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Matty Bovan for Issue Seven

“My grandma and mum were both quite classic in how they approached make up, so we ramped it up and made it more of a fantasy, closer to my version of beauty.” For Beauty Papers Issue Seven GLAMOUR Annie Collinge captured artist and designer Matty Bovan in a beautiful tribute to the women who moulded him. Here Matty shares some of his treasured family photographs.

Family Photographs MATTY BOVAN Interview JOHN WILLIAM

BP: What was the last beautiful thing you saw?
MB: I just hung up a painting done by my grandma and was studying all the colours and subtle flecks in the light, it’s the only one I have painted by her.

BP: What was your inspiration behind the shots for Beauty Papers?
MB: Very strong images of my mum and my grandma, from when they were younger up until now. The eye shadow colours, the shape of their brows. My grandma and mum were both quite classic in how they approached make up, so we ramped it up and made it more of a fantasy, closer to my version of beauty.

BP: How do you approach your own makeup?
MB: I just wake up and it really depends on the mood I am in, and what I’m feeling. To me it should be fun, and it should be bit rough around the edges. I want to be creative and to enjoy the process, pushing my taste and limits.

Matty Bovan photographed by Annie Collinge for Beauty Papers Issue Seven

"I love how make up is a bigger conversation in 2019, people are really pushing their own levels and comfort zones, the future of glamour to me is to take pleasure and go wild!"

BP: What are your favourite go-to products?
MB: I love Jeffree Star shadows and velour liquid lipsticks – I use them as eyeshadows and liners. I also love Anastasia Beverly Hills shadows, and MAC lipsticks – especially their lipliner Spice. I also collect all different high street make up and market make up, glitter and pigments.

BP: What does the word glamour mean to you?
MB: Growing up I loved the classic glamour of stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn, but then my tastes moved to Gwen Stefani, Nina Hagen and more extreme glamour icons.

BP: What is the future of glamour?
MB: I love how make up is a bigger conversation in 2019, people are really pushing their own levels and comfort zones, the future of glamour to me is to take pleasure and go wild!


Beauty Papers Issue Seven available here
Art Direction Matty Bovan and Annie Collinge
Beauty Charlie Murray
Objects / Eyebrows Rory Mullen
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