by Caroline Collom, assistant June 2010 – August 2011
Internationally renowned make-up artist Sharon Dowsett has been in the industry now for 25 years and is only getting more sought after. After watching Laurence Olivier’s make-up artist at work, Sharon decided that being a PA wasn’t quite for her and a change of career was on the horizon. She began her journey towards success by making up presenters on TV, leading her into music videos and eventually breaking into the fashion industry by storm. It took numerous weekends doing test shoots and several fashion weeks assisting other make-up artists to get to this point.
Sharon gets her inspiration from the everyday – from the most mundane object to arts and crafts, travelling around London or abroad, visiting galleries, lunching with friends and wide reading. She has a great eye for colours and is constantly looking at palettes and creating mood boards. Living in an artistic community, Sharon is very fortunate to have endless requests from friends, neighbours and teenagers for advice on make-up. This enables her to feed off their untaught creativity, which encourages her to come up with fresh ideas. Sharon’s work has a lot of depth and often a story element to it, as she has thought long and hard about the look and character behind it.
I think that Sharon’s work is very distinctive and has a real class and edge to it – from absolute beauty to beauty with a real twist. Her flawless complexions and juxtapositions of textures on the face create an illusion of light and shadow. Sometimes it doesn’t look like make-up at all, as she likes to work with colours that exist within the skin and ideally wants the finished result to look ‘worn-in’. Her true passion and energy for make-up makes her a delight to work with on set, bouncing off ideas from the hairdressers, photographers and stylists to contribute to the final picture.
Sharon is represented by Cassandra Maxwell at CLM Hair & Make-up, www.clmuk.com.