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Makeup Artist Spotlight: Lan Nguyen-Grealis

Monday 14 April 2014

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Words Ailis Mara

Following up our Makeup Artist Spotlight we had to bring a little love to the creative mastermind that is Lan Nguyen-Grealis.

We’re sure you’ve have heard her name but how about getting to know the lady behind some of fashion weeks most sought after looks… We caught up with the inspirational artist and found out what’s it like to be one of THE hottest makeup artist in London right now…

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight of my career has been everything! Really hard to answer that as I love my job so much. Every opportunity is a new and exciting one. Maybe I’ve yet to experience the big one!

We got to go behind the scenes the recent Liz Black Fashion Show which was all Salvador Dali inspired with some really fun Face Lace. You keyed the makeup for this look which was STUNNING! What was it like working with the designer Liz Black and Face Lace founder Phyllis Cohen? 

Working with Liz Black is fun and always out of the box! There are always so many ideas floating about so its’ fun when your designer lets you really play. Working with Phyllis was a lovely surprise and great fun! She’s incredibly talented and I was so honoured to have someone oat her calibre by my side.

What are your all time favourite beauty products? 

My all time favorite beauty products are Mac Face & Body Foundation, Benefit Porefessional, The Body Shop Radiance Highlighter, Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Eyeliner, Bioderma Crealine, Kryolan Micro Foundations and Dior Hydra Lift Face Mask.


Photography : Fabrice Lachant 

What was your very first photoshoot like? 

My very first professional photo shoot was so long ago but I always remember the model because really big at that time. I was so proud with the results and still have them somewhere. I actually got a big job after that when a client had seen the pictures from the photographer and it launched a line of work that led to many oppertunities.

What was your all time favourite beauty campaign? 

My all time favourite beauty campaign was a collection of trend looks I created for Tattler Hong Kond. I felt they were really modern and showcased my vision as an artist.

In hindsight if you could tell your younger makeup artist self one thing, what would it be? 

Go for it and make the most of all the opportunities! Don’t be afraid of success! If I had more confidence at the time I think I may have achieved a lot more and would have started assisting at the beginning. Probably would have save me a lot of mistakes but then again it’s the mistakes and how you deal with them that make up who you are.


Photography : Camille Sanson

Any pro tips you can share with us? 

Less is more and primers are a very useful tool to give that flawless look – esp for camera.

Glitter. Hell yes or hell no? 

Glitter I love love love. So hell yes.


What’s on your iPod right now? What songs do you like to play while you’re in the studio?

At the moment I’m listening to Paloma Faith ‘A Perfect Contradiction” I like to support artist that I work with as having that emotional connection give she great pleasure. I prefer to have easy listening songs that I can sing to!

You’ve already had a lot of experience at LFW. How do you handle the backstage  craziness? 

I actually don’t mind the craziness. I have a strong and loyal team that are talented and are also my friends so I can rely on them for support. It’s all down to teamwork.

If you could key one makeup show of your choice each year – which designer/brand would be your choice?

That’s a tough one as I love all the shows . In terms of creativity and style I would love to work with the couture shows like Dior, Chanel and Armani.

What’s an average working day like for you? 

An average working day is long! I can have up to 3-4 jobs in a day if timing is right when it comes to celebrity or have and editorial and a show. It’s so varied that no day is the same. If I’m not working physically I’m working mentally designing.

How would you describe your makeup style in 3 words?
Creative , clean and colourful


To keep up to date with all Lan’s beautiful makeup and inspirations follow her here on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

Words by Tabby Casto