While I was talking with the other girls during my most recent photo shoot, one of the three makeup artists for that day walked in. I saw bright pink curls from the corner of my eye, so I immediately knew who it was, Joyce van Iwaarden! The most enthusiastic makeup artist I know, with the most creative hair. I asked Joyce some questions about being a makeup artist and dyeing her hair.
First of all, where did your passion for makeup come from?
It’s just there, right in my heart. I just feel it. It began when I was really young, I think I was about nine years old. I really like to see the beauty of every individual.
Did you follow a special course or study to learn about being a makeup artist, or did you learned the most by yourself?
The most things I’ve learned I learned from a makeup study at the Dutch Makeup School, the same school I work at!
We’ve worked together one time before with a really big team, it wasn’t hard to find you because of your hair colour! How many colours did you try up until now and what was your favourite?
I think I had about seven different hair colours. Red, purple, blonde, brown/blond ombre, brown and black. I’m pink now, but red is my ultimate favourite!
Do you go to the hairdresser to dye your hair or do you dye it by yourself (if so, what products do you use)?
The first time when I was planning to dye it, I went to the hairdresser. But since the second time already I’m doing it myself. I’m always using L’Oreal hair colour and a Directions colour rinse.
You also give really creative tips on your social media like colouring your eyebrows in a bright colour using eye shadow. How do you get these kind of ideas? Do you read them somewhere or are they just pop up in your head out of nowhere?
All the ideas that I put on my social media are my own. I try to use every product in different ways. I adjust my makeup to my emotions as well, to the way I feel, it’s a feeling I like to express.
Are there makeup artists that inspire you? And do you have a role model? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a makeup artist, it can be anyone!)
I’m actually inspired by every makeup artist, every artist has his/her own qualities and own style. But if I really need to think of a really good artist then it is Francesca Talot.
You work for MAC at the moment, is MAC also your favourite makeup brand?
For sure! MAC has always been my favourite makeup brand. The products are amazing and good quality. It’s really nice to work with those products. And I still think it’s an honour to work for this makeup brand!
You also work as a hairstylist, what do you prefer? Makeup or hair?
What is the beauty product that you like to use the most?
Lipstick! No makeup without lipstick, it’s a must-have for sure!
You are also a teacher at the Dutch Makeup school right? What exactly is it that you do?
I’m teaching my students to be a makeup artist just like me. It’s not that they’re learning one of the many parts of being a makeup artist, a lot of different techniques are applied here as well.
What are you planning to do more in the future? Teaching or freelance work?
More freelance work and working for MAC.
Photo’s by Kern Thompson