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World travelling, north of the 49th living, Caribbean born, Barcelona dreaming makeup artist. A motionless perpetual motion machine.
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Setting The Tone


At The Hotel

When I first started out in film/tv I was fortunate enough to work with some good people on a few features. As an assistant I had the best of both worlds, I got to work on some cool projects, meet some wonderful people, and build my resume. Later, as I started keying, my resume became filled with more serial and episodic credits than features.

The past 5 years has been filled a wealth of fun shows giving me a chance to flex some old muscle makeup-wise, recently finishing a cool series before heading off to do a lovely indie feature before stepping right back into a series.

The feature is a lovely story of a Native family set in and just outside of Toronto. Some great people, a cool director, and a chance to do something a little more gritty.

Part of the fun for me is creating characters via little makeup choices. When we did At The Hotel, we created a makeup profile for each character, deciding what type of products we felt each character would use and how they would use them. Sometimes it's a subtle thing such as the way the Key, Shauna, decided Trey Anthony would have a different nail polish look for each episode of da Kink In My Hair, or how we gave Rutina very little makeup for her character on How She Move in contrast to some of the other characters.

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Rutina Wesley, How She Move


At other times it is much more overt such as the way Helen Hughes' character on Puppets Who Kill (below) always had crooked overdrawn lips and liner, very arched eyebrows, waaay too much blush, and a different hair and makeup period look for each scene to show she was a little...ahem...askew. People shouldn't always look as though they have a professional makeup artist doing their makeup for them every morning. Sometimes I have to remember to let go of my ego and let people look dishevelled or "unpolished" and have fun with that. This, of course, is made easy by great actors who embrace the quirks and oddities of their wonderful characters.

Helen Hughes, Puppets Who Kill
Helen Hughes, Puppets Who Kill


Makeup can be a subtle hint, or it can be as defining as Ryan's green body makeup when he had his hulking out vision.

Almost Heroes


For Empire I get to play a little with a couple of looks, do a few fx. I just love the way makeup helps to set the tone, tell a story, or give clues to what is happening with a character.



the Listener, season 3


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