Interview with Billy B

Billy B is one the worlds most sought after makeup artists.  Billy’s clientele include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Pink.  He also worked with Sharon Stone on her Christian Dior “Capture Totale” TV commercial, and was also acknowledged by Kevyn Aucoin in his book Making Faces as one of the makeup artists that “inspired” and “though” him.  Here are some highlights from Billy B’s interview with Beauty Interviews October Edition:

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When did your fascination with makeup begin?
I wish I could tell you a story of dreaming of being a makeup artist my entire life, but for me it was a matter of survival. I moved to New York City from a tiny town in Mississippi and had to have a job and the only experience I had was retail. So, I went to Macy’s Herald Square for a job because it was the only store I knew of from watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade growing up in Mississippi. They offered me a position selling cosmetics on the main floor. I lied and said I had experience not knowing that the first day they would put me on the outside of the counter doing makeup on real women. That was the day my fascination began.

What is your makeup philosophy?
I would like to think that my philosophy on makeup is unique in that I don’t preach rules, I don’t believe there’s only one way to do anything and I don’t want makeup to be intimidating for women.

What are some of your top tips for getting fresh and flawless complexion?
Less is more foundations and I’m a huge fan of liquid foundations with silicone, followed by a colorless, lightweight, translucent powder.

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What is the difference between working with a fashion model and a celebrity?
That’s a great question. Part of a model’s job is to be transformed without an opinion. A celebrity is a real woman in the extraordinary circumstance of being famous. They own their face and their image and they have an opinion about the way they look and the image that they portray to the public. I believe it’s a huge part of my job to respect their feelings and opinions while making them feel comfortable enough to trust me.

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