Swedish Make Up Artist Michelle
The very talented make up artist Michelle Silva has done some outstanding work both in her native Sweden and also abroad. On her first ever job as an assistant she was surrounded by Victoria’s Secret supermodels in New York, pretty difficult to top we can imagine! Michelle is a great artist and in her spare time she enjoys painting, which could explain why she’s such a natural at make up.
When did you first find your passion for make up?
I believe I'm practically born with the passion for make up! I grew up with a mother who worked as a professional model and I got to come with her to various photo shoots. From a very young age I was so fascinated watching my mum do her make up. I started to play around with make up at a really young age.
What do you love most about make up?
The creativity and the ability to transform. Make up really is an artwork away from the canvas. Some say the face is like an empty canvas, which I don't agree with, a canvas is flat and empty and a face is the opposite, you use the makeup to emphasise your beauty and/or cover up blemishes.
What products do you think should be a staple in every woman's beauty bag?
Since I love make up I could give you a list to go on forever, haha!
Ok, give us your top 5
A lip balm, a good concealer and a light foundation, rouge or bronzing powder, mascara and a red lipstick. Other than that good tweezers and an eyelash curler is essential.
Many products are multifunctional, for example you can use a lip balm more than on your lips, use it to shape your brows, put a tiny bit on your cheeks to highlight your cheekbones. And for example a red lipstick has many shades of red depending on how much you put on. For a more natural look just smudge a tiny bit on to your lips using only your fingertips.
What are some common beauty mistakes that women make?
To over do it, too much of everything! If you wear a strong brow, eye and lip all at once you are most likely going out not looking your best. Especially now when contouring is so trendy people seem to have forgotten that less is usually more when it comes to makeup. But don’t get me wrong, make up does not have to look natural to look good; for example, I love a strong eyeliner à la Amy Winehouse or when people dare to be a bit edgy.
Can you give us your top beauty tips?
First and foremost, skincare! Take care of your skin. Hydrate inside and out, drink a lot of water and moisturise your skin. What you drink and eat will reflect on how your skin looks; your skin is your biggest organ. We all know that eating healthy is important but it's also really important what we put on our body and expose our skin to. I eat a lot of organic food as well as trying to use a lot of organic products.
A good makeup "rule" is
Never go to bed with make up on! Doesn’t matter how great your makeup products are, you need to let your face rest and breathe.
What is your most memorable job?
I have done a lot of memorable jobs and worked with a lot of great and inspiring people but I think one of the most memorable jobs was my first day working as a make up artist assistant for Brigitte Reiss Andersson in NYC. The first shoot I did with her was for Victoria’s Secret and I was surrounded by a team part of the absolute biggest fashion elite. A pretty impressive first day at “the office”! Then again, everyday working with her was like that.
How would you describe the typical Swedish style?
There is a word called "lagom" in Swedish, which doesn’t really translate in English but it means something like in between, not too much and not too little. Swedish people in general don't wear too much colour; we love the more earthy colours, grey, beige, blue, black and white. This also goes for our interior design. Swedish style is minimalistic and simple yet outstanding.
What do you love most about Sweden?
The nature, Sweden has such beautiful nature! And we have some great food, salmon in all different forms, typical Swedish smoked or "gravad" salmon is amazing!
Can you give our readers some tips on where to go and what to see when visiting Sweden?
Sweden has many beautiful places to visit but since I'm from Malmö I will give you some tips around my hometown.
Malmö city is quite small so it's easy to get around by foot or bike. Best time to visit in my opinion would be summertime. You have lots of free outside concerts and events going on all summer. Malmö is a very multi-cultural city where you find food, art, music etc. from all over the world. But while visiting Sweden you’ll have to go see our beautiful capital Stockholm.
Photos by: Niels Ditlev, Jonas Jensen, Bjarke Johansen, Idris & Toni, Elizabeth Heltoft