Getting inside the Artistic and Innovative mind of Roshar
World-renowned, unconventional, innovative and inspirational are only a few words used to describe the critically acclaimed makeup artist, Roshar. Coming from a small Texas town didn’t hold back this present-day global makeup artist. He is currently bi-coastal based in New York and Los Angeles, two of the biggest cities for all things beauty. Roshar found himself immersed in the arts at a young age when he discovered his love for painting and fashion. He also explored the world of role playing and costumes when he got involved in the underground club scene of the early 90’s. With publication features in some of the world’s most prestigious magazines such as VOGUE, Harper’s BAZAAR, GLAMOUR and ELLE, Roshar took the world by storm with his creative use of color, texture, unique sense of style and artistic presence in the beauty industry. Roshar is no stranger to The Makeup Show and this year he will be an educator at the Orlando show in his keynote, “Artistry and Innovation”, on Sunday March 19th at 2:00pm. Be sure not to miss out on this exclusive appearance as Roshar takes the stage, shares tips and tricks of the trade and demonstrates the amazing work he is known for. In this one on one interview, Roshar was able to take the time out of his busy schedule to talk to The Makeup Show about how his journey into the makeup world all began.
The Makeup Show: How and when did you get started in the beauty industry? Why did you choose this career path?
Roshar: It seems like it chose me in a way. When I was very young I was so captivated by how light could manipulate and shape things; that by light itself you could tell texture, a curve, or how the color of that object could change through the day. I started drawing and painting faces in grade school so I could recreate what I would see, discovering that playing with ideas of light now created dimension. It’s the foundation of how I view makeup today.
TMS: How did coming from a small town have an impact on the types of decisions you made to get to where you are now in your career?
Roshar: I lived in a small Texas town and it wasn’t a beneficial environment for a person like me, so I moved away at 15. Because I was too young to work, I always lived with girls and would do their hair and makeup in exchange for rent. I was also involved in the underground club scene. The scene changed to where I was now doing makeup on myself to pay rent but the looks were more focused on characters or walking pieces of art. This taught me how to not look at something for what it is in front of you, but what the possibilities could be.
TMS: What would you say sets you apart from other artists in the industry?
Roshar: Just like everyone else I was told what type of looks I needed to be doing, but I didn’t listen. Natural marketable looks, I could do it, but it wasn’t me; so years later I looked up and saw as everyone was doing the same thing, I had created a niche.
TMS: This year we have our first ever Pro Awards for The Makeup Show honoring the industries top rated products and artists; what are your top 5 favorite products that you cannot live without in your kit?
TMS: You have developed such a great reputation for innovation in the industry: what makes an artist innovative?
Roshar: For me I do not look at fashion magazines or what other people are doing. I feel this grows your own style. I understand people looking at what’s going on in the beginning, but once you develop your style it’s best to work off your intuition.
TMS: What/who inspires you?
Roshar: To this day, the way light affects things.
TMS: What is your definition of beauty?
Roshar: Harmony and balance; but also things that are on a fine line of being beautiful and ugly. I ding that within that fine line you have mystery.
TMS: What is your favorite part about being an educator at The Makeup Show and what can we expect from your keynote “Artistry and Innovation” at the Orlando show?
Roshar: My favorite part is being able to create something and having people see the transformation in front of them. Also to meet people that appreciate what I do. You can expect watching something come together and experiencing that I’m quite open about my thought process.
TMS: Why is it so important to continue to educate and inspire the next generation of working artists?
Roshar: I work 99.9% on intuition. It has never let me down. I find with a lot of artists they sometimes have a fear that holds them back when it comes to trying new thing out. I’ve learned that, that fear is something traced to childhood pertaining to something else, so when I educate it almost becomes a little bit of a therapy session. For me, my goal is to get artists to be comfortable to open themselves up. I know it sounds very Zen, but makeup is more than pigments and how you draw a line.
TMS: Being that you have attended The Makeup Show many times in several different cities; what would you say is the most important experience for artists to gain out of attending the show?
Roshar: To gain a different perspective on how they approach things.