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Get to Know Makeup Artist: Sophie Ono

Casting Coin recently featured the star makeup artist, Sophie Ono, on our beauty YouTube channel. Sophie gave a beautiful tutorial on how to get the perfect Smokey Halo Eye, and it turned out amazing!

We asked Sophie a few questions about her makeup career, and her answers are below:

1. What made you love the art of makeup?

I started playing with makeup when I was 13. I had just moved to Tokyo at the time and discovered these japanese beauty magazines with tons of makeup pictorials in them. I absolutely loved it. Finding ways to beautify my face was a lot of fun. I remember even shaving half of my brows at one point so that  could change the shape. Oh, the crazy things I would do!

2. Who are a few makeup artists you look up to and why?

I look up to many people in general and they are not all makeup artists. Some are painters, sculptors, digital artists to say a few. Currently, I’m really loving Daniel Sallstrom’s work. HIs work is creative and well balanced, I can tell his eyes are well trained.

3. Which makeup brands do you like the most?

I’m a big fan of Ofra Cosmetics, their highlighters have been one of my  favorites. I also love Shiseido, Mac and Makeup Forever.

4. What has been your favorite makeup look you’ve ever done?

I enjoy doing natural makeup and that’s what I get hired to do most. But when I get to do something a bit more creative that’s when I get to really push myself. A while back I did a micro beauty shoot, which by the way is the hardest thing, the camera picks up on every miniscule detail. Today, I can say that doing that micro beauty shoot of an ombre lip has been one of my favorite looks.

5. In 3 words, how would you describe your makeup looks and techniques?

Harmonious, balanced and versatile

6. What, in your opinion, is the most important quality in a Makeup Artist?

Being a well rounded makeup artist who’s capable to do good makeup is a given. I think being a good business person and being able to cultivate and nurture relationships  is crucial in this industry. 

7. What is one product you can’t live without?


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