FEATURING: Kristen Arnett
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MISSION?
Transform how people relate to beauty through wellbeing. I use natural products in my makeup kit -- something almost unheard of in the industry -- and I'm passionate about helping the everyday woman embrace and enhance her unique beauty.
HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
The first time I saw a TV makeover I was transfixed and knew I wanted to be a makeup artist. I poured over every instructional material I could find. Later, I worked selling makeup and then designing products for a cosmetics brand. Finally, I threw caution to the wind and decided to be a freelance artist full-time.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT TO DATE?
Hands down it was spending the day doing makeup for supermodel Karlie Kloss in September. She was named the new beauty spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris and chose to work with me given our past run-ins at fashion weeks around the world, and because she and I both share a very health-conscious lifestyle.
ANY PERSON YOU WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO IN THE INDUSTRY?
There have been so many supporters over the years, it's just too hard to name one person. Each of them in their own ways -- whether it felt good at the time or not -- helped me to become stronger and more confident in my art.
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT ADHESIVE?
I found Adhesive in the summer of 2009 after just having moved to NYC from Milan. I can't remember who introduced me to the group, but I do recall the faces of the ever-present founders and members who I'm still connected to like Tony Gale, Toto Cullen, Braden Summers, Charlie Maria, David Paul Larson and more! Honestly, Adhesive was the glue (pun intended) that held me together as a new freelancer on the scene. I am forever grateful for the connections I have made at those events.
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