CS: With gender neutrality on the rise and gender norms en route to destruction, do you think we can hope to see more men embracing makeup despite the long history of dispute surrounding the issue?
TW: Throughout history as far back as BC in Egypt, through to The Renaissance period to punk to Ziggy Stardust, Denis Rodman to Harry Styles and Ezra Miller, male makeup has transcended politics, music, sports and society as a whole.
CS: In April, the British Fashion Council announced that London Fashion Week is not only becoming digital, but pivoting to a gender-neutral platform. What is your vision for the future of the fashion and beauty industry?
TW: Fashion is seen as forward thinking, innovative and modern. Yet it has presented itself in the same format for decades. We have four seasons per year with teams, models, editors etc flying to cities across the world. While there has been debate if this should change, the pandemic has made the decision for us. And while fashion has definitely made progress in becoming more diverse in its casting of non-white and LGBTQ+ models, I think there is still work to be done from brands and every division of the fashion industry in regards to reflecting this in their recruitment and internal staffing.
CS: At just 19 years old you trained with MAC Cosmetics in Paris – what an incredible start to your career! What tips would you give to an aspiring makeup artist?
TW: My advice to anyone starting out would be to learn your craft and be inspired. Listen and learn, educate yourself, watch movies, read books, don’t limit yourself, be open. And while assisting doesn’t work for everyone (it didn’t for me), I think it’s a very smart way to find your own taste level, learn and gain insight into how some of the best teams in the world operate.
CS: This year, you were announced as Chanel’s UK Makeup Artist. What does a typical day look like in your shoes?
TW: Being a Chanel ambassador is something I have literally dreamed about since working in fashion. However, currently my days very much look like everybody else’s – eat, sleep, repeat – haha. Brainstorming and creating this AMSR video for you has given me more structure than I’ve had in weeks as I had to single-handedly film, light, script and produce it all from my studio and front room.
CS: What are your hopes for the next few months (pandemic allowing!)?
TW: My hopes for the next few months are to, obviously, see my family who I haven’t been able to see for months, and my dad for a year. However, on a broader level I hope with recent events,such as a global pandemic and the brutal police killings of black people in America, that the charge for change continues and doesn’t get lost once we ‘return to normality’.