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Interview: Make Up Artist Renee Milford

Renee Milford Make Up Artist
Photo:Β Antony Scully

Renee Milford: Make Up Artist

Skin skin skin. That`s my signature; having skin looking as natural as possible but still made up.


When did you start doing make up and how did you get into it?

In 2005 I had gotten a really good deal on make-up and I bought some make up so that I could sell it but I shipped it in and some of it was damaged when I got it. I couldn`t sell them so I used them as testers. I started playing around with it and I realised, and other people realised, that I had a knack for it. After that I just started to do courses and advanced it as time went on.

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Β β€œI started playing around with it and I realised, and other people realised, that I had a knack for it.”

How many courses would you say you`ve done between then and now?

I can tell you the main ones: the ones that I remember that really had an impact on my work. The first one was with TEMPTU in 2006, that`s the airbrush company. After that I did a classΒ with Ephraim Hunte, that was maybe 2009. I did some more advanced training with TEMPTU in 2010.

In 2012 I did a class with Vanessa Evelyn, her school goes by the name Petra Alexandra Inc. That class really developed me in a bigger way. At that point in time a lot of things were still unclear for me technically as a make-up artist. But after that class I could look at a make-up brush and know what type of hair it`s made out of etc. It really brought me into a different space technically in terms of make-up.

β€œIt really brought me into a different space technically in terms of make-up.”

Renee Milford Make up

What`s your favourite part of doing make up?

Perfecting skin. Skin skin skin. That`s my signature; having skin looking as natural as possible but still made up.

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What was the process behind you realising or deciding that your signature style would be the natural, dewy type of makeup?

From the start it was a personal decision for me because I never really cared much for make up on myself, so I always tried to replicate that when I was doing my make-up – to keep it natural and light. I had an experience when I was younger, having my make-up done by someone, and I didn`t enjoy it. The person was rough on my face and that translated. When I looked at myself after I didn`t feel like me, I didn`t feel beautiful. I think that was a real defining moment for me, I said I wouldn`t treat someone`s skin like this. I want to see the person looking like themselves but just a little enhanced version. I`m really big with fiancΓ©s of brides because I always make sure that their brides look like themselves.

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Which make up artists inspire you?

From the US I am mainly inspired by Sam Fine and I have a very strong admiration for many of the UK and Australian make-up artists. I absolutely love Lisa Eldridge, she`s from the UK. Also Charlotte Tilbury. Β Dick Page, Vanessa Evelyn. Australian makeup artist Merton Muaremi does really really really really really beautiful work.

There are so many fantastic make-up artists now…

Yes, and there are different types of makeup artists. A make-up artist whose work is more about colour and matte skin can be on par with someone who uses a lot of neutrals and dewy skin. The thing about make-up is, it`s a matter of preference and what the client wants.

β€œThe thing about make-up is, it`s a matter of preference.”

 

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