Monday, 3 February 2014

My Chat With Tim Quinn | Exclusive Interview

In today's post I am going to share with you an interview I conducted with make-up master Tim Quinn. 

Tim began working with Giorgio Armani Beauty back in 2001, when the line was first launched in the States. Since then he has gone onto become the top Celebrity Face Designer and Director of Creative Artistry for the brand. He now spends his time glamming up countless Hollywood A-listers and also helping cancer patients restore their inner and outer beauty by sharing with them his beauty secrets.

I had the pleasure of finding out Tim's top tips, most-loved products and also his favourite client collaboration. So keep reading to discover more...

At what age did your fascination with beauty begin?
I have been fascinated with beauty since I was a young child, as I was always captivated by the lotions and potions my Mom and her friends would use to transform themselves. Although I chose to study economics in college, I actually didn't start to work in the beauty world until after first working in finance.

When was your big industry break?

My first big break came from being in the right place at the right time with the attitude that I could do anything (even if I wasn't sure what I was doing). I had actually never studied make-up until a friend in Boston, John Dupuis, brought me into the make-up world and then I eventually went to Milan to SuperStudios.

How did you begin working with Giorgio Armani?
I was recruited in New York when Giorgio Armani Beauty was launching all the way back in 2001. The general manager at the time promised to make me a star, so how could i decline that offer? We are actually still friends to this day, although Serge Jureidini has now moved onto a new company.

What is the best part about your job?
I love the "possibilities" that my job offers. I get to work with some of the most amazing, talented, creative and kind people in the industry. Plus as a bonus, I am honoured to work with cancer patients across the United States, helping them find a way to maintain a sense of self while undergoing life-changing treatments.

Who or what inspires you?
I am actually inspired by the diverse women I have the privilege to work with everyday. The power of make-up is incredible and it can help create such a transformation, which allows for each persons inner beauty to shine forth.

If you could only have 5 make-up items in your professional kit, what would they be and why?
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - this stuff is one of the best on the market! Its weightless, buildable coverage gives a look that just naturally glows. I would also have a black waterproof eye pencil, as you can do everything with a great liner - such as a cat eye, smokey eye, barely-there lash line etc. A good eyebrow pencil, as without brows, the look is just not complete. A soft rose gold blush, whether it be liquid, cream or powder (it is one of the most flattering colours for most skin tones). And lastly I would have the Armani Crema Nera Reviving Eye Cream, as for me its more than just an eye cream, its my secret weapon to instantly adding a refreshed look to anyone's make-up throughout the day. I simply just tap it along the tip of the cheekbones to add a quick fix.

Out of all of your years experience, what would you say is your favourite beauty tip?
When a friend introduced me to the Clarisonic face brush for cleansing, my life and beauty routine was improved dramatically for the better. I actually advise all of my clients to use it regularly, as its a genius product - which truly gives you radiant skin.

What is your all-time hero Giorgio Armani product?
It has to be Luminous Silk Foundation, hands down. LSF gives the most glorious non-makeup look - the effect is glowing luminous skin and it comes in 24 shades so virtually anyone can find their perfect tone. I love it as it can be layered for coverage as needed throughout the day and it never looks "made-up".

Which basic beauty items must every woman own?

Pretty much all of the five items mentioned in question 6, plus a serum. I'm also obsessed with the Beauty Blender (the egg shaped sponge) as its so terrific for blending. And lastly, I'm a huge fan of Tammy Fender's Spontaneous Recovery Creme, as its perfect for post-flight or after having a late night.

What would you say is the biggest beauty faux pas?
I would have to say trying to follow trends too literally. I personally always advise clients to get inspired and then figure a way to adapt the look for their specific face - that's what I always work with them on.

You were working at this years Golden Globes, whose make-up did you work on?

I can't talk about specific people, but our make-up look was a big part of the overall return to glowing skin at the Globes and also moving forward into the season.

How would you describe the make-up look you channeled for the event? And what advice would you give to ladies recreating it at home?
Well luminous skin is the key to the look this season, so keep the rest of your make-up minimal! Also a great pop of colour on the lips is so modern and fresh as well. I personally created a glowing slightly metallic toned eye using the Armani Eyes To Kill Intense shadow in #28, with lots of black waterproof liner - smudged along the top lashes and then layers of Eyes To Kill mascara. For the complexion, I used a wash of Luminous Silk Foundation in shade 5.5 blended with Fluid Sheer 10 to add more radiance. Lastly, I used Fluid Sheer 11, in the rose gold tone to subtly accent the cheeks, and finished the look with Rouge Ecstasy #202 lipstick for a subdued, glowing glamorous look.

You have worked with countless celebrities, but which collaboration has been your favourite to create?
I've worked with actresses ranging from Uma Thurman to Kerry Washington and Glenn Close. I loved the look on Uma for the Oscar Night Vanity Fair event a few years back - I gave her effortless glowing skin with just a pop of color on her cheeks and lips, the key was using the Armani Light Master Primer under her makeup to give a slightly ethereal glow from within.
Which make-up trend do you think will be a huge hit this year?
Well I have seen a lot of high impact looks hitting the awards, such as metallic make-up, which is great. Also there is always a lot of glowing skin and pops of color for the lips, which I find always looks so chic.

Lastly, whats next for Tim Quinn?
Well as the Oscars are just around the corner, I will be quite caught up for the next month or so. I will also always continue to work with women fighting their cancer battles, by helping to improve their self-esteem.

I just want to take the time out to say a huge thank you once again to Tim Quinn for conducting this interview with me! I literally couldn't wait to share his knowledge and expertise with you guys, as his beauty insight is incredible - well, his long list of celebrity clientele speaks for itself LOL.

Lastly, to all of my fellow Twitter lovers out there, be sure to follow him @TimQuinnBeauty

Also let me know what your favourite Giorgio Armani products are? Mine has to be the amazing Luminous Silk Foundation and also the matching powder, as they are literally to die for!
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  1. I haven't tried any Giorgio Armani products before, but I've been wanting to try the Luminous Silk foundation! I actually have the Clarisonic and am a bit 'meh' about it, but it did give me radiant skin when I first used it!

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ | Makeup & Silly things

    1. Hi Vanessa
      You should definitely try some Giorgio Armani products, as they really do live up to the big hype. I absolutely love my Luminous Silk Foundation and powder and I could never not have them in my make-up collection now.
      I also have a Clarisonic and I really like mine, however I only use it around twice a month, as I don't like to overstimulate my skin LOL. But on a daily basis I cleanse with a muslin cloth, which I find isn't as intense and suits me better.