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Interview of Claudia Giles by Andy Reyes // I think the most important thing to live well in this world is water. Like plants, animals and all living things, we need it.

Interview of Claudia Giles by Andy Reyes

How did you start as a makeup artist?

I was always very flirtatious, I liked to wear princess dresses and carry my bag of makeup with me  everywhere. All this practically since I was born. At 15 years old I started to learn how to use make up a little better and thanks to my creativity I learn some tricks. In 2009 I started my professional studies with the make-up artist Erika Guevara, who was the best known in my city. In 2013 I finally got my diploma as a Professional Makeup Artist at Pestanhol Makeup School. I go to classes to update at least once a year.

What has been your most important project as a makeup artist?

For me, each of my jobs are made as if they were the most important in my life. I always put my whole heart into it. Although, I am very inspired by some of the amazing photographers in Mexico with whom I have had the opportunity work with.

Do you have a morning routine?

First of all, I boil water to heat an artichoke tea and let it rest, meanwhile, I wash my face, with bio soaps and cold water. If necessary, I exfoliate my face and lips (at least once a week).

Tell me about your skincare routine!

At night I put on heavier moisturizers to work while I sleep. I apply at least one mask per week although if I could, I would apply one daily. I love masks with a high Vitamin C content and I always use anti-acne products, because I suffer from acne. I never forget to massage my face.

For makeup (if I go to work), I curl my eyelashes, I apply a mascara, a little base with my beauty sponge, very little fixer and mattifying powder under the eyes and in the T zone. I can not live without  my bronzer, blush on the cheekbones and a bit of highlighter in the high areas. I make my eyebrows with a pencil and comb them.

What’s your favorite makeup style?

I love a fresh style of makeup, to emphasize the most naturally beautiful part of each face. I love the effect of “glow” on the skin.

Can you give us some for good makeup and the mistake that we make when we put on makeup?

I think the most important thing to live well in this world is water. Like plants, animals and all living things, we need it.

The mistake we make the most is not to moisturize our skin and it shows with time. There are many aspects in makeup that according to “the rules”, we should follow and maybe yes, for example, to make eyes look bigger, we must follow some steps in the outline to achieve it, but in the end if you are comfortable with something, that will shine through.

For my taste the biggest mistake we make is not using our correct base tone. We often do not use the right tones that go with our undertones. Also cold lipstick tones highlight the yellowness in teeth (although these are not normally seen as yellow with the naked eye).

Where does your inspiration come from?

My daughter inspires me to create new things. As for an era, I am inspired by the 40s. I love the glamour of the time, the simplicity of elegance with small touches that frame everything.

What are your favorite books?

I love Haruki Murakami.

Where do you see yourself in the not too distant future?

At some point I would love to have my own business, maybe in Mexico. Personally I would like to continue growing and continue doing the things that I love and if I could live off it all my whole life, it would be much more than amazing!

Andy Reyes

Andy Reyes (she/her) is a Mexican writer, columnist, and poet. She is a feminist – the women she admires the most are her grandmother and mother. She is proudly Mexican and is interested in psychology and journalism – her favorite hobbies are knitting vests, reading, and making pancakes.

Andie started writing when she was seven years old, with the purpose to understand why she suffered from school bullying, she created a narrative about her experiences at school from the perspective of animals, that is where she fell in love with writing.

Andie likes sunsets, cuddling her cat Mushu and her little dog named Coco.

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