With years of experience and an extensive list of A-list clients that includes Lupita Nyong’O, Zoe Kravitz and Amy Phoeler, Nick Barose is definitely the makeup artist to the stars.
Even so, the Thailand-born, NYC-based whiz is incredibly down-to-earth and funny (just take a look at the hilarious memes he posts on Instagram!) We sat down with him to find out what really goes on behind the glitz and glamour of showbiz.
You’ve been a makeup artist for a long time. What’s your favourite part of the job?
I love movies, so being able to work with some of my favourite actresses is the best way to have a job but also be a fan.
What are some of the challenges?
As glamorous as the job is, time is always a challenge, and there’s always something thrown at you. I went to Europe recently, and when I landed my makeup bag didn’t turn up. I had to work that very day! I had to find a Sephora to buy everything again.
It’s stressful, but at the end of the day, I have to remind myself that it’s just makeup, so even if a million things went wrong, nobody died. It always works out.
What’s one thing people don’t know about being a makeup artist?
I think people think it’s easier than it looks. But there’s no such thing as overnight success, we all have to pay our due. You have to learn your craft and gain experience. There’s a glam side and a real side. It’s also very competitive, but these are all why this job is a lot of fun.
What are some of your favourite skincare products?
I really love Skin Inc. My favourites are the Pure Revival Peel which is perfect for big events as it keeps your skin looking fresh; the Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask for creating a healthy, rosy glow from within; and the Pure Deep Sea Hydrating Mask becauses it nourishes and hydrates without feeling greasy.
How did you find out about Skin Inc?
I discovered it in New York when I did [Skin Inc founder] Sabrina’s makeup. It’s great when you meet a brand and you get to meet the founder. You usually see the PR people and their team, and it’s really rare when you meet somebody like Sabrina who’s really hands-on.
She turned me on to a lot of different products, from the peel to the masks. That’s the thing about skincare — you need someone hands-on to show it to you so you can have an experience with it. I fell in love with it because it’s simple and works great.
What’s your favourite moment of your entire career?
It’s great to work with celebs all the time, but personally, it was gaining the support of my family. With Asian parents, to have a job in the arts or as a makeup artist, it’s weird.
I was still studying in New York when my career as a makeup artist began. I was supposed to go back home to Thailand, but didn’t want to. So just before graduation, I told my parents I got a job in advertising — which sounds more like an office job and therefore acceptable for Asian parents. This went on for four to five years until my sister spotted my name in an interview I did with ELLE US that was translated for ELLE Thailand.
By that point I was working on the sets of Sex & the City and able to provide for myself, so my mother was supportive. Now she tells me to never quit my job — she loves receiving free makeup!
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