January 14th, 2014
Celebrity make up artist Denika Bedrossian’s work has been noticed by you at least once this year, guaranteed. The hands behind Miley Cyrus’s constantly evolving look, she also regularly works with red carpet veterans such as Kelly Osbourne, Maroon 5, Hannah Simone from New Girl and Michelle Williams.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, with a vibrant passion for the collaboration between beauty, fashion and music, Denika began by taking a position at MAC to showcase her striking skills. Her passion, brand knowledge, and experience quickly led her to making the jump to working personally with music and fashion clients. Denika has made up celebrities and musicians for everything from award shows to music videos, as well has having her work featured in InStyle, Teen Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Billboard, Glamour.
WP: What made you want to become a make-up artist? Did you attend a course or pick things up through experience?
DB: When I was a kid I use to paint. I would wait for school to be let out so I could go straight to the art studio and work on my paintings. As soon as I became old enough, I started working at a salon, doing make up demos. That soon led into eight wonderful years with MAC cosmetics, with non-stop education and challenges. From there I started working full-time in the entertainment business.
WP: Who was your first celebrity client?
DB: Working at the MAC Pro Store, celebrities were constantly in and out of the store, but I ended up leaving for a great opportunity working with the PussyCat Dolls.
WP: What is your favourite look to create?
DB: There’s nothing I love more than a sharp winged liner and a bold lip. I’ve always loved old Hollywood glamour.
WP: What are your saviour products?
DB: My saviour products are Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream for dry and chapped lips and skin, Dermalogica sun screen, Armani foundation, Caudalie organic grape water for hydration and Caudalie Vinosource Morning eye cream.
WP: How much of a collaborative process is it between you and a client when creating a look?
DB: I always like to chat with my client pre-glam. It’s important to know someone’s comfort zones so we’re always on the same page.
WP: Do you have certain music you like to listen to when applying make up? Does it vary per client?
DB: I don’t have a certain kind of glam music, any music is glorious.
WP: Your job is to make-over other people, do you still enjoy wearing make up yourself?
DB: I still enjoy wearing make up but it’s a routine on myself; it’s always exciting to challenge yourself with new ideas and clients.
WP: What would you say is your signature look?
DB: My signature look is a bold brow, dewy skin, a winged eye and a perfect red lip.
WP: What advice would you give to aspiring make up artists?
DB: I would tell any aspiring make up artist to get yourself out there and just start. You learn so much more from gaining the experience and being thrown into random situations. You’ll never stop learning, so start as soon as you can.