Monday, 7 July 2014

My Chat With Mikey Phillips | Exclusive Interview

Hi to all of you lovely people,
I firstly just want to start off in saying I am so sorry for being missing in action for the past two months but I have been ridiculously busy with developing my business. There is so much work still to do, that it is pretty unbelievable LOL. However, I have just ordered myself a Canon 700D camera, so I will be able to take some fantastic photos for future blog posts (and who knows, maybe I will finally start a YouTube channel. I get a lot of emails asking me to, so maybe I should?! Let me know what you think).

Anyways, getting back on with today's post LOL! I recently interviewed marvelous make-up maestro Mikey Phillips, who is known in the industry for his glamorous transformations. As not only has Mikey dolled-up members of The Saturdays and Made in Chelsea, but he is also a regular beauty expert on the shopping channel QVC!

In this interview Mikey explains in-depth about his career and how he is a self-taught glam guru. He also then shares his favourite products, tips and the exact products he uses on some of the The Only Way is Essex ladies! So keep reading to find out more...
At what age did you get interested in make-up?
Make-up artistry is actually my second career, so it wasn't until I was around 24/25 that I first discovered my real passion for make-up. I started freelancing in store on make-up counters and that was an amazing learning curve, as working with normal everyday women is a real challenge. Women who have issues and need problem solving make-up really tests you as an artist. After working in some stores, I set my sights on becoming a freelance make-up artist full-time. I firstly started off by assisting and working with different photographers and really working my butt off for around three or so years! After you prove yourself, you then get to a point where people ask to work with you and then one thing leads to another and you get booked regularly.

Where did you train?
I'm actually a self taught make-up artist! I have done mini courses with Bobbi Brown and Make Up For Ever, but for the most part I have taught myself and learned along the way. I have always been very creative, so my ideas and inspirations come naturally. But I'm still always checking on YouTube too!

Describe your job in three words?
Ooh only three hehe... It would be exciting, rewarding and challenging (with a bit of glamour thrown in), oh that's four LOL!

What would you say sets you apart from other professionals in your sector?
I think its really important to have personality as an artist to help bring out the best in your clients, and I definitely have plenty of that! I also push the boundaries and when someone thinks something is a little too out there, I always get them to trust me and give them a little push and encouragement. Also I usually use inspiration from my daily life and travels and as soon as I see someones face I know exactly what I am going to do with it. This is a little secret, but I never prep or do face charts, as with me it just happens naturally.

If you could only have five products in your kit, what would they be and why?
Ahh it is so hard to narrow it down. But ok lets go with concealer. I think its actually more important than foundation, as you can highlight, erase and perfect your skin with one product. Next, cream blushers to use on the cheeks, lips and eyes, as they are simple and easy to use, but they look beautiful. They are also effective for adding dimension and freshness to a dull complexion. Then I would have to say mascara to open up the eyes and I normally use lashings of it and flood the waterline to give the look of liner. Next, bronzer to contour and shape the face and to double it up as an eyeshadow and crease colour and finally a brow pencil or powder. Brows frame the face making eyes look bigger and defining them helps give an overall polished look.

What is your favourite look to create?
I do love a glamorous look, but on the whole I like to make a woman look and feel her best and that usually involves pulling them out of their comfort zone! I adore enhancing skin-tones by making them appear glowy, glossy and flawless!

Are there any products that you simply can't work without?
There are so many haha! So I will give you my top five... I'm currently obsessed with my Bobbi Brown Pro Palette, as it has the most amazing shades of foundations, concealers and correctors. I mix them for pretty much every skin tone I work on. I also love Louise Young and Real Techniques Brushes and my ultimate brush is MAC's 217 - I literally have about 10 of that brush in my kit, as you can use it for everything. I then must have YSL Faux Cils Mascara, because its the best for sexy full lashes without any clumping. Then I always have the NEW CID Cosmetics Glow Powder in Sirocco, so I can use it on a clients face and body and also as an eyeshadow base (as the baked formulation is unbelievable on the skin). Lastly, I need bronzer! I really like Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and NARS, as I find they give the best results for contouring and adding a natural warmth, without looking orange.

