redrik has been a makeup artist since the age
of 17. His journey as a makeup artist started when he went to art school.
He heard that a friend, of a friend, went
to makeup school in London; “that sounded
interesting to me, but I didn’t apply to that
school, so I went to Sweden in Gothenburg.”
Starting out as a makeup artist can be
challenging and difficult. I asked
Fredrick if he feels that it can be difficult to
break into the makeup industry. He replies;
“For sure, I was working at a theater for a
while, then in television for a bit, and then
I started doing test shoots.
It took a while, for sure, to come into
Working his way up into the industry he
has assisted makeup artists; Mark Carrasquillo
and Petros Petrohilos.
Although Fredrik has assisted great
makeup artists, he feels that it’s important to
“learn from yourself, but also learn from other
people in the business.
I think it’s a good way of getting into
Fredrik is originally from Sweden, where
his career started out. “I started working for Numero
Magazine with a Swedish photographer and got a
great agency in New York. I’ve been able to work
in the fashion industry on a great international
Fredrik explains that he has traveled to New
York a few times without any connections or
anything. He also pointed out; “to get a ‘view’ you
need a sponsor; that is my agent.”
Being a successful makeup artist you have the
opportunity to work with many supermodels.
Fredrik has worked with many; one
in particular he has worked with is ‘Coco Rocha’.
I asked him what was her personality like.
He responded; “Coco is a great person, she’s super hot
and she works great with the camera.
She’s really easy and a super nice person.”
While on the subject of supermodels, I had to
ask him if he found it sometimes difficult
working with some models; Fredrik laughs and
response; “well there are personalities that are
not as easy.”
You can’t name names of course, I asked? “No I’m not going to name anyone.
But I have to say, that they’re
not the ones that are not just
starting out, but the ones who are not doing so
Those are usually the ones who are not so
easy to work with.
I don’t mean a lot of models, but a few,
because normally, the girls that are super high
level they have to be super nice and easy going
because people won’t keep booking them, at
least with models.
I haven’t found it with celebrities.”
Fredrik really likes the French Pharmacies.
“So many great products for special
things.” He tells me five things that women need
in their makeup bag?
- Avibon for lips from the French pharmacy,
it’s great for dry lips
- Concealer from Shu Uenura
Eye lash from Shu Uenura
- Remover Crealine from the French pharmacy, it’s
a great remover
- A great Mascara
Fredrik continues; “I like YSL lip sticks, but I can’t recommend a color.
Everyone has their own shade and there
are different skin tones; White, Black, Hispanic,
Asian. So it’s difficult to say that this shade
looks good on you.”
My conversation went really well with Fredrik
and he shared with me great advice for aspiring
“Just play around on your friends.
Buy a lot of makeup.
That’s the way you’re going to learn a
lot. Get to know people in the business.
The more connections you’ve got, the more
easier it gets.
Because I’m thinking, when I started out, I
started out doing test and free shoots.
I worked with so many people it didn’t
take that long before I started to work.
I started working a lot, actually.
Try to work with any opportunity that you get
also, then you, of course,
need to be particular when you have worked for a while,” he laughs.