10 Questions for Make Up Artist Eliza Davila

I’ve never had the chance to work with make up artist Eliza Davila. But I met her while picking up masks from her boyfriend who owns Couture Mask. We added each other on Instagram and I have always been impressed with her work. Read on as she answers Breed’s 10 Questions for Make Up Artists!

PHOTOGRAPHER ELENA JASIC, MAKEUP BY ELIZA DAVILA

1. How old were you when you became obsessed with makeup?

I was probably around the age of 7 years old. I think my Aunt Melanie and my Grandmother were the two people in my family that really inspired me to want to apply makeup. My Grandmother and Aunt used to sit at the kitchen table with their makeup bags and put their “faces” on. I used marvel at the way makeup made their personalities shine.

2. When did you decide, “Okay, this is it, I’m going to be a professional make up artist!”

I turned to a good friend of mine Trinity, (who is also a photographer) that led me to the right direction for having my own website. I feel like I was always determined to be successful on my own and she gave me confidence and really believed in me, pushing me to work with other photographers that could capture what I wanted to represent in the industry.

3. What were the early days of your career like? Did you have to test a lot in the beginning to build your book? 

I did a lot of research online and searched for photographers whose work I loved. Photographer Elena Jasic had a similar style and artistic way of thinking. We spent a lot of time building our books together when I was first starting out. I still sit in front of my computer and reach out directly to photographers who’s work I love. You just have to be confident! It’s the only way.

PHOTOGRAPHER MIKE RUIZ, MAKEUP BY ELIZA DAVILA

4. What are the benefits of being represented by an agency as opposed to being on your own? 

I’m not with an agency, I am a PRO artist at Sephora. I have the opportunity to work at high profile industry events such as NYFW. I shoot campaigns and educate artists through presentations and video tutorials. Being a Sephora PRO Artist allows me to represent a brand that I LOVE as well as pursue personal projects on my own.

5. How do you communicate with the photographer you’re working with on a shoot to achieve his or her goals? 

When working with photographers I usually start with one picture and build an entire story around the idea together. I have inspiration saved to my computer and phone. I also put together shoot briefs to ensure that we are on the same page. A shoot brief is an outline of ideas and makeup changes along with hair and styling.

PHOTOGRAPHER MIKE RUIZ, MAKEUP BY ELIZA DAVILA

6. How much of your input do you add to achieve the results the photographer is looking for? 

When I’m working, I’m entirely present in the moment and sometimes I will just ask if I have any freedom to be creative. Some of my best work is un-planned. I like to create balance in a story and I think most photographers have a language that you need to speak in order to synchronize your ideas.

7. Tell us what a dream job is for you? 

I feel like I am living my dream everyday doing what I love. If I had to pick something new, I hope to one day go more into creative direction.

 PHOTOGRAPHER ELENA JASIC, MAKEUP BY ELIZA DAVILA

PHOTOGRAPHER ELENA JASIC, MAKEUP BY ELIZA DAVILA

8. What are the three tools in your make up kit that you can never, ever be without?
My Apron. A gift to the team from our boss Wendy. It’s falling apart but it is so handy. It has little pockets in the front which allows me to have whatever I need for fashion week or touch ups on set.

Jose Maran Argan oil and Infinity Cream. These two products are tied. The oil just makes skin glow and eliminates the appearance of texture and the Infinity is a deep wet shine that’s great!

Make up Forever Flash Case. It has everything you need in one product, I can make foundation with this, lipstick and any other special effects. It reminds me of a paint box.

9. What advice do you have for young make up artist who are just starting out and wanting to be where you are, at the top of the industry? 
You have to go out and make connections by yourself. Meet people in person and put yourself and your passion out there. Work for free and work like you are getting paid.

PHOTOGRAPHER ELENA JASIC, MAKEUP BY ELIZA DAVILA

10. What is your favorite quote? 
“I took the power in my hands and went against the world” – Emily Dickinson

See more of Eliza’s work on her website and Instagram.

Melissa Rodwell