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Meet Celebrity Makeup Artist Troy Jensen – Part 1 of 2 October 4, 2013

Troy Jensen, celebrated makeup artist has worked with Emmy Rossum, Rebecca Romijn, Megan Fox, Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry. Troy sat down with MAKEUP FOR EVER and shared his philosophy on beauty, what inspires him and why he loves our new brush collection in a 2-part interview.

Take the time to play with different looks and products to really see the possibilities with makeup. It's just makeup. If you don't like it, wash it off and try something else.

Meet Celebrity Makeup Artist Troy Jensen – Part 1 of 2

October 4, 2013

Troy Jensen, celebrated makeup artist has worked with Emmy Rossum, Rebecca Romijn, Megan Fox, Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry. Troy sat down with MAKEUP FOR EVER and shared his philosophy on beauty, what inspires him and why he loves our new brush collection in a 2-part interview.

Take the time to play with different looks and products to really see the possibilities with makeup. It's just makeup. If you don't like it, wash it off and try something else.

When did you realize you wanted to become a makeup artist?

I decided to create my makeup career when I was very young. I loved to draw and paint and my inspirations were the pretty girls in school. I was very popular in school because of my artistic ability. I always knew I was going to be some kind of artist. When I first got the opportunity to makeup someones face and was great at it naturally… I was hooked!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Film, music, fashion.  I was very young and would watch old Hollywood movies with my grandmother. I had the eye to recognize the different leading actresses. My eye was drawn to them: their bone structure, their eye brows. the shape of their lips. My mind stored their image. I had no idea what my brain was designed to do that until I was well into my career. I know I am doing what I am designed to do.

Who are some people that have inspired you throughout your career?

When I think of the people I've met that have inspired me the most, I think of other makeup artists like Way Bandy, Kevin Aucoin. I learned so much by watching them. I knew Kevin and was able to witness how he was with his clients. He was warm, focused, and loved what he did. I am naturally shy, but I have learned to be warm, focused and to enjoy the process and the journey. I know I am a lucky man to be able to do what I do for as long as I've been doing it.

What do you love most about makeup?

Beauty. I love beauty. I love making women look and feel beautiful. I am passionate about the process and what's involved in making women beautiful: the clean face, the makeup, the application, the lighting, and then capturing it on film. To look at an image of my work and see what I have created is great but I am an artist. What I love the most about creating a look that is flawless is seeing the woman I made up. Live, move, laugh and love... It's not about inventing perfection. For me it's bringing my art to life.

If you weren’t a makeup artist, what else would you do?

I'd be a rock star. lol

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Troy Jensen: Creative chaos everyday. I am always working, on set or at my studio. There are never enough hours in the day. I must say I have an incredible team that work with me. I have never had the kind of force and talent that I have around me now. I'm excited about everything I'm working on these days.

How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

I think my looks are always changing, but I have been told that people can tell I did the makeup. When they saw one of my clients on the red carpet or on a magazine cover. It's hard to describe what my style is. I guess I can say that I love to make a woman look beautiful. I'm not a transformational type of artist. I love makeup that is feminine, chic, and enhances a woman's natural beauty.

What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to women?

I advise women to take the time to play with different looks and products to really see the possibilities with makeup. It's just makeup. If you don't like it, wash it off and try something else.