This Sydney based hair and makeup artists is no up & coming, she’s most definitely up & running at full speed!
With a pug named Audrey, a loved up family, some top quality friends and a job that she really truly adores with every bit of her being, l get the impression that Ms Montgomery is well on her way to a place that once upon a time only dreams were made of.
It has been a lifelong affair with all things beauty for Rachel with memories tracing back back to days spent experimenting with Mum’s bright red Dior lippy. One little rogue covered face later and it probably wouldn’t be one of her finest makeup moments but it’s this genuine free flowing passion & experimentation that has brought her to where she stands today – Well respected in all areas of the industry, be it fashion, advertising, commercial or personal clients and nominated for 2011 Australian Make-Up Artist of the Year Award her work is clearly making an impact wherever it’s seen.
For all artists, the moment of realising that you want your art to become your living regardless of how broke, scared or apprehensive you are is a defining and memorable one. “I couldn’t afford to do a course but I put down a $100 deposit anyway…I didn’t know how but I knew I was going to make it happen.” Rachel looks back on this as the first step to entering a new era in her life and credits her intuition as a strong and steering force, “I think deep down we already know the answers and it’s just a matter of tuning in”. Profound, right?
As a fan of all things au naturel nothing pleases me more than seeing a makeup artist who emphasises and enhances the beauty of each and every face they work on…instead of just covering it. She speaks of this as ‘sculpting’ and can pinpoint cream highlighters & contour/bronzing cremes as most used products (note to self: GO BUY) in her kit.
With tattoo artist & painter Angelique Houtkamp as recent inspiration (see below) and a admiration of Lady Gagas out of the box ways (a face she would love to work on) it’s clear Rachel likes a decent dose of quirk thrown into her creative mix. Successfully blending this with commercial appeal, now that’s something that can’t be made up and where up and where skill and raw talent come in handy.