We were lucky enough to be able to interview one of the top makeup artists in our area, Yaffa Caywood. She gave us some insights on the role Makeup plays in Fashion and whats hot for this season. As you know, the right makeup can make or break the look you’re going for, so we decided to bring in one of the top MUA’s to give us some advice on how you can play up your best features. As with anything, it always pays off to ask an expert. Yaffa tells us what inspires her, gives us some great tips for going from day to evening, and shares a few of her favorites products.
Makeup Artist Yaffa Caywood
Yaffa was born and raised in the Philippines then moved to the States in 2004 and has lived in Las Vegas ever since. Living in a city full of nightlife and entertainment, she decided to become a Makeup Artist. She’s very outgoing, fun, and has a great energy, combined with her love for people and fashion it just made sense to go into this industry. She said it best when I asked her why she chose this profession, ” I love doing makeovers so why not do it for a living?”. Like the saying, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”. She started by doing her friends makeup, then they would tell their family and friends and it just grew from there. She is also a freelance stylist for BeGlammed and has been working for them for three and a half years. When we asked her how she knew this was the right profession for her she smiled and said, “I’m obsessed with makeup and that is how I know this is what I’m supposed to be doing!” Couldn’t have said it any better.
Do you remember the first time you wore makeup?
Omg! Hahahahaha yes, I sure do! I was probably seven or eight years old when I tried my mom’s lipstick…… all over my face. My uncle came home unexpectedly and got mad and literally put charcoal on my face. I guess I was too young to be wearing makeup.
How has your personal makeup style changed over the years?
I used to match my eyeshadow with whatever I was wearing. My eyebrows were so thin back then because that was the trend, and before matte lipsticks I always had glossy lips. I still wear lip gloss over my lipstick from time to time depending on the look I’m going for but for the most part, you will see me rockin some matte lips.
What is your go-to makeup look? Are you a less is more or more is less kind of girl and why?
My go-to makeup look is smokey neutral eyes with a matte nude lip color. When I’m about to start my makeup, in my head I’m thinking no makeup look today, but for some reason, I can’t stop with just a transition color on the crease. I tend to gravitate to go all the way so to speak. Lol
I guess it’s safe to say that I love a full beat face
How do we take a daytime look to an evening look with makeup?
Daytime makeup is quite easy to transform into nighttime makeup because the colors that u wear during the day is normally lighter than what we wear at night. Daytime eyeshadow is buildable. To add depth and make it smokey without having to wipe it off and redoing your eye makeup, simply add a darker color on ur crease to the outer corner of the eyes and sweeping some on the bottom lash line.
Another way is to just add a dark color all over the lid and blend it towards the crease. Remember not to go too much above the crease and highlight the brow bone with a matte or shimmery highlight color
A, “no makeup look” is the most typical way to apply makeup if you really don’t have much time to get ready in the morning. So if you’re wearing very minimal makeup and don’t have time to build on it, just simply wipe the nude or pastel lipstick off and replace it with a nice bold color. Viola!!
Tell us about a time you did someone’s makeup and you made that person feel beautiful again. How did that make you feel?
I was doing a few girl’s makeup for a bachelorette party and this one girl did not wear a lick of makeup. So when I was finished with her makeup, I gave her my mirror to get a closer look and to correct anything she didn’t like, and all I heard was, “oh wow”. I turned around abruptly because I thought something was wrong. When I looked at her she was on the verge of crying. I asked her what was wrong all she said was, “I look beautiful, I’ve never looked this good”. Of course, I felt awesome that I am able to make someone feel confident and beautiful.
Whats the worst make up tip you’ve ever been given?
Make your eyebrows thinner!!!! Never will you hear that come out of my mouth again. In my defense that was the trend back then.
Whats hot for this season?
Artificial Freckles. I watch a ton of beauty gurus on their video tutorials apply freckles as the new trend. Using a shade of brown across the nose and cheekbones to give the illusion of having freckles. Let’s admit it freckles can be adorable.
Adding jewels or rhinestones after finishing the makeup. I never really understood this personally. Unless I’m going to a costume party dressed like a mermaid or a unicorn, then maybe.
We cannot forget the highly pigmented, super shinny highlighters. It’s all about the glow. It’s like the J.Lo glow but on steroids and it just makes every aspect of your makeup slay even more!
Whats your favorite foundation for summer?
Fenty by Rihanna, not only for the summer but all year round. It’s great for all skin types especially for people like me with oily skin because of the matte finish.
What makeup advice would you give our readers?
Blend blend blend! It’s so important. It’s also important to use the right brush when applying makeup.
If you would like to book Yaffa you can reach her at [email protected] or https://m.facebook.com/glam.by.iaffa/ on Facebook.