Featured MUA: Hannah Schell



"No matter how creative or avant garde the shoot, my models will always look beautiful."

Can you tell us what makes you a good fit for this particular makeup artist position with the competition being so tough?

I've been trained in London from the world's best makeup artists globally. No matter how creative or avant garde the shoot, my models will always look beautiful.

Why did you choose this profession?

It chose me! There have been photos of me experimenting with makeup since the age of 3.

What are the biggest challenge makeup artists have to face?

Scarcity mentality - You have to believe that there's enough work out there for everyone, if you're good enough. You have to put your ego aside and be willing to be available and organized for action at all times.

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 talk about their best features and how I want to accentuate them. I work together with the model or customer to make sure that he or she has input and feels good about the look we are trying to achieve.

How do you prepare dry and oily skin for foundation makeup application?

Dry: Cleanse and if needed, quickly exfoliate the skin. Use a radiance serum followed by a hydrating moisturizer and a face oil, to further moisturize and prevent any flaking when applying foundation. Oily: Cleanse and tone their skin with appropriate products for oily skin types. Go in with an oil free moisturizer that still hydrates the face.

Do you have any experience in cosmetic retails?

Yes, I have worked at both Sephora and Chanel as a makeup artist.

Tell us about your experience as a makeup artist?

Being a makeup artist has been a positive experience because you get to work with creative, like minded people help develop your imagination and talents. I've been lucky enough to be trained by the best so it's really helped my confidence. No training is ever wasted. The best part of being a makeup artist is the ability to transform and elevate someone to their best visual appearance. It's incredibly validating to have a happy model or client who feels beautiful.

Name some you have covered?

I've done makeup for proms, weddings, special events and also London Fashion Week.

What is the difference between applying makeup for a TV shoot and applying makeup for a live appearance party?

Any time that someone is on camera, the makeup application has to be significantly heavier to look natural on the screen.

How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs?

My brushes and tools are cleansed for each new client. You can't scrimp on hygiene because clients need to be assured that your tools are sanitary. I buy my cleaners in bulk and have a brush stand to help my brushes dry quicker and with less wear and tear. I am super cautious and careful when cleaning my brushes and though there is a cost involved, it's one that cannot be compromised.

How do you determine a client’s undertone before you decide what makeup technique to use?

For caucasian skin, I look to see if they have a pink, yellow or neutral undertones and I mix colours accordingly. For asian skin, it's mostly yellow undertones but I look to see if they are warm or cool. For Indian, it's again warm or cool and usually orange or red coloured concealer correctors work best for their skin. For Blacks, it's cool or warm and it's an olive cool or a deep red, bearing in mind that their skin has different colours all over their face so you will need to correct each part of their face differently. Determining the undertone as warm or cool is the critical make or break decision for any ethnicity and look.

Do you have any tips you'd like to share?

No education is wasted and if you learn from the best, you are less likely to develop bad habits. Be humble and open to learning and always be on time, prepared, and open to what the stylist or client is hoping to achieve.

Booking Information:

Instagram - @hannahschellmakeup

Website - hannahschellmakeup.com

Email - hannahschellmua@gmail.com

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