Like most of us last year, Ariel Tejada (aka @MaquillageParAriel) spent a lot of time thinking and working on getting her best skin ever. Now masked and back on the set, the makeup artist has worked tirelessly on his craft and developed his personal brand: he recently launched his very first beauty collaboration with none other than Morphe Brushes.
One would imagine that a highly recognized and sought-after makeup artist who painted the faces of the Kardashian-Jenners, Shay Mitchell, and Paloma Mami, to name a few, would have already capitalized on numerous beauty partnerships, but that doesn’t was not the case. the way to Tejada. The makeup guru was waiting for the chance to create something he was particularly passionate about. “I have been presented with so many opportunities to collaborate with makeup brands,” Tejada shares with NYLON over the phone. “I turned down so many because I really wanted to paint brushes.”
Now, when launching his first collaboration, Morphe X Ariel, Tejada couldn’t be more thrilled. “It’s the first thing that belongs to me, that I’m so proud of,” he says. Not the type to take all the credit for his own success, he also shouts out the role his family played in helping him get to where he is today. “My family is my everything, they’re definitely a running theme in this collection,” says Tejada, who numbered a handful of her favorite brushes in honor of her parents.
Upcoming, Tejada talks about her childhood around makeup, the skincare brand that keeps her face clear, and offers some makeup tips in honor of her new collaboration.
What was your relationship with beauty growing up?
I had an interesting relationship with her. Growing up I was bullied in school and beauty became my outlet to be free from my creativity and distract me from everything.
My mom was really low maintenance when it came to doing makeup, and my sister didn’t overdo it either. I watched the little they were doing, watched YouTube videos, and used whatever I had around to play around with to do my own thing. It was my way of getting out of a bad patch after coming home and having had a long day at school. I never felt like I was a part of anything, but the beauty made me feel like I was a part of something.
How does this affect the way you go about makeup now?
Now I am fortunate to be in this world of beauty where I am so accepted. When I do my makeup on my clients, I want it to look like a collaboration between the two of us, as opposed to something I just do that way [my skills] shine. Most of my clients like to be heavily involved in the process, whether it’s applying their own mascara or applying their own lip. It’s amazing to me because we make it a team effort. At the end of the day, we are both happy.
How does it feel to work with a company like Morphe? How does it feel to have your own line of brushes?
I couldn’t be happier. I am really delighted with this collection. Morphe is a company that allows artists to express themselves freely in their own way. They gave me the opportunity to create something that I am more than proud of. I had so many opportunities to collaborate with makeup brands, and I turned down so many because I really wanted to do brushes. When I think of brushes, Morphe comes to mind first. Who is better than Morphe?
What made you want to get started with makeup brushes?
Brushes are essential in makeup. Without the right tools it is much more difficult to make a beautiful finished product. There are so many brushes which are amazing but they are overpriced. I wanted to create a collection of top notch brushes without breaking the bank.
Morphe is known for making great looking brushes that are affordable. A lot of my followers are teenage girls who can’t spend $ 100 on a single brush. I wanted to create a luxurious collection. They’re efficient, get the job done, and each brush can be used in different ways. It’s like having 40 brushes in a condensed kit of eight or 12 brushes.
What are some of your favorite brushes?
One of my must-haves is the A24 Foundation brush. This brush is my all time favorite. I can’t live without her – she never leaves my kit. I designed it to give your foundation a diffused, airbrushed look. It’s numbered after my mom’s birthday because she’s really the foundation of my life.
Another is the A58 Cream Contour Brush. It is numbered after the year of my father’s birth. My father shaped me who I am today. My family is my everything. This brush is a favorite because I don’t like harsh lines, and this brush allows me to create a very smooth yet precise contour application.
Can you describe the MakeupByAriel look?
My makeup style has a lot to do with anything ’90s. It’s those “Naomi Campbell on the Versace Runway” vibes. When customers book me, they know that’s what they’re going to get: a defined brownie lip liner, a nice crisp wing, and a soft crease.
When I work with these it girls, I don’t try to dress them up or give them a whole new look. I believe in pretty makeup that just highlights your features and makes you look like the best version of yourself.
Courtesy of Instagram / Ariel Tejada
Can you share some tips for your blush application technique?
My blush application starts at the apple of your cheeks. When you smile, the ball of your cheek is your apple, and I’m trying to get the product concentrated there. No matter where you apply, the center of the brush will remain the most concentrated in color, which is why the first placement is so important. Apply the blush specifically on the apple then as you press with the brush tilting it upwards and dispersing the pigment and stopping below the eye area on the side of your face.
What does your beauty routine look like these days?
My beauty routine is extremely important to me. I have been taking Accutane (an oral prescription drug for treating acne) for about two years and it has played a huge role in getting my skin to where it is today. Now I stay with milder products. i use Biological Research Mask every other day and it helps keep my skin clear by removing all impurities. i also use Tonic P50 from Biologique Recherche every morning and every evening.
When it comes to makeup, I always start with the eyebrows and eyes. Then moisturizer, foundation, contour, powder, blush, a lip, and finally, lashes. My only advice for applying makeup would be less is more. And always apply it in layers. I do this for all my clients and when I do my makeup myself.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.