The Interview – Lee Pycroft

London-based Lee Pycroft has been working as a celebrity makeup artist for over fifteen years, and her work can be seen on countless red carpets and magazine covers. She has worked with celebrities like Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, Diane Kruger and Elle McPherson, to name a few. She has worked for British Vogue, Grazia, GQ, Esquire Glamour, Tatler and ELLE, always giving her makeup a signature strong, sexy feel that remains polished and feminine. I assisted Lee in London and not only is she a lovely person, I like that she is able to take her incredible red carpet work and translate it for every day women, which is a skill in itself. Without further ado, I give you, The Interview.
Sienna Miller - Lee Pycroft Makeup 1) What are you working on at the moment?

I have just finished working on the live final of Britain’s Next Top Model which aired this week. There were several make up changes to be made in very little time so I worked on themes that will delivered impact but allowed for quick changes! I just did the Richard Sorger show at London Fashion Week and am prepping for a beauty story that is coming up.

2) Favourite makeup job ever?

My favourite make up job ever was also sprinkled with a touch of luxury too!
I travelled through the night to Las Vegas on a private jet to do the make up for an actress who was receiving a life time achievement award. Her look got a lot of press and the job was lucrative and fun.

Diane Kruger - Lee Pycroft Makeup 3) Top 5 products?

  • Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation
  • Chanel Inimitible Mascara
  • Mac Mineralise Pressed Powder
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Liner
  • Lancome Long Lasting Softening Concealer

4) Best makeup tip ever?

Keep your eyes on mass market brands as they are swiftly catching up to the prestige brands in terms of technology and textures. If you shop around a little you can pull together an impressive selection of inexpensive products that will deliver impressive results…. watch this space!

5) How did you get started in the business?

I started by doing a basic make up course then writing to all the photographers I could find and asking if I could test with them. My letter was enthusiastic and I got lots of calls back! I then met other more established make up artists who allowed me to help them, for free. This gave me priceless experience and I made contacts too. I always think half of my success has come from being relentless in my attempts to establish myself, a positive attitude and whatever periods of great success I have had, always being grateful for what has come my way…

Cate Blanchet - Lee Pycroft Makeup 6) How is it different to when you started?

There are far more people in the business now but my position is easier as I am so much more established!

7) What do you love doing in your spare time?

I love doing motivational courses! Anything that stretches the mind and spirit; I love hitting the road alone or with loved ones and finding random places to stay, going walking by the river, anything that feeds the spirit and creates memories…. as you never know when you might be creating your last one…

8) What are your favourite looks for the coming Autumn/Winter season?

I love the silky tobacco stained eyes with khol inside at Gucci and the reckless looking dark eyes at Zac Posen.

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Makeup Artist Alert! Lee Pycroft on Youtube

I found this fab video from London makeup artist, Lee Pycroft, where she discusses how to put your portfolio together for all aspiring makeup artists. There is still an incredible dearth of information out there for makeup artists to get the background on the business, and Lee is graciously filling that gap with her new Youtube series.

I assisted Lee in London some years ago now, and not only is she a great makeup artist, she is a lovely person as well. Her client list reads like a who’s who of celebrities and prestige titles, from the pages of Harpers and Tatler to beauties like Diane Kruger, Elle McPherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts. Check out her book! It’s gorgeous.

I hope Lee does more videos as it’s really useful to have truly in-demand, talented and cool makeup artists out there on the internet, as well as all the makeup lovers and general cosmetics aficianados who can be found on YouTube.