ON SET: Heba Thorisdottir + Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

You’ve worked with Quentin Tarantino for more than a decade and designed the makeup for The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill Vol.1 & 2. How did you start working together?
We met through a mutual friend, Julie Dreyfus, while he was writing Pulp Fiction. Then he seemed to be in every restaurant in Hollywood that I went to, and we would say hi. A couple of years later, Julie and I went to visit the set of Jackie Brown, and it was so much fun! I told Quentin when we left that I wanted to work on his next film, and I did not care if I was sweeping floors! He called me six years later and told me he was ready to do his film and reminded me that I had offered to sweep his floors. But I would not need to, instead I was going to department head Kill Bill.

With your history, how does the process of working on a Tarantino film differ from working with other directors?
No matter how well you know him, you never just relax – he gives 250% and I do not want to give him less. But, of course, you do develop a shorthand and understanding that is helpful. He also starts having screenings of films that are nspiring him way before we start shooting. It glues everyone together and makes it easy to talk to people and work together.

What was your makeup design process like for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood?
Quentin is not traditional, and for some of the actors he preferred their iconic looks rather than the correct time period. It is his love story to Hollywood, his hometown, and how he remembers it. As soon as I started prep, the first thing I did was go with Janine Rath-Thompson, the hair department head, and visit costume designer, Arianne Phillips. She had been on the film for Continue reading


The iconic Lady Gaga know not only for her musical talent but also pushing the boundaries in fashion has now delved into the beauty world, and rightly so with Haus Laboratories. Launching this Summer, at Haus Laboratories they say “beauty is how you see your self”. The beauty line made with Gaga’s longtime makeup artist Sarah Tanno, includes RIP Lip Liner, Le Riot Lip Gloss, Glam Attack, a liquid-to-powder shimmer, each available in six shades.

With this new line, Lady Gaga, wanted to create a line that’s not only life-altering, but create products that are multi-use, like the RIP Lip Liner, and Glam Attack, a shadow without fallout, that can also be used as a highlighter.  We can’t wait to get our hands on these products and check out the versatility of the entire beauty line.

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How did you get your start in makeup?
I went to college for theater at Florida State, and during my senior year a man came down from Broadway to show me how to do beards and quick wig changes. That is when I realized how much more fun it would be to help create the world with other creatives than just bringing one character to life. I graduated, went to hair school where I learned weave, braids, and minimal wigs, then went to Los Angeles to learn character and prosthetic makeup. Growing up a book worm, I was always kind of let down by the movie versions of books. But now I get it. What a challenge to be tasked with bringing a world to life and hoping people like it.

You also Department Head Stranger Things. Was there any overlap in shooting schedules?
From the get-go, I told them I might have to leave at the end for the third season of Stranger Things. I pitched my key, Heidi Pakdel, to take over if that were the case. Natasha Lyonne was fine with it so long as everything was designed, prepped, and ready to go.

What was the makeup inspiration for Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) in Russian Doll?
We knew we were going for a grungy, messy kind of smoky eye with her character. I pulled some smoky favorites of Natasha from events that she and I both liked and played with it for a little bit. I made a modern day Debbie Harry funky shape for her Continue reading


What is The Arcanum?
The Arcanum is a photo exhibit. The actual framed exhibit is 26 images, but I’ve created a complete deck of 52 playing cards to go along with the large formate images in the exhibit. I’ve printed a limited edition box set of the playing cards that can be purchased, as well as a limited edition set of scented candles. Balance Packaging did the printing and packaging with me and they did a stellar job.

Why did you create the project?
I created The Arcanum so that I could have a platform to put a unique level of purpose and meaning to my art while also creating an opportunity to showcase my hair, makeup, styling, photography, graphic design and packaging concepts.

