From prison guard at Wormwood Scrubs to celebrity make-up artist, Lou Page has seen it all – from the set of Lord of the Rings to working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keira Knightly and Johnny Depp … which begs the question – what’s in her own make-up bag?!
You have a bit of an unusual background from prison guard to make-up artist … how did that come about?
Unfortunately I sustained an injury while I was working and when something like that happens to you it makes you reassess things. It was a turning point – I still had forty years of earning potential in me so I decided to turn it into something positive and re-educate myself in something I was passionate about!
What was it about the make-up industry that got your attention?
Its empowerment – interestingly, make-up can allow you to embrace inner beauty – it can take you on a confidence journey and when you are at one with yourself you can achieve anything. To offer that to yourself and to others is a gift.
What’s the most common mistake people make with their make-up?
When it comes to foundation people tend to get the colour match wrong and when they get a bottle of it in their hands feel the need to use it everywhere. Foundation should be used to cover areas of high pigmentation and uneven tone only, not as a mask.
What are your make-up essentials?
For me there are three things – having good eyebrows, a balanced complexion and a pop of colour on your lips – I can’t leave the house without those things. One of my favourite products is Dior’s Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation – it gives an airbrush finish and is really simple to use – I love it!
You travel a lot with your job … what are your top-tips to looking flawless when you are travelling?
Selecting products that are multipurpose such as Ritual’s Cheek and Eye Glow colour blocks: it can be an eye shadow palette, highlighter and bronzer. It’s particularly good for festivals!
Make-up and skincare are sometimes at odds with one another – can you wear make-up without clogging your skin?
It’s all about the application technique. Make-up is there to enhance not to mask – a lack of education about that is a stumbling block in the industry.
Have a three-step skincare routine – I love Dermalogica and Elemis products which are hypoallergenic; and use a primer to create a barrier between the epidermis and the make-up.
You’re very good at re-creating celebrity looks … which celebrity do most people want to replicate?
At the moment it’s all about the Kardashians. Adele is another big one, and Keira Knightly which is all about creating a good complexion and putting soft hues on the cheeks.
What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you in your job?
I had to conceal a man’s bottom on a film set once – I do body make-up as well.
Love Actually … I can’t say who …
What makes you feel really glamorous?
For me it’s about lashes and good brows – you have to decide which part of your face you want to draw attention to and I want to enhance my eyes. With good lashes you don’t have to faff about with creative eye make-up .
You’re on your feet a lot, do you have a favourite spa treatment?
Massage – I am hunched over a lot and my posture suffers, so I always go for a deep tissue massage!
How do you think people can benefit from going to a professional make-up artist or for a spa make-up consultation?
It can really streamline the cost of the make-up you invest in and it will benefit your skincare routine as well as learning how to apply your make-up effectively means you will use less of it – less is definitely more. Most importantly however, that advice can really restore confidence and rejuvenate people – it’s important to evolve and rejuvenate, and make-up is a good way of doing that!
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