At EverSoPopular we like to think that beauty knows no boarders. It's fun to pick up new tips and tricks from around the world. That's why we're thrilled to introduce you to international beauty expert, Andrea Claire. We saw her work on social media and quickly became obsessed with all of her hair & makeup work. Now we want you to get to know her too! That means it's time for a Q&A session.
EverSoPopular: How did you know you wanted to be a beauty pro?
Andrea Claire: My career as a hair & makeup artist probably began when I was five and cut my sister's Barbie's hair off... 😜 but more officially when I was 18. Throughout my childhood (grades 6-9) I volunteered as a hair & makeup artist for school productions. When I was in grade 10 I took a makeup artistry class that was then offered through International Top Models (ITM) - it was the 80s. I was heavily influenced by many musicians and their music videos, (Duran Duran, Visage, Cyndi Lauper, Berlin, Prince etc) and Canada's Fashion Television. As a teenager, prior to nights out I would do my friends makeup, and then at dances I would be armed with Final Net hairspray building up mohawks and Liberty spikes in between dancing to my song faves! Yes. I was cool.
ESP: When did you go pro?
AC: Once I finished with high school, I apprenticed in a salon in my hometown, an hour west ofToronto. I did trade school downtown Toronto and landed a junior technician job at the then (and now) posh Civello Rosedale, an Aveda Concept Salon and was under master colourist AnaKarzis; that was 1991-ish. We did many makeover shoots for magazines and had celebrity clients come in and out all the time. I remember giving Shalom a hair treatment at the start of her modeling career and talking about the stress modeling can put on the hair with lights, products, teasing, ironing etc etc... I knew I loved the buzz of being on set more than being in a salon. So I left Civello and got a hair and makeup agent. I still see private clients for haircuts, colours and highlights in a small one chair studio - which is great as I can write my own hours. My schedule is like weaving a web of beauty.
ESP: How would you describe you career now?
AC: I'm an industry veteran with 26 years experience and still in love with my career. I am Canadian, but have been based in Singapore for the past 8 years with representation still with Judy Inc in Toronto. My body of work includes extensive print, runway and on-air makeover experience with a wide-ranged portfolio containing great campaigns for Pond's, L’Oreal Paris, Revlon, Lancôme, Zalora and more. My work has been in the pages Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE (Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and India), Cosmo, Women’s Weekly, InStyle, just to name a few. My celebrity clients have included Lady Antebellum, Georgina Wilson, Nikkie Plessen, Sarah Slean, The Veronicas, Raisa, Natalie Imbruglia (nails), Seal, Oli Pettigrew and more. I've also co-starred on Canadian TV shows: Stylin’ Gypsies, So Chic with Steven and Chris, Canadian Idol and in Singapore guest appearances on Asia’s Next Top Model, CashCab Asia celebrity charity episode and Sephora tutorials for Asia-Pacifc.
ESP: Where are some of the coolest places you've traveled for work?
AC: I've been lucky to travel for work to great places including LA, NYC, Paris, Jakarta, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Winnipeg (many Canadian cities actually, I just wanted to see Winnipeg in that list😂). An airline lost my luggage when I was flying for a job so now I own I a ZUCA, it fits in the overhead.
ESP: Are there any surprising ways you've used and shared your beauty skills?
AC: I have used my craft to give back teaching a Get Ready Girls program with Riverkids in Cambodia. They have changed the way that the non-profit helps the community so the GRGs program is no longer. It was taking girls ages 14-18 at risk of being sold into the sex trade and giving them job skills and other skills. I did many workshops with the girls to introduce them to the hair and makeup artist world. Each workshop was a new group eager to learn. MAC Cosmetics was a huge support donating makeup kits for each girl that I taught. I really miss teaching those girls.
ESP: Since you work with models, actors and celebs on a daily basis is your home life just as glamorous?
AC: Aside from the work side of me, I'm married with three children. All girls. My poor husband. 😜 We even have a girl dog and bunny. My eldest is 21 and a chef in Toronto. My 19 year old is about to embark on her next level of education and my 8 year old is a student at the Singapore American School contemplating on being a director, who by the way, when I said: "Oh fantastic! I can do hair and makeup on your shoots!!" She replied seriously with, "I don't think I'll be needing hair and makeup on my shoots." #stuffZoiesays on Instagram because... 👆🏻
We've got more tips and insights coming from Andrea Claire to EverSoPopular soon. Check out her behind the scenes moments on Instagram.