Lou originally trained in theatrical and special effects makeup at the London College of Fashion, however she soon realised that making people look beautiful was her calling. After many years in the industry, Lou has worked in all aspects of makeup and is comfortable on any set from moving image to stills. Her work has featured in Vogue, Stylist, Nylon, Wonderland and Grazia. She has also worked with celebrities such as Gemma Arterton, VV Brown, Tinie Tempah and Birdy. Lou’s makeup style involves clean, beautiful skin with fresh, playful colour.

Lou grew up with an interest in natural health, so experimenting with natural beauty products in her professional kit was the next step. As she discovered their potential however, she also found a darker side to the conventional beauty industry. Surrounded by makeup every day, she started to question what she was using. From unsavoury ingredients to a careless environmental impact, she realised that these were key elements of many of the products she had in her kit.

Over 15 years ago Lou made a conscious decision to try and make her kit as clean and ethical as it could be, making her one of the first UK artists to take this path. It has been a long work in progress; from a professional point of view some products have been harder to switch. However with the advancements of green technology, organic and natural beauty is thriving. Lou is enjoying the current boom in conscious beauty and is working towards a super green makeup kit. 

Lou sits on the British Beauty Council's Sustainable Beauty Coalition Advisory Board.

Lou is an advocate for great skincare, she believes it is an essential base to any make-up. She is fascinated by skin and is qualified in many facial therapies and continues to study. She enjoys bringing the practise into her makeup as well as sharing advice with clients.

Lou has worked with green beauty brands such as RMS Beauty, Weleda, BYBI, Alima Pure, Beauty Kitchen and Content Beauty. She has represented the brands themselves, as well as showcasing products both at press and public events. She is a regular on beauty panels and has given talks and masterclasses on green beauty, working with organisations such as the Soil Association. Lou has taught at a make-up academy for over a decade, and also works with private clients offering makeup lessons and green your make-up consultations. She has been regularly voted into the Natural Beauty News Top 25 Personalities.

The beauty press regularly ask Lou for makeup tips and product recommendations. She loves to pass on her new green beauty discoveries and give advice through her own beauty writing too. Lou was Beauty Editor for SIX Magazine and EggMag and has contributed to various magazines and blogs. She has her own award-winning blog too, Lou Dartford Green Beauty.

(portrait by Alisa Connan)


Frederic Aranda, Lorenzo Agius, Mike Blackett, Philip Blythman, Tim Bret Day, Mark Cant, Sean Cook, Tom Craig, Sarah Cresswell, Perry Curties, Jason Ell, Simon Emmett, Can Evgin, Tomas Falmer, Chris Floyd, Craig Fordham, Jake Gavin, Neil Gavin, Diana Gomez, Rick Guest, Catherine Harbour, Ben Harries, Aitken Jolly, Diego Merino, Iain Mckell, Daniel O'Connell, Packard Stevens, Valerie Phillips, Rankin, Mark Sanders, Derek Santini, Johnnie Shand-Kydd, Klas Strom, Emma Tempest, Amelia Troubridge, Poppy De Villeneuve, Ophelia Wynne, Stefan Zschernitz


Badlands 777, Bon, Elle UK, ES Magazine, Esquire, Flux, Grazia, Hunger, InStyle, JNC, Look, Men’s Health, Monocle, Nylon, Stella, Stylist, Suitcase, The Telegraph, Twenty6, British Vogue, Vogue Russia, Volt, Wonderland, 1883


Aritzia, All Saints, Aquascutum, ASOS, Beauty Kitchen, Beauty Without Cruelty, Burberry, BYBI Beauty, Clean Beauty Co, Content Beauty, Cutler and Gross, Derek Rose, Hewitt and May, Hobbs, Jane Carr, Janet Reger, La Redoute, Liberty of London, Moussaieff, Net-a-Porter, Oxygen Boutique, People Tree, Po-Zu, Puma, Related, RMS Beauty, Shanti Sundays, Swedish Hasbeens, Temperley, Weleda


Ben Whishaw, Birdy, The Coral, Cover Drive, Dizzee Rascal,  The Feeling, Gemma Arterton, Jasmine Hemsley, Kate Nash, Lemar, Melanie Fiona, Melissa Hemsley, Nell Hudson, Noisettes, Romola Garai, Rumer, Sade, Samuel L Jackson, Shontelle, Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah, VV Brown, Zoe Kravitz


Detox Health Beauty, EggMag (Beauty Editor), The Ecologist, Instyle, Natural Health, Psychologies, Pure Beauty, Recognise, Reveal, SIX Magazine (Beauty Editor), Soil Association, Twenty6, Udo's Choice


Tanya’s Living, Fare Healthy, Soil Association, Natural and Organic Product Show, Kind Festival

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Email - lou@loudartford.com

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