That’s Not My Age Podcast Episode 6: Ruby Hammer
With a career in the beauty industry spanning nearly 30-years, Ruby Hammer is one of the most respected make-up artists in the business. As well as working with high-profile women such as: Cindy Crawford, Meghan Markle and Kate Moss, she also co-founded the cosmetics company Ruby and Millie – a brand that those of us who bought our make-up from Boots in the late 1990s may well remember. As we’re a similar age, our paths have crossed numerous times and it’s always a joy to catch-up with Ruby. In this That’s Not My Age podcast episode, we chat about the role of make-up in her life and how she went from studying economics to becoming a make-up artist for Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Obviously I took the opportunity to ask her advice on what to do about my own low maintenance, beauty regime. Rude not to.
Ruby Hammer also speaks to us about the launch of her new capsule collection of beauty essentials, including a stackable brush set currently receiving rave reviews (she’s launching a small make-up line soon). What I like is that Ruby’s range is an expert edit, she’s not planning to launch tons of stuff because we have enough make-up options already. At 57, her priorities have changed. Now she’d rather spend quality time with her family than build another big business.
She also takes a positive approach to ageing, and is passionate about the transformative powers of make-up. Strongly believing that beauty and age go hand-in-hand, she urges women to take time for themselves, research the right products and make the most of what is unique about our faces. On getting older she says, ‘I’ve never really worried about it. Ageing is the natural process and I’m very grateful I am older. I’m not scared of it but I do know that you need to keep as well as you can. Sadly, people look at getting older too superficially. I’ve gleaned many things from being this age and the longer you’re alive, well, it’s a blessing.’
What Ruby is reading: books by Elizabeth Day.
What Ruby is drinking: A gin-based Eastern Standard cocktail.
Ruby Hammer’s new capsule collection of beauty essentials is available HERE.
Ruby’s style and beauty essentials:
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Producer and audio engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi
Host: Alyson Walsh
Guest: Ruby Hammer
Music: David Schweitzer
Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi
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