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Eli Wakamatsu

A day in the life - Make-up artist Eli Wakamatsu

As part of our 'future proof your skin' campaign, the team at Balance Me have tracked down inspirational women across the age-groups to write about what a typical day means to them - often doing very untypical things! Today we've got an amazing make-up artist in her forties to share a day in her life with you.

Eli Wakamatsu is an internationally renowned make-up artist and beauty editor. Born and raised in Japan, Eli has been based in London since the 1980s, and spent time living and working in Paris, New York and Milan. Over the course of her impressive career, Eli has worked with countless celebrity clients, renowned photographers, high-end luxury labels and well known commercial brands. She has headed teams of make up artists to work on catwalk Fashion Shows including Fendi, Gucci, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and Clements Ribeiro.

There is no typical day for me, being a freelance make up artist, beauty brand consultant and a mother. My work involves a lot of travelling and I meet and work with new people all the time. As my career has progressed over 20 years, finding stability for myself in my life became a very important issue due to the nature of my work.

I would like to tell you about one sunny weekend in July, when we shot a fashion story for the RED magazine November issue. You can see the whole story here http://www.eliwakamatsu.com/New-take-cover or in the latest issue. We spent Day 1 on location at the London Thames Barrier Park (pictured above on that beautiful day) and the following day in the studio in North London to create this 12 page story.

The first day on location started at 8 am, which meant getting up at around 5:30 am for me as I live in Hertfordshire, as I had to travel across London to be at the south east of the Thames river on time. Shoot days usually start early for me as living outside of London means I have to travel to various locations and studios all over the world - but I wouldn't have it any other way! I always love to come home to my little village after a chaotic day of work and I instantly feel calm when I can check out the new born calves in the field !

My typical day starts with a good bowl of granola or porridge, or both, with plain yogurt when I am at home. I have sugar and dairy free (except yogurt) diet, so I love a good cup of Darjeeling tea with soya milk in the morning. I always have a bag of nuts and box of the genius ‘Naked bars’ in my bag to keep me going for a long day. Plus, I have converted many sugar addicts at work to non-sugar snacks with these Naked bars! 

The day of the shoot was a hot day, with the blazing sun shining, which we all loved this summer - but it was little too hot for shooting the coats story for the November issue! So, I prepared to work on the model’s skin with good sun protection and a primer to help keep the base in place under the sun all day. I always start by prepping my model's face with a good skincare routine, including a facial massage for her to relax and rejuvenate. For me, it is a form of ‘getting to know each other’ without conversation. I first spray Balance Me skin bright hydrating face mist with hyaluronic acid all over her face and neck, and before it dries, I take a few drops of the Balance Me radiance face oil - with its beautifully relaxing chamomile scent - onto my palm to warm and massage onto the face using pressure points and lifting facial muscles. While I do this, I can also work out the type of her skin and condition, which allows me to plan how to work with it for the best result on the day.

Our Dutch model Annemara was inevitably HOT under the sun wearing tweed winter coats and moving back and forth in front of the camera, but she got on with it super well.  This is partly thanks to the RED fashion editor who had chosen her especially knowing how she works. We rely on a great model like her on location when we have to work efficiently with little time.

Lastly, I would like to share my best secret of the end of day routine which helps me empty my bucket of stress (!) in my life through highs and lows. I meditate for at least 20 minutes before sleep, first by repeating a deep breath slowly in and out from my belly. I do this sitting cross-legged or lying down - whatever I feel like at the end of day. I find this 20 minutes helps my mind to find stillness…a little act of ‘balance me’ .

Find out more about Eli here: http://www.eliwakamatsu.com/

Follower her on twitter: @elibeauty

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A day in the life - Make-up artist Eli Wakamatsu
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