One of my favorite things about each boudoir session is the initial “Ooh, I look hot!” response that women get when they look in the mirror. There’s one incredible person that works behind the scenes of all of my shoots to give them that first look “wow”, and that’s Jessica Hanft of WarPaint International Makeup Artistry.
Jessica is the self-defined artisan and creative director behind her company, and she strives to really turn each woman she works with into a true masterpiece. She was named Minneapolis Makeup Artist of the year in 2011 and has been featured in the local news for her outstanding talents.
Because we work so closely together, I wanted you to have the opportunity to get to know a little more about her and the methodology behind her work!
When did you first realize that you wanted to become a makeup artist and how did you get started?
“I was 10 years old, and I just started playing around with makeup! As I got older I would do my friend’s makeup for dances and parties, and after high school I landed a job as a counter manager at Macy’s for Benefit cosmetics which eventually launched me into my professional career.”
What kind of training and experience do you have?
“I’m mostly self-taught, but have attended seminars put on by Benefit cosmetics and Jane Iredale.”
Your motto is “Prepare for Battle”, can you tell me a little more about that?
“Every day is a battle out there, especially in today’s society as a woman. Prepare for battle represents how I will not only make you look beautiful, but feel beautiful so that you are prepared to face whatever life throws your way.”
How do you keep up with current trends?
“My guilty pleasures are Allure and Vogue magazines. I pick one of each up every month and browse the trends to find my own personal inspiration that I can apply towards each individual woman that I work with.”
What is your favorite current fashion trend?
“Skinny jeans with peep-toe pumps!”
Where do you find inspiration?
“The 1940′s time period, bright abstract art, blended with current fashion trends.”
What is your favorite look to create?
“Definitely 1940′s pin up. While I love bold, crazy, and creative makeup, I love how simple makeup was in the 1940′s. I love the red lips and crisp eyeliner. It’s sassy and seductive without overdoing it.”
What do you like most about makeup for boudoir sessions?
“I can really show off my creative side and push my own skills to create incredibly fun looks for each client.”
What other types of events do you provide services for?
“Weddings, special events, runway, individual makeup lessons, personal shopping, and girls night out parties!”
What is the biggest beauty mistake that women make?
“Wearing the wrong shade of foundation and the wrong shade of bronzer.”
Can you give me one quick beauty tip?
“When applying eye shadow: Always do your eye makeup before applying any other makeup to your face. Then once your shadow is applied, use a cotton ball with makeup remover to clean up any powder that falls below your eyes. You’ll get a clean and crisp eye every time.”
Because I’m nosy… can you tell me what’s in your purse right now?
“MAC lip gloss, Bobbi Brown blotting papers, hair ties, my wallet, chewing gum, and Q-Tips.”
Last question. If you could only use one makeup product, what would it be?
There you are, isn’t she fabulous?
Give her a call for your makeup needs, or better yet, book a boudoir session and you’ll get the opportunity to work with both of us!!
Company: WarPaint International
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Facebook: WarPaint International