It seems that nowadays all Make-up Artists expose their work through Social Media. What’s your position on that matter? Regarding the social media, I really like Instagram. I’m starting to get addicted to that. However, I don’t like to display my personal life on it. It’s an amazing professional tool that sometimes can land you jobs or can give you ideas for jobs. Everybody is checking it. Your best cover? A lot for Elle magazine. For a Make-up Artist, what is the difference between doing a show and doing editorial work? Working as a chef on the shows, it was never my thing; too much stress and the pressure is on. I’ve done small shows of Japanese and French designers, but I did that for money and not for pleasure. So, I’m a pure editorial make-up artist. Also, it’s ten years now that I work with actresses, as I was asked by Dior parfums to be in charge of the Cannes Film Festival.
ow were you introduced to the beauty industry? What was the specific thing that motivated you to move to Paris instead of remaining in Greece? I arrived in Paris when i was 21years old to continue my studies. I had obtained my law degree in the university in Athens, but I never did make-up studies. I discovered freedom, night life and a city that I loved. I started make-up by accident. I always loved fashion, since I was a teenager at school in Athens. While in Paris, those early years I was involved at the beaux arts. Then, I saw this ad in the metro of a make-up school, which I attended for a year. After finishing, it took me a while to find the right person to assist in order to be able to start within the Fashion industry. However, I did it. Do you remember your first fashion industry experience and perhaps the nervousness along with that moment? I assisted for a year to Jose Louis, the make-up artist of YSL at that time. So I first started at the Maison de couture of the Master: Yves Saint Laurent. With all these famous people and big photographers, which I didn’t know back then. And at the same time landing my first job for the French Vogue with Guy Bourdin was normal, because I was there and very well introduced. How has the industry changed from then to now? The industry chanced since the 90s and it’s normal. Everybody was spoiled at that time. There was no competition, therefore not many people competing, because these jobs, like being a model - even a top one - a makeup artist, a hairstylist or a freelance stylist, was not regarded as jobs. We didn’t have any problem with budgets either. So, we were completely spoiled! And it was normal! I had so much fun, had the best travels and worked with the best teams. I was in a plane all the time, with the best conditions. I was working a lot in the US, which I loved; there, you learn how to work on another level - more businesslike, sometimes very commercial, but very professional as well.
During the last ten years you developed a very close collaboration with Christian Dior. I really liked that. I have a contract with Dior for many years, which gives me credits on editorials, permits me to do interviews, or photo shootings for them and I also work on some of theirs shows with Peter Philips. I do have privileges and a very specific position within the Dior team. Are you particularly drawn to a certain type of beauty? A particular model? It’s hard to say right now what my signature in make-up is. It can be nothing and everything at the same time! The rules have completely changed. There are no rules! Same as in fashion. Personally, I always liked a natural, glowing skin, even with a lot of eye make-up or blush and lips. Is this my signature? Maybe... I’m a natural, sophisticated person in my life. I never liked to look like somebody else. Never try to copy something. This is the way I function!
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