How you entered your chosen role?
Freelance makeup artist.
First I studied and then once I completed my course I started to market myself though friends, social media and a website. I kept working part time in retail whilst building a client base and gradually, through word of mouth, hard work and advertising, I was working enough to go out on my own and freelance.
What are your typical duties?
Typically I do makeup applications and hair styling. I may be required to design a look for a specific project, or it may be more of a collaborative process. I also am required to stand by for touch ups as required and then always remove makeup afterwards with high quality skincare.
What have you learnt about the photographic world by working as an H/MUA?
Its a wonderful and creative world to be a part of. It’s really energetic and vibrant especially when your working with a photographer, particularly for fashion, which I love. It is transient by nature, so you can never really hold on to anything for very long.
What is one of your biggest goals regarding your field?
I’d love to work for a publication I really respected like RUSSH or LOVE magazine. My beauty aesthetic is completely in line with those magazines so would be a pleasure to work with them.
Do you find yourself assisting the photographer ever? If so, have you learnt much about photography through that?
The most i’ve ever had to do when working with a photographer is hold the reflector. Which I don’t really like doing because then they are reliant on me to get the shot and I might need to jump out to fix a hair out of place. Mostly, on professional shoots the photographer has an assistant to do that so as not to compromise my role in the production. The photographer may ask me questions in regards to the shot, but that is really only ever on relaxed shoots where I may be close with the team and it’s more of a collaboration. On most shoots there is a hierarchy and the photographer is on the top, so you don’t normally get in their way.
Any advice for other muas (when working on photoshoots)
Definitely be confident. It takes a while to get your confidence levels up, but never feel like you can’t jump in and fix something that needs fixing. Even if the photographer is on a role or ‘in the zone’. The hair and makeup are your creation and you have to take ownership of it. It doesn’t become property of the photographer once they start shooting, so jump in there if need be. Having said that, there is nothing worse than a mua stepping in every five second to do a touch up when it’s not needed. Usually they are just uncomfortable and feel like they need to be doing something. If it looks good then stand back and let the model and photographer work.