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James Kaliardos

Inspirational Makeup: James Kaliardos

By | Artist Spotlight, James Kaliardos, L'oreal Professionnel, Make-up Artist | 3 Comments

James Kaliardos Makeup Artist

Another make-up artist that I love is James Kaliardos I first came across his work about 4 years ago when I entered a competition run by Elle Magazine in association with L’oreal. He was the creative consultant for L’oreal Paris at the time, he was the first makeup artist to hold that position in the company. The competition was to win work experience with James, which I obviously didn’t win 🙂 but since then I have been a huge fan of his work.


James was born in Detroit, USA. His mother was a hairdresser and encouraged his creative side. At the age of eighteen he attended the Parsons School in New York, where he studied Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Theatre, History and Film. It was there that he met the photographer Steven Meisel and showed him his portfolio. Steven was particularly impressed by James’ make-up ability and helped him to develop his talent.


After this time he decided to go to Paris and become a make-up artist. In Paris he worked with photographers Stépahane Sednaoui and Ellen Von Unwerth. He moved back to New York and has since worked with every well known photographer out there including Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, David Sims, Steven Meisel, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Bruce Weber, and the late Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton.


James brings a unique combination of glamour and chic minimalism to his work. His style is clean and he prefers to focus on making one feature really pop. One of my favourite things about his esthetique is the clean glowing skin that features heavily in his work.


His work can be seen in American, British, and Italian Vogue, Allure, W and V magazines. He has created looks for campaigns and runway shows for Balenciaga, Chanel, Hermès, Fendi, Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, Rodarte, Dior Homme, Y-3, Rochas, Preen, as well as campaigns for L’Oréal, Revlon, Shiseido, Cover Girl, and Victoria’s Secret.


Some of the celebrities Kaliardos has also worked with include: Beth Ditto, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Julianne Moore, Beyonce, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Björk, and Chloë Sevigny.

So what do you think of his work? Are you a fan?

Until next time.

Lots of love,