Whenever I’m working with make-up artists, no matter what the model looks like, I always say the same thing when they ask my what look I want – “Keep it natural” is my stock answer. I’m not a fan of overly made-up women in everyday life, so I tend to prefer, given the choice, natural looking when I’m photographing them. If I’m photographing a beautiful woman on a windswept beach on the Isle of Man I don’t want her looking like she’s going out clubbing in Manchester, or even worse, coming home from clubbing in Manchester.
Now I’m no expert, but I imagine that make-up art is one of those things that anyone with a few bits of Max Factor and L’Oreal and an aluminium cosmetics case thinks they can do. Not so. I use a couple of great MUA’s – Kimberley Berridge and Erica Stephenson, both fantastic MUA’s who can produce exactly what I’m looking for. I’ve also used a few who produce exactly what I’m not looking for.
Because I like a bit of variation, this week I added Charlotte Easton to my list of go-to make-up artists for a shoot with the very beautiful, Gem Lloyd-Jones. The sign of a great MUA is when you can turn-up at their studio with a model, tell them exactly the look you want and then disappear to drink cups of tea for an hour, which is exactly what we did with Charlotte. Gem looked fantastic.
One thing I have learnt this week – if a make-up artist suggests you take some lip-gloss with you, then take the lip gloss. Trust the professionals…