When it comes to make-up, Uzo, the Global Artistry Director of NARS says “there should be no rules”. Stepping away from convention, Uzo moved from the medical field and found her calling with NARS. When she was in town for a NARS event and a shoot with #TeamCLEO, we sat down with her to know more about why she chose beauty, and what inspires her most.
When did you discover your passion for make-up?
From an early age I loved everything about make-up. I used to watch my mum do her makeup. That said though, make-up is actually my second career — I first went to medical school and became a doctor.
So how did you move into the beauty industry?
One summer vacation, I wanted a break from all things medicine and took up a job at a cosmetic counter. I landed myself a job at Clinique, then realised I needed a brand with some artistry elements so I moved on. I then found my true calling at NARS.
How do you keep up with the latest trends and where do you go for inspiration?
Lots and lots of shows at major fashion cities such as Paris, New York, Milan and London and of course, LA. Francois [Nars] is also one of the key sources of my inspiration amongst other top fashion photographers whom I work with. I am quite involved with social media. You can get a lot of interesting visuals.
What is it like working with some of the biggest celebrities?