Make-up artist Isamya Ffrench never once doubted she’ll have an artistic career, she just didn’t know in what field. “There was never a doubt that I wouldn’t end up in the creative industries,” she told Forbes. “Initially, I explored a few routes—dancing, product design, acting and then finally makeup and I feel like my work reflects all of those elements in a way… which feels creatively satisfying.”
The British creative quickly rose to fame, turning a weekend gig painting children’s faces at birthday parties into an impressive career at a very young age.
By the age of 28, Ffrench has already worked with some of the biggest fashion icons, including Kate Moss, Rihanna and Mert, and Marcus. M.A.C Cosmetics, Junya Watanabe, and Chloé are among the brands to have tapped her talents, along with YSL, for whom she’s now Beauté UK make-up ambassador.
But the young talent isn’t interesting solely in making people pretty, explaining: “I’m just not solely interested in exploring what we are commercially fed as ‘beautiful’. I have my own instincts about beauty and what moves me and that’s what I pursue.”
Check out some of her striking work on her Instagram page.