How’s your Saturday looking?

Rainy, you say?

New Yorkers, there’s a silver lining to the stormy forecast: Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, a disciple of the great Kevyn Aucoin, will be at the Madison Avenue flagship’s new Sisley counter to dispense beauty wisdom and perform red-carpet-worthy makeovers—complimentary, of course—from 1 to 6 p.m. And in case you’re still scratching your head about a gift for mom (Mother’s Day is Sunday, people!), you’re in prime position for some last-minute shopping.

Get to know Nick in our Q&A below, or better yet, come to the store Saturday to meet the man yourself. Make an appointment by calling 212.833.2310 or emailing

Tell us a little bit how you got your start as a celebrity makeup artist.

I grew up in Thailand with two sisters and a lot of girl cousins. We played dress up, I did their make up, and we even put on fashion shows where I would copy looks from my mom’s old issues of Vogue and then use a flashlight as a spotlight for the runway.

Nick Barose's Met Gala Look for Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Nick Barose’s Met Gala look for Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

I moved to New York to study environmental design at Parsons but realized it wasn’t for me, and so I started pursuing makeup as a profession. My best friend told me that if I wanted to take my career to the next level, I would have to assist a major makeup artist, so he helped me write a letter to Kevyn Aucoin. I ended up assisting him at New York Fashion Week, and that gave me the first taste of what the business was really like.

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to be inspired every day. My job is never boring because I’m always around interesting, unique, and talented artists that inspire me and encourage me to be an artist as well.

Are you ever starstruck by any of your clients?

All the time! I’m working with actors that are in movies I watch in theaters and singers that I actually listen to on my iPod. People used to tell me, “If you’re doing this, you can’t be a fan because it’s not professional.” But why not? You can be a fan and be professional, too. I always get my job done when I’m around people I admire.

What’s a common mistake women make when applying makeup for a big event?

They don’t put on enough or they put on too much. For a big event, you can have more fun than your everyday makeup—so don’t be too cautious. Try bold lips or more dramatic eyes. The other end of the spectrum is when people put on too much with intense contouring or highlighting. They’re thinking it’s a red-carpet, camera-ready face and it ends up looking unrecognizable. You can be dramatic, but you should look like yourself.

503350700_product_1If you were stranded on a desert island, what one makeup product could you not live without?

It’s a skincare product: Sisley’s flower gel mask. It adds moisture without being greasy, and I can actually see how my skin plumps up right away.

Let’s get meta. How do you define beauty?

I know this might sound cliché but it has to connect both inside and out. Everybody is insecure but I find that people who are comfortable in their own skin shine more. It’s easy to focus on your “flaws”—my nose is too big, my face is too round—but everybody has to recognize their own “magic” that makes them shine more. It’s about not trying to fit into a single beauty ideal that might not work for you—it should never look like you’re trying too hard.


1 TO 6 P.M.

Call 212.833.2310 to book an appointment.