22 Dec Cara McDaniel Makeup
Wow, Cara! You have an extensive resume. How did you know you wanted to become a make-up artist?
I have ALWAYS had a love of makeup, glitter, colour. When I was younger I was obsessed with the brightest colours in the palettes and used to marvel at women with ruby red lips. My Mum’s friend always wore a bright pink lip and I loved it. When I was a teen there wasn’t much in the way of makeup around (No 7 mascara and a brown eyeshadow was the extent of it) but then I went to see Madonna when I was 18 years old, bought a poster of her and she had a perfect eyeliner flick (like a 50s one). I made it my mission to perfect it (it’s my signature look on myself to this day). However it wasn’t until I was working as an international tour manager for a singer, and her makeup artist started encouraging me to look at courses and take what I was doing and loved seriously that I actually started thinking about it as a job. Now I’ve had the most amazing collaborations with some artists I’ve tour managed and done makeup for, and on the side, doing fashion shoots and weddings has kept me creative while still pursuing my other love of being on the road with internationally famous musicians.
During your 14 years span from touring the world as a tour manager to becoming a make-up artist. I must ask, how did you end up being a tour manager? What were some of your obstacle and challenges that you faced and what were some of your rewarding and happy moments during your 14 years span?
My Dad was a musician and I’ve always been around artists and venues, there were no female tour managers when I first started thinking about doing it as a job. So many people tried to dissuade me, and it was really really hard at first. I remember hearing about a TM called Rebecca Travis (Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Ellie Goulding, Arcade Fire) and thinking she was amazing and someone to look up to. I was really in awe of her and made her my muse as such! I got to meet her and would call her a friend now, and she’s still someone I aspire to be like. She was one of the first truly successful females in our field. I worked at a venue, and then made friends with everyone in bands I could find, finally someone asked me to come on the road selling merchandise, and I worked my way up from there. It’s been tough sometimes, it’s a lonely job even though you’re surrounded by people all the time, but it’s so rewarding. When you put the band on stage and the crowd go mad, I still get a surge of butterflies.
What are the main common make-up questions do you get asked?
Can you sort ….insert the thing the person doesn’t like about themselves….and make me look beautiful? And what eyeliner do you use? (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner!!!)
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty means happiness. Some of the most incredible people I know are HAPPY in their own skin. Imperfections are NORMAL. It’s what you actually feel about yourself that makes you beautiful. My style of makeup is all about clear skin and clean lines and not too much makeup. I love to make people feel pampered and loved in a way, someone relaxed after having their makeup done is the most satisfying thing 🙂
What are some of your favorite make-up brand names?
I LOVE Sara Hill Makeup (From Glasgow) she’s cruelty free, and her foundations and concealers are AMAZING. Would use on anyone with oily skin or redness / darkness to cover up as they’re full coverage, but they somehow look like you have nothing on your face. I also love Kat Von D for eyeliner and shadows, Liz Earle for skin care and Urban Decay for glitter and deep colours. Anastasia Beverly Hills and Too Faced are firm faves too!
If a genie gave you one wish, is there any celebrity dead or alive make – up artist that you want to collaborate with?
I guess not really a makeup artist as such, but if I could have met David Bowie and just got him to tell me all his inspiration for all his looks through the entire time of his career that would be my wish! He was a chameleon and so inspirational in terms of style, and the way he changed his faces and never went back to the same look once he’d moved on to another. Also he wasn’t afraid to be experimental and I am a big lover of drag artistic makeup, so I think that even though he wasn’t trying to look feminine, the idea that make up was making him more beautiful and interesting to the audience carries through with those ideals. Basically I cried my heart out when I heard he passed away.
What are some main essential items that woman should apply on their face before leaving the house?
Always cleanse and use a good moisturiser. Moisturiser is essential, it’s basically what your skin is crying out for all the time, and it’s insane some women don’t do it!
I never leave the house without mascara on, and cover up any blemishes with a good concealer. Plus red lippie goes with anything and is instant glam!