Laura Peltak is a New York based make-up artist. From an early age, Laura knew she was a very creative and hands on person. It was through her creativity and passion for design that she sought out a career in hair. She got her cosmetology license in 2015. After working in a salon, she knew she needed more and had a high fascination in makeup. It was not long after realising that, that she moved to New York City to pursue her career as a make-up artist by attending Make-up Designory (MUD) in the multi-media program.
Laura had an intense level of training during her four months (610 hours) at Make-up Designory which has led her to work with New York based photographers and models from some of the top agencies in the city. She has designed both makeup and hair for a series of beauty and fashion photoshoots. Her dedication to her education is of paramount importance. She is not only hard working and easy to work with, but she is also a team player. If Laura ever runs into any problems, she can troubleshoot and continue her work smoothly.
Laura looks forward to seeing how she evolves as both a person and artist throughout her career. She will continue her education by attending classes and will seek out all opportunities that she can. Laura hopes that through her hard work and creativity her designs will stand out and inspire others.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Laura. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I got licensed as a cosmetologist in 2015. I worked in a salon a little over a year before I realised I was itching for something more. I moved to NYC to pursue my career as a make-up artist by attending Makeup Designory. I have such a passion for designing make-up and hair and seeing the result. Everything has a story, and you can tell a story through a good makeup design.
Laura, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Make-up Artist?
I can honestly say that my passion is doing a makeup design. I genuinely love everything about it. From thinking it out in my head, colouring in a face, to finally bring it to life. My favourite thing has to see the results. Whether it's my work or somebody else's.... I love looking at a finished makeup. I hope to one day have people look at my work and get inspired from seeing my designs the way I get inspired seeing other makeup artist.
Who is your inspiration in life Laura? How do you keep inspired?
It's hard to say what inspires you when you love what you're doing so much. I don't think that in the job that I do there's one thing that doesn't inspire me... it's the whole thing. Start to finish I'm inspired. If I had to pick one thing I would say myself, in the least self-centered way possible. I'm just getting into this industry as a makeup artist; I'm very new! I inspire myself by thinking of my future; I am so excited to see where I go with this and I can't wait to find out. It inspires me to be better.
We all make mistakes Laura; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Make-up Artist, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Where I am so new to this industry, I can't say I have run into any problems that I wish I could take back yet. With the very little problems that have come up they were so minor I can't say I would 'take them back' I looked back at the situation, thought of what I could have done differently to avoid it next time, and then learned from it. That's all you can do.
Laura , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Make-up Artist, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I haven't had to deal with too many clients at one time as a make-up artist, but as a hair dresser, I can relate. A client is a client, and morally I think they should all be treated equally, while you're with one that one deserves your attention.
Please tell us, Laura, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Make-up Artist?
Anytime where you have little time to do a makeup application you have to be strategic. Time management and make sure you're not too much of perfectionist where you spent too much time working on one thing and aren't able to get something else done at all!
Laura, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I don't know that I can think of a specific time, however, if somebody and I aren't seeing eye to eye an idea of how we would like to see a finished result I think it's best to meet in the middle and compromise sometimes to avoid conflict.
Laura, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Make-up Artist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Where I am so new I don't have a whole lot of experience if I got a photo published on here... I have to say that would top everything off. That without a doubt would be my proudest moment thus far!
Laura, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I believe every time I work I can be creative. Even when somebody is telling you what they want it's still an art, and art is creative in every way!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Make-up Artist?
To not let people tell you that you can't make a career from doing makeup. Follow you're dreams and love what you're doing.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate! I'd take whatever I can get. Beauty shoots, fashion shoots, student films, etc. whatever I can get!
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