Celebrity Makeup Artist Kabuki Has a Really Interesting Habit While He Works / by Erin Baynham

kabuki at the makeup show nyc Kabuki, like so many other famed artists, has a really great story. His first makeup gig was Sex and The City. OMG. You know I was basically leaping inside, dying for the entire scoop. He ended up telling us about doing Rihanna's makeup in the jungle, and working with Michael Jackson and sharing candy with him. I mean seriously, it gets no bigger than that.

Okay, I confess, I came up to the fifth floor with my girl Niki to charge my phone. But when I arrived, I saw legendary makeup artist Kabuki on his knees. I didn't think anything of it at first, until Niki told me he always does makeup on his knees. That's just the way he works.  He likes to lean back to really get a good view of his clients.He actually had on knee pads. I love that he continually incorporates something that's against the grain. I've had people tell me that using "x" product was bad or doing "x" task first was wrong.


We know that Kevyn Aucoin did makeup while having his clients lie down. Billy B. applies lash glue directly to the eye like eye liner. Sam Fine blots the face with a half of a two ply tissue.  These are all things specific to each artist that works really well for him. So the next time you want to do something and you wonder "what will people think?" or "is this normal?", the answer is hell yes.


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