LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
work is quite impressive and her passion for makeup is
amazing. Studying at Chelsea College of Art and
Design, which lead her to Glauca Rossi where she gained
intense training. Zoe has worked closely with
world-renowned makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury.
Zoe has established impressive collaborations with
photographers such as; Aitken Jolly, Anthony Elgort and
Julian Marashall. Her work can be seen in fashion
magazines such as; Vogue British and Russia editions,
Dazed Digital, Interview, Harper's Bazaar, Pop, Vanity
Fair, and the New York Times featuring fashion designer
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Can you tell me, in details, how your career started as
a makeup artist?
My career started when I found
myself living with makeup artist Linda Johansson.
One day she asked me to come to Glauca Rossi School of
Makeup to be her demo model whilst she did a day of
teaching. I stepped through the door and knew this
was the place for me. I walked up the stairs to
meet Glauca and within five minutes I had managed to
secure a place on a course that started two weeks later.
I signed a cheque for what seemed like an enormous
amount of money. I called my dad to beg him to
lend me the money. After a lot of promises to pay
him back, he agreed and I walked back down the stairs
and sat in Linda's chair ready for the first demo.
EFM: What is it about makeup
that interested you?
I have always been fascinated
by makeup, colours, textures, the effect of light
and what it can create. I have always painted
and to me every day is painting a new picture on a
different canvas. I love creating and feeling
inspired by the people I work with and my
long have you worked as a makeup artist?
I trained at
Glauca Rossi nine years ago.
EFM: I have interviewed a couple
of makeup artists who have also worked with Charlotte
Tilbury; can you tell me what you have learned from
working with Charlotte?
When I met Charlotte I immediately liked her. I
respected her honesty and appreciate her kindness and
support. Working with Charlotte has given me the
confidence to achieve all that I have. As a makeup
artist, time is when you learn things and gain
experience, working with Charlotte on such big jobs,
allowed me to see the industry from so many different
EFM: You are
represented by one of the most, if not the top, agencies
in the industry 'Jed Root'. Can you tell me how
you gained their respect in order for them to sign you?
I think that Yan, my
booker and Louise his assistant could see after just one
meeting, how hard I had worked to get to where I was,
but more importantly how much harder I was prepared to
work to achieve my dreams.
EFM: Our concept at EFM is about
educating the ones who inspire to work in the industry.
On the business side; can you tell me how important it
is to have an agent?
As an artist you are the business, without you there is
no business. It is incredibly important to have a
good agent who has all the structure to support you,
from the accounts department right through to the
courier company. It's a huge relief to be working
side by side with people you trust and respect, as this
enables you to create and do your job not worry about
the admin side of things.
EFM: What has been your most
memorable moment, so far, in your career?
The most memorable bit of
my career so far is shooting Victoria Beckham for the
New York Times.
What are your favorite makeup brands to use?
There are so many
makeup brands I love using! Mac, Estee Lauder for
mascara, Sisley for it's amazing skincare, Kevin Aucoin,
Stila Nars for blush and lipstick pencils, Dior,
Guerlain, Chanel, Decleor for the glorious oils, the
list goes on and on....
Do you have a favorite color of lipstick; if so what
favorite lipstick has to be Mac Ruby Woo. I love
the texture, it's old fashion glamour all the way.
EFM: Give me three tips that can
get me through the day with a beaming glow?
Three tips for a beaming
1. Eye drops in the morning before makeup. It
get rids of any red and any puffiness.
2. Apply a tiny bit of fake tan after your
moisturiser, my favorite is Sisley. As your
morning glow dies down, your skin will gain a healthy
bit of colour.
3. Always go for a cream blusher as it's more
youthful. Apply high on the apples of your cheeks,
what's left on your fingers lightly dab onto the bridge
of your nose. It will make you look like you have
caught a bit of sun.
EFM: What advice can you give to
aspiring makeup artists?
your eyes on the goal and your dreams in your heart.
You will do just fine.
Interview by Rochell “E” James