How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start in the industry?
I have been a makeup artist for almost 4 years now. I studied SFX and prosthetics makeup at Bedford College after leaving school. It was the only thing I wanted to do and the only thing I could imagine myself doing after falling in love with makeup at a young age.
Since then, I managed a makeup counter for just over a year and left to be a full time freelance artist last year. Since leaving I have been lucky enough to do countless bridal appointments, proms, weekend glams and have assisted for fashion shows and shoots.
How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?
I think my signature look would be a warm eye makeup with a good lash, a flawless glowy skin and a nude glossy lip. It’s so hard to choose as I love doing absolutely anything and I love a crazy colourful makeup as much as something wearable. But that look is wearable for any occasion and suits anyone, no matter their age, skin tone etc. It is also my most requested from clients!
I think what sets me apart is my ability to create a very full coverage, glam makeup, but it still be wearable and comfortable. I like to embrace all my clients natural features and enhance them, not change them.
What I love about makeup
My favourite thing about makeup is the way it can make you feel. For me, when I do my own makeup it takes me to another place and I feel complete peace. When you look in the mirror and feel good inside and out, nothing can beat that! It’s an instant mood changer. When I finish a client and they look in the mirror for the first time and they can’t wait to go out or they want to take a picture straight away and you can feel how happy they are, that’s the best part for sure.
Three must have items
A pressed powder, your favourite lipgloss and lash glue for emergencies!
Ella Walters MUA
SKIN PREP | Elemis superfood day cream
PRIMER | Nip & Fab primer essence, Make Up For Ever smoothing primer, MAC strobe cream
SETTING SPRAY | MAC Fix +, Urban Decay all nighter
FOUNDATION | MAC studio fix fluid
CONCEALER | MAC pro longwear, Makeup Revolution conceal and define POWDER | Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
BRONZER | Chanel soleil tan de Chanel, MAC give me sun, Nars laguna
BLUSH | MAC peaches, Nars orgasm
HIGHLIGHTER | Doll Beauty shine bright, Iconic London original highlight drops
BROWS | Make Up For Ever brow gel, Anastasia Beverley Hills dipbrow
EYES | NYX swear by it palette, Urban Decay naked heat, MAC NC15 chromographic pencil
LASHES | Pink Fishes LIPS | Make Up Forever aqua lip 3C, Jeffree Star mannequin liquid lipstick, Fenty Beauty gloss bomb
Here, my client requested a ‘glam, bronzey makeup’ and that’s exactly what we did. After talking to my client and assessing her features I started off by perfecting her base. I added a lot of warmth to her skin with a mixture of cream and powder bronzers, and added a fair amount of blush to give a natural flush to the skin. I then highlighted the skin in all the right places to ensure the makeup photographed beautifully and lasted all day, as my client was a wedding guest. We did a lovely warm, brown toned eye with a nude lid and waterline for a more neutral look. To make the eyes really pop I added a bolder lash, which is a great way to make a softer makeup appear more dramatic. I finished the look off with my favourite ever nude glossy lip combination. This is my favourite kind of makeup, completely glamorous but not too heavy.