Megumi is a talented makeup artist.  Her work has appeared on Conde Nast Traveller, Indie Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Tank Magazine, NEO2 Magazine, Let them Eat Cake, to name a few.  She has assisted Charlotte Thibury on the Julien Mac Donald and Pringle of Scotland fashion show, assisted Lisa Houghton on the Peter Pilotte fashion show, and assisted Dick Page on the Marc Jacobs fashion show.  Megumi knows what it takes to work hard to achieve your goals.

Exclusively Fashion Magazine: Can you tell me your journey as a makeup artist from when you began to now?

Megumi Matsuno: After completing a sculpture course at the university of Art in Japan I moved to Paris to learn make up at school. I met lots of amazing make-up artiststhere. so began assisting them and testing which lead to me building up my own portfolio.

EFM: When you first started your career as a makeup artist did you find it hard to break into this business?

MM: Actually when I first started my career I have never thought about how difficult it would be to become a professional make up artist! I was just dreaming one day my dream come true.. but I realized you also need to be passionate and patience and competitive. 

EFM: Can you tell me your favorite brand of makeup to use?


EFM: Who was the first makeup artist you assisted?

MM: Manami Ishikawa.

EFM: How important is it to assist established makeup artist?

MM: Its so important to assist to learn all the different skills and techniques and the atmosphere they create for the client, as well as seeing what make – up brands and wonder products they are using – it keeps you learning. You should always assist someone more established when the chance arises – I assist every London and Paris fashion to artists such as Charlotte Thilbury and Dick Page,Lucia Pieroni.

EFM: What gives you inspiration?

MM: I find inspiration through art and in the beauty of nature.

EFM: What are your beauty secrets?

MM: Think about your precious person.

EFM: Name five things that women need in their make bag?

MM: Mascara, perfume, gloss, mirror, lip cream.

EFM: Do you have a favorite color of lipstick; if so what color?

MM: MYTH from MAC, I can't remember how many of these I have gone through in my kit!!!!

EFM: What advice would you give to an aspiring makeup artist?

MM: Look at magazines, practice with friends as its totally different to when you do it on yourself and try to assist as many make – up artists to see what their style is.

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Interview by Rochell “E” James


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