The Melbourne based hair & make up artist creating utterly stunning looks shares some of her insights into the fashion world.
In a few words, tell us about your style?
Feminine, Polished, Romantic
How did you get into professional hair and make up?
I did a makeup course part time for a year whilst in year 12 at Secondary collage, I then worked briefly for Dior cosmetics before taking on a hairdressing apprenticeship at Shibui hair salon, where I then became a senior cutter and stylist. During this time I would do test shoots and eventually became a freelance hair & make up artist full time.
What inspires and influences you when you're creating?
The latest fashion collections are always inspiring.
Do you have a favourite brand of make up or hair product?
Favourite make up brands would be Chanel, Mac and Ellis Faas. Favourite hair label would definitely be Kevin Murphy.
What do you enjoy most about working as a professional hair & make up artist?
Getting creative, creating a beautiful image you can keep forever.
What do you look for when considering a team to work with on editorials?
A team that has a similar taste to you in regards to their work and has passion for what they create. Its important to have a team that are all on the same page and truly love their style of work otherwise you'll be disappointed with the outcome.
What has been the most memorable shoot you've done to date, good or bad?
One of the most memorable would probably be doing one of my shoots at a recycling yard for a fashion labels 20th anniversary, it was such a hot day and smelt so bad but it looked pretty amazing as the whole yard was so organised. Big stacks of tin cans, yellow pages, milk bottles etc. Which made all the colours really pop.
If you could give your younger self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Don't stress because everything thats meant to be will happen.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I'm working on a few beauty shoots.
What would be your ideal campaign to work on?
I love Australian labels, so I'd love to work with Zimmerman or Lover. Internationally I'm loving the direction Gucci is going at the moment, so that would be a dream.
If you were to give a piece of advice to aspiring hair and make up artists what would it be?
It would be not to stress what make up school you go to. Go to school and learn the basics, how to colour correct etc. Start assiting and learn on the job, also there are so many videos online to learn tricks from now. Save your money to buy a piece towards your kit every week because kits are expensive. I also recommend learning hair, you really need both. Don't do a little course, do an apprenticeship, its the only way to truly understand hair and make sure its with a really good salon.
Photographers featured Dhyan Verco, Jessica Apap & Liane Hurvitz
Models featured Chloe, Lucy, Julia & Frankie
Hair & make up Ashleigh Carpenter