Interview with Matin Maulawizada

Matin Maulawizada is a make-up artist who has worked with countless people from the entertainment industry and Hollywood like Angelina Jolie,Natalie Portman,Rosario Dawson,Emma Stone, Emma Watson,Amy Adams, Amy Smart,Rashida Jones, Rebecca Romijn, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Ashlee Simpson, Beyonce Knowles and so many more.

1.What do you find most interested about being a makeup artist?

What I find most interesting is that the job,by nature, is very dynamic and it changes every day,even if you work with the same client for a few days in a row.

2.What are your go-to cosmetic products for any situation ?

For skin care it varies,but I do love a good face oil. For make-up, I often go to Chantecaille, Cle or Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. The foundations that are popular now all tend to be too heavy on the skin for what I try to create.

3.Where do you get your inspiration from ?

Inspiration comes from anything and everything. Usually the color and texture of something as unexpected as beachwood to a literal color of a flower or a fabric. It can be a mood from a piece of art or historical references. Of course travel helps fine tune and get exposed to more elegant ways of looking at things, especially beauty.

4.What is one characteristic that sets you apart from other makeup artists ?

I don’t really know.  We all have our ways. Some of us hit it off with certain clients and some don’t. And they mesh with another group of people. At the end of the day, it is an energy exchange between two human beings.

5.If you weren’t a makeup artist,what else would you do ?

In fantasy, I would be a shoe designer or an architect, but I admire women too much so I wouldn’t sell them my uncomfortable shoes. In real life, I would be working in development to bring good work in places in need.

6.Who do you like doing makeup on most ?

I love seeing my clients and watching them grow from young ambitious women into incredible women, mothers and good doers.

7.Do you have a signature look and ,if so, what is it ?

I don’t think it’s my signature look but I love a khole rimmed eye. I’m Afghan. It’s what I grew up with.

8.What do you love most about makeup?

In real life. I love how it enhances a woman’s beauty. In playtime I love the silly transformative fantasy we can create to make a dream state come to life.

9.Who are some people who have inspired you along your journey?

My father, Angelina Jolie, Carla Danes (artist), Shahzia Sikander, Amber Herd, my sisters.

10.How did you start in this industry?

I didn’t know this industry existed. It kinda fell in my lap by series of unforeseen events.

11.Who would be your dream client?

Well I’ve worked with Angelina Jolie and Malala. I can die in peace.

12.What is your favorite makeup product ?

My homemade Kajal.

13.What is your favorite look you did on someone ever ?

Portrait of Angelina Jolie shot by Martin Schuler with blood dripping from the side of her mouth.

14.What do you have in plan for the future?

I don’t really have a plan.I will take life as it comes.

Thank you so much to Matin for the interview ! He is so talented at what he does and I love to see how his vision comes to life through make-up. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter.


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