Makeup artist Roseanna Velin on creating the perfect Halloween look

With Halloween just around the corner, we wanted the inside scoop on how to do the perfect makeup. We spoke to Roseanna Velin, a freelance make-up artist based in London who works all over the world. She’s created looks that have been featured in Wonderland, The Times and Vogue Italia.

Want to know Roseanna’s advice for doing the perfect Halloween makeup? We thought you would! We also found out how she got her (dreamy) career. Read on to find out more, you won’t want to miss Roseanna’s golden advice.

Roseanna's work (Image Credit: Roseanne)

Roseanna’s work (Image Credit: Roseanne)

1. How did you become a make-up artist?
I was interested in makeup since a young age, I had an eye for detail and was always a very creative and visual person. I practised on myself and friends in all my spare time, started a makeup course when I finished school but dropped out because it wasn’t as in depth/creative as I had expected. Plus the things I was doing outside of college were more beneficial – e.g work experience with established makeup artists, building my portfolio etc. I continued doing this and little by little my career developed to where I am today.

Roseanna's work (Image Credit: Roseanne)

Roseanna’s work (Image Credit: Roseanne)

2. What are your top tips for Halloween make-up? Any inspiring ideas/looks you can share with us?
I think the most impressive Halloween makeups are the ones that look the most realistic. Accessories are also important, such as fangs, nails and contact lenses, these are the little details that will really finish off your makeup look, and bring the character to life! Inspiring looks for me are ones with originality.
3. What would your advice be for someone wanting to go into the industry?
Only go into it if it’s what you really want to do, otherwise it won’t work. You need to be completely self motivated and you need to really love what you do. It’s a tough and very competitive industry.

Roseanna's work (Image Credit: Roseanne)

Roseanna’s work (Image Credit: Roseanne)

4. What is the coolest part of your job?
The fact that I get to be creative everyday and do something I enjoy. I also love meeting so many new people, every day is a different new experience. I’m constantly learning so much about people and about life.
5. What is the most challenging part?
There is no balance. As a freelance makeup artist, you will never work from 9-5 Monday to Friday and have the weekend off. Sometimes you’re on set for 17 hours, sometimes your call time is 2am. Sometimes you haven’t been home for weeks or months (if you’re traveling with a film for example).
You never really adjust to the chaos. It can also be challenging in your personal life if friends/family don’t understand what you’re doing and the commitments you need to make. It’s also a very competitive industry where lots of other people want what you’ve got, and will do anything to take it from you. Dealing with that can be hard!

Roseanna's work (Image Credit: Roseanne)

Roseanna’s work (Image Credit: Roseanne)

6. What is a typical working day like for you?
There is no ‘typical’ working day as such, my schedule is always very different. On Monday I could be working on a commercial in London, on Tuesday I could be working on a fashion show in Paris, at the end of the day I need to re-organise my kit for the next day. This involves cleaning my brushes and keeping on top of my e-mails. It’s non-stop!
Check out Roseanna’s site here and for a tutorial with Roseanna in time for Halloween click here.

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