Katie Moore is an internationally published makeup artist and hair stylist. Katie. Katie has worked with various celebrities and influential individuals, resulting in her work being featured in the likes of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, GQ and many more.
When did you decide to pursue a career in makeup?
At university, I was given a brief to create a look suitable for Harper’s Bazaar. At that time, I’d never heard of the magazine and had no idea there were careers in makeup beyond makeovers for private clients—I was in my late teens and had barely picked up a brush!
Naturally, I began my research into the aesthetic and became obsessed with high fashion editorials and beauty campaigns—which is the direction my work has taken ever since.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I consider my sources of inspiration quite conventional. I look to runway archives, my collection of vintage print magazines, and other artists’ work for a boost in creativity. Simply turning to my kit and rediscovering a product that I’d love to experiment with also helps a lot!
There are often time restraints and subsequently a bit of pressure to design looks when working to a client’s brief, so I just get immersed in it.
How do you hope your work is remembered?
I think every passionate creative would love to produce something revolutionary.
But in my reality, I’d love my work to be remembered as an extension of me and my love for enhancing natural beauty in a playful way. I also hope to be recognised for how I made my peers/models feel.
We asked Katie Moore to share her 'bucket list concept'—the creative vision that she hopes to one day bring to life...
Into the wild
I’d absolutely love to create something that combines my passion for nature and exploring with a beautiful shoot concept.
It would have to be in the Galapagos—my dream travel destination. Away from tourist spots, somewhere off the beaten track where the wildlife is thriving with lush exotic plants, flowers and wild creatures.
In every shot, I’d want the model to wear a look that matches the background of the frame. So if they’re bathing by a turquoise crystal waterfall, their full outfit should mimic this. It’s not a unique concept by any means but I’ve never personally shot a colour story like this and have always been in love with the aesthetic.
I'd love to collaborate with Stella McCartney because of the ethos behind her brand and her gorgeous ability to colour block! It wouldn’t feel right pulling clothes from unsustainable luxury designers whilst working in a location so under threat from environmental changes.
I'd choose Gisele to model for this shoot because she always seems so lovely and humble and is a compassionate activist—as well as being stunningly beautiful, but that goes without saying!
The team is everything on a shoot so all the creatives involved would be my industry friends who are as kind-hearted as they are talented.
This idea stems from my interests outside of work, which are easily neglected in a job so consuming. It would be wonderful to merge the two and produce a true passion project.
Find an archive of Katie's work on her website or her Instagram.
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