Taryn Pouncett from Makeup by Taryn joins us today for an interview session, describing more about her daily routine and what made her became a well knowned wedding makeup professional. Based in Johannesburg, but open to jobs nationally based on availability, she holds a high level of passion about beauty and fashion. Below was how it went:
Q: How did you start your career as a makeup artist?
A: I have always loved makeup and would do friends & families makeup before events or parties- I was always playing around with different colours and styles and decided to do a formal course that would give me the confidence and knowledge to do this professionally. I then studied a part-time makeup course with LISOF, which is endorsed by M.A.C.
Q: What fascinates you about this line of work?
A: Trends I notice on the catwalk or in magazines such as false lashes on lower lashes or the squiggled liquid liner or (a personal fave), a sports luxe look. I love to see the looks done for editorial shoots as they can push boundaries that most wouldn’t feel comfortable with in their day to day life. It’s really interesting to see over time how trends take over and ALL your clients will then ask for that. I have seen this with contouring, matte lips, ombre lips and more recently, strobing.
Q: How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?
A: My signature look is very natural with a big focus on the skin- I like to make my girls ‘glow’, and have their eyes ‘pop’. Skin and eyes are definitely what I spend the most time on even when doing my own makeup. I think I can be set apart from other artists because I am fairly fanatical about health and the health of a person is easy to read through their skin, so I do like to spend time chatting about their lifestyle habits and sometimes making recommendations that will improve their tone. There’s no better canvas for makeup that healthy skin.
Q: What are the biggest challenges makeup artists have to face?
A: When you first start working professionally I would say the biggest challenges are pricing and timing- it takes practice to try and get your timing down so you know exactly how many people you can book in a day- timing is also tricky because other people are not always respectful of a schedule so you need to learn how to make up time if you start running late. To try and work out exactly what it costs you to do someone’s makeup and how many ‘faces’ you can get out of a fully stocked kit can take a lot of time and patience.
Q: Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
A: Personally I don’t like to see a cut-crease with lots of black shadow or liner on a bride- I think it’s amazing for photography but a bit harsh up close and as a bride you need to strike a balance between makeup heavy enough to last and photograph well but also being comfortable enough that you still feel like yourself. I always say your wedding day is the day you want to look like the best version of yourself, but not a bit like anyone else.
Q: What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to women especially to soon-to-be brides?
A: Sleep lots, exercise as often as possible, use SPF daily and eat well. If you look after yourself physically, life becomes easier to manage especially during stressful times like wedding planning. I would also say that the best beauty investment you can make is in a high-quality skincare range , so allocate a large part of your beauty budget to that.
Q: Advice for young make up artists who are just starting out and want to be where you are, at the top of the industry?
A: Try to pair up with people you have good chemistry with- I have a fellow artist I regularly refer people to if I am booked and vica versa, I also have a hairstylist I try to book on jobs with me as often as possible. Good relationships lead to easy referrals and extra bookings so try team up with people in all sectors of the industry like photographers, event planners, editors etc. Always remember that word of mouth is the most powerful marketing tool so always be polite, patient and flexible with your clients needs.
Thanks Taryn for all the sharing above. For those eager to start with their own makeup studio, Taryn’s pointers could definitely help. Not to forget, you can always check out her website and see how she inspires others.