Beauty Editor and Make up Artist Liselotte Van Saarloos.
" Of course the “no makeup makeup look” is still here and it’s here to stay, but there is room again for more creative stories. "
When we talk with our Beauty Editor Liselotte Van Saarloos, we are always blessed with tons of make up ideas and inspirations. Her deep gifted passion is a true life path. With tons of experience, outstanding editorials , show experiences ,her own valued make up brush brand ,...Liselotte is ready for the next step in her career and life. Hello Universe, let's manifest the biggest dreams now !
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS for SCHON MAGAZINE
WHEN OR HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOU WANTED TO BE A MAKE UP ARTIST?
My interest for makeup sparked at a young age. As far back as I can remember I’ve always had a strong interest in makeup. But it wasn’t until I was studying Theatre Science at the University of Amsterdam that my interest really peaked. During the first semester we received an assignment to create and stage a full play. We had to work in a team and each of us got their own task assigned. I immediately asked if I could be the one taking care of the makeup. When we finished the play I knew that this was something I really wanted to pursue. So I enrolled in a theatre makeup course. Which I really enjoyed but I felt I gravitated more towards the fashion industry. So I enrolled at one of Amsterdam’s leading makeup schools. This was in 2002. After that there was just no looking back. I knew this was my passion. I started assisting and getting in contact with model agencies, building my own portfolio and developing from there.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I feel that my work is very technical and I always try to keep a feminine feel, even when I create a more edgy creative makeup. But even when I “let go” and create a painterly makeup look or something more abstract, the continuous line in my work is still the technique. So even when clients ask me to do a clean look, there is a lot of technique and care that go into it, product choices, etc. I remember finishing makeup school and being so inspired and wanting to start applying all these cool creative techniques my teachers showed us and taught us. But then I quickly realized that I first had to focus on the basics and learn how to do this well. I was obsessed with the basics, like the perfect skin and base, how to do the perfect natural brow, how to contour correctly. Having the girl look amazing with barely any makeup. People started to book me for that. Then I started the era where I was just obsessed with the perfect lip, eyeliners etcetera. All these little organized steps so that I could develop as an artist step by step. This way of working is a mirror of my personality. I am a perfectionist at heart.
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS for VOGUE ARABIA
WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
There are many artists that I look up to in the industry. Some of whom I have or have had the honor and pleasure to learn from and assist. Like Peter Philips, Diane Kendal, Lucia Pieroni.
WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST DREAMS?
At the moment I’m very focused on taking the next step in my career and developing further as an artist. I would like to move abroad.
"My perfectionism, it’s a blessing and a curse. "
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS for L'OFFICIEL PARIS
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS FOR CHAPTER 1 BEAUTY BOOK
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS for CHAPTER 1 BEAUTY BOOK
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Not pursuing my dreams and realizing years from now that I’ve missed out on personal and professional growth because I was to afraid to take a leap.
My perfectionism, it’s a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I just need to let go and let a certain aspect of not having everything perfect add it’s extra layer of beauty. Also, I can be to hard om myself sometimes. I’m ambitious and I always focus on the next goal on the horizon. I forget to just pause and enjoy what has just been achieved or I forget to just simply enjoy the way there because I’m so focused on the end result.
JOERI ROUFFA FOR VOGUE ARABIA
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS FOR MIRROR MIRROR MAGAZINE
LISELOTTE SAARLOOS for Photo VOGUE
WHAT PHOTOSHOOT IS YOUR MOST REMARKABLE/FAVOURITE UNTIL NOW AND WHY?
It’s difficult for me to just pick one because it changes every time new work comes out. I just did a shoot for Vogue Portugal which I absolutely loved. Before that, I was madly in love with a story for l’Officiel Italia which featured model Hannelore Knuts. A true Icon. Recently I did a new story for Schön! Magazine where we bodypainted the models in different colors which I’m absolutely obsessed with. It just came out and I can’t stop looking at it.
WHERE WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE ONE DAY AS A MAKEUP ARTIST? WHERE DO YOU THINK YOUR STYLE FITS BEST?
At the moment I’m focusing on increasing my work within Europe. I would like to start working more in Paris. But I would like to make the move to the U.S, New York, L.A. Ideally I would travel and work between Europe and the U.S in the future.
" It’s nice to see storytelling is back within the fashion editorials. It has reinvented itself, but it’s back and it’s exciting. "
WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE CURRENT SITUATION IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY REGARDS STYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND MAKEUP?
After the recession started in 2007 a lot changed. Before we we’re allowed to create, there was a strong aspect of storytelling within editorials. Selling a dream sometimes even. During and after the recession people wanted to see more relatable images. The “no makeup makeup look” was the norm. Magazines were dealing with a lot more rules and restrictions also from advertisers. I’m happy to see that we have moved on from the non-makeup makeup feel as the norm. Of course the “no makeup makeup look” is still here and it’s here to stay, but there is room again for more creative stories. Which is nice. I mean I can definitely appreciate a minimalistic look and image, but at heart I love to create. It’s nice to see storytelling is back within the fashion editorials. It has reinvented itself, but it’s back and it’s exciting.
PHOTOSHOP OR NO PHOTOSHOP ?
Photoshop. Of course this also depends on the shoot and concept. But even the most natural shoots still often use some photoshop even if it’s applied sparse.
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS for " CHAPTER 1 BEAUTY BOOK "
IF WE WOULD GIVE YOU 1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM PROJECT LOOK LIKE?
My dream project would not be just one shoot or campaign. My biggest dream project would be to create an inclusive beauty line.
ADVISE FOR STARTING MAKEUP ARTISTS ?
There are many talented artists out there. If you want to make your mark you will have to really focus on making sure that you develop your own ‘signature’, your own style of doing makeup. It’s important to do this so that people will start to recognize your work. Really try to think about who you are as an artist. And with regards to skills when just starting out. Make sure to pay a lot of attention on learning how to create perfect skin. And most importantly focus on learning how to do makeup on all skin tones. Which means making sure your kit is inclusive, for all skin tones and investing in a good basic kit.
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS for VOGUE PORTUGAL
LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS FOR GLAMCULT
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MUST HAVE IN EVERY MAKEUP ARTISTS KIT?
As mentioned I would say the main focus should be on skin. Make sure you have an inclusive kit for all skin tones and invest in good skincare products. If your models skin looks great than that could already be a look. And of course focus on investing in an assortment of main colors which you can mix and blend in to any desired color. And make sure to do this in different product textures like paints, creams, powders etc.
MOST FAVORITE PRODUCT ?
Those who know me know this is a very difficult question for me to answer. Seeing I’m such a product addict. To choose just one is hard. So why don’t I give you a few of my kit favourites. My favourite mascara is the Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara by MAC Cosmetics, favourite cream is the Avène Cicalfate, favourite lip balm, Homeoplasmine and the Smith’s Rosebud Salve (tube), favourite foundation palette (especially for darker skin tones) is the Bobbi Brown Foundation Palette, I also love the dermacolor camouflage cream and the MAC correct and Conceal palettes. Which I both use for the complete base not just as concealers. Favourite powder is the RCMA original no-color powder and I’m obsessed with the Juvia’s Place palettes for eyeshadows and blushers etc. They are super affordable and highly pigmented. I highly recommend them.