Photographer / NICOLE MCCLUSKEY
Make up & Hair DESIREE WISE @ Network Agency Sydney
Retouching / HEIDI LOUW
TEGAN Desmond @ The Agency Australia
CHRISTINA Rose @ Viviens Model Management
JULIANA Herz @ Chadwicks Model Management Sydney
SUZIE @ The Agency Australia
MARA @ The Agency Australia
OLIVIA Lefebre @ Chic Model Management
MAGGIE Durran @ IMG Australia
FEATURED MAKEUP ARTIST INTERVIEW
1. What does this collection say about your mindset when you were creating it?
At the time the time (although I still am), I was fascinated by natural beauty in all its forms. Everyone is beautiful, but in a different, unique way, we wanted to capture this individuality.
2. Where do you most often find inspiration from? And when you lose it…what do u do to find it?
Most of my Inspiration comes from old magazines and books that I have collected over the years. I love the 20's, 60's and 70's from a fashion and beauty perspective.
When I am feeling uninspired, I go for a walk, spend time talking to people I wouldn't normally, go to the cinema, frequent art galleries, and browse the makeup counters.
3. What's your favorite technique or trick? And who taught it to you?
I love to work with wet eye shadows. You get a richer colour payoff, and the product melts into the skin. I saw a makeup artist Claire Thomson do it once when we were working together. Although I have never seen her do it since, and its not common practice, it works for me.
4. Why editorial, session work? So many say it’s a dead road… why did you continue to pursue this path?
Editorial session work is hard, and it takes many years to be in a
position where it can provide equivalent full-time employment. When I was starting out, I never imagined this is what I would end up doing full time. However I had experienced artists around me that continually provided me with the chance to work above my level at the time. I am forever grateful to them, as these opportunities have continued to arise, and as long as they do, I will pursue this path.
5. While on set, how do you stay focused?
When it comes to my work, I am a perfectionist, so it is easy for me to stay focused on set. My goal is always to avoid unnecessary retouching in post where possible, and I hate the idea of a shot being printed that I am not happy with, so I watch everything.
6. Share with us the most unexpected thing that has happened while on set, good or bad.
Hmmm.... it was bad, on the set of a Tv commercial and involving a dog and its owner, and thats about all I can say....
7. Favorite quote or quotes you live by? And how do u apply them to your work? What is your personal mantra?
'it is what it is'.....some things you can't change, we just need to accept them,
and do the best we can given the situation (with a positive attitude). 'its not rocket
science'.... don't take yourself too seriously, what we do is creative, thankfully nobody's life is dependent on our performance.....My personal mantra is do the best you can with every given day, life is about the people in it.
8. Is there anyone experience(s) in particular that you feel has made the biggest impact on your career?
My career has been shaped by many experiences. However the 2 stand outs
are; My first assisting job, it was fashion with a huge set and was shot on film. This is when I first realized this could become my career, and where I met the artist that taught me and guided me over the years. Secondly, my first big commercial beauty advertising job that went wrong. It was not such a pleasant experience, but taught me so much.
9. What do you believe is a common mistake within the industry? And what can others do to avoid being a cliché?
Everything is produced so quickly now. I find a common mistake is over
confidence and not enough finesse. In a makeup context, this is evident with overly heavy handed application..... In my opinion, we should sometimes take a few extra minutes to cross check what we have done and ensure it has been done well. Also, never stop learning, there will always be someone that can do it better than us, we should learn from them.
10. If you could go back to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give your newbie self ?
Find your strength and style and become excellent in that area. Don't ignore your
weaknesses, strive to improve them one at a time. Never stop learning. Do your best. Don't care so much what people think.
11. Who is your biggest role model and why? What collection stands out in your mind?
Virginia Van Heythuysen an incredibly creative and inspiring stylist that is also a lovely and humble person. It is hard for me to pick just one collection as a stand out, If i had to, it would be the story shot in an old burnt out observatory. The location and the fashion were incredible, especially the chanel pieces.
12. What colors are you in love with right now?
Loving Jewel tones, specifically deep jade and ruby. Also, all shades of denim.
13.. Favorite adult beverage? Why…and when did u first have one?
Champagne. Its probably my favorite, because it is the first beverage I ever had. I started young, well before legal age.