As the daughter of two sculptors, Sophie Ono grew up in a world of wondrous creative expression. Born in Italy to a Senegalese father and a Japanese mother, Sophie’s appreciation for beauty in all its forms eventually led her to a career as an NYC makeup artist. Sophie is recognized in the industry for her capability to enhance a woman’s natural beauty as well as creating more dramatic effects.
Most recently Sophie has been working with the ever so talented, Alessia Cara – Sophie has been working with Alessia since the start of her music career, even witnessing her first Grammy win back in 2018 for Best New Artist!
Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
Not at all, what I did know from an early age is that I wanted to work in the creative field. Perhaps my upbringing had something to do with it. My father is a sculptor and I remember getting my hands dirty whenever I was at his studio playing with clay, drawing and painting.
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Where do you find your inspiration when creating looks on your clients?
It really depends, sometimes the makeup concept comes directly from the client. When I do have freedom, I find my inspiration around me, it come in all forms. I can get inspired from a movie, a picture, a dance, a painting, colors, textures, patterns, nature, people, the list goes on and on.
Why do you think skincare is such an important step in a routine?
It’s all about starting with a smooth canvas, if the skin is not hydrated and not in good shape it can be challenging for your makeup to look great. I always make sure to cleanse and moisturize daily. Besides, if you want to age gracefully, skincare in addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle is crucial.
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Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra, Misty Copeland, Amanda Seyfried and Awkwafina
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Let’s talk about Alessia Cara – you’ve been working with her for some time now, what was it like to be there to witness her first Grammy?
To watch Alessia win her first Grammy was unforgettable. I’ve been working with her since the very beginning, I don’t know how she does it, the amount of work, physical and mental strength that is required is overwhelming. Throughout the time I’ve known Alessia, she has always remained true to her gracious self, I couldn’t have been happier for her well-deserved win.
I always look to you for tips to enhance someone’s natural beauty, I think all your looks with Alessia are a perfect example of this – any tips you can share with us?
There’s nothing more beautiful than fresh and glowing skin. Cleansing and moisturizing is a must! I like to keep the foundation light and add a little concealer where needed. To create dimension, I usually highlight the high points of the face – cheekbones, browbones, cupid bow. I’m also a fan of eyelash curlers, it’s amazing how these small devices can really open your eyes.
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Does Alessia have any skyn ICELAND products she likes to keep for herself?
She surely does – the Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels are one of her favorites! She also recently tweeted that her skincare routine involves the Glacial Face Wash!
Any makeup/skincare trends you see going into 2019?
Spa in a bottle sounds very fitting for today’s fast pace world. I can see portable mist devices being on trend.