Makeup artist Filippa Smedhagen
Filippa is born and raised in Sweden's beautiful capital city, Stockholm, where she still lives and works as a makeup artist, her dream profession. We've had a quick chat to Filippa!
How long have you been a Make Up Artist and how did you get your start in the industry?
I started working as a makeup artist in 2005, after I graduated from Face Stockholm Makeup School the year before. I always knew I wanted to have a creative job and had my mind set on becoming a fashion designer, but after I assisted on an editorial shoot and met a makeup artist there I instantly knew I was in the right field.
What do you love most about Make Up?
I always loved art and working as a makeup artist is like painting but using the face as your canvas. I think of the faces in front of me as a blank canvas and use them to enhance the beauty in every person, whether I’m doing a really natural makeup or a more creative one.
Do you have a signature look?
Natural skin and classic makeup. I’m not a big fan of ”at-the-moment” trends.
Which element of your job do you most enjoy?
Being able to work with something I love, being creative and never knowing what the next day will bring.
What is in your personal make up bag?
Not much to be honest! I invest in good skincare and my makeup bag consists of foundation, concealer, highlighter, bronzer and blush. Most days I wear no makeup at all.
What are your favourite brands to work with?
Mac and Shu Uemura. I always look for great textures in products and think of what I can do with the product and not what the product can do for me.
What is key to maintaining healthy skin?
Love and feeling good about yourself. Eating and drinking a little bit healthy but also enjoying the good stuff. Trying to avoid alcohol and cigarettes. And of course a little help from a great skincare routine.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
I’ve worked with a couple of tough women in my life and learned a lot from them. They taught me to be street smart and believe in myself, which is not always easy in today’s society. It’s important to always be true to yourself.
What does "typical Swedish" mean to you?
People say it’s hard to make friends in Sweden but the ones you make are for life. I think that sums it up quite good. We are loyal and honest, but can be a little bit closed.
Can you give us some tips on what to see and do when visiting Stockholm?
The best way to get to know a new place is to just wander around and specifically off the tourist tracks. When I’m in a new place I like to find the places where the locals eat, shop and live. Pretending that you are one of the locals is the best way to enjoy Stockholm, that’s when you find the great spots. Ask people where they go and not where they think you should go.
What I love most about Stockholm is that nature is so close and there are a lot of great walking areas along the water. I still, after more than 30 years in this city, find places I’ve never been to before.