Hong Kong based Stylist and Make-Up Artist, Caroline Fung shares with us her discoveries working in fashion, make-up and the dimensions behind her enthusiasm and energy. Inspired by the likes of Giambattista Valli, Raf Simons and Toni Maticevski, Caroline's style is a unique synergy of individualism and breaking away from the norms of the industry.
I chose to do a Styling degree in university. The course involved many styling projects and through them, I learned about the path that I’m on now. I loved painting and drawing growing up so while I was styling my shoots, I figured: 'hey, I want to draw and paint for my models as well', so in my second year of university, I completed a short makeup course as well.
- How did you get started in styling/make-up?
It consisted of a lot of soul searching and university changes until I found Whitehouse Institute of Design, which offered a styling degree that consisted of many 'hands-on' projects across a variety of commercial design fields. This meant that I could put my creativity and business together. Instantly, I knew; this is where I want to head towards.
- How and when did you know that styling/make-up is what you wanted to pursue as a career?
Last minute accidents with our clothing, dresses that don’t fit after alterations, broken zippers and many more! Along the way, I’ve learned a lot of new tricks and a big part of my job is to solve fashion accidents!
- What challenges have you experienced that has defined you and your career?
The hardest decision was to keep doing what I love doing!
- What was the hardest decision you had to make for your career?
I’ve had many memorable moments, but one of the most outstanding would be participating in my very first film festival for Amber Kuo and how I followed through with her and Cheung Kai-fai to the backstage passing over 500 screaming fans, media and cameras. I was so clumsy with my suitcase and was struggling to open my eyes.
- What is your most memorable styling/make-up moment?
I try to read more books nowadays. It really helps to get my brain working but it’s not really my favourite thing to do because it’s hard for me to stay still and focused. Since the invention of the Internet, I’m always online and it’s amazing; we are able to see so many different things online. I always check Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, blogs and online magazines for inspirations. Keeping your eyes opened to find the beauty in all things is the key to stay inspired. Don’t try and pick out everything you don’t like.
- How do you source inspiration and how do you stay inspired?
Probably my mum, she is my superwoman! She’s quick-witted, hardworking and a problem solver!
- Who do you consider your inspiration/role model?
I wished they taught us how to do proper fittings and analyse body shapes. Fittings are actually really important where we analyse the outfit and our client’s body shapes. Each outfit will sit differently on each person and during fittings, we can decide on how we can change or alter an outfit to make it fit ‘better’ on the body. Small changes in an outfit can make big differences.
- What is one thing that you had to learn yourself, that university/school never taught you but you wish they did?
I wanted to be an architect when I was a younger but my grades were too bad. Anyhow, I love what I’m doing right now and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else so if I get to choose once again, I’ll still choose Styling and Make-up.
- If you could pick another career/job, what would you choose?
Bubbly, dreamer and silly.
- What are 3 words that best describe you?
I always wanted to create beautiful work but in 2015 I realised I wanted to transform and make people beautiful as well.
- What was the biggest discovery you made about yourself in 2015?
Chicken wings <3
- What is your favourite food?
Home, nothing beats home.
- Where is your favourite place?
My platform sneakers!
- Name your favourite item in your wardrobe this minute.
My phone… (lol surprise surprise!) But for work it would be yes, my phone as well but also Tide To Go (stain remover), safety pins and double-sided tape!
- Name 3 things, you cannot live without.
I don’t know if I’m experienced enough to actually give any advice yet but if you really want to try out this industry, then know that it is NOT glamorous at all, especially when you first start. You’ll be lucky if you find a great mentor. You will not be able to participate in much of the styling side of the job. Be prepared to be running around borrowing and returning clothes and really tiring your muscles out. Be sure to keep yourself updated with the latest fashion trends and check out shops and boutiques in your spare time so you know what’s happening and to keep your passion strong!
- What advice would you give to any aspiring stylists/make-up artists?
For more information on Caroline Fung: www.caroline-fung.com