"Be creative and confident within your own ability as a makeup artist because if you believe in yourself, anything is achievable."
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Leah Clarey's artistic vision exudes her exquisite make-up works, and we are so happy to have her featured on Model Citizen! There's definitely a lot in store for Leah, so watch out for this one. Please have a read of her interview and check out her portfolio now.
Tell us about yourself, and why you are a good fit as a makeup artist.
I feel I am very creative within my work, trying new techniques and pushing the boundaries within my work.
Why did you choose this profession?
I have always wanted to work within the fashion industry and I thought makeup would enable my creativity to flow.
What are the biggest challenges makeup artists have to face?
The biggest challenges I feel we have to face are health and safety as these are very important when carrying out makeup tasks and can be dangerous.
If a customer asks for a style that you are sure would not suit them, how do you convince the customer to go otherwise?
I would give them subtle hints and alternative options as to what I would suggest would suit their skin tone/face shape and if they were still adamant I would adapt that look to suit them.
How do you prepare dry and oily skin for foundation makeup application?
I use a product suitable for combination skin as this will work well on the problem areas.
Do you have any experience in cosmetic retails?
Tell us about your experience as a makeup artist?
I currently run my own freelance hair and makeup business.
Do you apply makeup for special events? Name some you have covered?
Yes I have a lot of experience within bridal makeup.
What is the difference between applying makeup for a TV shoot and applying makeup for a live appearance party?
The difference is the durability of the products and the thickness.
How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs? How does it affect the wear and tear of your tools and how do you feel about the associated expense?
I deep clean my brushes after every day of use and I spot clean them in between clients using surgical spirit to kill germs that may be present on the brushes. By washing them as often as I do I have noticed that the glue inside the brushes have started to break down.
Be creative and confident within your own ability as a makeup artist because if you believe in yourself, anything is achievable.
HUMA - Leah Clarey, Photographer - Karl Pinnington
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