How did you get your start in makeup? As a teenager in England me and my friends got into doing each other’s makeup and hair, and making outfits from stuff we bought at jumble sales to wear to see bands or go to clubs. I started looking at magazines like i-D and The Face and realized it could be a fun thing to try and do for REAL (Ha!). Maybe it’s because of this that I prefer the homemade, DIY feeling of shoots that feel spontaneous and improvised. Every mood board and pre-meeting is a little death to the creativity, I think.
If you weren’t in makeup, what do you think you’d be doing? I have no idea what I’d be doing. I hope something creative and fun. I did all kinds of regular jobs before doing this for a living, and none were fun exactly, but I met some cool people.
You’ve had a long, high-profile and diverse career in makeup What do you think gives you and your work that longevity? I think it’s because, while I have certain things that I’m known for, I’m pretty adaptable and not too precious about it. I have range and I can turn my hand to most things. I like collaborating with different people and trying new stuff, and it doesn’t hurt that I can work fast and get the job done!
As one of the most innovative artists in makeup, how do you find new and unique ways to express yourself in your work? Thank you! Every job is different, even if some of the elements or other people involved are the same. Each job has its own specific structure and requirements, you need to Continue reading →
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Archeologist, hairdresser, magician; it changed daily.
How did that transpose into a working with makeup?
As a fine artist, I began exhibiting in the ‘90s. I explored body and environment using material aesthetics of makeup and prosthetics in my practice, much like Mathew Barney or Cindy Sherman. I was asked by a fashion designer to collaborate on Continue reading →
Well, here we are, more than a year into a pandemic
that has changed us forever in so many ways.
Through all of the challenges and all of the loss of the
past year, I know that there were many things that came
to light for me, my business, and for our industry, that
shifted and evolved us for the better.
Personally, my energy has been wide open to the lessons
to be learned during this time. I know they have left an
impression on me, and I hope they left one on all of us.
I am grateful beyond words for the support of our
community during this time — and grateful for the privilege
of being able support this community and our industry
I am grateful for the moments of hope we have given
each other and I am in awe of the way we came together
to support one another when times were their most
I am grateful, and ready, for what comes next. I am
anxious to get to work on moving forward in whatever
new ways of working and engaging that will mean. I am
here for the commitment to do what needs to be done
and to help to build a stonger industry in the process.
As we begin to move forward into whatever will become
our next normal — know that I am here, The Powder Group
and On Makeup Magazine are here, and our TPG
community of artists and brands are here — planted
steadfastly by each others side.
We are here, for the long term, with support and
inspiration and dreams of an amazing today and of an
incredible tomorrow. Welcome back.
Editor, On Makeup Magazine
ARCHIVE: SEEN – SKINDINAVIA CELEBRATES PRO LA 2020
Larry Traevon, Christina Patch, Deb Milley, and Jordan Liberty
Vivian Baker, Donald Mowat
Barrie Gower, Lizzie Yianni Georgiou, Tapio Salmi and Deb Milley
John Stapleton and Ve Neill
Dianne Holme, Rita Ciccozzi, Krista Seller, Julie McHaffie
Michael DeVellis, Barrie Gower and Allen Goldman
Carleigh Herbert, Jason Collins, Judyann Conners
Kirsten Coleman and Doniella Davy
David DeLeon, Melissa Sandora_Tyson Fontaine, Cool Benson
