Rumiko Ikeda Harris

Started in 1997

About The Artist

Senior Artist Rumiko Ikeda Harris

lives and works in Tokyo, Japan where she studied business before becoming a professional makeup artist. A devoted M·A·C fan from the beginning, she credits its “cutting edge style and approach” for fuelling her love of makeup. Having worked previously for Anna Sui cosmetics, Harris joined M·A·C in order to “take her career to the next level.” Here she tells us about working across fashion shows and editorials while explaining why makeup should be considered a form of art.

Friends in High Places

“The highlight of my career so far is participating in the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in my hometown of Athens! A M·A·C team of 45 Makeup Artists from all over the world executed the look of 350 artists, dancers, performers, athletes, volunteers and VIPs. The team was amazing, the atmosphere was very emotional and even though we were working for 18 hours, no one complained. I remember everyone in the end hugging and crying for the honour of having contributed to such a prestigious event!

The Artist

“I really enjoy the process of applying makeup on delicate skin to create art. Iconic makeup artists such as Gordon Espinet, Terry Barber, Tom Pecheux and Kabuki all inspire me. In fact, I was lucky enough to assist Kabuki when I was younger. My own style focuses on the colours of nature and my main source of inspiration comes from the paintings I see in galleries.”

Back to Basics

“I am a tomboy at heart. I love black and I love doing things differently. That rebellious streak creates new, exciting work. I believe in getting the basics right. Everyone should own M•A•C’s Lip Conditioner, a Studio Conceal and Correct Palette and Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Depending on the weather and health condition, the skin will always be different, so it’s important to choose the right skin care product and develop facial massage skills.”

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