NFW Meets: MUA Wendy England
There’s an ever growing collective of creative people in our city. Norwich Fashion Week is proud to support and showcase businesses large and small and the new and the firmly established. From getting to know the people who’ve participated in past Fashion Weeks, it’s become clear that people of all ages are learning new skills to make a change in their lives and unleash their creativity. We caught up with local make-up artist Wendy England, who found herself embarking on a career as a make up artist as an adult and has since worked on projects including fashion shows, competitions and photoshoots.
What were you doing before you became a make-up artist?
I was 28 when I first got into makeup, a late bloomer you might say. I already held a HND in Fashion and Textiles from Great Yarmouth College and loved art but after 8 years of stacking shelves for a living needed a change. I started my beauty and lifestyle blog in 2012 and became an Avon Rep, that’s when makeup really came into my life. It was a dear friend of mine that suggested studying Makeup and showed me the course at Jackie Hamilton’s School of Beauty.
You were one of the makeup artists for The Vintage Show at Norwich Fashion Week 2014, how did you find the experience and how did you feel seeing your work in the show?
I was buzzing with joy being backstage with all those talented artists, models and stylists. I thrived on the busy environment and prepping the models for the big night. I love events where I can meet other like minded artists and share tips. Seeing my work go down the catwalk is just the icing on the cake.
What kinds of looks do you prefer doing?
I’m a very creative person and my work reflects that. I may not be everyone’s cup of tea but by pushing my capabilities on a creative level I challenged myself everyday. I have recently been dipping my toes into face and body painting, mostly this has been self-taught and using my own face as a canvas.
What are some of your favourite products?
Illamasqua have a strong presence in my kit, I wouldn’t be without their skin base foundations which look flawless under the scrutiny of a camera. I’m a big fan of Eldora false lashes and have a sickeningly big collection of theirs for photoshoots.
Any makeup tips you’d like to share with us?
One for the makeup artists out there – if you are doing a fashion show or event makeup where you have to share space with others label everything, it’s easy to lose a palette or mascara.
Photographer: Rekha Garton
Photographer: Rekha Garton
What do you feel has been the highlight of your career so far?
Meeting and learning from the talented Pashur, International Body Painter. In the 3-4 hours I spent on his course I caught the body painting bug. I haven’t been able to put my paints down since.
What are your goals/aspirations for the future?
I plan to continue practicing face and body painting and share my work with those who follow me on Instagram. I would like to branch out to YouTube but as it’s saturated with makeup posts I am still working on a way in which I can stand out from the crowd.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to become a makeup artist?
There are many talented artists out there who without even taking a course can show their talents by using their own face as a canvas. I am inspired on a daily basis by hundreds of self-taught makeup artists online. My advice for those who want to move on from working on themselves to models, even family or friends, is to take a basic level 2 course. There you will learn hygiene, sanitation and skin conditions. If you don’t know how to look after your kit you can easily contaminate it. You don’t want to give a bride a cold sore for her big day.
We’ve also asked Wendy to create a special makeup video for Norwich Fashion which we can’t wait to share with you, so watch this space!
Visit Wendy England’s Website