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The Interview — Emma Willis, Founder of Elite Makeup, Hair, and Styling Agency Contour Fossa

Founder of Elite Makeup, Hair, and Styling Agency Contour Fossa

Emma Willis is a nominated celebrity makeup and hair artist. Emma trained at the prestigious London College of Fashion and after several years of experience working as a makeup artist for TV, film, editorial, and red carpet appearances, she relocated to Hollywood, California. She knew from the beginning of her career that she wanted to build a team of talented artists and stylists and by collaborating with some of the top talent in Los Angeles, she formed an agency that is now known as Contour Fossa. You can follow Emma on Instagram and Twitter.

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February 19, 2018

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Your biggest fashion faux pas:

Emma

Still wearing and owning Juicy Couture tracksuits up until last year… LOL … I remember Tanya Rad from KIIS FM say to me one time at an event when we're talking about clothes and I brought this very statement up about still having my Juicy tracksuits, her response whilst laughing with me was: “Emma you should probably never tell anyone about that.” So, yes, I will agree it's my biggest faux pas for having them this long but NOT regrettable purchases; I bloody LOVED those Juicy tracksuits!

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Your current Netflix addiction:

Emma

 Stranger Things… we love it!

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What do you love most about your work:

Emma

 I get to create and paint the best faces and play with peoples hair and hang out with the coolest people in the business! I’m so lucky and fortunate to have such awesome and loyal clients; it’s basically working with friends... although I don’t and won’t EVER become complacent or for one minute take any of this for granted. I do step back and realize sometimes that I’ve got a pretty cool job!

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Nail color currently on your hands and feet:

Emma

Well I do my hands myself and currently have (on top of fake nails) Midnight In Moscow by OPI and I just recently got gels done for my feet and I’m wearing OPI’s Black Onyx—first time I’ve EVER done black toes and love them!

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Where does your credit card get the most use:

Emma

CIOTE Restaurant in Tujunga Village—Studio City—we eat there ALL THE TIME... they know now that I always get the lobster ravioli (the BEST lobster ravioli HANDS DOWN in Los Angeles). I’ve tried so many restaurants and not one compares to this... a 10 out of 10 in my books!

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Midnight snack of choice:

Emma

Tea and toast—with butter and jam or butter and marmite.

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Skincare product you can’t live without:

Emma

Well… there's 2 really; my British Nivea Creme in the blue pot AND Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. 

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Go-­to workout song on your most recent playlist:

Emma

Haven’t worked out for over 3 years (since before our baby girl KoKo Raine was born) but if I DID it would be “Eye Of The Tiger” from Rocky.

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Your motto in life:

Emma

“Aim High & Stand Strong”—my own little saying that I stand by which I have tattooed on my neck along with a feather and next to that “Angels of Grace Defend Us.” Which is actually from Hamlet. I got this tattoo back in 2008 as I’ve had white feathers follow me around all my life and feel like having these words along with a feather stamped on me, I have my guardian angels looking out for me!

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At 9 a.m. each day, you are:

Emma

Wowzers.. thats a tough one! So many different variations it could be, from being onset to at a clients house or hotel, to being asleep still, or taking KoKo Raine to her pre-school, to being on a plane, to drinking a second cup of coffee if I’ve already been up since 4 a.m. for a job and not because we have a 3-year-old—fun fact KoKo Raine has never been the reason for lack of sleep; work has though!!