Award winning make up artist Fiona Tanner has worked for some of the biggest names in beauty - think Bobby brown, MAC, Stila, Benefit, Estee Lauder and Freya + Bailey of course! An industry stalwart and “go to” for celebs wanting to get read carpet ready, she’s a veritable vault of skin and make up know how. She breaks it down.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I've always wanted to be creative and have always had a love of fashion. Makeup seemed the perfect job to me. Marrying my love of meeting new and interesting people with artistic creativity.
What attracted you to the beauty industry?
I have always loved helping people. Being able to make people feel better about themselves through improving their skin care regime and makeup application has always given me a real buzz. Whether its a bride, a teenager new to makeup or an older lady fed up with her routine; I love seeing their body language change and the confidence grow inside them as a result of my knowledge.
What are common misconceptions people have about your job?
I would have to say that level of skill and experience you need to do the job. I think it takes many years to learn makeup, learn about skin. More importantly; understanding what a client wants simply from chatting to them and understanding what their concerns and requirements are. If someone has difficult skin being dry, oily or pigmentation issues; Its vital that is addressed prior to any makeup being applied. Skin care is as important as makeup-without a good base and primer your makeup won't look as good, last as long or benefit your skin. This can make you look dry, older or shiny!
What is the best part of your job?
I get paid to make people happy! Which in turn makes me feel great!
What’s in your make up bag of tricks? Right here right here, right now?
I love AWAKE! Recharge Cleanser and RESTORE! Endurance Toner. I loved the smell, packaging and feel of the products. The Cleanser gently, yet effortlessly removed makeup leaving the skin looking moist and refreshed without tightness. Whilst the calming and deep cleansing properties of the toner enhanced the skin making it look hydrated, healthy and beautifully clean. It also helps to set make-up so a fantastic 2 in 1 product.