Happy Thursday loves!
Bringing back the Artist Spotlight feature today with my friend Emily! I met Emily earlier this year via instagram when I was traveling to Chicago and found myself in need of a makeup artist. We hit it off almost instantly and she is now my go-to MUA when I’m in Chi-Town :)
She has such a warm and genuine spirit and I thought she’d be a perfect fit for my Artist Spotlight feature! So I hope you enjoy getting to know Emily better!
What is your name?
Where are you located?
What do you do?
I am a freelance makeup artist at Emily Wolf Makeup Artistry.
How long have you been a makeup artist?
I have dabbled in makeup for as long as i can remember, but I started my own business about 3 years ago.
How did you become interested in makeup and when did you know you wanted to make a career out of your passion?
At a young age I always loved to paint and draw. Once I was old enough to appreciate makeup, I would experiment with the latest trends in makeup, fashion, and beauty. After graduating from college, I wanted to combine my passion for the arts with my business degree. This lead me to Makeup First School in downtown Chicago, where I received a certification in makeup. From there I started my own business. Today, I am lucky enough to make people feel like the most beautiful versions of themselves on a daily basis! I feel truly blessed to be able to do something I love, and call it work.
Who are some of your artistic influences?
Some people that have inspired me creatively are Gwen Stefani, Mary Phillips, Kevin Aucoin, Ciara, Sophia Loren, Twiggy, Kate Moss, and Marilyn Monroe.
What has been your favorite project that you’ve worked on so far?
My favorite project was a wedding where the bride had lost her mother very suddenly a few weeks prior to the wedding. She let me know with all the stress that she had been going through she didn’t think that anything would be able to lift her spirits on this special day. After I finished the brides makeup she looked in the mirror and began to tear up. A huge smile appeared on her face and she stated that she had never felt more beautiful in all her life, and gave me a huge hug. That moment is something I will never forget.
What other types of creative work do you do?
I am also an actress/model! My biggest gig to date was a role on the first season of Chicago PD!
What inspires you?
I am inspired by strong, independent women. I am inspired by people who are not afraid to express themselves creatively. I am inspired by people who are not afraid to take chances in fashion and beauty. I am inspired by music!!!!!!!
What keeps you motivated?
I am motivated by the people that I look up to. I strive to surround myself with people who have what I want.
Any advice to fellow creatives (in your industry or otherwise)?
Your work ethic is JUST as important as your skill level. If you want to succeed, be on time, be humble, be grateful, be nice, be reliable, be someone that makes others smile.
Any other fun tidbits we should know about you?
I love to travel. In the past few months I’ve been to Vietnam. Cambodia, Thailand, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, New Orleans, and Saint Martin!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Emily a little better! Be sure to keep up with her on social media to check out more of her beautiful work! In the Chicago area? Definitely don’t hesitate to hit her up if you’re ever in need of an MUA!-Danni