Looking for a makeup artist in the Hudson Valley? I recently had the opportunity to sit down with local Westchester County Makeup Artist, Essie Cohen and I was able to gain some insight into how she got started in her business and advice for brides to be when looking for a makeup artist. Having worked with Essie personally, she is warm-hearted, professional and puts all of her clients at ease. Read below for our interview:

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in this field: 

When I was younger, I loved anything art related. I painted with watercolors and acrylics and was always in the art room, instead of recess if I was allowed. When I was about 14 years old, one of my best friends for her birthday went to the city and received a makeover lesson at MAC. I immersed myself in the products and basically became a MAC addict. I ended up working for the company for 10 years.

2. What kinds of services do you provide?

I am a freelance makeup artist and pretty much do anything. I mostly specialize in the following: Bridal Makeup, Special events and house calls for any reason. I mostly do beauty makeup but I can also provide services for TV, Film and photography.

3. How does someone find out what their skin type is and come up with a daily routine?

The easiest way can be simple, but yet most people don’t pay attention to their skin and how it changes. When you wash your face in the morning or at night, you want to ask yourself, does it feel tight? If so, then you're dry; even if you get the T- zone oil spots. Most people do anyway, and that happens because your skin is overproducing oil to compensate from being dehydrated. If you're constantly shiny throughout the day, then you're oily.

My FAVORITE product whether you're oily or dry is the MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, IT IS AMAZING! I use it almost everyday and I recommend it to EVERYONE. I have dry skin, so I love using Skinfood by Weleda because it’s natural and organic, as I’m super sensitive.

If you're oily there’s an amazing product that’s not sold everywhere and that I’m also obsessed with - the Rodan and Fields Hydration Serum. Another great product to use if you’re oily is Naturing Force oil controlling cream.

4. What is one piece of advice that you want brides to know?

I want brides to know what they like, but also to keep an open mind and trust the expert. They should vocalize any concerns especially when they say something concerning timing or placement listen.

5. What are the current trends in makeup?

Summer is all about skin and that glow of being sun kissed and lashes are huge now too! For fall, I'm seeing a lot of beautiful skin and lots of berry lips, smoky eyes with different colors, not shades of black.

6. What are your three favorite go-to products that are in your toolkit right now?

In my bag right now are: Skin food, my brush #130 by MAC, and Laguna Bronzer.

7. What are your long-term career goals?

I’d like to build an amazing freelance business with a team of women supporting each other and themselves. 

8. What advice would you give to others who want to get into the makeup industry?

Find people you respect in the type of makeup you’d like to do and reach out, research, be willing to assist and work for free. Not all things I learned were by doing a lot, it was by watching and listening. Hearing sound bites artists use with their clients, listening to how they say things, watching their tips, tricks and techniques and their overall client experience- those are the things that will help you develop. NEVER think you know everything! This is an always changing industry and most of all, be prepared to hustle.