Why did you decide to enter the world of makeup artistry?
Simply put, I love make-up. There’s also the bonus of making a person feel better/boosting a person’s confidence.
What training did you have to do?
I trained at the Jemma Kidd make-up school and then assisted for two years.
How does your average working day go and what’s the best part of it?
Each working day is different, but generally you’re one of the first to arrive so that you can set up your kit. Once you have the brief, you start working on your model/s and when hair and make-up is complete, you’re ready to go on set. The rest of day will consist of doing touch-ups and make-up changes if there are any.
For me, the best part of the day is probably when the whole look comes together – make-up, hair, styling.
What would you say is your signature makeup style?
My signature make-up style would have to be the natural/dewy look. I like skin that looks radiant and fresh without it looking like there’s too much make-up.
Which eras, genres or fellow makeup artists inspire your work?
There’s just so much inspiration out there – in terms of make-up artists I’d say Pat McGrath, she’s in a league of her own. Eras or genres I’d say the 80’s –I know it’s not very fashion forward but there’s nothing like finding a copy of Vogue from the 80’s or looking at music videos and films from that era.
What has been a highlight of your career so far?
My career highlight so far would have to be doing the BAFTAS for the last two years. I had the pleasure of doing the grooming for Shia LaBeouf and Jeremy Renner.
What is your personal beauty regime?
My personal beauty regime consists of a cleanser, scrub, moisturiser and eye cream from Alpha-H. As well as there signature serum Liquid Gold, which I cannot live without!
Which skincare brands do you like best?
It would have to be Alpha-H all the way! I credit it with clearing up my skin.
What makeup products are always in your kit?
Lucas Papaw Ointment is a must have. As well as using it on dry lips, it’s great to use as a gloss on the eyes over an eyeshadow or as a highlight on the cheeks.
My other must have is MAC’s Face and Body foundation – it’s thin enough to use on men when I do grooming, gives women a great sheen if I want light coverage and can also be built up for more coverage. Plus it can also be used on the body, giving a subtle glow.
What has been a recent favourite beauty buy of yours?
Benefit has a lovely new box powder called Bella Bamba – it’s great as a traditional blusher for the cheeks or as an all over highlight for the face.
What beauty advice would you give a bride-to-be?
It would have to be “look after your skin!” It’s so important and makes such a difference to make-up application.
Which makeup products do you like using most on brides?
Shu Uemura’s Stage Performer Instant-Glow Radiance Cream is amazing at giving a glowy/radiant look.
What advice would you give someone wanting to become a makeup artist?
Be prepared to work hard, be motivated and don’t underestimate the importance of assisting!