Makeup artist Susie Sobol grew up reading fashion magazines, obsessing over the hair, makeup, and clothes in each feature. When she graduated from high school, Sobol felt it was only natural for her to jump right into fashion school to pursue a career in textile design. Shortly after, though, she realized it wasn’t for her, and headed to work at Barneys in downtown Los Angeles. “I snuck down to the makeup counters and would spend all day down there at Nars and Stila. I figured I could be good at this and realized, maybe I can do this for a living,” she says.
Wanting to learn more about the makeup industry, Sobol moved to San Francisco and took a job at the M.A.C. store. Every day, she met women of all different shapes, sizes, and skin tones. “It was the way to learn how to do makeup,” she says of her training with the M.A.C. artists.
Now, Sobol travels the world as the first assistant to makeup artist Diane Kendal, working backstage at fashion shows by designers such as Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, and Jason Wu and alongside top photographers—Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, and David Sims—at photo shoots. “To be able to work with the best people and hear how they come up with these stories, their points of view, and what they want to portray with the hair, makeup, and fashion—it’s the most exciting part.”
But surprisingly, the most important thing Sobol has learned about makeup along the way isn’t the trick to creating the perfect smoky eye or red lip. “Your makeup will never look good if your skin doesn’t look good. Taking care of your skin, that’s the most important thing.”
The product she can’t live without:
“Mascara. I can wear no foundation—nothing—and as soon as I put mascara on, I feel done. I think that the wand and the formula of CoverGirl LashPerfection are very similar to Chanel Inimitable mascara.”
Favorite drugstore find:
“Black eyeliner. Every girl should have one. Maybelline New York Line Stylist Eyeliner is amazing. It’s not quite a pencil, but it has the skinniest little wand. You can draw lines very close to the lashes, and it’s not a 24-hour one, so it will come off at night.”
The makeup skill she thinks it’s hardest to master:
“The cat-eye. The only way to do it right is to practice…and have a lot of Q-tips handy. So much can be fixed with a Q-tip and water.”
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