Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Can you tell me, in more details, how your career started
as a makeup artist?
I did a short
intensive course at a college in London called
Greasepaint. Through the school, a couple of
opportunities started to present themselves. I got to
assist on a film and work in theatre. Then to keep the
ball rolling and to get my portfolio where I wanted it
to be, I started seeking out the new face divisions of
modeling agencies. Both I and the new girls needed
pictures, so it was the perfect opportunity for lots of
testing. After I felt more confident with my book; I
starting meeting with hair and makeup agencies and was
given the opportunity to assist super talented artists
on a wide range of projects. In addition, agencies would
call upon me when there was spill over work that their
rosters couldn’t handle. Looking back on it, this is
where I really began developing my own direction and
Did you find it hard to break into the industry as a
Indeed I did. I was very naïve when I started on
this journey and I really had to feel my way through
Who was the first established makeup artist you
The first established makeup artist I assisted was the
lovely Lesley Chilkes.
You are represented by See Management, how did you come
about finding an agent to represent you?
I had a list of hair and makeup agencies in New York City, made
some appointments and went in to see them with my
portfolio. When I met with See, I instantly found a
connection with my agent Anna. We got on really well and
it was very apparent that this was a natural fit.
How important is it to be represented by an agent?
My agency has been imperative to my success here in New
York . Without my agent and the resources behind them,
many of the doors that have opened for me would have
probably remained close. The agent-artist relationship
is really a team effort. It requires both sides doing
everything they can to reach a common goal.
What are your favorite makeup brands you like to use
My favorite makeup brands are Mac, Chanel and Kevyn
What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day would be get to work around 8.45am, set
up, go through a brief with the art director,
photographer or/and stylist (or look at the clothes).
Then we can start the hair and makeup, which can take a
couple of hours, and after that the shooting commences.
After lunch, we would do a retouch or maybe a change in
hair and makeup and then shoot the rest of the looks. We
generally finish around 6pm.
Name five things that a woman need in her makeup bag?
Eyelash curlers, tweezers, mascara, concealer, and lip
What advice can you give to aspiring makeup artists?
I would strongly encourage all
aspiring makeup artists to try and assist a top makeup
artist, preferably full time. Also, try to get on
as many makeup teams for fashion shows as possible.
Lastly, go around to all the agencies, show your
portfolio, make the introduction, and hopefully start
collecting spill over work and as many connections as