Meet Asia’s hottest makeup artist! Bobby Wang is a rising star in the world of global makeup artists. As an Estee Lauder Global Makeup Artist & Regional Education Manager, Makeup Artistry in the Asia Pacific region, he’s becoming a go-to artist for fashion’s top magazines. Having worked on editorial projects for the Chinese versions of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Cosmopolitan, he’s known for his keen attention to detail and creative flare. You can see his work on model Liu Wen in the Lauder Modern Muse launch. He’s also worked backstage at New York Fashion Week. I had the opportunity to ask him some questions during a quick visit to Canada recently.
The Bobby Wang Interview.
Dave: As a member of Estee Lauder’s Global Makeup Team, you must meet so many young, aspiring makeup artists just starting their careers. Can you give them some advice on how to become a successful makeup artist? Any tips and advice?
Bobby Wang: First of all, I would advise any aspiring makeup artist to always be aware of the latest makeup trends, which you may find by watching videos online or by reading magazines. Secondly, practicing is key. There are no shortcuts to improve your skills. You simply have to use different products, try all of the latest techniques and work with as many different people as you can to learn how makeup looks on different faces. Finally, someone must have a good eye. They should watch how other artists work and pay attention to the details. This helps you to understand for example, where you should add colour, take away color
D.L.: What is your favourite Audrey Hepburn movie and why? What is it about her makeup in the movie that has this enduring style? What can we learn from Audrey’s makeup?
B.W.: My favourite Audrey Hepburn movie is Breakfast at Tiffany’s and my absolute favourite part of Audrey’s look is her eye brows. She has a very fresh and polished look that suits every women, day and night, and her look will never go out of style. Women can learn from this simplicity and also Audrey’s personality; she simply transmits positive vibes which makes her look glowing and radiant.
D.L.: You’ve worked for the Chinese editions of Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Can you tell us the process of working with a fashion magazine?
B.W.: These fashion magazines are very professional to work with. They have professional lighting, set up, professional hair dressers etc. When you work with these magazines, you have to make sure that your work is very detailed. Of course there is photo editing, however they try not to do touch ups after the shoots. The original look has to be flawless. When using cutting edge technology and cameras, everything shows. You have to make sure your work is professional and perfect.
These magazines are also so creative. I’m always amazed by the creativity of editors. They are often months ahead of the rest of the world, and they are the ones who lead the trends. They are one step ahead of everyone. I’m always inspired by them and pay attention so that I can also be up to date with my work. When working with magazines, everything is very creative.
D.L.: What makeup trends do you see coming out of Asia these days? Are there certain colours or looks that you are seeing on younger girls you think will be big globally?
B.W.: I see a huge brow trend in Asia. It is a more natural look, compared to the Western woman who likes it more defined. There is also a huge trend on glowing, radiant and dewy skin. For lips, vibrant color lips, dark lips (deep plums or reds) with a matte finish are very trendy. Finally, an ongoing trend is contouring and strobing; I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon.
D.L.: How does makeup change a person’s life?
B.W.: I don’t necessarily believe that make up would change someone’s life; it’s not the makeup who carries the person rather the person who carries the makeup. Makeup can enhance your features, but it shouldn’t change you. It can however make a woman more confident which could improve someone’s self-esteem and influence their life.