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[Luxus+ Magazine] Meeting with an artist (episode 2). Meeting with Anne-Caroline Ayot, make-up artist by day, illustrator by night

[Luxus+ Magazine] Meeting with an artist (episode 2). Meeting with Anne-Caroline Ayot, make-up artist by day, illustrator by night

Graduated in Graphic Arts and trained in professional makeup at the Christian Chauveau Paris School, Anne-Caroline Ayot has been a makeup artist for more than 25 years on shootings and fashion or Haute Couture shows. Thanks to her artistic talents, she got into illustration 4 years ago, mixing ink, watercolor, collage and photography to create unique, poetic and vibrant works. Today, she talks about her techniques and her vision of Art.


Why did you choose makeup and fashion?


It happened a bit by chance. After my studies, I worked in an advertising agency for a few years. And the whole days locked behind a computer screen made me feel a lack. I needed to create using my hands. Being attracted by fashion from a very young age, when my child was born, I decided to do studies in makeup. The school was a first step. The meetings did the rest. I quickly started assisting professional makeup artists. And now, it has been going on for 25 years.


On your Instagram annecaroline.arts we can see many of your illustrations. By the way, your saying is: “Make-up artist by day, illustrator by night”. These two art forms seem equally important to you. However, drawing creation is not your first job. What drives you about this last one?


In the same way as for the make up, a few years ago I again felt this lack, like a little frustration. If I really like my work, the relationships that I forge, the perpetual change of fashion, the collective emulation of a team at the service of designers, hotographers, Grandes Maisons… I needed to develop a personal work. And to take time. When we are a makeup artist, our time is limited. It is very short: one hour, or even two at most. Here I have time. That of questioning myself, of doing researches, sketches, compositions of patterns and associations of colors to express the images that come to me and bring them to life on paper.

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Sun & Stripes © Anne-Caroline Ayot


How did the illustration come to you?


I have always drawn, painted with acrylics, even made sculpture. But it was during an Haute Couture shoot for Vogue that I clicked. Illustrator Pepe Munoz was there to design the dresses. I don’t know what attracted me when I saw his illustrations, but the day after the session I brought out my old brushes. I started tinkering with my creations and haven’t stopped for 4 years.

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Featured photo : Lady Flame © Anne-Caroline Ayot

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