1. When did you discover your love of makeup?
I first discovered makeup when I was about 5yrs old using my barbie’s makeup to experiment. My sister was the first person to expose me to SPFX makeup by sneakily letting me watch “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. However I have to admit I feel in love with makeup when watching some of my family members create characters for different dress-up parties e.g. a Hookah-Smoking caterpillar and/or Sonic the Hedgehog. I mean how cool is that?
2. Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspired by films, literature, music, art and nature. Anything that intrigues me really, usually material from the past and present, to create something unique yet relevant.
3. Your most memorable project?
This would have to be my first body art work I did earlier this year: Te Pō. The concept and design was inspired by artwork of my late grandfather, and the story of Māui and Hine-nui-te-pō. Model: Olivia Muru.
4. What is your go-to product in your kit?
Definitely my Studio Concealer and Correction Palette. Generally I only use the concealer where needed, rather than apply foundation all over the talent/model’s face.
5. Have you worked on other projects for ‘charlatan clinic’?
My first experience with ‘charlatan clinic’ was recently on their short film “Illegal Migrant”. I instantly connected with the WHORE team (cast/crew) and have been asked to collaborate on media photo shoots and further films in 2015!
6. Who would you love to work with – name anyone?
Quentin Tarantino. I have been fascinated with his films and SPFX since my sister let me watch Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 a few years ago!
7. What is the biggest lesson that you have learnt so far working with talent/models?
They aren’t just canvases, but human beings who have feelings and needs – such as a cup of coffee or a quick loo break, when they only have half their makeup done! You need to be professional and empathetic.
8. What is your favourite makeup or skincare brand?
The Body Shop. There’s something for everyone and it’s affordable. You need to really look after your skin because it’s (an asset) the base to great makeup application.
9. What’s your dream location to film/shoot?
Ideally next to some rock pools at a beach or in remote bush somewhere, off the beaten track.
10) What makes you smile?
Connecting with other people in a genuine way. Crossing paths with others knowing that somewhere along the way you have changed people’s lives in a positive way and/or vice versa.