Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick is best known for being a part of the Kat Von D Beauty Artistry Collective and can often be found educating for Kat Von D beauty at events and trade shows worldwide. The youngest of the collective Kelsey, (who is only 22) studied makeup in her home town of Vancouver, Canada. Kelsey has made a name for herself as a professional makeup artist with a distinctive avant garde style, her work demonstrates an abstract use of texture and colour. We were lucky enough to get to know Kelsey a little better at this years IMATs London...
When did you know you wanted to become a makeup artist?
A lot of things sparked my interest, but I knew for sure there was no freaking way I wanted to do anything else after a job shadowing a makeup artist on a small film set for a day, while in highschool. It was emotional for me because I really struggled in school and I finally felt like there was a job out there for me.
Which 5 items could you not live without in your makeup kit?
Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Palette
Kat Von D Beauty Translucent Setting Powder
Milk Makeup Face Gloss
Hourglass Brow Gels
Which iconic makeup / sfx look do you admire? And why?
There are too many to name, but the first one that pops into my head is Pale Man from Pans Labyrinth. I can only imagine how technically challenging it would have been to execute, and that perfect coexistence of something so beautiful and horrific was so powerful and what I aspire to in most of my own work.
What is your top tip for starting out in the industry?
Practice, practice, practice, and put your work out there however you can. Even if there is no industry where you live, you’ve got nothing to lose from bettering your craft and making a name for yourself in the meantime.
Photo credits - photographer @laurabaldwinson , hair @taniabecker, model @sierra_holmes_ (makeup by Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick)
What is your life mantra?
Doing our best is the least we can do
What do you feel is your greatest achievement to date?
Having the opportunity to do Kat’s makeup for the Kat Von D Beauty 10 year anniversary video was very special.
What’s your favourite film makeup and why?
That’s incredibly hard, I have many many favourites (I draw the majority of my inspiration from immersing myself in film), but one that particularly touched my heart was Edith’s makeup progression in Crimson Peak, as she is slowly poisoned throughout the film. The subtleties of it just take my breath away. The looks created for the entire film are very inspiring.
If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
To see dinosaurs, without a doubt.
What were you doing this time yesterday?
(All images courtesy of @kelseyannaf via Instagram)
If you want to learn more about Kelseyann and the rest of the Collective click here and head to the Kat Von D Beauty channel below!
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!
As you probably know, the makeup application is only the final step in a very long process, from the design element, sculpting, moulding, prepaint, costume... etc. etc. It takes a long old time to create a character makeup. So we asked the overly talented Ruth Parry if she would be kind enough to tell us more about her Draenai Warrior.
We have been lucky enough to have Ruth demo for us a few times now and she never fails to impress with her intricate looks and comprehensive preparation. Enjoy a behind the scenes peek into Ruth's makeup below!
And don't forget to follow Ruth and Amber (who created the INSANE costume) on Instagram to stay updated with all their latest projects. @Ruthparrymua @theforgottenimp