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UMAe - Neal Scanlan, Ruth Parry and Richard Redlefsen

by Alice Lennon
UMAe - Neal Scanlan, Ruth Parry and Richard Redlefsen
For those of you who don’t know about UMAe (United Makeup Artists Expo), it is a makeup show catering to professional artists from every aspect of the industry, offering guest speakers and some absolutely wonderful brands. It is always so lovely to catch up with everyone and see what the show has to offer. We decided to make our official debut at UMAe this year, and of course we want to fill all of you in on the highlights of our weekend.


The headline act was a sensational Q&A with Neal Scanlan curated by Stuart bray.  Neal, who is an Oscar winning creature and special effects makeup artist is best known for his work on Star Wars. The talk created an amazing insight into the expansive range of aliens, monsters and creatures that Neal conceived and constructed. If you missed the talk, you can grab a sneak peek into the craft and genius behind the creatures in the video below.


We were fortunate enough to host Ruth Parry on our booth, who perfectly executed an undead makeup which she designed, sculpted, moulded and applied. The pieces were pre-coloured and then finished using Skin Illustrator on the day. Custom-made lenses from Eyeworks For Film Ltd completed this beautiful piece of work.


If you did attend then there is no way you would have missed Richard Redlefsen’s version of The Child Catcher. Partly because of the pathway of destruction left behind as people ran away from him. This was superbly executed, creepy and fantastic all at the same time.

The week following UMAe we were fortunate enough to introduce Richard to some makeup schools in London including: Delamar, Brushstrokes, West Thames and The London School of Media Makeup. The lucky students got to experience Richard demonstrate the use and application of silicone pieces made by Studio Sangeet as part of an amazing casualty makeup. Richard has worked on Star Trek, Batman Vs Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean and most recently was a key Makeup Artist on the new series on Twin Peaks.

If you couldn't make it then we hope to see you there next year. A special thanks to Vermillion FX, Tattooed Now, Ruth Parry, Richard Redlefsen, David Stoneman, Chris McGowan and everyone else who had a hand in making this a great weekend.