Andrea Tiller brings out her portfolio. The last few pages are a collection of five photographs that showcase her incredible skills as a make-up artist. By contouring, highlighting and changing skin colour and eyebrow and lip shape, one model is transformed into five different ethnicity - Caucasian, Asian, Italian, Native American and African American. "I think this set really showcases what makeup can do," Tiller smiles. Colour and sculpting are what is really behind makeup artistry.
Your Face, My Art
by ASHLEY PERFONIC
Tiller moved to Canada from Peru at the age of eight and knew from an early age an artistic career was in her future. After getting hooked on America's Next Top Model, she decided to enter Blanche Macdonald Makeup Artistry program. While still in school, she entered and took first place in the Make Up For Ever competition. Upon graduation, Tiller had a position waiting at Make Up For Ever where she worked for four years. Highlights included helping to open the brand's pro store at The Bay in downtown Vancouver and working as a pro artist and educator. "It was a great experience for me. I could showcase my talent with a brand, but didn't have to follow a trend or a formula. Make Up For Ever allowed me to really be an artist with no boundaries."
After the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Tiller decided it was time to branch out on her own. First on the list was representation and Jon Hennessey, Creative Director and Owner of NOBASURA Artist Management, quickly added her to his roster of artists. "Jon became a real mentor figure for me. He took me under his wing and taught me how the makeup business runs." Tiller can't say enough good things about her experience with NOBASURA, an edgy, art and fashion focused agency. "They've really opened up a door for me to network and build my portfolio." That portfolio now lists METRIC, Bif Naked, Lady Sovereign and Diplo as just a few of the numerous artists she has worked with in music videos and magazine editorials. Her resume also includes numerous fashion shows such as two seasons at Milan Fashion Week working shows for Salvatore Ferraro, Emilio Pucci, Moschino and more.
Tiller has a keen sense of business and speaks with passion about her personal approach to work. "You need to be hardworking, consistent, business minded, and true to yourself to make this a career. When you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work." This attitude encouraged a versatility that has helped her to flourish in what is a very competitive industry. In addition to work as a make-up artist with NOBASURA, she is a local favourite for Bollywood style bridal makeup. She also returned to her alma mater - Blanche Macdonald - where her creative approach to the subject of make-up artistry have made these classes very popular with students.
Tiller quotes Jon Hennessey's motto "hustle, grind, repeat", to describe what it's like to work in this industry, but adds, "I get to meet a lot of great people, travel and it's rewarding to make someone feel good." Working at Paris, London and New York Fashion Weeks are all high on her list of future achievements. Dream jobs? Working alongside Pat McGrath and being featured in Vogue magazine. There is no doubt with her extensive experience that all this and more is in her future.
To view more of Tiller's work go to www.andreatillermakeup.com. Bookings are through her agent at www.NOBASURA.com. For bridal inquiries contact Andrea on face book.