FRIENDS OF SIX EDGES
EPISODE 6 | CHRIS VÖLKERS
Six Edges gets by with a little help from its friends. In this journal series, we talk to people who have influenced or contributed to Six Edges in their own creative way. Today, we chat with Chris Völkers, the make-up artist in charge of Six Edges’ campaigns and lookbook shoots.
When we think of ‘make-up’, we generally think of women. But for the Six Edges shoots you work your magic on males only. What’s that like?
Chris: “It’s true that I collaborate more often with women, but doing hair and make-up for men is really everything but exceptional these days, you know. I love working with both, but it definitely is a different process. There are more possibilities to be creative with women, as they have more to work with: longer hair, more expressive make-up is allowed, and so on. Men basically just have to stay men, most of the time. Often it comes down to filling in their brows a bit or making their beards slightly darker, as to achieve that rough, cool look.”
What look do you have in mind for the typical guy who wears Six Edges?
“From my perspective, Six Edges serves the contemporary guy who doesn’t like to be limited to just one style only: one day he might prefer to give off a classic vibe, while the next he could opt for a sporty look. When it comes to hair and personal grooming, it shouldn’t be too stiff. ‘Basic’ and ‘relaxed’ are two important keywords here. You know those people who look effortlessly stylish? That nonchalant look, which nevertheless is very well thought-out, is what characterizes the Six Edges-man. Also, trend-wise, I should add that the long beard is definitely gone now. A trimmed 3-day beard is what guys should go with these days.”
For some reason, creative professionals working in fashion are never that outspoken when it comes to their personal style. Does that apply to you too?
“Very much so! I prefer simple clothing, both in color and in cut. This is also the reason why the aesthetic of Six Edges speaks to me; the color palette is very well chosen and the overall appeal of the collection is modest. When I’m working, I don’t want it to be all about me. During a day of shooting, I prefer my clothes to be comfortable and dark: wearing light clothes just isn’t a good idea when you’re working with make-up. Also, big pockets, for storing my tools, are a must. I’m always seeking for that right balance between practical and stylish. In that sense it’s no surprise that my favorite item from the Six Edges collection is the Piquet-sweater. It’s simple and straight-forward, just a sweater as you want a sweater to be.”
What led you to becoming a make-up artist in the first place?
“I did many other things before I kicked off my career in make-up and fashion. After studying Dutch and cultural sciences, I worked at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for a while, but realized that I needed a more hands-on outlet for my creativity. I did an apprenticeship at the Amsterdam MUA-agency House of Orange, which was the start of the next chapter of my life (laughs). I am still connected to my academic past, though, as art history continues to inspire me in my work every day. The notion of beauty is at the heart of what I do and there is nothing that excites me more than creating a beautiful image with a team of other creatives.”
Finally, a devilish dilemma: a bad hairdo or a bad outfit?
“I’d go for a bad outfit. Sure, clothes are an extension of the person wearing them, but you can take them off! Hair, on the other hand, is more defying. I guess it has to do with the fact that hair frames one’s face, and a person’s face is what others generally pick up on at a first glance.”