ON SET Denise Tunnell + Janice Tunnell + Step Up: High Water

You are not only sisters – but twins. What led you both to a career in makeup?
Janice Tunnell: To keep the story short, I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I never thought about a career in makeup, however, I always liked makeup and applying makeup. I wrote a business plan for an accessories boutique. I wanted to have a makeup counter in the boutique where I would sell my own cosmetic line. At that time, in the state of Maryland, where we are from, you had to have a license in makeup to
do something like that. So that’s what I did; I went to school to get a license. Before I graduated from the program, I began to think of makeup as a career. From there, I worked on independent films, local public affairs TV, commercial, and corporate video.

Denise Tunnell: I developed an interest in skincare and decided to explore that route. After my sister completed her makeup program, she started to try and get me more
interested in makeup. One thing led to another, and here we are 20 years later.

How many projects have you worked on together?
Denise: Tons! We’ve worked on at least 28 projects together; 13 shows where we were both on the makeup team and 15 where we’ve worked as department head and key.

How did you come to work on Step Up: High Water?
Denise: I received a call from a production coordinator that I had just finished working with on another project. She asked if I was available and wanted me to >> Pickup the Spring 2018 issue to see the complete interview with Denise and Janice Tunnell