ON SET: LINDA DOWDS + THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

How did you come to work on The Eyes of Tammy Faye?
Jessica Chastain asked for me — we have collaborated on 15 projects and I feel very fortunate that we do so well together. She always chooses such interesting characters to play, and from my perspective, that allows me to be constantly challenged as an artist.

What sort of research did you do?
One of the first things I did was watch The Eyes of Tammy Faye documentary. I also pulled from TV interviews, vintage magazines, vintage photos, and albums from eBay — the album covers were particularly useful, as they provided period color reference and showed how Jim and Tammy looked during specific years of their life. I created boards with Continue reading

SEEN: WORLD BODYPAINTING FESTIVAL

In 2020, due to the pandemic and for the first time in its more than two decade history, The World Bodypainting Festival live program had to be cancelled. But not being one for sitting on the sidelines waiting to be able to join together again in person, the program’s founder Alex Barendregt decided to go online with the event. The virtual event was a great success and while the 2021 event was originally planned to go live again in Klagenfurt, Austria, the ongoing pandemici ssues made this impossible so Alex once again went onlinew ith the program with an even more spectacular programt hat the first virtual program.

This will mark the second year that the World
Bodypainting Festival has been held virtually. How was this year’s event received by the WBF community?

The community fully understood that we had to cancel the live event again. The response to another virtual event was incredible. They loved being able to Continue reading

INSPIRED BY: EINAT DAN

How did you get your start in makeup?
Since I remember myself as a young girl I had a passion to make art. I grew up in Israel where my mother was a fashion and bridal dress designer. We had a beauty salon, so I was always around beauty, fashion and style, I did makeup on all my friends for par ties — mostly carnival parties. I was also a dancer performing on stages and doing the makeup for my dancer friends.

After my military service in Israel, I was walking in the streets of Tel Aviv and I saw a makeup school in front of me. In the school window was incredible creative makeup and body painting photos, really masterpieces. When I saw then I knew immediately, that is Continue reading

ON SET: JANA CARBONI + SARAH TANNO + HOUSE OF GUCCI

How did you come to work on House of Gucci?
Jana Carboni: I worked for a long time with the amazing Tina Earnshaw as her key makeup artist, also on some of Ridley Scott’s films. When Ridley started to crew up for Gucci, I was asked to join them. The movie was going to be filmed on the location between Northern Italy and Rome and they were looking for some Italian fashion and glamour knowledge and they thought of me.

Sarah Tanno: I have worked with Lady Gaga since 2009. I’ve had the most wonderful opportunities to learn and expand my career because of the versatility of her artistry. Ridley Scott has been a huge inspiration in a lot of my fashion work so having the opportunity to work with him and Gaga together was sensational.

What sort of research or prep did you do for the project?
JC: I started with a massive photo reference. I went through countless photos, books, documentaries about that era and the Gucci Family, and watched films shot in those years. Together with hair designer Giuliano Mariano, we had several Continue reading

PROFILE: MIKE RUIZ

Where were you born?
Montreal, Quebec

Where do you live now?
I live in a small rural town about 15 minutes from Princeton, NJ.

What’s your sign?
I’m a Capricorn and a textbook one at that.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do specifically but I knew that I wanted to be in show business in some capacity.

How did that transpose into working in photography?
I became a photographer quite haphazardly. I didn’t set out to become one, it sort of just happened. I was working as a model/waiter for a few years when, at the age of 28, I got a camera as a gift from a very good friend of mine. Up until that point, I was just coasting, working as a model, which did take me around the world. I credit those travels for my art and cultural education.

Once I received that camera, something magical happened. It became a conduit for self-expression that I wasn’t able to tap into prior. I instantly became consumed and Continue reading

PROFILE: RACHEL GOODWIN

Where were you born?
Smithtown, Long Island.

Where do you live now?
Smack dab in the center of Hollywood, California.

What’s your sign?
I am a double Scorpio with a Libra moon, so basically I’ve got mystery and beauty running through my veins LOL!

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I had a moment around 10 when I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian because I love animals so much, but then lost interest the minute I heard the words makeup artist at 14.

How did that transpose into makeup artistry?
They don’t seem to overlap but I did make myself into my cat Lou Lou in my very first makeup class. It was a stage makeup class at my community college and they had us bring Continue reading

PROFILE: SHARON MARTIN

Where were you born?
I was born in Jamaica.

Where do you live now?
London, England.

What’s your sign?
I was born under the sign of Sagittarius.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger, I did want to be a makeup artist. I am not from the background where this was seen as a good job in my family. There was no career advice available to me at the time, but I loved reading magazines and looking at the models. When
I saw a makeup artist at work on a photo shoot one day as I was making my way home from secondary school, the image of seeing the makeup artist with a large palette applying lipstick to the model was very exciting, and brought to life the pictures I
had seen in my mother’s fashion magazines.

How did that transpose into a working in makeup?
I started out working in the theatre, and later transferred to television and films. Following my training, I was a trainee in the theatre. My first project was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the star was Jason Donovan. My duties were to Continue reading

PROFILE: ALEX BOX

Where were you born?
Grimsby, UK.

Where do you live now?
The Cotswolds.

What’s your sign?
Cancer.

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