Joanna Schlip has made up some of the most famous faces in Hollywood.  Hillary Duff, Scarlet Johansson, Jessica Simpson, Eva Langoria and the list goes on.  In this interview Joanna talks about how her fascination with makeup begin and her experience as one of the most sought after makeup artists in the industry.

When did your love for makeup begin and how did you end up as a world-renowned makeup artist?
My love for make-up began at age 9 and my professional career started at age 18 when I moved myself to Paris to become a professional make-up artist.

You are a makeup artist for Physicians Formula, what makes their makeup special?
They’ve been around for 70 years, which makes then a very reputable company and the fact that they offer high quality products in an affordable price range. They have an extremely high standard for the ingredients they use in their products and I am proud to associate my name with theirs.

I feel blessed to have worked with so many beautiful faces, but I have never done Nicole Kidman’s face and I would love to work with her. And who wouldn’t want to work with the iconic face of Sophia Loren”

In September 2006 your first book Glamour Gurlz was published. What topics does this book cover?
It’s an amazing step-by-step modern make-up manual with tips focusing on young women/young Hollywood and it’s filled with inspirational messages I wish I would have heard at that age written in their language.

Proceeds from your book support the J-Gurlz fund you have created. How was the idea for this foundation conceived and what is its cause?
Having lived abroad for so many years and coming home to see so many of our young girls slipping through the cracks in my own back yard was really upsetting to me. I wanted to create an organization to support these young women and help them build their future. The J-Gurlz fund provides these girls with the opportunity to be mentored by amazingly successful women coming from all walks of life, the chance to participate in emotionally intensive and thought-provoking seminars and hands-on, innovative education. We truly believe that by helping these girls and giving them the tools they need to succeed, we can make a big difference in our world and make the positive changes needed for their future.

What is your favorite type of makeup assignment; editorial, celebrities, fashions shows, print, or commercials?
I love them all and that’s the reason I’m a freelance make-up artist. To be locked into one genre would be too monotonous for me however, my specialty is beauty where make-up is the focus (commercials, print, editorials), it’s my absolute favorite.

Can you share with us some on-the-set beauty tricks?
Water-proof mascara that will last all day is a must. Stained lips when using a dramatic color underneath your lipstick or lip gloss will provide extra dimension. Touch-up with a light mineral veil or translucent powder to prevent cakey-ness.

What is the best way to prevent a shiny face?
Pencils and powder last longer than creams and for real women, longevity is so important. Skip the foundation if you can and use a powder to perfect your complexion. A powder blush is great and always pack a small touch-up kit for those on-the–run moments.

What are the trends in makeup this fall?
First of all, it’s all all about a matte, luminous finish. Dewy skin is out. The great thing about make-up today is that there are so many great choices out there for women to choose from. Here are a few examples of some great looks we saw on the cat walks. A strong liquid eye liner as seen at Louis Vutton’s show. A strong red retro lip, reminiscent of the 40’s as seen at the recent runway shows of Proenza Schouler and j.mendel is extremely hot and sexy. An 80’s vibe was seen with hot pink gloss and a softly-defined eye as seen at D&G’s show. Versace showed a very 60’s Barbarella smoked out eye. Basically if you have the right skin to start, you have many different choices to choose from.

You have worked with many celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Duff, Sheryl Crow, Jessica Simpson, Sophia Bush, and more. Who would you love to work with in the future?
I feel blessed to have worked with so many beautiful faces, but I have never done Nicole Kidman’s face and I would love to work with her. And who wouldn’t want to work with the iconic face of Sophia Loren.

You have traveled to 93 countries around the globe. What did you learn from your world travels?
Actually it’s 94…I’ve learned so much from every place I’ve been; the languages, cultural differences, you name it.. I truly feel like I’ve become a citizen of the world and have gained an appreciation for all of the global and cultural differences there are today.

What passions do you have besides makeup?
Obviously traveling, scuba diving and there’s nothing like a great show at the Comedy Club. I try and surround myself with as much laughter as possible.

It was a pleasure to interview Joanna and learn about her work. You can visit her homepage or buy her book at Amazon

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