Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordann Aguon.
Jordann, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a makeup artist originally from the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I got introduced to the world of makeup by my mom, who is also a makeup artist. She would use me and my sister to practice makeup looks and do fun shoots on. It has always been a part of my life growing up. I started picking up a brush around the age of 16 as a transition of painting on paper to painting on my face. The ball started rolling from there. Once I turned 18, my mom helped me put together a small kit and I began bouncing around from speciality to speciality trying to find my footing. I have tried all aspects of the beauty industry from makeup to nails to esthetics. I worked at beauty counters, did weddings, fashion and editorials, to television and film for the first four years of my career, never really feeling focused on one medium. It wasn’t until 2012 when aspiring filmmakers (who would later all become some of my closest friends to this day) approached me to do make-up on their short films that I found my true passion.
We collaborated together as a team as to how to tell a story combining lighting, production design, and makeup. Creating a character and bringing it to life through a story sparked a fire in me that I have been chasing ever since. I began designing characters for each short film we made, typically doing one every month. Eventually, that granted me the opportunity of joining the local 665 union in Hawaii and allowing me to work on hit shows and big-budget feature films while working under award-winning makeup designers like Joel Harlow, Bill Corso, Vivien Baker, & Kate Biscoe.
After 8 years of working as a makeup artist, I decided to move to LA to join the 706 makeup union. Since then I’ve been working on my days to get in on various films, commercials and TV. After first moving here, I began to intern at the Makeup & Effects Lab (later being brought on as an employee). It was there that I started to begin to really understand special FX, fabrications and chemicals. It inspired me to further my education so I applied to the Dick Smith Program (Godfather of makeup) which expanded my horizons by working with new materials, including clay, chemicals and prosthetic appliances. In addition to furthering my education through hands-on experience, I have also been assisting a celebrity makeup artist with a high profile clientele, which opened up a whole new world for me. Since moving to Los Angeles, I have consistently continued to educate myself, pursue my own projects, and strive to become a well-rounded makeup artist.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t believe any worthwhile journey is ever a smooth road. I went down so many different paths, redirecting that path countless times. After making the move to Los Angeles from Hawaii, nobody knew me and I knew no one. So I basically had to start over. The people in LA were so different, learning how to navigate that was a real struggle. However, I never stopped saying yes to any opportunity that came my way and eventually that led me to meet some really amazing people. I learned the importance of persistence. I realized it was about the journey itself and my decisions that carved it. If I never stop moving towards it, I’ll get there. I am enjoying my time along the way and that’s what’s most important…and what makes it fun! This journey has forced me to look inward and get to know myself much better. I’ve been following my heart from there.
Please tell us about Jordann Aguon Makeup Artistry.
Jordann Aguon Makeup Artistry encompasses not just beauty makeup, but special FX, nails, & esthetics. I specialize in beauty, whether it’s for print, fashion, editorial, film/tv, or character makeup. I am known for a natural approach to beauty, allowing the skin to always shine through and be the main star. I understand how to accentuate the best features while not using too much product, allowing people to look their best while still looking like themselves. I pride myself on being a well-rounded artist. Knowing the fundamentals of what makes a great makeup, whether it is beauty, special FX, character, or straight makeup. I understand facial hair, how to work with hairpieces, lay hair and do men’s grooming. My background in nails and esthetics also allows me to understand not just cosmetics but the skin and how products work with it as well. What sets me apart is having worked in every medium, I understand the differences in application and technique for theatre, film/tv, print, fashion, commercials, bridal, and red carpet. I am lucky enough to have two mentors in the industry, one a celebrity makeup artist, and one in the 706 makeup union. This gives me a broader understanding of how to work with celebrities, teams, timelines and under high pressure.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
A favorite childhood memory is discovering how much I love to paint. I use to do crafts with my mom all the time and painting was a favorite activity. I started painting on everything. Slabs of driftwood, my mailbox, my mom would allow me to paint murals on my bedroom wall and change it every few months. My sister and I shared a room until I got into middle school. Once I had my own room the memories I have of waiting till everyone went to bed and turning on some music and painting in my room are the best. I have always been more introverted and it wasn’t until I finally got my own room till I discovered how much I really loved moments of solitude.
- Beauty makeup do-and-go $175
- $50/hour after initial application (for touch-ups)
- Website: www.JordannAguon.com
- Phone: 8087822578
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @jordannaguonmakeup
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