Gayle Carbajal is a cruelty free makeup artist with a whole lot of passion, compassion, and talent to boot! Furless recently had the pleasure of interviewing Gayle about her craft, tips on becoming a pro MUA and more:

What inspires you creatively?

I’m a bit of a people-watcher (especially on the subway), and am constantly inspired by those around me. I also pull a lot of inspiration from art, fashion and cinema.

What advice would you give to up and coming MUA’s?

Stay with it, be patient and keep working on your craft.

Why did you choose to become a cruelty free artist?

Before working as a makeup artist, I worked in a Cancer Research Laboratory working with mice. It became so hard to see animals (even the tiny ones) in pain that I eventually had to leave my position. I became a vegetarian and stopped using any products that involved any animal testing because I know first hand that the animals do suffer. When I started as a makeup artist, I built my kit with cruelty-free products.

Are there any drawbacks to being a cruelty free artist?

Sometimes there can be. Clients will sometimes expect you to carry certain products or lines, and of course I don’t if they are not cruelty-free. Luckily, there are some fantastic cruelty-free professional makeup brands, so I haven’t had too much trouble finding fantastic alternatives.

Which job/work are you most proud of?

I’m proud of all my work, but I am the happiest when I can work in different mediums. I love working in print, but I also loved working on TV. I enjoy making people look gorgeous as much as I enjoy dirtying them up.

How do you feel about animal hair brushes vs. synthetic?

I don’t use any animal hair brushes because I don’t trust that companies can honestly ensure that the animals are not harmed or injured. In many cases, companies buy their brushes from manufacturers that get the hair in bulk, and many times from other countries where there are little or no animal welfare laws.

I use all synthetic brushes and they perform beautifully. I’d put them up against animal hair brushes anytime. Other artists are even constantly surprised that my brushes are synthetic.

Portfolio Site: www.gaylecarbajal.com

Cruelty-Free Blog: www.crueltyfreekit.com

Contact details: gaylecarbajal@gmail.com