Emma is an experienced and talented Makeup Artist with 20 years of experience.  Emma is the Key Makeup Artist for fashion designer Mark Fast. 

She has 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 Artist?

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 artist?

EWT: I've been working in this industry for 20 years now.  I've worked in various guises but makeup artistry is something I've always done.

EFM: Did you find it hard to break into the industry as a makeup artist in London?

EWT: 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 show.

EFM: Do you think that it is important to be represented by an agent; if so, why?

EWT: 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?

EWT: 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.

EFM: What is your favorite makeup brand and why?

EWT: 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 Mascara.

EFM: Can you tell me some of the fashion shows that you have worked on?

EWT:  I am key artist to Mark Fast, but have also worked on Ferragamo, Nicole Farhi, to name a few.

EFM: You worked with the best in the fashion industry.  Can you tell me your best memory?

EWT:  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.

EFM: You work very long hours.  What keeps you up beat?

EWT:  The adrenaline of creating something beautiful is what keeps me going.  I genuinely love what I do and so it is never a chore.

EFM: What makeup tips can you give when applying makeup.

EWT:  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".

EFM: You've worked in this industry for 20 years; what advice can you give to aspiring makeup artists?

EWT: 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 creativity.

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Interview by Rochell “E” James


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