Our Stylist Hannah has Hidden Depths
Hannah is our stylist, what she cant do with a pair of pants probably isn’t worth knowing. Efficient and with an almost inhuman attention to detail there is no one in the world we would rather entrust our studio styling needs.
Hannah has more than just style though…
A self-professed creative, Hannah is an artist. Though being a conventional artist seems to lack a certain lustre for her.
She is a Make Up Artist (MUA). So, we endeavoured to find out a little more.
How long have you been a makeup artist? And how did you get into the industry?
I’ve been a Makeup Artist for about a year. I originally studied Fine Art at university but realised it wasn’t quite for me. I knew I wanted to do something creative and I’d always loved creating elaborate makeup looks for Halloween, so I decided to do a crash course in basic makeup and discovered I really loved it. I went on to study a course in photographic makeup and hair and then went on to study Special Effects makeup for Film and TV (which I absolutely loved!).
Where do you get your inspiration?
I follow a lot of MUA’s on Instagram who I always find so inspiring. I also have Pinterest, and love using it to create mood boards for upcoming jobs. I am a massive film lover and get a lot of my ideas from those; some of my favourite films for inspiration are Blade Runner, A Clockwork Orange, Mad Max, and Full Metal Jacket.
What’s the most recent thing you worked on?
The most recent job I did was for The Home Office, they were creating some short films to help train officers on how to deal with different scenarios they may experience. For one of the shorts I had to create some self-harm wounds on an actors wrists, I used a few different SFX tools and materials, like wax, Rigid Collodian, fake blood and a bruise wheel. A lot of research went into this job as I had to find out what fresh and old scars/ wounds looked like. I haven’t yet seen the film in full, so I’m excited to see how the SFX looks on camera.
What do you love most about makeup?
I love the creativity, you don’t have to stay in the boundaries of traditional looks. My favourite makeup looks to create are SFX looks and Editorial makeup looks because you have so much more freedom. With SFX makeup you’re creating something that wasn’t there to begin with, which is always exciting.
What are common beauty mistakes people make?
I’m all about embracing different looks and expressing yourself, so I don’t believe that makeup can’t be ‘wrong’ or a ‘mistake’. As an MUA you have to adapt to different client’s needs, some looks I create I would probably do slightly differently. You can always blend more or apply a little less of something, but if they’re happy with it that is what is most important. But different types of makeup are quite transferable so can be used within a wide range of different looks. You can always learn how to improve and learn different techniques and skills. For example, Silicone can be used to create scars, as well as burns and different skin effects, so you can’t necessarily go ‘wrong’ with certain products if you know how to use them.
How do you prepare different skin types before applying make-up?
As a rule you always have to ask the client what type of skin they have before you get started and you have to be prepared for this. You don’t want to use a heavy moisturiser on someone who has quite greasy skin, as it won’t soak in properly. I always carry different products for different skin types. I usually use products for sensitive skin as they can generally be used on a wide range of skin types, you also don’t want your clients face/ body to flare up or have an allergic reaction to something. Your kit can get a quite heavy at times as you carry round a lot of different products, all the foundation/ concealer shades etc.
What’s your favourite product?
I really love Rigid Collodion, it’s usually used to create cuts or scars on the skin. I love it because it’s quite easy to use but creates great effects. You basically paint it onto the skin and around where you’ve painted it on you push the skin together, it can create great dips and dents in the skin.
What’s the most versatile product in your make up kit?
The most versatile product in my kit is probably Translucent powder (not that exciting) but very useful. It’s used to set certain products like foundations, concealers and different SFX products. Being translucent means you can use it on any skin type which I love! It means my kit is slightly less weighty.
What’s the favourite look you’ve created?
I think my favourite look was one of my very first. It was for a short film called 5%, I don’t want to spoil the film for you so I won’t say too much, but I needed to find edible blood on a very tight budget. In the end I made it, I used cocoa powder, golden syrup, water and red food dye, it turned out really well. I’m still very proud of how the makeup in the film came across.
A couple of things Hannah has worked on:
Follow her on Instagram to see her newest works @hannahbmakeupartist