Maddox has been in the beauty industry for over 23 years, making his way into becoming one of the most talented and versatile MUA of his generation!
Give us a little more information about you, your background and your career journey
Maddox: I’ve been in beauty for over 23 years, beginning with retail when I was 15, gradually establishing a freelance career in fashion and editorial as well as film, and now have gained credentials as an Educator and on-air personality. I attended Art School my whole young adult life, where Make-up found me* not the other way around. Bridging the sensitivities applied to my fine art projects to three dimensional canvases like a models face came naturally to me.
Whom do you draw your inspiration from today?
These days inspiration is all around. I find it most in my surroundings like the patterns of bricks on the wall of a building, the texture in the afternoon over cast skies, the colours of every meal I eat…I tend to turn towards things* around me rather than people.
You promote a strong sense of self-expression, what empowers you to remain true to yourself?
My mother, like other strong women in my life, taught me to listen to everyone’s unique voice; my own included. My journey thus far has proven to me the one and only constant is my own truth, and when I stay true to myself, I will always be my most authentic and fulfilled.
Through your journey, what barriers or challenges did you have to face, and how did you overcome these barriers?
My share of obstacles included overcoming homophobia, persevering through the stigma of ending up as a starving artist, conquering my own self doubt and fear of inadequacy, and continuing to develop my skills for personal growth.
What would you say to aspiring makeup artists starting out?
Firstly, never stop looking for your own voice; and once found, don’t stop listening to it. Your message is unique to you, which means no one else can bring to the table what you have to offer as long as you remain authentic. Secondly, have an open heart and open mind. I’ve seen unprecedented evolution in this colourful industry, and it continues to blossom. The only way to keep up with it is to embrace its everchanging form. Lastly, have fun. Always make time to experiment for your own benefit. Techniques, recipes, and a unique signature touch only come from repeatedly exercising your muscle memory. Don’t take EVERYTHING so seriously, allow yourself to create work that’s simply for the sake of discovering something new.
You are a bit of a foodie, what is your MUST go to restaurant in Toronto?
Miku for Japanese, Pukka for Indian, Sabai Sabai for Thai, Planta Yorkville for Vegan
Are you more:
Saturday night cuddled up on the couch or go out and enjoy the city?
Beach or hiking?
Reading or Netflix?
Entrée or dessert?
Want to know more about Maddox, you can go check his work on Instagram !