- What inspired you to become a make up artist and start your own YouTube channel?
I first began working in the fashion world as a model. I was scouted at 15 and had a lot of fun posing out in front of the camera. That took me to Tokyo where a photographer asked me to come back and help with make-up. I really enjoyed creating, whether that was in design, fashion or painting and for me make-up was the next progression on my journey.
I came back to London and started building up my book as a make-up artist and I started thinking about how I could come up with a business model for my own products, so I started thinking about making a blog where I could communicate all my ideas, and here I am today.
YouTube was a format I was used to as I blogged here and there on an LGBTQ collaboration that involved talking about gay rights, trans activism and so on. This time around I wanted to take it a little more seriously so I created video tutorials with my spin on them.
This year has been amazing, winning Simon Cowell's YouGen competition for my gender related work and being able to take my art to the next level.
- What is your favourite product from the Bee Good range?
I absolutely love the hand lotion and the moisturiser. I think they're perfect products to keep you hydrated and looking great in the wintry months. The cream cleanser is absolutely amazing at taking off the day too, I think it's a great one.
- Where do you find inspiration for your make up tutorials and looks?
I am really inspired by what's going on around me. I definitely think there are eras and individuals who have really had an impact on me like Grace Jones, the 90s supermodels, Italian Portraiture; but I'm inspired by myself and I like to characterise my image based on that.
For the last couple of years I was really inspired by the idea of a mermaid. I thought it was a really interesting metaphor. Right now I'm just playing with all the crayons in the colouring box. I'm kind of like a gumbo amd just throw everything in and see what the delicious outcome will be.
- Do you think a good skincare routine is an essential foundation for flawless makeup?
I am absolutely obsessed with skincare. Suffering from acne since I was a young teen I spent absolutely all my money on finding the fix all. If the canvas isn't right then the make-up will not work as well, whatsoever.
I think getting the right skincare for you is the way to do it because everyone has a different diet, a different chemistry and a different environment. The trick is listening to what you need and choose products that really works on re-balancing what it is that is going on with you, whether that's dry skin, oily skin, acne or redness.
Products like the Bee Good range are amazing because they work synergistically and tackle all the problems you could face in a an effective way.
- What would you like to see next from Bee Good?
I'd absolutely love to see their anti-ageing skincare and some mask products. I think they are so delicious-smelling and have a natural approach. When you think of Bee Good, you think gentle, but they also work very effectively. I think treatment masks and lifting products that have a immediate effect would be amazing in the future. It would show that natural products can achieve really amazing results whilst being gentle.
- What is your number 1 tip for flawless make-up?
I always say good skincare, that's the way to start. That involves keeping a good diet, good hydration levels, paying attention to what's going on with the cosmetics you are using. To people starting out in make-up I would invest in good tools, good brushes that you can keep forever.
Some of my brushes I've had since I was 13; they've been through the mill. One example is when I came home to find my oldest eyebrow brush sticking out of a tin of magnolia wall paint: my mother had decided to borrow it to paint the edges of her wall. much to my dismay.
Thank god that I rescued it quickly and that brush is still going, but it really shows that good tools do last. Colour products are pretty much the same: You can do what you want with them, but good tools and good skincare are the things to start with.
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