Today we had the privilege of having Lori Neapolitan in to do personal make up consultations at Visions for the Art of Hair.
Lori gave us insight into what inspires her, her favorite tools, and what she loves most about makeup in a revealing interview.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from all artists, architecture, interior design, floral arrangements, fashion. It’s all about texture, color and geographic pattern. So any artist or form of artistry… sculpture, painting all of the above inspires me to be a better artist and to do what I do. I have the best canvas in the world…. beautiful women.
Who are people that have inspired you throughout your career?
Kevyn Aucoin who is a very famous makeup artist – but unfortunately he passed away at a very early age . He wrote several books. He was very well known for his art of makeup. He inspired me. I actually did a couple of things with him years and years ago.
The first makeup artist was Way Bandy. Way Bandy died much too young of Aids. He taught me geometric pattern. It’s all about lines. He has a book that’s about line drawing. So I am always looking at people drawing lines across their face.
And Max Factor of course, the king of makeup.
How long have you been a makeup artist and how’d you get your start?
I have been a makeup artist my entire life in spirit. I had a father who was an amazing artist. He was a chef. Yet another thing that inspires me. Chefs are incredible artists only they create art with food.
How I got started was working in theatre. I was a singer and I saw all these people doing their makeup and I thought “this is an interesting thing to do” My sisters were Opera singers so I started watching them. I had three neighbors who were models. So I watched them as a young girl to see them do what they do to transform their faces.
I have been doing makeup now for 40 years.
What do you love most about make up?
Celebrity Makeup Artist
What I love most about the actual medium is I love the ability to work with the manufacturing companies to be attached to women every day. I see what they need. I see the technological changes of what’s happening in makeup. Max Factor was my god. He had very little to work with. But now we have all of these beautiful organic based products and products that are free of fragrance and dyes. We have things like silicone – things that are very very light and skinlike. So I think my favorite thing is the technological advancements and where we’ve come chemically and artistically and pigments. Plus I love working with people every single day.
Everyday I am so blessed to be able to inspire and have a woman look happier and feel more confident.
Where have you traveled and presented to?
I have traveled all over the world. I have been everywhere except for one continent – Antarctica. I have been to every state except for four.
I am inspired by a lot of asian influences and culture because they also want to look very western. I look to them as a different medium because I look to the history of makeup.
Not the history of just the 30’s but the history of where make up started, Cleopatra for example, the Asians, all of the people who have different face shapes and skin types. I like to look at that. Of course I love going to Europe because I can work with people of so many different nationalities.
What is it about your style that sets you apart?
What sets me apart from most makeup artists is my passion – my true passion. I am not saying that other make up artists don’t have that but I know what mine is about. I live, eat, and breathe it.
I do education. I love not only to teach those whose make up I do, but I love to teach students – people like Lauren who have the ability for hair artists to learn the art of make up because that is total beauty.
How would you describe your signature look?
I think my signature look is my brows. I am very famous for my brows. I am also very famous for my skin. The reason why is because I always want it to look fresh, to look natural. I want it to look as skin like and as air brushed as possible without BEING air brushed. My canvas is what I am famous for. Then anything I put on my canvas looks that much better.
What is the most important beauty advice that you give to women?
Take care of your skin. Try to live as healthy of a life that is stress free with as good of food as possible that includes vegetables, water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrates! Keep sun exposure to a minimum. Everything in balance. Everything in moderation. Be happy with what you get.
Would you share with us a few of your best insider secrets?
The biggest one I have to say is people that take the time to take care of their skin, to do some beauty regiments. It doesn’t cost thousands of dollars. If you are trained, you can do it for a lot less money.
The big trade secret is having the time to take care of yourself. That’s why the celebrities look so good. That’s all they do is take care of themselves.
The second trade secret is lighting. All of the photographs of all of the television stars is all about the proper lighting. So I want women to understand that if they are not lit properly if they don’t have their make up done for the appropriate lighting they will be viewed in. The celebrities are always going to look good because lighting is the element that they follow. It’s the old alright Mr. Demille I am ready for my closeup.
The light comes from within and the light also has to follow you.
And as far as celebrity tips, they do fake lashes all the time. Faux, faux, faux – faux lashes, faux hair.
What are common beauty mistakes that women make?
- They use the wrong kind of makeup.
- They use the wrong texture.
- Their application is incorrect.
And that is why I am so important in this industry along with all the other makeup artists that really believe in how to apply correct makeup.
I feel that most people guess at makeup. Makeup is a guessing game for them. They don’t cut their own hair. They wouldn’t color their own hair. Some people won’t even dress themselves. They have a stylist for that.
My advice is to get your own makeup artist and ultize their knowledge. I like to share my intellectual property with everyone. What women do is they think that they can do it themselves and what do they do. They learn it from their mother or a magazine. So I think that they read things and interpret it for themselves when it’s general advice that is not personalized for them.
So one size does not fit all when it comes to make up then?
You got it!
What products do you think should be a staple in every women’s makeup kit?
- A fabulous makeup remover because to take it off right you have to put it on right.
- An eye cream that actually does help women to keep that delicate eye area looking as moist and as bright as possible.
- A foundation that is not a foundation. That would be the new BB Cream and CC Creams. They are more skin like. As I was mentioning that is part of my signature look.
- And of course a fabulous lipstick. A great lipstick just perks everyone up. We have seen it in some women when they put a good lipstick on their whole face brightens up.
NOTE: Lauren at Vision for the Art of Hair carries ALL my products and can help you pick the best ones for you!
What’s your favorite makeup brush?
It would have to be a fan brush. I like to use that for the blush. The reason for that is because most women put their blush on much too low and a small fan brush forces them to put it on more angular so it creates a higher geometric pattern.
What are three words that best describe who people feel when they work with you?
Energized, Enthusiastic, Inspired.
Where can people go to learn more about your work?
To book Lori or learn more about her work, call her at 708 227 2077, email her at email@example.com, or visit her website at LoriNeapolitan.com.
We carry all Lori’s products at Visions for the Art of Hair. Come in and Lauren can help you find the best colors and shades to make you look fabulous in a fresh, beauty way with a look that is so YOU!