In my eyes, Sara Hill is a jack of all trades. She’s the founder of egdy, tongue-in-cheek fashion mag Hope St., and now has her own make-up brand, Sara Hill Make-up, which is quickly becoming a bloggers’ cosmetic bag must-have. Her collection of bold, out-of-the-ordinary products and the brand’s ethos is truly admirable, and puts the fashion industry’s beauty standards to shame. I catch up with Sara to find out more about her impressive career and get a glimpse into her glitter-filled future.
What’s your earliest memory of working with make up?
As a teenager I wore terrible make-up, my eyebrows were so thin and I wore shiny pink lipstick and used bronzing balls! So did everyone else, so that’s ok right?
Tell us about your journey, where did you train and where was it that you gained the most industry experience?
I trained in Scotland and then the London College of Fashion. I now have my own school, The Academy of Make-up based in Glasgow and we will have pop-up schools in Aberdeen and Edinburgh next year too!
What was your first big project you’ve worked on or which project did you find most gratifying?
I’ve been doing make-up for 18 years so it’s a long list. I think my first big job was working for the BBC way back and working on a Saturday morning programme with lots of visiting pop-stars.
Given that the beauty industry is highly competitive, how did you make sure your work stood out?
Working in fashion is all about the team around you. I always try and come up with original concepts and not worry what other people are doing. I’m inspired by the faces I paint and the people I’m with in that moment.
Your brand strives to combat conformity and challenge beauty standards. How did this attitude towards beauty develop?
When creating my brand I knew that I would have to stand up and speak about my thoughts on the industry, it would’ve been easier to go with the ‘normal language of beauty’ but it wasn’t what I truly believed. Make-up for me isn’t a question of ‘this will make you beautiful’ or ‘this is the best version of you’. That message in my opinion is still negative and plays into people’s insecurities. The industry says you’re not good enough as you are.
To me, everyone is beautiful, whether they wear make-up or not. It doesn’t make you look better, it makes you look different. It’s paint and powder and a form of self-expression and creative transformation. It’s fashion for the face, not a uniform. I really dislike the word “flawless”. It gets used too often in the beauty world and in my opinion no one is flawed. I also believe make-up is gender inclusive and should be available to all with no judgement. After all it’s just make-up and it’s fun!
What advice would you give to students who want to pursue a career in make-up artistry?
Being a make-up artist is the best job in the world, it’s fun, creative and if you love doing something different each day, I’d highly recommend it! It takes hard work and passion to succeed.
Who’s make-up would you love to do the most and why?
Sky Ferreira and Grimes are on my list of faves at the moment. I love working with people who have their own unique style.
With Christmas just round the corner, where can we pick up stocking fillers?
The brand will be appearing at a pop-up in this amazing new salon on Great Western Road, called 659. The pop-up concept is built around my amazing Glitters. You can choose from three fun looks, the ‘Glitter Grunge Eye’, ‘The Glitter Cut Crease with Flick’, or for the more adventurous the ‘Glitter Eyebrow’, perfect for underground clubbers and individuals who love to shine. It’s open now and will run over Christmas and New Year.
What can we expect from you in 2016?
World domination! [Laughs] I have no idea. I’m working hard, creating new products and doing what I love. I hope the brand will grow internationally and product wise, expect more colour, skin and brows to be on the menu.
Get your glitter groove on at 659, Great Western Road, Glasgow or visit: sarahill.com