Eryn won her first Emmy for The Normal Heart, two for American Horror Story for the non-prosthetic and prosthetic categories. She has received 25 Emmy Nominations for outstanding achievement in makeup, prosthetic and non-prosthetic, as well as 6 nominations from the Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Awards. Currently, she is the department head for FX’s anthology, American Horror Story.
Join us as we get to know her a little better...
1. When did you know you wanted to become a makeup artist?
I think I realised I truly wanted to do makeup after seeing a double feature of "American Werewolf in London" and "The Thing" when I was 14. I started out in makeup effects shops and taught myself beauty through books and videos. I loved monsters since I was about 7 years old though and did little makeups on myself. I've always been a fan girl.
2. Which 5 items could you not live without in your makeup kit?
A. Senna Cheekie in Uplift to highlight the top of the cheekbone; very youthful.
B. NYX ombré blushes
C. Senna Ray of Light perfecting concealer
D. Besame lipsticks; my favourite colour is Victory Red
E. Le Maquillage Professional Grande palette; Jan Sewell turned me into it when I was in London last year. It's the first thing I pick up with a new actor lands in my chair.
3. Which iconic makeup / sfx look do you admire? And why?
Oh there are so many; the Jack makeup from "American Werewolf in London" by Rick Baker, Tilda Swindon in "Grand Budapest Hotel" by Mark Coulier, Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean" by Ve Neill (anything by Ve), the entire look of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" by Greg Cannom, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon in "Witches of Eastwick". I can go on and on. Some are glamour and some are horrific. I find inspiration in everything! I really love character makeup.
4. What is your top tip for starting out in the industry?
Be open to any kind of job, whether you get paid or not. You never know where it's going to lead.
5. What is your life mantra?
I always try to remember to have my priorities straight; what is most important is health and safety of your team members. There is never any need to get stressed out about makeup.
6. What do you feel is your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement is still working after 30 years!
7. What’s your favourite film and why?
It's a toss-up between "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Star Wars". I think both of them really appealed to me when I was young. I was a tomboy and really thought I was a combination of Indiana Jones and Luke Skywalker.
8. If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I think I would probably go back in time to 1950's. I'd love to see how my parents lived.
9. What were you doing this time yesterday?
I'm currently working on a 30th anniversary demo for Monsterpalooza of "The Lost Boys"- another favourite of mine. I'm making costumes for it, so I've been pouring over research pictures and recreating those looks; it's been so much fun!
Emmy Award-winning makeup artist, monster maker, mad scientist and now author, Steve Johnson is renowned for his contribution to the SFX industry throughout the years. His recent book, Rubberhead: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX was published in 2017 and chronicles his legendary career in film and TV. Johnson’s company, XFX, did make-up effects for more than 200 films, countless TV shows, commercials and music videos. His film credits include The Abyss, Ghostbusters, Bicentennial Man, Species and Spider-Man 2. Steve was kind enough to answer a few burning questions we had for him about the upcoming release of the second instalment of the Rubberhead Books.
If you haven’t already seen the robotic beauty that Birmingham based collective, Father Phantom Studios debuted at IMATs London, where have you been?!
Made up of the super talented Ben and Laura, who specialise in creating SFX makeup and collectables from their studio, in the trendy Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. We were lucky enough to be joined by them and Titanic FX to demo their newest creation. As we are always intrigued to find out more about design and the creation process behind the makeups, we dropped them a few questions. Read all about this stunning creation below!