A good makeup artist is hard to find. Well the UK has a new MUA to fight over: Sue-Ellen. She’s a self taught makeup artist that has officially been on the scene for two and a half years. Oh but don’t let the number of years fool you, Sue-Ellen has emerged and is taking London by storm. Her work has even caught the eye of Shutterbug Magazine where she is published. I caught up with Sue-Ellen to get the scoop.
Mz Mahogany: Where did you learn the art of makeup?
Sue-Ellen: I am a self taught makeup artist who is still learning! I haven’t had any official schooling of any sort, and I have no formal qualifications. It was a talent that had not been pushed to its creative and expressive boundaries, being a makeup artist has helped me to explore my potential and there is still so much to do! I feel into the profession after modeling, Photographer Nathan Thompson (also my partner) realised my potential and asked me to do makeup for his shoots and it all progressed from there!
Mz Mahogany: What is your signature look?
Sue-Ellen: I think my signature look is color. Being Indian I come from a colorful background, the clothes are always complimentary clash of color, I love trying to get as much color as possible into the eye area.
Mz Mahogany: What are some of your favorite shoots?
Sue-Ellen: Romantic Pirate – I love the makeup no symmetry here, just a step into the wild, the model carries this look beautifully.
ANTM inspired – When I first saw this look on America’s Next Top model I was in love, it took me a while and a bit of research but I finally got there, achieved using straws and pigments.
Summer Flowers – personally love this because of the materials used to achieve such a beautiful image, artificial flowers from the 99p store!
Mz Mahogany: Describe your makeup artist kit.
Sue-Ellen: It’s a collection of the established and budget; I have the more recognized names like Mac, Bobbie Brown together with high street brands like MUA and Sleek. I also have a craft collection as well, with feathers, gems, sequins for the more elaborate looks.
Mz Mahogany: Do you have any favorite products?
Sue-Ellen: I love the Mac paint pot – eye shadow base. A lot of people like urban decay potion primer, but I found it hard to blend over it, however Mac paint pot is a steal, lasts forever and adheres eye shadow perfectly.
Mz Mahogany: Having the right foundation color can make or break your overall look. What are your recommendations for picking the right foundation?
Sue-Ellen: One rule, make sure it blends into your skin, don’t want it to be too dark or light. Before you invest in foundation try it out see what it looks like in real light as well as the light in the shop.
Mz Mahogany: How do we stop eye shadow from creasing?
Sue-Ellen: Good base, I personally apply foundation, fix with powder and then apply Mac paint Pot to make the eye shadow colors really intense. The layers of makeup on your lids make it harder for the shadow to crease.
Mz Mahogany: Is it really necessary for ladies (non-MUA’s) to have all those makeup brushes?
Sue-Ellen: I still have one brush I have used for over 10 years. I don’t have another brush like it but before I was a makeup artist that was the only brush I used. I would say use sponge applicators for intense eye shadow and find a blending brush to blend out the shadow. That’s all you really need, since being a mua I have discovered different brushes and the use of different brushes, but in all honesty on a normal average day you won’t need them. If you want high street GOSH do great brushes if you want more upmarket I recommend Mac.
Mz Mahogany: What’s trending in makeup for Spring 2012?
1. Monochromatic makeup. Work sepias if you don’t want to go too wild, soft golden brown tones.
2. Flushed Cheeks. This spring/summer the attention is on the cheeks and lips and not so much eyes.
3. Coral Lips. Coral seems to be keeper the past years.
4. Gold Eyes with muted lips, no crazy lipstick here.
5. Bold Vibrant Lips Go crazy on lipstick this spring and summer! Pink, coral, orange, and peach.
Mz Mahogany: What’s next for Sue-Ellen?
Sue-Ellen: I do have a few exciting projects in the pipeline. I have a particular project involving a lot of ivy, now that the weather has warmed up it seems like a project that will come together shortly.
Mz Mahogany: Can’t wait to see what you do next. Thanks for sharing your makeup tips!
For more information on makeup artist Sue-Ellen, please visit her website at http://www.sueellen.co.uk/