Kevin D. Nguyen is a very talented and experienced make-up artist and hair stylist from San Francisco, California. He is also a licensed cosmetologist with extensive certifications from various make-up, hair, and nail schools.
You can clearly see Kevin's passion for the work that he does. It is an honour for me to be able to interview him.
Image Credits: Photo-Antonio Markus, Model-Elliana Marie, Retouching-Photo Retoucher, Hair & Makeup-Kevin D. Nguyen
AVIVA: How long have you been doing hair and make-up?
KEVIN D. NGUYEN: I went to Makeup schools in LA when I was 15 year old , then went back Bayarea took Cosmetology school and graduated at 18 year old. I went on taking many different Makeup , Hair ( Colors, Cut, and Updos), Nail ( Gel ) schools from San Jose, Hercules, and San Francisco.
AVIVA: What inspired you to become a hair stylist/make-up artist?
KDN: My parents were professional Ballroom champ and teachers so my whole life has exposed to the glam and stage light at very young age.
AVIVA: What do you believe is the best part of your job and why?
KDN: Best part of job is my passion for art itself and of course the knowledge of business management skills.
Image credits: Model-Alexandra Haag, Photo-Steve Smith, Retouching-A3rd Vision, Hair & Makeup-Kevin D. Nguyen
AVIVA: What are the names of some hair stylists/make-up artists that inspire you?
KDN: I love Carmindy (from What Not To Wear) because her makeup tech is clean, fresh, fast and enhancing individual woman's beauty rather take away their uniqueness. As for Hair, I love Nice Arrojo ( from What Not to Wear on TLC ). His touch change a woman's life.
AVIVA: Do you have any favorite skin/hair care products that you would recommend to others?
KDN: I love Lancome and Estee Lauder. Their products are consistent. You pay for what you get.
AVIVA:What are some of your other interests/passions?
KDN: I love doing Nail Art. It's very detail work yet, can scream out loud if you take it there. Moreover, you can judge a person's personality by how a person takes care of their nails.
Image credits: SFS Photos, Model-Daniel Orth, Photoshop-A 3rd Vision, Hair & Makeup-Kevin D. Nguyen
AVIVA:What do you think has been your greatest accomplishment in the fashion/beauty industry ?
KDN: My greatest achievement is I've started to understand the beauty of art either simply beauty or extreme in your face statement and I've learned to manage both worlds evenly.
AVIVA: Do you have any crazy/funny/weird photoshoot story that you would like to share?
KDN: I've done all types of photoshoots as crazy as can be to some one and simply state of mind to others. But bad experiences are plenty when I first started and still some til these days. Some people don't understand the term of "Burn your bridge behind you" ...just sad
AVIVA: What is your ultimate goal in the beauty/fashion industry if money/time were no object?
KDN:I want to finish my Double Business Degrees now so I can open my own Makeup line and Wig line.
AVIVA: Do you have any additional comments?
KDN: I would love to encourage other artists out there who just enters the beauty world that nothing is free or easy. You have to earn it and pay your dues. And to those who made it, cockiness is your worst enemy, which will destroy your soul and talent in the end.
You can see more of Kevin's work on his website, Model Mayhem Hair Portfolio, and Make-Up Portfolio
I would like to wish Kevin all the best in his career!