Featured makeup artist…
Can you tell our readers a little bit more about yourself and where you’re from?
I live in Cape Town, originally spent most of my life in Durban. A lover of the finer things in life and a coffee shop junkie.
How did you get into professional makeup artistry?
By accident actually. I was hairdressing for a while, got bored and then I started off as a fragrance consultant in 1999, I went onto become the first male beauty advisor for Lancome in KZN, from there did 2 Miss SA Pageants, was headhunted by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and worked as a studio manager and events co ordinator for Bobbi Brown in Cape Town for 4 and a half years, now pursuing professional artistry as a freelance
What do you enjoy the most about makeup?
The fact that it’s not permanent, you can change the way you look just with a bit of concealer and mascara and still look fresh. Make Up should not have any rules, it’s fun and the best part is that you having fun with colour.
Are you a full time professional artist, or part time freelance artist?
Full Time Professional Artist
Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?
Currently working on my Pilot Episode for my show! Very exciting time for me, so watch this space for details.
Who inspires you?
There is only one person and that has to be Madonna. She has the ability to Morph and Re Invent herself from one look to another and look totally different. I truly admire her incredible business mind.
Who is your favourite makeup artist?
Kevin Aucoin, Carl Isaacs and Algria Ferreira
What is your most memorable makeup moment?
Definitely working on Choreographer, Dancer, Kevin Stea who worked with Madonna on her Blonde Ambition Tour and In Bed With Madonna! Had a few others but that was one of my finest moments
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
I think I prefer to say that every person I work with is a highlight in my career, I don’t pin point anything down to a definite highlight.
What do you do to relax?
I take my puppy for long walks and I tend to eat out a lot, but nothing beats reading a newspaper at a cosy coffee shop while munching on a good cheese cake. Give me a couch, dvd’s and a kitchen as well and i’m happy!
Do you believe women should go without makeup?
No woman should go without make up. Concealer, tinted moisturiser (BB Cream), mascara and a bit of lipgloss at least.
If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring makeup artists what would it be?
Learn your trade and don’t think you better than anyone else. Every artist I believe is good in their own right.
Do you have any tips for school leavers that are looking at going into the makeup industry?
Go to a good make up school. Find part time work in a retail environment, it disciplines you and if you work for the right cosmetic brand, you can grow into a talented artist. Have a natural flair for make up as well, it helps.
Are you happy with the availability of cosmetics in South Africa? Do you ever have to order items online/from overseas that are not available here?
I have the pleasure of being The Brand Ambassador for Ofra Cosmetics South Africa and am a distributor for the Cape Town Region, Fantastic skin care and beautiful make up range that also caters for professional make up artists. It is only available online and through distributors. Check it out! I reckon SA does lack some of the good brands that you only find overseas but the times are changing very fast.
Some trends can feel a bit out-there for the average woman. Especially style-conscious women of “a certain age” who wish to remain current but fear looking as if they’re trying too hard. Do you have any advice on some comfort-zone friendly ways to rock the latest trends?
Your Make up starts with good skin care. The skin must look beautiful at all times. Less is definitely more cliché’ I know but it’s true. Blusher is a definite must it gives you a natural flush and automatically you look fresher.
Speaking of age appropriateness, let’s consider the flipside. In this day and age of Toddlers & Tiaras and 20-something-looking tweens, is there an age you, as a makeup-artist consider too soon for girls to begin wearing makeup on regular basis?
Teenage girls honestly should stay away from make up until the age of 16. Still keep in Minimum please! Their Matric Farewell day is the day you see the teenager transform into a young lady.
What are three makeup items that no woman should leave home without?
Lipstick, Compact Foundation for touch up’s and Mascara
If you could do work on any celebrity, who would it be and why?
Stupid Question! Madonna!
David’s work speaks heaps and bounds! One of my favourite local makeup artists… If you’d like to follow David Sharp’s work, check out the following :
FACEBOOK : David Sharp Makeup Artist
TWITTER : @davidsharpart
INSTAGRAM : @slatco
or email : davidsharp87 [at] gmail [dot] com
Thank you for communicating with me David, I look forward to hearing more on your show!
We wish you all the success with your makeup artistry!
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