Beauty Reviews

An Interview with an Urban Decay MUA

As you probably know if you read my blog often or if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram OR Facebook I went to an Urban Decay beauty event a couple weeks ago, in fact if you do follow me you’re probably bloody sick of hearing about it hahaha.

But as a little follow up I interviewed an Urban Decay make up artist (who’s eye make up makes me want to cry it’s so good) and fellow blogger to hear all about her own make up faux pas and her biggest top tips! Because what gal doesn’t need a little professional make up advice from time to time?

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Who are you and what do you do?
I am Lois Marie Hamilton, I work at Urban Decay in House of Fraser (Binss) Darlington.

What got you into makeup?
I’m not 100% sure what got me into makeup, I have worn it since the age of 10 (I am 18 now) and have been through all of the makeup stages you could imagine, I have had the dream matte mousse which was far too dark phase, I went through a phase of trying to look ‘gothic’ with white foundation and a pound shop black lipstick! At one point I shaved all my eyebrows off and would draw them on with a black eye pencil and they looked like two straight lines (horrific the memory never leaves me). However once I reached year 10 I went on an induction day with school and did a taster of a makeup course (Production Arts Makeup in Media and Performance) which I completely fell in love with and refused to look at any other college or course.

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❤ What is your fave brand and what is your fave one of their products?
I don’t have a favourite brand, I have never been a one main brand type of person. Although I will say Urban Decay, it’s a brand I was so really keen to work for and my favourite product would be B6, I live and breathe for this product, it’s a prepping spray which is amazing for all the oily gals and guys out there!

High end or high street?
It depends both are amazing for different things, especially high street if you’re just starting to experiment with makeup as you can practice away without worrying that you’ve been hacking away at a £40 product. Truthfully though I can’t remember the last time I shopped entirely high street.

Fave high street product?
My favourite high street product is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (I hope that counts as a high street product) if not Topshop’s Mono iridescent eye shadows.

What are your three biggest make up tips?
Biggest makeup tips would be: Practice practice practice. Go outside of your comfort zone when experimenting. And always do your eye shadow first!!

 What make up item do you think is a staple in the Autumn/Winter?
A staple makeup item would be something hydrating for the skin and lips! As well as a dark lip or orange tones on the eyes (or both). My favourites for this look is Lime Crime Venus 2 palette and Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine.

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 Have you seen many make up faux pas in your time?
I have seen a lot of cringe worthy make ups in the past and I am guilty of doing pretty much all of them when I was younger!

 What is your advice for someone who wants to become a MUA?
My advice for anyone who wants to become a Makeup Artist is just practice and do your research, doing it in education is amazing because it puts you in the right direction and it will teach you all sorts of things but it can only take you so far- practising your skills and techniques will allow you to experiment more as well. Building a portfolio is important, especially on other people. Just ask friends and family or anyone you know if you can practice a makeup on them and take a few photos with a clean back ground or work your background into the photos, e.g. If you’ve done a special effects road accident makeup, take the photos outside (not necessarily on the road). However practising on other people is really important because you may be amazing doing makeup on yourself but as an MUA you’ll be working on all types of faces!

You can find out more about Lois over on her blog or you can find her on Instagram

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, if you’d like more professional advice from a make up artist you can read my last MUA interview here!

Thanks for reading,

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