Charlotte’s passion for makeup begin when she
was a young model for three years.
She didn’t really enjoy it, but loved
being a part of the industry.
Charlotte says; “After modeling I was
working for Beverley Streeter and came across
Pat McGrath, who completely blew me away and
inspired me to go into makeup and find my
personal style.” Charlotte‘s first makeup artist, whom she
assisted, was of course, Pat McGrath.
“Amazingly I was lucky enough to assist
Pat McGrath at a London Fashion Week. I didn't
do much apart from just washing a few brushes,
but I remember thinking how lucky I was. I would
have cleaned anything.”
Charlotte has been a makeup artist for 15
Charlotte’s first paid job, as a makeup
artist, was when she assisted Karin Darnell on
the Spice Girls, for the Top of the Pops
Christmas Day Special. With many aspiring
makeup artists, it can become hard to break into
industry, I asked Charlotte if she agreed?
“Yes! When I was at school;
makeup artist, stylists, designers, etc. weren't
really heard of, so the competition wasn't there.
Now in the celebrity & reality TV culture of
overnight fame people forget to be patient with
their careers and don't understand the
importance of starting from the roots and
working your way up slowly.”
Charlotte is represented by One Makeup Ltd.;
I asked her if she could tell me how
important it is to have an agent, or is it
better to just "axe" the ‘middle man’.
She replies; “Not at all - my life is
absolutely chaotic enough with working at the drop
of the hat and last minute changes. I also have
family. I would never have time to take phone
calls, invoice, market, and keep track of my
diary. Also, agents are there to keep the
industry at a standard and negotiate fair rates
for the work that we do.”
Charlotte has worked with many different
clients; models, and celebrities in the fashion
She says; “I work with many different
clients, but my funniest was working on the new
West Life video, we had to travel on 8 different
modes of transportation throughout the day to get to
the highest glacier point in Europe. We used
planes, boats, cars, hummers, you name it, we
travelled on it!”
Charlotte says that she loves using “Mac face and
body foundation, it looks like a second skin, not
like a foundation. But different brands do
different things and I could talk about many
Charlotte shares three things for aspiring makeup
artists on what she thinks it takes to become a
successful makeup artist.
1. A good agent
2. Calm and patience.
Always keep things professional, but remain