Customers always asked me about makeup which used to irritate me! After a few weeks I realised makeup was interesting and that is how it all began.
After the Body Shop, I signed up with an agency offering temporary beauty staff for about a year. It involved working with makeup, skin care & fragrance launches by offering samples and testers in department stores etc. This gave me initial exposure to several brands including Clarins, Lancaster and Shiseido who all offered some limited training.
I then worked at Elizabeth Arden for almost 4 years and got the bulk of my foundational training in-house there.
I moved on to Molton Brown and later Nars. After a while I was teaching and training other team members.
Around when I left Nars I started working towards being a freelance artist. I then moved to MAC about 2004, based at the Pro store in Soho and that was very colourful. I was there for almost 4 years when I left to work on a freelance basis.
Even after all this time, I am still learning, I think if you stop learning you stop growing.
The other one is when people I have taught/mentored make progress in their own careers.
- Practice, practice and more practice. Don’t stress about earning to begin with focus on getting lots of experience and exposure first. Start part-time so you can still be earning somewhere else and build it up.
- Look to assist the makeup artists you admire. It’s the quickest way to get priceless experience.
- Respect everyone.
- Remember ‘the world is your oyster’, the clients you can reach, I can’t…
- Socks don’t always have to match! Enjoy your artistry.