Interview w. Tracy Peart!
The Silver Fashionista: The first thing I'd love to know is why you decided to become a makeup artist. I don't know very much about the makeup industry and I'd love to know more!
Tracy: Well, I originally went to school to study film and television. I wanted to direct films. When I left school I started to work on productions. I was a production assistant. I would see these women coming in looking ordinary, and then saw them leave the makeup and hair trailer. I was like, "What sorcery is happening in there?" I was so fascinated that I always hung around the makeup artists to watch what they were doing.
The Silver Fashionista: Did you know very much about makeup at the time?
Tracy: No! I knew as much about makeup as the average woman did. I knew how to do my makeup, but I didn't wear that much of it. Probably just mascara, eyeliner and lipstick. I became fascinated with how makeup could transform somebody's face. Then one day one of my friends said to me, "Why don't you just study it already?" Eventually, I did study it! That's how I became a makeup artist.
The Silver Fashionista: You are a celebrity makeup artist and I'm curious to know who's makeup you have done?
Tracy: The biggest name I've done was Justin Bieber. This was when he was sixteen or seventeen years old and really really popular. I remember it so vividly because it was made to be such a big deal. Everybody kept telling me what to do and say when I'd meet Justin Bieber. There were all of these instructions! I wasn't supposed to speak, but go in and do my job. So now when it's time I'm nervous and shaky. They brought me towards him and he put his hand out and said, "Hi, my name is Justin." He was really nice, and all of those rules went out the window. He was chatting and carrying on a conversation with me and I started talking back to him. Everyone had told me not to engage with him but it would've been worse if I hadn't responded.