Life In The Day Of A Make-Up Artist
If you’d have told me I would eventually train to a make-up artist when I was a teenager, I would’ve laughed at you. I would definitely have been impressed though, that’s for sure.
Like most girls in the mid 2000s, I was going through tubs of Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse like nobody’s business. I used to just stick my bare hands in the pot and smear the foundation all over my face - lips included - if you didn’t cover your lips so they blended into the rest of your face you were clearly NOT in fashion (oh how times change)!
I then moved on to applying blue eyeshadow (right up to my eyebrow - I probably single-handedly inspired drag queens across England), plucking my eyebrows into a thin line (they also had to be at least 6 inches apart from each other), and finally putting liquid eyeliner under my eyes. The liquid eyeliner was arguably the most important part of the routine - if I was feeling extra I’d add a little flick at the end - but it would absolutely not, under no circumstances, connect to my upper eye. I’d post a picture but I don’t feel like embarrassing myself any more than I already have.
If this is putting you off ever booking with me - don’t worry, I’ve been trained up properly by Abbie now! I also promise not to use Dream Matte Mousse on you, unless you request if of course…
Our weekends differ depending on what we have booked in. Currently it’s wedding season
so you can catch me trudging through hotels (often with no elevator) holding a foldable chair (I’ve definitely smacked some poor passerby in the knees with this before - sorry), a ring light folded away, a tripod, a big miscellaneous bag that contains kitchen roll, disinfectant, towels etc. and a massive kit bag which allows me to turn you from a 9 to a 10. You may be wondering - ‘wow thats a lot to carry, do you work out?’ Yes. Yes I do. Thank you for noticing! Before I was a make-up artist I could barely carry two bags from Tesco, but now I think I could carry 6 carrier bags on EACH arm.
Most days we work back-to-back for hours on clients and we often don’t get to eat, drink, or go to the toilet until we’re finished for the day. Now that’s dedication!
I’ve often started work at 7/8am and finished around 3pm and realised I haven’t had so much as a sip of water in all that time. (Don't worry you HR savvy people out there, we get our legal requirements of breaks and personal facilities, but the excitement of the job sometimes just takes over.) For the amount I talk, I’m surprised I’ve lasted that long!
On a serious note, it’s a very special feeling helping so many people get glam and helping them feel like the most beautiful version of themselves.
Thank you to all of you for choosing us and trusting us with your faces. To all clients old and new - we appreciate you so much and look forward to seeing you in the future!
LUXE Artist Emma x