Hiromi Ueda, came to the UK from Japan in her gap year at University from Japan.
The beautiful Hiromi, who has the delicate sensibility of most Japanese women, loved England so much, she decided to stay. She married an Italian, studied jewellery design but ended up doing make up and riding around London on the back of her husbands motorbike. She has done it all rather well, might I add.
I’ve worked with Hiromi on numerous occasions and her make-up is both delicate and bold depending on what’s required, as well as contemporary and with an edge.
Hiromi works with photographers David Sims, Benjamin Huseby Alexander, Boo George, Alasdair McLellan, Solve Sundsbo and Paul Wetherell to name a few, citing Burberry, Maison Margiela, Puma, Giorgio Armani and McQ as some of her top clients.
Below is Hiromi’s Q&A with me. I hope you enjoy finding out about her background and how she got to where she got in her career, as well as some fun questions she answered.
Thank You Hiromi.
Fanzi Mueller for 10 magazine by Paul Wetherell M-Up by Hiromi Hair by Me
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP.
I wanted to be a singer , nurse, pilot, fashion designer , jewellery designer, dancer, volleyball player and painter.
Many different things but I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was teenager. ..
HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW.
When I was taking a short course of jewellery design, I became a friend with a girl who was studying makeup.
I guess talking to her influenced me to start doing makeup as I was always into.
WHEN DID YOU MOVE FROM JAPAN TO LONDON?
When I was 20 I was still at Uni in Japan studying German literature. I took a gap year and came here to study English and ended up staying forever…
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
Still Me but I wouldn’t mind being a male in next life.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
French Vogue by Greg Harris, Make up by Hiromi Hair by Me
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Weather for sure. I love being London but we need to have lots more sunshine!!
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART, FOOD)
Online shopping! Clothes, books , foods, tiles, and makeup. I’m doing every shopping online.
My new neighbours are very kind and they keep my parcel if I missed them.
Recently, I found lovely paintings by an artist called Gustavo Ortiz in a Little store at Stoke Newington.
I love the way he mixing so many colours and the patterns.
For food wise, I’m so into pomegranate, Guacamole and Cheviches.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Chanel CC Cream
Fresh sugar face polish
Elizabeth Arden eight hours cream
DHC liquid eye liner
Panasonic nano care face steamer
LIST YOUR 10 FAVOURITE SONGS OF ALL TIME- (AND EXPLAIN – IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM )
Starting Over- John Lennon & Yoko Ono: My father was a massive fan of the Beatles and I remember he used play their vinyls all the time.
Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin
True Colors -Cyndi Lauper I listened to this song so many times when I got my first cassette walkman.
I Need A Hero – Bonnie Tyler: It was the theme song in my favourite 80’s Japanese drama. I watched the programme so many times with my friends after school.
My Sharona – The Knack: it reminds me my high school
Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen
Hotel California- Eagles: It was just so amazing to listen to this song during a road trip I went on, crossing canyons in American.
Sing it back – Moloko This song reminds me of my long nights party era!
Purple Rain – Prince
Something About Us – Daft Punk: This song was playing when I met my husband.
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?
Fiji if I don’t need to go to work.
Realistically, it would be at L.A. I can enjoy the amazing beautiful weather and still I can do my job?
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP- ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW ?
80s music, and I still love them!
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
I love to wear Stella Mccartney, Chloe, Dris Van Notten and isabel Marant.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 FILMS.
La Vita E Bella
Castle in the Sky
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
Wherever fate brings me to…
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Green Tea Ice Cream
Annely Bouma for 10 Magazine by Paul Wetherell M-Up Hiromi Hair by Me
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Watching a box set at home all day without moving from my sofa…
WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH.
Another person laughing makes me laugh……
IN A FILM OF YOURSELF, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU?
Sofia Loren during the 70s.
WHICH 4 GUESTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE ( THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE)?
Jason Atherton ( so we can have a lovely dinner)
Freddie Mercury ( he might start singing Karaoke after a few glasses of Wine)
Hayao Miyazaki ( I want to hear all about his Ghiburi films)
River Phoenix (my first crush)
More of Hiromi’s Work below
A huge Thank you to Hiromi for taking the time to answer the questions.