Let's Talk Beauty with ArtistryByStephen
Stephen Moleski is a celebrity makeup artist with a passion for education and training. Having a background in fine art, his aesthetic remains centered around beauty, balance and color which stays true to his unique natural-beauty-accentuating approach to every application. Over the course of 20 years, Stephen has worked with some of the most influential celebrities in the industry. His work around the globe has been featured on magazine covers, in scripted and non-scripted television, music videos and film. His most recent project is the hit TNT series Claws and his Sigma Beauty brush set, the Signature Skin Set.
“There’s nothing more beautiful in this world than a woman who looks in the mirror and truly sees the immeasurable power and beauty of her innate uniqueness.” - Stephen Moleski
Tell us about your background.
I was an artist from the time I was young, painting with watercolors and pencils. When I found makeup it was a natural progression which transitioned into a professional career. This allowed me to utilize my creativity, get instant gratification for my abilities and ultimately do what I love.
Who do you look up to for inspiration or mentorship?
I always look at the “great” artists like Kevyn Aucoin and Pat McGrath. The amount of respect and impact they have on the industry is amazing. I always want to inspire other artists and be respected like them.
What is the best advice you can give someone?
The best advice I can give is one that I wish I would have known sooner. Most of the negativity you deal with is from people who are insecure and intimidated by your strengths and abilities. Don’t let someone else’s inner demons diminish your shine.
How do you find inspiration?
I look at everything as inspiration. Whether it's an artist painting or another artist on social media, I love to be inspired by use of color and lighting!
What is your why? (i.e. Why do you do what you do?)
I have a passion for makeup that gets recharged every day, especially seeing a person's reaction in the mirror. To see a positive change in a person's confidence is the most humbling and gratifying experience. It’s like having a superpower.
What do you stand out for?
Authenticity. I always value my word and always do what I say!
What are 3 things you wish you knew when you first started?
- Perfection is impossible.
- Be 100%! Don't worry about fitting in.
- There is only one you…invest in yourself.
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