So this is my first official blog post as part of the Emma Farrell Makeup Creative Team. How exciting! In fact, my first blog post ever. Things are heating up at Emma Farrell HQ and the three of us are really excited about working together. I may possibly be the serious one of the three but I am fun….honestly. Anyway, I am looking forward to sharing my experiences, thoughts or general ramblings with you.
The exercise of putting this blog together got me thinking as to how I have arrived at this point, so I thought this would be a good place to start as it features one of my Makeup Artist idols, Alex Box. In 2011 on a regular Sunday, off I went to the local newsagents and bought The Sunday Times newspaper. There are some really cool supplement magazines in the Sunday edition; one of which is the Style magazine. On this day, the cover had an image that captured my attention and imagination immediately. This is the day that started my pursuit of studying makeup. Granted, I had been thinking about it as something I’d like to do already, so perhaps I was already in tune with anything makeup. I had tried lots of things over the years none of which seemed to fit…see there I go, rambling! Ok, focus. The cover was a model wearing a makeup creation by Alex Box. Here it is, unfortunately I was unable to find out the names of the rest of the team, what an amazing job they did, I would love to know who they were.
Inside the magazine was a feature on Alex Box and the makeup brand, Illamasqua, at the time to me, the brand seemed like nothing I’d seen before, I was intrigued. So off I went onto their website for an exploration. There were products like liquid metal in gold and silver (which I’ve since bought) and colours I was dazzled by, I really liked the look of the website, all black background, to me it was really strong and unique. As Creative Director of the brand, she has contributed to some of the most individual and striking campaigns, which I think is at the heart of Illamasqua, embracing individuality and diversity. Last year, Psychologies Magazine named her one of the four women who have changed the beauty industry. Here is one of the latest images from the Glamour campaign from Illamasqua.
Incidentally, Illamasqua also have a School of Make-Up Art, where you can take a course, how cool would that be, they also run a makeup artist competition every year, the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-Up Artistry awards, there are different levels and Alex Box has been known to judge, I hope to enter someday. You can find out more here(see link)
Once I had seen this image, I needed to know about her work. I found out that she has a background as an art student. She has a BA in Fine Art. This is evident in her work. She uses art techniques like the use of tone, light and shade, colour and shapes, lines and texture to create images that are, in my opinion, works of art. Each image conveys a feeling or story. Of course she works with amazing teams too, her editorial work has been featured in Vogue, i-D, Dazed & Confused, she’s worked with design collections for Alexander McQueen, Vivien Westwood and Chanel. Also, with celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller. I admire her lot, her attitude, her achievements, the seemingly endless creativity in her work. Here is a cover where her work featured in Make-Up Artist Magazine
I shall finish here, I could probably keep going and I’ve had to edit down already, it’s a pity I didn’t have this problem writing English essays in school, come to think of it, perhaps it was the topics I was expected to have interest in and write interestingly about. So this ends my first blog nicely, I never knew what I wanted to do in school, I never knew what I wanted to do at all, until I bought this magazine, invested in makeup artistry and well you know the rest now, some of it anyway.
I hope you made it to the end, if you have, please comment here, it would be great to hear from you all. I promise I will edit myself more next time!