Beauty Expert: Nicola Keegan
Paisley’s very own Nicola Keegan is an award-winning, HND-qualified mobile makeup artist with a Diploma in Eyebrow Definition & LVL lash-lift. She offers an elite hair and make-up service.
How did you get started?
Nine years ago, when I was 26, I decided it was time to finally go to college and gain my HND qualification in makeup artistry. I completely surrounded myself with all things makeup, beauty and fashion related. Within two months of starting college I had my own bridal makeup artistry business.
What’s the best thing about working in the industry?
The best thing for me is being able to make someone feel better about themselves in an instant, whether it be one of my before-and-after makeup transformations or finding the exact correct skincare regime for women who have been searching for years.
What’s your favourite cosmetics brand?
If you push me to pick, it has to be Urban Decay. My favourite product is my Nars liquid highlighter in Copacabana. I like to mix it with my foundation for a dewy finish. I also put a layer on over my primer and hit the cheekbones and tear ducts with it for a super-healthy lit-from-within glow.
What beauty trends are you enjoying right now?
I am obsessed with rose gold eyes at the moment. It’s also my most requested makeup to do on clients. It suits most eye colours and shapes and makes a welcome break from nudes and champagne colours.
What should people look for when booking a makeup artist?
Check they are insured and the cancellation policy. Enquire about what products they use and research their previous makeup experience as well as some makeup looks they’ve done on clients.
What’s your top tip for achieving a professional look at home?
Always use a primer. Whether it be eye primer or face primer, make sure you invest in a good product.
For more information about Nicola, visit her website. This feature was published in Mill issue 5 May/June 2019.