June 01, 2011

VA Investigates: MUA Simone Gannon

Simone Gannon is an esteemed makeup artist from Galway, currently residing in exotic Bahrain. Her blog Simone Loves Makeup is an excellent read if you're looking to pick up a few tips from a true insider. Simone has a wealth of experience, having worked on shoots for Mango, Inglot and Bahrain's Next Top Model. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us, which you can read below!

1. Hi Simone! Firstly, could you tell me where did your interest in
make-up stem from? Did you always want to be a makeup artist?

I always wanted to be a makeup artist, ever since I was a kid. My
godmother was a makeup artist for Dior and thats where it all started.
She would let me play with her makeup and I thought it was just
amazing. I became obsessed! I remember begging my babysitter to bring
over her makeup when I was about 10. I persuaded her to do my face and
couldn't believe how I looked! Ha! I When I hit teen years, my
interest really intensified. My Godmum used to pass on a lot of makeup
to me, whilst explaining how to use it. I would experiment with it
constantly, look through magazines and try and copy the models.

2. How did you qualify as a makeup artist? Where did you study?

I learned a lot of my skills through practice, reading and experimentation, with a lot of
guidance from my Godmother. I did makeup for friends, neighbours,
anyone who wanted it! This eventually expanded into a little side
career and thats when I decided I wanted to move into makeup full
time. I didn't just want to do standard makeup or bridal, I wanted to
learn fashion & photographic makeup so I trained with the Make Up For
Ever Academy and the rest is history!

3. Top 3 products in your kit?

Without a doubt, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Kryolan Dermacolour Cream Camoflage Palette & MAC Mineralise Skin Finish

4. What is your staple/favourite make-up look?

All time favorite would have to be flicked out black eyeliner with fresh makeup and a peachy lip.

5. You've been lucky enough to travel extensively during your career.
Where do you think was the nicest place that you've had the pleasure
of visiting?

That's a great question but its hard to pick just one! I do have a soft spot for Singapore as its such a beautiful
multi-cultural city with a vibrant makeup and beauty industry. My time
there was really inspiring and I learned so much and met so many great
people. Right now though, being in the Middle East is so perfect for
me, I love the pace of life and the industry here is so creative and

6. What has been your favourite job in recent times?

I really enjoyed an editorial shoot I did for INGLOT & Arabian magazines recently. It was all about INGLOT's latest products in a party style shoot. I designed the makeup looks, played with glitter and thoroughly
enjoyed myself in the process!

7. What is your favourite upcoming trend for SS11?

Definitely the bright and bold summer look; Bright blues, greens and
purples on the eyes with a really poppy lip. I've become obsessed with
orange lipstick and gloss! Torture by Illamasqua is my latest fave.

8. Finally, what advice would you have for anyone who is interested in becoming a makeup artist?

I would say practice, practice, practice! Go as far as you can on your
own, read makeup books, apply makeup on your friends, copy different
makeup looks and trends and build up your confidence. Try and do as
many test jobs as you can, meet up with new photographers and models
and do some work together to build up your portfolios. It's not an
easy career to get started in but once your there it's very rewarding!

Thanks Simone!
D x


  1. Great questions and answers, there's some brilliant advice for people looking to become a make up artist.

  2. I am mad about orange lippy at the moment too! Would be great to be working in a hot country, did she say what brought her from Galway to Bahrain?


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