The Make Up Artistry of Francie Luxe


Curated by TeeHauteMag




Francie Tomalonis is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas.
After attending Parsons New School of Design in New York for fine arts, she moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and began to study makeup and skincare esthetics. Years later, she is now actively doing makeup and hair in commercial, editorial, video and celebrity work.

Francie infuses her knowledge of fine arts and beauty to bring a unique creative touch to her job. Her work has been featured in Refinery29, Vogue Arabia, Schon, Elle SA,  American Salon, Milk, Healthy Living and working with clients like Acura, Top Dawg Entertainment, Sony Music, Popsugar, and Beautycon.

Francie is a highly dedicated artist, and she thoroughly enjoys working in this industry. She prides herself on being prompt, precise and communicative with clients. She looks forward to working with you in the future!  Francie took time out to speak with Haute Is Online about beauty, art and her take on the industry.


Q. You’re living in LA & working on numerous sets, what would you like to be known most for as you continue to grow within the makeup industry?
A. I would love to be known for being someone who has a unique perspective on beauty. A master of combining art & color on the face.

Q. What made you decide on makeup artistry, why faces & not canvases?
A. I studied painting and fine arts in grade school and went to Parsons thinking I would study fashion. When I got into college I realized fashion wasn't for me, I moved into fine arts, but that didn't fit me either. After moving to Los Angeles, I discovered I could go to school for makeup. That's when everything clicked. I get to work on editorials, along with artists & creatives daily, being a makeup artist seems like the perfect mash-up of fine arts and fashion! Faces will always inspire me; everyone is so different. I find everything about a face attractive, skin tone, undertone, eye shape, brow shape, hair color.. etc. To me, it inspires me more than always starting on a blank canvas like a painting.

Q. How much does Social Media play a part in your brand?
A. The only social media I use for my brand is Instagram. I do not have a large following, but I do get work from it. I keep my Instagram clean, and I make sure my makeup work is presented overtly on it.

Q. What’s your dream job and dream client?
A. I'd love to work closely with a musician like Fka Twigs or Rihanna, girls who like to get wild and creative with their beauty and fashion choices! I also aspire to do big beauty campaigns, what Peter Philips does for Dior Beauty is perfection to me. He brings an artistic touch to the makeup he does for their advertisements.

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Beauty Images by Mandy Stoller | www.mandystoller.com

Photography | Mandy Stoller | www.mandystoller.com | IG @MandyStoller

Creative Direction | TeeHauteMag | Robere Lett

MUAH | Francie Tomalonis | www.francieluxe.com | IG @FrancieLuxe

Models: Nicole | Guetcha | Angel

Q. What was your inspiration behind the images above?
A. Where to go for creative inspiration when setting new makeup trends?
I choose colors and shapes based on their eye shape, facial shape and skin tone. The colors are bright, but they are not awkward, they work with each girl as an accessory. I see a lot of bold colors in fashion lately and in makeup. It's all about self-expression. Also, I love to keep the skin dewy, and the brows brushed up for a fresh look. I love looking at a model and pulling inspiration from her!
I also think a great way to find inspiration is nature or fine artists. You can see some exciting color patterns and shapes that way.

Q. How did you get into the makeup industry & how hard was it?
A. While I was in makeup school, I started assisting an agency artist who exposed me early on to the industries in and outs. This industry is very competitive. It is essential to be professional and always push yourself to be better, do your research, and stay updated on new products and trends. It takes years to start getting well-paying jobs. You can't give up. You have to keep going.

Q. What are your top 5 makeup brands & must-have products?
A. I love Charlotte Tilbury, Shu Uemura, Hourglass, Dior & Koh Gen Do.
Some of my favorite products right now are Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Filter Foundation & Magic Cream. Another must have a good sheet mask. I love to get them on www.glowrecipe.com along with a hydrating toner. Apply 3-5 layers of hydrating toner for the perfect bounce to your skin! It's one of my most significant beauty recommendations.



On Nicole (Look 1)

Skin: Charlotte Tilbury Instant Filter Foundation in Fair
Eyes: Kryolan UV pink Aqua Colour
Lips: Lorac Alter Ego lip gloss in Socialite
Highlight: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand


On Guetcha (Look 2)

Skin: Black Up Full Coverage Cream Foundation in HC 15
Eyes: Vise Art Editorial Brights EyeShadow Palette
Lips: Maybelline Super Stay Matte Lip Ink in " Fighter "
Highlight: Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlight in " Topaz"


On Angel (Look 3)

Highlight: Colour Pop super shock highlighter in "Lunchbox"

Skin: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in #143
Eyes: Kryolan UV orange aqua colour

Cheeks: Nars matte multiple in " Siam "
Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in "Seduction"
Highlight: Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlight in " Topaz"





RED ROUGE www.dior.com

Giorgio Armani  Ecstasy Lacquer Lip Gloss/0.2 oz.  www.saksfifthavenue.com

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer Lip Gloss/0.2 oz. www.saksfifthavenue.com



For lips that soar… never doubt the importance of a bold red lip!

RIMMEL’S KATE MOSS INSPIRED RED.  www.rimmellondon.com

RIMMEL’S KATE MOSS INSPIRED RED. www.rimmellondon.com

MAC MAKES RED SPARKLE.  www.maccosmetics.com

MAC MAKES RED SPARKLE. www.maccosmetics.com