Ryan Straut

When I graduated from pre-school, I was torn between two dream jobs: paleontologist and Spider-Man. My web-slinging abilities never quite panned out, but I never forgot about our friendly neighborhood hero.
As a kid, I found myself inspired by the comic works of Ditko and Kirby. Not only was I mesmerized by the storytelling through pictures and words, but was captivated by the story being told. Peter Parker was an intellectual, fueled by science, who overcame personal and superhuman obstacles thanks to the courage granted by a radioactive bite. While I will always hate spiders, I will always thank Spider-Man for giving me my own courage.
The comics I read inspired me to pursue art and conceptual design. Through this, I was introduced to some talented makeup artists who helped guide me into the fantastic world of special effects.

Where do you get your inspirations?
Which MUA or artists have inspired you, and continue to inspire you on a daily basis?
How long have you been a MUA and how did you start?
What do you like most about the art of makeup?
If you were not a MUA, what would you be doing?
What sets you apart from other MUAs?
What are the three makeup tools you can’t live without?
What is the makeup you are most proud of?
Do you have any advice for those who want to start makeup?
What character do you dream of bringing to life?