SkysOcean's Fabulous Interview with Makeup Artist Bobbi-Jo Maldonado
Beautiful isn't enough when you speak about this young woman. Makeup Artist Bobbi-Jo Maldonado. Based out of Florida and occasionally in New York City, Bobbi-Jo definitely has the skills. In addition, her originality and sincere responses make you adore her. I'm sure you would agree after you have read this interview, that she is humble, very talented and extremely fabulous.
When did you start loving makeup? What inspired you to become a makeup artist?
Honestly I don't even remember, I remember being super simplistic no makeup, just some lip gloss type of girl, and then out of nowhere here I am contouring and blending! And it's funny because I looked at my mom the other day and said "How the heck did I even learn to do this?"
Are you independent or are you with a company?
I'm not currently with any company, I'm independent. I'm a self taught artist so I'm still learning day by day as I go along.
How did you get started in the industry?
Growing up I was always fascinated by watching my aunt Linda Marie doing her makeup, I found it as a bonding experience with her to learn. Since then I've been obsessed with the whole beauty industry.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Although I'd love to think I'm different from a lot of makeup artists in the industry, I'm mainly inspired by them. I think as an artist of any craft we all inspire each other in a way. The makeup industry is a huge community of artist inspiring other artist, we see something done by another artist, we attempt it. Whether it's my aunt Linda Marie, my cousin Melissa, or any big name makeup artist, I'm inspired by everyone.
What advice do you give a young girl starting to put on makeup?
My advice to young girls would be to not think of it as a way to look older or more mature, use it as a form of self expression. Put on some blue eye shadow, apply that red lipstick everywhere, be your age and play dress up and just have fun with it.
Where do you want to reach in the makeup industry?
Eventually I would love for my passion for makeup to be a full time career for myself. I want to be able to do what I love everyday and get paid to do it. Along with doing makeup on others, I'd love to become a brand and see my own products being sold in major beauty retailers.
What age do you think is appropriate for a girl to wear makeup?
I don't think there's a age bracket on makeup in my opinion. Makeup can be fun and can be worn at any age. However, I do believe, regardless of age, makeup should always be age appropriate.
Which celebrity would you love to, how's it called, beat?
Wow I've never sat and thought about which ONE celebrity I would love to beat, but if I have to choose one I'd choose Rihanna. Her complexion, skin and eye color are so beautiful. I think she would be a perfect canvas to play with.
Which is your favorite makeup artist?
Mario Dedivanovic! For sure. He's most known for being Kim Kardashian West's makeup artist. I love his work because it falls along the same path of makeup I like to do. He works a lot with neutral color glam looks! He's so talented.
What is beauty?
Beauty is undefined in my eyes. I feel that beauty is loving your own skin. Confidence is beauty.
What is life to you?
Life to me is all about following your dreams and not letting your days just pass you by. We live one life, don't just exist in the world, make something of it.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be working on movie sets doing makeup and doing full glams on celebrities for events. I say celebrities because it really gives an opportunity to showcase my work on a larger scale and let's be honest.... the money ain't too bad either.
Besides being an amazing makeup artist, what else do you love to do?
Besides makeup, I'm really just all about being with family.
How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?
I would describe my signature style as a bronzy glam. I absolutely love working with golden, neutral warm tones. I feel that as a makeup artist, I tend to enhance a persons facial features rather than change them. A lot of artist nowadays in my opinion make everyone look the same, but my techniques in doing makeup keeps everyone looking exactly like themselves just a "glammed up" version of themselves.
What has been a challenge you have faced in this profession and how did you overcome it?
Honestly as far as right now I haven't faced much of a challenge in the makeup industry. Besides trial and error of certain techniques, I still feel that I would love to be challenged in a way and see how I overcome that challenge.
What have been the highlights of your career?
Being that social media is such a huge staple in this industry, one of my greatest achievements would be the recognition I've received by certain cosmetic brands and artists. I also find great pride in having friends contact me for their weddings! If a girl trusts you on her wedding day, you know you're doing something right.
Three tools you never can be without?
Are we talking makeup tools in particular? I definitely can't be without quality brushes. If my brushes are good quality, I could use drug store brands and still have them look just as flawless as a high end brand would.
What can we expect for the future? Are there any new projects that we should look out for?
For now I'm just looking forward to really pushing myself beyond my limits and stepping out of my comfort zone as far as getting more clientele. Eventually I would love to build myself up for a collaboration with a big cosmetic brand. Til then, you can find me posting my work on myself and others on my instagram.
We loved this interview! Thank you Bobbi-Jo! We look forward to seeing more of you!
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