From everyday morning glow-ups to theatrical looks for Caribbean carnivals, there’s no denying the playful, transformative power of makeup. No one knows this better than Patricia Desamours. Known to her followers as Patricia’s Canvas on Instagram, the jet-setting Haitian-Canadian professional makeup artist has traveled the world to serve up looks on runways, photo shoots and music videos. And she has fully embraced makeup’s chameleon powers, creating a breathtaking diversity of styles, from goth to glam. To up our own makeup game, we spoke more with the pro about her favorite projects, her desert island beauty essentials, and what keeps her inspired as an artist.
What inspired you to become a makeup artist?
I’ve always been artistic, and that side of me flourished with dance performances. Makeup came hand in hand with dance, and soon it became a passion for me. Making people feel beautiful and transforming them really fuels a fire in me creatively that keeps burning
Describe your makeup style.
All sorts. I provide diverse professional services with high quality makeup.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Nature is very inspiring to me.
Most memorial project so far?
Working for Kanye West’s Mary Opera was definitely one of the proudest moments in my career. Also having my work featured in Vogue and Playboy. Most importantly, I’m proud every time I leave a client happy and satisfied.
Favorite makeup look you created so far?
It’s a debate between colorful carnival looks and creating a golden glow look for Roberto Cavalli during Miami fashion week.
Favorite desert island beauty essential.
Tinted lip balm! Though I don’t mind being on an island without any makeup, since I’ll probably be in the ocean most of the time. But I definitely need my lips moisturized with a nice tint to them.
Your style icon?
Missy Elliot. She’s innovative, original, futuristic and has been going strong for over two decades.
Best advice for those interested in becoming a MUA?
Keep your kit clean. Never stop practicing. And find your niche.
How has your Haitian heritage inspired you as a makeup artist?
It inspired me to never hold back, be free and colorful in my creativity
Any exciting projects/collabs in the works?
There’s so much in the work you don’t want to miss it. Follow me on social media to stay up-to-date.