1) How did you get into the make-up artistry business?
I started out as a Christmas temporary team member at the Body Shop, by John Lewis, Oxford Street the Christmas of 1996. My job was filling up the shelves and making sure the store was tidy.

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.

2) Tell us how you trained to become a MUA?
I am a self- taught artist; I don’t have any formal training as such. I learnt by experimenting and watching other people work. There was no YouTube then, I am sure I would have watched lots of tutorials!

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.

3) Who/What inspired you into the field of MUA?
I am inspired and intrigued by the physical and emotional transformation that makeup can achieve on anyone, on everyone. 
4) Which MUA would you like to work with?
Pat McGrath and Mary Greenwell.
5) What was the inspiration behind making a business out of your make-up artistry skills?
I found my passion and decided it was my route to fulfilment.
6) What would you consider to be the highlight of your MUA career?
There are several. Most of them are when people come back to me extremely grateful for the transformation by my makeup application. 

The other one is when people I have taught/mentored make progress in their own careers.

7) What do you like most about your career path?
The variety it offers, I could be with a bride in the morning and a team of super models in the evening.
8) What is the one cosmetic item that you deem the most essential for every MUA?
Hard question! Foundations? Flawless skin is critical.
9) What advice would you give to budding MUAs?

  • 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.
10) What is the one thing you would change about your MUA career if you could?
I would have worked harder earlier (I know many think that’s impossible, lol!).
11) Where do you see the MUA industry in ten years’ time?
I see lots of true artists doing exciting new things with makeup. Lots of people who are ‘marking time’ in makeup would have moved on to the next popular thing…..
12) What does the future look like for your work?
It’s bright I pray!I hope to help more people become confident with using makeup – working with leading established and emerging brands to communicate their messaging in a way that is accessible.I am working on a range of new makeup education ideas and projects here and abroad so teaching internationally on techniques and understanding diverse skin tones.Developing more interesting and intriguing editorial content and compiling it all together…..