Starting off her career in the the beauty industry in Atlanta, Andreana Yancey quickly made a name for herself in New York City. She has done makeup for fashion shoots for Nylon Magazine and Nicole Miller. Keeping in tune with the latest trends, her makeup techniques are edgy and always aim to bring out the true beauty of each model she works on.
How did you first get involved with the fashion industry?
It started when I was still in cosmetology school, I’ve always had a nitch for beauty whether it was hair or makeup. After I graduated, my interest switched from primarily hair to solely makeup alone. I was addicted to making people feel beautiful not only on the outside but uplifting their confidence in the inside. I loved the feeling of making women feel good about themselves. From that point on, it grew and I wanted to expand from Atlanta so I moved to NYC. NYC introduced me into the fashion industry.
Can you describe what a day of working on a photoshoot entails?
Getting my extremely heavy kit in and out cabs, arriving to set on time, which there is usually an early call time, setting up my station and prepping the models skin. After makeup is applied, I stand on the set to monitor the work for minor touch-ups. Sometimes the photo editor or photographer will ask for two to four different looks depending on the direction of the shoot, so that entails me changing the makeup look. I then monitor those looks for touch-ups, until the shoot is a wrap.
How do you find inspiration for different makeup styles? Do you follow any trends?
I do follow some trends but I LOVE to play around with color and techniques to create different looks. I also use the clients wardrobe to draw inspiration for the look. It’s a collaborative effort.
Do you primarily focus on editorial shoots?
As of right now, I’m primarily focused on editorial shoots.
Your work was published in Nylon Magazine, how was it working for such a well-known publication?
It was amazing, the shoot was for a Nicole Miller Advertorial so it was really fun.
Do you have a go-to signature style or favorite look? How do you accommodate your makeup techniques to the clothing that is worn by the models?
I am a sucker for bronzed healthy looking skin! If the skin is gorgeous, you can’t go wrong in most cases. The makeup techniques worn with the clothing is a collaborative effort. Everyone has a part including the stylist, makeup artist, and photo editor. We all come together to brainstorm and come up with certain looks that complement each other.
Have you worked for any runway shows or for Fashion Week?
Fashion shows are great, they just aren’t my thing. I’m very meticulous when it comes to my art and I don’t like being rushed or added pressure like behind the scenes at fashion shows.
What other projects do you hope to be involved within the future?
I would love to be involved with more advertising jobs!