From pointe shoes to rose serum, Iris Moreau [Ford Artists Chicago] has been through quite a journey, starting her career as a classical dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, later moving into modeling and last but not least, becoming a makeup artist.
It was her love for painting, playing with colors and fascination with the endless transformation made possible by makeup that lead her to become an artist herself, working with top clients and celebrities such as Vanity Fair, Eva Longoria and Lancôme.
More recently, Moreau fell for another love: the smell and healing qualities of Rose damascena, initiating the start of her organic skincare product, Precious Rose Serum.
Ford chatted with Moreau to get more insight on her journey, along with some skincare tips, the creative process and three items a woman should never leave the house without.
Your portfolio of work features delicate and romantic looks to fierce faces with hot colors. Which is your favorite to create? I really don’t have a preference. I love the crazy creative stuff of course, but I also like to keep it subtle and just let beautiful, glowing skin be the main focus. It’s fun to be able to switch it up depending on the lighting, clothes, model etc.
Explain the creative process of how you attain a vision for a certain look. I like to speak with the photographer and discuss lighting direction and mood. Often we look at references from magazines that have a certain feel that we like. Styling is super important in creating a look so when I arrive at a shoot one of the first things I do is ask to see the clothes and discuss the looks with the stylist. And lastly, I look at the model’s face; some girls look great with a lot of makeup but with others, less is more.
What makeup trend are you currently obsessed with? I’m loving the bold poppy colors on eyes and lips for summer! So fresh and flirty!
How is working as a makeup artist in California different from Europe (where you once lived)? California is very different than Europe or even New York for that matter. It’s much more of a celebrity oriented market, while Europe and N.Y. tend to be much more editorial. I chose to base myself in California for the lifestyle but I work in Europe and N.Y. as well so I feel like I get the best of both worlds.
Any celebrity you haven’t worked with whose makeup you are just dying to do? Oh there are a few people; Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard…
Talk about your skincare product? I’ve been making my own natural aromatherapy for quite awhile and in the process I fell in love with the wonderful smell and healing qualities of Rose damascena. I really wanted to start my own organic line using rose oil as the base so I decided to start with one really good product and grow it from there; that’s where the concept for my Precious Rose Serum was born.
Do you use your skincare on models you work with? Absolutely! I always start with a clean face and then massage my Precious Serum into their skin. It primes their skin for makeup and gives it a beautiful radiant glow.
What advice do you have for models who are constantly getting makeup done (in terms of helping their skin from all the products)? I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep skin clean and moisturized when not working. Drinking plenty of water is another major factor in keeping skin in top condition. Nothing is worse than parched, dehydrated skin from not drinking enough water! And last but not least, always apply sunscreen. So important.
Where is your product sourced? My Precious Rose serum is hand made by me in micro batches to preserve optimum freshness. [See slideshow below] All of my ingredients are 100% organic and bio and come from private farms specializing in pure cold pressed bio oils.
You seem so super busy! How do you maintain your Zen? Yes, sometimes it seems like the days aren’t long enough! I try to do yoga at least four times a week. It’s the only thing that forces me to slow down and just disengage for a couple of hours.
What is your skincare advice for both younger and older women? I don’t think it’s ever to soon to start a good skin care regime. I think generally around age 12-13 all girls should cleanse twice a day and use a good toner and moisturizer designed to help prevent blemishes. As we age, skin becomes thinner and more delicate and can suffer dryness so it needs more moisture.
Three beauty items no woman should leave her house without. Sunblock, lipstick and mascara.
Interview by Talia Fabrizio