Skincare Before Makeup

Skincare Before Makeup

We chat with award winning makeup artist Phoebe Hayter and discuss the topic of skincare before makeup. We e-met Phoebe a few years ago through a collaboration we worked on together through Faulkner & Wells. Phoebes favourite Farryn Amber products to work with are Lunar Facial Oil & Brightening Cleanser. You can find her routine using these products here.

Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your journey as a successful makeup artist to our lovely readers.
Hi Everyone! I am Phoebe, a Makeup Artist based in Oxfordshire.  

I began my makeup journey by assisting at weddings whilst living in Australia. I was mostly cleaning brushes and soothing the bridal party’s nerves, but even then I loved the buzz and excitement of getting someone ready for the biggest day of their lives. I knew on my very first wedding that I had found my future career.

Back in the U.K. I began working with Laura Mercier, the pioneer of the ‘flawless face.’ I fell in love with this brand and their message. It was, and continues to be, everything I stand for in makeup: making women look as beautiful as possible while making them look like themselves. 

Having been freelance for some time, I completed the Advanced Bridal Makeup Course with Kristina Gasperas, who continues to be my mentor and inspiration. Whilst training with Kristina, I discovered my love for photography. It’s a joy to see my clients’ reactions when I show them how their make up appears through a lens. Without doubt, I’ve learnt from the best in the business. This training has enhanced my versatility and confirmed my philosophy that every woman deserves to feel her absolute best.

This year I won National Makeup Artist of the Year at The Wedding Industry Awards. This was definitely the highlight of my career so far.  

Talk us through your daily skincare / makeup routine? 
I wake up and immediately splash ice cold water on my face. This helps me to wake up and reduce puffiness, especially around my eyes.

After breakfast I will jump in the shower and cleanse my skin using Cetaphill oily skin cleanser. I’ve used this cleanser for years and its great for cleansing and not stripping my skin of its natural oils. 

After the shower I apply a serum; (right now i'm loving the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum) followed by moisturiser.  Due to the weather my skin needs that extra boost of hydration so I have been using Charlotte Tilbury Magic cream or Embryolisse which are on the richer side.  

I always use eye cream and my favourite is Kiehl's avocado eye cream.  This is super nourishing and sinks into the skin beautifully.

My day to day makeup routine is super quick and easy! 

I recently began getting eyelash extensions (incredibly natural ones) so this makes my routine even quicker!

My day to day makeup takes me 10-15 minutes.  I begin by buffing one pump of It cosmetics cc cream into the skin mixed with Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter.  This provides a lovely, even glow to the skin. I then use Nars Creamy  Concealer underneath my eyes followed by Dr Hauschka Bronzing Tint. This is the most realistic bronzer I have ever used. 

I love a dewy look to the skin and I’m a big fan of glossier cloud paint blushers. I dab this cream blush on with my fingers, I will then finish off with some Glossier Boy Brow and I'm good to go!

Which steps do you usually use for prepping the skin for your clients prior to makeup?
A smooth texture to the skin is key in creating an even, flawless makeup so I always encourage my clients to use liquid exfoliants as part of their skincare routine. I have used Alpha h Liquid Gold for years and I have got a lot of my clients onto this incredible product. It dramatically improves skin's texture and appearance. I also ensure I use the correct skincare tailored to my clients. Bobbi Brown Face Base is fantastic for a normal to dry skin and Neutrogena Hydrogel is great for an oilier skin. I'm not the biggest fan of primers but if needed, Benefit Porefessional is great for filling in large pores.

What would you recommend as the best skincare base before applying cream or liquid foundation for a smooth application?

  • The Body Shop- Drop of Youth Serum 
  • Bobbi Brown Face Base- Normal to Dry Skin
  • Embryolisse
  • Neutrogena Hydrogel. Normal to Oily Skin 
  • Caudalie Beauty Elixir 

  • Tell us a secret insider makeup artist tip!
    Adding a thin layer of translucent powder to your lipstick will help set the hue and avoid smudging!

    What are your top 5 favourite skincare products right now.

  • Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops
  • Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream
  • Embryolisse
  • Cetaphill Oily Skin Cleanser
  • Alpha H Liquid Gold 

  • What are your top 5 favourite makeup products right now.

  • Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Bronzer 
  • Mac ‘Coffee’ Eye pencil 
  • Kevyn Aucoin ‘The Volume’ mascara
  • Nars Creamy Concealer 

  • What is one piece of advice you would give our readers that wanted to start a career in make-up?
    Great training has proved to be my greatest investment, but I’ve learnt a few other lessons on the way as well. It’s important to be patient and not expect overnight success. I’ve taken the time to grow and develop organically as a person and I think this is reflected in how my business has grown.

    I’ve learnt that it’s best to get hands on. You won’t develop your skills behind a computer. I’ve practised on friends and family. My spare time is taken up with organising shoots which isn’t paid work but gives me opportunities to network, meet new people and be inspired. You can’t put a price on that so get out there I say. Live and breathe makeup! And speaking of networking, I’ve found that it pays to be kind (I’m Buddhist!). The life of an MUA can feel quite isolating and helping others is so worthwhile. When makeup artists message me on Instagram with questions or to come and watch me, I’m more than willing to help. It’s flattering too!

    If you want to ask Phoebe a question then head over to our IG stories and ask a question in the 'Ask Phoebe Hayter' box by 6pm tonight - we will post all answers on our IG stories tomorrow morning (19/10/20) at 9am.

    Planning a special event, want to treat someone to a makeup lesson or simply want to learn some tricks of the trade for yourself, then visit to learn more about Phoebe and see all the services she offers. 

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