Molly Warkentin (Oakfield)

Freshness and understatement are part of what makes make-up modern to Warkentin but so is the mutability of seasonal fashion.

“Makeup is an art of constant, very imperceptible changes in texture, colour, volume and touch. The shifting conditions of light, the natural features of a model and the changing nature of every new brief means that my approach is always transforming.”

Attracted to the full spectrum of colour but deft in its application, Warkentin likens her work to painting in that she seeks to illuminate rather than disguise the originality of the face: “I like to emphasize the beauty that is already there and even if a job calls for theatricality I always stress the integrity of skin and the clarity of a model’s best features. It’s a balance of proportion, flattery and adapting to the changing face of beauty. Even when working with the most known celebrity there is a chance for re-invention, that is what makes make-up modern…and magic.”

Celebrity clients for Oakfield have included Rita Ora, Elizabeth Debicki , Keith Urban, Isabella Manfredi and Jennifer Hawkins. Fashion clients she has collaborated with include Romance was Born, Camilla and Marc, Josh Goot, Ellery, David Jones, Hermes, Collette Dinnigan, Alice McCall and Bianca Spender. Editorial clients include Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, 10 Magazine, Russh, Oyster, i-D, Marie Claire, Sunday Style, Sunday Life and Elle Australia.

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