LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
is an experienced and talented Makeup
Artist with 20 years of experience.
Emma is the Key Makeup Artist for fashion designer Mark
worked with many celebrities in fashion, music, and
film, such as; Sir Paul McCartney, Morgan Freeman,
Justin Timberlake, Erin O’Connor, Tim Burton, Daisy
Lowe, and Jerry Hall, to name a few.
Emma’s work has appeared in publications such as; Vogue
UK, Vogue US, Harpers Bazaar, Oyster, Vanity Fair,
Grazia, and InStyle.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Can you tell me how your career started as a Makeup
Emma White Turle:
I started as a model in
my early teens and this meant I had access to artists
who I would get to teach me as they did my makeup.
I eventually assisted them and also would do my own
makeup on shoots where I was modeling.
EFM: How long have you been a makeup
I've been working in this
industry for 20 years now. I've worked in
various guises but makeup artistry is something I've
you find it hard to break into the industry as a makeup
artist in London?
It required a lot of patience as I
met with a lot of people from photographers, booking
editors, art directors and stylists before someone gave
me a break and booked me for a shoot. You invest a
lot of time in testing and building up your book to
EFM: Do you think that it is
important to be represented by an agent; if so, why?
Yes, it can be. I think that
having someone help you manage your career is important.
They can advise you on how to achieve your goals.
And take care of all the paperwork, invoicing, etc.
EFM: Can you tell me what a
typical day is like for you?
I am not sure there is any such
thing as a typical day in this industry! When I
arrive at a shoot the first thing I do is set up my kit.
I will have received a brief on what we are shooting so
I will take any images I've sourced as inspiration and
put them up. If my assistant is with me I shall
usually talk her through what we are going to be doing
and what I will need from her. Once the first look
is done, we do a lighting test and I will check that
nothing needs to be changed with regards to the makeup.
Sometimes we keep one look all
day, so it just needs maintaining. And sometimes
we shall change it to suit the various styles we are
shooting. Once we are finished, I clean my kit.
Then at home I will repack for whatever I will be doing
the next day.
What is your favorite makeup brand
I use many different ones, from
high street to the top end. I love Giorgio Armani
foundations, Chanel eyeliners, Lancome lipsticks, MAC
eye shadows, Estee Lauder lip glosses and Maybelline
Can you tell me some of the fashion shows that you have
I am key artist to Mark
Fast, but have also worked on Ferragamo, Nicole Farhi, to
name a few.
You worked with the best in the fashion industry.
Can you tell me your best memory?
There are so many! The
first time you see your work in a magazine or on a
billboard is a memory you carry forever. Watching
the first model appear on the catwalk at London Fashion
Week with Mark Fast was wonderful. His designs are
utterly amazing and it was a pleasure to work with him.
You work very long hours. What keeps you up beat?
The adrenaline of creating
something beautiful is what keeps me going. I
genuinely love what I do and so it is never a chore.
What makeup tips can you give when applying makeup.
The most important thing is
to apply it in a good light. The lights in most
rooms can create so many different effects on the skin,
and with shadows, so when you walk outside you can look
an odd shade or have too strong a makeup on. And a
good mantra can also be "Less is More".
You've worked in this industry for 20 years; what advice
can you give to aspiring makeup artists?
Never give up. Find people
to test with and shoot beauty images that showcase all
your talents. Take your inspiration from
everything around you and experiment with your
Interview by Rochell “E” James