Not too long ago we had the pleasure of hearing from Celebrity MUA, Nicola Johnson “Sydney Make up Artist”.
Over the years we’ve gotten to know Nicola and she is a massive force within the beauty industry and a long time lover of Naked Tan. We asked her a few questions so our followers could get to know her as not only a Naked Tan ambassador but a beautiful person both inside and out.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I originally trained a beauty therapist & Esthetician specializing in the skin &
skincare. I worked for a number of years in one of England’s most prestigious health spas as a premier therapist looking after high profile clients and celebrities. I’ve always had a passion for makeup & after seeing an ad in the back of Vogue magazine to train to become a makeup artist I knew it was the right thing for me. I packed up my bags & moved to London & enrolled at the famous Glauca Rossi School of makeup in London’s Maida Vale in 2003. I studied fashion, Television media makeup and passed with flying colours.
I started freelancing In London & made the move to Australia in 09 first to Melbourne and then to Sydney in 2010 where I work mainly in fashion, editorial & advertising.
What/or who has made you the person you are today?
I was raised by a single mum along with my sister she worked very hard & I guess that set the bar for striving for what you believe in. if you work hard enough you can achieve anything. My mum also encouraged us to ‘do what ever makes you happy’, she encouraged my creativity and allowed me to constantly make a mess whether that was painting, using clay or face painting the neighbor’s unsuspecting faces.
Yoga and meditation are a massive part of my life, they keeps me grounded & in tune with who I am and the morals I stand for. It also teaches me gratitude and gives me the skills to remain calm in any situation – super handy when it gets s bit stressful on the job.
How did you start as a Make Up Artist?
After training as a MUA in London I worked in a bar at night while I tested and built my portfolio during the day, working for free and building a name for myself. I never assisted anyone in the beginning & actually managed to get into TV & fashion early on.
I moved to Australia in 2009 and I had to start from scratch again, building new contacts and making new relationships. I again did some ‘love’ jobs, I also worked alongside makeup artist Elsa Morgan for a year when I wasn’t booked on my own jobs. Basically Lots of hard work and determination.
I’m now at the stage where I can’t take all the work that comes my way and I have a small team of artists who work for me under my brand Sydney Makeup Artist so that’s super exciting! My clients include Elle magazine, Vogue online, Cosmo, SHOP, Woman’s Weekly, Dolly plus an array of advertising & celebrity clients.
How long have you been in the game for?
I’ve been in the beauty industry since I was 16, so 18 years in total and 13 years as a makeup artist.
What’s your favourite pass time?
Yoga, live music, spending time with friends and family, cooking and the odd glass of red wine !
When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?
I actually wanted to be a nurse or a chef!
If you could describe yourself in 3 words- what would they be?
Positive, Thoughtful, fun,
If you had to choose one Naked Tan product, which would it be?
Can I have ? Crème de la Crème and the Goddess Instant Tan are both incredible.
What’s the one beauty essential you can’t live without?
Mascara – opens you eyes, especially if you have fair lashes.
What’s your life mantra?
“Remember to breathe” . We all lead such busy lives these days; especially in Sydney we have created a nation that thinks it’s trendy to be overly busy. It’s ok to take time out, rest, recover. Take a moment to reconnect with yourself so you don’t burn out.
What is your greatest achievement?
I pride myself in becoming a successful makeup artist by staying true to myself, not stepping on anyone’s toes and paving a way in the industry through hard work & passion alone.
I have been extremely lucky to have travelled to some incredible places with my work, I’ve shot in LA, the Philippines, all over Australia – my favourite being The Kimberley’s – such incredible landscape & of course London where I’m originally from.
Talk about someone you love – who are they? What do they do? What importance do they have in your life?
There is a saying – “friends are the family you choose for yourself” all my family are in the UK, so my friends here in Sydney are so important to me. I’m so lucky to have an incredible group of friends who support me & vise verse. Many of us have our own businesses and we are all there for each other.
Why do you believe in Naked Tan?
I love the naked tan range for the added ingredients they have like Shea Butter, so they work on protecting & nourishing the skin as well as tanning. They also smell amazing and as red head myself I have always struggled to find a tan that doesn’t make me look orange.
What is your tanning routine like?
I used the gradual tan on myself along with the instant tan on my legs if I have shorts on and am feeling particularly pale, or if I have an event and I want my skin to glow. I love the scrub for a weekly treat and daily applications of the crème de la crème to keep my skin soft and tan prolonged.
All my clients and models love crème de la crème, every single time I use it gets such a fantastic response.