May 22nd, 2018
Antonia Burrell is one of the UK’s best-loved skincare experts. A favourite with makeup artists and beauty editors, she’s revered as a natural beauty pioneer and her approach to skincare combines two decades of experience and results-driven knowledge with natural, ethical and sustainable products. Her philosophy is simple: when you feel good inside, it can only reflect outward. And as with all things that Antonia does, beauty is never simply about the surface.
WP: How did you get into skincare and beauty? Did you have anyone who inspired you?
AB: No, I discovered my love for beauty and skincare when, suffering from spots at the age of 19 and growing up in Derby where I couldn’t find any suitable skincare etc. that would help, I started researching and testing products out at home. I was fascinated by what made people have certain skin types. The fact that I would get different opinions on how to treat my skin from almost every beauty consultant I asked motivated me to research even further into the topic to truly understand the reasoning behind why skin does what it does.
WP: The right education can make a huge difference in a makeup artist’s long-term career, did your training as a beauty therapist impact your career, and what you envisioned for the future?
AB: I really enjoyed learning about skin and products and the effect they had on the face, as well as doing facials, alongside learning how to do everything in beauty therapy such as manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing, gaining an all-round training in beauty.-
WP: What are your must-have hero products from your line?
AB: My Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil (from £36); Antonia Burrell Forest Dew Plump + Hydrate Beauty Water (from £42); Antonia Burrell Mask Supreme 7-in-1 (£65); and Antonia Burrell Luminous Light Polishing Powder (£49).
WP: What are the top five products you would recommend a MUA takes to set?
AB: Antonia Burrell Forest Dew Plump + Hydrate Beauty Water; Antonia Burrell Biotech Supreme Pressed Serum (£98), which is an intelligent combination of a serum, moisturiser and primer; and Antonia Burrell Cream Supreme Moisturiser (£54).
WP: With your background in creating skincare and teaching, what ingredients should makeup artists look out for in skincare to get the best out of the products?
AB: I think it is the quality of the products to look out for rather than the ingredients. Look for plumping and hydrating products such as my Antonia Burrell Biotech Pressed Serum.
WP: In a world with Instagram, Facetune, filters and the pressure for flawless skin, have you noticed an impact on the skincare industry, positively or negatively?
AB: It always remains positive in my book. You can have plump and flawless skin naturally using cupping. This facial massage technique plumps the skin whilst leaving it looking warm and bright, flushed, lifted and toned. Try my facial cupping treatment – Facial in a Box by Antonia Burrell (£25).
WP: There is such a huge focus on empowerment within the beauty industry right now, how is that translated into skincare particularly in retail when skincare is advertised for fixing problems?
AB: I think the ability to fix problems makes people feel empowered. During my many years as a skincare expert, I’ve been lucky enough to see time and time again just how powerful achieving clear skin can be for former sufferers of all genders. Antonia Burrell Holistic Skincare is about inspiring happiness and solving skin problems – that’s the blueprint of what the brand does. Skin fixing, inspiring happiness, self-esteem and skin confidence through life changing products.
WP: If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring one make-up product, what would it be and why?
AB: Skincare it would be my Antonia Burrell Forest Dew Plump + Hydrate Beauty Water. This works to plump and hydrate skin eight times longer-lasting and deeper hydration than hyaluronic acid thanks to the French Fucose Polysaccharide, an extract that has been clinically proven to increase hydration to the skin by up to 85% over 8 hours. Make up would be Laura Mercer lip Gloss in Love Lush – I wear it all the time.
WP: You have a huge wealth of knowledge and experience, and it has shown throughout your career, do you think students and pro artists need more education and experience specifically in skin-care?
AB: Absolutely yes. I think it’s important to get as much experience as possible. It’s always going to be an asset; it can only add brownie points and give you an edge.
WP: Hygiene is one of the most important parts of the job – when applying skincare on set, would you recommend using hands or tools on the client/model? Can chemicals in sanitation products have an impact on the skin?
AB: Use both – hands and tools. I don’t think chemicals in sanitation products have an impact on the skin. You would use the tools dry not wet. If skin is allergic most sterilising agents will have ingredients that are not skin friendly, but I have never experienced any reaction.