The make-up artist of celebrities

The make-up artist of celebrities

James Kaliardos is a make-up artist and an entrepreneur. He is called the make-up artist of celebrities, as he has worked with Madonna, Lady GaGa, Julianne Moore, Beyonce, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker and many more.

He is the official pro makeup artist for L’Oréal Paris and a lead artist for M.A.C Cosmetics. He co-founded the exclusive concept magazine Visionaire in 1991 and the V magazine.

Kaliardos was born in Detroit and his father is from Greece. He moved to New York when he was 17 years old and got accepted to the summer program of New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design where he studied history of art, design, photography, theatre and cinema.

He started working for Details magazine, a free-spirited downtown magazine. Stephen Gan was also working there as the fashion director. With him and Cecilia Dean, all three co-founded the Visionaire magazine in 1991. Always inspired, its visionary creators unveiled a bi-monthly magazine, “V” in 1999 covering both fashion and culture at the same time, with a broad distribution and fresh format.

His work is legendary within the industry as he works backstage across all the international fashion weeks. He is a famed creative talent on some of fashion’s biggest shoots.

James Kaliardos has worked with Ellen von Unwerth, the Stevens Klein and Meisel, as well the late, great and legendary photographers Irving Penn and Richard Avedon.

In 1996, Kaliardos created “The Innocent Theatre Company”, a theatre company based in New York, which produced both new works and reworkings of classic performances with a touch of art and fashion.