Matin fell into makeup almost by accident after taking a part-time job during college. Today he works with celebrites such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Liv Tyler but still manages to find a use for his degree in molecular biology.

When did you decide to become a makeup artist?
I started selling make up during my second year of college when I was in desperate need of a job to pay for school. My roommate at the time was a make up artist at Neiman’s and got me an interview with her boss. I got the job and started to sell and do make up at the cosmetics counter in San Francisco. I continued doing make up until I finished my undergraduate degree.

What was your biggest break as a professional makeup artist?
I was working in NY for 3 years and I got a job offer from photographer Gilles Bensimon to do the cover for ELLE magazine with Liv Tyler.

What is your makeup philosophy?
I love the “effortless” look. As if someone did her own make up but better of course (or I hope). Skin the the main focus and the rest of the look is secondary for me.

” I love the flexibily it affords me to do other projects that I want, I love the social aspect of my job and I love the fact that it is a totally organic process and one cannot really plan what to do for a job in advance.”

What are the keys for building a good relationship between a makeup artist and a photographer or a beauty editor?
Being able to communicate clearly and to understand the entire process of collaborations. A shoot not only involves what the make up artist wants alone… it has to do with with the vision the editor has, what the photographer wants and the collaboration of hair, make up and wardrobe to realize the true vision for the shoot.

What have been some of your most memorable celebrity collaborations?
Going to Washington DC (and capitol Hill) with Angelina Jolie for world refugee day and to Uganda with Natalie Portman to meet some kids that have become orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS.

What are some of the must-have tools in your makeup kit?
A great concealer pallette. My Kajal that I get from Afghanistan.

 

What’s involved in being Neutrogena’s Cosmetics Science Expert?
I did my graduate studies in Molecular Biology and Neutrogena created a position that I can use my background as well as my creative vision in order to come up with new effective and high performing products with integrity and beauty.

What are some of your favorite Neutrogena makeup products?
I’m obsessed with the sheer glow tinted moisturizer and 3 in 1 concealer.

What would be your dream makeup assignment?

Ah… It would be fun to create a truly green and socially conscious product in EVERY WAY. From the philosophy of the company to packaging to supporting social programs etc. etc.

What do you love most about being a makeup artist?
I love many things about my job. I love the flexibily it affords me to do other projects that I want, I love the social aspect of my job and I love the fact that it is a totally organic process and one cannot really plan what to do for a job in advance.

What city in the world do you find most inspirational?
NYC of course 🙂

What other passions do you have besides makeup?
I founded a literacy program called Afghan Hands Inc. (www.afghanhands.org) It encourages widows in Afghanistan to become literate and also work as embroiders in order to earn money to support their families. I love textiles so I’m getting my fix when I get shipments from Afghanistan.

It was a pleasure to interview Matin to find out more about him visit his portfolio at Artists by Timothy. Also for info on Neautrogena products check www.neutrogena.com.

 

 

 

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