Tara Hoggan is a Make Up Artist from Brisbane Australia. Tara is actually the first MUA to be featured on Urbanity Chic. However, after we checked out her creative portfolio we were really keen to interview her so that we could share her work and experiences with you. Despite her incredibly hectic schedule we were delighted when she agreed. Read on to find out about what Tara’s recently been working on, her inspirations and what motivates her to do what she does.
Q: How did you get into professional makeup artistry?
I first stared doing makeup on my friends and family, just for fun.
Then in 2009 I was flicking through a Dolly magazine and seen an add for the Napoleon Perdis Academy, so I called the number and they suggested I do the Summer glam camp to see if this was for me. A month had past and it was the day of the course, as soon as I entered the doors to the academy I knew this is how I wanted to make a career. Which was over four year’s ago; I then got in contact with an aspiring photographer in my local area to help me with my portfolio.
At only 17 I started up my business -- Tara Hoggan Make Up Artist.
Beginning by taking on small clients, I was soon able to demonstrate a strong understanding of how to develop the commercial side of the business to adequately deal with the high demand of my work.
Q: What do you enjoy most about makeup?
Being able to create something unique and share it with the people that share the same passion as me.
Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?
The last twelve months has been amazing and I as a makeup artist have evolved drastically, I have met so many unique and creative people.
I have experienced a whole different aspect of the fashion industry; I have learnt an invaluable lesson in becoming a team player for example, working with hairdressers, photographers, and fashionistas.
Combining our talents for a creative collaboration.
Q: Who inspires you?
Napoleon Perdis, also colours, textures and nature around me inspire the way I create a new look.
Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?
I love the designs of Nicky Zimmermann, Alannah Hill and Vera Wang.
Q: What makes a good make up artist in your opinion?
A make up artist that strives for perfection that drags your imagination into another world.
That makes you really fall in love with their artwork and enjoy every aspect of the piece.
Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?
Oh yes I sure do! The night before my first paid shoot, I was really nervous and didn’t sleep so I stayed up cleaning my brushes and organising my makeup kit.
We started hair and makeup at 4am when the rain decided to play havoc with us, as the photoshoot was meant to be held in a gorgeous park nearby, the photographer and designer had to make other plans.
Once hair and makeup were all done the sun decided to be generous and come out, so we went back to the original plan, after that, the day was a success with people driving past just to get a glimpse of the action.
As we were up to our last look for the day the rain clouds started rolling in, so everyone rushed around the park collecting extension leads and our props before the rain set in, as the last model ran under the bbq shelter the rain poured down!
Needless to say our Neverland Fantasy Shoot was a great success and the beginning of my new career.
Q: Do you have a specific style of makeup that makes you unique?
I like to embrace the celebration of colours and utilise it to my advantage.
Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?
I can never choose which one is my favourite, I love them all.
Q: Who is your favourite makeup artist?
Napoleon Perdis has always been someone I look always up to, and Rae Morris.
Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, she has amazing bone structure.
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
Being creative and stepping outside your comfort zone, trying something new and outrageous. Fashion is self-expression; you can express how you feel through colours and textures.
Q: Where are you based?
I’m based in Grafton, New South Wales, Australia.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Grafton is a very quiet place but in saying that Grafton has many picturesque areas that allow our collaborative group to explore and create new and exciting photo shoots.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
As to date I would have to say being featured in Beauty Biz magazine has been a highlight.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?
To be able to travel all over the world working with high end designers, world renowned photographers and to be featured in magazines such as Vogue.
Q: What do you do to relax?
If I have spare time I like to go for walks on the beach, I like getting out of the house and enjoying nature.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Australia, I’ve lived here all my life and I still have not seen all our beautiful landmarks, beaches and rainforests. There’s so much to discover and see before venturing out into the world.
Q: What music are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I’m in love with some music from local djs, Well butchered & The Darkside -S4 Break in mix tape.
Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?
When I have spare time I like to go fishing and snorkeling with my fiancé.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring makeup artists what would it be?
Never give up on your dreams, always dream big.
Q: What motivates you to do what you do?
My amazing fiancé.
Editor’s Note: Tara Hoggan has an incredible creative and sensitive style in Make Up but also an attention to detail that ensures that all of her work has a signature look but also embodies a commercial edge.
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