UZURI: What inspired you to become a makeup artist?
Anne: I’ve always wanted a career in the arts and I loved playing with makeup and doing makeovers on friends and family. I used to watch a French television program with Patrick Sebastian who was a famous humorist and television presenter. I was absolutely fascinated by all the makeup changes. I knew from then on I wanted to be working in the television, film and model industries as a makeup artist. It was my dream, my goal. Also, I love and admire certain makeup artists such as Dany Sanz from MAKE UP FOR EVER. She has so much talent. And of course one cannot forget Serge Luten. These artists inspired me immensely with their gifts of originality.
UZURI: How did you start your career in the Anne: When I was sixteen years old I enrolled in a beauty institute to study cosmetology and esthetics. I wanted to learn the fundamentals of professional technique for skin care and makeup. I really wanted a career in makeup, but in fact, I worked as a colorist and hairdresser for ten years before I returned to my real passion of makeup art.
UZURI: Did you go to school for makeup training?
Anne: I always worked with makeup but I knew my limits, so I decided to take a course at the famous Make Up For Ever Academy created by Dany Sanz. It opened many hidden emotions inside of me. I developed my skills and discovered new techniques.
UZURI: How long have you been working as a makeup artist and how do you bring so much enthusiasm to a photo shoot?
Anne: For the last five years I have been working mainly on makeup but I also work on the total look, including the hair and styling. I really enjoy creating a totally original look, and I have been lucky enough to work with many amazing photographers and artists. I am very optimistic and I have unconditional love for image and beauty.
UZURI: How do you come up with the ideas for original makeup looks for the photos?
Anne: In reality I do not know. It seems to come to me naturally. It is an instinctive alchemy of several parameters, curiosity and inspiration. In fact everything, the 3W effects: work, work, and ...work
UZURI: How many hours do you need to prepare for a full body make up shoot?
Anne: It varies between one and five hours according to the subject of the shoot and the inspiration that comes for it.
UZURI: You work a lot in the studio on films and with photographers on location. How do you decide the style of makeup you will need for the concept? Do you have full creative freedom?
Anne: It is all about team work. [The client and the photographer] are the key actors of the shoot. Through discussions I listen and observe. It gives me a rough Idea of what is needed and what I can go for in terms of personal inspiration to create a harmony between my creation and the work of the photographer and the model. I then set about creating a white map and filling it in according the style and the models.
UZURI: What is the most exciting or challenging opportunity you have experienced as a makeup artist?
Anne: Every experience is unique, [whether it’s] in a television shooting or in a parade but I should say it was my first exhibition "the wild whites” and a television program in which I preformed live on stage six body paintings.
UZURI: What's it like to do makeup for somebody famous?
Anne: Every makeup [job] has to emphasize the unique beauty of each individual person so I felt nothing in particular. Every makeup [job] is an adventure in creation.
UZURI: What type of products do you use for shootings?
Anne: MAKE UP FOR EVER Professional Products. I like HD complexion products which have a covering power of incomparable uniformity without thickness; on the eyes they give a matte finishing. I use iridescent powders if necessary as well as water colored creams.
UZURI: Who's your ideal beauty?
Anne: I compare makeup to mathematics. Yes, a world with no limits, an infinite infinity of possibility, of combination, of ideal beauty and in the ideal, the Coco Channel woman.
UZURI: What tips would you give to a woman regarding make up or skincare?
Anne: Everything begins with the skin, so use an exfoliating scrub (gumming) once a week to hydrate the skin. Why? Because women do not hydrate their skin enough. Then use a foundation cream to adapt to the complexion. Use a healthy look blusher to play with the light. A radiant complexion makes us bright!
UZURI: What is your advice to aspiring makeup artists?
Anne: Observation and listen to their own curiosity. Be ready to learn every day from everything client and work, work and work.
UZURI: We know that you will be organizing an expo with the top French photographer Eric Ouaknine previewed for 2011. Can you give us a little information about event?
Anne: The title is “The Eternal Feminine” and it’s a tribute to women. The dates are not confirmed yet but it is planned for around March 2011. Eric Ouaknine has an enormous talent.
It has been fabulous working together. We have been in preparation for nearly two year now, and it is our conception created in perfect harmony. I can not disclose more only that we will be signing a book contract and plan to expose in three or four countries
UZURI: SO, WHAT ABOUT TEXAS?! WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU BOTH OVER HERE!
Anne: Ah, we would love to come, that’s the next stop
Thank you Anne, it was wonderful to discover your universe.