Nikki Palmer Make up Artist

Nikki trained at the London College of Fashion and has been a professional makeup artist for twelve years.  She has worked in film, music, TV, and print, with names like Sophie Ellis Bextor, Sophie Dahl, Helena Bonham-Carter, Kim Katrall, Pink, Patsy Kensit, Duffy, Melanie Sykes – and many more.  Nikki wanted to get into the industry from an early age.  Her father was a fahion photographer and she recalls that ‘growing up I was fascinated with the transformation of the models coming out of the makeup room.  I’d use paint brushes and mum’s makeup to try and recreate the look of the cover stars of the 80’s.’  Having progressed from raiding her mum’s makeup drawer, Nikki now gets to do it for real.


16 thoughts on “Nikki Palmer Make up Artist

  1. Hi,

    Hope you don’t mind me asking but I really liked Sophie Dahl’s make-up on her new TV programme and I was wondering if you could let me know which products you used please?

    Thank you and best wishes

    • Hi Laura, thank you and I dont mind at all. I used a mineral make up called INIKA for Sophie’s base and powder it gives a beautiful dewy finish its an Australian make up brand and can be found in specialist health shops and purchased online. For Cheeks and eyes I used mac and Givenchy the blush is another mineral product from mac called ‘Fabulush’ and it really is. Sophie doesnt need much help in the lash department but the YSL mascara helps to seperate and add length, I hope this helps. Nikki x

  2. Hi. I was wondering if you would mind being more specific on the INIKA products that you have used, please? I’ve been on the website but there are liquid and powder products (foundations) and am not sure what would be best to get that look you created for Sophie. Thanks so much for your help.

    Kind regrads,


    • Hi Grace
      Many thanks for your comments and viewing my site the exact product I used on Sophies skin is the INIKA liquid foundation in the cream shade it gives that wonderful glow.
      I hope this helps

      Nikki x

  3. Thanks kindly, Nikki, for such a quick response! It’s a great website and your work is truly outstanding!

    Best wishes,

    Grace x

  4. Hi Nikki,
    I’m a young make up artist (21 years old) from East Sussex,I recently read your article in November’s issue of Company magazine and wondered if you had any advice for getting involved into more editorial side of the make up industry such as magazines like Company and Look for example.
    I’ve put a link up to my facebook page where you can see some of my work so far, any advice would be fantastic!
    Many Thanks

    • Hi Kate

      Thank you for getting in touch, I’ve sent you a facebook friend request so I can take a look at your work. I left London College of fashion at the same age as you and I remember not knowing what my next steps where. I luckily found contact with a brilliant make up artist and assisted her for a good 3 years, however her work was mainly in commercials and music videos. My advice is to find a make up artist who works within the editorial side of the industry and work with them to build up your contacts. Its very rare to my knowledge that magazines will commission very new make up artists to do features straight away. Do you live near Brighton, there must be lots of free publications that circulate approach these magazines and offer your services for free to gain pictures and experience. And always test, test, test you never know when the photographers will get a magazine job and decide to book you because of all the favours you did for them.

      I look forward to seeing your work, and if your ever up in London let me know I’d happily meet for coffee and look over your work.

      Nikki x

  5. hi nikki
    your work looks amazing! its great to see that i wasnt the only one using my paintbrushes and mums make up!! i was wondering if you ever take on any assistants? if you would it would be great to help you out!

    look forward to hearing from you


  6. Hi Niki, long time no speak, it’s sparki here (photographer) used to work for Simon Johns at Pelican Studios, now you remember – I have just had an enquiry from our old pal Niki Turner to do a shoot at the Athletes village in early April and would involve Make up and models – are you available? and your rates please, possibly would include styling also, only had this given to me today and need to cost this job up.

    Would be great to hear from you, Andrew Sparkes AKA Sparki
    07891 952689 – 01787 828191

  7. Hey Nikki – trying to reach you but the web address on the card you gave me doesn’t work. it says I don’t have permission…. please email me or call me. I met you on the Warehouse shoot with Aaron! Take care,

  8. Niki, My name is Alex Reader, I am 16 years old and I aspire to become a make- up artist. I have recently attended Louise Constad’s Make-Up Course and wish to continue my knowledge and experience further! I was wondering if it was possible to assist you whilst working, I am aware you will recieve many e-mails with the same request, but I believe it will help me gain the experience I need in the industry. I hope to hear from you, my email address is: Thank you for your time.

  9. Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m
    looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

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