If you love Keeping Up with the Kardashians as much as I do, you may have heard a thing or two from your favourite family on reality TV about another equally awesome (and Canadian) family you need to check out. The family we're talking about includes beauty gurus Olivia Pierson and Natalie Halcro, and their show is called Relatively Nat & Liv. Much like the Kardashians, the Pierson-Halcro clan has a glam squad that's to die for, and I was lucky enough to interview one of them! Relatively Nat & Liv makeup artist Sara Rose opens up about working with Canadian celebrities.
Sara is a professionally trained makeup artist who grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, but now resides in Vancouver. She studied hair and makeup artistry at Vancouver's Blanche Macdonald Institute and since graduating, has worked on a number of well known Canadian celebrities.
She's full of vibrant energy (I mean, you have to be if you want to make it through long hours of glamming mega stars!) and has the most contagious laugh, making her that much better to work with. If you're interested in checking out her Instagram, her handle is @sararosebuzz.
During our interview, I asked Sara all about her experience as a makeup artist in Canada, her time as a student at Blanche MacDonald, and of course, what it's like to work with Nat & Liv! She revealed that she might even be in the season finale of the first season, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
You can check out the full interview below.
What was your childhood like in Victoria?
“My childhood growing up in BC was amazing. I grew up on the island, so I’m a Victoria girl. I spent a lot of time outdoors and in dance and musical theatre, so that’s where my interest in being backstage and doing makeup started. I always enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the getting ready part, but being on stage I always felt was a little too much. I’ve always enjoyed watching people be on stage more than I enjoyed being on stage. I’d say that was the eventual lead into where I am now.”
If you could be working in any other field, what would it be?
“If I could be working in any other field, I think it would be some sort of confidence, female empowerment company that I don’t even know if it exists, but I would want to create it.”
How was your experience as a student at Blanche MacDonald?
“I attended Blanche about 9-10 years ago and it was such a great experience. They kept in touch with me the whole time through the program and they have their career counselors on board with you at all times. I feel like I need people to be in the industry while they’re teaching to really resonate with them, and I feel that’s what Blanche does. They really get correct educators that have been in that field. Some of the teachers were actually still working at fashion week or doing a lot of beautiful bridal work. It was very inspiring to have those people and to see that it’s achievable to do things like that while being in Vancouver.”
Did you always want to work with celebrities?
“To be honest with you, it’s always been an inkling in me to want to do red carpets, even if it’s just the Average Joe and nobody recognizes them. Just making people feel beautiful, and that sort of segwayed into working with celebrities, which is a bonus.”
Who is your dream celebrity client?
“I would love to work with the Olsen twins because they’re a part of my generation and I watched their business and brand grow and I also feel like we don’t know that much about them so it would just be interesting to be in their bubble, doing hair and makeup. Rihanna on my list too, because she’s just a boss ass bitch and seems like she’s so much fun.”
What’s your favourite part about your job?
“Meeting new people continuously. I’m very honoured that the people I work with, I’m able to be friends with. It’s amazing to see how you meet these people that are doing phenomenal things within their career and it’s so inspirational to speak to them and they look to me and remind me that I’m doing great things too. We’re all in together doing what we love.”
What’s your least favourite part about your job?
“My e-mails, just sitting on my computer and e-mailing. I recently did hire a coordinator which has really helped me. I don’t know about you, but my adult procrastination kicks in sometimes and I feel like I just want to be beautifying, not e-mailing and invoicing.”
What has it been with working with Nat & Liv?
“Working with Nat and Liv has honestly been so much fun. I don’t know if you watch the show, but that gives a better glimpse into what kind of people they are. I instantly felt like a part of their family, everyone in their family just took me in - we celebrated my birthday. They are so lovely and amazing, and they really do have group chats and constant conversations with each other and they are amazing. We still talk at least once a week to keep in touch about everything, it’s been a lot of fun. They’re just good, amazing Canadian women.”
Have you worked with any other Canadian celebrities?
“I work still with Jessica Mulroney, she’s amazing and it’s so amazing to be surrounded by these women who are like multi-tasking mothers of three, doing all these things. It kinda makes me feel like if they can do it, I can too! And it’s the same with Nat and Liv, sometimes I would be up with them doing late night hair calls and I felt like because they’re still working, I can too. I’ve worked with Janice Joostema and Jacob Tremblay as well.”
In a perfect world, where would you like to be 5 years from now?
“Retired… Just kidding. I would say still doing what I’m doing. I love what I’m doing and I love that I have balance. I still work at a salon in Vancouver called Brush. I do cuts, colours, and extensions there and I do freelance work as well. I really enjoy the versatility that I’ve created for myself in my career. hopefully five years from now I’m still doing what I’m doing, but I’m better at it because I’ll have five more years of experience.”
Would you say that it’s harder to make it as a celebrity makeup artist in Canada than it would be if you were based in the U.S.? Why, or why not?
“To be honest with you, yes. Well, yes and no. In the U.S. you’re gonna have way more hair and makeup people to compete with or career comparatives to work up against in terms of getting jobs. In Vancouver, having the opportunity to work with certain levels of celebrity is a little different. You have to take a much different approach here in Canada to finding some of these clients.”
What advice do you have to anyone interested in pursuing a career as a makeup artist
“Make sure you love it because it’s a lot of hard work but it’s also a lot of fun. Unfortunately, you’re gonna be the last to be glammed almost every day, but as long as you’re having fun! It’s a lot of long hours, long days, so you have to love it. This type of industry isn’t what YouTube and Instagram make it out to be, but it’s so gratifying and you get to see women feel their utmost best.”