Maddie North Makeup Interview

Originally from New Zealand, Celebrity hair and makeup artist Maddie North has worked in Los Angeles for the past few years, perfected her skills. Making a name for herself she’s opened up doors to such influential people as Lorde, Kate Nash, Lykke Li, Eve, Hozier, Of Monsters And Men, Broods, Big Boi, and The Naked And Famous. Her talents have graced the pages of Playboy, Schon, Lucy Mag, Darling Mag, and Contents Mag. Her skills are well recognized in the industry gaining her work with some of the most influential brands. She has been able to compete in this high stress over saturated industry and make it to the top.

Maddie you’ve worked with some pretty big celebrities – very impressive! Was this always your dream to work with celebs?

Well I love working with celebrities for sure! But there’s lots I love about my job, doing editorials and music videos for example, I do a lot of that too and I love it.

You’re so far away from your native New Zealand, any plans to do makeup there at some point?

I go home as often as I can but when I do I prioritize spending time with my family. But yes someday when I’m a bit older I would love to maybe teach makeup there or shoot some editorials there!

How did you get to where you are now? Was it a struggle to get to the top in LA?

It definitely wasn’t easy! Being freelance means sometimes work comes in waves, so its really important to stay motivated, keep shooting, networking, reaching out to photographers, clients etc. I saw other makeup artists I look up to working so hard and I realized, if I want to get there I have to do the same.

What do you think it takes to be a great hair and makeup artist? 

Obviously your skill is very important, but whats ALSO important is being able to work well with people. You could be the greatest makeup artist in the world but if your not polite and can’t work well in a team the clients won’t hire you back! haha.

Have you ever had to deal with a difficult client? How did you handle it? 

haha yes of course, but at the end of the day the most important thing to me is that the client is happy. So yes sometimes clients can be stressed or unhappy with something, so I just try my best to be accommodating, focused and positive!Β 

You have some amazing editorial work, so creative! How do you come up with ideas for these looks? 

I mean Instagram is so great these days I follow all my favourite makeup artists, and they inspire me a lot. Sometimes I get inspiration from the model or the vibe of the shoot, and sometimes the makeup products themselves inspire me!Β 

Do you have any goals for the future? 

I haven’t shot for Vogue yet, that would be a pretty huge goal for me!

Is there any advice you could give someone wanting to start a career in hair and makeup?

The best thing in my opinion is to assist makeup artists you like, reach out to them and offer your services. Its usually very low paid or sometimes not at all, but you really do learn so much, even if its just how to act on set. And be on time!! haha


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