BEHIND THE ARTIST w/ COLEEN CAMPBELL-OLWELL

Canadian born Coleen Campbell- Olwell followed her dream to Los Angeles after styling at the Westmore Academy of cosmetic Artists. Represented by Exclusive Artists Management -Coleen can credit her work to Kate Mara, Chris Evans, Tori Spelling and more...

// How did you get your start in the industry ?
I'm from Canada and have always loved makeup, literally since I was 5! I decided to head out to LA to attend makeup school for three months and started doing free spec shoots with photographers who were also starting out, I then started doing head shots for actors and actresses and weddings. When I finally had some photos I went to an agency and gratefully started there and began my career working with celebrities.


// Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I think my signature look is natural beauty. I love glowing skin and I like my clients to be recognizable ...just fresh , current and effortlessly beautiful.


// What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
To be completely honest...self doubt and high expectations of myself . Time and experience really helps with this. I'm a stronger artist than I was 15 years ago, I still keep up with new techniques and observing as much as I can for inspiration. Have I overcome it? I work on it daily..but I trust myself more now


// Who are the role models who inspired you?
The role models who inspired me were, Max Factor since as a teen I loved the makeup of the 30's, 40's and 60's. Also as a teen I would buy Fashion Magazines and makeup with my babysitting money and try to copy the looks on me and my friends. So Kevyn Aucoin and also Bobbi Brown as she mastered the natural beauty of a woman.


//What's the next big trend you're starting to sneak in?
The next trend I've been playing with since last year would be the 90's with a modern twist . Lip liner but blended with strong lip colour, fuller brows instead of the pencil thin ones, soft contour , creamy skin instead of too matte.


// Must have product for your kit?
Just one product that's a staple in my kit...that's tough! Here are a few instead Armani Luminous Silk Fluid Foundation, Diorshow Browstyler Brow Pencil, Nars pressed powder, Lancome Blush...Any MAC lip liner...I can't stop!!!!

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