Our latest ambassador Debbie Gallagher is a renowned make up artist with a unique take on seventies style.Photography by Anna Malmberg
How did you get into beauty? I started as soon as I left secondary school, my mum had a hair salon just off the Portobello Road and I spent a lot of time in the salon. I was always watching my mum doing her old dears hair . I knew I wanted to do something in fashion or beauty but not hair so I did a makeup course at London College of Fashion in the late 90’s.
What inspires you and why?I’m inspired everyday whether it be art, music or fashion. I’m really inspired by the late 60’s early 70’s era.
What is your daily routine?I’m 7 months pregnant so my daily routine is a bit different these days. I’m living a slower pace. It also depends if I have a freelance job or not. If I’m off work I normally get up around 8am, I make a coffee and bring it back to bed. I read, meditate for a bit then go through emails. I’m normally dressed and ready for the day by 9.30am. Light pregnancy exorcise is a daily thing for me, even if I only do a 20min walk I’m happy. Then it’s a lovely healthy dinner for me and my love in the evening. I’m really enjoying having baths lately and it’s super relaxing for my back. We are normally in bed by 9.30ish watching The Sopranos, life is not as rock n roll as it once was! I’m the happiest I’ve ever been though.
Striving for the objects to be able to stand alone and be beautiful by its self even when not used for its purpose. Like a vase without flowers transforms into a sculpture in its own right.
How would you describe your sense of style?I’d describe my style as a blend of Keith Richards mixed with 70’s New York pimp. I love hats and textures.
What is your insider tip for vintage shopping?Know what you’re looking for. Have a clear vision of it. eBay and Etsy are good. I always know what I’m looking for with vintage, right now I’m looking for a mid century mushroom lamp and a 70’s Indian baby jacket for my son.
Do you have a style icon?I have so many! Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison. My new style icons are Ben Cobb and my friend Luke Day. I’m into men’s style more than women’s however my dream girls are Anita Pallenberg and Stevie Nicks.
What does craftsmanship mean to you whether it be within the fashion or art world?Craftsmanship is so important for me, that’s why I mainly love old things, the quality and materials are better. Also I like having things that not everyone else has. I really admire people who can make things, the world is full of waste. I only have things that will last me forever. I have jackets that I’ve had for 20 years and I still love them.
Who most inspires you creatively?Women inspire me. I’m having a baby so I think women are epic goddesses. What our body’s can do….
What would be your advice to women starting out in creative industries?I’d advise women or men to just go for it. Read all the old books, go to all the art shows, watch all the movies. Learn the trade you wanna be in. Become an expert.
What is your favourite Primeboots style and why?My favourite style is the Charl boot. I can imagine Jimi Hendrix would wear them. I love the masculine mix with feminine touch, strong but still pretty.