What’s In My Cosmetic Bag: Carmen Tse

Carmen Tse is a makeup artist based out of Vancouver, Canada. After attending the worldly acclaimed makeup school, Blanche Macdonald, Carmen  (pictured, right) pursued her dreams and passion of becoming a makeup artist. She has worked in Japan and Vancouver perfecting faces in weddings, TV/film, retail, photo shoots, and fashion shows. Carmen also works in a partnership called the Vancouver Boudoir Team, specializing in “sexy and timeless images.” We caught up with Carmen and asked her a few questions.

What’s In My Cosmetic Bag

I’ve got my brow gel for taming my brows and colouring them, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.5, MAC “Way to Love” Lipstick, Shiseido Maquillage Eyelash Curler,  Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara, Clinique blush in “Posey” , and Burt Bees chapstick. I actually don’t wear a lot of makeup.

Q&A with Carmen Tse

What made you want to become a makeup artist?
I don’t really know, i wanted to go to school to do makeup as a hobby ,but I ended up really enjoying it, and now its my full time job.

What’s the most exciting aspect of your job?
Knowing that your talent can turn someones day around. They gain this confidence and walk out the door a brand new person. Also, “transformations” are fun… such as making a guy into a girl or playing around with special effects.

As a makeup artist, what keeps you up to date on the latest trends?
Reading blogs online, YouTube videos, magazines and going to “schools” for makeup companies

What’s the most common mistake you see women make with their makeup?
Not blending… Blending is such a key for makeup espcially during foundation, I dont like to see foundation that is a different colour then their neck >.<

In your opinion, what are the best and worst makeup trends of today?
Best: I love the sun kissed look; it never gets old… a bit of bronzer makes you look healthy and have that “glow”
Worst: When sun kissed look goes over board and you look like an oompa loompa.

What’s the one beauty product that you simply cannot live without?
Mascara 🙂

Do you still use drug-store products as a professional makeup artist?
Yes, I love Revlon Colorstay as it’s silicone based, which is great for tv/film and weddings. I also use L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara.

What are some challenges you face on the job?
Some challenges are knowing that what looks good to your eye, may not look good in the client’s eyes. Sometimes they may never wear makeup so a “little” bit of eye shadow could already be too much for them. Always listen to the client.

What has your most memorable work experience been?
Working in Japan; the makeup there is amazing and the culture is just fantastic – soo different from western styles. And Japanese people are so nice 🙂

You’ve overslept, and you only have 10 minutes to put on makeup. What do you do?
Mascara and blush. Thats all i have time for, haha.

What tips do you have for aspiring makeup artists?
Always take every opportunity you get! You never know who people are… The person you “volunteer” for may give you the biggest job in your life next week. And check your ego at the door… no matter how good you are, there will always be someone better then you. Never stop learning

Makeup by Carmen Tse

Connect with Carmen Tse

View more of Carmen’s work on her portfolio: CarmenTseMakeup.com
Follow Carmen on Twitter: @CarmenTseMakeup
Like Carmen on Facebook: CarmenTseMakeup

Book an appointment with Carmen Tse, and mention Ingenue Coquette to receive a 10% discount off all services!

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