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Stéphanie Orillard, Head Makeup Artist June 24, 2014

Stéphanie Orillard has worked as Head Makeup Artist on many movies, shows, video clips as well as being french singer Johnny Hallyday's personnal Makeup Artist. She joins the TV & Cinema Academy team as Adjunct Teacher.

Stéphanie Orillard, Head Makeup Artist

We need to be curious and seek, learn, observe, record, be discreet and elegant.

Stéphanie Orillard, Head Makeup Artist

June 24, 2014

Stéphanie Orillard has worked as Head Makeup Artist on many movies, shows, video clips as well as being french singer Johnny Hallyday's personnal Makeup Artist. She joins the TV & Cinema Academy team as Adjunct Teacher.

What is your first impression of our TV and Cinema Academy project?

To finally get a gathering and teaching point for and by professionals of the cinema industry.

Some MUA in USA and in Europe say that MUA are not enough recognized in the industry, do you agree?

We work in the shadows to serve a text and a performance. Our work is recognized by performers because it serves them well. This explains that very often actors request the producers to have their own Makeup Artist when filming. Our work is mainly invisible. We create a scenic body envelope based on surgical technique according to the roles and scenes to play. It is therefore difficult to judge real from fake. Only directors and actors know our absence on screen by our presence on a set. We must therefore accept this ignorance from the others and not suffer from the non-recognition. It is a gift, wisdom asks nothing in return.

What are you the most proud of in your career?

To be here, still... and to transmit.

What are the basic requirements to be a makeup artist in the movie industry?

Makeup should result in an invisible set design yet being shaped by research and keeping marks of it. For this we need to be curious and seek, learn, observe, record, be discreet and elegant. And especially having the vital need to transmit and collaborate without restraint. Ultimately, being generous.

What is the difference between a general Makeup Artist and a Cinema Makeup Artist?

The Makeup Artist is connected to the god of vine ""Dionysos"", because the actors covered their body and face with wine lees for Dionysian procession. Makeup is therefore is a representation. Showing the desire to appear. Being oneself or another. The Makeup Artist is both an artist and a technician. The cinema industry includes all the universes in which makeup is necessary, we can find sublime, fantastic, ugliness, everything that makes life. Which requires an open mind and greater research to achieve, so a richer palette to best serve our art.

What would be your Definition of a Makeup Artist?

Makeup is not necessarily readable on a first glance. It needs to be nourished by impressions and meaning. Also, it is deeply related to time. Time of the tale, of representation and game. The Makeup Artist is both the architect who designs and craftsman who builds a scenic body envelope. The Makeup Artist uses the ""emptiness"", chooses the signs, enlightens what is hidden, veils the apparent evidence, banishes the statement, keeps both a critical and sensitive eye, allows reflection and emotion to exist, shows the mechanisms and imagination of society with the desire to remain lucid.

What brought you to this industry?

When I was a child, I drew from the age of 6, requiring very fast in junior high to take classes with a teacher of fine arts. Then the canvas bored me and I wanted to draw on bodies. Makeup was very far from my interests and I much preferred photography. Also, my big sister was attending a script school and I discovered this universe. It reunited all of my passions, architecture, light, image through a camera, costumes and sets and the power to change reality while sublimating it. The emotion was growing and taking more room, I had found my playground where I felt good.

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