The Art of Seduction
We talk to make up artist Marc Carrasquillo on the impossibility of defining beauty.
Interview MAXINE LEONARD
Beauty Papers: How would you define your make up style?
Marc Carrasquillo: I like to believe I can go from a scrubbed clean face to a full face of make up, not really sticking to one signature style.
BP: What first sparked your interest in make up and fashion?
MC: My introduction to fashion began when I went to work in my older brothers clothing shop in Philadelphia. It was called, AERO, it sold designer clothing like Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and Jean Paul Gaultier. Thats when I really became interested in fashion. I met lots of people at the shop and some that were in the fashion industry and they kept saying, “You should be working in fashion.” I had been painting and drawing before all of that so makeup seemed like something I could do. At the same time, I was spending my nights in clubs so between the shop and nightclubbing I got a fashion education.
BP: Do you think beauty can be a political vehicle?
MC: Absolutely, beauty can be political. The way we wear our hair, makeup and clothing has been used politically. Look at how magazines like NOVA talked about sex, feminism, and changing ideas about acceptable behaviour. Punk is a great example. The way it looked and sounded sent a political message that couldn’t be ignored.
BP: What are your observations about the changing definition of beauty in the industry?
MC: The biggest observation I’ve seen over my career is that the standard of whats considered beautiful has broadened.
BP: You contributed to our Beautiful Question Issue, what was your approach to theme and why?
MC: When I did the shoot for the beautiful issue, I wanted to approach everyone equally but at the same time I wanted to talk about seduction. I wanted the images to have that feeling of when you look across the room and make eye contact with someone you desire. I wanted the model to give the look that lets the other person know they are being looked at. I wanted permission!
BP: Editorial should engage with fantasy but commerce has had an effect on how we all work. Why do you think this has happened?
MC: The answer is in the question, commerce compromises creativity and fantasy.
BP: Where do you source inspiration?
MC: I find inspiration from everywhere; art, films, books, people on the street and nature.
BP: What has been a career highlight for you?
MC: I’m still working so a career highlight is still in the making!
BP: What is beautiful to you?
MC: It’s impossible to answer whats beautiful.
BP: Go to product in the kit ?
MC: Serge Lutens powder, Hakuhodo brushes
BP: What is your obsession?
MC: I’m obsessed with skin.