In Conversation With: Katie Jane Hughes, Make-up Artist To The Stars


In five years I probably see myself with a brand

When did you become interested in make-up?

From a really young age I’ve always been obsessed with make-up. My mum was a singer so it was pretty instilled in me what the power of make up was, as she would always transform from our mum to this Glamazon with a bit of make-up.

How did you make the transition going from nails to make-up in the competitive market that London is?

Transitioning from nails to make-up was difficult for sure. Moving countries definitely helped but if you don’t want to move countries or can’t, it’s about being consistent with the message of whatever it is you want to do. Gradually, putting the thing you want to do first and stop taking work for the thing that you’re known for.

What’s the one bit of make-up advice that you live by?

Honestly, always have fun a play! Don’t be rigid in a style because the more rigid we are in a style the more we never really grow, in any sense. Just mix it up, experiment, try new things. It’s all fun and games really because it’s just an expression of creativity.

Do you have a product that you couldn’t live without?

I can’t live without Weleda Skin Food it’s something I would continue to buy forever and ever. It’s just the most unique texture, the most unique finish. It’s a great skincare product with a make-up effect, that’s great for the skin!

Is there a make-up trend you dislike?

I don’t really not-like anything as I don’t want to but a black cloud over a certain thing for people who do enjoy it. But I do think that balance is key! I love seeing the lips and eyes balanced, one isn’t overpowering the other or the brow isn’t overpowering the skin. Balance for sure is the key.

Which do you prefer London or New York?

London because it’s home. New York is also my home now but from a style perspective London is definitely more daring and more fun in the sense of style and trends. New York is a little bit more safe but therefore more classic. A bit more tried and tested. Both are great for different reasons.

Do you think there is still space for an aspiring make-up artist to recognize their talent on Instagram, in such an over saturated market?

I definitely think there is space still for a make-up artist still to come up and I definitely think the market is over-saturated but everybody does a different thing and there is a spot for everyone. There is enough work to go round, more brands are coming up and more people need make-up. The way to get noticed is to find what your signature is, what your identity as a creative is and stick to it. Experiment with it but don’t stray too far and you’ll be recognized for it. Don’t forget to have fun!

Finally, where do you see yourself in the next five years?

In five years I probably see myself with a brand, I won’t say too much but I probably will do something in that space. I won’t do it for the sake of doing it, I really want it to be thoughtful and make sense. I want it to be a problem solving type of product or brand. And who knows what else probably still New York but maybe London again.