Freshly crowned Painted With Raven winner Matt Perkins (also known as Crimsyn) has made herstory as the inaugural winner of $25,000 on the first makeup competition of its kind. We talked with America’s Makeup Superstar about what 2022 has in store.
How does it feel to be the inaugural winner of Painted With Raven?
It is an absolute honor. It is thrilling and it’s exciting! I am so ecstatic and proud of my journey on the show, and I cannot wait to show what I have in store for everyone!
How is your life going to change now that you have this title and $25,000 extra dollars in your pocket?
Winning the money means that I can finally take the next large step in my life. I have been struggling with college loans and being able to move out of my house. I was not able to pay rent or college loans along with other living expenses, but these winnings will help me pay off the rest of my loans. I will be able to finally move and start the next chapter of my life as an independent!
What was it like meeting some of the guest judges on the show?
I was such a big fan of every single judge that was on the show! I knew every single one, and looked up to a lot of their work! So being able to get feedback from the talented judges helped me validate my journey as an artist.
What would you say to someone who watched your journey on the show and wants to start their own journey in makeup artistry?
My message would be that makeup has no rules. There is no correct way to paint your face, so be experimental, be creative, and let your imagination fly!
Now that you are America’s Next Makeup Superstar, who are some other superstars you would like to meet?
I am incredibly interested in special FX makeup, so being able to meet any of the judges and contestants from Face Off and learn new tricks and techniques would be absolutely amazing.
What do you have planned for 2022? Any upcoming projects?
I have some big plans for 2022! I want to bring my love of creative makeup and creative costuming together and create avant-garde full-body wearable art pieces. Additionally, I have worked as a teacher for over seven years, so I plan on creating some type of classroom to teach people about makeup, costumes, and wigs!
Do you have any advice for future contestants of Painted With Raven?
My advice would be to paint big. You are being viewed from an online camera, therefore dramatic silhouettes, contrasting colors, and big ideas translate the strongest!
Where is the best place for fans to reach you and keep up with you?
You can rewatch Matt’s journey on Painted With Raven, available to stream worldwide on WOW Presents Plus.