When life hands you the opportunity to interview someone who’s done the faces of ’90s supermodels (hi Naomi and Helena!), you take it. Luis Casco has seen it all. Born in El Salvador, the make-up artist moved to Paris with dreams of becoming a fashion designer before realising the best part of the show happens backstage, in the make-up section. The rest, as they say, is history — and a rich one at that. Throughout his career, Luis has worked with celebs like Jaime King and Coco Rocha, was key make-up artist on Project Runway, and now he’s a Global Beauty Ambassador for Mary Kay Cosmetics. He’s also got his own book, #Beautiful, jam packed with selfie ready looks you can recreate!
In person, Luis is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing. Energetic and passionate, he’s all about sharing his beauty knowledge and insights without any hesitation. Read on to find out his top tips for dealing with beauty insecurities, applying make-up in humidity, what it takes to be a successful make-up artist and why it’s okay to not be on fleek 24/7.
What was your first memory of makeup?
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I grew up with a mum who’s very glamorous and into make-up. I mean, she wears make-up everyday! She’s 82 now, and she had make-up from everywhere. In the early 80s she had those Dior palettes, she’d have her hair done. My parents went to a lot of galas and parties, so she always had gowns on. I’m this little kid watching my mum do the perfect eyeliner. And then there were friends of hers who would come and do her make-up.