Makeup artistry is a fascinating profession, and as a makeup enthusiast I have always wondered what it’s like behind the scenes. I recently had the opportunity to interview Rebekah Banks, who has been working as a makeup artist for six years. Rebekah works on editorial shoots, as well as doing makeup for weddings and other special events. She shared with me about her career, and also some tips for how to improve your makeup.
Did you do a course, or are you self taught?
I studied at The Makeup School, which I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to study makeup! I have also previously trained as a beauty therapist which involved makeup too.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
I love so many parts of my job, making people feel amazing, being creative, meeting so many great people, the variety of all my jobs. My least favourite? Admin! On top of actually doing makeup, there’s always constant emails and messages to reply to at all times of the day and night.
What’s your best work story?
Hmm I did get to oil up some of the All Blacks for a Jockey [underwear] shoot, that was definitely one that made a lot of my friends envious!
For international readers, the All Blacks are New Zealand’s national rugby team – I am SO jealous of this!
What do you wish every client knew before coming for their booking?
You are beautiful as you are and you don’t need to apologise for the way you look before I begin your makeup. A very high percentage of women I do makeup for point out their perceived flaws as I’m beginning their makeup which makes me feel sad that we are so hard on ourselves.
What advice would you give to others considering becoming a makeup artist?
Study at a school that has amazing tutors with a lot of experience in the industry, be pro-active in finding work, and your personality/attitude on a job is just as important as your skills.
Do you have any tips for making make- up last?
Make sure to moisturise with a product suited to your skin type, if your skin is too dry or too greasy your makeup won’t last! To me the right moisturiser is even more important than a primer. Also keep your hands off your face during the day as that removes a lot of makeup without you realising!
What is your can’t live without product?
Jane Iredale Purepressed mineral powder – it’s the best for oily skin