Angelique Valez and Michael Brown
Amy L. Forsythe and Tom Denier Jr
Abby Clawson and Nix herrera
Marc Pilcher, Anne Nosh Oldham and Sam Smart
Allen Goldman and Mike Fontaine
Cindy Escalante, Melanie Mills, Debra Denson
Carla White, Frida Aradottir and Mike Fontaine
Alastair Muir, Burton LeBlanc
Sunday Englis, Tania Ribalow and Michael DeVellis
Gabrielle Haens, Rachel Sterns and Julia Becker
Eugenia Weston and Allen Goldman
Danielle Minnella, Amy L Forsythe and Heidi Pakdel
Eryn Krueger and Jeong-Hwa Fonkalsrud
Jason Milani, Stephen M Kelley, Amy Tagliamonte, Mike Fontaine, Brandon Leffew, Dave Presto
Tim Welsh, Deb Milley, Allen Goldman and Art Swanburg
Lawrence Mercado, Louie Zakarian and Carleigh Herbert
Amy Lederman and Elena Arroy
John Blake and Alastair Muir
Angela Moos and Julie Socash
Iantha Goldberg, Sean Sansom, Eryn Kruger Mekash and Mike Mekash
Faye Crasto and Burton LeBlanc
Helen Robertson and Robin Slater
Keesh Winkler-Smith, Kym Nicole Oubre, April Chaney and Erin LaBre
Sue Cabral and Deb Milley
Jennifer Garcia and Helen Robertson
John Blake and Mike Marino
Josef Rarach, KC Mussman and Or Mussman
Leonard Engelm, John Stapleton and Allen Goldmanan
Lee Joyner and Marielou Mandl
Sari Lietzman, Silvia Leczel, Chanti LaGrana Gina Ghiglieri_
Lisa and Ned Neidhart
KC Mussman, Anna Stachow and Chloe Sens
Nikki Lederman and Mike Marino
Melanie Mills and Tym Shutchai Buacharern
Liz Harlan, India Haley Barton and Pedro Zalba
Sean Sansom and Michael Astolos
Tonia Green and Monique Hyman
Michelle Bear, Keesh Winkler-Smith and Kym Nicolr Oubre
Pedro Zalba, Albert Sanchez and Louie Zakarian
Rocky Faulkner and Nicola Bendrey
Monica Halligan, Eugenia Weston, Kristina Goldberg and Jeff Fetzer
Nana Fischer, KC Mussman, Frida Aradottir, Daniella Milton, Christina Smith
Richard Redlefsen, April Chaney and Daniela Pop
Victor Castillo and Abby Clawson_
Stephen M Kelley and Anna Stachow
Stacey Alfano, Vanessa Dionne and Deb Milley
Shelby Smith, Cindy Escalante and Christina Smith
Tim, Mike, Nikki, Jeong
Tegan Taylor, David DeLeon and Melissa Sandora
Allen Goldman. Deb Milley, Michael DeVellis and TPG Team
On January 10 in Hollywood, the team at pro makeup artist favorite, Skindinavia, once again kicked off the biggest weekend in makeup artistry with their Skindinavia Celebrates Pro LA event! The party, which annually falls on the eve of the Make Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS) hosted more than 150 of the industry’s most talented makeup artist, hairstylists and industry insiders for what has become the pre-party of the year.
Hosted by Skindinavia founder, Allen Goldman and Director of Brand Development Deb Milley, the event brings together the MUAHS nominees along with the makeup artist membership of the Local 706 to celebrate their pro community in grand style in advance of the most important night in makeup. Attendees of this year’s event were treated to Continue reading →
How long have you been Department Head on SNL? Ive been Department Head at for the past 25 years. It’s so crazy to think about it seems like yesterday I was doing my first show. I still get butterflies in my belly when the band starts playing the music during warm up.
How has working on SNL changed the most over all those years? It has changed drastically. With the switch to HD it all had to change. The colors we used became more vivid. Every little thing showed. With prosthetics it really made a difference painting and application had to change. Before HD if there was a little edge you couldn’t see it but in the HD world everything had to be film quality.
This season I’ve started to do a lot more 3-D printing and 3-D scanning. In the past if we had to build a prosthetic for a host or cast member we would do a lifecast. But now I have every host Come in on a Tuesday and I scanned them just to be prepared in case.
