Silvia Saccinto is an Italian makeup artist who is currently working and living in London. The last 12 months have been really eventful for Silvia and we were delighted, despite her schedule that she agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out about Silvia’s thoughts on modern fashion designers, London’s fashion scene and what makeup products she can’t live without.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working in a Photographic Studio, Milk+ and La Mode Modeling Agency. I’m also waiting for a confirmation for a potential Music Video in Lincolnshire. Also, I recently worked for the new collection of Max C London and Demur Magazine.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Busy! With a lot of stress but at the same time a lot of satisfaction about my experience in make up. Also because as you can see from my last answer, I’m working in different departments from photoshoots, to magazines, to films etc.
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion for me is a representation of a single concept: the aesthetic. It is always evolving in colours, forms and language.
It is a universal experience , as an expression of the body that create an image, transforming it into its own individuality.
Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?
Fashion needs technology and freedom, transgression and poetry. This looks like art. As everything needs a linguistic innovation that its going forward. “Innovation” that clearly we can find in Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani, are the symbols of a strong and aggressive woman ready for every situation.
As a reference point to my ideas I can say that also Gucci , Louis Vuitton and Chanel, exalt the idea of woman seen from many different angles through the illusion of the mirror always expressing their own safety.
Finally fashion create a language that gives an image of the woman with a strong personality, used to make decisions or responsibility in a context where the social is very varied.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspirations are common life, advertisements, magazines, movies etc..
The woman of today wants to be herself, naturally safe and to emphasize her social identity. Fashion is not just aimed at cancelled imperfections or improve the visual aspect, but also (this is my opinion) an expression of self, the inner part of each of us to turn this around people and realize their own inspirations.
Q: Who inspires you?
The comparison with the reality of every day where I try to generates creativity, and an image of it.
Q: What’s your favourite makeup product that you are never without on a shoot?
Well a few. I love Chanel Foundation and I don t know what I can do without it!!!
I’m also using MAC:foundation, fixer and pigment eyeshadow, Laura Mercier foundation, Make Up Forever Foundation and concealer base, eyeshadow and Make Up Store primer and pigment.
Q: What is the skin prep process prior to makeup?
Well it depends according to the type of skin, but usually I start to clean the skin with some baby wipes. If the skin is sensitive then I use some oil. After that I start to moisturize the skin with two creams.
After the hydration I sometimes use a Toner to prepare the skin for the foundation but it depends. I quite often use a primer and I find it much better because it gives the skin a kind of healthy-looking radiance! Then before the foundation, but only if I need to, I use a fixer (such as Mac Fixer) that helps to keep the make up stay for longer than normal…
After I finish this, I start with the foundation and so on….
Q: How would you define your personal style?
I try to have style. I like to be creative and experiment with new styles. Sometimes I practice with objects, accessories, as well, but most of the time it’s crazy and original with a piece of me in it!
Q: Where are you based?
I’m based in London but I would like to travel for work. Honestly it would be one of my dreams…maybe one day!
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Sometimes it is difficult with the language. It still happens when I’m too tired to understand someone talking but I keep trying to do my best and I think I have made a lot of progress.
Q: How would you define your city’s fashion?
Well I come from Rome and honestly there’s everything there and its beautiful but it doesn’t have much to do with fashion compared to London! I used to travel to Milan as well for work but the only two cities that for me represent Fashion itself are Paris and London.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
The highlight of my career was last year. In March 2011, I received a message that changed my work experience completely! I worked for a Short Film(Young Europe) and I hope it will be at cinemas soon. It is about three beautiful cities: Rome, Paris and Dublin. We won awards for the film in two festivals, one in Italy (Milan)and the second in Dublin and the film also won awards for the best director and actress! It made me so proud of myself because finally something changed in my life and recognized my professional work.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?
A lot of things! Well the most important is to try to work in a famous magazine!
Secondly, I would like to be able to try to travel for work!
Thirdly, I hope to find a good position as an assistant of a famous make up artist to try to develop my professional skills!
Q: What do you do to relax?
Watching TV series such as Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood etc.
Also I like watching movies and going out with friends!
And… going to gym!
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
I always like to come back home to my city! See my family and friends but I love everywhere that I can have the sea, a beach and a sunbath! I like Sardinia and all the south coast of Italy!
Why? Because there is nothing better than a beach with a cocktail in your hand!
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Different songs everyday but my favourite music is more or less dance. I love house music!
Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?
Not particularly but I love shopping!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
The only thing I would like to say is: Follow your dreams!
Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it’s easy but at the end of the day you can always say: I’ have tried! This is important!
Q: What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to women?
Make Up is not only for common use; it is also a piece of art. It is not only meant to be used only for beauty but also is the expression of the body .It projects an image, an individuality, it doesn’t matter which social class or skin color you are but it is the inner beauty that we can find in our soul.
Q: What motivates you to do what you do?
In first place there is my Mum, she has always supported my dreams
But also my own determination to finish what I’ve started until the end!!!
Editor’s Note: Silvia’s make up artistry embodies her inner creativity. We’re looking forward to see Silvia’s portfolio grow as her experience and reputation within the industry increases.
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