By Hannah Paul
So today is my last offical day at Dowsett Land as Sharon’s first assistant. The past two and half years have flown by and I’m very sad to be saying goodbye. I’m looking forward to moving onto the next stage of my career but I’m sure I’ll still be part of Team Dowsett and visiting this make-up haven in the future.
Here in my view is the best of being an assistant…
As an assistant part of the job is being the make-up model! Different designs and ideas get tested on you before the real work begins. Plus in the studio we get to try and review lots of new products, making notes, comparing and choosing what we like. It’s heaven for us make-up artists!
London Fashion Week
The most intense but fun time of year! I love London Fashion Week and all the mayhem that comes with it. We get to watch Sharon be creative at tests, work with our team on shows and most of all have fun with make-up. Plus we have such great support from Sharon’s agent Cassandra and her team Sorcha and Maisie May at CLM. No matter the call time, they keep everything in order and help in any way they can. It’s a real buzz making sure everything goes right in such a short time and all the models look perfect before they head down the catwalk.
While assisting Sharon I have been really lucky to meet lots of different people. From celebrities and photographers to designers and beauty journalists, I couldn’t keep track of everyone I have been introduced to and had the chance to work with! However, most importantly I have met other make-up artists, who I have got to know, laughed a lot with and learnt from and can now call my friends!
Sharon is the Make-up Director of Maybelline NY and so we are sponsored by them at London Fashion Week. Throughout the rest of the year we also get to work on two trends days, product launches and special events. They have a great team who support us and we always have fun. I love discussing anything to do with make-up and skincare, I could go on all day, so it’s great for me to meet Beauty Journalists who are just the same.
I love to travel, whether it’s to relax, sightsee or visit family! During my time with Sharon I have had the opportunity to work away from home and I have loved it. While we do work hard we also get to see amazing places and hopefully spend time in a warmer climate.
I met Sharon by luck on a GQ Germany shoot the day after her previous assistant had left. They say everything happens for a reason and I’m sure that it’s true! It’s been such a great opportunity for me to assist and work alongside her. I have brilliant memories and most importantly knowledge and skill that can only be learnt from such a great make-up artist!
Thank you Sharon x