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“In corona and war, I could be sitting here for hours talking about makeup,” Raisa Flowers tells CR. The artist, whose work has largely been put on hold amidst the pandemic, has been a makeup fanatic since the age of 13. It’s a nostalgic passion for Flowers, as she would accompany her mother on shopping trips to the Mac Cosmetics beauty counter, do friends’ makeup for prom, and spend her paychecks on lipstick. In her early 20s, she turned her love for cosmetics into a career after losing her retail job at Urban Outfitters. Flowers attended a makeup course taught by Priscilla Ono, the global makeup expert for Fenty Beauty and Rihanna’s personal go-to artist, and realized she was on the right track.
Now half a decade later, Flowers has an impressive portfolio that expands and reinvents the definition of beauty. She’s assisted Pat McGrath backstage at fashion week, done makeup for editorials and campaigns, garnered a celebrity clientele including Kelela and Junglepussy. Along with her attention-grabbing professional work, the makeup artist often transforms her own look with electric eyeshadows, colored contacts, and an arsenal of equally expressive wigs–elements she began playing in her club kid days.
Flowers’ experience in the fashion world also extends into modeling. She’s walked runways and appeared in campaigns, championing diversity and inclusivity on both sides of the fashion and beauty industries. Her outspokenness on representation and cancellation of problematic brands speaks to the growing demand for accountability in 2020, where her plus-sized frame, bleached eyebrows, and multiple facial piercings are celebrated.
Here, Flowers shares how her mom has influenced her work, what modeling has taught her about doing makeup, and what gives her creative FOMO .
How has modeling informed your approach to doing makeup?
“Walking runways and modeling allows me to take a step back, because most of those times I’m not doing my own makeup, I’m allowing someone to have me as their canvas. That teaches me a lot with direction, because not all, but sometimes, I have to direct people how to do my makeup. Sometimes it makes me judge-y of other people’s work, so that’s the only con of it. Or sometimes I do learn from a person who does my makeup. I had a famous makeup artist, Kabuki, do my makeup for a really good Nike campaign that didn’t come out. But it was really amazing to see him work. I learned a lot from that experience. If you’re getting paid all this money, you can take your time and really put your focus into your work. My approach with modeling, it’s just fun for me and I feel good. But I miss [doing makeup] when I’m on shoots. I’m like, ‘Damn, I wish I was doing my own makeup.’”
As someone who has been on both sides, what do you with other makeup artists should be more aware of?
“I feel like people just need to be more aware of people’s skin tones. There’s this thing with skin tones–people can’t really figure it out. Because of photo editing, people depend on on that. I think they’re not really caring or they have an excuse when it comes to doing people of color in the industry. Some people are just too confident in themselves and forget that they can make mistakes. A lot of times models go to set and some of the makeup artists don’t have colors for them. I’m like, we’re in 2020 now, aside from this coronavirus madness, people should be focused in on what they’re doing with their work. If you’re passionate about something, you will make sure that someone is comfortable and make sure that they’re accounted for or they feel like they can trust you.”
You’ve said that your love of makeup stem’s from your mom. How has she influenced your own work?
“My mom’s favorite thing was brown lip liner. She used to wear Mac’s Chestnut lip liner and gold Explicit lip gloss. I always remember her wearing that with gold eyeshadow and black eyeliner. She struggled with her brows a lot, so she liked to have them really thin. But I think that shows in my work, because I love to do thin eyebrows and a lot of brown lip liner.”
How has your makeup aesthetic evolved?
“When I first started, I was playing with color. I was trying to do, like, the beauty getup, like really doing beat face looks. Then I really toned it down when I went to Priscilla’s class. When I started working with Pat, I started learning so many different techniques about skin, how skin should look, and how flawless it should be. Then when I started going on these jobs, they boosted my creativity. I also travel a lot for work, so wherever I go I find some inspiration. I feel like it’s really nice to express color in makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I love the natural, too.
People don’t realize a lot of the natural makeup is what makes the money. I mean, I’m sorry, if you get hired for a campaign a lot of the times they’re not gonna want you to do super crazy makeup. Editorials, which aren’t paid, are where I do my most like creative work. I’m able to have open inspiration based on a vision board or based on the clothes. A lot of my really cool works weren’t paid editorials and if I don’t do an editorial for a long time I get FOMO, ‘cause I feel like I need to do something cool and creative.”
What are some of your favorite products?
“I really like these new Mac blushes called Glow Play Blushes. They’re a cream-powder blush and you can use your fingers to put them on. I also love Mac’s Face and Body [Foundation], that’s a go-to. My Pat McGrath Labs foundation, concealer, powder, and mascara are also my faves. I use a lot of cream colors, so I love the Mac Chromaline pots. I scoop them out and mix colors. I fall obsessed with certain things, like I’ll have an obsession with lashes and only buy eyelashes for a month. Right now, it’s blush. I got this new cruelty-free brand, Tower  Beauty, and I love their blushes and lip glosses.”
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