It's a Woman's Prerogative to: Take the Leap of Faith
Gratitude! Our Fall 2019 Essentials Capsule will be dropping very soon and we’re so excited to share it with you guys. We worked with such an amazingly talented team for our editorial and E-Commerce shoot that, for this edition of WOMAN’S PREROGATIVE, we wanted to highlight our makeup artist Maite Moreira.
How do you define Maite? What do you want people to know about you?
I think I have a certain naivety that makes me fearless of anything, and I’m also very hardworking and bold to look for my own opportunities instead of waiting for them to arrive. People usually describe me as brave, but I think it is right to believe in yourself and play the role of a winner long before you are!
What inspired your move to the United States? Why New York?
What inspires me is NYC in particular. I have dreamed of living in this city since I was a little girl. My father came to Manhattan for business in 1995 and brought a lot of magazines, brochures, museum tickets, attractions and shows from that trip. I remember stirring through that box and falling in love with each description, with each corner, with each store. I felt completely enchanted with the vibe. I even knew the boroughs and the map 20 years before coming! In 2016 I spent a few months studying here, and I knew for sure that this was my place in the world. I am beyond inspired by multiculturalism, music, style. Here you can be whoever you want to be! This city is pure art and I want to grow here and nourish myself with other artists to empower each other
What part of your job fulfils you/ What do you love about what you do?
What I love about my job is to go one step beyond the pre-established beauty makeup look. I like to apply technique to art and create challenging, bold looks! What fills me the most is to see my finished work as if it was a painting, with the added value (for me) that it is ephemeral and has to be washed and removed. The other part that fills my soul is teaching. I have been a makeup instructor two years and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the progress and achievement of your students.
What are some of your favorite eyeshadow palettes?
That is a difficult question! I always recommend the James Charles x Morphe to my students because I know that it’s very versatile, good quality, and it serves both soft and colorful and daring looks. It has all the colors of the rainbow and the pigmentation is excellent.
But for most of my softer looks on clients I always reach to my Soft Glam by Anastasia Beverly Hills. It never lets me down!
When given free rein on a job, what’s your go-to look to put on the model? (i.e. neutrals/natural colors, matte, bold colors..etc)
It depends, if it’s a client for an event, my go-to look would be perfect poreless doll skin, fluffy bushy brows, sharp cat eyes and a bold dark lip. And wet-looking highlight of course! Lots of it!
If I am creating a more artsy look, my favorite is for sure a Spotlight colorful eyes mixing matte shadows and high shine pigments.
What’s your go-to look when doing your own makeup?
I’m completely the opposite of everything I just said! I don’t like wearing a lot of makeup myself. I prefer taking good care of my skin and spot concealing. I try to keep it fresh on the skin! What I do love is focus on my lips, and avoid heavy eye makeup. I always highlight the inner corner of my eyes, fill in my brows and do a little liner with my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (a must!). Lots of mascara and I’m good to go!
What are some of your career goals as a makeup artist? Where do you ideally see yourself 5 years down the line?
I been doing makeup for less than 3 years now, so I’m super new to this industry! My career grew super fast in my country (Uruguay) because I started teaching my techniques. So hopefully I can do that here too! I also see myself working in the fashion industry, which is something I always wanted to do, since it is about creating art together with the designer, the photographer, the stylist, the hairdresser, the model. I love the vibes of the set and I want to grow in that branch!
Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?
I just arrived to the country a month ago and already had amazing projects! I’m still connecting with different artists to work together. But I’d love to come back to teaching! So my 1:1 classes are available from September, beginners and advanced students.
Want a 1 on 1 session or need a make-up artist for your next shoot? Send Maite a message at HELLO@MAITEMUA.COM or follow her on Instagram @maite.mua!
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