A Moment With Pinky

Issue # 8 NOSTALGIA: Feature

 

Featured Artist: NICOLE THOMPSON (PINKY) @ Union Management

Hair: Chereine Waddell
Makeup Assistant: Rochelle Spotswood

Photographer: Jarred Stedman
Model: Juliet Searle CHADWICK MODELS 

Beauty Notes

Nicole Thompson USING M.A.C Cosmetics

BLUE TEARS IMAGES
Hi def Cyan, Blue and White Chromelines
Crystal avalanche Shadow
Skin: Fix + mixed with Prep and Prime Essential oils and massages into skin. Face & Body Mixing medium to give shine to skin. Face & Body Foundation & Studio Finish Concealer to perfect
RED LIPS IMAGES
Lips: Red, Process Magenta Chromelines with Dance with me Retromatte Liquid Lipstick layered. Red Electric neon pigment pressed on top, White Chromeline
Eyes: Shine Mixing medium on eyes
EYES AND LIPS IMAGES
Eyes: Brushstroke Liner In Black, White Chromeline & Naked Lunch Shadow, Bold and Bad lash
Lips: Brushstroke Liner In Black, St Germain Lipstick, Invisible powder to matte

Hair Notes

Hair prepped by dampening with Loreal Pli throughout and Evo blow out spray through roots and blast dried using fingers for texture and body. Front section set using large tong for loose wave through front with lift at root and lightly coated in Evo builder’s paradise for hold and shape using fingers to mould and create controlled fly a ways. Hair put into low pony pail, and front section blow dried using large brush away from face for shape and height at front. Once again Evo builder’s paradise used for hold and to enhance shape.

A Moment With Pinky

Issue # 8 NOSTALGIA: Feature

Featured Artist: NICOLE THOMPSON (PINKY) @ Union Management

Hair: Chereine Waddell
Makeup Assistant: Rochelle Spotswood

Photographer: Jarred Stedman
Model: Juliet Searle CHADWICK MODELS 

Beauty Notes

Nicole Thompson USING M.A.C Cosmetics

BLUE TEARS IMAGES
Hi def Cyan, Blue and White Chromelines
Crystal avalanche Shadow
Skin: Fix + mixed with Prep and Prime Essential oils and massages into skin. Face & Body Mixing medium to give shine to skin. Face & Body Foundation & Studio Finish Concealer to perfect
RED LIPS IMAGES
Lips: Red, Process Magenta Chromelines with Dance with me Retromatte Liquid Lipstick layered. Red Electric neon pigment pressed on top, White Chromeline
Eyes: Shine Mixing medium on eyes
EYES AND LIPS IMAGES
Eyes: Brushstroke Liner In Black, White Chromeline & Naked Lunch Shadow, Bold and Bad lash
Lips: Brushstroke Liner In Black, St Germain Lipstick, Invisible powder to matte

Hair Notes

Hair prepped by dampening with Loreal Pli throughout and Evo blow out spray through roots and blast dried using fingers for texture and body. Front section set using large tong for loose wave through front with lift at root and lightly coated in Evo builder’s paradise for hold and shape using fingers to mould and create controlled fly a ways. Hair put into low pony pail, and front section blow dried using large brush away from face for shape and height at front. Once again Evo builder’s paradise used for hold and to enhance shape.

Interview by CHEREINE WADDELL

Creativity knows no bounds for Nicole Thompson; known as Pinky, she is an Australia-based artist who specialises in fashion, beauty, body art, and avant-garde makeup. She creates without rules, and passionately and effortlessly fuses art with makeup, creating what she calls “moving artwork”. Between busily working on editorials and campaigns, jet setting to work on international runways such as Vivienne Westwood and Moschino next to makeup heroes Val Garland and Alex Box, fulfilling the responsibilities as senior artist for M.A.C Cosmetics all the while being a mum. There is not much she cannot do and Laud is excited to share the method behind her madness for issue #8.

Please tell us what nostalgia means to you?
Taking me back to a happy place.

Can you pin point a specific nostalgic moment for you based on the following?
Sight: First time I saw my Daughter Frenchie, instant love.
Sound: First time I heard my Husband sing. He asked me on a date, and the rest was history.
Taste: Salty giant pretzels. Reminds me of the first time I went to New York MANY years ago with my husband where he proposed to me. This was the beginning of a wonderful journey for us and little did I know the new love affair awaiting with the city I’ve been lucky enough to revisit often.
Touch: My mum scratching my arms as a kid. Sounds weird I know! Most people love head massages but I loved when my mum gently scratched my arms, it felt so comforting! I still ask her to do it.
Smell: My late Grandmas perfume. It reminds me of playing with her expensive lipsticks.

Can you tell us about the motivation or concept behind your latest Laud shoot?
Memories of cartoons and pop colours of the 80s- a very nostalgic time for me growing up! I wanted to bring that feeling of animation and the colour tones of computer games to life.

What and where did you find your inspiration sources for the shoot?
I have a giant reference library which is where I generally start, then google, and Pinterest is my fave!

How much influence did they have on your application process or design?
A huge influence! I look at my references and take my favourite bits and try to manipulate them with makeup!

