Thursday 26 December 2013

Interview: Malvina Fraser

Malvina Fraser is one of London’s top beauty specialists and skincare advisers. She has over 30 years experience in the industry and her A-list clients include Madonna, Kylie and Yasmin Le Bon. She has passed on her wealth of knowledge to some of the world's most fabulous women's magazine and has appeared on some of TV's top makeover shows. Oh, and did I mention she is the beauty ambassador for Marks & Spencer and  the creator of her own cutting edge anti-ageing creams and serums!?

Malvina took some time out of her packed beauty schedule to talk all things beauty. So sit back and enjoy our little chat...

Malvina Fraser

What inspired you to work in the beauty industry? And how did your career journey begin?

I got into the beauty industry at quite a young age. It has always been a great passion of mine and after training at the London Beauty Institute, I knew it was something I wanted to make a career out of. As the years have gone by, I natural progressed to become a specialist in anti-ageing - an area of the industry that has always fascinated me.

What is your career highlight?

I have had such an amazing career so far and have been very lucky to have worked with some amazing people in the industry. I have to say that my career highlight has been launching my own anti-ageing skincare range. It has been a dream to create the products from scratch. It has been a long journey and it is so fantastic to receive amazing feedback on the products.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to succeed in the beauty industry?

The best advice I could give is to never give up. The beauty industry can be hard to get into but it is all about finding a gap in the market, finding your USP and being persistent. There are so many great beauty products on the market today, so it's important to connect with people in the industry and be passionate about your products or services.

Who is the ultimate beauty icon?

I would have to say Kylie Minogue. She is a regular client of mine and I must say that, as well as being a lovely lady, she has the most amazing skin and is the envy of every woman.

What are your makeup bag essentials?

Oprex is an amazing product to use on sensitive eyes when taking off make-up residue left by remover. It is a saline ointment that will prevent your skin from reacting to the harsh qualities of remover.

Sisley tinted moisturiser is an essential which I have been using for 25 years. I love it because it keeps my skin hydrated, matches my skin colour beautifully and protects my skin.

Sisley tinted moisturiser

What is the biggest beauty crime a person can commit?

Not taking your make-up off is definitely the biggest beauty crime. Our skin is alive with bacteria which we cannot see or feel, therefore maintaining good hygiene is vital. One of my top tips is to always double cleanse at night; once to remove the everyday bacteria and secondly to really clean the skin.

What is your top beauty tip?

When applying facial creams and serums, ensure you work the product right up to the hairline. At night, don’t be afraid to go over the hairline - this small area often gets neglected but it is just as important as the others.

Malvina Skincare

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