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Inside Out: Kate Goodwin

December 21, 2011

City inspirations with the international make-up artist opening the city's first make-up studio

  • Text by Kate Hazell

Having moved to Dubai from London over a-year-ago now, make-up artist Kate Goodwin, who has worked on the faces of A-listers all over the world, as well as Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar and Esquire magazines, is set to launch her own make-up studio Illumin8, in Dubai next month. Here's her Dubai...

Satellite Voices: How is it working in the Dubai fashion industry compared to London?
Kate Goodwin: It’s different as it's such a small industry - it definitely has its pros and cons. It's a growing industry and you are part of that change which is nice but can also be frustrating! Working in the Middle East full stop is going to be very different as your following different laws and constraints within all industries which affect everything. But it also gives you opportunities, like my studio opening next month, Illumin8. It's the first industry level make-up studio in the region so it's a really exciting process to be a part of.

SV: What’s your favourite thing about Dubai?
Kate Goodwin: When I left London, the final push was when the snow arrived and the dull grey sky's never seemed to clear! Here the sun shines every day which for me personally is the best thing about Dubai. It puts a smile on your face every day. I love chilling out with friends and watching the Arabian sunset too - it's breath taking.

SV: How does Dubai inspire your work?
Kate Goodwin: Middle Eastern culture is full of beautiful art work, colours and patterns which you see every day which is really inspirational for a creative eye. Ironically the make-up here doesn't inspire me at all, it's so heavy it's totally the opposite to what I do, but it's a cultural thing and you have to respect that. Some of the good makeup artists that do Arabic beauty are very talented at what they do, but the difference to my style is like someone who does fashion and someone else who does special FX! 

SV: What’s Dubai’s best kept secret?
Kate Goodwin: My favourite place to escape the crazy fast city of Dubai is Zighy Bay which is just on the boarder of Dubai and Oman. It's only a two hour drive and you feel like you’re on your own island, it's my favourite place of 2011 full stop! If you want to get away from the glitz and glamour of the big hotel restaurants and want to keep it real Ravis in Satwa is fantastic, serving great Pakistani food. You sit on the street on plastic chairs, pay pennies and eat such amazing food, it’s become an institution in Dubai.

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