Interview: Mikey Phillips, Celebrity MUA.

"I have been known to turn a pimple into a beauty spot." Mikey Phillips.

Incredibly talented, hardworking, and genuinely lovely - these are just a few words that I would use to describe Mikey Phillips, celebrity makeup artist to the stars of today. 

Credited with glamming the likes Charlotte Crosby, Ferne McCann, Vicky Pattison, Sam Bailey, Billie Faiers, Sam Faiers, Binky Felstead, Danielle Armstrong, Georgia Kousoulou, Pete Wicks, Amy Childs, Bianca Gascoigne and so many more - It’s fair to say Mr Phillips knows a thing or two about beauty.

Dedicated to making the world look beautiful, he literally works every hour that God sends. I call him SuperMUA, the machine of makeup, as I genuinely believe he possesses some kind of superhuman powers.

In demand, 12 years of sheer determination has seen this self-taught glam guru rise into one of our generations leading male makeup artists.

Mikey’s story is inspiring, with no formal beauty-based qualifications he has proved if you work hard, dream big (and be nice!) absolutely anything is possible.

I caught up with the man himself to talk backstage secrets, divas, and dreams for the future.

"Bobbi Brown is a classic brand that does a lot of products really well!" Mikey Phillips.

Who was your first EVER celebrity client?

My first ever Celebrity client was Amy Childs! I literally met Amy in her salon and convinced her I needed to do her makeup .... I've now been working with Amy for over 5 years.

Do you get star-struck when meeting new celebrity clients for the very first time?

I don't get star-struck but even more embarrassing ... Say it was a musical artist ... I literally start humming and singing their songs whilst I'm glamming them! Good job they find it hilarious!

Ever had to deal with a diva? 

Worst person I've ever had to work with was a TOWIE star who literally thinks she's bigger than Beyoncé! It was the worst 8 hours I've ever had to go through, she even made me cry!

Favourite shoot of all time?

Oooo that's a hard one .... There have been so many ... But one that stands out would be Binky Felstead for the cover of FHM .... Binky is a regular of mine but this shoot was a little risqué and we really saw Binky looking very sexy and glam and very different to her usual look. We also worked in an Amazing location with an incredible photographer.

Past or Present - If you could paint any face in the world, who would you pick?

Easy! It's KYLIE! I've been obsessed with Kylie Minogue since I was 11 years old! I still think she is the most beautiful woman on the planet!

If you could ONLY have 1 item in your makeup kit - what would you choose?

I can't choose! But if I had 1 versatile product it would be a concealer. I could use it to brighten, perfect and highlight at least :)

Committed any beauty blunders?

God yes, and I will hold my hands up! I've fallen victim to the dreaded HD powder being picked up on the red carpet with a flash - leaving my celebrity client with two massive white triangles under her eyes! It happens to the best of us!

If you could be in anybody shoes for the day, who would it be and why?

Definitely Kylie's makeup artist Christian Vermaak. I would love to see how Kylie is to work with and how he glams her! She always looks incredible and that would be a dream come true!
Kylie Minogue and Christian Vermaak. Image Credit: @mrvermaak Instagram.
If you could learn any new skill, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to do box braids! The Kardashians have made them so popular and I just haven't mastered them yet!

A beauty product that doesn't exist, but you wish it did?

I would love a waterproof foundation that gives you a flawless coverage and a glow ... But that you could also use it on your body! MAC face and body is good but this would be a super charged version!

Favourite makeup brand?

Hard to choose one as I have so many products, from pretty much every brand ... But I think Bobbi Brown is a classic brand that does a lot of products really well !! Amazing foundations, powders, bronzers... Gel liners the list goes on ...

What are your top five makeup brushes?

Ooooo love MAC 217, Bobbi Brown Blending Brush, Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt, Real Techniques Contour Brush, and Rodial the Foundation Brush. 
L: Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt Brush R: MAC 217 Brush
A client arrives with a huge pimple, how do you approach the pesky zit?

Hmmmm it doesn't freak me out and I have been known to turn it into a beauty spot!!! I wouldn't cake it in makeup I would do a statement eye or lip to detract from it.

Skincare saviour?

Rodial!! I'm obsessed with pretty much everything they do but especially the Dragons Blood range, I also Love Zelens!
Rodial Dragons Blood Range
Celebrity Crush?

Probably my original crush ... Tom Cruise! You can't beat him in Cocktail or Top Gun!

A few glasses of wine with friends or a crazy night out?

My favourite night out would be dinner with processcco and a few cocktails followed by a west end show or concert.

X Factor or The Voice?

Urghhhh neither - I prefer a good Netflix binge! These shows are so fake!

Song you’re obsessed with?

Sia "Chandelier" !! It's always in my head, as is Kylie's "Slow".

Favourite Movie of all time?

This is too tough! Dirty Dancing, Grease, Bridesmaids - don't make me choose!

Dreams for the future?

I would love to have some of my own products! I've actually started working on ideas and concepts! It won't be a full range but just some key AMAZING products! Aside from that, I love what I do and feel lucky that I do a job I love, so it never feels like work.

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