Today I’d like to introduce you to a rather talented lady I was fortunate enough to meet 2 years ago. I contacted Sara Hill at the Academy of make-up enquiring about a suitable make-up artist for my AW14 shoot and Sara immediately suggested Caroline. Since then Caroline has been conquering the Scottish fashion scene with aplomb. This girl knows how to make things happen and is an extremely hard worker. With her warm demeanour Caroline is a calming influence on set and also knows how to have a giggle. She’s been the perfect addition to my little team for AW14 and AW15 helping create some beautiful campaign images. Here she gives us an insight into her life as a make-up artist: 

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I currently work freelance as a make-up artist. I live in Glasgow with my son Kyle. He’s 11 now and loves that I can do make up as I can paint his face to match his costume at Halloween. We take Halloween very seriously, he’s very competitive and likes to win!

As I’m freelance I get to travel to lots of beautiful locations across Scotland for work although,I would love to start going further afield. In the future I would love to be living and working in London.

rosie sugden aw15Above:Caroline at work at our AW15 photoshoot.

How did you get into make-up artistry?

I was looking for part time uni or college course that I could fit around my job and I came across the website for the academy of make up. I had a chat over the phone and went in to see them and discuss my options. It seemed like the perfect choice for me at the time so I went home and booked onto their next course. I had always loved painting faces and doing my make up ,but this was amazing, there was so much to learn and so many options for afterwards, by the end of the course I was hooked. I didn’t want to do anything else. Within a year I was able to cut my hours at work and concentrate more on my make up and 6 months after that I had left and was working freelance full time.

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Above: Photography:  Nuala Swan Photography/ Make-up and hair :Caroline McKeirnan

Describe a typical work week?

One of the best things about working as a make up artist is that no two days are ever the same. One day I can be working in a studio in Glasgow and the next I can be on a hill top in the highlands waiting for the sun to rise.

What or who inspires you?

Isamaya Ffrench is one of my favourite make-up artists. She has such an individual style and her work is always incredible.

ISAMAYA FFRENCH ISAMAYA FFRENCHAbove: Make-up by Isamaya Ffrench.


What’s on your iPod at the moment?

Oh my god, it’s a bit of a mish mash. What I listen to really depends on my mood. Visions by Grimes, Wolfgang Amadeus by Phoenix and the best of Fleetwood Mac are at the top of my most played list. I’ve also been listening to Raw like Sushi by Neneh Cheery. I saw her in concert a couple of months ago and she was amazing.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

It’s got to be Take That! I still know all the words to all their old songs and I’ve never missed a concert but I tell myself it’s ok as they were my first love 🙂

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Above: Photography:  Nuala Swan Photography/ Make-up and hair :Caroline McKeirnan

Favourite film?

I love Baz Luhrmanns Romeo and Juliet. The music is amazing, the costumes are great ,and Leonardo di Caprio is in it!

What are you most proud of? 

I’m really proud of how far I’ve come in the last two years. When I signed up for the course at the academy I had no idea that I would do so much so fast. To be able to say to people that is my job now is an amazing feeling.

I also worked on the opening and closing ceremonies at the commonwealth games last year. That was pretty amazing!

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Above: Photography:  Anette Schive / Make-up and hair :Caroline McKeirnan

Best piece of advice?

I think it’s important to always have something to aim for and a plan on how to get there. Decide where you want to be in say ten years time and break it down into manageable steps then work your backside off to make it happen. I have a little dreamboard stuck on my mirror reminding me everyday what I’m working towards and motivating me to keep going for it.

caroline mckeirnanAbove: Make-up by Caroline McKeirnan / Photography: Anette Schive

Favourite hour of the day?

Any hour where I can have a coffee!

Favourite place in Scotland?

It’s not really a place but The train journey from Glasgow to Mallaig in the western Highlands is amazing. I managed to time it so the sunset on the last part of my journey, the view was pretty spectacular.

I also really love all the little coastal villages along the East neuk of Fife, They’re so pretty and they always have brilliant little gift shops and cafes.

Thank you Caroline!
ROSIE SUGDEN AW14

ROSIE SUGDEN AW15Above: Rosie Sugden AW14 & a sneak peak of AW15, make-up by Caroline McKeirnan and photography Anette Schive.

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