12 DAYS OF ARTISTS: DAY 2 - ROBIN BLACK
Robin Black a.k.a BEAUTY IS BORING™
Robin Black is the ultimate cool-girl makeup artist and the beauty influencer’s influencer. She’s a rockstar of our industry and definitely someone to idolize if you don’t already. Her story is fascinating and she’s one of those artists whose work is instantly recognizable even if her name isn’t directly on it. I had the pleasure of meeting Robin at her studio a few months ago and I still can’t quite figure out if hearing so many of stories from her incredible career made her more humble or intimidating... either way we are absolutely floored to have collaborated with her. I’m painstakingly waiting for her autobiography to be written because this woman has LIVED. In honor of her birthday (one day after mine!) we wanted to feature Robin as the second installment of our ‘12 Days of Artists’ project. This Spacejam is one of my favorites we’ve ever released because of it’s dramatic simplicity and rich warm tones. Enjoy learning about Robin, get your disco on with her ‘54’ Spacejam® while you can and stay tuned for next weeks launch! –Megan, Founder and CEO of Lemonhead LA
Makeup artist, beauty expert, photographer and all around creative, Robin Black, is known for her highly inventive approach to beauty. She documents her makeup artistry through an intimate, collaborative process with her subjects – from top models and editors, to musicians, Olympic athletes, artists and actors – resulting in striking photographs and videos that celebrate an inclusive, modern, vision of beauty.
Black founded BEAUTY IS BORING in 2012 as a personal artistic outlet and it has since gained a devoted following among editors, curators, collectors, top models, beauty insiders and hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe. Aside from her personal work for the blog, she creates original content for prestige brands that ranges from social media campaigns and advertising images to at-counter tutorial videos, store displays and short creative films. Most recently she has collaborated with Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder, Urban Decay, L’oreal, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Revlon and NARS.
BEHIND THE BRUSH: ROBIN BLACK & LHLA
LH: What sets you apart from other INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS?
RB: Hmmm that is a difficult question since by the very nature of being an artist, your work should have something unique about it. Whether it's a distinct perspective, specific technique, an eye for color, etc, your work should stand on it's own. The best artists are those who's work can be recognized without a caption.
LH: Did you fall in love with makeup artistry or photography first?
RB: I came into my makeup career very late. I was almost 30 when I started and I had already had a career in a totally different field. To be honest, prior to becoming a makeup artist, I was never terribly interested in makeup except when it was used in extreme ways such as butoh dance or in the 90’s clubs that I frequented. Photography always had my attention but less as a practitioner than an admirer. I would bookmark all the striking images in magazines like The Face, i-D, Vogue Italia and Paris Vogue as well as National Geographic and Life. I always loved being behind the camera and at one point, had a job (unpaid of course) photographing rock stars backstage for a pirate radio station’s zine. I also took thousands upon thousands of Polaroids. So I suppose a passion for photography came first but in terms of career, I was a makeup artist for around eight or nine years before I started being hired for photography work.
LH: You’ve turned yourself into a brand with BEAUTY IS BORING™, what product would you say your brand is best known for?
RB: Original beauty images shot with a bright flash against a white wall! It's a style I started to shoot in to mimic the Big Shot Polaroids that I originally launched the blog with. They use a very specific type of flash cube that creates an extremely bright white light. Sadly the film and the flash cubes are vintage and about four years ago, I switched to digital for the bulk of our images.
LH: How did you discover Lhla?
RB: That is really good question that I don’t actually know the answer too... I can’t remember if I first saw it on social media or on a beauty site but somehow I stumbled upon it and ordered a few shades to test. I was so impressed with the texture and performance that I immediately added it to my studio arsenal.
LH: how Has your attitude about glitter changed since adding LHLA to your kit?
RB: Prior to LemonheadLA, I rarely used glitter because I couldn’t stand the mess it made in the studio or on the face. Now I shoot with glitter frequently and even use it on myself - I wore 54 on New Years Eve and am planning to wear it to my birthday dinner this week!
LH: What are your favorite lhla products?
RB: Groupie and Midnight Society are two of my favorites. I love all the colors but am the most attracted to the metallics!
LH: Explain the inspiration behind the name of your spaceJAM
RB: I am always searching for that perfect shade of glamorous 1970’s gold! The kind of gold that might have been worn by Grace Jones at Club Sept in Paris or by Bianca Jagger at Studio 54. Decadent, elegant and a bit vulgar all at the same time, exactly like the 70’s nightclub scene. Hence the name, ‘54’.
Note: The deep undertones in this glittery fabulousness means that it works on a wide range of complexions and can stand up to a bright camera flash!
LH: WhAT MADE YOU choose MUTTVILLE as your charity?
RB: Muttville is a rescue organization for senior dogs. Senior dogs are often abandoned when they start to have medical issues, when their owners pass away or are no longer able to care for them. They are also the first group to be euthanized since they are not considered adoptable. My partner and I adopted a three yr old Boxer named Mack nine years ago. He became the third member of our little family and made our lives infinitely richer during his time with us. Mack had many medical needs as well as required lots of extra care during his last year with us and he passed away peacefully at home at 12 years of age. We spent that final year fussing over him endlessly and it was worth every moment. It breaks my heart that so many older dogs are abandoned after years of love and devotion (by the dogs, not the humans) to spend their final time shivering in concrete cages surrounded by strangers, only to be killed because people prefer puppies.
Muttville offers rescue, foster, adoption and hospice to the most at risk segment of our canine family members. Their services are vital and require funding. Even if you don’t plan on purchasing our collaboration, please consider making a donation to Muttville. Every dollar helps!