Photo credit: archangelachelsea.com
Interview by Shadana Chaney
Celebrity makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur Archangela Chelsea Yusuf is one of the hottest celebrity makeup artists in the industry today. Originally from Indonesia, she bridges cultures and genders making her in-demand for both makeup and grooming in Hollywood. One to watch in 2017, Chelsea continues to work in LA and tours the world with celebrity clients in television, film, reality, and music. Chelsea’s work has been seen on the biggest red carpets such as the Emmy’s and Golden Globes, the most-watched television from ABC’s “Good Morning America” to FOX’s “The Real” and “America’s Next Top Model,” and designer runways like Lanvin and Ankara. From the UK, to Australia, Indonesia, Russia, and Italy, once clients work with Chelsea they request her to come back time and time again.
How did you get started in the makeup and beauty industry?
I started doing makeup around the age of 16 or 17 and I’m 24 now. I used to paint a lot growing up but my older sister introduced me to makeup and that’s when I fell in love with it. I began playing around with it and I started doing my friends makeup, it then dawned on me that this is what I want to do. I love beauty, I love make-up, and here I am.
Who was your first celebrity client and how did the opportunity come about?
My first celebrity client was Aria Crescendo a singer under Pitbull and signed to Capitol Records I believe. I did her makeup when I was 17 years old. She contacted me out of nowhere and I was like “Oh my God, this is it!” I was so excited because I was able to go on tour with her; working with her I was able to get a lot of exposure. After the tour was over she went back to Paris where she is from. A lot of talent agencies started to notice me and contacted me for bookings. I began doing makeup full time for a famous blogger named Crystal Lin. With all the press and exposure and talent agencies contacting me, it’s how I was able to get to where I am today.
What are your favorite makeup tricks?
Currently, most people want to have flawless skin. So I use a lot of highlighters and a lot of bronzers. I definitely use highlighters right now, especially for the summer. I also love doing bold lip colors for the summer as well. A lot of people request pink or red lipstick, something that will really pop on their lips. Besides those requests, I would stay with nudes/neutral colors. I really love a neutral color and liquid lipstick is really popular right now. I love Kylie Cosmetics when it comes to liquid lipstick. They have colorful cosmetics with beautiful lip colors. I like applying that type of makeup on people.
Since you spend so much time with beauty and makeup can we expect a cosmetics line from you in the future?
(Big sigh… from Archangela) I have no idea. We can create a lot of things with what we have. Take highlighters, for example, I can use eyeshadow as highlighters. There’s no need to create a product for highlighters if I can substitute an eyeshadow as a highlighter. In the future I would love to know, but honestly I just don’t know because there’s so much makeup coming out every day.
Do you enjoy touring on the road and what has been your favorite to date?
My favorite tour was in Japan with my client who is an Asian celebrity. I spent two weeks there. She was really nice and allowed me to stay there by myself and paid for everything. It was so memorable because I was able to see the city and enjoy it. I wasn’t just working but I was able to go out and do stuff in Japan. Usually, when I go on tour with a client, I stay with the client and I am mostly there for work. It was awesome because I love traveling and that was definitely my most memorable tour.
Your work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bazaar and Marie Claire to name a few. What’s next for Archangela Chelsea Yusuf?
I will always be creating and exploring myself with makeup through my work and always wanting the best for myself. I would love to be an international artist and not just limited to Asia and the U.S. but allowed the opportunity to go to Europe and Australia and do makeup for magazines abroad where I travel and do my work for television and a lot of different talents.
Whether she’s on tour with a client, or at home in Los Angeles, Chelsea who is from Indonesia lives and breathes makeup, spending her free time testing new products and writing reviews to ensure her clients receive only the best. Some of Chelsea’s most loyal clients are some of Hollywood’s leading men including Charlie Weber from ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” Cary Elwes from “Princess Bride,” and James Tupper from ABC’s “Revenge.”
For more on Chelsea visit archangelachelsea.com
Fashion Contributor Shadana Miranda Chaney is a stylist and fashion designer in Houston, TX. She is the founder and creative director of Miranda Chaney LLC a design and styling company. Originally from New Orleans, La., she is now making her mark in Houston. Shadana believes in inspiring and empowering other women to be great through fashion.
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