I had not seen Daniel for many many years since he had done my make-up for a fashion show, where as an aspiring young make-up artist, he went on to become a British talent and a leader in his field. He has worked with some of the most beautiful woman in the world for many international top magazines and fashion shows. Daniel has used his knowledge of creating stunningly beautiful looks and launched his own make-up range.
Q: How long have you been a make-up artist and what attracted you about the beauty industry?
My father was a famous hairdresser in the 60s and 70s and I knew I wanted to do something creative like him but not hairdressing. It was when I was 18 years old, whilst watching a makeup artist work on a shoot that I realised that this would be my chosen path. I went onto to complete my training in make-up at the London College of Fashion and therest as they say, is history. I began working quite quickly once I had graduated and one of my defining moments was receiving my first box of makeup from the iconic Mary Quant. It was a dream come true. Over the past 30 years, I have had the privilege of working internationally on a number of shoots with high profile fashion photographers for top glossies and with designers backstage at a number of major fashion shows as well as being a regular on national TV.
Q: Do you have a signature look, and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other artists?
I am not one to follow trends or rules, and believe in creating beautiful looks with timeless appeal.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from or who inspires you?
Nature inspires me when it comes to choosing make up shades. Customers' needs inspire me to create products that meet their demands.
Q: What are the hardest challenges in your industry?
Challenges appear at all stages of a make up artist's career . I think the hardest is when you get started and you're looking for photographers to give you the opportunity to use your skills.
The next challenge would be to find an agent and then after that comes the challenge of working internationally. Then if you wish to create products and build a brand then this would be the next challenge.
But all the way through these challenges there is also the knock backs you feel when you don't get the jobs you really want or feel you deserve. You have to stay focused and believe in yourself to overcome this challenge
Q: What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty has two sides. There's the physical beauty of what I find attractive to look at , and then there's the nature of someone's character.
Q: What is the most important piece of advice you can give a woman?
A well-prepped canvas is essential but don’t be over-zealous when using skincare. By that I mean, don’t use too much of any one product such as moisturiser or face scrub, as your skin will go into overdrive and you’ll more than often end up creating more issues for yourself. Less is often more. And my mantra is "Blend, blend, blend!!"
A wonderful afternoon with lovely talented, charming Daniel.
Daniel's full range of amazing make-up is available through his website: www.danielsandler.com