For British-born, Jo Strettell, a career in makeup artistry was never supposed to last as long as it has, in fact, the 25-year industry veteran’s career began with a simple barter. While attending London’s Central St. Martins art school, specializing in graphic design and animation, Strettell experienced a stroke of youthful passion and decided to change paths and instead began a course in fashion design. Here, her paths crossed with makeup artist Yvonne Gold, one of a few professional makeup artists at the time. Gold suggested they trade lessons on the other’s skill (Strettel’s drawing for Gold’s makeup artistry). Soon enough, Strettel was leading a makeup team for Vivienne Westwood’s fashion show. Now, she’s a fashion editorial mainstay (Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar) and on speed dial for a long list of red carpet regulars like Michelle Williams and Naomi Watts.
MAKEUP is not something to hide behind.