On today’s Q&A I’m featuring the second Make-up artist of this month that i’ve called “The NEW BREED OF GREATS”. Those people who have risen up through the fashion ranks to achieve success in their own right.
Romy Soleimani was assistant to the great Linda Cantello. On leaving Linda, Romy ventured out into the big wide world of fashion with her tiny frame and lovely comedic personality, she was first approached to work on a shoot with Steven Klein.
Romy has gone on to work for many of the Vogues, as well as Elle US and Allure, to name just a few. She also works on fashion shows and advertising campaigns with Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Yelena Yemchuk and Norman Jean Roy included on her rosta of photographers. Her trademark is gorgeous, glowing skin, and she is also known for introducing unexpected elements of colour.
We first worked together on a French Vogue shoot in Guatamala with photographer Corinne Day and model Liya Kibede. It was an amazing, fun trip and i distinctly remember Romy, very kindly looking after me on the last night of the shoot as I got sick.
Romy resides in New York with her husband. She divides her time as a m-up artist, a Mama, and a member of the Beauty.com team as Beauty Director-at-Large, where she shares tutorials, trends and behind-the-scenes beauty secrets on their blog.
Enjoy this mini insight into Romy’s world……...
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
First an architect and then a fashion designer.
HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?
I was always obsessed with make up! my mother was very into make up….I used to watch her getting ready for Studio54! Then in high school I was the one fixing everyones makeup in the girls room. Then after art school I was lucky to have had the opportunity to assist legendary makeup artist Linda Cantello.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
A singer or a painter or a CEO!
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I live on the Bowery in NYC….moving soon to Brooklyn….can’t wait!
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Traffic and noise pollution.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Caudalie beauty elixir
By Terry, Rose du Baume
Joanna Vargas, Rejuvenating Serum
Madina, Chic & Shine stick
Welada, Skin food
French Vogue, Corinne Day, M-Up Romy, Hair Neil Moodie, Model Liya Kibede
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW? ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART, FOOD)
Music: Arcade Fire, Mina, Lykke Li, Neil Young
Fashion: Olatz, isabel Marant, Mayle, Celine, VINTAGE
Art: loved the Cindy Sherman exhibition at the MOMA Food: Il Buco Alimantaire, Sushi Azabu, Raouls, Perla, Morandi
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Somewhere overlooking the sea.
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP- ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?
Madonna, Depeche mode, Tears for Fears, New Order, Michael Jackson, Yaz, Biggie Smalls. YES, some more then others
IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE? (AND EXPLAIN – IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM)
On The Beach – Neil Young, soulful and perfect
Y Que – Mina, reminds me of my parents in the 70’s, and most importantly it was my wedding song.
Brown Eyes – Fleetwood Mac, incredible percussion, mystical and magical.
Misty Morning – Bob Marley, my time to chill
Let Me Try – MC5, bluesy rock
Bonnie and Clyde – Serge Gainsbourg
I’m glad You’re Mine- Al Green
Theives like Us- New Order
Runnin’ – Pharcyde
Someone Great – LCD Sound System
Thinking of You – Sister Sledge
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
Mayle, Isabel Marant, Balenciaga, Celine, Alaia, Nina Ricci, Dolce Gabanna, Olatz.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE FILM AND EXPLAIN WHY YOU CHOSE THEM IF YOU WANT.
Grey Gardens, eccentric madness
Night Porter, uber sexy Charlotte Rampling
Annie Hall, I love Woody Allen and Love Diane Keaten….so New York!
L’Aventura, Monica Vitti is one of my favourites, wild and Italian.
Blade Runner, visually incredible….futuristic and timeless.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
To read Romy’s Make-Up tips and hints click here to go to Beauty.com’s blog Beauty Close Up blog.