Sharon Gault, also known as Mama Makeup, is the acclaimed makeup artist behind many signature looks in fashion, entertainment and pop culture. Her work is often published in Italian Vogue, GQ, Elle, Glamour, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and many other publications. Some of her Hollywood celebrity clients include: Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness, Robert Downey Jr, and Johnny Depp, just to name a few. Sharon’s loving personality and creative talents have lead her to go on the “Blonde Ambition” tour with Madonna, where she became featured in the iconic “Truth Or Dare” documentary. Her passion for makeup artistry and client roster continues to grow as she spreads happiness to the people she works with.
Below is my exclusive Examiner interview with the makeup queen herself. Gault shares her inspirations, favorite beauty/makeup products, and what it is like to work with the famous David LaChapelle.
What are you inspired by?
Marianne Williamson’s “Course In Miracles” truly inspires me. Marianne promotes positivity, shares love, and instills happiness to others which I think is really important. I am currently transitioning from working in the world of pop stars to the commercial world. I have been working closely with Old Navy, where we create fun commercials that relate to real people. It’s exciting because the energy on set really translates into what we create, which is great for families, kids, and the community. Good Planet Media inspires me because the work they do on commercial shoots. They educate crew members on how to be more environmental friendly. I’m also very inspired by every day people, and I feel grateful to be able to do what I love and share my happiness with others.
What is your most memorable job to date?
This summer I worked with the talented genius photographer/director David LaChapelle on an advertisement for the beverage brand Schweppes. I worked with the gorgeous Uma Thurman from Kill Bill at The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. What I loved most about this job was the complete process from start to finish. The client gave us the freedom to have full creative control and I can only describe the day as makeup artist heaven. I was inspired by Jerry Hall’s Opium advertisement for Yves Saint Laurent and the end product turned out stunning. Uma looked beautiful!
How is it like to work with David LaChapelle?
David LaChapelle is a good friend of mine and he’s truly an amazing artist. He challenges me to turn away from current trends when working on various projects with him. As a makeup artist and fashion addict, I flip pages of Italian Vogue and watch fashion shows but I prefer not to follow what I see on the runway and create my own magic.
I had the opportunity to be photographed by David for a series he titled “The Lonely Doll.” The image ultimately represents our fragile earth. I am laying on what seems to be a grassy field but is really a landfill. All of David’s work is very symbolic and has a message or story behind it.
What are some of your favorite skincare products?
I’m personally a big fan of Dr. Arnold Klein. His moisturizers and cleansers are very gentle on the skin. I like to use various products from brands like Embryolisse and Kiehl’s that are affordable and great for every day use. I cannot live without La Mer’s eye creams and skin serums that deeply penetrate the skin. One tip to great skin is to drink lemon water the first thing when you wake up. It flushes out the bad toxins. Fresh juices are also great to heal your body internally. I love all kinds of berries that are filled with natural antioxidants that help clear skin.
What are some must-have makeup products in your makeup kit?
I love everything made by Dior Cosmetics. From Dior’s foundations, to their complete eye shadows and mascara – I love it all. The newly launched beauty collection by Tom Ford is so beautiful and chic. I’m excited to use their eyeshadow palette on upcoming projects. On the eyes, I really like to use “Wispies” by Ardell Lashes. Sometimes I layer two pairs of lashes or use the individual lashes on photoshoots, so I’m always carrying extra in my kit. Another must-have on set would be the “Strobe Cream” by MAC Cosmetics. It is a quick fix for skin which I use mostly underneath the eyes and on the temples. It is a light reflecting lotion that makes the skin look beautiful and dewy. It is very hydrating and all of my clients love it.
Classic vs. Dramatic: How do you transition?
I like to keep my skin bare and use minimal to no foundation. By keeping my skin clean, I can add drama to my eyes by using a color eye liner with mascara. Makeup Forever has a cream palette that I often use. What is great about this product is that you can use it on your eyes, cheeks, and even lips. I like to use it for a quick smoky eye when I’m on a music video set. It’s quite often I don’t have much time to completely change makeup looks, so this product makes transitioning a natural look to something more dramatic very easy and fast.
What is personal “go to” makeup look?
Lipstick and eyeliner.
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