April 15, 2010, by Chelsea Coylewww.aclairebeauty.com
My latest feature artist is the lovely and talented hair & makeup artist, and freelance beauty writer, Andrea Claire.
Andrea has been living in the Austin, Texas for a year now,
but is moving back to Singapore in June. She has been contracted to write a
regular beauty column in Austin and finds it closer to fly to see her
family in Toronto. Plus, her agent, Judy Inc keeps her very busy too.
Andrea Claire has worked her magic at the Toronto International Film Festival, on the likes of Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson.
Most recently she was in Toronto with Lady Antebellum for two days. Andrea states they are "so
sweet and what a blast to work with their label, EMI. It's easy to be
jetset in our industry and I am lucky to have a great family and supportive
husband who are all okay with my crazy scheduling!"
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model: Paulina Stanek (Next Canada), for Revlon
How did you get started in the business?
I started taking make up
artistry in Kitchener-Waterloo in the early 80s while I was still in high
school. I was a 'New Waver' -:) the 80s was the perfect influence to
become a hair & make up artist! I naturally progressed over the years and
apprenticed as a hairstylist too. When I was 22 I got my hairstyling
license; by then I was based in Toronto and working in a salon in Yorkville
before transitioning to the freelance world.
How do you select your models and please name a few Canadian models
that you have worked with?
Models are selected for shoots for their specific looks - it's really
that simple. When you go to a casting - if the client wants a blonde but
you are brunette, not getting the job can be that cut and dry. I have been
part of the decision making with beauty shoots, other than that I have
recommended models for shoots to clients and at times the models I suggest
are hired. Canadian girls that I have worked with include Coco Rocha,
Malin Ackerman, Lisa Cant, Shalom - I've been blessed with working on many
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model: Kika-Rose (Mannequin, Singapore) in Bazaar
What do you cite as some of your most recent inspirations?
I get inspiration from everywhere. I can be visiting some new place and
see a rock formation that I invision it as an updo or a colour in a flower
that inspires make up - I know this may sound cheesy but it's true!
Sometimes just seeing textures, colours and shapes inspire me or I could
be in line at a grocery store and the woman in front could have her liner
accidently smudging that I think 'hmmm, that could work for a shoot',
current magazines of course. I spend so much on magazines. I also make it a
habit of picking up local magazines where I travel, for example, at
Christmas we travelled around Argentina and I got some magazines there and
their local designers' look books. I find inspiration in everyone and
everything - I carry around a digital camera and flipvideo just to help
keep my inspirations and ideas in order and there's a lot!
I bet you played "dress up" alot as a young girl. Can you tell us
about your fondest memory?
I think I did have the craziest imagination. When I was really young I
used to lip-sync and dance around but not in a 'live concert way' more
dramatic as if I was doing the music video - so funny! I am a horrible
singer and I knew it so it's not even as if I wanted to be a singer. I used
to give haircuts to my older sister's Barbies - that's a bit more inline!
When I was in high school I would rip out pictures from magazines and copy
the make up onto myself - I wish I had photos of that!
Tell us about your work experiences in Singapore?
Singapore is a great market - not unlike Canada. Everyone is friendly -
although Asians are a bit more serious so I had to keep my bad humour at
bay; a few times my jokes would fall flat and I would say 'Honestly, I am
funny in Canada!' I had the pleasure of being a regular team member for
Bazaar, ELLE, VIP, Amica. I had been asked to guest write beauty for some
Canadian publications and actually loved doing it; this enabled me to build
writing relationships with publications in Singapore as well. One highlight
for a shoot was going to Thailand for a Bridal editorial - we had a resort
that was doing a soft opening in Cha-Am pretty much to ourselves. My first
advertorial for Lancome and Bazaar (Singapore) was quite spectacular too. I
have also teamed up with Internationally acclaimed Jingna Zhang - AMAZING
woman, AMAZING photographer - we did a test shot that Picture magazine
picked up for the cover of their 2009 Sept/Oct issue - this shot won Jingna
an award in the UK and finalist in New York for International
beauty/fashion photographer and fine arts categories!
Kristen Stewart in Twilight/The Runaways or Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink/The Breakfast Club?
Molly Ringwald all the way! (this might show my age....)
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model: Vera Martynova (Ave, Singapore)
left shot: Amica; right shot: Bazaar
Can you tell us a bit about your experience as a makeup judge for the Canadian Gemini awards?
I was thrilled to be asked to judge for the
Gemini's and the Genie's too! I judged both 2 or 3 times... I felt a little
fish out water' the first time since I am a beauty/fashion girl and they
had prosthetics in some submissions but the winners certainly stood out! I
loved going to the awards shows as well - getting dressed up in gowns - I'd
love to wear a gown everyday! One year I was recognized by Scott Thompson!
I LOVE him. Another year, my old TV show, Stylin' Gypsies, had been
nominated for best host (Karen Bertelsen) and best lifestyle show...
well, let's just say 'It was an honour to be nominated!'
Please tell us something about you that no one knows?
I made my television debut on Romper Room when I was 5 as a special guest! :)
OH! I have a blog too - it started out as just beauty but I've expanded
it a little: andreaclaire.onsugar.com