Confessions of a freelancer: An Audio Interview with Maria Gatto


Photo of Maria Gatto, right doing a clients makeup for a wedding. Photo taken by the wedding photographer, Ms. Gatto do not recall his name.
Photo of Maria Gatto, right, doing a clients makeup for a wedding.
Photo taken by the wedding photographer, Ms. Gatto do not recall his name.

Hi all, once again I am digging deep to find out what the girls who love makeup have to say about beauty. This week I interviewed freelance makeup artist, Maria Gatto. Her Instagram makeup_bymaria,  shows the beautiful looks she’s created and below is an audio interview I did with her. Maria and I met at a Starbucks, in between her busy schedule this was the most convenient place to meet, so sorry for the Madonna music in the back (well of course unless you love to get down to some Holiday!) Maria discusses everything from the 3 items she recommends any makeup lover has, what her favorite kind of freelance work is and who’s her favorite makeup artist, click here or listen below to find out!

Makeup Artist Michelle Johnston Predicts Beauty Trends

Photo taken by: Michelle Johnston
Photo taken by: Michelle Johnston

Name: Michelle Johnston

Age: 22

Location: Long Island, New York

Makeup Certification: the nationally accredited institute, ICOES

Michelle Johnston did something that most of my college peers, including myself, aspire to do: follow our dreams. Michelle’s currently enrolled at the New York Institute of Technology for Hospitality Management, but she also is creating and cultivating looks for clients as a makeup artist! Michelle balances school and her makeup mastery, inspiring not just clients but all college-aged kids to turn their hobby into a reality. Michelle gives me the inside scoop on the latest trends and finds from the streets of New York, where beauty is a living dream.

Now for the insider insight…

Q.  Why did you choose to do makeup for a living?

A. I chose to pursue makeup because it has been my absolute favorite thing ever since I was very young. For as long as I can remember, makeup has always been my favorite hobby and is also something that makes me feel confident. I like to think of makeup as my creative outlet, it’s my favorite part of my day.

Q. Are you more inspired by runways or street style trends when creating looks?

A. I’m more inspired by street style trends when creating looks because I like to create makeup that is more wearable. While runway makeup is absolutely incredible, wearable makeup is my niche and what most people who wear makeup tend to gravitate to.

Q. For girls on a budget, what drugstore brand do you think is best?

A. I love Revlon and Covergirl. Revlon makes great foundations and my all-time favorite mascara is LashBlast by Covergirl. Both brands have great lipsticks, blushes and eyeshadows as well.

Q. What should every girl have as essentials?

A. Black mascara, some kohl pencil eyeliner, foundation and a good red lipstick!

Q.  What is the one beauty trend you wish would die out?

A. Bleached eyebrows. I’m in love with great eyebrows. I’m a huge fan of bold, properly filled in and kept eyebrows. They’re my favorite!  (P.S. Allure magazine agrees with Michelle!)

Q. Has breaking into the makeup industry changed your perspective on beauty?

A. It’s shown me that one person’s definition of beautiful is different from someone else’s. I think it’s amazing that one person can see one thing and the next can see something completely different. I guess that’s what makes the beauty industry so diverse and constantly evolving.

Q. What is your makeup/beauty staple?

A. Covergirl LashBlast black mascara, black liquid eyeliner and blush are my staples. I never leave the house without the three.

Q. Which makeup trend do you think will be huge for 2015?

A. Nude/almost nude/mauve lips seem to be very popular among the beauty community recently, and has become a favorite among myself as well. Less shimmer and more matte finishes are also trends I have noticed that I think will be huge in 2015!

Q. What do you love most about doing makeup?

A. I love being able to express myself and give others a confidence boost when doing makeup. It’s the best feeling.

Why Kylie Jenner is not the Best Thing to Happen to Lipstick

Kylie Jenner is known for her cutting edge lipstick choices. But like most trends, this one has worn me out, so I want to expand your lipstick language with 5 brands who put the cult in cultivate. Who would’ve ever thought black, blue or green lipstick would become a beauty sensation? Not many, but makeup lovers everywhere are embracing funky fresh hues and it looks like these pops of color are here to stay.

1. Lime Crime

Photo taken by: stopsign Flickr
Photo taken by: stopsign

Lime Crime broke down the idea that beauty was a nude lip and smoky eye and inspired the hugely popular unicorn trend, along with daring lip colors. Lime Crime’s creator, Doe Deere, pioneered the current lipstick trend with her My Little Pony colored hues; my favorites include Cosmopop, D’Lilac and Mint to Be. All while finding a solution to the tugging and dragging drama of matte lipsticks with her Gothic inspired Velvetines. Get your hands on them as soon as they’re in stock because sometimes finding your favorite hue is like catching a unicorn.

2.  Melt Cosmetics

Photo taken by: SynergyByDesign From Flickr
Photo taken by: SynergyByDesign
From Flickr

Nothing bad could come from makeup artist and co-creator of Melt Cosmetics, Lora Arellano. She basically created the bad in Rihanna’s good girl gone bad persona, and has now brought this bit of bad assery into all our lives. But you won’t find a Barbie or Nicki Minaj lipstick in this all matte line, instead you’ll feel like your lips are draped in jewels. Such as,  the gorgeous Blow, a rich emerald or the anarchist’s amethyst, By Starlight.  But my personal favorite is Space Cake, a just before the storm grey. If you want to see this lipstick in action for a trip to the nail salon, beauty guru Jaclyn Hill will convince you to wear this for errand runs, I promise.

3. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar’s

Photo taken by: nicolette mason From: Flickr
Photo taken by: nicolette mason
From: Flickr

Like mixing potions, and not just on Pottermore? Than OCC’s Liptar’s are for you. These tiny tubes are magical, they come in matte, metallic and stained gloss finishes.(I mean how ground-breaking does stained gloss sound!?) But the real magic comes from the ability to mix these liptars for a custom shade. So even if you have been looking for that Kylie Jenner 90’s brown, you can perfect it with these. Or try out any color on the color wheel, like bold blues such as Pool Boy or a caution tape yellow like Traffic.

4.  NYX Cosmetics Macaron Lipsticks

Photo taken by:  Jamie From: Flickr
Photo taken by: Jamie
From: Flickr

Finally, a drugstore brand has come to play. NYX dove boldly into this trend when most drugstore brands only unleash this level of commercial questionability near Halloween, when it is obviously normal to wear these hues. But NYX became the Apple of drugstore lines with their Macaron lips, they are a major hit for every girl wanting to experiment. Well with a price point of $6, who wouldn’t be curious to see what their Lime Green or White lipstick looked like?

5.  Wet n Wild

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

Wet n Wild may not be the obvious choice, but I like to think they are the Pluto of the drugstore makeup galaxy. They may seem small, but the public goes wild when they make headlines. They did this when they collaborated with Fergie for a superstar lineup of lipsticks. Now I’m not going to excite you with Easter egg lavender or serpentine green, but Fergie’s Pagan Angel, a semi-matte black, is the perfect black to try out. At only $2.39, the quality is pretty darn good too. I think in the near future Wet n Wild may become a drugstore star because of their Fergie flair.

So I urge you, step away from the brown, over-lined Kylie lips (as much as I even love it sometimes) and into something a bit more daring this fall.