For this month’s edition of Lulu Loves we spoke to the wonderful Celia Burton. A make-up artist since her teens, Celia has worked with the likes of Dazed & Confused, Interview, Marfa Journal and The New York Times – to name a few. Here she talks about the best advice she’s ever been given, her busy and bossy childhood and being an early fan of Lulu luggage!
WHAT PROJECTS ARE CURRENTLY KEEPING YOU UP AT NIGHT?
"I’m quite good at sleeping…if I’m up, it's very rarely work that I’m preoccupied with. It tends to be issues like global warming or Donald Trump…they're stressful enough to keep me up. "
WHAT KIND OF KID WERE YOU?
IS THIS WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DO WHEN YOU GREW UP?
"I was bossy, excitable, and always very busy making things. My aunt was a makeup artist so I knew the job existed, but in my memory I grew up wanting to be an actress. It wasn’t until recently that I realised how far back it started. In old home videos I'm always applying lipstick, or dressing my sister up. The other day i found some vouchers i made as a nine year old for ‘Burton's Beauty Parlour’! So I guess it was always on the cards..."
BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN?
"There’s a great piece of advice I took from the documentary series The Defiant Ones, about Dr Dre & Jimmy Iovine. Jimmy says - ‘Racing horses have blinders on them because if they look at the horse on the left or the right, they're going to miss a step'. And that’s what people should have. When you’re after something, you should not look left or right — 'what does this person think, what does that person think?' No. Just go. These days, we’re always comparing ourselves to others on Instagram and online. So I really try to just maintain a lane, focus on what I want and how I'm going to achieve it. It’s definitely easier said than done..."
WHAT DOES A PERFECT DAY OFF LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
"Lazy wake up, no alarm (I hate getting up early), and a day of pottering about.
This usually includes coffee with my mum and sis, going to the gym, staying local (W11, Portobello Rd) and seeing friends. "
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT AN UNFORGETTABLE MEAL/PLAY BOOK/FILM YOU'VE EXPERIENCED RECENTLY AND SIMPLY HAVE TO SHARE...
"I saw the film Queen and Slim a few days ago. It’s beautifully shot and the colours are magical. Such a sad, sweet story. And Jodie Turner-Smith’s face is just perfect. I honestly keep waking up thinking about it… "
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LULU MEMORY/MOMENT?
"At the beginning of my career I was absolutely desperate for one of the red lip spinner suitcases, but a friend of mine (a hair stylist i always teamed up with) had it and I didn’t want her to think I had copied her so I never bought one.
I just loved the idea of a makeup artist turning up with her lippy suitcase!"
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