Monday, 10 March 2014

My Chat With Polly Osmond | Exclusive Interview


I'm back this week with an interview I conducted with talented make-up artist Polly Osmond.

Polly has glammed up countless celebrities from Selena Gomez and Mary-Kate Olsen to Sofia Vergara and Adriana Lima. Her work has graced so many magazines covers that's its actually hard to keep up. However Polly's fantastic credits do include the likes of Allure, Elle and Vogue (just to name a few).

Despite being highly in-demand, I got the chance to interview Polly about how she got into the beauty industry, whats in her personal make-up bag and also which products shes uses on her a-list clients.

Keep reading to discover Polly's expert knowledge, advice and tips...

At what age did you get into the beauty business and how did you get your first big break?
Coming from an art background (I attended the London College of Fashion, where I studied hair and make-up), from there I assisted two very influential make-up artists. But my big break came when I did the Jeremy Scott show in New York and Steven Klein was in the audience. He booked me as he loved the make up! I was 26 at the time and a nervous wreck, as I was a big fan of his photography. I then worked with him for a number of years - it was an amazing experience.

How did you make the transition into make-up artistry for celebrities?
I wouldn't say it was a transition, but it was very gradual. You have hair and make-up artists that work round the clock with celebrities. I generally work with them mainly on shoots for magazines and the more I do them, the more I get booked for red carpet and press tours.

You have had an incredible career - what has been your highlight?
I have had so many highlights. I've been fortunate enough to travel to many amazing places. A recent trip to Kenya was one of them and also Vietnam. Then it's really exciting to see the stories come out in the magazines.

Where do you find inspiration for constantly creating different looks?
My inspiration comes from everything. Colours in flowers, industrial buildings, art, music, history, different cultures, food etc. The more visual knowledge you have the better. Then it's breaking it down, deconstructing and adding twists to make it your own.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into the industry?
Ever Since social media became a huge platform for public voices it's now no longer closed off to the select few. Anyone can be a make-up artist good or bad. If you have a voice and a smart brain, use it!

You have worked on a lot of magazine covers, which has been your favourite look to create and why?
I think Rita Ora for Elle magazine has been one of my ultimate favourites. And also Número with Gemma Ward - it was simple yet beautiful.

How do you keep up-to-date with all of the new make-up trends and how do you incorporate them into future projects?
I watch what's going on with the fashion shows, but sometimes it's a natural instinct with what to do. The clothes themselves tell a story and with a good team that's how great images are created.

Which key products do you tend to reach for the most on a day-to-day basis?
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, Lancôme Hypnose Mascara, Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil and one product that never leaves my kit is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. In fact my kit didn't turn up on a job once and all I had was a tube of the Eight Hour Cream to work with.

You recently made up the beautiful Sofia Vergara for the new Cover Girl Commercial, what was your favourite product to use on the shoot?

It would have to be the Cover Girl Bombshell Volume Mascara.

What are your three desert island products?
I love skincare and lipsticks! It would definitely have to be Clarins Sun Cream, otherwise I would have third degree burns and also MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick for the evenings. I would also need a razor, as I wouldn't want really hairy legs when they rescued me!

You also often work with the gorgeous Adriana Lima, which products do you usually use on her to transform her into a sexy siren?
Adriana, well wow what a beauty she is! She likes her skin to look glowing and not too much base. Very often she likes a bright lip, such as the NARS Red Lizard Semi Matte Lipstick and also on the list has been iconic MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick.

What is currently in your personal make-up bag?
I steal things from my kit and then wonder why I can't find them! But at the moment I have the Lancôme Tient Miracle Bare Skin Foundation in there. Also an Hourglass Icon lipstick, Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara and Clinique's Redness Solutions Mineral Pressed Powder and of course my new obsession which is Diptyque solid perfumes in Do Son and Philosykos. Oh and a Vanilla Coke lip balm that my son gave me!

Can you give my Bow Bombshell readers some of your best beauty tips?
Always line and fill your lips with a pencil that is very close to your own natural lip tone, as this will give them definition and make them appear fuller. For smaller lips you should slightly overdraw them, which will give the appearance of them being bigger and fuller. Also add some balm for a very sexy pout.

What are your goals for the future?
To move and have a small cottage by the sea!

Lastly, whats next for Polly Osmond?
This business is full of swings and roundabouts - you just never know what each day brings. One day your disappointed because you didn't get a job, then the next minute something comes in unexpectedly that may lead to bigger and better things. But I've recently started talking about a project that I would like to do and have been thinking about for a long time. It's now just about finding the right people to help me do it!

I would just like to end this post in saying a big thank you to Polly Osmond for conducting this interview with me! I love Polly's humorous personality and also her desert island picks. A razor is definitely a good shout, as you most certainly want to look your best when you're finally rescued haha ;-) I hope you girls enjoyed this interview as much as me!


To keep up-to-date with Polly and her marvelous make-up looks from shows and shoots, follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PollyOsmond

Please let me know if there is anyone who you would like me to interview next?

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