What training is required to be a makeup artist for those wanting to do it in future?
For me personally I decided to go on a three month intense course in London to study makeup for tv and film. I didn't want to go back to Uni as it would take up too much time I just wanted to get stuck in with it. I think it would depend on your circumstances but there are definitely some good courses out there such as cbma in camden town, London. There are alot to chose from you just need to decide which is best for you since there are so many different areas to makeup. For me i was particularly interested in special effects so I took the course which covers lots of different aspects of makeup in tv and film and once you have learnt these skills you can turn your hand to other things such as weddings photoshoots and commercials.
Can you tell us a little bit about your day to day life as a make up artist?
Being a makeup artist is definitely different to your normal everyday job. The hours are very unpredictable and you could be working early hours
Of the morning until very late at night especially on films.
It's quite hard but I wouldn't change it! Sometimes it's quite hard knowing what your next job is going to be but that's all part of the fun.
How often do you practise on yourself the techiniques?
Quite often just to keep my skills up. I like to experiment and come up with different ideas so I have something good to work with. Once I have an idea in my head I like to practise alot first with different products to get the best possible outcome and experiment a bit. There are so many different products out there I like to know what's what.
What is you favourtie thing about the job you do?
My favourite thing is how unpredictable the job can be. No two days are the same. One moment you can be making someone look beat up with cuts and bruises and the next you can be making someone look beautiful. I just love how everyday is different and all the people you meet along the way.
What is the least favourte?
Least favourite is definitely getting up at 5am and standing in the rain on a film location all day !
How impotant is it to shadow someone else before you go it alone?
I'd say this is where you learn most of your skills. You have the basics to start with but you really need to experience It first hand to learn important skills. There are things you can't learn in a school like how to be on a film set and the time limitations.
You also get alot of good advice and hits and tips on products and how to apply. It's all just down to experience and just getting on with it and being hands on! There is a sort of Ranking you have to go thro before you become a makeup designer on a film starting with trainee and working your way up.
You worked on the set of the movie Wasteland, can you tell us a little more about this?
This is a feature film I assisted on which will be coming out soon at the cinema. It was really fun and I met some great people. I can't wait to see it on the big screen!
What project are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on photo-shoots and commercials, smaller projects.
What have you got lined up next?
Next I would like to go onto another film but I don't have one lined up as yet!
What is the one key make up item that all girls need ?
Personally I couldn't live withough my eyeliner! So let's go with that!
Female First Lucy Walton