Tonight’s Makeup Artist Focus is all about the stunning and super talented Jodi Roche, from Dungarvan, Waterford. My MUA Focus is an ongoing series I have ran on my blog since the very beginning and where I feature some of my favourite make up artists and ask them questions we all want to know as well as showcase their work, which you will see throughout the post. The best way to describe Jodi is as an absolute doll who slays at makeup!!! I have met Jodi a few times now at different events and she is such a lovely lovely girl. She is 21, and is in her third year of college, where she studies Business and Marketing as well as doing makeup freelance. She is self taught and she started getting into makeup properly when she was 15. She practiced as much as she could and loved watching Youtube tutorials, her favourites being Nikkie Tutorials, Tati and Desi Perkins.
Jodi is the Queen of before and afters on social media, you’ll find her Instagram here => JodiRocheMakeup Facebook here => Jodi Roche Makeup – Self Taught. Jodi does really easy to follow tutorials on Snapchat (liljodibubz) and often talks you through exactly what she’s doing and why, making it super easy and helpful for everyone to follow at any level. Recently, Jodi was listed as one of the Top Ten Makeup Artists in Munster and I couldn’t be happier for her, the girl works her ass off!!! Get the notepads ready…I really loved this q&a!!!
1. What is your favourite primer&why?
Would you believe I don’t use primer! I don’t think they work as they claim to. I believe good skincare and good skin prep before applying makeup will be the perfect base, so no primer needed! I also believe in setting the face more so than using a primer. But I suppose if I had to say one, it would be the Porefessional by Benefit, although I find that as more of a filler rather than a primer to actually help keep the makeup on longer.
2. Favourite Foundation to use on dry skin/oily skin/mature skin?
My favourite foundation of all time, which I find works with all skin types, would be the Vichy Dermablend Total Body Foundation. It’s for your body so not really a face foundation but I find it excellent as do my clients. I apply this with a beauty sponge as the foundation is very thick and heavy, I think the sponge actually thins out the product, takes away the excess but still leaves that full coverage look.
3. Favourite Highlight & why?
Anyone that knows me at all knows it’s the Sleek Solstice palette. It’s just the most amazing, bright, wet looking highlighter I have ever used. I honestly prefer this to cult favourites such as Soft & Gentle by MAC or MaryLou by theBalm. It’s a brilliant, affordable highlighter.
4. Favourite Eyeshadows & why?
I would say either Makeup Geek shadows or Kiko shadows. They’re so buttery and blend out like a dream. You can build them up as much as you like or use a very small amount for more subtle looks. I find these never go muddy looking on the eye, simply because they all blend well together and just glide onto the eye without any effort at all.
5. Favourite Lashes & why
For clients, hands down the Penney’s individual lashes but for myself I love the Glam & Co lashes, I think my most worn style is Bambi, everyone always asks me what lashes am I wearing when I wear Bambi.
6. Favourite lip combo?
Hands down, Liar lip liner by Urban Decay and Honeylove lipstick from MAC.
7. Do you prefer cream or powder contour or do you do both?
I prefer powder just because it’s quick and easy but for a night out I would do cream as I find it’s more intense and on night when I want to be a drag queen I’ll do both.
8. What is your go to brush/sponge to apply foundation?
For clients I would always use the miracle sponge from Real Techniques (I hope that’s what it’s called) and for myself I would use any face brush so a fluffy blush or contour brush just because whenever I do my own makeup, I make sure I have plenty of time and working with a fluffy brush for foundation means you need to spend your time blending it in whereas with a client I usually only have an hour so the sponge does the job for me with clients.
9. What is you favourite fluffy brush for blending eyeshadow?
I have 3 favs! Inglot 6ss, Nicola by Nima or the Blown Out by Fuschia.
10. If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I’m very lucky that I have my brows tattooed on and I could always get lash extensions so I would have to say lip liner. I think on a basic makeup look I would just have brows, lashes and lips anyway so that’s why I would say lip liner. Plus I love over drawing my lips so I couldn’t cope without them!
11. What do you find the most challenging about being an MUA, and managing your social media accounts?
To be honest, I really enjoy being an MUA. I think it’s all down to yourself at the end of the day. The only negative thing would be no shows or cancelling at the last min but things happen and that’s just something we have to accept and get on with. As for social media again it’s all down to yourself, I’ll post a throw back or a quote if I don’t have any new work to show but for the most part, it comes naturally enough to me so being an MUA is probably the best thing to ever happen to me as it’s a very natural thing for me and I have a passion for makeup so that helps too. I never feel as though I’m working, I’m just doing what I love.
