“As a kid, I was fixated by my mum’s make-up kid. It was my version of a colouring book. I didn’t even know back then that there was a job I could do where I could work with make-up, but I do remember thinking I’d like to be around it when I grew up. In my teens I always did everyone’s make-up for dances and then started on a make-up counter in New York.
Regardless of whether I’m working on someone with great or mediocre skin, I spend pretty much half the time on skin. I want it to look like it doesn’t have foundation or concealer on it. The tricks to getting this right are to take time and use good products.
Like any make-up artist, I have a few products I always like to use. I usually use the 111SKIN Bio Cellulose Mask to hand to prep skin – it’s my secret weapon and makes skin look juicy. I use Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for spots and love Suqqu’s foundation so stock up on that whenever I’m in London. Troy Surratt’s eyelash curler is also crucial for me, as is Benefit’s They’re Real mascara.
The difference between making up Charlize Theron for The Huntsman: Winter’s War and working in a freelance capacity was mostly location; for once, I knew where I’d be for 7 weeks! That aside, I worked in much the same way. I’m precise and want make-up to look flawless to the eye in daylight, so I didn’t need to change anything for high definition.
Charlize’s gold eye make-up was inspired by the storyline. She’s just come out the mirror and the gold flakes are all that remains on her face. They were actually Charlize’s idea – she’d had a dream about the make-up and I then went on a mission to find gold leaf. Fortunately someone in the make-up department had some! I’ve heard that people are trying to recreate the look with spirit gum or eyelash glue and think ‘nooooo – way too harsh on the skin!’ I actually used Homeoplasmine to stick the gold leaf on. The gold was a Make-Up Forever cream brushed onto brows, eyelids and the cupid’s bow with a spoolie and set with a MAC loose powder.”