NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
assisted top makeup artist, Pat McGarth, before
launching out on his own. He is
designer Chris Benz' key makeup artist for his shows. With his knowledge of makeup and his determination,
Daniel is one makeup artist to watch.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Can you tell me about how your career started as a
I started my career in Virginia working at an Aveda
Concept salon. From there I started teaching for the
brand, doing photo shoots locally thru an ad agency and
building my book. 10 years later I’m living my dream in
the greatest city in the world!
Who was your first makeup artist you assisted, if not
While I was in Virginia I apprenticed with someone
for 2 years. That opportunity laid down the
foundation and understanding of session work
I then assisted Pat McGrath, Virginia Young and
All three have different approaches to makeup,
in which I was able to discover my own.
How important is it to assist an established makeup
I think it’s very important to assist. Not only is it
about cultivating your craft and discovering your point
of view, it’s about the relationships you build with your
peers- the photo assistants, hair assistants, stylist
assists, etc. The generation moves up and you all grow
together creatively. It's the evolution of our industry.
What do you look for in an assistant?
What I look for in an assistant is consistency, talent,
drive and most of all, the ability to LISTEN. One
of the many things I learned as an assistant is what NOT
to do on set.
Who are some of the fashion designers you have worked
Chris Benz, Oscar De La Renta, Sophie Theallet, Proenza
Schouler and Thakoon are just a few...
You worked with some of the best fashion designers.
Can you tell me your best memory?
There's two memorable "Fashion
Moments" that come to mind. One was keying my first show
at Bryant Park for designer, Atil Kutoglu and second was
Yeohlee in the spring of 2005. She had her runway
show underground in the subway station right under
Bryant Park. In the show was a mix of "real" women and
celebrities ranging from Farrah Fawcet to fashion
correspondant, Elsa Klensch.
How hectic can it become working backstage, and how do
you keep organized?
I have to say, backstage with me and my team is pretty
chill. I’m a Virgo so I’m super organized ahead of time.
I’m also blessed to have a consistent team of artists
who I trust and understands my point of view.
Tell me something that no one knows about you?
I love Almonds and Mangoes. You will always find those
two things in my kitchen.
Can you tell me, in details, how did the collaboration
come about with
I have been quite blessed
with the relationship I have had with the brand. Kerry
Diamond, Vice President of Public Relations, has been my
biggest cheerleader and I will be forever grateful to
her and her amazing team. Kerry introduced me to Chris
Benz a few years back and I have been keying his show
The time had come for another designer to partner with
the brand on their Limited Edition (Pout-A-Porter)
series and Kerry asked Chris and I to participate.
Chris and I spent an afternoon mixing colors in his
studios until we came up with the color. Ironically
enough, it was the same color I had mixed for Elettra
Wiedemann when she was Chris' date to the Met Ball Gala
the year before.
The lipstick was exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue and
Lancome Boutiques nationwide. I am very proud to say
that Chris & Tell has completely sold out!
I think its on eBay now for about $100.00 or so....
total compliment, right?!
Will there be more collaboration or maybe in the future
will you come
up with your own line of makeup?
Which I think will be a great hit!
I've consulted with a few other lines in the past and
would love the opportunity to become a creative director
one day. As far as my own line goes, right now there are
never say never ;)
EFM: What advice can you give to
aspiring makeup artists?
Follow your dreams and keep an open mind. The journey you
take is just as important as the work you produce.
Sometimes its not about that great beauty story in Vogue
or Gucci campaign you worked on, but rather the
relationships with the teams you've made along the way.
Interview by Rochell “E” James