In this episode of The Sally Steele Show, I sat down with the lovely, Amanda Ramsay, an Australian award-winning make–up artist who spent the early part of her career in the UK as an account manager in the fast-paced world of advertising, before realising her true career passion lay on the other side of the set as a make-up artist. Since reinventing herself, she has had a very successful career in London and Sydney in the advertising and fashion editorial makeup world before moving back to Queensland to focus on building her business as an over 40s makeup expert and sharing her expertise to empower women to love the skin they’re in.
In this episode we also chat about:
The phrase or mantra that Amanda’s father instilled in her to make the most of every single encounter and step into her confidence every day. Her early years growing up in Santa Monica, LA and the impact her bold, adventurous mother Wendy, who headed to the US aged 18 to build a life for herself has had on her view on life. Amanda’s experiences as a mother of two boys and her views on parenting a child with ADHD and running her combination of well-oiled but winging it household. Defining herself as a tomboy when she was younger and the body image issues she grappled with as a teen, due to the body shape ideals of the 80s, and how her love of sport led her to study Sports Science at University. How she fell into a role in advertising and what she loved about her decade long career as an Account Director and how the high pressure and fast pace eventually lost its appeal. How she worked for free as a makeup artist for a year, viewing it as her on the job “university” to really make the most of the opportunities that her advertising contacts gave her to learn from the best. Her view on understanding it is not just stellar creativity that is important in getting the jobs but being a great person onset that people want to work with. How Amanda has evolved into becoming the poster girl for 40s+ makeup expert empowering women over 40 and how a conversation in her 30s with her mother-in-law planted the seed. Her own realisation when shopping for new makeup that made her realise women over 40 were not being seen, heard or served properly, which led to her starting her workshops, private consults and curating her shop to make it hassle-free. Her dislike of the term ‘anti-aging’ and how she wants it to change to ‘pro-age’. Her deep love for helping women being playful, radiate joy and luminosity at any age. Her top tips for nourishing your skin with products and supplements and the intrinsic link between gut health and quality of the skin. The Moloko track that will get Amanda up on the dancefloor in seconds. The impact a Henri Matisse exhibition had on Amanda and once travel opens up the reason she wants to return to Varanasi, in India. Our shared love of “The Big Blue” – and what it represents. And finally, we shine a light on others and hear about Amanda’s favourite charity ‘Breast Cancer network’. So, enjoy this uplifting, tip and love-laden episode with the amazing Amanda Ramsay.
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