“Everybody got so bored! Four years of nothing, seriously?”
Morgane Martini, the French-born, New York-based makeup artist, is laughing at fashion’s sudden obsession with wild makeup. It’s been a noticeable shift after years of bare skin, natural brows, and pressing your lips together for a subtle hint of blush—rather than using even something as basic as red lipstick. “I never stopped doing makeup. Everyone did, but not me — and they all told me what I was doing wasn’t cool,” she recalls. “But I asked, ‘What’s cool?’ I think what’s cool is to express yourself and have fun with it.”
Martini (her real name), however, has always done her own thing. As a child on the French island of Corsica, she loved to paint. Realizing this perhaps wasn't the wisest career move, her aunt suggested she paint faces instead, and so Martini ended up in beauty school. “Which I didn’t hate,” she laughs. “It was just that it was totally unhelpful.” Thankfully, rather than languishing, she quickly found work assisting the greats, like Lloyd Simmonds, and Pat McGrath, the latter of whom she did shows with for six years. “I loved it,” she says of the fast-paced world of editorial and runway makeup. “The weird thing about me is that I can go on and on, but I never get tired. I get tired when I’m home and don’t do anything.”
Luckily for Martini, that was exactly why they had called on her. “They said, ‘No, if you do less, we’ll have a problem.' So I thought, OK, I think we’re going to get on,” she says, now beside herself with laughter. She gathers herself momentarily, suddenly serious about her big role. “If we’re not the trendsetters, then who are? If we’re not the creative voice, then who is? Being cool isn’t about judging people, it’s about commitment to your work.” Truly, thank God for Morgane Martini’s commitment to bringing a full face of makeup into the future.