Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Feature: You Go Girl! Starring MTV's MUA Lucky B!

This week on You Go Girl! we will be featuring MTV Canada's key makeup artist Lucky B!

Not only does she help beautify the MTV crew but shes also worked on celebrities such as Audrina Patridge (the hills), Lenny Kravitz, The Backstreet Boys and Cyndi Lauper just to name a few.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lucky for my You Go Girl! feature and this is what she had to say.

So who are you and why are you so fab?
My name is Lucky (yes, that's my real parent-given name), I'm a makeup artist, and I'm fab because i can talk a blue streak, i do a job that i love to bits, i have a stupid ability to remember useless pop culture facts and song lyrics, am constantly inspired by those around me, and you are featuring me on your blog... which is pretty fab.

Where can we find you on the world wide web?
Very soon you'll be able to find me here: or on twitter:

What one beauty product would you recommend to my readers and why?
A good cleanser, exfoliant and moisturizer. The best you can afford. Your skin is the foundation upon which any good makeup is built. Other products I'm in love with lately are MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish powders (they are gorgeous in real life and on HDTV), Dior's Glossy pencils (for those who like a bit of oomph to their lip shape when wearing a gloss), MAC's Lip Markers (a longwear lip stain), and Klorane Dry Shampoo (to keep your fringe from getting stringy on in-between or humid days). I'm also a huge advocate of MAC Paints if your eyeshadow tends to crease up. Oops! That wasn't one... told you I talk a blue streak.

Have you ever lost or broken a beauty item you wish you still had today?
My Grandmother had a beautiful art deco gold packaged lipstick. It had a little clasp-lever thing that pushed the lipstick up. The lipstick was red (of course) and smelled like mothballs, it was so old. So I pulled out the old lipstick and carefully re-inserted another bullet that fit perfectly. I had it from in my teen years and i lost it somewhere along the line in my 20's. I wish I still had that!!!

You're in a huge rush, what one beauty product do you grab?
Red lipstick.

Tattooed makeup, yay or nay?

Love tattoos, hate tattooed makeup. I'm half Asian so i understand the tedium of having to draw your eyebrows on every day, but makeup trends change so often... it tends to "date" your look. Also, tattoo ink changes colour over time, so your black eyebrows soon become navy blue, and your pink lipliner becomes a murky orangey colour. And then there you are, using makeup to correct a colour gone wrong anyway. Each to their own, i suppose - but it's not something I'd recommend.
What are your thoughts on fake eyelashes?
I call fake eyelashes "push-up bras for your eyes". I freaking love them. I use the heck out of MAC eyelashes. Quo has some decent ones as well. I may or may not have just spent waaay too much money on some Shu Uemera lashes...

Who would you say are some favorite celeb clients?
I would say that every celeb client has been an experience that I've walked away from with a smile on my face. People always ask me, "Who's been the biggest b*tch?" and I have to disappoint them with a boring answer every time. I've had so many great experiences. Some faves have been Liv Tyler (sooo sweet and beyond beautiful) , Cyndi Lauper (unbelievably youthful, so generous and funny), Bono & The Edge (Bono sang to me and The Edge told me tales of his childhood) , Jully Black (such a powerhouse), Jeff Goldblum (from another a good way), Zooey Deschanel (we traded coral nail polishes), Peaches (so creative and open to trying anything with makeup), Elvis Costello (such a charming gentleman), of course all of the MTV hosts I work with everyday (they keep me laughing and inspired)... honestly, I could go on and on. As any makeup artist knows, it's not just about beautifying the face, it's about revealing the spirit. I've been so fortunate.

Are there any makeup or beauty faux pas you really really cant stand?
As I said before, makeup trends change so quickly. It's the beauty of our industry. The second I say "I can't stand those dark lipliner/light lipstick Oreo Cookie lips" they will be back in style. Mark my words!! It really depends on the person and how they work it. Makeup is about personal expression and i actually like seeing people break the rules sometimes. One thing that i ... well, let's say I notice... is eyebrows. I don't care if they are bushy and natural or pencil-thin (depending on your look) but please manipulate them in a way that is complimentary to the rest of your face.

Do you have a favorite beauty guru/mentor?
Oh boy. So many. I think everyone right now is being inspired by Billy B and his amazing work with Lady Gaga. Francis Hathaway taught me more than I can articulate. I worked with her for a few weeks and would watch her do makeup, then barrage her with questions afterward. Melissa Gibson (MAC Senior Artist) is a dear friend and has been a mentor for me in so many ways.

Was there a product you bought due to blog/youtube/word of mouth hype that you just weren't please with once you tried?
All those "lip plumping" products are such a lark. That said, I like the feel of them on my lips and the textures of many of the glosses. The tingly sensation makes me imagine my lips really are bigger. Like how Spanx make you feel like you are skinnier!

Favorite place in the world and why?
Currently, it's in my bed with a good DVD, or having a backyard BBQ with good friends. I treasure my days off, they are rather few lately!! Otherwise, I adore Thailand... I'm dying to go back. I love travel.

What can people expect from your future beauty blog on MTV's Fora site?
I've tried to write about makeup in an easy, accessible way. Something people can actually get a bit of useful information out of. I'm looking at a demographic that has quite a large range, so writing in a way that will appeal to all of them has been a challenge! I'm touching on basics as well as trend, accompanied by how-to photos. The site itself looks really amazing and I think it will be really fun to spend some time perusing the Fora site! There are so many talented writers and personalities participating in this project, it's really exciting. I would love feedback though, or ideas for future articles!

Any last words or advice?
Love what you do. Give everything you've got. Treat people as you would have them treat you. Touching people's faces is one of the most intimate things you can do... they should trust you and feel that your energy is good. Sounds corny, but it all comes back.


Lucky is sweet, friendly and uber talented. If you don't know who she is get to know her and her work because shes definitely one to watch!
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lelo on April 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM said...

aw, thats so awesome!

Make-up Junkie on April 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM said...

Love Lucky! She so rocks! xoxo

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