“I would define it as a surreal one-man theatre.”
What country are you from and where do you reside?
I’m from Moscow, Russia.
Title of what you do and/or what company.
I do experimental, avant-garde makeup. Some may define it as 3D or art makeup. I create makeup on my face and photograph it with a camera with a rotating screen. I take a selfie, then I select photos and edit them if necessary. I create the whole process from ideas to final results.
Education background (school, salons, self-taught)?
I took make-up artist courses and acquired photography and retouching skills. And then I combined my passion for make-up and photography in one experiment.
What is the first creative project that you remember?
My first experiments started with collecting different things. For example, my first works were with moss and chestnut trees from the forest. And another one of my favorite Japanese shibari bondage thread photo series, taken a few years ago.
What is your signature style/artistic expression of your work?
I would define it as a surreal one-man theatre. I think that the most identifiable part of my work is working with textures. I love creating something new from ordinary things.
What is the most fulfilling job you’ve worked on or a person you have worked with?
I consider the period of work with cosmetic clay as one of the most productive. At that moment, my passion for textures took on a new form.
Do you have a career turning point, big break, or person that has helped your career?
I think there may be several turning points along the way. I got media attention less than six months after I started doing my makeup. it was important to me and is important now as a recognition that people see and notice my work. I was helped a lot by my environment, especially the support of close friends and the makeup community. I hope that the next significant events in my work are yet to come.
What was the scariest and proudest moment in your career?
Probably the scariest moment was associated with non-constructive criticism and misunderstanding of what I was doing from other people. It took some time to accept it.
I couldn’t imagine appearing in Vogue as a photographer and a model at the same time. Realizing this was an exciting moment.
What is next for your career goals?
I have always dreamed of seeing my work in print and becoming a part of the exhibition. I want to show my photos to people not only online.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?
It is very important to try to find your style, to do what you love no matter what others said. Do not be afraid to experiment, give yourself the right to make mistakes.