Inspire: Meet the MFA’s Rising Star in Makeup Artistry
Ade Fadahunsi was recently awarded ‘Rising Star Makeup Artist of the Year’ at the annual Midlands Fashion Awards, FashionCapital caught up with her to discover her career journey thus far and her plans for the coming year ahead…
What time does your alarm go off?
A: I regularly wake up moments before my alarm clock rings, no matter what time I set it for.
What’s a typical day like for you?
A: My day start at 05.30am, on the days I am working. I have to get my daughters (age three and one years old) ready for nursery. My shift starts at 8am and finishes at 6pm. Balancing family and careers can be stressful but rewarding. Thanks to my amazing husband for been so supportive, which makes it easy to pursue my passion effectively.
Tell us about your education / career route, where did it all start for you?
A: I am a registered nurse and work in emergency theatre; make-up artistry is a passion. However, when I moved to Birmingham from London, then I knew it was time to pursue my passion. I enrolled for my make-up artistry course at the Central School of Makeup Birmingham. Prior to this I was a self-taught makeup artist. I am passionate about both jobs equally.
What was it like taking part in the Midlands Fashion Awards 2018?
A: Taking part at this year’s Midlands Fashion Awards was an amazing and fantastic experience. I absolutely loved being a part of the makeup artist’s team backstage and competing against such talented MUA’s. Winning the ‘Rising Star Makeup Artist of the Year’ was a bonus and an achievement I am very proud of. Thanks to Midlands Fashion Awards and the team for the amazing experience.
And how did it feel to be announced as the winner of your category?
A: I was excited to be announced as the ‘Rising Star Makeup Artist.’ All the contestants who took part in my category were all talented. Therefore, I am honored to be recognised. Thanks to Midlands Fashion Awards for this opportunity and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
What’s your career plan going into the New Year?
A: I am keen and passionate about developing my make-up artistry skills. I will definitely be collaborating in 2019 with models, designers and photographers within the UK. I am still learning every single day! Being curious and embracing change, trying new things and being open to a new direction. Plus it’s what keeps me motivated. Also to take part at London & Midlands Fashion Weeks 2019 as a make-up artist. I look forward to the potential opportunities this award will bring me.
What would you say has been your most difficult hurdle so far?
A: Every job has challenges and mine is no different. It’s definitely a lot of work and I take both very seriously. The hours of being a freelance make-up artist are long sometimes as there are lots of evening events and travel can be a bit tiring. Balancing my time. But whenever I start to complain about it, I remember that everything I’ve ever dreamed of is happening right now and I’m grateful.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
A: Keep practicing, be consistent and never give up.
Is there anyone in the fashion sector that you think is inspirational?
A: So, so many – the makeup artistry industry is full of inspiring, creative people. I am inspired by Pat McGrath, she’s a sublime makeup artist and a fountain of knowledge and creativity. I’m also full of admiration for Julia Carta, I like her smart approach to the subject of beauty and creativity.
After work you like to…
A: To go home my family and reflect on how my day went.
Images courtesy of Ade Fadahunsi (backstage image) and Garazi Photography (award and catwalk shots)