So looking back at my old blog posts today I came across this interview from 25.01.12 with MUA Karla Powell who is the head Makeup Artist at MUA Cosmetics, a world famous Makeup Artist and an Editor at a Magazine!
Look how far Karla has come since the interview on Alifeinbeautyam...
Hi there Karla let’s start off with your career highlights and day to day schedules;
How did you become a Makeup Artist and why Karla?
"I studied beauty, fashion, media and theatre make-up straight after school learning new skills and building my confidence and realising this is what I want to do every day… which eventually lead to teaching make-up & hair at a local College for three years which was the best experience in my first years of being a make-up artists as I love to inspire aspiring make-up artists. I have pushed myself over the last three years to get my work noticed, networking with industry people and building my portfolio while teaching make-up I am now living the dream working in London as head makeup artist".
What does a day in the life of Karla the Makeup Artist involve?
"The life of me is varied and exciting – and challenging at times! The day can vary from getting models ready for a photo shoot, followed by 10-12 hours of work that same day. Or sometimes it’s an easy 10AM call, shoot for a few hours and then you are done. Being in the office at FB Beauty picking products shades for new upcoming lipsticks, picking names for the shades of eye shadows, creating make-up looks to inspire others to use FB Beauty products on either you tube or blogs. Meeting with fashion designers or photographers to design a makeup look that coordinates with their latest collection for a runway show. One thing you can be sure of: it’s never a boring job!"
"One of the best parts of the job is getting to work with people all day. I make friends and professional connections constantly due to the nature of the job. Sometimes you yourself are tired from a very long shoot and have to remember to be positive and help keep everyone’s spirits up and working well. I have met some wonderful people in this job and made friends for life".
What highlights have you had in your career so far?
"I would say the highlight of my career so far was working for Tumblr where I was picked from my beauty blog to go backstage at New York fashion week for spring/summer 2012. I learnt and discovered the new beauty trends for spring/summer 2012, and upcoming products which are going to big. I also learn tips on make-up artistry itself the 10 days I was there. And to top it I got to interview top make-up artists! I learnt so much from those 10 days then I have ever have done at make-up school, perfect place for a trainee make-up artist".
"I also was inspired to achieve more dreams within my make-up career. I met so many people which I would never have been able to do otherwise. I also achieved a dream by being a key make-up artist for Sergio Davila which meant I had to find a team to work with, design a makeup look to go with the clothes, prepare the team and then demonstrate the look…. And to see my work on the catwalk which was a dream come true!"
What is it like working for MUA?
"What inspired me to join MUA was that I could as an artist inspire young aspiring artists using MUA products! This is a huge step in my career so far as a make-up artist. I now have the opportunity to inspire, teach and showcase other make-up artists how we can achieve anything with MUA products. I love the fact that I can actually get involved with a make-up company that does so successfully and help other make-up artists achieve dreams and learn how to become a professional make-up artist using our products. I know with my skills and knowledge with MUA anything is possible!"
How long does it take you to create your makeup looks using MUA?
"Depending on the make-up look itself, if it’s a natural beauty look on myself it can take me 15minutes or if it’s an extreme creative look it can take me up to 45minutes and on photo-shoots is a different story as the make-up look has to be perfect and flawless, this can take up to 2 hours to get the perfect make-up look".
What is your inspiration on creating the looks?
"Art, Nature, Colours, Fabrics, Textures, Inspiring make-up artists and photographers- Events such as Christmas time, Easter time, Summer time…"
"Remember to have fun with make-up, after all make-up is an art form!"
What is your motto in life?
"Your aspirations are your possibilities. "
Any makeup tips we should know Karla?
Do you have any tips on breaking into the business?
"The beauty of working with Make-up is, it’s constantly changing with trends, products, seasons and having skills like myself within teaching, fashion, photography, media & theatre you can choose any career path at any time which will keep your skills and techniques fresh with the on-going changes of makeup. Keep your options open and learn everything aspect of make-up you can".
"I would say the best advice for you now is Working for free, which has given me experience working as a freelance make-up artist. Meeting some amazing creative people and finally to build a portfolio which I am now happy to show clients. I ensure you this has open up a lot of doors to my make-up world and I have learnt so much, your contacts grow and grow. I chose to work for free to build my experience within the make-up industry and to gain a strong portfolio. I do believe that all trainee make-up artists should only work for free if it benefits their portfolio/experiences and they gain something out of it. Unpaid work comes from particular photographers that I feel their work is outstanding and knowing with my skills we could produce some strong images for both our portfolios. So therefore we are returning favours in both parts. So I have now had a handful of collaborations with different photographers, and my work really has grown as a result. I was able to be comfortable with them and try new things, and saw results. Each photographer I worked with on test moved my work in a different direction and I am grateful to all of them. I would say my confidence, skills and knowledge within this industry is at a very high level now and I would say that is all thanks to working UN paid and meeting some amazing inspirational people along the way who believed in my abilities. After all if I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be where I am today".
· Keep learning
· Network your butt off!
So there you have it beauties an inspiring interview from the one and only Karla Powell…
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