You’re a Big Deal: Eddie Malter, Lead Makeup Artist for L’Oréal Paris

Exclusive interview Eddie Malter

Hometown: Paris, France

Occupation: Makeup Artist

WBD: How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get started?

Over 30 years ago, I started with short films, videos, fashion shows, and then joined the beauty industry world 24 years ago.

WBD: What do you love most about your job?

Everything, really everything: the special relationships I have with my private customers, highlighting a bride’s beauty for the happiest day of her life, having the privilege of representing a brand such as L’Oréal Paris which leads me to travel and do makeup for events such as red carpets, photo-shoots etc. I have a wonderful job, I work with great people and I sometimes meet exceptional people.

WBD: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere. Nature and people really inspire me, but I also visit museums, all sorts of exhibitions, art galleries… In a painting, time stands still, but the work of a painter remains timeless, it’s wonderful… Everything can be a source of inspiration, you just need to take the time to look at life around you.

WBD: Tell us one of the most memorable experiences in your career so far?

I had several… But my favorite happened in Cannes in May 2000, if I remember correctly. I was waiting in a hotel lobby for a press agent to come and get me to makeup a star whose name I didn’t know. I had my headphones on when the agent arrived. She told me to go to the X suite and that the person would open the door for me. I was listening to “All is full of love” over and over on Bjork’s last album… I knocked on the door and to my great surprise, Bjork opened. I felt a little faint, I am one of her biggest fans, but I had to remain professional, so to regain my composure I let her listen to the music and she said “good choice”. She wanted natural makeup. We spent over an hour together, waiting for her dress to arrive from London!

WBD: Do you have makeup artists that you look up to? If so, who?

Not really because each one is unique. However, I really admire makeup artists (and here I mean the human being) such as Mister Olivier Echaudemaison and Mister Thibault Vabre (whom I have never met, but is responsible for my love of makeup). They are true masters and living encyclopedias of life, makeup and beauty. Bobby Brown for his philosophy of beauty and several others, actually.

WBD: If you could do makeup for anyone or for any event, who or what would it be?

Each person and each moment is unique. I always have fun, whatever the situation or whoever the woman may be. I can’t really answer this one.

WBD: What is your L’Oréal beauty essential? And what is your most favourite L’Oreal product?

Magic Nude
Magic Lumi Concealer
Butterfly Mascara
Color Riche Lipstick

WBD: What trends are you looking forward to seeing this upcoming season?

I like the idea of nude: highlight the eyebrows, add a lot of mascara and an ultra-vibrant lipstick to make the look come alive. It’s simple, hyper feminine and sophisticated.

WBD: What advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists?

Work hard, if you think you are passionate enough to succeed. Keep trying and don’t allow anyone to make you doubt. However, if you do have a doubt… don’t waste your time. It is a wonderful job, but you really have to feel it inside of you.

WBD's Fun Five
with Eddie Malter
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
I am very happy in Canada. I chose this country and even if winters are long, I feel at home here. And sometimes Kauai (Hawaiian Island).
If I gave you $20 to spend on anything right now, what would it be?
Since it is a present, I can do whatever I want with it, it’s mine!! So I will either give it to someone who needs it to buy food, or give it to support AIDS research, a cause I have embraced several years ago...
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
At the very beginning of my career, I spent two years in a culinary school, but they kicked me out, saying I should find another job... Today, I still like to cook, but I am still a very bad cook. However, I have good friends who pretend to enjoy what I make. I love entertaining ;-)
What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?
Don’t change anything and believe in yourself.
One guilty pleasure you aren't willing to give up?
There is a French candy brand called Bonbon Haribo, which you find more and more in Canada. My favorites are the crocodiles... No matter how large the bag is, if I open one, I have to eat it all!!! A totally shameful addiction, just like ice cream... Even in winter, even if it’s minus 40 degrees outside, if I find an open ice cream parlour, I simply can’t resist.

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