About Jules Derrick, Founder
Do you ever get the feeling you are in the wrong shoes career wise? I did. As a result, in October 2013 I decided to change footwear. It was a massive change. Quite scary. But I haven’t looked back and consequently, I am happier, a whole lot healthier and I am doing something that I absolutely love and believe in.
I have always been a creative little soul. Back when there were “A” Levels, I took Art, English Literature and French. All were to later have a part to play in my life, so my choices were solid even at that tender age.
At 19 I fell in love and got married. I stopped my Regional Diploma in Fashion and Textile Design at Taunton College of Arts and Technology- although I was told I was destined for good things- As it turns out , it was not a bad choice as 41 years later we are well worn, having experienced trauma and tragedy, happiness and heartache but still recognise the value of loving someone even if that love takes on different guises at different times.
So, how did I get to work in makeup? Healthy makeup at that. What on earth is “healthy” makeup?
I thought for ages about what I wanted to do. I knew it was going to be creative. I knew that Fashion Design wasn’t an option as you really need to be 100 years younger than me to make your mark and so what else could I do?
Fate then took charge. I was beginning to experience “break outs”on my face especially around my eyes. My eyelids would swell, almost close over my eyes so I looked as though I had been in a boxing ring with Muhammed Ali or similar. My face would feel as though it was on fire and blisters or weals would sometimes appear on my cheeks. It was very debilitating and talk about confidence zapping. Horrendous. For years I have used some of the most expensive brands- I won’t name them as I will probably end up with a legal battle on my hands but something in me was reacting to this. When I stopped using the cosmetics I didn’t get the issues. But seriously I am not the most blessed in the looks department and so really needed to find something I could use which my skin approved of too, so I could feel human again.
I looked online and discovered mineral makeup. I tried several of the big brands. It seemed to work. I looked into makeup more and more and decided that what I wanted to do was to become a Makeup Artist but with my own Mineral Brand of makeup. And to cut a long story short., that is exactly what I have done.
Why then call it Outsidethebox Makeup? If you ever have tried to think of a name for a band (either for yourself or a family member or friend), you will know this is even harder than writing the actual tunes. As I studied, I loved all the varieties of makeup: Decorative, Bridal, Fantasy, Drag, Theatrical…. and then there was skin camouflage. Now this really inspired me. To use non-invasive makeup to be able to help people ( men as well as women) overcome the debilitating stigma that skin issues can leave you with was like a revelation.
So I wanted to find a product that could cross all of these paths. My additional training at the British Association of Skin Camouflage was illuminating and inspiring. This is one of the areas where I know my makeup artistry can make a valuable difference. More to come on this as we go forward. Suffice to say for now that my approach to makeup is holistic. To me, makeup is “Not just a beauty thing” – it literally is not just about how it makes you look but how it makes you FEEL.
I also want to build a collaborative community of “Outsidethebox Heartfelts” because for me all the best things come from the heart…If nicknames are good enough for Lady Gaga they are good enough for us. A makeup community. Where we share issues, news, views, what works, what doesn’t. Please feel free to join us at any time. Thank you.