Local Gem: Katie McKinney
For some, makeup is a non-issue. For others, it's an everyday beauty routine—a little mascara, a layer of foundation, a touch of blush. And then there's those who treat makeup as a hobby or a refined skill, a revered art that takes practice, time and intention.
Enter Katie McKinney, a next-level, Austin-based makeup artist. This babe specializes in costume makeup and can transform a mere human mortal into a transcendent being, with the help of a couple of brushes and tools. Today, we feature this boss and her talents.
Get to know Katie:
Q: What inspired you to start experimenting with costume makeup?
A: A few years back I was a stay-at-home mother, and to get out of the house I started working nights at a haunted house around the Halloween season. It kind of snowballed from there once I realized how much I enjoyed creating characters.
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passion projects?
A: Keep at it. Don't get discouraged. Don't filter yourself. Do it for yourself.
Q: How do you stay inspired?
A: I'm constantly inspired by three things—my own emotions, nature and other artists. If I start getting into a rut I will usually recreate one of my fellow artists' work to get my juices flowing again. It's a great way to not only pay appreciation to another artist but also push yourself out of your own comfort zone.
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity?
A: I seem to do my best work when I have a lot on my plate emotionally. Heartache makes for some amazing art.
Q: What have been the most challenging moments in your MUA career thus far?
A: I have to say that I've found the 14-hour days on overnight shoots to not be the cake walk I expected them to be. Also, while working on "The Veil" we had some shoots in freezing weather; I had to laugh off my brushes being covered in ice... that was an interesting day on set!
Q: Can you share any industry pointers?
A: Network. Even a smaller job can get you bigger jobs; one job creates more opportunities.
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: I run away from self-doubt and run toward self-love. I always try not to be too hard on myself or my art.
Your favorite band: Dax Riggs, forever my favorite artist. His projects from Acid Bath to Deadboy and the Elephantmen have always been my choice music.
Your favorite book: "Still Life of a Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins
Austin Gem: The Greenbelt. Nature keeps me balanced and more in-tune with myself.
Keep up with Katie on Instagram.