Featured Artist: Tracey Taylor

March 21, 2013  |  Featured Artists


New products weren’t the only surprises we had at The Makeup Show LA. We also brought along some new faces, including Special F/X master, Tracey Taylor. The Burn Notice makeup artist has been airbrushing for decades, and she took us back to where her love for beauty all began.

How did you get started as a makeup artist?
When I was 12-years-old, I would spend all my allowance on Italian Vogue and Paris Vogue magazines. I was always playing with my grandmother’s makeup. My parents were very supportive of me pursuing artistic ventures. I went to a beauty school called Academy of Makeup in the 80’s, which is not around anymore.

When was your big break in the industry?
I started in Portfolio salon in San Diego doing makeup and hair for six months. I was always working at hair shows and I started making connections. I was working with great hairstylist like Philip Wilson and Vivienne Mackinder and the next thing I know I was doing makeup for Paul Mitchell ads.

When did you start airbrushing?
I started airbrushing in the 1999’s. We used to use traditional foundation and mix with a thinner but I was not impressed with the result. It was in 2004 that I discovered TEMPTU S/B foundation and it changed my life! It was making my life so much easier and all the models love it! People love the way it looks and the longevity. It lasts for hours!

What do you love most about TEMPTU products?
I love how weightless it feels on the skin. Most makeup feels heavy but TEMPTU looks and feels like healthy skin.

Would you recommend everyday women airbrush?
I can tell when someone is not wearing airbrush makeup; it just doesn’t look as good to me. TEMPTU has those AIRpods that I personally use on a daily basis that provides professional results and you don’t have to clean the gun at all. It’s great!

Any pro tips on airbrushing?
Prepping the skin is very important. I like to let the skin rest for a few minutes before I powder. I pat the skin with Invisible Difference Powder. It will give you the skin you wish you were born with.

What was your career defining moment thus far?
I started working with Jerry Avenaim in 1996 and he has been an inspiration to me and was always straight forward and honest with his expectations, and I really appreciated that.

What is your favorite beauty look?
I like mod 60’s looks. For every day, I love flawless, beautiful skin. I like to enhance natural beauty. To me, beautiful skin is everything.  Anything looks great with flawless skin. Beauty makeup should be light and not caked on. If you are wearing more makeup than clothes then we have a problem.

Where do you find beauty inspiration?
I love vintage movies in the 60’s. There was a TV series called “Night Gallery” by Rod Serling that I love. Andy Warhol was the biggest source of my inspiration for beauty.

What are your favorite TEMPTU products?
Anything from S/B! I do a lot of swimsuit shoots so Pearl and Champagne Shimmers are always in my kit. Airbrow is amazing for men.

Any exciting projects coming up?
I am on the set of Burn Notice right now. There is a really popular band that I will be working with in the near future but it’s still top secret!

To see more of Taylor’s work, look below for her mod submission to The Makeup Show LA! You can also check out her website at traceytaylor.net.

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