Alphonse Wiebelt: Makeup Artist and Creative Director
From editorial to runway, Co-Founder of MUSE BEAUTY – Alphonse Wiebelt has a rooted history in the “art of makeup.” Working with legends Pat McGrath & Kevyn Aucoin, his career grew to product & education development for leading cosmetic companies. His 20+ years of industry experience & knowledge offers a vast background ideal for makeup artists & beauty entrepreneurs. As creator of ESUM Brushes, his hands-on approach to makeup education is driven by the fine art of professional tools & medium. As Creative Director, he is currently working on the second phase for esum, the next collection for VISEART Paris and a direct to consumer, lifestyle line of products for LA MIENNE. His mission for MUSE BEAUTY is to build credibility & opportunities for professional makeup artists in all genres of the industry & inspire all to be their best. He’s also an all-around great guy and good friend. We are thrilled he made time to be the first subject of our 10 Questions.
MY BOY- Sparky an English Bullie.
What was the last concert you went to and how did you do your hair and makeup. What did you wear?
I saw the amazing Grace Jones last summer. I went easy on the war paint as to not upstage Ms. Jones, but was in code – black on black.
I firmly support indulgence in every way – everyday, but I get particularly weak over a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
What is the most non-traditional tool or product you used on a job (any job)?
Sulfur from a match for eyebrows. It’s a long story involving a basement nightclub in Alphabet City and RuPaul…
If you won the lottery, how would you like to spend most of your time, excluding travel?
I would buy a house along the Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam and spend my time painting, gardening and just hanging with Hermann and our boy.
What was your worst faux pas on a job and how did you recover?
I had lipstick and makeup on the back of my hand which ended up on an expensive white dress. A total disaster. The dress was on loan from a showroom and the stylist had a heavy cockney accent. I could barely understand what she was yelling at me, but I know it was not nice. There was no recovering from it, I never worked with that team again. Now, I never use the back of my hands when I work.
App that changed your life?
It’s a toss-up between Shazam for capturing music and Soulcycle. I love how it sends me a text when it’s 5 minutes to booking time.
What would be your dream job or client and why?
I always say that I am very grateful to do what I love. I have had a great career for 20+ years. Not all aspects are always a joy, but it all balances out. So if I could do something in addition too – maybe a DJ would be fun!
Have you ever had an “only in New York experience” and what was it?
I moved to New York when I was 21 and lived there for 16 years. It seemed as if each day was an “only in New York” experience- it never got old. In 1993, Gaultier showed a collection inspired by the traditional clothing of Hasidic Jews and my friend, Dominique, and I were obsessed but could not afford any of it. So we went to the lower east side of Manhattan on a mission to find the real stuff. We followed every Hasidic man around until finally we saw one gentleman go into a small clothing shop. We thought we would just walk in and shop. I was expecting Yentl on a rack. Needless to say, we were not even invited in.
Do you have a hidden talent / superpower?
I have very colorful dreams and often they come true. Nothing tragic, usually just beautiful moments, so maybe I can see a bit into the future.