Celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist, Jacob Aguirre is a living testament to following your bliss. His soft-spoken demeanor and incredible desire to help people look and feel their best is a defining character trait that sets him apart from many. Between his busy travel and work schedule, we took a closer look at his life and what makes him come alive.
Paul Mitchell: How did you get your start as a hairstylist and makeup artist?
Jacob Aguirre: I have to say my grandmother was my first hair and makeup client. I would travel with her as a kid and she would have me help her get ready in the morning. Professionally, it was years later that through photography I realized I had a passion for hair and makeup. I began doing the hair and makeup for the photo shoots I was working on. My career gradually blossomed from that passion.
PM: What has been the most defining moment in your career?
JA: The most defining moment in my career was having the opportunity to key the hair team for Mercedes-Benz fashion week last February during NYFW. I had a great team and we worked with several awesome designers to bring their visions to life.
PM: We know you do a lot of photo shoots. Does one stand out over the rest? Where was it? Why was it so memorable?
JA: This September, I worked on a fashion editorial in London at Regent's Park. The park gardens are stunning with bright colored flowers and fountains. I'm so thankful that I get to work in such beautiful places! Another shoot that comes to mind was a Frontiers magazine cover that I worked on with Kat Laskey. It was my first time working with photographer Giuliano Bekor and there were several actors on the cover, including Natasha Lyonne and Sasha Pieterse who were so fun to work with. It was then I really knew that I wanted to do this type of work every day!
PM: What hairstyles are you most looking forward to seeing this awards season?
JA: This award season I'm looking forward to seeing romantic and effortless buns. I think they are sexy and beautiful. I also love a sleek ponytail; they're classic and timeless.
PM: Imagine this: It’s the night of the Oscars and you’ve been selected to style one celebrity for the night. Who would it be and what Paul Mitchell® products would you bring along?
JA: Charlize Theron. I would definitely bring my Neuro® styling tools, Hot Off The Press®, Super Skinny® Serum, Hold Me Tight™ and Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Shine Spray™ to create the perfect look for Charlize.
PM: Do you have any makeup or hair tips for a glamorous night on the town (or a glamorous night in watching the awards shows)?
JA: I think that having beautiful, healthy hair and skin is so important. I would recommend using a deep conditioner and a facial mask the night before. I love the Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Keratin Intensive Treatment® or the Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment®. If you're going out on the town, be bold and try a red lip. You can keep the eye makeup subtle and keep the lip as the center of attention.
PM: What Paul Mitchell® products are always stocked in your kit? Tools?
JA: My kit never leaves the house without being stocked with a few essential products which include: Hot Off The Press®, Super Skinny® Serum, Worked Up®, Hold Me Tight™, Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Texturizing Sea Spray® and MITCH® Reformer® and Steady Grip® for the gentlemen. The tools I carry are my Express Ion Unclipped 3-in-1, Express Ion Smooth®+ and Neuro® Dry. With these awesome tools and products in my kit, I can achieve any style!
PM: How would you describe your personal style?
JA: Classic and effortless.
PM: What Paul Mitchell products do you use daily?
JA: Personally, I use either MirrorSmooth® Shampoo or Heavy Hitter®, followed by Extra-Body Daily Rinse® or MirrorSmooth Conditioner. In my kit, I'd have to say Hot Off The Press and Worked Up get used regularly.
PM: Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t a makeup artist/hairstylist, I would be a _________________________.
JA: I really love the work that I do but if I HAD to choose something else I'd say I would want to be a Philanthropist. I really enjoy helping others. I think being able to travel the world and help those in need would be ideal for me.
PM: What do you love most about being a Paul Mitchell Insider?
JA: I love being an Insider for so many reasons! The first thing that comes to mind is being part of a brand that does so much to give back. Through Paul Mitchell’s culture of giving they support important causes such as breast & ovarian cancer awareness, and the Boys and Girls Club and through campaigns like #GivingIsMyStyle, Paul Mitchell shows that giving can be easier than you think! I also love getting to try out amazing new products and share my experiences with my social media network.
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