12. Do you have a favourite saying?
I love when people remember and say: There are no rules to makeup. It’s so true, there is nothing right or wrong about makeup. It’s art and personal preference which I think is the beauty of it.
13. What one piece of advice would you give to a make up artist trying to get their name out there?
Set up an Instagram, Facebook page and Snapchat. Practice loads on friends and family and make sure to take photos of your work. Post regularly like 3 times a day if you must. Just keep at it and you will understand it more the more you practice and you’ll improve with practice too. Don’t care about what anyone else says or thinks just go for it and do whatever makes you happy.
14. What are your top 3 skincare products?
Garnier Micellar Water
Nip + Fab Glycolic Acid (be careful with this stuff, introduce it slowly into your routine)
Tomitago Beauty Elixir
15. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Don’t be so hard on yourself and stop looking at others around you, just focus on yourself, your time will come. I struggled a lot at the start, didn’t think I was good enough, saw people my age succeeding more and more when I would still be in the same place but once I started focusing on myself, my clients and my work, then it all took off for me. Your time will come when it’s meant to, I firmly believe everything happens for a reason so for anyone reading this, don’t be too hard on yourself either, good things come to those who wait!
16. Are there any makeup artists either Irish or internationally who inspire you?
There are possibly too many that inspire me, I follow heaps on Instagram! I actually can’t pick 20 never mind one! The list is endless. I think the industry in general inspires me to keep pushing through it, it’s a tough industry full of amazingly talents MUA’s. I find Instagram to be my best source of inspo, especially the explore page for when you’re sick of seeing the same look everywhere.
17. Are there any women in business who inspire you?
Diane Everett has to be one of the most hardworking women ever. I watch her snaps and she would be working all day from dusk till dawn and then replying to clients at 3 in the morning, its madness.
18. What is the one makeup tool you just couldn’t live without?
My eye brow brush, without a doubt. I use the angled brush from a Glam&Co eye set.
19. What is your favourite makeup look?
The usual, brown smokey eye with a nude lip. Always my go to look.
20. What is you biggest achievement to date in your career?
I honestly don’t know, I think at the moment it would be getting to take part in the top ten MUA’s of Munster convention! But there’s so much I’m proud of like any time I have a bridal party I just can’t cope because I get to paint their face on the biggest day of their life & these photos will last forever!
21. Do you have any makeup regrets?
Oh of course, loads. I think it would be not filling in my brows back in the day and then over filling them when big brows came on trend.
22. What do you think is the most over rated and under rated make up products on the market?
Over rated would have to be the Inglot HD foundation, it’s meant to be for oily skin but it made me even more oily and it also doesn’t last that long in the bottle, you’d need a new one every month!
Under rated would have to be baby powder, I know most of my followers know about this and use it now but I feel like everyone needs to know about using baby powder to set the face!
23. What are your makeup must haves in your bag on a night out?
I never bring makeup on a night out, not even a lipstick to touch up. I just put it on to make it last all day and all night, if I get oily I just blot with tissue paper.
24. Is there any product that’s relatively inexpensive that you swear by?
The Catrice Camouflage Cream Concealer, I think that’s everyone’s Holy Grail product.
25. And last but not least, could you share with us your favourite makeup tip or trick?
Use the Catrice Camouflage Cream Concealer to cover blemishes but then set it with baby powder and then go in with your normal face routine like foundation and concealer and then set it all again for a perfect base.
Absolutely loved that q&a and getting to know Jodi that bit better. What she said, for the question about what advice she would give her younger self, was really thought provoking and something everyone could benefit from taking on board. Jodi is one of those people that when you meet her you instantly like her and then when you see how good she is at makeup you immediately want her to paint your face!!!! On her Snapchat she is so real, chatty and helpful. She is 100% herself and her personality and passion shines through in the beautiful makeup looks she creates. If you would like to book in with Jodi for makeup, she takes all her bookings through her Facebook page so make sure you send her a message there => Jodi Roche Makeup – Self Taught She books up pretty fast so make sure you book well in advance.
Hope you enjoyed!!!
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