Mary Lynn Ozone, is a makeup artist with a flair for the creative. Her love for teaching has her now running London college of Makeup in Dubai. Today we get to know what enhances this makeup artist’s creative streak.
DID YOU HAVE ANY FORMAL TRAINING IN MAKEUP?
I started off with a Diploma in Beauty, Fashion and Media Makeup as well as hair styling from The London School of Beauty and Makeup, which is an IMA accredited course. Following which I did a CIBTAC Beauty Therapy course in the same school. The CIBTAC course was related more to skincare and beauty treatments. While it did contribute a great deal to my own skincare routine as well as helped me as a makeup artist, it was not what I wanted to specialise in. So I further did my BA Hons degree in Fashion Art, makeup and hair at London College of Fashion.
OVER TIME WHAT HAS INSPIRED YOUR ARTISTIC TALENT?
I try to keep it versatile when it comes to my source of inspiration. I look for different mediums. It could be an exhibition that I attended, a product, nature or even something as simple as colors. Growing up one of my dad’s hobbies was painting. We also have a lot of artists in the family. Observing them I learnt to paint as well as they did and they were also my daily dose of inspiration. Apart from them, I would say Pat McGrath and Alex Box.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT MAKEUP THAT YOU LOVE?
The flexibility and versatility of makeup. It intrigues me that you can change how someone looks completely or you can keep it simple and just enhance their features.
WHAT AREAS OF MEDIA DO YOU WORK IN?
I specialise in Editorial Fashion. While it is always good to dabble in all areas during the learning curve, it is better to choose an area to specialise in. It will be what you are best at and well known for
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE BRAND FOR MAKEUP/MAKEUP BRUSHES?
I wouldn’t’t recommend that anyone should have a favorite brand as once you do that you limit yourself from experiencing new& interesting products. I am always open to experimenting with brands. As a makeup artist who specializes in Editorials, I do like MAC, Kryolan, Illamasqua, Shu Uemura and Screen face. For makeup Brushes I like Charles Fox, MAC and Sigma. It is always advisable to have a mix of natural hair and synthetic brushes as some people may be allergic to natural hair.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE WOMEN?
I believe that, in the current era we live in, a lot of people forget to embrace their own beauty and they all want to look so different from what they look like that they all end up looking the same instead. So I would encourage all women to embrace your own unique beauty, even with makeup.
THREE ITEMS THAT SHOULD BE A STAPLE IN EVERY WOMANS BEAUTY KIT?
A Mascara, as it helps open up the eyes and make you look fresh and wide awake. A good Concealer, to just cover problem areas and a versatile Lip Color that can be also used as a cream blush.
IN YOUR CAREER AS AN MUA, YOU MUST HAVE HAD YOUR SHARE OF CHALLENGING OCCASIONS. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE ANY WITH US TODAY?
The biggest challenge today is when I am trying to teach a student or work on a client and they feel they know have learnt everything already from YouTube videos and the internet. It can get quite frustrating at times as it not only sets a limit to knowledge but also to creativity. I have to then try my best to convince them to be flexible. While a lot of information found on the internet is quite good not everything is accurate or may not even be the right way to do something.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO TEACHING?
While I was studying in London College of Fashion just before my graduation, the college realized that I had done a prior makeup course and I was really good at it. So I was asked if I could do a part time teaching job there for the 17 year olds. That’s when I realized that I enjoyed imparting information and getting other people to understand my perspective of art.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED STARTING A COLLEGE FOR MAKEUP HERE IN UAE?
When I started, I was 23. Sometimes, even I can’t believe I had the courage to undertake this venture at that age. The biggest challenge that came with the initial startup was the stress. I had to learn how to do most things without guidance. The stress led to some personal health issues but I learnt from that and now know how to better manage it.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THIS COLLEGE?
I was freelancing for a year in Dubai when I felt that there were certain limits to the creativity that was achieved in the region. Most times others that I worked with didn’t understand the concept process. In the UK people would be able to grasp it and develop it. I wanted people to have the base on which they could further develop their creativity and where they could learn things at an international level.
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY IN THE UAE?
Though the beauty industry here is focused more on beauty makeup than creative looks, it is refreshing to see how much women here embrace it whole heartedly. In Europe, we do have a lot of photo shoots and makeup for magazines etc. but not very often ,you would see women paying to get their makeup done in comparison to the Middle East unless they have a wedding or a very special event
IF YOU WERE NOT A MAKEUP ARTIST, WHAT WOULD YOUR CAREER OF CHOICE BE?
Interesting question. When I was initially deciding if makeup was the right field for me, my other option was biology. (Laughs)I know! Not related to makeup but growing up I had varied interests in architecture, history and archaeology. I wanted to dig up dinosaur bones, haha!
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