About me

Born in Sydney, Christabel was always obsessed with beauty and fashion and did a makeup course whilst studying for an Arts degree.

After working and assisting in Sydney and Paris, she moved to London. In London she began working on the shows and assisting on shoots with top makeup artists like Sam Bryant, Alex Box, Florrie White and Andrew Gallimore.

Eventually she became First Assistant to international celebrity makeup artist, Kay Montano, where she had the chance to work daily on publications like British, Paris and Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar.

At the same time she was building her own body of work with photographers like Rafael Stahelin, Aitken Jolley, Simon Thiselton and Lorenzo Agius. She has also worked with actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Ben Whishaw as well as supermodels Daisy Lowe, Jourdan Dunn and Kristen McMenamy.

She started beauty editing in Sydney in 2012 for Koncierge magazine and then L’Officiel Australia, before moving back to London in 2015 where she is focused on her freelance makeup career,

You can find out more about her work on her website, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Contact her at christabel.draffin@gmail.com

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