Fashion and beauty have been a part of Andrea’s life from a young age, always inspiring her imagination. Her passion paired with natural skill has cultivated — Andrea is a sought-after Makeup & Hair Artist for fashion shows, print advertising, editorial campaigns, entertainment clients, high-profile special events, as well as, extensive work in bridal makeup and personal cosmetics shopping. A friendly demeanour, professionalism, attention to detail, along with her undeniable talent, have attributed to her impeccable reputation as a leading beauty artist in Canada.
Although initially based in Vancouver, her international experience includes multiple seasons of Milan Fashion Week – working backstage, the helm of all runway shows, for fashion design houses such as Emilio Pucci, Moschino and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as, teaching makeup workshops in Latin America. Andrea has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia as the official personal makeup and hair artist for internationally acclaimed recording artist, Carly Rae Jepsen. As a part of this role, she has worked to prepare her celebrity client for major red carpet events including the MTV European Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards in Cannes and the Billboard Music Awards, marketing campaigns for Candie’s, Coca-Cola, and Burt’s Bees and hit television shows such as American Idol to name a few. Beauty looks created by Andrea have been featured in US Weekly, NYLON and Flare Magazine.
Originally hailing from Arequipa, Peru, Andrea loves to travel the world finding inspiration from everything she experiences and sees to contribute to her unique style.
To say that I am an admirer of Andrea Tiller’s work is an understatement. Since before knowing Andrea I have been drawn into her world and how she creates such beautiful masterpieces on her clients faces. She takes so much pride in her work and it definitely shines through. Her work has been seen all over the world, from the red carpets, to the pages of countless magazines.
I have always been captivated by the culture and beauty of India, especially Indian weddings. Andrea’s Indian bridal makeup is out of this world ridiculously good! Andrea hands down is one of the best out there for creating stunning work with her brides. You could define it as Indian beauty couture. I would love one day do an Indian bridal inspired shoot with Andrea and Liz Rosa, it would be a beauty dream come true.
I have had the opportunity to get to know Andrea on a personal level and I can honestly say that she is one of the sweetest people I know. I love seeing people who have such drive, ambition and heart to pursue their passion and have no sign of slowing down. Andrea has this care, dedication and connection to her clients that is so genuine and down-to-earth. Andrea is such a special person with a big, beautiful, heart of gold.
It has been such a pleasure watching Andrea’s journey and career continue to grow. She has travelled the world creating beautiful canvasses as she goes. This girl has her eye on the prize and I see big things to come. I want to thank Andrea for sitting down with me, this interview was a joy to do and I am happy to be able to share it with all of you. Enjoy!
BB411~ When did you know you wanted to become a Make Up Artist?
AT~ I was obsessed with art growing up, my mother use to say that from the time I could hold a pencil I was already drawing. As a kid my parents travelled with us a lot for work and I always got inspired by my surroundings and put it down on paper. I would always make pictures for my parents. I was also in the art club in high school and won many awards. It was in high school I discovered Fashion TV and would watch Jeanne Beker. Seeing the makeup artists backstage made me curious about the whole fashion world. My plan was to go into Fine Arts and see what flourished after.
After high school I worked at a restaurant and it was there that I discovered MAC cosmetics through one of the girls that worked there. She took me under her wing and told me all about the industry and I said that my dream would to one day work as a makeup artist. When the first season of America’s Next Top Model aired, it was Jay Manuel that was the true push into wanting to be a part of this world. I then did my research, moved to Vancouver and enrolled at a local makeup school and the rest is history.
BB411~ How did you develop your style while in school?
AT~ In my first semester I won this fantasy glam contest with Make Up For Ever. I began volunteering for them as their demo makeup artist for special events doing makeovers. Then after graduating from makeup school I started working for them. I grew with the company for the next 4 years and did freelance work as well. I would concentrate my free time doing fashion and beauty photo shoots with photographers and building my portfolio. What I loved about Make Up For Ever is that they gave me freedom to create my unique style and showcase it by allowing me to facilitate seminars focusing on fashion, beauty and bridal.
BB411~ You do the most stunning work when it comes to Indian Bridal Make Up, how did this evolve?
AT~ I’ve always had a fascination with the culture from the Bollywood movies to the elaborate fashions and upbeat music. One of my best friends is East Indian and she would tap me into her culture and one day I decided to do a Bollywood beauty seminar. After that the calls started rolling in and I was being booked up for Indian weddings because people loved what I did on my models. Such fun makeup, great people, amazing concept, I just couldn’t say no. I loved transforming my clients into Bollywood modern Princesses for their special day, what is there not to love about blinged out beauty! A lot of my clients appreciate that I have that fashion background because I create a modern but classic flare to their bridal look that translates well through the camera and looks flawless in person.