How does 3D printing effect the process? In the past if the host needed a prosthetic I would not get them in for a life cast until Thursday afternoon or end of day. But now because we have our 3-D printers and 3-D scanners I have the host come in on Tuesday do a head scan which takes about 10 minutes and then print their head overnight so that if I have to read through on Wednesday I need it I have it and it’s ready to go.
How did you come to work on Hillbilly Elegy? A wonderful producer I worked for on My Sister’s Keeper called me and asked if I was available. My pal Patrica Dehaney and Amy Adam’s makeup artist Kate Biscoe put together a shortlist of people they thought would be good for the film, and I was chosen for the project. Very exciting!
The story revolves around a family who don’t necessarily take great care of themselves physically, Mamaw is a heavy smoker, Bev is a drug user, they are poor and presumably don’t eat healthily. How do you reflect their lifestyle through makeup design?
I knew that skin texture plays a part in reflecting lifestyle. Matthew Mungle created the prosthetics and did the initial test on Glenn so I had a template. After our makeup tests with cameras and lighting I knew I needed to pump up the details. Matthew liked what I did with Glenn and I adjusted as each lighting scenario changed. Mamaw was in the sun and was a smoker and a high stress lifestyle. Patty and I made sure we could see that; the rest was Glenn’s amazing performance.
Amy has beautiful skin with fine pores (and so does Glenn). I worked with Dave Anderson of AFX to create two Continue reading →
How did you come to write 100 Days of Gratitude? In January of 2018, I started reflecting on my life, and had deep gratitude for all the seen and unseen blessings. For years, I felt like something was in my heart that needed to get out and three books flowed out of me that year, the first one being, ‘A 100 Days of Gratitude’.
How long did it take to write and what was your process like? I worked on it daily for about four months. It took one month to edit, and then I sent it to my editor. Keep in mind, I was working on three books simultaneously. I sat on it for over a year and then 2020 unearthed a perfect storm and then my “Guides” said, release it NOW.
How does the book serve the reader in their discovery of Gratitude? The book is intended to just plant a seed about Continue reading →
When and why did you decide to write Assisting Rules? It was a few years after an assistant had ruined a client relationship I had, stole images, and passed them off as hers. Adding insult to injury she wound working with them. To this day I still have no clue what she said. I was still so hurt by the whole thing and I realized there wasn’t anything explaining the rules of assisting, nothing just a few blog posts. I began to write comprehensive assisting articles on my blog and noticed how they took off. When I noticed that my blogpost had been rewritten in several languages, I knew I was on to an audience who desperately wanted to know more about assisting. I thought if we all understood the role and those unwritten rules may be less assistants would be prone to backstabbing (well probably not her lol). I live by that Oprah saying, “When you know better, you do better.”
Although it is focused on assisting there are so many great areas of focus in the book. What are one or two of the most important other parts of the book to you? Oh boy, there are so many things in there. Research, which is really the first half of the book. I am a huge pusher of research. Getting the reader to pinpoint what they want and to focus on it constructively. Teaching people to research and to understand and decipher what they are looking at, and then applying them to their career goals is a priceless tool. Those skills carry over to every area of our lives when we want something. When you become informed the better chances you will have at not wasting your time and getting what you want. I have people who are not even in our field who have followed me on YouTube who have purchased Assisting Rules, and write to me it has helped them in their career goals-ain’t that something?!
The book has become a must-read in the pro makeup and hairstyling realms. Why do you think it has been so well received? So many have told me the book is relatable. Many find the layout extremely easy to follow. I give real world explanation and situations, so it is easy for everyone to Continue reading →
Congratulations to the nominees of the 8th Annual – The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS). The awards program celebrates the outstanding achievements in makeup and hairstyling in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater in twenty one categories. All winners will be announce at the reimagined virtual gala on Saturday, April 3, 2021 which will be broadcast internationally. Tickets to the event are free to all who register.
This year will also celebrate the distinguished careers of Matthew Mungle, Oscar and Emmy winning makeup artist, and Terry Baliel, Emmy winning hair stylist, who will both receive the Continue reading →