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painting the town
From classic beauty, elegance and sophistication to cool, urban styles, Vincent Tran’s the new kid on the make-up-artist-block to be keeping your eye on. By Mia Chen.
Picasso with a purpose
One of the beauty and fashion industry’s brightest rising stars, Tran brings his passion for beauty, a unique eye for fashion and expertise in digital photography and Photoshop to the Asian-American canvas.
“The challenge is to raise the standards in our Asian-American industry to meet those of the mainstream,” says Tran. “Beauty and fashion is a huge market, and the diversity of women it appeals to is critical to its success. There’s this heavy pressure to not only make a name for myself and constantly challenge myself in the area of makeup artistry, but also to actually translate that for women of all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.”
Tran was born in Saigon and emigrated from Vietnam to Minnesota as a toddler, but has obviously been quite successful as a California-based makeup artist. He understands how to translate that amazing Euro-Asian style right back out there.
Obsessed with beauty
His obsession with beauty began as early as five years old. Since his small town childhood, Tran has dreamed of traveling the world doing makeup, styling hair, and meeting inspiring people. At one point, Tran “dabbled” in photography, but the self-proclaimed “product junkie” knew that makeup was his calling. Through over four years of hard work, two years of experience with MAC Cosmetics, and an unstoppable attitude, opportunities are knocking and he’s finally starting to make that dream a reality. He’s painted faces and styled hair for weddings on the beaches of Los Angeles, fashion photo shoots on the streets of Seattle, and beauty pageants for the bright stages of Las Vegas.
Tran’s work can be seen on the editorial pages of beauty, fashion & lifestyle magazines and fashion photography calendars. His beauty pageant clients include contestants and queens anywhere from the local to the international scale.
Tran is able to interpret each woman’s individuality and create a unique look for her. “I love working with women,” he said. “And to bring all the tips and tricks and my knowledge of color to women everywhere – on a global level – is my ultimate mission. I love color and texture. Glamour is not self-conscious; it’s not trying really hard. It’s just expressing your own truth. I think that’s what the essence of glamour really is – expressing your uniqueness.”
So what does the future hold for Tran? Maybe his makeup artistry will be seen in international advertising campaigns with New York models? Maybe he’ll give expert advice to international publications on makeup, application, colors and trends? Create his magic on some of the most legendary faces from the worlds of fashion, music and film? Become a best selling author, iconic make-up artist and beauty entrepreneur?
“[smiling] Wow! That’s probably any makeup artist’s ultimate dream. But for now: peace of mind, pure of heart, flow of adrenaline, control of insanity. Just me: Vincent.” º
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