Alison Cameron is a UK based freelance makeup artist specialising in beautiful bespoke bridal makeup for clients of all skin tones. She also works in Fashion, Beauty, TV/Film and Music.
Alison’s passion and natural talent for makeup was discovered in 2006 whilst working at MAC Cosmetics.
Her advanced makeup skills and dedication to the brand soon lead her to be chosen to become a part of the prestigious MAC Events Team where she was selected to represent MAC at many high profile events.
Her relaxed yet professional demeanor forged many successful creative relationships, which enabled her to gain valuable experience and develop a polished set of skills that make her an asset to any project. A self confessed perfectionist, Alison is influenced by the anatomy of the face, colour, texture, moods, the atmosphere and the electricity of an environment, a smile, a look and the way makeup can convey thoughts and emotions.
Her attention to the smallest of details and ability to create flawless seamless skin make her a firm favourite with, photographers and brides alike.
Alison is also fluent in British Sign Language and is active in the Deaf community. She teaches makeup to Deaf students at Oak Lodge School, South London and is able to support Deaf clients in any capacity. Moving forward, Alison’s eyes are set on achieving and exceeding her client’s expectations.
I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to interview Alison Cameron for my blog. She did the makeup for my wedding and she made me look and feel beautiful. I decided that I wanted her to do the makeup for my wedding after seeing one of the weddings she did. I jotted down her name and as soon as I got engaged, I wanted to book her. It turns out that she worked in the MAC right next to my office! And the rest was history.
Top tip: The excellent makeup artists are usually booked in advance. It may sound weird but as soon as you get engaged and have set your wedding date, book your makeup artist. Alison is usually booked a year in advance!
I recommend to all my friends and family because she is truly talented at what she does. Just check out her CV on her website. I hope you enjoy this interview as I got to ask questions about her career, her clients, what she defines as beautiful in a world surrounded by makeup. Enjoy.
When and why did you decide to be a Makeup Artist?
I always had an interest in doing my own makeup and I remember working in Selfridges in the perfume section (this was a long time ago!) and being opposite the MAC Cosmetics concession. It fascinated me. I was fascinated by the makeup and how people looked. A job vacancy came up in MAC, I applied and I got the job. It was not a conscious decision of mine to be a makeup artist. I just knew that I wanted to be involved with makeup. I am now a freelance makeup artist, doing different projects such as destination weddings, fashion, tv/film and many others things.
What are the 3 key makeup products that every woman should have?
That is a hard question. I can think of alot of products, but if I have to say only three, I would say a good moisturiser, lip balm and mascara.
(I agree with her, there’s nothing worse than looking ashy!)
How do you cater for different skin tones and skin types
(I asked this question because I think it is quite important for MUAs to be able to do makeup for every skin tone)
I have an interest in every client of mine. I take the time to build a rapport with my client, find out how their skin behaves and the products that work for their skin tone/type. From a conversation with my client, I am able to make an informed decision about what products I use for them. It is important to be customer focused.
How would you make a uncomfortable client feel comfortable?
(Background for question: Many women don’t feel too comfortable with makeup artists because they are worried that they will look like a completely different person afterwards. They can feel like they do not have any control in the process. I know that was always a worry of mine. It even made me wary of applying makeup because I just wanted to look like a better version of myself, not a completely different person)
‘It is important to keep your client involved in the process, and I constantly reassure my clients that I am listening to their concerns and worries, especially to those who are new to makeup.
I think this is what separates a normal makeup artist to an exceptional one. It is something that I learnt from MAC. I ask alot of questions about the look that my client is going for, especially for weddings. I find out in a non-intrusive manner what type of person they are. We are all different, some people like the full on glam look, while others like a more natural look. It helps the client to feel calmer and more in control. You have to be a people’s person in this business. I give a step by step guide in the mirror of what I am doing, and what products I am using. I find that when the client trusts me, they are more willing to let me continue doing their makeup without feeling tense. When people feel comfortable, they feel beautiful.’
What advice would you give someone looking for a MUA?
‘Look at the natural unedited pictures, where you can see the skin texture and their brush work. You cannot really tell if a makeup artist is good or not from highly edited pictures. Make sure you look at their work in natural light because makeup can look different in natural light and under artificial lights.’
Last question – what is your final piece of advice for women battling insecurities with their complexion and/or features?
‘This is a hard question truthfully. I would say be grateful with what God has given you. There is a tendency to compare yourself with others especially from social media. Comparison is the thief of joy. Everyone can find something about themselves that they don’t like if you spend the time looking for it. Embrace your features. If there is a feature that you really like, such as your eyes, your lips, play it up and enhance it.
Another important point is to make peace with yourself and who you are. You should realise that even the people in the magazines do nott look like that in real life, there is so much editing that goes on. Life is really really short. Try and come away from the aesthetic and focus on what matters more, the inside. Try and be positive about yourself and enjoy life.’
(I couldn’t have said it better myself!)
Pictures from alisoncameronmakeup.com