Getting published or formal recognition of the hard work you do is a number one goal for makeup artists. It opens further job opportunities, professional discounts and actual collaborations where companies send you their goods to promote because they appreciate your style. I wish I could share a magic cheat sheet on how to get published quickly but unfortunately doesn’t exist.
Looking back on everything I have accomplished so far, the work I am most proud of was achieved on a day where a photographer a model and a makeup artist, went into the countryside to capture some golden hour pictures and have a little picnic. The pictures epitomise nostalgic summer vibes and always bring a smile to my face.
I assisted another makeup artist working in TV and was able to assist again in the theatre for CBBC’s Thumbelina. It was a creative experience I thoroughly enjoyed as I was able to add my own little touches to enhance the character makeup created by the lead MUA. My children were so excited seeing my name in the credits when it was shown in the cinema.
The glow-up challenge was the most challenging as self-doubt can be crippling to your creativity. You are also exposing part of who you are to unknown characters for judgement. I briefly forgot that self-expression and makeup is fun and even though it might not inspire everyone, it always has the potential to inspire someone.
As cliquey as this industry is, if you keep reaching out to people you will find absolute gems that are amazing to work with and the pictures of your work will always make you smile.
All images taken from Faye Cumberbatch’s instagram – faye_hj_makeup