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MEET SARAH REYGATE, A CELEBRITY MAKE-UP ARTIST.

What is your job title and what are the main characteristics of your day-to-day work?

I am contracted to a fashion make-up brand as their official make up artist. My work includes working with models and celebrities for fashion and beauty shoots. Within my contract I endorse both new and current products and via editorial I inform editors and the public how to achieve the best results from the brand.
I very much believe in the brand and use the products both in my work and for myself.

What area of science (if any) do you use in your current job?

"My work includes working with models and celebrities for fashion and beauty shoots."

I am always kept informed and up-to-date on the new formulations used in the products and I translate this into very understandable beauty/fashion 'talk' that can be easily understood and translated to the page.

What other departments/professions do you work with? eg: production, marketing, sales

I work alongside the Marketing Department and the Press Office.

What made you choose your current job and why in the cosmetics industry?

I have always loved make-up and transforming people – so it was a logical step to make in my career.

What are the most exciting aspects of what you do?

I travel to amazing locations, meet interesting people and transform and inform with my experience – you can't get much better!

"I am kept informed and up-to-date on the new formulations used in the products."

Is there anything you do not really enjoy in your day-to-day work?

No – I love everything about it!

Are there any specific skills that are essential to have in the job you do?

Having an art background or trained in art always makes a difference – as you have an eye for colour and form.

Could someone come into your job straight from school? What skills/qualifications would they need?

"The skills needed are to have an eye for colour and form and to be able to listen what the clients needs."

Yes they could go into the job straight from school but as they would have to join as an assistant and be trained up by an experienced and professional make-up artist. No 'real' qualifications are needed but the skills needed are to have an eye for colour and form and to be able to listen what the clients needs. Communicating is the key in this job.

Did you receive any special training either before or during your first year of working in your current role?

No I just gained on-the-job experience.

Is there anything you wished you had studied or done differently when you were younger?

I wish I had the confidence that I have now when I was younger to promote myself.

At school what did you think you would do for a living? For instance, did you envisage your science being used in the cosmetics industry?

I actually wanted to be a gymnast!

"I wish I had studied languages as not everyone I work with speaks English."

What subjects are you glad you studied? Were there any that were not immediately obvious as useful to your career but now are proving more helpful e.g. languages

I really enjoyed art and English but wish I had studied languages – it would have been useful in my work as not everyone I work with speaks English.

With your skills and qualifications what do you hope to achieve next in your career?

I want to keep learning and developing my own skills and also wish to be able to pass my knowledge onto other people.

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