Featured Posts

To top
15 Dec

Isamaya Ffrench interview: meet the revolutionary make-up artist

Isamaya Ffrench interview

Isamaya Ffrench interview To explain Isamaya Ffrench as a revolutionary force inside the beauty industry looks like an understatement.

As we noted when she launched Isamaya, her eponymous beauty brand earlier this yr, her work as global beauty director of Burberry, the unique creative director of each Dazed Beauty and Byredo make-up, and collaborations with musicians,

designers, and photographers alike have resulted in images which are strikingly visceral, sometimes disturbingly so. But beneath their arresting surface are at all times serious questions: how is our perception of beauty formed? How can we subvert those perceptions? Is there any such thing as beauty anyway? Can that which is ‘ugly’ or ‘grotesque’ not be beautiful too?

With the newest, rodeo-themed drop from Isamaya’s Wild Star collection launching today, we asked Ffrench to inform us how she finds the drive and inspiration to maintain exploring these questions with ever more ingenuity.

At home with Isamaya Ffrench

Wallpaper*: Why did you change into a make-up artist? 

Isamaya Ffrench: I never had a desire to change into a make-up artist. I did an art foundation [course] at [London’s] Chelsea College of Art after which studied product design at Central Saint Martins –

the make-up artistry got here quite organically from an interest in prosthetics and body painting that I used to be doing as a side job to fund my studies. Eventually, I moved into the style world and make-up took over!

Ffrench working on prosthetics for Oneohtrix Point Never album artwork

(Image credit: Courtesy of Isamaya Ffrench)

W*: How do you define beauty?

IF: It’s something I’m continually asked. I used to say that beauty is something that moves you but context is every little thing. If a beauty journalist is asking what my definition is, they’re probably expecting a response to my aesthetic ideals of beauty/make-up/identity, but in point of fact, beauty is way more vast and private.

Watching your partner give birth is beauty, witnessing a grandparent take their last breath is beauty, so I suppose my definition still is sensible. There’s no strategy to explain what it’s, because everyone has their very own tackle it.

W*: How do you get yourself out of a creative slump? 

IF: I’ve never had a creative slump! I do not know what it looks like! I do know what decision fatigue is or burnout however the creativity never goes away.

Isamaya Ffrench getting laser treatment

Ffrench getting laser treatment

(Image credit: Courtesy of Isamaya Ffrench)

W*: What project are you most pleased with?

IF: There are a lot of projects I loved to work on… more specifically, people I loved to work with. But my brand might be probably the most obvious one because for the primary time I’m in total control of every little thing from concepts, products, packaging, campaigns, events and media all at the identical time. Having that total creative freedom.

Isamaya Ffrench Wild Star makeup line campaign shot by Steven Klein showing Isamaya Ffrench as cowgirl

Isamaya Beauty Wild Star campaign shot

(Image credit: Steven Klein, courtesy of Isamaya Ffrench )

W*: What’s been your biggest failure and what did it teach you?

IF: I don’t over-analyse what I’ve done. I see what works and what doesn’t and just move on, each in my skilled and private lives. There’s no such thing as failure, only lessons. Once you’re capable of go on in life with this philosophy, things at all times feel progressive.

AI mouse devil creature with lots of piercings

Dazed Beauty commission by Pastelae

(Image credit: Pastelae, courtesy of Isamaya Ffrench)

 W*: Are you able to talk us through your creative process? What are your ideal conditions for creating?

IF: A protracted plane journey where I can not sleep? Rather a lot gets whipped up above the clouds! Metaphorical perhaps! There’s nothing as stimulating because the initial talks with collaborators originally of a project. The best way everyone throws something in and it pushes the conversation further.

I don’t have a recipe for the creative process, it’s just the way in which you react to latest ideas and suggestions. The one thing you’ve got to recollect is to do things along with your gut. If something doesn’t feel true to your values, you’ll lose sincerity.

W*: What’s your favourite beauty trend without delay?

IF: The thin brows! I’ve been doing it so much for shows these days.

Skinny eyebrows by Isamaya Ffrench on Bella Hadid

Skinny brows for Vivienne Westwood S/S 2023

(Image credit: Alex Soroka, courtesy of Isamaya Ffrench)

W*: How has your understanding of beauty modified over time?

IF: That’s a tough one, because a whole lot of my work involves making a client completely satisfied. And clients all have their very own understanding of it. I mean at the top of the day, it makes the job more interesting to place yourself in another person’s shoes. Let’s just see it as adding latest lenses to my filing cabinet of perspectives on beauty.

Camper shoes advertisement with prosthetic makeup by Isamaya Ffrench

Camper commercial with prosthetic make-up by Ffrench

(Image credit: Daniel Sannwald, courtesy of Isamaya Ffrench)

W*: What’s your go-to beauty routine?

IF: An emollient cream, disgusting dark green smoothies and something that involves a centrifuge now and again.

Wild Star makeup collection by Isamaya Ffrench

(Image credit: Tais Sirote, courtesy of Isamaya Ffrench)

W*: Are you able to tell us more about your upcoming projects?

IF: I’m working on a documentary about global beauty aesthetics and a very popular drop is coming for Valentine’s Day…

Recommended Products

Beauty Tips
No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.