Urban Decay’s Artiste-in-Residence Amanda Rodriguez Shares Her Top Beauty Buys And More

Cool, fun and gorgeous, Urban Decay’s Amanda Rodriguez is the kind of girl you’d want to be #BFF’s with– as we found out when she dropped by for a chat with us! As Urban Decay’s Artiste-in-Residence, Amanda’s your go-to girl for everything and anything you want to know about the wildly beloved cosmetics brand. Get to know her better here!

 

FEMALE: How did you get your start with Urban Decay?

Amanda: “I started as a makeup artist at Sephora. I was really young and that was my first makeup job. There was an Urban Decay rep that used to come into the store and I remember telling her that I’m going to work for the brand. About six or eight months later, she called and said she wanted to offer me a position. I lost my mind!”

F: When did you realise you had the potential in makeup artistry?

A: “I’ve always been more of the creative type. I used to skip math class and go to the art department to draw and paint. It was between that and loving music. I remember looking at Debbie Harry, Courtney Love or Joan Jett and wanting to emulate their styles. I went to college for a bit and I did great, but I realised that I didn’t want a job that’d make me miserable so I told my parents that I wanted to be an aesthetician. I wanted to get into skincare cos I had cystic acne and I wanted to deal with my skin. When I was in beauty school, my favourite thing to do was to apply lipstick and false lashes to people. And that’s when I realised that this is what I wanted to do.”

F: What does your job as Artist-in-Residence entail?

A: “My job is different every single day. I’m super fortunate that I’m working in the UD HQ – it’s the opposite of a normal office job! There are dogs everywhere and everything’s purple. It’s the only type of office I could ever work in. I’m in product development so I work really closely with our founder Wende Zomnir. Discussing things that are on trend is a small part of my job. It could be a band that I’m currently into or a strong female that’s doing something in the world that I would think maybe embodying what the brand is doing. I also work closely with social media and marketing and have close relationships with other professional makeup artists and influencers. And obviously travelling. It’s really kind of awesome; it doesn’t feel like a job!”

F: What’s a typical day off like for you?

A: “I live in Long Beach, California. It’s a beach town that’s laidback and cool. I have a tiny, two-year-old black pug named Agent Fox Mulder. It’s cos I love the X-Files and he’s like a li’l alien. He’s super personable and fun. I ride my bike and spend time with my friends. I go vintage shopping. I love seeing girl bands. There’s a ton of diversity in Los Angeles, especially when it comes to eating. Most of all, I appreciate the sunny weather so much because I grew up in New York.”

Agent Fox Mulder, reporting for duty!

F: What would be your essential picks from the brand?

A: “The Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It’s one of the first products I ever purchased from Urban Decay. It was super innovative then and still is today! Second is the Razorsharp Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion. I’m a cat-eye girl; I love wearing liner and love how precise its brush is. Next is the Vice Lipstick in shade 714. I really appreciate a matte red lip.  Even though I love glitter and I love blue eyeshadow and covered in tattoos, I’d pick these classics cos I can’t live without ‘em. And not forgetting, the gorgeous Naked Heat palette. It’s dangerous, sultry and unapologetic and trendy; everyone is really going for this warm, burnt-ish type of look and it’s cool to have those shades that in one place.”

URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW PRIMER POTION, RM95

RAZORSHARP LIQUID LINER IN PERVERSION, RM90

VICE LIPSTICK IN 714, RM75

NAKED HEAT PALETTE, RM230

From the print edition. Original text by Sarah Hani Jamil.