Brains Behind the Beauty

A behind the scenes look and interview at our Fall 2016 photoshoot through the eyes of makeup artist Shekima Francois.

Q: Where do you draw inspiration from for the UCNY seasonal shoots?

A: Honestly I never see Undra’s designs before I arrive for the shoot.  So I never have any idea of what looks I’m going to do. However, once I see the designs on the model, I automatically see a story and draw my inspiration from there. In each design I say to myself "she's going here in this item and her face looks like this" and it works if Undra and I’s visions connect. 


Q: What products do you believe every woman should have in her makeup collection?

A: A good moisturizer! It doesn't matter how much makeup you own. It will never look good if your skin is not moisturized.

Q: What is the most important beauty/makeup advice that you can give to women?

A: Take care of your skin by investing in good products. I'm not saying go out there and splurge on expensive creams and serums but take the time to nourish your skin from the inside out.  I would also recommend drinking plenty of water.  If you ask any of my friends they will tell you my answer is always "drink water".

Q: What do you love most about the beauty/fashion industry?

A: I love the creativity of it all. I love that in this industry there is no right or wrong way to do things. Expression is art!

Q: Name one beauty product that you can never leave your house without?

A: I don't have one item lol. I must leave with lipstick and my brow pencil!