MyFDB Exclusive: Craig Honeycutt Became a Makeup Artist on Accident!

Feb 1, 2011 By Vaneza

The team at MyFDB believes that when it comes to fashion, more than just the model goes into achieving a perfect shot. Lets not forget about the photographers, the stylists, and the oh-so-important beauty makers! Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we jumped on the chance to interview makeup artist Craig Honeycutt on how he got his start, his favorite collaborations, and advice on taking beauty risks.

How did you get started in the fashion industry? Did you always want to be a makeup artist?
I got started completely by accident. The summer after I graduated high school I tagged along with a gal pal to her first photo shoot. She didn’t have a makeup artist so I helped her out. I had no clue what I was doing, but I knew what I liked and didn’t like. We figured it out and it worked. The photographer liked my enthusiasm and asked me to do some other test shoots with him. After a few more shoots he convinced me to get a portfolio started and luckily an agent took me under their wing to develop me. I was 18 years old and had stars in my eyes. I knew from that time on that this is what I wanted to do. It’s been over 20 years.

What are some of your go-to cosmetic brands?
Giorgio Armani, NARS, Dior, Bobbi Brown, FACE Stockholm, Laura Mercier, Shu Uemura, Chanel and Stila…..just to name a few.

Who have you enjoyed collaborating or working with in the industry?||
As far as makeup artists, I’ve worked with Gucci Westman for Revlon and Bobbi Brown during Fashion Week in NY. They are sweet, talented, professional women and a complete inspiration. I’ve worked with some talented photographers such as Arthur Elgort…A-mazing!! I have done some wonderful collaborations with Elliston Lutz, Raphael Mazzucco, and Chloe Crespi.  Chloe definitely holds a special place in my heart.

From red carpets to magazine photo shoots, what do you prefer working on?
I really enjoy magazine shoots. I love the energy of everyone working together to create an image. You have more freedom with hair, makeup and styling on a photo shoot. Add a great model, a talented photographer with amazing lighting and you have a beautiful image that is yours to keep.

What advice can you offer women who rarely change up their makeup, but may want to take a risk?
First of all, don’t be afraid. It’s just makeup and I promise you can take it off if you don’t like it. Try subtle changes, there are so many cosmetic companies that sell compacts with several eye shadows and lip colors to choice from. Try adding a gloss with your present lip color or mixing another shade with your lip color. Same advice for eye makeup, mix another shade with your present shadow or add a little shimmer on top of what you’re using. Your options are limitless. I know it’s easy to get comfortable with your makeup but if you’re willing to try something new…go for it!

Some women believe in never wearing makeup, while some rarely go without – what are your thoughts on these opposite ideas?

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with either one. A lot of women who never wear makeup generally don’t know how to apply it and when they do try, it looks different than what they’re used to seeing in the mirror. However, there is nothing wrong with natural beauty. That being said, for the women who rarely go without wearing makeup…they should try it.

Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring fashion industry hopefuls?

There are a lot of talented people in the fashion industry. Even though talent goes a long way, being nice, respectful and professional will take you a lot further.

Great advice Craig, we couldn’t agree more! Thanks for taking the time to talk to MyFDB!

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