Whether you’re a blushing bride or an aspiring jungle cat, Emily Caitlin is the MUA for you. She transforms humans into myths for Cirque du Soleil and works with us regular folks through SET&FURY, her makeup design consultancy. You can follow Emily on Instagram for her amazing transformations using the MAC Pro line. Emily was kind enough share her story with LRB!
LoveRealBeauty: Hi, Emily! Your beauty story starts early and has turned into a pretty amazing career. Tell us a little bit about how you got interested in beauty and makeup.
Emily Caitlan: I was born and raised in Chicago. I became interested in Cirque du Soleil’s theatrical makeup and costumes at a very young age, which led me to later pursue my degree in Theatre and Costume Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by a career in makeup artistry and design. I moved to Las Vegas in 2013 to work for MAC Pro with MAC Cosmetics. That led to the opening to get my childhood dream job. I became the Makeup and Wig Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s Mystére, my current position, about 10 months after making the trek to Las Vegas.
LRB: What is your personal definition of “beautiful”? How does your beauty regimen fit into that definition?
EC: The most accurate way to define what is “beautiful,” is anything or anyone that embodies self-expression. If an individual feels beautiful wearing a bold, black, retro winged eyeliner because it fits their style or their outfit for the day, that person is illustrating self-expression. Being beautiful is being true to yourself and not conforming just to fit in.
LRB: What’s your favorite thing about being a makeup artist?
EC: Being able to express myself while collaborating with my client. Whether I am creating a look for a large-scale circus-arts showcase or a bride who wants to look her best on the big day, there is an art to achieving a look that suits the occasion and allows the client convey the message they want to have communicated.
LRB: Who is your beauty icon?
EC: An icon is anyone who embraces their individuality and their features. I have never looked up to or idolized a celebrity figure, but I have always praised the makeup artist and stylist who help accentuate a celebrity or public figure’s best features with style and simplicity.
LRB: Who is a “real beauty” to you that you would like to recognize?
EC: My amazing mother is a real beauty, exemplifying strength, intelligence, and beautiful style. Her smile can light up a room and her energy is contagious! She is a mental health therapist specializing in addiction and approaches every situation that she encounters with the utmost positivity and determination to help her patients.
LRB: You can only wear ONE product. Which one would it be and why?
EC: Moisturizer. There is nothing more beautiful than healthy, dewy skin. Dry skin is a no-go! Keeping your skin moisturized and refreshed will result in needing less makeup altogether. Additionally, it is crucial that you find the right moisturizer to fit your skin type.
LRB: What’s your must-try trend for 2017?
EC: I have to say natural brows that are not heavily carved and contoured. The more natural, the better! Embrace the wild-brow! My favorite product to achieve this look is a bit of clear brow gel and a thin pencil to fill in any gaps. MAC’s Eye Brow Brow Definer is a great product that doesn’t slip throughout the day and has a small, yet accurate color selection.