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BEAUTY LOUNGE INTERVIEW CARL RAY CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST When did you first discover your love for the world of makeup and beauty?  I first realized my love for makeup and beauty at a very early age. For as long as I can remember, I have been an artist and love all forms of art.  This is evident in my passion for painting and my collection of art.    What would be one of the challenges you had to overcome to get where you are today? One of the challenges I have had to overcome in my career is to make many sacrifices in my personal life.  The makeup industry requires a lot of selflessness, assertiveness and most of all, passion. You’ve worked with the first lady of the United States.  Can you talk about the “it” moment when you made the jump towards being a celebrity makeup artist? I am the exclusive makeup artist for the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) and I am responsible for all of her appearances publicly including television, magazines, official portraits, state dinners, events, galas and foreign travel.  I have been her official makeup artist for the last 5 ½ years.  Being on her team is an honor and true dream for me.  I am so proud to be a part of history.  Although I have worked with many celebrities in addition to working with FLOTUS, being Michelle Obama’s full time makeup artist is the ultimate “jump” for me. When you do makeup on celebrities for the red carpet, what do you think is 20 STYLE TO THE AISLE the best way to adapt a red carpet look for a bride’s white carpet look? Many would be surprised to know that red carpet makeup and bridal makeup are very similar in nature. In both situations, your makeup has to look amazing in person and must look beautiful in photographs.  Therefore, not much adaptation is needed between both looks.  My advice is that less is more and be sure to always blend! Do you have a secret weapon makeup tool? I do not have a secret weapon makeup tool, but I do have a secret weapon makeup product, which is a good face primer. Primer helps keep makeup on for hours after application. It also ensures that your makeup applies smoothly and keeps it from bulging of smudging. What is the most overlooked feature on the face? The most overlooked feature on the face are the eyebrows, which can also be the most over manicured area on the face.  Eyebrows shape your face and can make a huge difference in overall factual bone structured appearance.  Your eyebrows look best shaped, groomed and most importantly, full. The fuller the eyebrows, the more youthful and attractive the face. How do you describe a typical bride? Ideally, most brides want to be the best version of  herself  on her big day.  She wants to look and SPRING/SUMMER 2015 21