In Conversation With: MUA Sophie Leach
If you don't know Sophie Leach by name, you're more than likely to have seen her work - whether it's in a fashion editorial, a beauty campaign or even on a music video. An international hair and makeup artist, her distinctively clean, modern and fashion-forward aesthetic, complimented with perfectly prepped skin always, is an endless source of inspiration for our beauty looks. Here, we get to know the artist behind the brush.
Getting to know Sophie
What does a typical day in your life look like?
Wake up 6am walk my dogs, go to the gym. Then have a shoot or if it’s a off day I will catch up on admin, clean my makeup kit, cook. In the evenings I could have a makeup event to attend.
If you could spend the day with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Fashion week with Pat McGrath
What is one thing you would love to master?
To learn every day and not everything has to be perfect.
What is the most rewarding project you have worked on so far?
Working on international woman’s day 2022 with Rami Malek and 2023 at the Forbes 30/50 summit doing makeup for Hillary Clinton, Catherine O'Hara & Gloria Steinem.
What is on your life bucket list?
To hike Kilimanjaro.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
If you're comfortable you’re not growing/improving.
Goals and Business
Any new projects you're especially excited about?
I have some exciting beauty campaigns coming up next month for some luxury brands that I can’t mention yet.
What inspired you to start working in the Makeup world?
I was very artistic in school and wanted to pursue a career in illustration or fine art. I was modeling when I was 16 and this introduced me to the industry and how I could combine both.
What are your tips for anyone who is interested in starting a career in Makeup
Assist as much as possible.
Outside of work life, do you have any interests or hobbies that people would be surprised to learn about?
I like cross fit, hiking with my dogs, cooking and gardening.
What hair and makeup look feels the most like you?
I am very natural when it comes to my own look, I like natural waves and glowy skin.
What was your first ever introduction to beauty?
Pat McGrath did my makeup when I was modeling when she was working with D&G beauty. Must have been 15 years ago.
What is your beauty routine like when you're off-duty?
I’m very skincare orientated, night routine of retinol. In the AM UI use a combination of serum, Vitamin C moisturizer, eye cream and SPF.
Do you have any beauty icons from the past or present?
Your favorite products from Powder Beauty and why?
Ilia C Beyond Triple Serum SPF 40. I love all the ingredients its light evens out skin and has high SPF!
What is the most used beauty product you own?
Vitamin C serum
Do you have any favorite beauty hacks?
Mix your foundation, moisturizer and SPF together for a nice day time tint.
What's one beauty product you always carry with you?
Wellness and Selfcare
What’s your favorite wellness practice?
All types of exercise/meditation!
When do you feel your best?
After I have worked out.
What do you do for selfcare, whether that's physical or mental?
Go for a facial!
Anything you take, or do, religiously every day?
Every AM I drink electrolytes soon as I wake up followed by bone broth with multi mushroom powder then normally fast till 12pm.
How do you reboot?
Full beach day in the sun and sea.
What’s particularly sacred to you?
My pitbull Beau beau