Celebrity Make-up Artist Sarah Burrows Shares Bridal Tips and the World’s Best Brands, Exclusively With Front Row Bride
Q: As a celebrity makeup artist, we’d love to inspire others coming up in the ranks, so can you tell us a little bit about your career journey to-date and how you have become one of the greatest and most renowned MUA in Britain?
What a lovely question. I started my career over 26 years ago by training at the BBC. It was simply the best training and I learnt from incredible people. I was able to cut my teeth on everything from Drama to sitcom and find out what I really enjoyed. From there I realised that glam was going to be my middle name so after dabbling in comedy with the likes of Dom Joly I managed to build my reputation in Light Ent designing shows such as Strictly come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance plus most of the Andrew Lloyd Webber programmes to name but a few. For many years I worked flat out gaining a reputation and fabulous client base. Including artists such Sir Bruce Forsyth, Tess Daly , Paddy McGuinness plus many, many more as regular clients . Now after so many years in the business I’m still super busy although choose to work more closely with personal celebrity clients and design their programmes. I think it was a combination of luck and hard work that helped me get to the place I am now. I have seen the industry change greatly but I still wouldn’t do anything else. I feel privileged every day to work in such a fabulous industry and with so many talented people.
Q: What would you advise every Bride-to-be does in terms of prep before the big day?
A wedding is perhaps one of the most important day in many peoples’ lives so prep is the key, just like a red carpet event! Make-up is only as good as the skin below so start your prep in advance to avoid any unwanted break outs. Don’t suddenly change a routine just before any big event as this can cause the skin to react. I usually advise a bride to start a month before with regular facials. Choose a specific routine to suite your skins needs. Any Botox of filler should be done around now to give time to settle. Keep up the routine until the big day so your skin is in top condition. Drink lots of water and keep diet as clean as possible, this is a stressful time without filling your body with more junk to deal with. Take your vitamins and get to the gym even if its just a light work out. Not only will this combat stress but it will also keep your blood flowing helping to keep that skin glow. I’m also a massive fan of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Powerfoil sheet-masks. My skin literally drinks up all the goodness especially after a few long haul work flights, so you should invest in these before the big day.
Q: . Do you swear by one brand of make-up or is a mixture good? Are there any brands we should look out for in 2019?
As a make-up artist I am lucky enough to try all sorts of make-up so have the luxury of working out the best of the best. Foundation and concealer I do tend to splurge on! Nars Velvet Matte Foundation stick is a staple for both myself and my kit and is build-able, meaning easy to re-apply for top-ups. Don’t be put off by the matte title as I find it has a glowing, soft finish. Primer is a real must and I love Arbonne base de maquillage; it seems to work with most skin-types which is great. It helps your base not only last longer but glide on the skin smoothly. Concealer is a must under-eye and around the nose too. Opt for a creamy long-wear such as Laura Mercier ultra long-wear concealer which comes in a huge range of shades. There are so many incredible brands on the high-street and among the best of the newcomers are Morphe. Incredible low-cost pallets that last and blend well. Available online and at Westfield Stratford, although I am positive it’s only a matter of time before we see many more stores pop up. And, lastly, ALWAYS opt for a waterproof mascara on your wedding day to avoid panda eyes. Le Volume de Chanel is my absolute go-to.
Q: Some Brides don’t know where to start with make-up and deciding on the look they want. What would your advice be to those Brides?
I advise all Brides not to be too drastically different from your usual look. If you are a minimal make-up wearer you don’t want to go all out for the big day as you won’t feel comfortable or indeed recognise yourself in pictures!! I would opt for a professional to come in and always, always do a trial a couple of weeks before the big day. No more time is needed or your ideas and look can change – and no less than a week as you need time make any minimal changes.
Should Brides fake it on their big day and wear false eye-lashes? It can be quite daunting for Brides who have not worn them before?
Q: Let’s talk foundation, as every Bride DREAMS of flawless looking skin!
Ah Foundation, just so important to get right. I’ve already mentioned my love of Nars Velvet Matt, soI have to say that again. If you want a more liquid option then Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is incredible. Sheer and glowing with enough coverage for most skin types. But a good base is all in the preparation so gentle exfoliation and moisturiser is as important than an expensive base.
Q: What are the top 3 products you feel every Bride should be using on her big day and keep close-by in her handbag?
The top 3 products I would advise any bride has close at hand – again my nars matte stick foundation for any touch-ups, a blot sheet or powder to mop up shine before pictures. MAC pressed blot powder is a winner for most. Lastly a lip gloss for top-ups after all those relatives your gonna kiss.
Q: Here at Front Row Bride, we love a nude lipstick but can’t seem to get it right. Some fade too quickly, plenty go patchy – what lipstick do we need in our life?
Ah, the perfect nude! Every person’s base lip-colour will dictate the perfect nude for them. Charlotte Tilbury has one of the best selections around. Penelope Pink or Bitch Perfect offer great coverage ‘last-ability’ and a contemporary nude. Follow up by Charlotte’s nude gloss in Seduction for a perfect pout.
Q: Before we sign-off, who is your favourite celebrity to work with?
Ah, my favourite celeb to work with. I work a lot with Paddy McGuinness we have great fun on Take Me Out and so many laughs on the Keith Lemon and Paddy Picture show. He and his wife Christine are perhaps two of the loveliest people and amazing parents I know. I am good friends with Nick Knowles (yes I did know he was going in the jungle!) and have literally traveled the world on shoots with him. Another caring human being who I am honoured to call a friend.
We absolutely loved catching up with Sarah. She is not only a DREAM to work with, but a positive influence to be around. Her vibe, her style, her know-how, is the very definition of an expert. We can see why she’s the go-to MUA for the BBC, Channel 4, international publications and more! To visit her website click here.