How did you come up with the idea?
I have a friend who collects playing cards. He has so many different kinds of beautiful playing cards and tarot cards. I knew I wanted to do an exhibit but I didn’t want to do a typical book as a takeaway. I started doing a lot of research and it all just manifested from the idea that we Continue reading


We are excited to share this interview with one of The Powder Group’s, The Artist Summit 2019 presenter Raisa Flowers! We are inspired by the colorful, creative artist of Raisa, who gave us an insight into how she got her start in the beauty industry, what she considers her most memorable work, challenges, signature style and much more. Check out the full interview below and get more information on the 2019 Artist Summit at www.theartistsummit.com

Where were you born?
Mt. Vernon, NY

Where do you live now?
I still live in Mt. Vernon actually! I have lived in Brooklyn at some points of my life, but honestly with the quality of home I want to have, my space has to be to a high standard. Where I live is so chill. It’s just the vibe that I am on. But hopefully I will be in Harlem or back in Brooklyn again soon.

What’s your sign?
I am an Aquarius. The best sign ever 🙂

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an artist, but I was told it wasn’t realistic. They were wrong. Then I wanted to be a doctor, a chef and a fashion designer! I had big dreams when I was younger, and still do.

How did that transpose into makeup artistry?
Makeup gave me the ability to express myself in many ways. Especially after being told Continue reading


Vincent Oquendo, one of our many talented and inspiring presenters at the upcoming The Powder Group’s program Industry Intensive: Latina Beauty Now.  Check out our interview with Vincent below! Get details and register for the Industry Intensive: Latina Beauty Now program here .

What do you find most exciting about working in makeup at this time in the industry?
I think there is a lot of change happening right now globally in every aspect of our society. When societal change has happened historically – the Renaissance, the jazz era, the Harlem Renaissance – we have seen a surge in art and creativity. With all the energetic change right now, we are seeing beauty become more expressive with the use of color, texture, glitter – all types of makeup.

Also, I feel like this new generation, Gen Z is sort of redefining what beauty is and it’s very inspiring, because you find boundaries being pushed constantly. Even if I look at some of my roster of clients that I have worked with like Winnie Harlow, Ashley Graham, India Moore and Leyna Bloom – these are all people who are changing what we see as beautiful. It’s very exciting.

Do you have a personal style of artistry and if so, how would you define it?
I think I’m know for really fitting the look to that of my client – not really ever making it about the Continue reading


What sort of research and preparation did you do for Fosse/Verdon?
With five decades of research to do, the prep and research never stopped. I bought the Sam Wasson Fosse book that this mini-series is based on, but I had many other books on Broadway musicals and DVD’s of Bob Fosse’s films to watch. I also had access to Bob and Gwen’s daughter, Nicole Fosse, who allowed us into the Fosse/Verdon Legacy Archives. I had to research all his musical numbers that we had to duplicate and mimic the looks exactly. And the actual producers, writers, composers, pianists and others that were with Bob on each project. All of the background extras that needed to be period specific from 1940-1987, every daytime and evening beauty makeup for each time period and mustache and sideburn length for the men. I had six weeks of prep prior to shooting but continued my research every day during the six months of shooting. I left no stone unturned. I would email detailed information to every makeup artist with reference photos and specific makeup to use for each era.

How large was your makeup team?
As you can imagine, I needed a huge team. I was the makeup designer. Department Head was Blair Aycock, Key was Dave Presto, Personal to Michelle Williams was Jackie Risotto, background makeup supervisors were Sherri Laurence and Nicky Illum Pattison, Art Sakamoto made the teeth for Michelle Williams, Vincent Van Dyke did the prosthetics for Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. Plus an amazing team of additional background artists.

How did you go about researching the looks for the Fosse dancers through the years?
The costume designers, Melissa Toth and Joseph La Courte, and Abby in the art department were instrumental in helping me get the research I needed for the musical numbers. Along with watching many Youtube videos and going to see musicals like Chicago, many of the dancers who have studied or worked with Bob Fosse were helpful as well. It was a group effort in every way. Once the costumes and the wigs that Christopher Fulton designed were on, everything came together beautifully. Filming the musical numbers were some of my favorite moments during the whole shoot.

What was the design process like?
Every actor, dancer and background artist who went in front of the camera had a fitting. I assigned a specific look based on the year they were a part of and the character they portrayed. I had reference photos of the real person they might be portraying and photos of makeups/facial hair for that specific time period. I then assigned an artist to that actor and it all came together, every morning. Some mustaches and sideburns were lace backed, but a majority were hand-layed. Every day was a unique challenge. Not to mention aging Sam Rockwell and Continue reading