Melbourne-based makeup king, Jack Cail on his career path into artistry, the products he simply cannot live without and his favourite faces to date.
I was actually born and raised in the small town of Bendigo! It was definitely not the right place for me, being a full time makeup artist (especially a male one) was not an option or possibility, it was when I moved to Adelaide when I was 15 I realised that I could potentially do makeup full time. I remember I went shopping for the first time in Adelaide and saw boys working at the MAC counter which really ignited my flame and put being a makeup artist to the forefront of my mind.
Did you study artistry or are you self-taught?
I always played with makeup from a very young age, so I always had a bit of a nack for it, however I did study my Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services once I finished high school. The course was great and I learnt so many fundamental things, however I did not leave the course an amazing makeup artist. It was then up to me to practise and practise and teach myself how to really refine the skills that they introduced to me. I studied at a makeup academy called Media Makeup in Adelaide which I highly recommend.
How long have you been doing make-up artistry for?
Once I moved to Adelaide and realised I wanted to do makeup, I got a job at a pharmacy and started doing formal and special occasion makeup on clients there. I was only 15, however I would tell my clients that I was older to make them have a little more trust in me! Looking back on those makeups now, I cringe at my blending and colour choices, however it makes me realise how far i've come, and we all have to start somewhere. I'm now 22 years old so have been doing makeup for around 7 years! Now I can't imagine myself doing anything else.
Have you always wanted to be a makeup artist or was there a point in your life where you realised it was your calling?
I have always wanted to do makeup - I literally remember playing with my mums makeup as a little boy - she used to always use this Clinique foundation and the smell reminds me exactly of my childhood. As I went through the early years of high school, I was very confused as to what I wanted to study and what path I wanted to go down, nothing excited me as much as makeup, however in a small country town I didn't feel I would be able to pursue makeup as a career. I even remember some family members telling me "there is no money in makeup". It was when I moved to Adelaide that I realised I was not able to do anything else, I would jump from idea to idea and end up getting sick of it. It was when I saw the boys working at the MAC counter that I told myself I was going to do makeup and nothing else, I would say that’s when I realised it was my calling as nothing ever excited me or inspired me as much as doing makeup.
Favourite face so far?
I love doing makeup on everyone but my favourite face is probably model Paris Bishop - she is 14 years old and let’s me do whatever I want!
If you could pick anyone in the world to do make-up on, who would it be?
I know it sounds so typical but I would love to do Kim Kardashian. Everyone says that but it’s because she has the perfect face for makeup, perfect symmetry that you could do any makeup look on.
Go-to makeup look?
My go to makeup look changes daily, one day I will be obsessed with the no makeup look and one day I will be going crazy for colour. I would say right now I am loving a brown smudged winged liner.
Top three makeup products you cannot live without?
1. MAC Fix Plus - if I run out of this stuff I basically have a mental breakdown. I use it for everything! Removing makeup, preparing the skin as a light moisturiser, refreshing the skin throughout makeup, wetting eyeshadows to intensify them and most importantly setting the skin with a lovely dewy finish.
2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. This is my all time favourite foundation because it gives the most perfect flawless but glowy finish. No other foundation gives the skin such a silky look I just love it. It’s a medium coverage so if someone wants something a bit more I mix it with Estée Lauder Double Wear.
3. MAC Stripdown Lip Liner - I have about 10 back ups of this, I am such a sucker for a 90s brown lip and I pretty much convince every client to wear one. I like to apply this lip liner on the edges, feather it in with a pencil brush and apply a nude lipstick on top.
Any life-changing skin care products we should know about?
Someone recently put me into Dermaviduals skin care and I’m actually loving it - my skin has never been horrible but it’s made it so much better. In particular the Lotion N hydrates me so much.
Advice for anyone wanting to become a makeup artist?
Keep trying. I can’t tell you how many times I look at my work and feel like I want to give up, especially with so many other makeup artists to compare myself to. But if I gave up then I wouldn’t be where I am now, there’s always room to grow and you will always get better. Even now I still get so sick of my work, but it just pushes me to do something new and further myself. Another big piece of advice is ALWAYS be open to learning - I have worked with makeup artists in the past who think they don’t need to learn anything new, that they have learnt it all. The thing about makeup is that it changes on a daily basis, trends change and products Change. Always be open to learning!!!
What’s next for Jack Cail?
My brain is always dreaming and thinking of the future Right now I am focusing on education, I am currently restructuring my one on one lessons and planning some workshops, also looking at bringing some other services to my clients. But who knows what the future holds!
recent makeup look by Jack Cail for @nakedvice