I have returned with another interview! Today I have an interview from Niamh from Tilt/Shift Cosmetics. Please enjoy!
Where are you from? I love your accent!
I’m from Nottingham, England! But I’ve lived in America for most of my life now, although I do get to visit often!
I would love to be able to visit England one day. England and Scotland.
When and why did you start Tilt/Shift Cosmetics?
Tilt/Shift was started about 9 months ago now, and I did it because I was growing tired of being a waitress, despite loving the place I worked it’s not something you want to do forever.
I also around the same time stopped taking photos for money because I was being taken advantage of a lot, as is the problem with lots of visual artists, so I decided to put my creativity into something tangible, and makeup is something I’ve loved since I was about 14, so it was a natural choice!
Aw I’m sorry to hear that. That’s awful. I’m glad you started Tilt/Shift though!
How did you come up for the name for Tilt/Shift Cosmetics?
I’ve been taking photos since I was about 10 years old, and until I was about 19-20 it was the love of my life. Tilt/Shift is a type of lens used in photography that creates a really interesting and beautiful effect, I wanted to marry my two loves, hence the name!
What was the first product you made and do you currently still sell it?
The first product I ever made was Chaos, a lilac lipstick, and it’s still one of my favourites! I don’t sell it now but I’d like to try to remake it with the reformulation of my lipsticks.
Oh I would love to see you remake it.
How do you choose the name and colors for your products?
Originally T/S was all space themed, but to be honest I’m kid of branching away from that a bit. I think I’d like to go in a different direction and start taking things which really inspire me and create based off those.
Last night I had a creative surge and started designing packaging and shadows based on my favourite poet’s works!
Oh that’s really awesome to hear. I hope you don’t stop doing space themes altogether though!
Where do you make your products?
I have a separate room in my house dedicated to T/S things! I create in there and print/come up with ideas in my office, which I share with my husband. I feel very lucky to have a space where I can feel creative! I also feel lucky that I have so many things from my photography work which really help when it comes to Tilt/Shift.
What sizes do you offer for all of your products?
I offer samples which are the standard 1/8th tsp. and full sizes which are 5 grams. I’m currently switching to no sifters so I’ll be shrink-wrapping! Yayy so professional!
Will you be making any new products in the future? New collections?
I’m still working on my lipsticks, but I’m SO close. There’s one more thing I have to order in a bigger size and then I can actually start coming up with the colours!
Right now I am really taken by the idea of doing a collection based on my favourite poet, and kind of moving the brand more toward the direction of things I love which other people may love as well, making it more personal to me and hopefully more unique.
Yessss! Lipsticks! MORE LIPSTICKS!
Is making eyeshadow and lipstick your only job?
T/S is my full time job, which I’m very lucky for, but I do model on the side sometimes, mostly so I can have more money to make more pretty things! Haha!
What would you recommend for new customers to try?
My new X-Files collection coming out on the 31st. There are a handful of colours in it that I’m especially proud of: Smokey Man, Bad Blood, Boyish Agility, and Mr. X namely. Also Hot Toddy! I’ve been wearing that colour a lot, I really like it!
Would product would you say best represents your company as a whole? And why?
I’m not sure that I could pick one product, I think as a whole I’d like T/S to be seen as a creative and unique brand, which still doesn’t sacrifice a good balance of different shades, and classic colours.
Have you had new colors/products go so awry you just trash them?
Yes, haha, but never ones that I’ve already released! There’s a plastic bag full of smaller plastic bags which contain eyeshadow failures.
I also have a drawer of shades which are pretty but don’t fit into the collection, sometimes I dive in there and see if there’s something which catches my eye for a new collection!
What is your favorite product from your company?
I honestly can’t pick a favourite, they are all my babies! But currently I’ve been loving Vulcan! I’ve been digging neutrals lately, especially the reddish brownish 90’s neutrals. Mmm.
What’s your favorite cosmetic product from another company?
Oh man. I’ve been on a super perfume kick lately but as far as cosmetics go I love Blackbird’s Green Magic Trick powder, Hello Waffle’s Golden Veil highlight and Sweet Tea blush, Beauty Bar Baby‘s Black Gel Liner, Shiro’s Baker’s Boy and Hodor eyeshadows.
Right now though, my favourite has been AFK’s The Thorn’s Embrace tinted balm. It’s the colour I’ve been wearing almost every day for the last month. It’s such a beautiful 90’s brown/red/neutral colour and I can build it up for a dramatic lip or sheer it out for a MLBB tint. The colour is so hot right now! I love it.
Also Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone. Not indie but good god the hype is REAL.
I want to try Hello Waffle’s Golden Veil highlight just because of you!
What’s your favorite color?
BLACK. GRAY. I can’t think of the last time I didn’t wear all black. I also like deep, earthy greens.
Do you have any pets?
I have three, all boys!
An incredibly sweet and loving dog, Booker (named after the Bioshock Infinite character), who is a German Shepherd/Carolina Dingo mix. Yes. Dingo. He was found on the side of the road howling at all of the cars and was taken in by an amazing foster mum, Laura, who then reluctantly let us have him, haha. He still sees her often though!
Dexter, a Tabby cat named after the TV show serial killer because when we first got him he liked to bite. Hard. When we first walked into the “kitten room” at the SPCA he ran up to us and climbed all the way up to sit on our heads. He chose us, haha! He only loves me and my husband, which I secretly like. We get all of his snuggles and sweetness to ourselves!
And Odin, a long furred grey and white tuxedo/tabby/I don’t know, who is the sweetest, dumbest, most vocal little boy. We had less than 5 minutes to pick a new cat before the SPCA closed and we went for him, we couldn’t have made a better choice.
Aww lots of fluffies! Mochi happened to choose me too.
What do you do in your spare time?
Play video games, take photos, cook, lift weights, and sing. LOTS of bad singing, pretty much for all of my waking hours. I feel bad for my neighbors.
Do you have any hobbies?
I’m trying to learn guitar and build the confidence to write songs. Guitar is actually going well! Writing not so much. Haha. I’m too much of a perfectionist so I write the first line and I’m like “that’s dumb” and I give up. This has been a daily occurrence for the past few weeks now.
That’s cool. I always wish I had learned an instrument!
What’s your favorite season and why?
I used to be a Fall/Winter person. But I’ve lived around Charleston for 9 years now and nothing beats a Summer here. I’ve gotten so used to it I don’t think I could live anywhere else now.
Would you rather be a bat or crow? And Why?
A crow, because they’re badass and beautiful and haunting all at once. Plus I love their call, so creepy!
Ee. I love their call and the noises they make.
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