Tuesday 18 October 2011

artist showcase #3

Missed a week out while I was at Elliott's, but fear not, the artist showcase is still here! This week I've got something slightly different for you - a make up artist I met at the Company Casting Call, who goes by the name Ivory Loveust.

1. Can you give us a little bit of your background?
I've been working as a freelance makeup artist for just over a year now; i'm currently completing a VTCT degree in fashion and photographic makeup at Edinburgh's Telford College.
Once i have completed my degree i indend to train under a special effects instructor to become fully qualified in the art of SFX and modification makeup.
I started my own business: "Ivory Lovelust Makeup Artistry" last year and work with a wide variety of clients to create beautiful designs for make differing occassions: weddings, special events, proms, halloween and photoshoots. Since then i've had the joy of working on film sets, fashion shows and doing makeup for theatre productions "The Memory of Water" and "Monsters".

2. Did anything in particular make you go into your field of work?
I've always been obsessed with makeup, ever since a young age! I was the lone girl wearing false eyelashes and red lipstick to high school from the age of 15 (not the best when you attend a smartly uniformed Catholic school!) I never thoroughly considered Makeup Artistry as a true career path until last year; i was offered the opportunity to work within a vintage boutique and that ignited my love affair with the beauty industry. Since then, i've never looked back.

3. What inspires you?
Absolutely everything; it varies from colour palattes to random objects and everything in between!
I have a big soft spot for film and theatre, though, so i will often create makeup looks based around a character or idea from a music video, costume or outfit from a movie scene, fantasy creature or person depicted in film. Big favourites include the "film noir" era movies and
Right now i'm obsessed with this amazing rock musical called "Repo! The Genetic Opera!" so i've been playing around with styles and characters from that.

4. How do you work?
Naturally, i'm a complete and utter chatterbox! I like to make my clients feel relaxed and at ease so i engage them in conversation about the look they are after and what exactly they are hoping to achieve before starting with the application of any makeup. Often clients will bring me photographs or printouts of makeup designs they like so i have points of reference when i'm working, which also helps both parties achieve something beautiful! My main concern when working is to please the client and help create a gorgeous design that they will be proud to show off.

5. What's your favourite medium to work with?
I believe that as a Makeup Artist you shouldn't really limit yourself to working with only a few select products, or relying on only one makeup brand; however i do have my firm favourites. Benefit's "Dandelion" face powder makes an absolutely stunning blush and shimmer powder that is flawless when it comes to soft day to day makeup looks.
I also highly rate Revlon's "Photo finish" foundations for creating a smooth base to work with that glides onto skin beautifully.
As far as lipstick goes, in order to obtain a perfect 40's scarlet pout i place my trust in MAC's matte lipstick range; the shades Russian "Red" "Ruby Woo" and "Warm Me Up" are firm favourites both amongst myself and my clients!

6. Which piece of work are you most proud of?
I have worked with many influential people since beginning my career as a makeup artist, including famous Burlesque artists such as Millie Dollar; i love vintage style makeup and so speaking and working with style icons such as these always excite me. The shoot that we did together at the Ghillie Dhu still remains one of my firm favourites.
I worked on the set of a short horror film earlier this year entitled "Gobble", which was absolutely amazing for me. The brief i was given was "Pin-Up Zombies" so the opportunity to encompass two of my favourite things together within the one brief was astounding. Working on that gave me the itch to further my interest in special effects makeup which i am now pursuing more openly.

7. What are you upto right now (work-wise)?
In this run-up to halloween i've been getting lots of bookings for special effects makeup; so far i have been given briefs such as "Medusa" "Rob Zombie" and "A Sexy version of the doll from the Chucky movies" ... i have a big soft spot for everything spooky; the more blood, guts and gore the better as far as i'm concerned so halloween is easily my favourite time of year!
I'm also working on a short film at the end of the month to be shot in Edinburgh. It's about a boxer who goes through a personal journey within the boxing ring so will call for lots of blood, open wounds and bruising makeup, so i'm very excited for that!

8. Anything else you think we should know?
I am presently taking bookings for November and December this year, as well as next year.
I can be contacted through my email; to discuss any makeup ideas that you may have, or if you'd like to book me for any up and coming projects. My work is updated regularly on my facebook business page as well as my private tumblr account, so feel free to browse!


  1. these are beautiful!

    <3 steffy

  2. Beautiful! I love the red lips! x

  3. LOVE that last photo, might try and recreate something like that for the cosmo awards xx

  4. SO stunning. I especially love the last. x hivenn

  5. these are brilliant,
    thank you for sharing!

  6. These are lovely :) xx


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