5 THINGS THAT INSPIRE A MAKE-UP ARTIST

22 July

EVERYDAY LIFE

We all tend to walk around with our heads down in the earliness of our lives, we get up, get dressed, go to work/school, go to the gym, grab food and go to bed. We feel we don’t need to look around as we only need to know this familiar path to carry out these actions but have you really looked closely at this familiar path? Open your eyes and really have a good look. The rich green grass shooting up through the cracks in the grey pavement, the grittiness of the wall that hasn’t been repainted yet, the way the bark peels on the trees to unveil its brighter side and the rust upon the old iron gates. Its amazing how our familiar can quickly become our unfamiliar and from there become an inspiration.
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LISTENING

I have worked on many editorial photoshoots with Award winning Irish Fashion designer Sinead Carr. Two minutes into our first ever conversation and my heart was warmed by her passion, the deepness of the stories behind her creations and listening to what has and what continues to inspire her. It made me understand myself a little bit more as I could relate to everything she was saying and instantly I was inspired as I looked up at the baby pink sky shying away behind the chalky grey clouds.

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PEOPLE

My wonderful Mother. One of my biggest and strongest inspirations from the day I held a knitting needle in my hands to the day I graduated as a Makeup Artist from college. Her excitement for crafts, art and design has always pleased me and its something I cant get from anywhere else in the world. One of my strongest memories is one night I was sitting at the table and I could hear paper being ripped in the next room she soon burst into the kitchen with this image of an exotic bird filled with bold colour and placed it in front of me. Within five minutes together we had a whole photoshoot project planned. Her excitement overwhelms me with such joy and she is truly my inspirational secret treasure.

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ART

There are numerous fields of Artists. Painters, musicians, sculptors, photographers, print makers, glass workers, textile artists, illustrators, sketch artists, performers. The list of expression genre is endless therefore we all have the ability to inspire one another and there will never be a shortage. A few months ago I became inspired by stained glass, especially that on church windows as not only did I always love the colours and texture of the pieces I loved the architecture of the window itself. One of my main inspirations was stained glass master Karl Parsons (1884-1934). His work is just astounding and it triggered my ‘Protector of the star’ Bodypaint.

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THE ‘UNIMPOSSIBLE’

Just knowing that there are no boundaries in Art is an inspiration in itself. I am constantly trying to fill a gap with things that people haven’t already seen or done or do something based on what I have seen that had great potential but felt I could make better. Art is a journey, not a destination. If we get an idea we must allow it to blossom in our minds with time. There is always room for modification in my mind. Many times the end result of my Creation is not even close to the vision I started with and that is the beauty of it. That’s what keeps me hooked, Its the not knowing exactly where your mind will take you. Embrace the ‘unimpossible’.

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MAMU x