Local Gem: Katie McKinney

Pictured (right): Katie McKinney. Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Pictured (right): Katie McKinney. Photo courtesy of 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:

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

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.

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

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.

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

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.

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

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.

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

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!

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Q: Can you share any industry pointers?

A: Network. Even a smaller job can get you bigger jobs; one job creates more opportunities.

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

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.

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Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

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.

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Your favorite book: "Still Life of a Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Photo courtesy of Katie McKinney

Austin Gem: The Greenbelt. Nature keeps me balanced and more in-tune with myself.

Keep up with Katie on Instagram.