5 Minutes With… Celebrity Makeup Artist, Hannah Martin

UK makeup artist Hannah Martin has donned the faces of some of the world’s most famous, from Helen Mirren to Kate Middleton. Adding to her list of accolades is a collaboration with Ciaté London, producing a 24-piece professional brush collection, Hannah Gay writes.

Hannah, how long have you worked in the industry as a makeup artist?

“I’ve worked as a makeup artist for 20 years now! My first bride back in 2004 took a chance on me and whilst she was very beautiful and the makeup was lovely, I’ve improved a lot since then!” 

In three words, describe your signature makeup style.

“My signature makeup style is classic, radiant, glamorous. 

On myself it’s a quick, dewy, smoky eye that I love to create with my favourite Ciaté London eyeshadow palette!”

What do you love most about Ciaté London?

“I love everything about Ciaté London! I love the team, I love the quality of the products, I love the innovation and formulas of the products.”

What do you look for in a set of makeup brushes?

“Personally, in a set I’m looking for brushes that can do pretty much everything. That doesn’t mean a million brushes, it just means brushes that cover all areas of base and eyes, and can be versatile – like my new Pro Brush Collection.”

Which is your favourite brush from the Ciaté London x Hannah Martin Professional brush collection, and why?

“Naming a favourite brush from the collection is like trying to name a favourite child! I’d have to say the base brush… with the blush brush and blender eye brush in close second.”

Name one makeup application tip you love to practice on your clients.

“One tip I always use on my clients is cream bronzer before concealer so you can create a sheath of light above the cheekbone and below the temple.” 

I see you love to bake! What’s your all-time favourite recipe to make?

“I do love to bake cakes more than makeup baking – I only bake my makeup lightly as at 40, I have too many fine lines to bake too much! 

When it comes to cake you can’t beat a really light and fluffy Victoria Sponge; it’s mine and my husband’s favourite. Although, my kids prefer my chocolate cake which was my mum’s recipe from one of her best friends, Alison, so I’ve always known it as Alison’s Chocolate Cake!” 

What’s your top tip for getting into makeup artistry?

“My top tip for those looking to get into makeup artistry is to get a job with a makeup brand in a shop or department store as you’re starting out. It’s a great way of accessing great training, using your discount to build up your kit and practice your skills on customers every day.”

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