Makeup Artist Spotlight: Emma Spotswood
In this months 'Makeup Artist Spotlight' series I am proud to introduce hair and makeup artist Emma Spotswood.
From doing makeup on Fall Out Boy for X-Factor to her work gracing the pages of Girlfriend magazine, Emma is making her mark in the industry one flawless face at a time!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a makeup artist?
I first realised I wanted to be a makeup artist after I completed a year of studying a Bachelor of Arts at Uni and I deferred it due to boredom, lack of direction and assessments!
Someone commented that I liked aesthetics and makeup and to do a makeup course and I was really excited at the thought. I started the course and loved it and that was when I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career.
How long have you been working in the industry?
I have been in the industry for 8 years now. The time has flown by!
Which makeup style is your forte?
I’d say fresh, luminous makeup with soft highlighting and contouring. I like to accentuate each person’s natural beauty, not create a mask. Although it is fun to be creative and play with different tones and colours and go all out if the occasion calls for it.
What's the most valuable lesson you've learnt on the job?
Too many lessons! Maintaining a high quality of work while working efficiently at the same time.
Most memorable / favourite makeup job you've worked on?
Oh it probably has to be when I made up the band Fall Out Boy for X Factor! I was a big fan of their music for years, had their CDs and went to their concert. And saw Katy Perry that same day backstage (fan girl moment)!
Top 5 products in your kit you'd be lost without?
Becca cream Illuminator, Urban Decay Naked Palette, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Chocolate Shimmer, Bobbi Brown BBU Palette, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal
MUA you admire
I admire so many artists that I come across via instagram, facebook and also higher profile ones such as Rachel Montgomery, Tobi Henney, Pat McGrath, Rae Morris, Nicole Thompson etc.
If you weren't doing makeup you'd be...
Doing something creative such as floristry, definitely not in an office!
What advice would you give to someone looking to become a MUA?
I would say don’t give up and don’t take no for an answer. It’s not an easy industry to crack, but if you work hard enough and are willing to learn and grow as an artist then you will get there. Also assist as many great makeup artists as you can. I also started working at MAC soon after my makeup course finished so it was a great learning environment and you get to know colours and products and try it on different skin tones, face shapes, eye shapes etc. It helps if you do hairstyling too.
Photo 1 (top): Hair & Makeup: Emma Spotswood // Model: Madi Edwards // Photographer: Toni Veziris // Stylist: Angela Liang // Brand: Kollide Active
Photo 2: Hair & Makeup: Emma Spotswood // Model/Celebrity: Tori Kelly American Singer // Photographer: Tomasz Machnik // Stylist: Kristy.Koutsogiannis // Publication: Girlfriend Magazine