Spend 5: Victoria Baron
After trading her saddle and teenage years spent in the country for makeup and the hustle of the big city, Victoria Baron is yet to look back. The M.A.P. represented make up artist has painted some of the most beautiful faces around the globe including Australian favourites Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward and Shanina Shaik and international stars such as Rihanna, Rose Byrne and Dita Von Teese (the list goes on!). Like those names aren’t enough of a career highlight – in 2014 Victoria’s creativity and flair with the brush were recognised when she was crowned the title of Australian makeup ambassador for Chanel.
Here, we spend 5 with Victoria Baron (a.k.a our make up artist muse)…
Name: Victoria Baron
Occupation: Makeup artist
It all started when… l was convinced to go to Makeup Collage by a friend
I learnt makeup… initially at makeup school but mostly on set. I was a complete tom-boy and the extent of my makeup kit was a Ponds Tinted moisturiser so applying makeup wasn’t a natural process. I assisted the talented Rae Morris and Hair stylist Muriel Vancauvan for a few years. And am continuing to learn all the time. I’ve learnt so much from working on shows in Europe on teams with Diane Kendal, Val Garland and Lucia Peroni. And also from a love of art and painting.
Career highlight… my first Australian Vogue Cover with Julia Nobis, Black Caviar, Hair Legend Eugene Souleiman
Favourite face you’ve painted… Gemma Ward. Not only was she the subject of most of my favourite iconic images she embodies my favourite type of beauty one that not only has the face but her heart and warmth shines through and is contagious
Make up to me is… a paint box of colours and textures. It’s expressive, challenging and powerful
My favourite shoot… I actually can’t pick one!
The holy grail of makeup products… I’m obsessed with Lanolips for lips, cheeks, eye lids – it’s the best multi-use cream ever
A product I’d like to see make a comeback… there was an amazing Laura Mercier contour cream about 8 years ago. Long before the contour craze came out. It was discontinued as no one really contoured. It was the perfect, blendable contour colour
Biggest make up no no… I’ve just been makeup-watching on the tube in London so the biggest no-nos are re-using fake lashes for months on end, over filled eyebrows and overdone contour
Biggest ‘pinch me’ moment… choosing a red lipstick with Rihanna
If I wasn’t a makeup artist I would… have some sort of animal rescue farm in the country
What people don’t know about the life of a makeup artist? It’s not always so glamourous; there is a lot of lugging around, early mornings, battles with the elements, (heat, wind, rain, critters, sharks… yes sharks), missing of some birthdays and weddings and lots of time spent at the chiro! But at the end of day; I wouldn’t trade it for anything
As a makeup artist it’s not always about making someone look pretty. You get to develop such a strong relationship with the faces you work on. You are there during the highs and lows of their personal life and careers and vice-versa.
Favourite city… Paris
My next destination… London
Travel to me is… a privilege
Favourite type of holiday… one that actually happens
Design hero… Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy from Dinosaur Designs
Daily uniform… a Bassike pant and Ellery Raglan tee
Fashion faux pas… on show nude bra strap
On my wish list… RM Williams Boots
Favourite cuisine… Japanese
Cocktail of choice… anything with Vodka
The perfect weekend would be… a horse ride, lunch with friends and a lot of laughing.
I wish I had more time for… reading and my family
Most used App… Instagram
Texting or phone call? FaceTime
Person I text the most… my Agent Amanda
Always on speed dial… my agent Amanda
To de-stress I… clean
Before bed I always… write a “to do” list for the next day
On my personal life… with this job there is not much time to yourself. I try to surround myself with quality people that inspire me and make me happy. Trying to find balance can be tricky. I try and keep a tidy minimalist approach to everything l have in my personal life to balance out the madness and craziness of work
This year is all about… not sweating the small stuff and no internet shopping
Best part of my job… Getting up everyday to something l love doing. Not many people get to do that
My next chapter is… to find time to read a book.
Life motto: “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”
Photos courtesy of Map.