At The Makeup Show NYC 2013, I sat in on Dick Page’s key note presentation which was facilitated by James Vincent.
“The career of British make-up artist Dick Page is one of considerable accomplishment. His technical skill and painter’s eye for color, texture, and detail have firmly established his reputation as an industry leader. He has achieved widespread recognition for his editorial and advertising work, as well as for his more than ten years’ experience on runway shows worldwide.
In March 2007, Dick Page was named Artistic Director of Shiseido The Makeup. For Shiseido, Page’s key role is Acting Color Creator and Product Developer for the brand world wide.” – JedRoot.com
Dick Page has had his work graced the pages of Vogue, Lucky, Allure. Elle to name a few. He is currently under Jed Root, the home agency of Alice Lane who will be speaking at The Makeup Show NYC 2014.
Dick made some very valid and noteworthy points. Thanks to few years I spent as the secretary of a youth league, I was able to make note of most of the questions asked.
How major is it to be in one of the major fashion cities?
Its not a big deal, but you want to be close to the people you want to work with. Keep your mind open.. jetpack to Tokyo.
What is the first piece of advice you would give to an artist?
Keep moving, keep trying, Write, sculpt, draw. Take any job you can get and most importantly, keep an open mind.
Should an artist work for free?
Yes, you never know who you will meet.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Food, cooking, shopping, eating, going outdoors and spending time outside generally..light keeps me going mentally.
Advice to your younger self.
Stay as cheap as you can, as long as you can.
How do you communicate with the photographer?
Ask the photographer to take a test shot, look at the lighting.
Three qualities of a successful makeup artist.
(He gave a little more than three)
- General Professionalism – (Clean Kit)
- General team work – being part of a bigger picture
- Integrity, Honesty, Respect
- Be entirely present – paid or not.
Top 5 products
I don’t necessarily have a top 5, I just like products that you can consider “Transformers”
Cream based colors, keeping the kit as small as possible.
“Its better to be a small part of a great show than a big part of a horrible mess.”
“The power of restraint is IMPORTANT”
“HD is overrated”