Thursday, 14 November 2013

MUA SERIES: JADE BRADY

My first guest for the MUA SERIES is the very talented Jade Brady who is a fully qualified, professional makeup artist based in Manchester. Jade covers all aspects of makeup artistry including fashion and editorial, beauty, weddings, TV & film work, special effects, Asian bridal and commercial.  She has also worked with the girls from MTV's The Valleys and has worked on lots of shoots.  I remember around 8 years ago I met Jade on Piczo where you could make your very own website and it's just amazing seeing someone turn themselves into something really successful by putting in plenty of hard work and effort.  I have asked Jade a few questions and you can also see some of her work... you can get in touch and follow Jade by clicking on the links at the end of the post, but first check out what she has to say about the makeup industry...

FIRSTLY, HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE MAKEUP INDUSTRY? AND HOW DID YOU BECOME SO SUCCESSFUL?
"I have watched Youtube videos and read blogs since I was in high school and have always loved makeup, especially with me having bad skin when I was a teenager. I didn't even know if any kind of makeup course existed other than in London so I went onto do A levels after school which I hated, but my passion for makeup never left.  I eventually found a makeup course near my home town, enrolled and immediately started advertising my services to family and friends, word spread around and I eventually got myself a healthy local client base."

WHATS YOUR IDEAL TYPE OF CLIENT?
"I love clients that aren't afraid to try something new/different. A typical dark smokey eye is very popular but I love it when they trust me to do something different!"

IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ONE CELEBRITY FOR THE DAY - DOING THEIR MAKEUP FOR THE BIG RED CARPET, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
"I would love to do Victoria Beckhams makeup. I just love everything about her and always have, she's so classy and she always looks so sophisticated. Im loving more simple and elegant makeup at the min and she wears that look well. It would also be a good opportunity to ask her if I could be the makeup artist for one of her fashion shows too! Lol"
HAS THERE EVER BEEN A TIME WHEN YOU'VE LOOKED BACK AT SOME MAKEUP WORK YOU'VE DONE AND THOUGHT "OMG WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?"
"Yes!!! So many times! Obviously everybody starts somewhere and I have positively learnt from any mistakes I've made! Practise makes perfect!"

DO YOU PREFER WORKING ON YOUNGER OR OLDER CLIENTS AND WHY?
"I love working with younger clients as they are a little more adventurous with colours etc, although the reaction I get from my more mature clients once they have had their makeover can be so rewarding!"

IF YOU COULD ONLY PICK 5 ITEMS OUT OF YOUR MAKEUP KIT TO USE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
"Oh my gosh this is going to be hard! 
  • Illamasqua skin base foundation: Gives the most amazing, flawless and glowing skin I have ever seen! I love using it with a good primer and my Real techniques sponge for the perfect finish.
  • Mac eyeshadows: You really cant beat Mac eyeshadows, huge colour range, amazing pigmentation.
  • Collection lasting perfection concealer: just because it has never failed me lol! 
  • Mac lightscapade highlighter (mineralize skin finish) - my fave highlighter, beautiful white shimmer and subtle enough for day time wear. 
  • Mac Creme cup lipstick - my fave daytime lipstick, so wearable"

HOW DO YOU COPE WORKING WITH FUSSY CLIENTS? DO YOU EVER GET STRESSED OR IMPATIENT?
"I have had some fussy clients, it is understandable in some circumstances, such as someones wedding day, the bride has the right to be a little fussy ha! Luckily enough, no one has ever been rude to me or nasty. I hardly ever get stressed, except maybe when a client cant stop nattering whilst I'm trying to do her lips lol!"

WHAT CHEAPER BRANDS/PRODUCTS DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR FREELANCE ARTISTS WHO ARE JUST STARTING OUT AND DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS TO SPLASH OUT ON ALOT OF EXPENSIVE ITEMS FOR THEIR KIT?
"The Sleek eyeshadow palettes and the big crown blush palettes saved my life when I first started out! So many colours! I also loved (and still love) the Rimmel 25 hour foundation, so good for party makeup and weddings as it really does last all day. I also used Primark lashes, the sultry ones, and if a client wanted thicker lashes I would pop 2 pairs on as they are only £1! Obviously as your clients and profits grow you can afford to splash out on other products for your kit. My makeup kit is still growing now and I still have some amazing high street products in there."

DO YOU HAVE ANY FUNNY/EMBARRASSING STORIES FROM WORKING IN THE MAKEUP INDUSTRY?
"None as of yet thankfully!"
ARE THERE ANY ARTISTS WHO HAVE INSPIRED YOU THROUGH YOUR MAKEUP CAREER?
"Alex Box is absolutely amazing, she really thinks outside the box (no pun intended lol) her work is just pure art! I also love Pat McGrath, I love her high fashion makeup work and catwalk looks. And finally Karla Powell, simply because I followed her quite a while ago on instagram/twitter, and watching her grow and see how far she has gone is really inspirational. The detail she puts into her makeup work is amazing."

WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE MAKEUP STYLE AT THE MOMENT? (THIS COULD BE ON YOURSELF OR CLIENTS)
"I am loving the dark lips for this winter, especially really dark purples. Im also loving copper/red eyeshadow although I haven't tried it on myself yet!"

AND FINALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL MAKEUP ARTIST LIKE YOURSELF?
"Never give up! I am still not where I want to be but I'm having an amazing time getting there. Network like crazy! Twitter/facebook/instagram really are your best friend. And practise practise practise!! My best friend has been my guinea-pig for sooo many makeup looks, she loves it!"

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FIND MORE OF JADES WORK ON...
Her official website
MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW HER ON...
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
AND LASTLY CHECK OUT HER MAKEUP BLOG here
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*all images are from Jade's facebook page*

6 comments:

  1. I follow Jade on Twitter :) wow she's so talented, that purple eye makeup is soooo pretty!!! This is such a nice series to do xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com ❤️

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    1. the purple is one of my fave looks of hers! x

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  2. It's always interesting to read about MUAs and how to break into the beauty industry, LOVE the top look :o). Xx

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I know, Its really interesting :) x

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  3. pretty :)
    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  4. loved this! sounds like you love your job so much!

    http://mkstyleramblings.blogspot.com.au/

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