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Gilbert Soliz is a Global Makeup Artist for Marc Jacobs Beauty and an internationally recognized beauty expert.

In his role with Marc Jacobs Beauty, he works to recreate the designer’s vision into beauty looks for women all over the world.

During his years in the industry, he has worked alongside legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath as well as top fashion designers. His work has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and V Magazine, and he has spent eight years with the Sephora Pro Team, serving as its lead artist for five years.

THE MUZE recently caught up with the talented jet-setter to talk all things glamour, skincare, and his must-have beauty buys.

How did you get your start in the make-up artistry business and why did you decide to pursue it as a full-time career?
I was born with it in my DNA. Both of my parents do hair for a living. At 19, I landed my first job at M.A.C., but growing up in a small city in California I knew I had to make my way to a bigger city. So I packed my bags and headed to Los Angeles where I started to freelance and began working on America’s Next Top Model as a make-up artist.

What’s the make-up aesthetic you’re most well known for?
Clean and graphic.

How would you describe your personal make-up style?
Aspirational. I love creating colorful, glamorous looks.

What do you like to splurge on?
Skincare! I’m always on the hunt for new and innovative products.

What inspires you to create statement make-up looks for your celebrity clients?
I like to consider the client's personality, their body of their work, what they’re wearing, and where they’re going. Most of the magic happens when the client is in my chair. Their features really indicate where you can take the make-up.

What has been the most surreal moment for you?
I’m so grateful to have had a few of those moments that have become major career landmarks for me. Doing couture shows with Pat McGrath in Paris when I was 25, landing a Sephora Beauty Campaign and seeing my work in the windows of their stores, doing Kylie Minogue's make-up for the Met Gala, and Mariah Carey's make-up at her house in New York. 

Who was your first celebrity client and how did you land him/her?
Lindsey Lohan. We were out in the Bahamas for Michael Jordan’s celebrity golf tournament and my agent at the time rang me up last minute. Lindsey was going to make an appearance at a new resort and needed her make-up done. After working with her in the Bahamas we continued to work together in LA.

Fave make-up brand and why?
Marc Jacobs Beauty. I love the color profusion and the packaging but most of all I love the philosophy behind the brand.

What are the three tools in your make up kit that you just can’t live without?Eyelash curler, tweezers, beauty blender.

What is your current make-up obsession?
I really love the whole Korean make-up craze, from the formulas to the cute packaging. I can’t get enough. 

What was your first job?
I swept hair and cleaned my parent’s salon when I was 14. I got paid $20 a week. My first professional job was at Macy's where I was an artist for M.A.C.

What is your must-have beauty product?
Highliner Waterproof Eye Crayon by Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Do you have a secret make-up how-to tip for us?
When in doubt start by applying your mascara first, this allows you to get a different perspective on placement. 

Do you have any hobbies?
I cycle and swim. I recently participated in Lavaman, a triathlon in Hawaii.  

What's your favorite product in your make-up kit?
Too many to name, but I love beauty blenders. They're such a game changer and I can’t live without my Kevin Aucoin eyelash curler.

Who's your style icon?
Growing up it was all about the blond bombshells like Catherine Deneuve and Madonna. Anyone who embodied sexy, subtle eroticism, or hyper femininity.

What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
My mom always told me: “If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done." My dad on the other hand tells me: “No one else knows what they’re doing either!”

What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?
I’m the eldest of six, I love to nurture, and I love teaching children.          

If you could paint one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Whitney Houston. Her voice was one of the world’s best. I loved her as a kid and her features were so symmetric.

Favorite quote?
Makeup is ART, beauty is spirit.

The Quick 5:

Cappuccino or latte?

Club or bar?

Matte lip or glossy?

To contour or not to contour?

Pizza or Mac ’n Cheese?

Check out Gilbert's website HERE and follow him on Instagram HERE.


  • Posted on by JJ Dubon

    Gilbert was my first make up artist at 17. 14 years later he is still the best I’ve worked with.

  • Posted on by Dre

    Gilbert is such an amazing artist! I’ve been lucky enough to have met him and learn from him, and he is truly such an inspiration!!

  • Posted on by Dre

    Gilbert is such an amazing artist! I’ve been lucky enough to have met him and learn from him, and he is truly such an inspiration!!

  • Posted on by Alexandria Soliz


  • Posted on by Melissa moreno

    What a marvelous glowing review-this guy going to be famous !

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