Tatcha is what it is today largely because of a handful of people who believed in us and shared our love for beauty born from time tested tradition.
Daniel Martin was one of these angels, a supporter who saw what we were trying to bring to the world, championing our cause from our earliest day and becoming a lifelong friend in the process.
As a celebrated editorial makeup artist, he is on speed-dial for the world’s top beauty editors, dressing the faces that grace magazine covers every day, creating the looks on the world's top runways and inspiring many of his friends and colleagues (myself included) daily.
He is, in fact, the inspiration for one of the newest additions to our collection: the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum. Daniel reached out to tell me that he loves the firming, plumping qualities of our Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask, but there were times when he didn't have 15 minutes to prep the skin before applying makeup on his famous faces. Instead, he asked, could we somehow bottle it? And that was when the Luminous lightbulb went on.
I am honored to call Daniel a friend, and delighted to share some of his beauty secrets.
Q: When painting a face, you begin with a blank canvas. What inspires you?
A: Depending on the occasion or shoot, inspiration can come from something I just read or something I saw on Instagram. That's the beauty of makeup—it's open and endless! And if you mess up, you wipe it clean and start over again.
Q: What items do you always have with you to get red-carpet ready?
A: Besides my suitcase full of makeup, skincare, my arsenal of brushes, japanese table-setting cloth and my black velour velvet face puffs from Spain.
Q: There is a dizzying world of skincare and beauty products available. How do you keep your routine simple?
A: For me, it's about balance and toning when it comes to skincare. I need the skin to be at its best before makeup so that it will affect the longevity of whatever I put on top of the skin.
Q: How do you incorporate the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum into your red-carpet ritual?
A: The humectants in the Deep Hydration Lifting Serum act as a magnet or binder to the foundation I put on top of it. This moisturizes the skin underneath while locking down the foundation and melding it for long wear.
Q: The women you work with are busy ladies—just like the geisha. What are your secrets for gorgeous skin in minutes?
A: The key to gorgeous skin in minutes is to even out the complexion with a proper skincare regimen and use either foundation or concealer on areas of the face that need more coverage. This cuts your time in half once you have your skincare rituals down...
Q: What is one thing that anyone can do to be their most beautiful selves?
A: One doesn't need a full face of makeup to look beautiful. You should approach makeup as an accessory rather than look at it as something you need. You will gain this kind of confidence as soon as you're comfortable not having anything on your face but your skincare. Trust!
Q: You regularly work with some of the most beautiful women in the world. How does that shape your definition of beauty?
A: Like the saying goes, "beauty is only skin deep…" What I find beautiful is the confidence women have when they don't wear a lot of makeup. For an actress, wearing all that makeup is part of the job so on their down time, most aren't wearing it. It takes a confident woman to not leave the house with makeup on and to me that's admirable.