I have been doing makeup for a very long time. I grew up in London. I loved colors and textures and painting, so I went to St. Martin’s School of Art, now called Central St. Martin’s, to study art and graphics. From there I got into fashion. But, I missed painting, and decided I was going to be a makeup artist—not that I knew what that meant. It just combined fashion and painting. I met a makeup artist in England who I began assisting. I taught her to drive and she taught me makeup. I moved to New York, and then I moved to Paris and did the shows. I’ve lived all over the world, and done lots of different things with makeup, from fashion to TV to movies to commercials. For the past 25 years, I’ve been based in LA.
I think women get really overwhelmed by makeup. I can, with a few products, teach a woman how to keep it simple.
- Use one color on the eye, and learn how to blend.
- Train yourself to let your skin look like skin.
- The cleaner and fresher your skin is, the more fun you can have with color, on the eyes and the lips. It’s understanding your face and building from there.
The impulse is to use more to try and hide things. Don’t. I’m in my mid-fifties now. It’s all about learning how to deal with what happens to skin as you get older. Makeup can be aging. Take foundation:
- Foundation isn’t meant to mask the whole face and cover everything. It’s really to even you out and get a film that makes your skin one color.
- Just use a little foundation, and a bit of tissue to blot.
- After the foundation is blended in with your skin, you can use a concealer to just do the problem areas. If you don’t understand that, you can end up with a messy mask.
Beauty routines are very, very important. As you get older, your cells hang on a bit longer, which is why when you’re older you have that gray tinge. You can do a little exfoliation at home on your own with a washcloth. Use circular motions. Or get one of those dry brushes. A good cleansing facial four times a year is really helpful because it cleans everything out. And I know it’s boring but sunscreen is hugely important. Once you have that down, it should be fun.
Makeup is fun, and it should be fun! We all want to look like the best version of ourselves. It’s about enhancing our natural beauty and not masking us.