Yesterday, I had a chance to work with one of the most talented artists I know. Troy Jensen has been in the industry for over 30 years. He's worked with some of the biggest celebrity names and is not only skilled in the beauty field but also a creative photographer.
When he approached me on a new collaboration, I was ecstatic. I have been following his work for quite sometime now and he never ceases to amaze me with his creativity. I asked him what type of look he wants to create and he began to talk about historic icons. He began to explain how the beauty of our historical icons was that they had a special look to them; they represented themselves with a unique and special look that set a standard for years to come. Read below for a little interview with Troy and our collaboration:
Troy: Troy, what attracts you to the historic beauty icons vs. icons today?
Lilit: Iconic beauties like Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot and even Marilyn Monroe, Each had a unique and original look that set them apart. Today that's a rare thing to see. I love the wow factor that each of them had. It's amazing how their beauty, and make up style stood the test of time. I see a little of them in each of my Muse's today. When I first met Kim Kardashian. I called her our generation's Raquel Welch. I recreated a look for our first photo shoot together years ago, but It was the beginning of the world seeing how beautiful and iconic she is.
Troy: What inspired you to become the Troy Jensen you are today?
Lilit: As an free lance artist I first strive to survive doing what I love in an industry that is rapidly changing. Got to pay the rent, then I have to create and create and create or I will go mad with boredom. That is what I do and what I will always do. Looking back at 30 years in this business. I am proud of my accomplishments. Along with creating beautiful looks and photo-shoots. My work has helped change careers and inspired many to follow in my footsteps. I take what I do very seriously and I see there are some amazing new make up talent emerging and I've seen some not so great make up talent emerging. Social media has so much to do with shaping artists today. When I started 30 plus years ago, You had to be a great make up artist and you had to be diverse, original and able to create beauty on every face you touched. It didn't matter how many Instagram followers I had. I built a name and a career on my talent alone. Today social media is so important, But I still strive to keep my artistic integrity. I am so grateful to be doing what I love, and I have an amazing manager now who has my back, supports my creative vision and I try to keep a healthy balance.
Troy: What inspired you to turn me into Audrey Hepburn?
Lilit: I told you Immediately that I saw a little Audrey in you. I guess that's how it all starts, with a vision. The planning and even the application was fun, but when you stepped into the lights and I saw it all come together was pretty amazing.
Troy: Which look of hers did you go for in this photo-shoot and why?
Lilit: Her make up from " How To Steal a Million" The silver glitter eye under a black lace mask paired with a pale pink lip- is a look I've always loved, and I knew it was going to look amazing on you. I didn't want a full transformation on you. I wanted to still see you not just the make up. That is why I wanted to collaborate with you, which something I have never ever done. I'm such a control freak, but I think the end result is just stunning. and I learned I can play well with others, lol. Something all of us artists need to do sometimes..
Troy: What advise do you have for aspiring artists who want to create?
Lilit: Never stop learning, testing, sharing and growing. Start by getting as much education you can. Mentor with a great artist and apply what you have learned on as many faces you can. Don't get stuck on creating the same look over and over. A clean organized kit is a must. Working with quality products is also important. Positive energy is very important too. Keep a positive vibe by not gossiping or bad mouthing anyone. Show up dressed to work, and be a team player. Help out the hair stylist with pins, or anyone else to keep things running smoothly. Keep on eye on all of your business and financial affairs. And remember if you are lucky enough to get your foot in the door, be grateful, humble and kind.. and of course, Do amazing work!
Product details: Lilit prepped her complexion and structure with:
Face: Elcie Cosmetics in Warm Ivory
Concealer: Mac Prolongwear Nw20
Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade in Medium Brown
Product details: Troy completed the Audrey look with:
Cheeks: Too Faced "Love Flush"
Eyes: Dior: DIOR ADDICT FLUID SHADOW
LONG WEAR MIRROR COLOR EYESHADOW&LINER in 025 MAGNETIC
Dior- Pro Liner in Pro Black
Dior- Diorshow Art Pen in #095 Catwalk Black.
Dior-DIORSHOW BLACK OUT WATERPROOF
SPECTACULAR VOLUME INTENSE BLACK KHÔL MASCARA
Lashes by Huda beauty "Scarlette"
Lips: DiorKiss, Sigma "Oh Kitten", Too faced Melted in Peony & Nude (all combined!)
Silver and opalescent glitter by Make up For Ever.
I hope you all enjoyed this photoshoot as much as we did! The look was amazing in real life and Troy was able to capture it perfectly! We hope you're inspired to always create!