KATHY JEUNG, a celebrated and in demand makeup master - Regularly featured editorials in in the high-end of town including Marie Claire, W, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. Numerous music videos for artists ranging from Rita Ora, Pink, Gwen Stefani to 30 Seconds to Mars and David Bowie.
Innovative and ahead of the trends - Kathy speaks with BTL:
// How did you get your start in the industry?
I was living in London in the 80's and was encouraged by makeup artist Phyllis Cohen (creator of Face Lace) who I knew from being her makeup model for her extraordinary fantasy artistry, to give makeup a try. She started me off with a basic makeup kit and a few pointers and suggested I contact photographers we both knew when I returned to Los Angeles. Before that, I had done a variety of jobs that went very well, too well: I'd move up the ladder and then realise these jobs weren't what I wanted to do long term. With makeup I found I really loved the ever present challenges and endless exploration. I was mesmerised even when it had little or no financial rewards and my only goals were to do each job the best I could and learn a better way to do everything.
// Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I like to think I can achieve a variety of looks, but most important to me is a well blended, soft focus, balanced feature enhancing makeup.
// What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
After 15 years in the business, I needed a break after a series of back to back films and ended up taking a couple years off. When I decided to return to makeup, it was out of necessity, but I found I still loved doing it, but had to start virtually from the ground up. But it gave me the chance to reinvent myself: be more humble, grateful and committed knowing I was getting a second chance in a much more competitive market.
// How much creative input do you have when creating a red carpet look for a Celebrity?
I always like to start a beauty session asking a celebrity what makeup they would like to do or do they have feelings about how they'd like the makeup to look. Important that my client feels they can express their fears and feelings openly, they usually know what works for them and appreciate being heard. It's their face and brand they are putting forward and important for me to listen to achieve a look they have in mind to fruition.
Many times it's all up to me to whatever I think looks best, If they are open to ideas, I love to keep in mind the hair and clothing chosen, so important to have a dialogue with the hairstylist and stylist too.
// Must have products or tools for your kit?
THE MAKEUP LIGHT
ANDREA Eye Qs
TOM FORD, STILAZZI & MORPHE Makeup Brushes
MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens'Eyes Eye Makeup Remover
DA BLOT Makeup Palette Sheets
KATE SOMERVILLE DermalQuench Liquid Lift
CAUDALIE Grape Water & Moisturizers
SK-II Signs Eye Masks
KIEHLS Facial Fuel Eye De Puffer
LA MER The Eye Balm Intense eye cream
NARS Pro Prime Primers - Light Optimizing & Pore Refining
ARMANI Luminous Silk Foundation
MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Foundation
TOM FORD Concealer Pens
CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Translucent Loose Powder (to set concealers)
LAURA MERCIER Secret Camouflage Concealer
JUDITH AUGUST COSMETICS The Everything Pencil in Pink Glow
CHANEL Translucent Loose Powder
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brow Wiz Eyebrow Pencils
TOM FORD Translucent Finishing Powder in Sahara Dusk (for shading)
TOM FORD, DIOR & CHARLOTTE TILBURY Eyeshadow Quads (faves CT the Sophisticate palette and TF Cocoa Mirage
CHANEL Le Stylo Waterproof Eye Pencils
TOM FORD Cheek Color in Flush
GUERLAIN Terra Cotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powders
STILA COSMETICS Convertible Color
NARS The Multiples
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip Pencils
MAC COSMETICS Pro Long Wear Lip Pencils
MAC COSMETICS Matte Lipsticks in Ruby Woo, Lady Danger & Yash
TOM FORD Lip Color Matte in Ruby Rush & Sable Smoke
NARS Audacious in Natalie & Raquel
CHARLOTTE TILBURY Lipstick in Red Carpet Red, Nude Kate & Penelope Pink
PURE FIGI Coconut Body Butter
BODY BLING Body Bronzer
ERA SPRAY FOUNDATION
// Who are the people who have inspired you?
And: everything and everyone in film, television, books and music
// What's the next big trend you're starting to see sneak in?
I'm seeing shades and textures of 90's lips coming back: well defined lips in matte textures in colours like deep reds, taupes and browns.
Kathy will be at The Makeup Show in Los Angeles
Sunday 20th March 2016