What do you expect from your assistant on a shoot day?
A great question! Someone who is alert and not alarmed. It is lovely to have a positive calm support system that is aware of their surroundings, aware of when they are needed and when they are not. It is like having a sixth sense as an assistant. I remember having to learn this quickly when I was an assistant early on in my career, reading the person you are working with, the order they like to do things, the products they like to use and when, how they pack their kits and how they like it laid out —taking notes of all of this and being able to pre-empt it for them and be one step ahead is how you blow their socks off and get re-booked.

What were you looking for when finding the right model for this shoot?
For beauty shoots I love exaggerated features, they always photograph well. But I am more interested in energy. Some models can surprise the hell out of you when they get in front of the camera, knowing how to move, understanding their best angles, and working their face to show off the makeup. This can MAKE the shoot!

Would you say there is a method to your madness when compiling a concept?
The Madness comes when I happily loose myself in the moment. It comes when I am fully comfortable with the brief and I can just let loose. There is a method yes! Madness without understanding what we want to achieve out of a shoot, madness without a concept first is just a mess.

How do you keep inspired on a day to day basis?
By looking around — Inspiration is endless. I take photos constantly of things, objects, colour combinations, people around me and save to reference later. I love my phone image library. I go back to it ALL the time—it’s amazing how the same pictures and references can look different to you for different needs.

What advice do you have for people who think they aren’t creative?
Don’t overthink creativity. Everyone sees the same thing differently, and that is how it should be!!! that in itself is creative! When you aren’t feeling creative, look for work or images you love —think about how you could get a similar effect by changing 3x things. Copying is not creative — seeing something you love and twisting the idea to make it your own is.

How do you know when to stop when doing your creative an or editorial makeup application?
HA! This has taken YEARS! My favourite word is MORE! I have been extremely lucky to work with some incredibly innovative people, and I have paid attention along the way. I have learned that it is all about BALANCE. Everything all at once is a tricky thing to pull off. For me, the magic moment in a Makeup has often come when I have taken something away when I am finished.

Do you ever go too far? …And then what?
Of course! That is bound to happen! It really is a delicate line between perfectly over done, and just too much. I dance on that line all the time. I have found awesome things happen with mistakes though! No one dies! You can simply wipe parts away, or soften elements. Mistakes aren’t a bad thing at all. Makeup is not a tattoo, if you go too far, step away, get a coffee and come back with fresh eyes.

What is the first thing you do when the model sits in your chair?
Look at her! I know it sounds ridiculous, but more and more people are just throwing on their favourite products or painting on a particular face without considering who is in the chair and the magic they bring.
I always start by drowning the models skin in Fix + Spray from M.A.C, super hydrating for the skin and I massage it in while really looking at the face that is in front of me. I make my plan of attack while getting the skin to look as polished as possible.

What is the thing you do to relax when you get home from a shoot day?
Wine.

Can you remember the first and last makeup product you fell in love with?
The first: It was a hideous frosted eyeshadow that I bought specifically to highlight the brow bone. WOWEEEEE, shine central.
The last: It’s a secret product I am hoping M.A.C will bring out in the future! When I go to Fashion week with M.A.C, I test products backstage. The latest was a little series of glazing creams that were smooth, glossy and holographic. Crossing my fingers, I’m not the only one to see them.

Who has been the greatest influence on your artistic journey as a makeup artist?
Two people;
My Husband: He is in no way in the makeup industry but he has empowered me over the years with his encouraging words and support through difficult times in my career when I wanted to pack it all in. The confidence he gives me allows me to jump right into things and know I will live!
Val Garland: This legend of the makeup industry has had a huge impact on me over the many years I’ve been lucky to work with her Backstage. The impulsive, creative, powerful energy she brings to her shows and jobs is infectious. Makeup wise I have always admired the freedom and diversity in her work.

How did you become “Pinky”?
It has taken me many years for people to understand me past all the makeup I love to wear, and how I look, the pink hair and all. People judge you first on what you look like not what you can do, that used to really upset me. It has taken me a long time to become comfortable with that fact, stay me and allow myself to prove people wrong.
Hearing that someone as successful and respected as Val Garland had similar feelings when she was moving through her early career, and hearing that I reminded her of when she was younger- gave me the boost I needed to keep going.
Now Pinky is my nickname, in the industry that’s become a bit of a trademark! It’s quite warming for me to know when you believe in yourself, everyone else gets on board.

How do you balance being a mum, wife, M.A.C Ambassador, and international makeup artist?
I go with my instincts. I do have a really hard time saying no to things, but the older and more comfortable I get, the easier it is becoming. I say “YES let’s do it!” to things that feel good to me, and everything else sorts of disappears! In terms of balancing it all—ha! I feel like I am always trying to balance it all. I am extremely lucky to have such a supportive husband and family. I constantly worry that time is going too quickly, so it is so important to me, to enjoy every moment with my family and friends, I try to not be distracted and really enjoy that moment. Sounds so simple, right? It’s constant work!

Can you tell us a weird fact or quirk about you?
I’m obsessed with merchandising things. I did this as a job before becoming a makeup artist. How much enjoyment I get out of arranging my flowers/candles/books/cushions you name it, kind of freaks my husband out.

What would you do as a career if you were not a makeup artist?
Open My Florist and Candle Store Pinky’s. That’s going to happen! Mark my words!

Follow Pinky on Instagram : @pinkiiieee