Ever wanted to be a Makeup Artist? We talk to Makeup Artist Tara O’Farrell who has been working in the beauty industry for the past 9 years encompassing all areas of make-up from commercials, film & tv, fashion shoots, models portfolios, fashion shows and weddings.
Tara’s experience as a model has afforded her a unique perspective of both sides the industry allowing her to draw from a wealth of knowledge and experience both in front & behind the camera. She also offers private make-up masterclasses to women who want to improve their own make-up routine.
Can you tell us a little about how you became a make up artist and how did you get started in the business
I always loved make up and was always robbing my sisters make up from a young age. I got my first job on a makeup counter working for Benefit Cosmetics about 8 years ago.
What advice do you have for those wanting to become a makeup artist?
Practice, assist, be nice and practice some more.
What skills do you believe are most important to becoming an acclaimed makeup artist like yourself?
I have a degree in marketing and marketing yourself the right way is extremely important. You have to put in the years of hard work, it doesn’t happen fast and you have to be okay with that. You have to have good people skills as you are meeting new people everyday who could potentially be life long clients. You have to be a calm person in my opinion as its a fast paced job, working on fashion shows, photo shoots and weddings can be stressful and there is so much going on around you. You have to stay cool calm and collected and always be focused and in control. Being a make up artist isn’t just about doing someone’s make up, there is so much more to it and I think any make up artist reading this will understand what I mean.
You have such an impressive CV, working with some of Ireland’s best known faces and other high profile personalities, who have you enjoyed making over most?
I think getting the phone call to say I was booked to be Kim Cattrall make up artist while she was over for a weekend in Dublin was one of the most exciting phone calls I have ever gotten. I don’t get nervous anymore doing anyone’s make up but knocking on her hotel room door was fairly daunting. Thankfully she welcomed me in and made me feel so valued and comfortable for the whole weekend. A huge highlight of my career.
What’s the Tara “Signature” look or is there one?
I like to enhance a persons natural beauty. My signature style is glowing natural skin and defined eyes. Every product I use on my clients face has a purpose, I never put something on a person for the sake of it, it has to enhance something. With me less is always more.
Can you give us some tips to achieve some simple stylish make up looks
An effortless look is a pop of colour on the lips , groomed brows, neutral eyes and glowing skin. That always looks chic.
What’s your best make up tip ever?
Never forget to take it off! It is so important to take care of your skin and have a good skincare regime. If you don’t look after you skin your make up will never look as good as it could.
What celebrities would you love to make up and why?
Oh there are so many people, Miranda Kerr, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kate Moss. I would have loved to have done Elizabeth Taylor that would have been amazing!
What’s the top mistakes you see Irish women making when they apply their makeup?
A lot of Irish woman are quite heavy handed and use a lot of product. I think this can be quite ageing and dated.
What feature do you love to accentuate?
Oh it’s so hard to pick one, it really depends on the client and their most striking feature. For me I like to accentuate my eyes.
What is it you love about working in the beauty industry?
I feel so lucky to be working in this industry. No week is the same and that’s what I love, I could be working at an exciting fashion show one day and getting a bride ready for her wedding the next. It’s fast paced and exciting and I always have something to look forward to. You are never the best and are always improving so you can never get bored.
What’s next for Tara O’Farrell?
2016 is looking like my most exciting year yet and I will leave it at that.