BB411~ What is your nationality?
AT~ Half Peruvian and half Austrian, I was born in Peru and lived there until I was eight years old and then we moved to Victoria, Canada.
BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty, what was your earliest memory?
AT~ I was always a girlie girl, I had a glamorous grandmother that would take me to the Empress Hotel in Victoria every sunday and then out shopping afterwards. My grandmother always had amazing jewellery and I loved the way she carried herself…always tres chic. She had the best clothes, really good make up and her hair was always done so perfectly. She was a big inspiration on who I am today, she brought out the glamorous side of me and made me appreciate fashion from a young age. She would always go shopping for textiles to get a custom dress and I would always take those textiles and create a fashion show wearing her jewellery and shoes. I would dress up and put on my mom’s makeup to perform for my family.
BB411~ If you weren’t a Make Up Artist and could be anything in the world, what would it be?
AT~ I’ve always had the interest to be a photographer, I’m so intrigued with capturing shots and the magic of photo shop. I have worked with some amazing photographers and Liz Rosa is one of my favourite local photographer. Liz and I get each other, she is a great friend, so talented and on the same page. (Photo credits for many of the pictures included go to Liz Rosa)
BB411~ Who did you admire growing up?
AT~ My inspirations were the late Kevyn Aucoin, Pat McGrath, Scott Barnes and of course and Val Garland who I had the pleasure to work with.
BB411~ Describe your style?
AT~ I like to think my personal style is very simple and chic with a little hip hop and edge. I love wearing black, white and grey and dressing it up with a great bright lip, funky shoes or a unique jacket. I look for inspiration on my own personal style to designers like Alexander Wang , Givenchy, Balmain and Isabel Marant. My weakness is shoes, I’m a sucker for Isabel Marant’s as they are both fashionable and comfortable for long days on set and travel.
BB411~ What are your top brands to work with, what’s in your kit?
AT~ For my clients I love to give them luxury options because they work the best for me on them. A big part for me is for my makeup to last all day for my clients to enjoy it without wearing off, I look a lot for waterproof products…and of course the way you apply it plays a huge factor in the longevity. In my kit you will find a lot of Make Up For Ever (of course as I’m really familiar with the brand), Laura Mercier, Armani, NARS and MAC. I like them all for individual reason. I am always looking to try and experiment with new products.
BB411~ How did working with Carly Rae Jepsen come to be?
AT~ I was scheduled for a photo shoot with Carly through the agency I was with for the “Call Me Maybe” EP. We did the photo shoot with a local photographer who lives in Toronto named Vanessa Heins (she is so cool and sweet). It was just another photo shoot, I was excited to be there, everything was just so easy that day and Carly and I were on the same mind-set and vibe about her looks, it felt like we have been working together for years. After the shoot, her music video for “Call Me Maybe” was scheduled she requested for me to do her make up and hair. She worked her video around me and I was like “let’s make this work”.
BB411~ How did you come to go on the Justin Bieber ”Believe” tour with Carly?
AT~ We did a couple of projects before Justin discovering her (twitter), she would come to my house at 5am to get dolled up. I would always say yes to Carly Rae Jepsen because I saw something in her and knew something big was going to happen. I even remember telling her in one of our sessions “I’m always going to be there for you, you’re going to be a big star”. Though Carly believed in me, I had to prove myself to the label as they had their own team they worked with. But after much hard work I’m doing all the cool gigs, music videos, photo shoots, red carpets…everything that I was hoping to do I’m doing now.
BB411~ What was it like to be a part of the “Believe” tour with Carly Rae Jepsen?
AT~ I was able to go to places that I never thought I would go in a million years. The whole experience in one word was awesome! Travelling, fast-paced, we would go from city to city, shower and go. Traveling gypsies is what I felt we were. I’d have to say working with all the talented people on tour, the dancers, the make up artists, the musicians, the producers, it was such an eye opener because these people are really committed, 1000%. These are the most talented people you can put together, especially at a calibre of Justin Bieber, that kid has a lot of talent. I’m officially a Belieber!
BB411~ What is your favourite Carly Rae Jepsen song?
AT~ “Tonight I’m getting over you”
BB411~ What has been your favourite look you have created for Carly so far?
