>On our most recent shoot, we were so mesmerised watching you apply the products and how you held the brushes. What tips can you offer?
I think a light touch is quite important. My mum always has this thing, she says to me, ‘how have I done my blush today?’ and she just can’t get it right. It’s always in the wrong place, or it’s not blended properly, or its half wiped off. I think what she tends to do, and it’s quite a common mistake, is the harder she presses, what she ends up doing is just moving all the makeup… I often put powders on top of creams, and then creams on top of that, and people will often say to me, ‘how do you do that without that product moving?’ But a lot of it is just having a really light touch, and layering with the right tools, brushes etc, and not trying to press hard because you’re trying to blend out better.
What’s the biggest beauty mistake you see people making?
Social media has been the most incredible tool to allow people to learn how to do makeup. I mean, when I was like 15, 16, I used to put one colour green shadow all over my eyes, right up to my eyebrows, and I used to think I’d done a great job. Whereas nowadays, 16/17 year olds do their makeup incredibly flawlessly. And I think a lot of that is just through people learning through YouTube and Instagram, which is incredible. But then on the flipside, when you see somebody, you know do an eyeliner in a certain way, if you follow that it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to apply to your face shape. So, I think a common misconception is that makeup is like painting by numbers, that you put this on first, and then you do your contour, and then you blend and then you bake. I think a lot of the time it’s not necessary and you need to take a step back and really assess what it is you’re trying to achieve and what it is your face needs before applying product.
What are the biggest beauty trends we should be watching out for next year?
There are a few that I think are going to be a big thing next year. I mentioned before, but I think blush is going to be a really big thing. It’s going to be sticking around for 2022, and we’re just going to see it in even more unlikely places: used as eyeshadow, or brought up onto the temples, used as contour etc. There’s been a big trend for skin minimalism. I think that’s going to stick around somewhat, but instead of it being paired with very natural eyes and lips, I think what we’ll see is some really daring dramatic eye looks with minimalistic, natural-looking skin. I absolutely love that trend - there was a lot of that on catwalks. There were some really graphic natural eye looks with super natural skin. I think there’s going to be a big shift in brow shapes. For a long time, it was all about the bigger the better: thick, bushy brows, the feather brow, etc. I think now we’re coming out of that craze and going into a bit more of a sculpted, almost ‘90s brow.