5 Minutes with Kath Gould

This week we caught up with incredible hair and makeup artist and photographer Kath Gould to chat all things makeup and creativity plus her tips for make-up hygiene especially when wearing masks! 

How long have you been a make-up artist and photographer and what does a typical day look like for you? 
I started my career as a photographer and then shifted to makeup which I’ve been doing for the last 16 years. More recently I’ve started taking photos again to compliment my artistry and scratch that creative itch. 

Did you always want to get into the creative industry – specifically doing make-up and photography? 
Yes, I’ve always been drawn to art and music – it took me a while to work out what areas within those industries were my forte. I dabbled in painting and sculpture at art school but painting and photographing faces is my passion. 

Do you have a highlight job/experience from working as a MUA and photographer? 

Ohh, so many! Obviously working with Kim is always a dream – she’s such a sweetheart and gives her time and energy to allow me to be creative. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of international celebs and I’m very grateful they have trusted me. Sometimes what makes a job special is a great working environment with kind, considerate people – it doesn’t always need to be cool or cutting edge. 

Can you share something that may surprise people about what can happen behind the scenes of your work? 

It’s not always glamorous! It’s a lot of long days, practical footwear, sore backs and terrible light. 

Are you able to please share with us any tips and tricks around make-up hygiene – perhaps around people experiencing breakouts from wearing masks? 

My key tips for mask wearing are: 
– Rotate your masks throughout the day 
– Wash your face as soon as you get home – all that moisture build up under the mask can get pretty nasty for your skin. I also like to use a chemical or mild physical exfoliator if my skin still feels congested. 
– Wash or throw our your masks regularly and try and practice some good breathing techniques when you’re not wearing your mask. 

What are your favourite/go-to make-up products/brands – anything you can recommend? 
So so many! I’m a total junkie!!
Hair: I love Kevin Murphy and Oribe. 
Skincare: Dermalogica, Emma Lewisham and Tatcha. 
Makeup: Anything from Mecca… Hourglass, NARS, MAC, Laura Mercier, Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury to name a few. 

Where would we find you in your spare time? 
Usually chilling at home with friends and my cat Basil or playing tennis and going to pilates. 

Best advice you’ve ever been given? 
Don’t be a dick. 

You can keep up with all the wonderful creative parts of Kath’s work on her Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kathgould_makeup/) and website (www.kmgould.com).