Information & Advice
Less is more in terms of foundation - use less and your skin looks better. So many people get a bit heavy handed with foundation as they use it to conceal flaws. Too much can make you appear older and cloud the natural beauty of your skin, so it’s better to hide flaws with a good concealer and use a lighter foundation for a more natural finish.
2. What 3 products could you not live without?
Eyelash curlers, concealer and new No7 Extreme Length Mascara.
3. Describe your look 10 years ago
10 years ago I was coming to the end of a decade of travelling all the time for work. I was doing tons of shows and fashion shoots all around the world (sometimes taking up to 6 flights in a week!). I didn't really have any time for getting my hair done, putting make-up on or even shopping for clothes so my look was a lot less glamorous than it is now. Work was absolutely my number one priority. I fell pregnant exactly 10 years ago too, so you can imagine all in all it wasn't my most glamorous period! I've definitely upped the ante a lot since then.
4. What has been your career highlight so far?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have so many, so it’s difficult to say. One of them would be designing the make-up for the Prada perfume film. It was shot over a week in Berlin and directed by Jordan and Ridley Scott. It was great to be part of such a talented team, from the wardrobe designer to the cameraman, they were very inspiring individuals. Not necessarily a highlight, but at the start of my career I did Cindy Crawford’s make up for the Freddy Mercury Tribute concert at Wembley and got to stand on the side of the stage with her while Guns’n’Roses played!
5. What's in your make-up bag?
6. What is your favourite celebrity look/ which celeb do you think has the best make-up?
Madonna. Over the years she has consistently looked great, always changing her look.
7. If you weren't in the beauty industry, what would you be doing?
As a make up artist, I guess it's no surprise that I love painting and drawing, so I’d be living in Florence restoring Renaissance pictures.
8. What do you envisage being the 'next big thing' within beauty?
The technology which companies are developing to create new make up ranges is progressing at an astonishing rate. I am always amazed when I visit the factories where these products are being developed, as it’s almost like Willy Wonkas! The potential for make up is fantastic – second skin foundations, lipsticks with shine that won’t smudge or budge – anything could be possible.
9. What's the worst beauty myth you have ever heard and want to put straight?
Putting concealer on before foundation! Why spend all that time carefully putting on your concealer to then rub it all away with foundation – it makes much better sense to apply it afterwards.
10. What is your opinion on natural and organic products?
I think they’re great. It used to be the case that you had to choose between a product that performs well and organic one, but as technology has advanced the two are coming together and there are some brilliant products on the market that fuse the two.
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