Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Feature: You Go Girl! Featuring MakeupJunkie Joy David-Tilberg!

Every Sunday I feature a blogger, artist, photographer, makeup artist, actress, socialite or all around awesome person on my blog in a feature I like to call "You Go Girl!" or in some cases "You Go Boy!".
This week Ill be featuring makeup junkie Joy David-Tilberg. Founder of, makeup artist extraordinaire, mother & self proclaimed makeup hoarder!

I met Joy or as I affectionately call her JoyJoy back in January or February when she graciously offered to donate her mannequin head to me... now I know this sounds odd but you see as makeup artists we are often asked to do hair as well... I needed to practice, I tweeted about it... Joy saw my desperate tweet and offered up her mannequin head for me to practice on.

I remember it was freezing out when I went to go pick it up and I had a hard time locating her house. When I finally found it I rang her up to let her know I was outside.... no answer... yikes, did I have the wrong house? Did she forget about the exchange of the "head"? I decided to just knock anyways and out popped the cutest little thing id ever seen.

She smiled, extended her hand and gave me the bag with the goods... I think we exchanged all of 10 words and then she said bye and rushed back inside. I felt like I had been the only one anticipating our meeting like it was a blind date... lol.. I got an email about 10 mins later explaining that her baby was inside sleeping, she hadn't heard the phone ring and she was SO sorry for rushing our meeting...

*Phew*... we have been friends ever since! Her infectious smile and bubbly personality combined with her talents as a makeup artist make Joy the perfect feature candidate! Check out her words and advice on beauty.

Who is Joy the Makeup Junkie and why are you so fabulous?
The name "makeup junkie" says it all! After I started my beauty blog Makeup Junkie, the name pretty much stuck with me. I'm a freelance makeup and hair artist in Toronto. I started my blog as a way to showcase my work, share beauty tips and connect with other "makeup junkies" out there. Hmm, why am I fabulous? Oh let me count the ways! All kidding aside, the people that are in my life are what make me fabulous. Being a makeup artist and a beauty blogger has given me many amazing opportunities and I have met so many cool people along the way. But it's the people in my life that keep it real.

Where can we find you on the world wide web?
Come say hi! Would love to hear from you!

Makeup Junkie on Facebook
Are there any beauty products you would recommend to my readers and if so why?
I could recommend a slew of products that I love but we'd be here for days! One thing I am never without is a good eyelash curler. I have barely-there-lashes and an lash curler is a must for opening up the eyes. Shu Uemura Eye Lash curler is a staple in my kit.

Do you have any "rules" when it comes to makeup/beauty you live by?
I hate rules lol. Makeup is supposed to be fun and a great way to express your personality and to enhance your best features. However, I am a firm believer in taking care of your skin. It doesn't matter how much makeup you have on if your skin is in bad shape.

Youre in a huge rush, what one beauty product do you grab?
One?? Mascara!

How did you get your start in this industry?
I was working years ago at a computer firm and decided to take the leap into makeup artistry. I started in cosmetic retail working for brands like Red Earth & M.A.C. I left cosmetic retail 4 years ago and have been freelancing ever since.
My blog also opened up a lot of doors for me. Being an artist is a hustle everyday so you have to truly love it. It's all about connecting with others in your industry, finding mentors, and working with others that inspire you. I've tried many different careers in the beauty industry but makeup is what I love the most. I love freelancing and the freedom that it gives me. I have a 4 yr old son so a flexible schedule is especially important to me. It's hard to find an employer that understands what it's like for parents especially if he/she isn't one.

Are there any beauty reads (mags or books) that you would recommend?
I used to read Vogue, Allure, W and Zink Magazine religiously. But the beauty reads I absolutely love now are other beauty or fashion bloggers! There are so many fantastic blogs that I read but I love my TBB (Toronto Beauty Blogger) crew! Full of creative, fascinating, and inspiring bloggers!

Have you had the chance to work on any celebrity clients during your career?
My celebrities are other makeup artists! I have had the awesome pleasure of meeting and interviewing celebrity makeup artist, Billy B. and Michael DeVellis, founder of The Powder Group. I'll be working in the eTalk Lounge for CARGO Cosmetics during the Toronto International Film Fest this year, so hopefully I'll get to touch some famous faces!

Are there any makeup or beauty faux pas you really really cant stand?
Dark lip liner, makeup that is not blended and orange tans (although Snooki seems to be making it popular!)

Do you have a favorite beauty guru/mentor?
When I first started out, celebrity makeup artist Andrea Claire from Beauty & The Blog, was my mentor and I think several other makeup artist's mentor! It's really rare to find someone in the same industry as you who will show you the ropes and really want to help you succeed. I still turn to her for beauty tips!

Was there a product you bought due to word of mouth hype that you just weren't pleased with once you tried?
Yes! Philosophy's Hope In A Jar! I had heard rave reviews. My skin was a dry, flaky mess!

Favorite foundation, lipstick & mascara?
Foundation: On my clients, I like to work with Face Atelier Ultra Foundation and will use it on myself when I know I'll be out for a hours like to an event or wedding . Although, for everyday I prefer to wear a tinted moisturizer from Fresh Minerals.

Favourite lipstick? Too many but I do love ones from Chanel, YSL, Julie Hewett, and a most recent one from NARS that is not out yet!
Mascara: I've tried so many but the only one that has never smudged or flaked on me is CoverGirl LashBlast Original Waterproof.

What can people expect from you in the future?
So far my life has been full of surprises - who knows! More makeup, more blogging and lots of good stuff to come!

Thank you Joy for taking the time to chat with me, its always a pleasure! Im so glad we got to know each other this past year you are an inspiration!
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Tracy on August 1, 2010 at 10:47 AM said...

So nice to learn more about my blog buddies! Great post!

Make-up Junkie on August 1, 2010 at 1:30 PM said...

Farah, thank you so much for featuring me! Love you and your blog - you're such a beauty, talented artist, and have a warm heart. LOVED your story!! So glad we've gotten to know each other and we def. need to hook up more often!

@Tracy - Love all Farah's features and learning about other bloggers too - especially you!

Lena! on August 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM said...

Wonderful feature - and two very talented and lovely ladies; the interviewer and interviewee!

Jenn on August 1, 2010 at 7:44 PM said...

Great Interview!
Joy is great :)

Make-up Junkie on August 1, 2010 at 8:26 PM said...

@Lena - aww you're too kind!

@Jenn - LOL no YOU are great!

Halifax on August 2, 2010 at 8:25 PM said...

Great questions & answers, both of you ladies :) It's great to know more about Joy, as I didn't have much of a chance to talk to her myself lol

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