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“Life is a stage” By Jabe

Make Up For Ever sat down with Jabe, Editor-in-Chief and Artistic Director of OOB magazine for a one-on-once chat about what inspires him when creating the on-point look of the go-to publication for international makeup artistry.

“Life is a stage” By Jabe

We have to see that nothing is impossible – just like on a stage, where anything can happen.

“Life is a stage” By Jabe

Make Up For Ever sat down with Jabe, Editor-in-Chief and Artistic Director of OOB magazine for a one-on-once chat about what inspires him when creating the on-point look of the go-to publication for international makeup artistry.

Jabe arrived in Paris from his native Guadeloupe when he was just sixteen. Launching himself into the world of makeup after a foray into painting, Jabe’s work has been featured in Vogue Italia, L’Officiel Paris, Vanity Fair Italy and Marie Claire France, among many other publications.  He has worked with Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gauthier… the list goes on.

In 2013, Jabe began a new chapter in his career when he created OOB Magazine, an international avant-garde beauty publication aimed at professionals and avid devotees of beauty trends around the world.

Make Up For Ever: You’ve had a prestigious career so far, and you have a long history with Make Up For Ever. When did you first know you wanted to be a makeup artist?

Jabe: I come from a big family and have several cousins, so I was around makeup a lot growing up. My parents also had friends in the makeup business, and their daughter, who was about my age, had tons of makeup samples and I loved to experiment with them when we went to their house. And I really loved to draw and paint as a child, but I never knew makeup artistry was something you could do for a living until I met people who were in the business.

Make Up For Ever: How long have you been a makeup artist?

Jabe: Seventeen years. I started out as an assistant’s assistant, just cleaning brushes and generally helping out where I was needed. I’ve never had any formal training. It’s a small community, so once I started helping out friends on sets, I met other people in the business and from there I began to get work.

Make Up For Ever: What have you accomplished in your career that you’re particularly proud of?

Jabe: So far, I am most proud of what I have created in OOB. The magazine is not an end point, though. It’s a step in a journey. I have grown as a makeup artist and now have moved into the role of Artistic Director (AD). I love being AD for OOB – it’s like being the director of an orchestra. Basically, I’m telling a story, and OOB is the framework for that my vision.

Make Up For Ever: What inspires you?

Jabe: For the look of OOB, I draw a lot on my heritage and on images of my childhood. I’m from Guadeloupe, an island in the West Indies, where the culture and ethnicities are very blended, so I feature those themes a lot in the magazine. I’m like a sponge that soaks up everything around me – exhibitions, films, books, travel – I find inspiration everywhere.

Make Up For Ever: How do you put together the artistic vision for each issue?

Jabe: It’s really all about teamwork. My first stop is to bounce every idea off my agent, who is a great help at pushing me – and pulling me back down to Earth when I need it! Everyone on my team has an essential role and we all work together to make the vision a reality.

Make Up For Ever: What does it mean to be a makeup artist?

Jabe: Today, I feel a lot of young makeup artists want to be celebrities themselves. And that’s fine! What is important to understand, however, is the work that has to go into developing your skill. There’s a lot of very unglamorous work that has to be done first to earn your stripes. I think we can truly call ourselves a makeup artist when we can walk onto any set, in any context, and do precisely what is asked of us to translate a vision through concrete technique and skill.

Make Up For Ever: What does “Life is a stage” mean to you?

Jabe: Life is a stage. We’re all playing a role in a way. We dress a certain way, do our hair a certain way… it’s all about putting our very best self forward. I think we all want to be happy, and to achieve that, we have to be optimistic. We have to see that nothing is impossible – just like on a stage, where anything can happen.

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