Internationally published, Stockholm born hair and makeup artist OscarAlexander, started his career as a model but quickly realised his talents lay behind the camera. Having tried on a few different hats in the industry, he gained a great deal of experience but his main interest emerged in hair & makeup artistry. After moving to London, he instantly built a strong portfolio, working with the likes of Aidan Turner, Coco Rocha, Daniel & Natasha Bedingfield, Davina McCall, Eleanor Tomlinson, Gemma Chan, Helena Christensen, Jamie Bell, Jon Kortajarena, Mollie King, Nicola Roberts, Noel Fielding, Raye, Sadie Frost, Sally Phillips, Stromae and Trinny Woodall.
During his many years of experience in the industry, OscarAlexander has creative directed two fashion publications and held the position as fashion and beauty editor for a lifestyle magazine. His work has been featured in publications including VOGUE, V Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, #LEDGEND, ELLE, L’Officiel, TATLER, Schön!, and Marie Claire amongst others. In addition to that he has been heading shows at both London and Paris Fashion Weeks and teaching hair at one of London’s top academies.
OscarAlexander is not afraid to push boundaries in order to create captivating images. The intense looks he’s created over the years range from avant garde to pure and natural. His talent lies in the ability to adapt and translate the essence of a brand or person into any canvas. Whether through hair or makeup OscarAlexander is a perfectionist, who goes above and beyond to create a flawless look with striking detail.
We were lucky enough to snatch a few minutes with OscarAlexander.
What is your official title? Do you have one?
I technically don’t. I am a freelance hair & makeup artist. I am my own boss.
How did you get into your current line of work?
Kind of happened, decided to train myself as a hairdresser/colourist/extensionist one day after working in the fashion industry already.
Did you go to school for your dream job?
I have done courses and gone through private education yes, but in my line of work you can only be thought basics and certain standards, after that it’s all about you continuing to explore and self-teach.
Is this a job that you applied for or did you create it for yourself?
It’s a job I’ve “created” myself.
What was your first ever job?
I was delivering newspapers.
Before you started your dream job, what was the best job you had?
I enjoyed all the things I’d been doing in the industry beforehand.
What was your worst ever job?
Probably delivering newspapers, only time I didn’t work in the industry.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Who knows. This is where I am and have been for a long time now, been doing hair & make up freelance for over 10 years now, but who knows where the future will take me?
What is your proudest achievement?
Any time I see my work out and about is always a proud moment!
What advice do you have for someone who wants to find their dream job but hasn’t yet?
If you don’t know what it is you want to do, try different things, explore. If you know what you want to do, take the risk, take the plunge and DO IT!