One of my favorite moments from The Makeup Show in Los Angeles this year was having the opportunity to sit down and talk with the one and only Ve Neill!
You may know her from SyFy’s Face Off, a great reality show where special effects makeup artist’s compete in fascinating challenges to create the best human artwork you have ever seen. The show gives you a look into the process that goes into what it takes to create special effects characters, like aliens and horror characters, that we see in the movies.
If you haven’t see the show (you should watch because its fascinating!), you may not have seen Ve Neill, but you have seen her work for sure. She is the master of makeup behind some of our most beloved characters, such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Edward Scissorhands (I think this was one of the first movies I saw in the theater and it was life changing!) and Beetlejuice. She was the creative genius behind the looks we saw in the Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean and the first Star Trek film. Her thirty year career is impressive and it was an honor to sit and talk with such an amazing artist.
I wasn’t expecting to be able to have the opportunity. It first day of the Makeup Show, and I was fighting the exhaustion of the previous day’s travels from the East Coast. It was easy to keep going because there was so much excitement around me from the amazing education to the products the brands had to offer. As a blogger, I had a press pass and I got an unexpected invite to a press event that evening right after the show ended that day. The event was put on by Crown Brushes and was hilighting the new brush line they had for Ve’s brushes. I wasn’t going to miss that!
Luckily, I had the forethought to jot down a few questions in my notebook, JUST IN CASE, I had the impromptu chance to talk with a pro that you may be interested in. I had no idea it would be her! Below are a few questions that I asked her…
What would you choose as a career or job, if were not a makeup artist?
She said she would either make jewelry or have an antique store. I thought that was a pretty brilliant answer! Then she shared with me that she used to make jewelry for fun, and as a hobby…can you believe this woman has time for a hobby? A little known fact, the beads that Johnny Depp wore in his hair for Pirates of the Caribbean are from her jewelry making collection!
What is the project you are most proud of? Or a project that was most challenging or most fun?
She has done so many impressive projects, I was embarrassed to ask this question! She did tell me that she is very proud to have created brushes for the everyday woman to use. (You can check them out here, Im seeing like 10 more that I want now!)
I also asked Ve what is next for her, she said that she would love to have an exclusive line with a department store like Nordstrom. She also wants to create tools and products at a price point that would make them available to students. Ve believes (and I agree!) that students must have great tools available to them to excel! I would love to see Ve create a product line, how about you?
What is your must have, can’t live without tool or product that is always in your kit?
Ve loves this Kabuki brush for applying liquid foundation and liquid products. She is never without it!
What is your biggest piece of advice for someone at any phase in their journey as a makeup artist?
“Never compromise your art!” She added that you must be flexible enough to make adjustments but do not compromise your art! I love this. Thank you, Ve Neill!
Just having the opportunity to talk with such a talented artist and legend in the industry was an honor! Seeing her new brush line, by Crown Brushes (shown above) was amazing. But watching the talented special effects artists, work on these characters, live at the event was super impressive. If you have the chance to make it to the Makeup Show in Orlando this weekend, do not miss it! Its the last one of the year, so if you can’t make it, plan to visit one next year.
Im thinking about trying to make it to Chicago in June or Dallas in September. Which one will you be at?