Featured MUA: Laura Viana



"I have been makeup artist and makeup supervisor on some of the most high profile TV dramas of recent times."

Can you tell us what makes you a good fit for this particular makeup artist position with the competition being so tough?

I came 6th place in the UK Semi finalist L'Oreal International Brush Contest. I have worked on the first & second season of 'Da Vinci's Demons', written and directed by David S Goyer and shown in over 120 countries. Also the film 'Fantastic Beasts & where to find them' for Warner Brothers, Poldark for BBC and programmes for Sky Atlantic and Fox, in the UK & abroad. My portfolio also includes: commercials, music videos, photo shoots & magazines with many of the world's top companies, including: McDonald's, Nintendo, Renault, Vodafone, Microsoft, Suzuki, KFC and many more. She has worked with some of the best photographers from all over the world, including: New York, LA, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Portugal. I have 23 years experience also.

Why did you choose this profession?

I trained at the London College of Fashion as it was a very prestigious course, and to be a makeup artist was a very glamorous occupation.

What are the biggest challenge makeup artists have to face?

Working in all weather, even snow and you still have to keep positive and professional.

If a customer asks for a style that you are sure would not suit them, how do you convince the customer to go otherwise?

I would explain why, showing examples of my previous work.

How do you prepare dry and oily skin for foundation makeup application?

Dry skin, I would normally use a good hydrating moisturiser, after cleansing and toning with the appropriate products, and a separate eye cream. If really dry I have a dermalogica mild exfoliator that I would use. Oily skin, I would take excess oil away by cleansing, toning and a light moisturiser, and again with the eye cream. I would also use a primer before the foundation.

Do you have any experience in cosmetic retails?

Yes for MAC in 2004 but sales are not for me, as I found that I couldn't pressure a customer into buying 4/5/6 products that they didn't need, or that weren't the best for the customer.

Tell us about your experience as a makeup artist?

I'm a trained hairdresser and with particular expertise in prosthetics, and I have been makeup artist and makeup supervisor on some of the most high profile TV dramas of recent times, including multi-award-winning period shows like ‘Crimson Petal and the White’, ‘Home Fires’ and ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’. Now chiefing the makeup department, my expertise across all areas of hair and makeup as well as managing and supervising. I have also been a part-time lecturer at Birmingham University teaching the degree students.

Name some you have covered?

BAFTA Film awards, ELLE Fashion Awards.

What is the difference between applying makeup for a TV shoot and applying makeup for a live appearance party?

Sometimes, the hair or or makeup for a tv shoot can be way more complex than anyone would have in real life, so taking longer as its more specialised. It can be a period hair style, or a full body burn or cut.

How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs?

Every day, or after each person depending on how busy I have been. I have brought out my own range of solid brush cleaner, that I use to clean my brushes at the end of the day. I am also in the process of bringing out my own brush range.

How do you determine a client’s undertone before you decide what makeup technique to use?

I quickly look over the clients whole face, and neck area, to determine which is the predominant colour, if it has cool or warm tones, then check the colour before applying.

Tell us your most memorable experience so far?

Working for Australian Magazine, Cleo on location in Portugal, for the International coverage of the Surfing championships. Amazing time, with the feature editor of the mag, the female surfers and making the girls up on the beach for a week. Fantastic time and was put up in an amazing hotel.

Booking Information:

Email: hlaurabernice@gmail.com

Imgrum: http://www.imgrum.net/user/lauravianadasilva/27535798

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