Francesca Tolot has shown us how she is able to turn Beyoncé’s face into the “Must Have” look for the many videos, commercials, TV, film and ad campaigns that she’s collaborated with the music icon on. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it is commonly known that Francesca Tolot is the mastermind makeup artist behind the flawless looks of Beyoncé.
Francesca Tolot was born near Venice, Italy before coming stateside. It is no surprise that her passion of painting, drawing and sculpting along with the influences of Renaissance art helped her to become the world renowned makeup artist she is today.
As a makeup lover, artist and complete beauty enthusiast myself, I was thrilled to interview Tolot since I have recreated her looks on myself and others. Tolot gave insight on working as a makeup artist, her greatest joy working as a celebrity makeup artist and tips to get Beyoncé’s glow.
Advice for Makeup Artists and Things They Should Know
You have to have some form of talent. They can teach you everything you need to know at school, but if you don’t make it your form of artistry it’s not going to work. You need to experiment and be open to learning something every day, even learning how not to do something. It’s really about being open to learn constantly because you’re never complete in the learning process. There is always room for improvement. You never stop learning. People get out of school thinking that they know everything and that is the worst attitude to have.
A Project Where You Felt That You Had “Arrived” as a Makeup Artist
I don’t think that has happened. You never really make it. There is always something else to do or something else to learn. Maybe the times when I see some good pictures of great work that made me feel proud and satisfied about what I did on that project. I never feel like “I’ve made it.”
The Greatest Joy that You Get From Creating a Look for an Individual
Usually the best case scenario is when everybody is happy and I achieved the look that everyone wanted. I’m the happiest when I feel that I created a look that I was happy with the results.
There are times when you make other people happy because of a strong request or strong idea of what they want. But then you don’t feel the same. I think when everybody is happy including me, and I feel good and proud of what I’ve done is probably the best moment.
How to Get the Beyoncé No Makeup Look Glow for Summer
To get a good glow for the face you should use the least amount of foundation possible. You want the foundation to be translucent so that you can actually see the skin. If you don’t have serious skin problems that you need to cover like pimples or discoloration it will be easier. Beyoncé has flawless skin so that makes my job easy.
For summertime you don’t want to wear too much makeup. To get the glow you want to use the least amount of makeup as possible and no powder at all, except maybe just a little in the T-zone (nose, chin and forehead).
You want to have the right amount of the natural moisture of ingredients in the foundation to make your skin glow. On top of that you just add a nice bronzer with a shimmer or some shimmery highlights onto the apple of the cheeks and the eyelids. The bronzer can go all over the face. The combination of the moisturizing agent of the foundation and the shimmering bronzer creates the glow.
Plans to Start a YouTube Channel for “How To” Re-Create Your Celebrity Looks
It is so much fun to look at those videos on YouTube. No, it’s not in my immediate plans, but as they say, never say never.
Francesca Tolot Cosmetics in the Future
I don’t know. I love the idea of designing a makeup line because I love color and mixing textures. Do I desire to see a makeup line with my name on it? Not really. I’d probably enjoy designing it for someone else more. Maybe a limited edition line of products with a makeup company or a Creative Director role would be of interest. However, I have no plans for my own cosmetics line at this time.
Francesca Tolot Book Release
Yes, actually I have a book coming out in September 2014. It’s a coffee table book with my husband Alberto Tolot. It’s not a celebrity or “How To” book. It is a beautiful coffee table book with gorgeous images with my husband who is a great photographer. We took the images from the work that we’ve done together that I think is absolutely beautiful. I hope others will think the same. Additional details of where the book will be available will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
We can’t wait for the book!
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