When it comes to makeup, Marie Bruce is a sort of magician. With looks that vary from the day-to-day to the ultimate bizarre, she transforms her clients using brushes and paints. Though her work is predominantly within the fashion industry, there’s also a crossover into celebrity and music. “Each day is genuinely different,” she told Lecture in Progress.
“The industry is really fast-paced and the pool of talent is huge, so you have to keep up,” she says. “It’s important to develop a style – a brand even – but at the same time you need to be versatile and ensure you’re not alienating certain audiences.” But with clients that include Kenzo, House of Holland, Browns Fashion and Opening Ceremony, Bruce seems to be keeping up.
Still, it wasn’t always that Bruce took an interest in the fashion industry. In fact, as a child, she was sort of a tomboy. “Growing up I used to flip between being an actress, then a lawyer, and by the time I left school I wanted to be a session drummer and take after my dad,” she relayed. “I never liked fashion though, I was a total tomboy, always in sports clothes and I hated make-up.”
It was only when she started working at a piercing studio that she became aware that makeup was a thing. After an uninspiring data analyst role, she finally decided to pursue her makeup interest and enrolled at the London College of Fashion at the age of 23. “During my second year I stopped attending so I could concentrate on networking and shooting to build up a portfolio,” she says. That portfolio was the start of a very successful career. See for yourself.