Tatiyana Elias’s mom wanted her to become a dentist. But the Beverly Hills based beauty had other ideas for her future.
“I started off doing makeup on myself and my family members loved the way I did my makeup and hair,” she says.
She honed her skills on her cousins who would constantly ask her to do their hair and makeup. To perfect her method, she enrolled in cosmetology school and got her license. She finished up her education at makeup school where she earned her certification.
Since then, she has worked with major photographers and on campaigns for bebe, Huf magazine, and Gold Crown magazine. She spoke to us about what inspires her favorite looks, what to expect in beauty in 2018 and her favorite holiday makeup look …
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. I go outside and I see a color I like I start to create looks in my head, or I will see work from another amazing makeup artist and get inspiration from that!
Who are some of your favorite clients that you have worked with? Do you have a favorite story from one of your photo shoots?
Every client that I have worked with is so unique, so therefore they are all my favorites. One of my favorite stories from a shoot is how one night I was just on Facebook looking at peoples work, I followed a photographer because I loved his work so much! The next day I had a shoot and completely forgot about the photographer who I followed on Facebook, next thing you know he pops up at the shoot and ended up being the photographer for the day. I was so amazed and in awe I was like, “Can you believe I just followed you yesterday and didn’t think I would meet you this fast?!” and now we are here!
What is it like on the set of a photo shoot for a makeup artist?
It is amazing! I love what I do, it is never just a “job” for me. It is a lot of fun to be on set and see how everything comes to life, but you do have to keep yourself very professional to be taken seriously. Even if you are friends with whoever you are on set with there is a fine line between professionalism and friendship.
Do you have a specific process that you use?
To be honest, I really don’t. I look at makeup as art, so I will visualize a look and just do it. The only step that I do for each client and myself is a skin prep before I start the makeup look.
What is your go-to look? Is it a more natural look or glamorous?
My go to look is defiantly natural. Daily I just wear my Chuda moisturizer and tinted foundation with a little blush and mascara.
Any pro tips you can share?
I can give you a bunch! The most important tip I can give you is HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE. Always moisturize your skin, make sure you exfoliate occasionally, and drink lots of water.
What are some of your favorite products?
What are the biggest mistakes that people make when doing their own makeup?
It’s hard to say what type of mistakes that people are making when they put on their makeup because everyone has their own technique, but one thing that I notice quite often is people having the wrong shade of foundation and filling in their eyebrows too dark.
Do you have a favorite makeup look for the holidays?
My favorite makeup look for the holiday is a smoked-out liner with a matte nude lip color so I can eat as much as I want without having to worry about my lips. I mean who doesn’t like food?!
Any forecasts for what will be big in beauty in 2018?
Trends come and go. I am hoping the natural look will come back in 2018. We might just go back in time and have a modern twist on the Farrah Fawcett hair with a natural makeup look. Trends from the past tend to repeat itself just with a modern twist.
Who are your dream clients?
My dream clients are any type of clients. I’ve learned so much from each person that has sat in my chair I just can’t pick or choose one client just because they might be famous.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I see myself having my own cosmetic line. Things are in the works right now, but nothing is set and stone just yet. I am taking it one day at a time but also planning to start my own company.
And finally, why is beauty so important?
People believe having beauty is important, what I believe is that the feeling of having beauty on the inside is important. Beauty or beautiful is just a word, but once it is felt within, that is the true power. It brings confidence into men and women, that is why so many people are trying to have “beauty.” They don’t realize that beauty is felt within not something that shows on our face and body. The word beauty is more than just looks, it is about a person’s soul and that is why beauty is so important.
A big thanks to Tatiyana for letting us interview her and to Nikita Melvil for the beautiful photos!