Make-Up Artist Monday – Dorita Nissen

This week’s MUA is Dorita Nissen.  Dorita has been in the industry for 13 years and working as a full time MUA for 6 of them.

Dorita during a hard day at the office.

Dorita was born in Denmark and from an early age developed a love for art – so much so that in her teens – becoming an artist was her career objective.  When she finished high school she moved to Florence, Italy  where she completed a course in art restoration.

After moving to Miami and a short stint at Estee Lauder as a MUA – she was offered a role at a new company by a MUA called Laura Mercier. Dorita worked directly for Laura and assisted her for several years before moving to London.

When did you get your ‘big break’?
The day I could start living off my work – during a shoot for Sunday Times Style I met music photographer Dean Chalkley – soon after he gave me the opportunity to work with him on what would become my first cover for NME – Carl Barat of the Libertines.

What advice do you have for aspiring MUA’s trying to get into the industry?
Originality, a strong back bone and the ability to get on with people!

Who has been your best client so far?
I would never say!

What about your favourite job so far?
All my jobs are favorites, as I love working… I would say though, that working with rock legends such as Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel and Depeche Mode rate high!

What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working with Faithless, New Young Pony Club and Harpers Bazaar.

How many brushes do you own?
I’ve never counted them, but over 50 !

What is your favourite brand, and why?
I don’t really have a favorite brand, as depending on the job I use different products.
Make up I mainly use includes  Makeup Forever, Laura Mercier, Chantecaille, MAC, Dior and Krayolan…
My first choice for skincare is Sisley, Bioderma and Ina Crystals.


Your top tip?
Be yourself and believe in your work!

Your kit is on fire – and you can only save 5 things. What are they?
Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, Sisley Confort Extreme Day Care, Dior Show Black Mascara, Laura Mercier Black Extreme Eyeliner Pencil, Rosebud Perfume Co’s Smiths Rosebud Salve.