UNMRKD WOMAN: Luna Mariposa

Glitter, glowy, and glam encompass our newest muse, Luna. She is a 24 year old California native makeup artist that we have been so lucky to work with. Loren Gray, Karrueche Tran, Dove Cameron, and Carmella Rose are just a few clients she has done hair and makeup for.

It’s 12:30 pm on a Saturday in sunny Los Angeles. We are greeted with Luna and her adorable three cats and dog. Luna’s apartment is adorned with an immaculate collection of trinkets that include lots of pink and lots of Sanrio characters. We sat down with Luna and got to delve into her story and how she has made a name for herself in the makeup industry at such a young age.
  

Q: For readers who are unfamiliar with you or your work, can you give a little background about yourself?
A: 
My name is Luna and I’m a makeup artist. I grew up in the valley, and when I say the valley I mean Sherman Oaks, California. Born and raised in the valley has a lot to do with me as a person because it is such a fast lifestyle to grow up with so many styles of people and so much individuality. Art is where I found my freedom. I have always been super expressive with my art and that’s what helped me release and radiate my essence and be proud of who I am. I try to truly p

 

Q: For readers who are unfamiliar with you or your work, can you give a little background about yourself?
A: 
My name is Luna and I’m a makeup artist. I grew up in the valley, and when I say the valley I mean Sherman Oaks, California. Born and raised in the valley has a lot to do with me as a person because it is such a fast lifestyle to grow up with so many styles of people and so much individuality. Art is where I found my freedom. I have always been super expressive with my art and that’s what helped me release and radiate my essence and be proud of who I am. I try to truly put my soul into my canvas which are my clients and the brand.


"It’s art to me, it’s not trying to impress people or cover up imperfections. It’s embracing individuality."


Q: How did you get started and/or interested in makeup?
A: 
When I was five, me and my mum, we were at Sears. They had this pink, sparkly chest that was a makeup chest and it was holographic and pink. There were little sparkly lip glosses and eyeshadows in it. I was crying on the floor like, “Please mom, I just really want this makeup case so bad.” She said no, it was so expensive. But when Christmas came along, Santa gave me the little makeup case! I still have it and it’s so sentimental to me. I would draw on my Barbies’ faces and it was terrible, but I was just expressing myself.When I was 18 years old I went to the Make-up Designory (MUD) in LA. It was my first step towards doing something I love. The makeup school was good based upon pushing myself at such a young age and getting outside my comfort zone. A year after leaving the school, I had to forget everything they taught me because it actually confined my creativity in a box. They shunned glitter but I was like are you kidding me?But now I’m known for glow ups and glitter and stickers. But fundamentally, going to the makeup school was good for me in terms of sanitation and guidelines.

Q: Was there a specific incident or event that occurred you think helped shaped your career to get you to where you are today?
A: 
I was raised by my father, who was also a creator, and he left his mark everywhere building houses and building beautiful creations. What got me started working at such a young age was that when I was 16, I found out my dad had been diagnosed with cancer. My hero & best friend who was indestructible, finding out that his life was on the line and that I could lose him literally shattered my soul. It puts things into perspective. I wanted to be grateful for all that I had and the life I was given. I don’t want to limit myself. I just want to make my dad proud.

Q: With so much competition in LA, what do you think sets you apart from other MUA’s in LA? Have you developed a style unique to you? Do you have a signature technique? 
A:
I think what sets me apart from most artists is that this is kind of a do or die thing for me. I always want to be unlimited. I don’t take no for an answer. There’s competition everywhere and everyone’s judging each other. But artists and creatives, we can’t be judging other people’s work because we don’t know what is going on in their minds and what they are trying to radiate.


"I own myself and I have mastered my own mindset. I think my determination and my expression of my individuality keeps me in the industry."


Q: What was your journey to becoming represented by Wilhelmina like? 
A: 
To break it down, I started testing a lot and reaching out through emails by looking at a lot of photographers, models and fashion brands and hitting them up. Just gaining experience. I was 21, and I started out by working in film and television. I was a makeup artist assistant. Being in the industry at 21 and meeting people like Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) and Sasha Pieterse from Pretty Little Liars, my mind was blown. 
It was scary, but I had to push past the scariness and being shy and then I started testing and working with different clients. A few months after my dad passed, I wrote down a list a things I wanted to do like quit Japan LA, get signed by an agency, start testing and right after that I got signed with Wilhelmina after manifesting it down on that piece of paper.

Q: Where do you pull inspiration from? 
A:I’m inspired by a lot of things. Where I find inspiration is from the things that make me a person. Sanrio, Hello Kitty, and all of the gang they inspire me. 90’s Barbie inspires me. Club Kids from the 80’s inspires me, I was raving when I was 13 years old since all my friends were a bit older. Anime inspires me like, the outfits. High fashion obviously, I’ve been into runway. I’m so into it right now. Also Japanese culture, they’re so next level and so original. And also nature, I love plants and gold lights. I used to hike a lot so nature definitely also inspires me.

Q: Doing someone’s makeup is such a personal and intimate job, how do you handle criticism? 
A: The client is the number one priority. It’s not about me, it’s about the client and what I am creating for them. We are coexisting, you know? It’s a super intimate job, so I always try to get to know the client. I work mainly with brands and producers and magazines so they already have a set guide for the mood or style. With clients, I always ask them what they are most comfortable with and coexist like that.

Q: “UNMRKD” to us means that people should not be confined to the categories society places on people, what does the word mean to you?
A:
When I hear “UNMRKD”, I feel energy. I feel expression. I think of rising above mediocrity and not being tied down to a specific quota - being free and loving yourself. Just to be unlimited. I think it’s a very powerful message. There is a lot of purpose with UNMRKD.

Q: Our Fall capsule is called “Out of Season”, but are there any makeup items or trends that are always “in season” for you
A: 
Fresh, radiant and glowing. You always want to be fresh, radiating, and glowing. As far as makeup, I’m talking about cream based highlighters and cream blushes. My favorite is actually my friend’s brand, Rituel De Fille. Those are my go to highlighters and blushes right now. They’re plant based so there’s no chemicals and they glide on the skin. They’re super easy fall glow up products.

Q: Do you have any upcoming projects you’re excited about? 
A: 
There may be a potential opportunity to work with Annie Leibovitz, which would be so exciting!

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring MUA’s or creatives in general?
A:
Definitely express yourself and stay true to your individuality and your style. Just go with the flow. Don’t ever feel insecure about your work. I feel like as artists we are perfectionists and always compare ourselves to great artists but just stand your ground with your creativity. Do what you want to do.

Q: Since the holidays are coming up, are there any specific holiday makeup look you like to do on other people or yourself around this time of year?
A: 
There are so many things right now that I am inspired by. For makeup for the holidays I love fun liners. I’m really inspired by Dior right now. I’m really excited about shimmery and frosty liners.


RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS

Natural Makeup or Full Glam?Natural
Catwalk song? Anything Britney Spears
Fav TV Show/Movie(s)? Sabrina the Teenage Witch (OG) 
Favorite makeup trend? Heavy runway glam especially on the eyes
Worst makeup trend? Caking on foundation and concealer, less is more!
One makeup product you can't live without? Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara
Spirit animal? Melody, the Sanrio character
Girl Celeb Crush? Paris Hilton
Guy Celeb Crush? Lil Peep
Guilty Pleasure? Sour patch kids watermelon

 

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