On Stage/Backstage
Pushing Boundaries January 20, 2014

Makeup Artist Maud Baron-Beaudouin has always been drawn to faces that aren’t classically beautiful or perfect, preferring to work on those with a little something. Fitting then that she is now head makeup artist for the Mugler Follies cabaret.

Pushing Boundaries

January 20, 2014

Makeup Artist Maud Baron-Beaudouin has always been drawn to faces that aren’t classically beautiful or perfect, preferring to work on those with a little something. Fitting then that she is now head makeup artist for the Mugler Follies cabaret.

What next? We’ve all asked ourselves the same thing at one point or another pondering our careers. It’s a sure bet that when it was her turn to ponder, Maud Baron-Beaudouin couldn’t have dreamed up what she’s doing now. Having always worked in film, theater and opera - everything but fashion, really - she is now working with renowned fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler in his latest left-of-center creation, the Mugler Follies.

The alternative cabaret revue features acrobats, a contortionist, a sword swallower (who also swallows a wire hanger, something Maud can’t watch!) and an opera singer to name but a few of the performers. As boundary-pushing as ever, when it came time to entrust a makeup artist to translate his extraordinary ideas into reality, Manfred Thierry Mugler chose Maud. Kudos are due. This is not your mother’s musical revue, and the makeup is fittingly creative and imaginatively executed.

“I always loved theater and film, the theatricality of it, never really drawn to fashion, with everyone in the same makeup. But Mugler Follies has such a sense of the theatrical one forgets this comes from a man whose background is fashion. It’s very rich and creative for a makeup artist,” explains Maud. Unlike other Parisian cabaret revues with dancers all clones of each other, with the Mugler Follies it’s 24 perfomers, 24 very different looks.

“As an example, one of the characters is Angelique. Her role is to be angelic, so I designed an innocent, pure look,” Maud tells me. “Her foundation is pale. She has extremely long, batting eyelashes, and we white out her mouth repainted on dramatic red bow lips.”

In makeup school, Maud’s teacher was none other than Dany Sanz, Founder & Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER. In an isn’t-life-funny twist, Dany is such a fan of cabaret that she asked for the brand to be the official makeup sponsor for the production - without knowing who the head makeup artist was. Maud happily approved the request, and she and Dany had a good laugh over the coincidence of finding themselves working together so many years later.

“Our looks feature the Manfred Thierry Mugler signature false eyelashes and concealed eyebrows drawn back on. The 8 dancers, actors & high-wire walkers, have red glittered mouths. I use the full range of MAKE UP FOR EVER products here. Good thing it’s extensive!” says Maud, laughing, clearly comfortable pushing boundaries every night.

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