Name: Jewel Young [follow her on Twitter ]
Occupation: Ex-MAC Makeup Artist, current en-route to Miami!
How do I know her: I am such a MAC junkie, I’ve met two of my now-close friends at MAC, Jewel and Brittany Marshall!
Disclaimer: Everything Jewel says about MAC mascara goes against my mascara post, like the saying goes: “to each his own.”
“Do whatever you want in life…whatever you really want to do, it can happen.”
Anna: Okay, Jewel, how long have you been doing makeup for?
Jewel: Since when I can remember, literally. Like 7 years old!
Anna: What was your first memory of makeup?
Jewel: When I used to go to church my Mom she used to always have cherry Chapstick. I’d put hers on for 10 minutes straight and my lips would be hot pink. And she used to say I would put too much on and I’d be like “It’s okay…” [laughs].
Anna: Tell me your everyday makeup routine?
Jewel: First I moisturize cause I have super dry skin. I mix moisturizer with my sheer foundation. I use MAC Select Tint – they actually took it off the market! I use Mineralize MAC powder – I use the darkest one… put it all over my face, like a bronzer, but it doesn’t have glitter. Then I use blush – any MAC kind. Then mascara -MAC Plush Lash. I’ve been through Dior all that…I didn’t hate Dior but it wasn’t all that.
Anna: Oh my gosh, Plush Lash is the mascara I liked least [laughs].
Jewel: Really?! I love plush lash…people ask me if my lashes are fake. I apply four coats. I go through a tube in one month! Then I usually use Myth from MAC. It’s like a pale matte lipstick.
Anna: So what do you do extra to get glammed up for a night out?
Jewel: Everything I just told you…Everything the same to my face. I might do something crazy on my eyes. Or a bright lipstick!
Anna: What are the 3 things you have to put in your makeup bag?
Jewel: Something for my lips: lipstick or lipgloss. I keep mascara in there all the time Anna, no joke. I let it dry do another coat…it’s crazy. What else do I have to have (pause)…that’s really it, honestly.
Anna: Okay, cool. How long does it take you to do a full face of makeup on someone else?
Jewel: 25- 30 minutes for a full face. I’m fast!
Anna: Wow, true. How did you enjoy working at MAC and would you work there again?
Jewel: Hell yea, I loved it! [laughs]. I loved it cause you can be so creative. You can be any character you want, sky was the limit. As long as you’re inside the fashion guidelines. You can have tattoos and piercings, anything you want. They do not hire boring looking people. Brittany was just so cute they hired her on the spot. So many people came in before her but she was so cute they hired her. It’s so funny.
Anna: What’s another makeup company you would love working for?
Jewel: I would love to work for NARS.
Anna: Who’s your favorite makeup artist?
Jewel: Ummm…this one guy – He’s not even that famous – that makeup reality show…the one that won that show. I loved him. I can google it later.
Anna: [laughs] Okay! What’s in the future for you – any projects you are working on?
Jewel: I’m in the process of building my image consulting company – so that incorporates all my loves: makeup, skincare and fashion. Making women feel beautiful period!!
Anna: Congrats! Any last words of wisdom you want to leave us with?
Jewel: I dunno Anna…You put me on the spot! Basically “do whatever you want in life…whatever you really want to do, it can happen, whether it’s be a whore…no I’m just kidding!…Do what you want though.”