We took to interviewing Blake Trites of @itsblaketritescosmetics and we were so excited to see what this amazing and influential up and coming makeup artist had to say about embracing himself in the world of cosmetics, expressing his true talent, and his favorite artistry goodies to try and buy!
1. What inspired you to do makeup artistry?
Blake : I have always had a passion for makeup and everything beauty/fashion related, about two years ago is when makeup took over my life, the one main thing that inspired me to do makeup artistry was that I always felt I was able to be myself and express myself through makeup, as well as make others feel beautiful in the skin they are in.
2. What is your absolute favorite look to do?
Blake: My favorite look to do would have to be full glam with eyeliner, full lashes, and a popping highlight, I love with warm tone colors when it comes to eye-shadow.
3. Where would you like to see yourself in five years from now? Pursuing artistry on a professional level or any other ideas for yourself?
Blake: I have many goals for myself maybe not in five years but for sure things I would love to accomplish. I would love to have a collaboration of some sort with a makeup brand being a male makeup artist I think it would open the eyes of many, but also just being able to inspire others with what I do has always been a passion of mine.
4. Top three essential products you cant live without in your makeup kit?
Blake: The main things i could not live without in my makeup kit would have to be a foundation, I love my coverage and having an even skin tone, a highlighter because I need my glow and becuase I find them so versatile as they can be used for eyeshadows. Lastly I could not live without a brow product because I know I am not alone when I say I can’t leave the house without my brows done.
5. What was a challenge you had to overcome as a male makeup artist? Why?
Blake: One of the biggest challenges I have had to overcome as a male makeup artist would be the hate I receive, people telling me men cant wear makeup or that I should not have facial hair but I have always told myself to continue to do what I love and who knows maybe the followers I do have love me for my diversity! I feel makeup has no gender and that is what I love about it.
6. Lastly, we tend to end our interviews with a silly question. What is a silly fact about you nobody would ever guess or know?
Blake: One silly thing nobody would know about me is that I really do not use any bathrooms other than my own… don’t know why
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Christina is a fun loving, trend oriented millennial with an eye for trend spotting and digital marketing. In her spare time, she is usually found with friends, reading the next marketing tech book, or simply with her husband relaxing and enjoying all that life has to offer her in NC.