In a word – she’s full of passion and here at Spindle Beauty we like that! We got chatting to the brains behind the beauty…
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
As silly as it may sound, I would probably have to say the day I handed in my notice at my old job to pursue makeup full time! Being able to leave a job I hated and work instead in such a wonderful creative industry was an amazing feeling!
My first printed editorial was also very special. The photographer was a very good friend and I remember us screeching down the phone at each other when we found out it was being published!
Photography : Fay Sampson
What are your all time favourite beauty products?
Oh goodness, there are far too many!! For myself I love my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, MAC Retro Matte lipsticks, Revlon Balm Stains, L’Oreal Super liner, my Makeup Store Microshadow in ‘Kakaw’ that I use for my brows and the Sleek palettes!
For my kit I couldn’t live without Lucas Paw Paw ointment, Illamasqua Cream Pigment in ‘Hollow’ for contouring, MAC Face & Body & Illamasqua Skin Base foundations, The MAC Pigments and Sleek Eye Shadow Palettes are great and I love the Lip Joules from Sweetpea and Fay! The Illamasqua clear brown gel is also fab for either taming or creating textured brows. My new favourite product has to be the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, it’s sooo beautiful!
Photography : Dominic Clarke
What was your very first photo shoot like?
Absolutely terrifying! It was actually part of my college course. I remember spending aaaages doing the makeup and being so excited seeing a shoot come together for the first time with the hair and styling! I’m still very proud of those pictures.
What is your all time favourite beauty campaign?
I loved the images I worked on for a feature with Sweetpea and Fay that appeared in Exalt Magazine last summer. I used their ‘Etui’ collection to create some colourful visuals to go alongside an article I’d written on them. I’m so proud of the end result!
Photography : Nadia King
We noticed that as well as makeup you are quite the nail art connoisseur! Tell us more about your venture Hard Ass Nails!?
Ooh thank you! Well I’ve always loved doing my own nails and ended up doing the nails on my shoots more and more often so it just seemed like a natural progression! So last year I completed my nail services NVQ and am now a qualified nail technician! I decided I wanted to keep it separate from my makeup work so that’s how Hard Ass Nails came about! As well as offering nail services like extensions and shellac I also sell the sets of nails I make for my shoots (along with others) through my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HardAssNails and will soon be setting up a website!
Any pro tips you can share with us?
I know everyone says it but drink lots of water!! It’s probably the easiest and cheapest way of improving the look of your skin! I always notice a change in my skin if I haven’t been drinking enough water so I really, really recommend it!
Primers are also really good for improving the longevity and overall look of your makeup – my favourites are the Laura Mercier ones and Illamasqua Hydra veil; it’s a bit weird as it’s a clear gel but totally worth it! Also track down the perfect red lippy for you, as it’s the easiest and quickest way to transform any look!
What kind of makeup do you like to wear everyday? Do you experiment with trend looks as well or prefer a classic look?
I generally prefer a more classic (read: low maintenance) look! During the day I usually only fill in my brows and wear a bit of foundation, mascara and tinted lip balm. I really like the Revlon Balm Stains for a bit of low maintenance colour!
In the evenings I like to experiment a bit more but generally stick to a smokey eye or fifties look with a coloured lip – not particularly creative I’m afraid!
Photography : Meg Hutchison
You work with Pretty Me Vintage as well as freelancing. I’m guessing you get to do a lot of really cool vintage makeup and hair! Do you find the vintage love naturally translates through your other editorial work?
I really do, it’s so much fun! I especially love doing vintage hair – there’s a lot more scope to get creative than there is with the makeup!
I haven’t actually done many editorials with vintage inspired makeup or hair though, I generally like to keep the two separate so that each job is different!
Whilst in the studio – what music are you loving?
I’m a massive classic rock fan, although that’s not really a popular choice in the studio (sadly!) so just anything really happy and dancey to create a nice upbeat atmosphere for everyone!
What’s an average working day like for you?
I’m not sure I really have an ‘average’ working day anymore! I could be doing any mix of vintage, bridal, editorial or nail work, which is really exciting as no two days are ever the same! I find it quite hard to switch off when I’m at home as I love it so much, so if I’m not out at work I’m usually on the internet looking for new ideas and inspiration, designing looks for future shoots or just having a general play with my makeup or nail kit!
Have you had any crazy makeup requests from clients?
I haven’t actually! I had one bride that was insistent that she didn’t want to be a ‘natural’ bride, but other than that it’s all been fairly tame!
If you could describe your style in 3 words – what would they be?
Good clean fun
Photography : Jemima Marriott
Words by Tabby Casto