With all the makeup tutorials available online, almost anyone can learn how to do a statement lip or a semi-decent smoky eye, but celebrity makeup artist Emma Osborne is on another level. Having built a formidable career working with everyone from Chrissy Teigen and Rita Ora to Nicole Scherzinger, she is one of the most respected makeup artists in the business. Here, Osborne divulges some of her best-kept secrets, as well as expert tips and tricks she picked up along the way.
Her Biggest No-Nos
For Osborne, makeup isn’t about hiding your face, but enhancing it. “Wearing too much foundation is a massive no-no,” she says. “Skin should be seen – it’s all about beauty from within for me.” Through working with celebrities like Jourdan Dunn and singer Anne-Marie, Osborne learned, “My clients want their beauty to be enhanced and not taken away, so good skincare and getting the right color and texture for your base is a must.” This means having a proper skincare routine because makeup sits much better on clear, bright skin.
Her Red Carpet Secret Weapon
To get that red carpet flair, it’s all about the lashes. She’s a particular fan of Lola’s Lashes because they’re magnetic. “So easy to use, no messy toxic glue, just a simple liquid-liner application and voila!” Osborne says. She regularly adds these lashes to finish off Scherzinger’s looks because it gives that extra bit of oomph – not to mention saving on time. One major thing Osborne has learned is you don’t always need the exact products on hand to finish off a look. In fact, she says, “You can groom eyebrows with a touch of hairspray if you run out of your usual brow fix.”
Her Favorite Lipstick Hack
Another pro tip is to use a touch of the lipstick you’re wearing that day to the apple of your cheeks, which Osborne says will “blend the whole look together”. Finally, the makeup artist recommends investing in a mini blender to get that perfect finish with foundation. “Use it to really push the product into the skin, which will help eliminate any lines,” she says. “I always do this with my clients.”
Her Last-Minute Fixes
As you’ve probably noticed, a lot of the tips and tricks that Osborne has picked up along the way are ‘fixes’. Prepping for a red carpet or doing the makeup for a photoshoot can often get hectic, meaning Osborne has to improvise. For one particular job, she really needed to think on her feet.
“I forgot my brush kit, which is a lot of brushes. It was a shock at first. To be fair, I like to use my hands a lot when I work, but I did have to borrow a couple from the stylist’s own makeup bag… eek! I did clean them and totally winged it for the day.” Luckily, it all came off without a hitch, with Osborne saying, “I don’t think my celebrity client even noticed!”
Her Favorite Clients
“I love working with Nicole [Scherzinger], she is always up for trying new things and colors. It’s normally me who reins it in and says, ‘No, that’s too much.’ We discuss what the look is going to be with the stylist and hairstylist and, if the hair and outfit are showstoppers, then I know I need to pull the makeup back and keep it clean,” says Osborne.
“If it’s simple hair, then we can have fun with the look. There has to be a balance, otherwise it can all look a little bit messy and overly produced, which isn’t my thing.” Osborne has done a whole range of looks for Scherzinger over the years, whether it’s a bright-red lip when performing with the Pussycat Dolls or a more low-key glam look, focusing on glowing skin for red carpet events.