Make-up Artist Q&A: Renee de Wit

Hello lovelies!

A few weeks ago I introduced you to the awesome Shahnaz, a make-up artist I met on one of my agency’s fashion shoots. Today I want you to meet another AMAZING (and hilarious!) make-up artist that I was lucky enough to meet on our Spitz shoot; Renee de Wit.

Renee started working as a make-up artist in London, and has since worked all over the world (so jeal!). She’s worked on tons of ad campaigns as well as editorials for magazines like Vanity Fair, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire and Sports Illustrated. I’ve seen her carve out cheekbones in about 5 seconds flat, all while looking like a supermodel and telling the dirtiest jokes at the same time. All in all, the woman is a goddess. Here are a few examples of her work that I love…

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Here is Renee’s advice for us…

How did you get into the industry? Any tips for make-up lovers who would love to become make-up artists?
To start out as a make up artist I suggest getting a part time job that can pay the bills as you will have to do mostly free tests to build your portfolio.

Which products would you advise that we splurge on, and what can we get away with on the cheap?
Splurge on under eye concealer from Kanebo and foundation from Giorgio Armani. Buy cheap mascara and blush.

Best beauty purchase?
Definitely Kanebo 38 degree mascara.

Worst beauty experience?
Worst beauty experience was a bad tweeze job that left me looking like a moth!

What is your go-to look for clients, and what look do you love to wear yourself?
I love a red lip. I think it’s an instant pick me up and an easy way to glam up your look. Anyone can wear red as there are thousands of tones that will suit everyone.

Which skincare products do you use daily?
I use Skinceuticals serum, Dermastine moisturiser, Kanebo eye cream and Jo Malone vitamin E lip balm is a must.

What products could you not live without?
I cant live without sunblock! I love Heliocare SPF 50.

Do you have any skincare tips do you have for those of us in our 20’s who want to make sure our skin looks good when we’re 60?
Use sunblock and don’t smoke! Don’t forget your neck and hands!!!

What techniques or products do you use on models but wouldn’t bother with yourself every day?
I often contour models and it’s not really something I have time to do daily, but i do contour under my cheekbones every day.

Getting a perfect canvas seems to be the hardest part of an amateur make-up lover’s routine. How do you get foundation to look flawless?
I always use a serum and massage the skin before i apply a primer. It leaves the skin looking radiant. I keep the foundation sheer and often add a drop of mineraliser for added radiance.

Some of us love spending an hour perfecting a cat-eye, but what make-up step or technique would you recommend for busy girls with very little time to get ready?
Take a ruler/pencil/credit card and place it along the bottom lashes. Gently dab a little eyeshadow at the outer edges and you will achieve the perfect angle. I advise you use an angled brush with a gel potliner like bobbi brown as its easier that using a liquid liner.

And for those of us who’ll spend hours trying out different make-up looks, what technique/product is really going to take it to the next level?
Always use a mineraliser on the outer edges/natural highlights of the skin to create a luminous finish and to instantly update your look. Less is more when it comes to foundation, add a little serum or moisturiser to the foundation to create a more sheer finish. Always curl your eyelashes and wear at least two layers of mascara. I prefer waterproof always.

What beauty trends should we be looking out for in the next few months?
Dare to wear a bold lip colour. Tangerine and fuchsia are hot for Summer 2014. Cobalt blue eyeshadow or liner was a big trend on the catwalk this year.

A massive thank you to Renee for taking the time to answer our questions! We love you!

You can follow Renee’s work by looking at her portfolio and checking out the make-up tutorials she does for Woolworths here!





  1. […] I met Renee (the super-talented make-up artist who answered our Q&A here) I had just run out of my MAC Fluidline gel liner. So my first beauty question to her was […]

  2. thanks you darling for a lovely piece xxx cant wait to paint your beautiful face again!! love x

    1. Pleasure! Thank you so much for taking the time to write for us :) Can’t wait to see you!! xxx

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