June 8th, 2020
In the first of a new series we take a peek inside renowned MUA Alice Theobald’s kit and find out about the items she just can’t live without. She started subscribing to Warpaint while a student, so we’re delighted to be featuring her.
Alice has earned the reputation as one of London’s most sought after make-up and hair artists, with a hugely successful career, spanning two decades. Alice’s skill and enthusiastic personality, has made her a favourite amongst clients in all areas of fashion, beauty and advertising. Her loyal clientele includes members of the Royal family, international media celebrities, supermodels and multiple luxury brands.
Alice is also recognised as an industry expert, and regularly writes features on beauty trends for several of the UK’s most influential publications. Alice is the beauty editor of Prime Magazine and is an ambassador for the British Master Barbers.
Alice, tell us how you got started in makeup and beauty.
I started at my local college, East Surrey, studying NVQ level 2 in Hair & Beauty. I loved the makeup and hair styling sections of the course and after doing my research I found I needed A levels to get into the London College of Fashion. LCF was one of the best and most recognised hair and make-up colleges in the world. I then did NVQ Level 3 in Hair & Beauty which was equivalent to the A levels required.
I completed Fashion & Media Makeup at the London College of Fashion and proceeded to do a HND in Fashion Styling, Hair and Makeup whist working on Saturdays at The Golden Scissors as a barber under the guidance of Tony Copeland. I loved my time at LCF and graduated in 2000.
I then started working as a freelance Hair and Makeup Artist assistanting at first. I now feel completely blessed to have a career I love. I am represented by Terri Manduka Agency and my booker is the lovely Jonathan Phang.
What are the products you must have in your kit?
Number 1 must have is Morgan’s Pomade Advanced Hand Sanitising Spray and Gel. It kills 99.9% of bacteria, viruses including Covid 19 and germs too, which is paramount to keep my clients, my kit and myself hygienically safe. I use the spray to clean my spatulas, palettes, the makeup table and objects I work with including my hands! It’s light and compact and my hero product!
Crown Brush disposables and accessories particularly disposable mascara spoolies (£3.39), clear brush organiser with zip up lid (£25), professional mixing tray (£4) and Stainless Steel mixing plate & spatula (£11). Hygiene is key!
Chanel Vitalumiere foundation (£40), buildable, bendable and dependable, a kit classic and staple luxury.
Adorn U Signature personalised makeup brushes (£45). They are fabulous brushes and are perfect to ensure that I don’t get mixed up with other artists’ brushes on set. I love that they have my name on!
Eye shadow palettes! Morphe have a fabulous range of rainbow eye colours that come in lightweight palettes (from £15), a fantastic choice to perk up my kit. For must have neutrals, Too Faced Born This Way Nude Palette (£35) is a go to!
PAM MAQPRO Slim Concealer Palettes (£16), lightweight and great to cover imperfections. Photographs brilliantly and works well on screen, perfect to touch up on location.
KVD Tattoo Liquid Liner Duo ($32) in brown and black. Vegan, waterproof, loaded pigment with very fine tapered applicator.
Active Silver Advanced Colloidal Spray (from £11) a natural, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal spray and skincare range. I utterly love the spray it’s so versatile! I spray it on cleansed skin to prep, I spritz it over makeup to revive, and also over my makeup products to keep them hygienically clean between clients.
Vitamin Injections skincare, the Vitamin E Everything Moisturiser (£34) is a great make-up base and suitable for all skin types including sensitive which is crucial; I can’t afford for any skin reactions!
Barry M, a british, vegan brand which I favour. Liquid Chrome (£6.99) is a liquid highlighter – great used straight on the skin or mixed with foundation, primer, lip balm/gloss or moisturiser. I adore a multi-purpose product!
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