Today we meet Marissa Anderson, a freelance make-up artist from Bristol.What inspired you to become a make-up artist?
For some reason it has always attracted me. Even as a kid I'd get in trouble for playing with my mum's make up, ruining her lipstick by painting some form of tribal pattern on my face and running around the garden. Once I found a pot of pale green stuff (must have been cream eyeshadow) and dabbed some around my little face, played ill and managed to avoid school for the day.
At school I didn't really care for any of the subjects apart from the arts and that's the path I followed, training as a dancer and actor. I got the biggest kick out of getting myself and others ready, creating transforming characters.Can you tell our readers what is the most important part of their daily makeup routine to get perfect?
Skincare. I'm sure everyone has heard it before but if you want to look amazing, it all starts with good skin care. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it has to be consistent; Finding out what works for you might be a bit time consuming but it's so worth it and you can always find a skincare specialist to help. I use an SPF cream every day which is really important.Take time to match your foundation to your skin. Only use it where needed and it will save you time in the morning, and precious pennies. I use two shades - one matches my summer tan, the other my winter pale face; I mix them for all those times in between.Every now and then, have a little play with new stuff. Now you've got the canvas right, whatever you choose to play with will look cool/fun/fierce/arty/cute but always classy... a girls gotta keep it classy, right?! Practice whatever you want to rock that day (be it a graphic eyeliner, glowing blush or a set of false lashes) so that you're confident of your handy work and don't feel self conscious.
If it all sounds like too much work, just get your mascara bang on, it works wonders!When it comes to your art, who has been the most inspiring person for you?
No one person, there is so much good stuff out there and so many different ways to be inspired. I love Grayson Perry, Frida Kahlo, Joan Miro, John Byrne, many street artists here in Bristol, a make-up artist called Kabuki and the fashion photographer Tim Walker. Music has always inspired my work a lot too.Finally what is your one 'desert island' makeup/skincare product that you couldn't live without?
This question drives me nuts, Just one thing? If I had to choose just one, I would take a massive pot of coconut oil because of it's many uses. Really I would try & smuggle in an SPF cream, concealer, blush & mascara too.You can find Marissa at www.threelittlebirds.uk.com