WHO IS SHE?

An interview with Makeup Artist: Billie Weston



Like all things creative, we start from a blank canvas. Tell us what inspires you?
As far as finding inspiration for makeup goes, I always turn to nature.  Especially texture and colour. From the most vivid contrasting colours to the softest, milkiest pastels, I can find inspiration there.   I’m a big sci-fi and post apocalyptic nerd and when there is the opportunity for it, I love to carry those otherworldly elements across into my work. I'm also inspired by my clients and love the process of helping them to create an alter ego or amplify a facet of their personality. 

Today’s woman is busier than ever.  What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
A bold lipstick teamed with defined brows and mascara.  You can have barely any makeup on but look sleek and polished with a strong lip.

How would you describe your look?
I’m a bit of a chameleon when it comes to what I wear.  I really enjoy fashion and like to wear a lot of different styles. I find for this reason, I have never put all my eggs in one basket.  Clothes, hair, accessories and makeup are an integral part of how I express myself and I find it a really fun and creative process.  I’m a big fan of Japanese and Korean street style but I also love to incorporate elements of different fashion subcultures like industrial, post apocalyptic, punk and grunge whilst keeping it understated and sharp.  I wear a lot of black..black is everything.

What is your most memorable makeup you have done?
I have been very lucky to work on some incredible films and live productions with truly magical sets. Those moments are some of the most memorable for me. When you walk onto a large scale set it’s like walking into another world. You get this incredible rush and you are overcome with awe and gratitude.  To be amongst such talented artists and crew who are all part of this amazing collaboration is very humbling.

How do you define beauty?
Beauty to me is kindness and compassion, first and foremost.  But as far as beautiful aesthetic or ‘presence’ goes, I think it’s having a healthy and unbridled outlet for self-expression. Whatever that may be. When someone can express themselves and be immersed in their passion, they become comfortable in their own skin. I love witnessing people being whoever the hell they want to be. 

If you were placed in the world of dogstar, what do you imagine yourself to look like (from head to toe!)?
No other label can layer like Dogstar.  I LOVE to layer. I would want you to load me up with pieces until I could barely walk.

Use 5 words that define what you wear?
Sharp black spirited street pop 

Who is your Muse?
I have so many! But let's say...Gwen Stefani for wearing punk and alternative styles with such sophistication and Daphne Guinness for being an age defying alien empress.