AT~ I’ve loved every shoot, onset is where I feel the most comfortable in…I’m in my element. We did a huge promo photo shoot in L.A and we nailed down ten outfits. We have been seeing sneak peeks coming out and I would have to say that was my favourite shoot so far. I had so much fun playing with the various hair styles and makeup, very beautiful with a little hipster edge. Our last shot was on a rooftop with the LA sunset and view, quite epic!
BB411~ What is the red lipstick color you rocked on Carly at the European Music Awards?
AT~ Hourglass in “Icon”
BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to work with?
AT~ Obviously Carly, she’s like a sister to me. When me and Carly work together it’s gone from taking 2 hour to get ready to 1 hour. I know how to bang out those looks! We can both see the outfit and think the same thing. Serinda Swan from hot tv show Graceland is also my client, I love creating a bronzy glowy complexion for her. Metric was cool to work with for their music video, I did a glossy smokey eye on Emily and she loved it. Every client is different and has their own image and style they want to portray to the public …it’s great to work with different personalities, keeps my job interesting and inspiring. It’s always great to hear your clients say thank you and how much they love your work.
BB411~ Any Celebrities you have not worked with but would love to?
AT~ Of course, my beauty icons are ~ JLO, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian or any of the sisters. They have their makeup dialled in!
BB411~ Favourite season to create a look for, color wise?
AT~ I’ve never been a trends or seasons girl, I believe you can do whatever you want anytime of the year. But looking at fashion, spring and summer. I feel spring and summer are really fresh and fun, with fall and winter being more dark and sexy. For makeup I love a sexy sultry smokey eye and bright lips, but not together…maybe for a fashion shoot. If I had to choose I’d pick spring and summer for myself with a bright vibrant lip and for my clients the fall looks because they are more challenging.
BB411~ Favourite color?
BB411~ 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their makeup bag?
AT~ A good moisturizer, concealer, eyelash curler, mascara and Dior Lip Glow, it’s a really nice lip balm that I take everywhere with me.
BB411~ What are some tips for creating the perfect smokey eye?
AT~Having a good base, a cream eyeshadow or eye shadow primer. Less is more with this product. Once you have it on your lid you can apply the eyeshadow and it’s not going to fall on your cheeks, this usually creates a huge mess specially when using dark colours . That’s the best smokey eye trick of the trade in my opinion.
BB411~ Top 3 Beauty tricks you have?
AT~ A good pair of lashes, I love to customize them for my clients…it brings a very unique look to my makeup. I am also known for flawless skin on my clients, it’s the #1 thing I take pride in and have been working on for years. I love contouring and highlighting. I mix numerous products to achieve my looks. When someone asks what foundation I used, it’s usually 3 or 4 mixed together. One of my secret weapons is the beauty blender for achieving beautiful skin.
BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?
AT~ Confidence, if you are comfortable with yourself and you have that self-esteem your beauty will shine.
BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?
AT~ Personally, my mother is a big inspiration. Everybody that knows me knows that she is my best friend, we even go on annual vacations together. She’s such an amazing strong business woman, generous and fun. I want to be like her when I grow up. Professionally we are looking at fashion makeup icons like Val Garland (I love her so much), Charlotte Tilbury (another one of my favourite make up artists), Pat McGrath, Alex Boxand the list goes on. With me it’s funny as I have my fashion side and I have my beauty side. Also love Mary Phillips and Hung Vanngo. I love doing pretty makeup but I also like doing artistic, dramatic thought-provoking makeup, I feel it’s healthy to have a balance.
BB411~ What charities are close to your heart or would you like to be more involved with?
AT~ In the past I have been involved in various charities that help woman in need and would like to continue to volunteer my time. I’d like to help women that are getting back on their feet and build their confidence.
BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?
AT~ I have gone to Latin America to do seminars for aspiring makeup artists and industry professionals, to share my experiences and tips and tricks. I love sharing my knowledge, I’m not afraid to give my secrets away. Every artist has their own flare and unique way of artistry, it’s always great to keep learning. I also love going to workshops.
BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you now know (a lesson learned or wisdom gained), what would it be?
AT~ Taking the dive earlier, not being afraid to go for it. Follow your instincts, you only live life once. Make it work, make it happen. Every thing happens for a reason, let it go, don’t stress and move on. Every experience is part of your journey, embrace it!
BB411~ 5 words that best describe you?
AT~ Driven, Passionate, Creative, Dedicated and Patient but I also like to have FUNNNN!
BB411~ Do you have any best kept beauty secrets that have been passed down to you from either your grandmother or mother?
