The COLLECTIV | MUA Natalie Nicole Johnson

“Creativity is your best makeup skill, don’t be afraid to experiment.”

-Pat McGrath

I was first introduced to Natalie in 2015 when searching for a makeup artist to work on our first issue of CHF Magazine. When we met, I knew that she was perfect for helping create the vision for our first issue. Having experience in film and editorial makeup artistry gave her an elevated understanding of the craft. Over the years, we have worked on several projects together and she is my go-to artist in the Atlanta-area. I am honored to introduce you all to our second 2018 Honoree of The COLLECTIV, Natalie Nicole Johnson.

When did you first realize that you wanted a career in the makeup industry? Who or what inspired your passion for the industry?

I knew that I wanted a career in the makeup industry when I was about 25, but I loved makeup since I was a child. What inspired my passion for the industry is my love for transformations and seeing make up as a form of artwork.

What has been your experience with networking and support among makeup artists?

My experience has been very interesting…mostly good, some bad — especially in the film industry. You have people for you that really want you to succeed and you have those who want to see you fail.

For those that are not well versed in the industry, explain the difference (if any) in being a makeup artist in film or at an editorial level?

The difference between editorial and film is very significant. Editorial makeup artists use totally different makeup techniques depending on the look the creative director wants. Usually, editorial artists have more creative freedom. Film make up artists are responsible for creating the character in the script and being able to produce that look over and over again, keeping up and developing different looks based on the script.

 Are these two areas in the makeup artistry world interchangeable, or are they commonly separate? 

Transition into TV film from editorial is possible, but it’s a lot of readjusting and knowing the industry.

What is some advice that you would give to aspiring makeup artists?

Always work on your craft. Don’t take anything personally at all. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you create the opportunity.


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