We discovered makeup artist Anne Sophie Costa on Instagram, because of course we did. We started following her for the i-D and Jalouse shoots, but we also love the mermaid vibes she throws here and there. Let her signature dewy looks guide you through the hot and sticky bit of summer.
Can you explain what you do and how you got into it?
I am a fashion makeup artist in London. I started about 8 years ago, when I was approached by a makeup artist at a event, who asked me to be her assistant. I took a course, and I haven't stopped ever since.
Why and when did you decide to move to London?
I remember that even aged 12 I wanted to leave Portugal. I had always thought it wasn't for me. In 2009 I spent my holidays in London, and I instantly I fell in love with the city.
Around that time I met a makeup artist I assisted in London, on a few shows and some magazine editorials. He and his team pushed for me to stay and to move to London, and a few months later that’s what I did.
I feel more like myself here, I’m freer. It's a city that lets you be yourself without judgment. The opposite in fact, people here encourage you to be original. It's amazing!
When you work on a shoot what's your process to decide on the makeup?
It depends on the shoot, but usually we have a chat about the mood of the shoot, the clothes the models are wearing and how it's going to feel.
I then suggest some options, products, shapes or ideas and we discuss them until we reach a final decision.
What are your top 5 beauty/makeup items and why?
1. Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Palette
It's a 2 in 1, which you can take everywhere and you’re ready for any event. Day or night!
2. Eight Hour Cream from Elizabeth Arden
I love it for a casual dinner or drinks, I use it on my lips and to give my eyelids some glow!
3. They’re Real! By Benefit
Love that Benefit mascara, it really has a push-up effect on every single one of your lashes!
4. False Lashes Waterproof by MAC
Waterproof, for summer. Never leave the house without mascara! Even one coat is enough, but don't forget to start by curling your lashes with an eyelash curler!!
5. The Orange Flower Facial Oil by Neal’s Yard
Last but not least, especially in the summer, mix you everyday cream with a bit of natural oil from Neal's Yard, like the orange flower one, to help your skin recover at night. That way your skin is always moisturised and you don't peel from sun damage!