of research, Instagram, and through makeup artist friends!
What are the techniques from the past that you cannot live without?
The smokey eye! Women started using kohl on their eyes as far back as the Egyptian rulers. When you’re trying to make an impact, you automatically think dark eyes or red lips. I personally prefer the former!
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