You often work with Amy Childs and Gemma Collins, how would you describe their signature style and how can ladies recreate it at home?  
I love working with both ladies! Amy loves a very contoured look, fresh and bronzed and of course glossy lips with a set of false lashes! Amy luckily has amazing skin, so I don't need to use too much foundation on her. However, I do use a little MAC Face and Body to even out her complexion. I then contour her face with MAC Select Cover-up Concealer in a shade one or two lighter than her natural skin-tone for under her eyes. Then I use two shades darker to contour under her cheekbones, nose and jawline and some around her forehead. To give her a glow, I use the Nars Orgasm Blusher on the apples of her cheeks and the iconic Tom Ford Highlighter on the tops of her cheekbones and brow bone. Her brows are then filled in with a Louise Young Eyeshadow in Auburn and set with Illamaqua Brow Gel. On her eyes I use MAC Pigment in Tan, with a Daniel Sandler Quad in Beyond Sunset. I then line her eyes with Illamasqua Gel Liner in Black, with two coats of YSL Faux Cils Mascara and I finish with a set of Amy Childs Lashes in Tease. Lastly, for lips I always use a lip liner to enhance her full pout, as Amy loves lip liners! MAC liner in Spice is always her request! I love the Clinique Chubby Sticks, especially the shade Curviest Caramel with a New CID Gloss in Blondie over the top. 
Then Gemma loves a very girly look and she adores pink! Again Gemma has gorgeous skin, so I use the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation and MAC Select Cover-up Concealer to contour and conceal as with Amy above. For blush I use Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blush in Acid on the apples of her cheeks, with New CID Highlighter in Sirocco on the tops of her cheeks and as an eyeshadow base. Then for brows I use NEW CID I Groom and for eyes Gemma loves liner, so I always reach for the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black (we pop it inside the eyes on the waterline and also use it for a flick). To complete her eyes, I use MAC Sable Eyeshadow in the crease with two coats of YSL Baby Doll Mascara and a set of Salon System Lashes. For lips, I line with Bobbi Brown Baby Liner and NARS Funny Face Lipstick with NEW CID Tickled Pink over the top.

As well as the TOWIE girls, you also glam up AJ Odudu and Alison Hammond. So do you have any advice for dark skinned beauties?
I love working with darker skin tones! I love to pick out the natural highlight and contour shades within the complexion. My advice would be to make sure you have an amazing base. I would say Becca and Ilamasqua are amazing for darker skin tones, as they have a variety of shades. I would also say highlight your skin using a peach undertone to help shape and contour the face. Lastly, have fun with colour! Darker skin tones can take so much colour without it looking crazy, so experiment and bring out the inner diva in you!

Is there a particular product that you can recommend for touch ups throughout the day?
For touch ups throughout the day I love Model In A bottle, as it is amazing! Not only can it fix and lock your look in place, but it can also be used throughout the day to refresh and revive make-up! I love Daniel Sandler Invisible Blotting Powder to take away excess shine without looking cakey or dry, as its like putting a soft focus over your entire face. New CID Cosmetics Concealer is fantastic for touching up blemishes or for brightening around the eyes, because it has gorgeous coverage and reflects light and doesn't crease.

Can you share your favourite beauty tips? 
I would say looking after your skin is key. I'm a big believer in benefiting your skin from the inside out, so using supplements such as Collagen Shots and Skinade are perfect for adding hydration and glow to your skin. I swear by Strivectin cleansers and moisturisers, as its a results based skincare brand, so you quickly see a massive difference in your skins texture and appearance. Make-up wise I use as many cream based products as possible, as it adds youth and freshness to anyone's complexion. For brows I would say get them threaded and tinted, as they are a crucial part to maintaining a fresh and groomed appearance.

Are there any celebrities that you still really want to work with?
Totally! I would love to work with Kylie or Angelina Jolie, as I class both of them as iconic, timeless beauties. Also I would love to glam up Angela Lansbury!

What are your secrets for creating a fuss-free glamorous look in a matter of minutes?
Stick with the make-up that suits and flatters you the most. Enhance and emphasise your best features, be that eyes or lips and always go bold and be brave!

Which make-up trend are you most looking forward to this year?
I'm a bit predictable, so it will always be a sultry smokey eye. A smokey eye to me is classic, sexy and looks amazing on absolutely everyone! I personally love to experiment with different colours and glitters and it has to be finished with loads of liner and a great set of false lashes.

Lastly, whats next for Mikey Phillips?
Well there are many things in the pipeline with magazines and TV work, so definitely watch this space! I still feel like I'm only just getting started and there is still so much to do and achieve!

I just want to end this post in saying a huge thank you to Mikey for conducting this interview with me. As not only did Mikey share fab tips, but also invaluable knowledge. I know for sure that I will definitely be trying a load of new products Mikey recommended (even though I've spent a lot lately - I am trying to go on a beauty spending ban. But it looks like it won't last long after this haha).

To keep up-to-date with Mikey and to see all of the wonderful glamorous looks he creates on models and celebrities, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @MakeupByMikey

Lastly girls, please let me know all of your favourite products for contouring and highlighting? I am personally a huge fan of powder products, as they are quick and easy to use everyday. However, for a special occasion or event, I like to use the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Trio first and then I set it with Hoola Bronzer by Benefit and Soft and Gentle Highlighter by MAC.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying Summer so far! xoxo

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