I first met Lauren at the reception desk of a, now long gone fashion house in Sydney in 2012. I was working as a designer at the time and she had taken a part time job while getting herself settled in the city. I noticed her warm smile and bright blue eyes straight away (and her impeccable make up of course) and we started to chat about photo shoots, our dreams and our goals for the future. At the time we were both working jobs neither of us felt any real passion for anymore so dreaming up glamorous photo shoots and concepts was a welcome daily escape for the both of us.
5 years later and Lauren now has a flourishing make up business and I a healthy photography studio . We have since worked on a few shoots together and Lauren is now also part of my team of make up artists. We caught up recently to chat past, present and future....
Where did you grow up and how did you get into the beauty industry?
"I grew up in a small country town in Gloucester, NSW.
After year 12 I moved to Newcastle where I studied a Certificate II in Makeup Services at Tafe. While studying I was working at a Tanning Studio and doing the occasional freelance gig. I then relocated to Brisbane to pursue a career as Makeup Artist and began working for a boutique makeup store in Bulimba."
"Through this job I had the opportunity to work on a major runway show called Swim Fashion Week in Sanctuary Cove. While in Brisbane I really started to put myself out there by volunteering wherever possible. One event was behind the scenes for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Quite naturally after some time meeting other people and just following my heart I was fortunate enough to meet many creative and like-minded people who invited me to assist them on editorial shoots and eventually landing wedding jobs. Although it wasn't until I moved to Sydney that my career really took of. "
What do you enjoy most about working with your brides/clients?
"Seeing how happy my clients are when they see the final look is such a rewarding feeling. Being able to be part of my brides' special day and to make her feel the best possible version of herself is a good feeling. It’s always such a happy and fun environment and everyone is in good spirits!"
Any tips on how to best chose a makeup artist for your wedding?
"Do your research. There are so many Bridal directories online now where you can search for reputable Artists. Always check their reviews and portfolio to see if their style is suited to you. Although I agree the internet is such a powerful tool in researching, I am still a big believer in the good old fashioned word of mouth."
Weddings can be extremely costly, however be wary of saving on costs by choosing a “cheap” Makeup Artist. If someone is offering their services at a ridiculously cheap rate, you might want to re-assess their experience and ability."
What is your dream make up job, a dream client to work with?
"My dream job would be working on a big budget film doing special effects, something like The Lord of The Rings. As a kid I was always mesmerized by how they transformed actors into these characters like Edward Scissor hands and Mrs Doubtfire!"
"My dream client would have to be Steve Carell because he’s just so damn funny… or Katy Perry because she isn’t afraid of trying new looks."
Can you share your favourite make up tip? /What is your go-to everyday fail safe tip for busy women?
"There are so many tricks of the trade but something that I wished I had learnt back when I was starting out was to do up the eyes first. This way you can be as messy as you want without having to stress over fallout ruining your foundation. The edges can be cleaned up after using a cotton tip dipped in cleanser or a makeup wipe for that clean, defined look."
"My go-to for busy women is definitely to prime the skin. This way your foundation will stay put all day and you won’t have to worry about touching up. I recommend a silicon based pore minimizing primer for the t-zone where women are most prone to oiliness, and a hydrating water based primer for the remainder of the face. People don’t realize but primers help decrease sweating through the pores, which makes your makeup stay in place longer so it’s also great for women who are constantly on the go and being active."