Where are you right now?
In a diner.
What is your current state of mind?
Delighted that it’s cold and rainy. NYC has been unbearably muggy for the last 4 months.
Where do you feel most at home?
Because it’s fluid and ever-changing. Make-up is viewed as important to the overall vision of fashion, not just a necessary evil. I feel like the lucky one who gets to put the cherry on the top of the sundae.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
That’s a tough one. Make-up maestro Scott Andrews showed me how he used Q-Tips and witch hazel to fine tune make-up with no mess. Before I knew that, I felt like I had to draw a masterpiece without an eraser every time. Another one: “It’s easier to apologize than to ask permission.” Amy Sedaris told me that one.
What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Probably jumping from one rooftop to another in Atlanta back in 1988. We were trying to avoid getting id’d at a club because we were underage. We got in but didn’t stay very long because it was boring.
If I wasn’t a makeup artist, I would be…
Some kind of artist. That’s all I’m good at. I might be an okay psychiatrist but I don’t think I’d like it.
What is your perfect idea of happiness? When and where were you happiest?
When I’m working on a painting and it’s going well, because it’s like making something out of nothing. Or having a laugh with an old friend. Don’t remember when I was happiest. I’m not very emotional. Moving to NYC in 1990 made me happy.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’d like small feet.
What is your greatest fear?
Don’t want to say because it might happen.
What is your greatest extravagance?
What was the last thing you bought?
An Adrian drawing of his left hand from the 1930’s.
What are you reading right now?
Deluxe : How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas
What was the last thing you read?
Cher – The First Time
What as the last film you watched?
Secrets (1933) starring Mary Pickford
If your life could be a film, which would it be?
The Man Who Fell To Earth
What sites do you visit everyday?
What is your most treasured possession?
That’s really hard to narrow down.
What would you like to be reincarnated as?
Myself. Then I would know what to do and what not to do.
What makes you laugh?
Michael Kors’ critiques on “Project Runway”.
What makes you cry?
The Wizard of Oz, the part when Miss Gulch takes Toto and Judy Garland realizes that no one has her back.
Which question do you most dread being asked?
“Is Kabuki your real name?”