The man behind the make up, Sergio Escalona, a brilliant free spirit with a plethora of ideas. The first time I visited L’atelier De ArtOnIt is was full of supporters as Sergio and artist Elizabeth Hinson Wolever launched the Winter 2015|Spring 2016 collection. This time around I was able to get them all to myself for great conversation and an “outside of the box” personalized makeup session with Sergio. I adore how Elizabeth got her inspiration to design the Les Chats de Ballet Noel compact. Check it out❤️
The Story: Most of my inspiration for “Les Chats de Ballet Noel” comes from memories of my childhood. Ever since the first time I watched professional ballerinas dance in The Nutcracker, I wanted to do the same. I fell in love with the music, magical scenery, and costumes. My best friend and I auditioned with the Houston Ballet Academy as young children, and were both accepted. After auditioning for The Nutcracker and not making it, I was disappointed, but quickly got over it and turned my energy toward art and music. I still love ballet, and have a huge nutcracker collection, but art is now my true passion! The holidays always remind me of wanting to be in the Nutcracker as a child, and the music reminds me of practicing in the ballet studio with my dear best friend. Last holiday season I created “Les Chats de Ballet Noel” as I was listening to music from The Nutcracker. Of course I had to make the main subject my cat character, inspired by my cat Einstein, and I’m supposed to be the cat in the middle that is turning the wrong direction! Meow! ~EHW
Located at 3000 Sage near the Galleria, L’atelier De ArtOnIt is a beautiful, bright, clean, inviting space. Quite frankly it was hard to leave. It would have been so easy to hang around there all day. Sergio even showed us an awesome painting that he has been working on. If I’m working creatively on something, having the right space, light, and energy makes or breaks my level of productivity. It’s no wonder that Sergio can create amazing makeup looks and paintings there.
We decided on doing a dual look to play around with both palettes that Elizabeth selected and designed. It was a fun idea that enabled us to see the color combinations and possibilities of both palettes. Plus, how often do you get to have two different looks on your face. Lol So many people asked me questions, gave me smiles, and great feedback on both looks as I went about my day as “two face”. Check out all the fun we had! Enjoy!