Typically when you talk about someone's talent, age is never part of the conversation. However, when you mention Louisiana based makeup artist, Eric Vosburg you can't help but mention the fact that he is only 17 years old. His uninhibited raw natural talent really sets him apart and in my opinion is nothing short of extraordinary. He has already been featured in publications such as Italian Vogue so, this young artist is someone you definitely want to keep your eye on!
How did you get started in makeup?
I have always had a strong passion and love for art for as long as I can remember. As a young child I always gravitated to artistic type activities, from thing such as painting and drawing. I am always creating. When I was 15 years old I was watching Lady Gaga's music video "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" and was so entreated by her and the backup dancer's makeup. The bold, simplistic, and graphic makeup inspired me to start playing around with any makeup I could get my hands on. I would spend hours and hours experimenting with makeup on myself and everyone around me.
My mother was always such a supporter of my growing love for makeup that for my 16th birthday she gave me Kevyn Aucoin's book "Making Faces." After reading his book I was so inspired by his way of thinking and his story which I found to be so relate-able and empowering. The idea that he was a young boy raised in south Louisiana, that always dreamt of glossy red lips and sparkling skin as a young boy, much like myself, and was able to accomplish his dreams was truly the thing that pushed me to pursue my career and journey in makeup. Kevyn is truly one of my biggest inspirations, his artistic ability and his kind heart opened my eyes to a whole new world. I truly have so much respect but even more love for him and what he stood for. But I owe everything to my mom. Supporting and encouraging to follow my dreams, pushing me to be the best I can be and to never give up no matter what people may say. She is my biggest supporter , my muse, and my best friend.
You were just featured in Italian vogue- how did that feel?!
How would you describe your style?
Modern romanticism, is the best way to describe my current style of makeup. There is a softness to most of my work at the moment which I enjoy. By working in layers and applying colors in a specific manner it brings a warmth, and visual interest which embodies that of my style as of now.
What is the most common makeup faux pas you see women doing?
With makeup I feel like most importantly there are no rules. So many makeup artist and people put rules on makeup that should be creatively liberating and simply fun! So, I feel like the most common makeup faux pas I see women doing is following rules on something that should never be confined. It is so important to wear makeup for yourself and no one but yourself.
What would your dream creative project be?
Working on a cover shoot or editorial with Photographer Tim Walker or Jamie Nelson with model Lindsey Wixson or Marisa Berenson styled by Grace Coddington. Now that is my dream project! The whole shoot would just be so magical!
What designers, artists, or creative people inspire you?
The real question is what does not inspire me! Inspiration for me comes from anywhere to be honest. There are very little things that I don’t find inspiring and thought provoking. Artist such as Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Michelle Conques I find very inspirational. Their styles, textures, compositions, and colors are what I find intriguing. Designers of the likes of Christian Dior, Elie Saab, Isaac Mizrahi, Elsa Schiaparelli, Viktor and Rolf, and Christopher John Rogers are all so brilliant and they do not simply make clothing but art. They understand a woman's body which is truly the greatest masterpiece of all. The 1920’s 1940’s 1950’s Hollywood films also play a large part in the inspiration of my work. Films like "Funny Face" with Audrey Hepburn or Jeanette MacDonald in "Rose Marie". Hollywood then was so magical and divine. It was something that allowed people to dream and it created a fantasy for them to live in for and hour or two, which I found to be so spectacular. But, the most unexpected things can be the most inspiring. It is so important to keep your eyes open! You just never know when something might inspire you.
If we were to check your iPod, what would we find?
My music is pretty much all over the place, but a few staples on my iPod have to be artist such as Julie London, Melody Gardot, Carly Simon, Norah Jones, Lana Del Rey, Bee Gees, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lady Gaga, and Marina and the Diamonds. I really enjoy clever lyrics and songs that transport you back to a different time and era.
What is your current obsession?
Currently, I am obsessed with softly sculpted, dewy skin with monochromatic eyes and lips and orange or rich browns.
What is your best kept makeup secret?
Now, if I told you it would not be my best kept makeup secret now would it? Hahaha! I really don’t have any secrets when it comes to makeup. I feel like it is very important to share tricks and tips with people to allow them to enjoy makeup just as much as I do. But, if I would have a makeup secret I think it would be to make sure to prep the skin before makeup. It is so important to have a freshly washed and moisturize face. Moisturizing is extremely important to retaining youthful skin and preventing premature wrinkles. Also using a face and eye primer will make your makeup appear smoother and last longer. A lot of times people forget these few steps but they make a world of a difference.
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|Eric Vosburg Illustration|