09 September, 2014 Expert Advice #1: Rosie Lewis MUA
When I started blogging a goal of mine was to interview industry professionals about the tricks and tips they’d accumulated over the years, as well as to find out the brands and products that they swear by. Luckily, I’ve had that chance a lot sooner than I thought! I’m kicking off a three-part series of beauty-focused interviews with the lovely Rosie Lewis, a celebrity makeup artist whose experiences include working with the cast of The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea. Not only is she a successful MUA with over 10 years of experience, she has provided her professional insight and expertise to magazines such as OK! and New, and has worked as a guest beauty presenter for QVC.
1) What’s been your most expensive purchase in the last year? The Laura Mercier Finishing Powder (£29, buy here) for myself and for clients, and the Bobbi Brown BBU palette.
*The BBU palette is a collection of Bobbi Brown’s foundation sticks, correctors and concealers in a huge range of shades, housed in one portable case – it’s a makeup addict’s dream and is always sold out! If you’re lucky enough to find it online, it retails for around £180 – view here.
2) Do you prefer natural or dramatic makeup on yourself? What do you prefer applying for clients? On me I prefer natural makeup, whereas I prefer dramatic makeup for clients. I love creating a dramatic eye look, using metallic and smoky shades, as well as applying false eyelashes. It’s nice to experiment with them when I wear natural, minimal makeup day-to-day. When I’m going out for an evening, I like to step it up a bit. Bare Minerals do a really nice metallic rose gold shadow called Bare Skin (view here), and Stila also have a couple of gold/burnt orange shades in their range that are great for a night out (view here).
3) What’s the one product – skincare or makeup – you can’t live without? The Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (£29, buy here) is a great multi-purpose product. Over moisturiser it creates a subtle glow, and under makeup it makes you look instantly healthy. Their concealers are also brilliant (view here and here). Laura Mercier products are on the more expensive side, but they offer incredible value and you can definitely see what you’re paying for. It’s one of my favourite brands to use on myself and on clients.
4) Primer – yes or no? ALWAYS! I can’t live without it. Your skin needs something to adhere to, and if you don’t have a barrier between makeup and your skin, product can get ‘sucked’ in and disappear. Primer increases the longevity of your makeup and prevents it from caking, smudging and settling into fine lines. As you get older, skin can develop dry patches, and primers can help to significantly reduce and smooth these problem areas. The Smashbox Photo Finish primer (£25, buy here) is brilliant for older skin as it creates a dewey, youthful look.
5) Lip liner – yes or no? Yes. I have quite a few that I alternate between. Spice from MAC is a classic nude shade (£12.50, buy here). Clinique do some great cream liners (Honeystick is amazing, buy here for £12.50). They are dry to cream formulas, and are really easy to work with. Beech by The Body Shop (£8, buy here) has been around for ages and is the perfect pink/nude/brown. It has less orange tones than Spice and seems to be a universally flattering shade.
6) Do you have any particular brand loyalties? What do you enjoy using the most on clients? I love MAC – I challenge you to go in and leave without buying anything! The huge range of colours, textures and pigments means that there’s something to suit everyone. I also really enjoy using Benefit products. Their Hoola bronzer is incredible (£25, buy here). Clinique is another great brand that produce brilliant face products. Their under-eye concealer pens have a great pink undertone, they’re light enough to layer and build with, but they still conceal and erase dark circles (£19, buy here). Another perk is that because their products are so thoroughly tested, clients won’t get any allergic reactions, meaning the brand is foolproof for professional use. Laura Mercier do a tinted moisturiser that is perfect for young skin (£34, buy here), and I love Rimmel for their mascaras. The Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves mascara (£6.99, buy here) has a curved brush to create definition and volume, and I use this both on clients and myself. No. 7 also do great mascaras with plastic bristles, which are good if you have fine, sparse lashes.
7) How do you organize your makeup? Palettes all the way. I have separate MAC palettes for neutral and more out-there eyeshadow shades, so I use colour schemes as a way to organise my makeup. I keep individual palettes for lip colours, and arrange face/complexion products by skin tone so it’s easier to mix and combine to create custom matches for clients. I don’t like to keep products in their original packaging such as tubes or pots, as palettes mean everything is laid out, clearly marked and easy to use. For myself, I keep two large makeup bags as well as wicker baskets piled high with products in my bathroom. I’m a makeup hoarder!
8) Something extra – a tip or trick you’d like to share: Don’t overload your base. If you’re using a good quality foundation, you should use it sparingly. Mix your primer and foundation for everyday wear, and above all let young skin look young! If it’s not the evening, less is more.
I was honestly in beauty blogger heaven speaking to Rosie. After our chat I wrote a wish-list of all the products I want to try, and have definitely taken on board a lot of her advice. I’ve toned down my foundation heavy-handedness, and am experimenting in mixing my primer with face products to create a more natural, daytime-appropriate look.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve enjoyed the first instalment of Expert Advice, any products you have your eye on, or any questions you have!