AT~ My mom has always said to take my vitamins and eat healthy. Every time she comes to visit she buys me organic groceries. ALSO coconut oil, I put that on everything and it makes a great body/face moisturizer and eye makeup remover!
BB411~ What is your beauty regime?
AT~ It’s called I’m best friends with my dermatologist (laughs). I’m a pretty simple girl. I love experimenting with products that get given to me, but I always seem to skip back to my Skinceuticals. I take off my eye makeup, wash my face with a gel cleanser and my Clarisonic face brush, dab on a serum that contains lots of minerals and vitamins and then I put on this special moisturizing lotion that my dermatologist created for me. I’ve never had a facial in my life but I love this product called “GlamGlow“, I’m obsessed with it. It’s amazing and I’ve been passing this on to my clients and they have been noticing a difference in their skin.
BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?
AT~ Tinted Lip Balm (Baby Lips by Maybelline or Lip Glow by Dior), blush andCaudalie Beauty Elixir. I carry it with me on the plane and use it on my clients when I’m about to start their makeup. I call it the “Spa Spray”.
BB411~ #1 beauty product that you could not live without?
AT~ For myself, definitely Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash mascara and for my clients, Make Up For Ever’s HD foundation.
BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?
AT~ My mom has been wearing Boucheron perfume ever since I was a little girl. Every time I smell that I think of my mother.
BB411~ What is your favourite fragrance?
AT~ I am such a “perfume whore”, I love Tom Ford scents, JLo, Dior and am currently wearing Vanilla Extreme Comtior Sud Pacifique. It’s so beachy and fresh. I’m also obsessed with Güd by Burt’s Bees body lotions, which Carly is the spokes person for…which we also shot the campaign for.
BB411~ I actually love Justin Bieber’s fragrances, I have worn them and everyone asks what they are. When I tell them it’s his they have a weird reaction. Don’t understand why, it’s just a fragrance?
AT~ I don’t know why, he’s so talented and cute. I have a little crush on him.
BB411~ What is your secret to great hair?
AT~ I don’t color my hair (though I have) and I air dry it always. I also wash it with UNITE (a LA based company), their smoothing shampoo and conditioner is great and smells delicious. When I need a break from product I sometimes will just wash my hair with Johnson’s lavender baby shampoo. For a more beach effect I use Bumble and bumble prep spray first, then the thickening spray and finish with the surf spray.
BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?
AT~ I am obsessed with shoes. Every trip I take, I buy at least four pairs of shoes. It’s a problem (laughs). When I was on tour I skipped the clothing stores and went straight to the shoes. I just love shoes cause they never disappoint you, your feet never lose or gain weight and it’s always a great shoe that completes the outfit!
BB411~ Favourite Designer?
AT~ Isabel Marant (bought 2 pairs when I was in Paris…best shoes I’ve ever bought), Alexander Wang, and the girlie dress up shoes I love Christian Louboutin (but they HURT!).
BB411~ Where do you see yourself in the next 1, 5 and 10 years?
AT~ I never thought I would be on tour with Justin Bieber, before Carly I always said I wanted to be a celebrity makeup artist. So I’m glad this has all evolved towards that. In the near future I see myself living in the states (LA or NYC) and I see myself being a spokesperson for a major make up line (one that I believe in), doing fashion and more collaboration with celebrities.
BB411~ Favourite quote?
AT~ “If you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life” -Confucius
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible” ~Audrey Hepburn
BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?
AT~ Personally I’d like to go back to Peru and visit my family (I haven’t been back in twenty years) and do Machu Picchu. Professional goal is to get an American agent and down the road as mentioned earlier be a spokesperson for a really good makeup line and one day to have my own line. Carly always says I should have my own lip stain line!
BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?
AT~ You have to give it 100% or more in order to make it work, you have to be focused. Everybody says don’t give up and that really is true. I’ve been through so many obstacles and overcome so much. When students came to me for advice I would always say, surround yourself with people who give you good energy and are closer to where you want to be. People that are positive and will help you reach your goals. Use your intuition, you’ll know who’s real and who’s not. I have a small group of friends that I cherish. I’m an emotional person, but I’ve developed a thick skin. I can deal with anything! It’s up to you to how far you want to take it, how much you want to dedicate to this creative career. It will have a lot of ups and downs, but if you stick with it….it’s going to pay off. Doing fashion make up and being on set is therapy for me.
BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
AT~ Hip hop music, it always puts me in a good mood! LOL
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