Moving to Los Angeles and becoming a Celebrity Makeup Artist was merely a dream for young Chicago native, Stephanie Navarro. At the age of 15, she got the opportunity to intern in the makeup department on a feature film. It was then that she discovered her passion for makeup, which inspired her to make the big move to California to pursue her dreams. Making a life decision like that (before even crossing the stage at her own high school graduation) is the epitome of what California dreams are made of. Now, after calling Los Angeles "Home" for the last eight years, she continues to navigate the industry with the same enthusiasm and tenacity that brought her there at such a young age.
Established California is excited to welcome this new beauty contributor on our team! We sat down with Stephanie to talk more about who she is, what inspires her and what a typical day on set looks like.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from fellow makeup artists. I follow some amazing talent on Instagram. I pull tear sheets from magazines such as W, Vogue and Harpers Bazar (to name a few) and use them as a reference to keep up on current trends.
How does California inspire you?
California motivates me to grow and adapt as a makeup artist because the competition is high in Los Angeles. To succeed you must be remarkable and ever evolving at your craft, as well as a person
Who are some of the people that have inspired you through out your career?
I was inspired by the late and famous makeup artist Kevin Aucoin. I had all his makeup books as a teenage and would study them carefully. I would practice makeup on my sister and pretend I was him. I also love Scott Barnes and all the work he has done with Jennifer Lopez over the years. She always looks stunning.
An amazing opportunity we get in this industry is to assist highly respected professionals in the craft. I myself, have worked along side Samual Paul who comes from a fine art background and is an amazing makeup artist.
What is it about the California beauty that sets her apart from others?
The California Beauty to me is someone who is beautiful inside and out. She is usually well rounded in culture and music and is a nature lover with a free spirit. She wears her body, not fashion. She wears her skin, not makeup. If and when she does wear makeup or is wearing something of a fashion statement, she wears it well.
What are common beauty mistakes women make?
I am obsessed with eyebrows. If I could shape everyone’s eyebrows, I would. Common mistakes I see are either over-plucked, over-drawn, or the “hot” brow – too warm in color. (mostly seen in blondes) Makeup is about enhancing your natural beauty and not distracting from it. Less is more.
If you were not a make-up artist, what else would you do?
I would be a chef or a love therapist. I just need to do meaningful work that makes people happy. I want to spread love whether it be through relationships, good food or beauty!
You have 2 minutes to put your make-up on, what are your must haves?
I would use two minutes to quickly apply concealer, then quick blush/bronzer, one coat of mascara and cherry chapstick. Done!
What is a typical day like for you on set?
Everyday is different! It's like having your first day of school but every day at work. I make sure to introduce myself to all the key players because they are the ones that hire you back. I remember everyones name. I set up my makeup station and get to work. I really try to be efficient and listen to what my client wants. After my makeup and hair is approved I make a set bag and follow my actors around all day making sure they still look fresh. The rest of the day is easy. You smile, make jokes but remember to alway stay professional. Every day at the office has a new model or actor, new photographer, new producer and a new location. That's what I love about my job.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eleni Hopkins grew up in a home where art and fashion were always the forefront of conversation. A Native to San Francisco, her passion for style, color and texture have made her fearless to take risks in order to stay on the cutting edge of fashion and beauty trends. It was her craft with palettes of color and make-up brushes that prompted her move to Los Angeles and her love for clothing, designers and street trends that have kept her here. With a creative but critical eye, Eleni is excited to share her love for dress up and show readers how to spice up their wardrobe and enjoy their time in front of the mirror.