1.When did you discover your love of makeup?
I’ve always been quite artistic, but never the best painter, the best photographer etc etc. Something about makeup just clicks with me. Ever since I was about 13 – I knew that this was something I wanted.
2.Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! From people’s faces on the street, different collections from my favourite designers. Things like Pinterest and Instagram have made it so much easier to gather information and images; if I’m ever feeling a bit uninspired I jump on one of those platforms and start scrolling.
3.What is your most memorable project you have ever worked on?
WHORE of course! I have had so much fun working with everyone involved, and I have become really passionate about the story behind the play. It is amazing to watch, and be a part of the transformation of the 6 different characters.
4.What is your go to product? The most essential item in your kit?
Probably a really good primer. I will never do a makeup without first properly prepping the skin. My favourite at the moment is a mixture of MAC Strobe Cream and Prep + Prime Natural Radiance.
5.Have you worked on other shows with charlatan clinic before?
Yes – I was involved with the WHORE project from the first show. It has been such a privilege to carry on with this play. Whore has a big future and I would love to continue to be a part of it.
6.Who would you really like to work with – name anyone?
I would love to assist or collaborate with Yolanda Bartram – a VERY talented body painter who runs Body FX. Body painting is a real passion of mine and Yolanda is one of the best.
7.What is the most important lesson you have learnt working with models/talent?
I think that it is really important to understand that you must be willing to step above and beyond your job description. You hold up towels while models are getting changed, you help photographers carry equipment, you spend hours cleaning brushes and stations, you stand in the pouring rain holding up umbrellas, you are a confident with the talent. However these are some of my favourite scenarios, because they make you feel a part of something bigger.
8.Do you have a favourite makeup or skincare brand ?
MAC is definately one of my favourite brands, because they are essentially made for makeup artists. But I do have a secret obsession with brands like Benefit and The Balm – the packaging is to die for!
9.What is your dream location to film/shoot?
Somewhere wild and crazy like.. on top of the Remarkables in winter, or in the middle of a desert.
10.What makes you smile?
Watching someones face as they look at themselves in the mirror after they have had their makeup done (or rather done well). Making people feel beautiful is the most rewarding aspect of what I do.
Media Release: charlatan clinic
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
charlatan clinic’s confronting new work ‘Whore’ in collaboration with Printable Reality, begins 29 May performing at Lifewise Merge Cafe in Karangahape Road, Ponsonby.
‘Whore’ delves into the lives of six characters (‘Rent boy’, ‘Refugee’, ‘Illegal migrant’, ‘Married woman’, ‘Underage sex worker’ and ‘Transgender’) played by Lee Ah Yen Faatoia, Rebecca Parr and Geraldine Creff, who have written about their experience on the charlatan clinic blog.
Fergusson has met with Auckland sex workers and conducted interviews to gain insight and understanding, for the purpose of honest storytelling. She is fascinated why society think ‘Whore’ is a dirty word. Fergusson says “Sex work is heavily stigmatised and misunderstood in society. Hopefully my play brings truth, and challenges perception.”
Lifewise Merge Cafe will be converted into an intimate theatre space, seating up to 60 people per show. There will also be a photo gallery of the making of ‘Whore’, and audio interviews about sex work at the venue.
‘Whore’ is proudly supported and sponsored by Lifewise, Splice, Printable Reality, NZ Stage, The Makeup School, Paper Bag Princess, NZPC and Four Eyes Media.
Tickets $10 – Door Sales Only
‘Whore’ season runs 29 May – 1 June @8pm, Lifewise Merge Cafe, 453 Karangahape Road, Ponsonby.
charlatan clinic’s dramatic new work, ‘salt’ begins Wednesday, 13 November at The Williamson, upstairs in The Private Meeting Room in Ponsonby. The season runs until Saturday 16 November.
‘Henry lives at home with his Mother and is besotted with Lilly. He has been secretly stalking Lilly for 2 years, when they finally met face-to-face and spend 7 hours together, one Friday afternoon. Love meets obsession.’
‘charlatan clinic’ have introduced tweet seats and tweet reviews for their event #projectsalt.
Fergusson has recently been interviewed by Justin Gregory for ‘Arts on Sunday’ broadcasting on 3 November, focussing on the social media engagement for the project and the interactive love questionnaire.
The cast of ‘salt’ playing Henry (Coen Falke) and Lilly (Jess Holly Bates) have both blogged about their characters and #projectsalt journey on the charlatan clinic blog.
The Williamson Private Meeting Room is an alternative space that has being transformed into an intimate theatrical experience, seating up to 60 patrons per show.
‘salt’ is proudly sponsored by Foxes Island Wine, Tokyo Food, Tokyo Liquor, NZ Stage, The Makeup School, Vixen Vintage Boutique, Lucid Collective, The Williamson, Barefoot Casting and Bianca Fallon Media Makeup.