Fabiola Arancibia, Celebrity Makeup Artist: A tFS Exclusive Interview

Fabiola Arancibia is the type of makeup artist that you want to have on speed dial. I’ve seen her work first-hand, and she’s a genius. She also happens to be the makeup artist of choice to girls like January JonesAmanda SeyfriedDemi MooreMaggie QMinka Kelly, and Jessica Stam. Fabiola started her career as a graphic designer and online editor before making the switch to makeup. Lucky us!

We recently sat down with Fabiola to find out everything from how she got her start to her favorite beauty products.

FIRST BIG BREAK: I had always loved fashion and makeup and, in 2000, a director friend in Los Angeles who knew I wanted to pursue makeup as a career, asked me if I would do the hair, makeup, and styling for four commercials back-to-back. I quit my job at a post facility and threw myself into this project and never looked back, gradually building a clientele through recommendations. I moved to NYC in 2002 to assist editorial makeup artists whose work I admired in fashion magazines and runway collections. In 2003, I was lucky enough to get signed with The Wallgroup Agency which has been my home for the last seven years, taking me all over the globe for shoots and celebrity clients.



1. Tata Harper Skin Care. I think it’s important to start with great skin care. I recently came across Tata Harper’s 100% organic skin care line and was fortunate enough to get a mini-facial from Tata herself; my skin never looked more radiant! I really love the toner, serum, moisturizer, and replenishing nutrient complex. This package is a great skin booster that works fantastically before a red carpet or any other event!  

2. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick. I love the texture and highly pigmented colors of these lipsticks that really last. Satin Raspberry Red is my favorite for Fall!  

3. NARS Multiple in Maui. For a perfect healthy glow on the cheeks.  

4. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer foundations. I use these as concealers – they offer a great range of color, and a little goes a long way!  

5. Lisa Hoffman‘s Lip Balm. My secret weapon for beautiful silky lips. 

FAVORITE LOOK YOU’VE EVER CREATED: Working with Raymond Meier in Dubai for T Magazine. The look was Fellini eyebrows with a bright orange lip and bronzed skin. The challenge was to do this while shooting outdoors in 110+ degree blazing sun while keeping the skin flawless. The story turned out great and is still one of my favorite shoots.