10 MINUTES WITH THE BEAUTY MAESTRO
FROM REALITY TV TO RED-CARPET EVENTS, MARY KAY’S GLOBAL BEAUTY AMBASSADOR LUIS CASCO HAS MADE HIS MARK IN THE BEAUTY WORLD. ILICIA ALIAS PICKS HIS BRAIN ON HIS FAVOURITE PRODUCTS AND THE ADVICE HE HAS FOR UPCOMING ARTISTS ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO MALAYSIA.
FEMALE: How did your collaboration with Mary Kay start?
Luis: “I was living in New York and I got a call from my agent pitching about a company in Dallas, Texas, called Mary Kay. They wanted someone who’s able to do a product demonstration on camera while giving tips and tricks. Unlike today’s YouTube gurus, this was unheard of back then to connect with the audience through a lens without neglecting the model. I flew down to Dallas to know more
about the company and that’s when I knew that I’d love to be part of this brand.”
F: What are your favourite products to use on a client or model?
L: “I’m obsessed with the Makeup Finish Spray and I use it all over the body, especially if it’s a red-carpet event to make sure the makeup doesn’t move. I also love the Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover cos it acts like a magnet to remove all makeup it comes into contact with.” F: What advice do you have for makeup artists who want to branch out into different regions? L: “Times have definitely changed since I started in the industry. I went around with my tiny makeup box, which grew over time and a portfolio to knock on doors for opportunities. Now, there are more avenues that you can explore because of social media. You can post a tutorial on Instagram or YouTube to gain exposure and introduce your individual style, although the downside is finding a balance between doing avant-garde looks and clean, natural, glowing skin. It’s important to understand skin prep, how to blend products into the skin and look beautiful without using too much makeup. Once you can master both, you can make it anywhere.”
MARY KAY OIL-FREE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER, RM64. MAKEUP FINISHING SPRAY, RM75