December 15th, 2017
West London- based Delamar Academy holds regular masterclasses featuring some of the top names in the business, and their most recent evening saw Tina Earnshaw recreating her iconic Kate Winslet look from Titanic. Marketing Manager, Emma Steventon shares the event with Warpaint readers.
Top make-up designer Tina Earnshaw was the leading make-up artist on Titanic. Beginning her training at the BBC alongside our founder, Penny Delamar, aged only 21 Tina’s talent was recognised and she was promoted to a make-up supervisor on BBC productions before moving onto commercials and advertising campaigns for fashion powerhouses L’Oreal, Chanel and Dior. In 1994, she began a lasting partnership with Merchant Ivory, working on such productions as Shakespeare in Love, her reputation spread, and she was soon approached to be the chief make-up artist for the blockbuster film, Titanic. Following this, Tina became highly sought after and her phenomenal career has seen her live in Los Angeles, locate around the world and work repeatedly with the industry’s most renowned directors, including Sam Raimi and Ridley Scott.
Currently finishing work on Mama Mia 2 as make-up designer, Tina’s method and expertise has seen her garner Oscar and Bafta nominations plus other win awards around the world. Now also the founder of Tina Earnshaw Brushes, we were delighted to provide graduates and tutors with the opportunity to purchase her brushes (with a generous professional discount) and watch her make-up mastery…
We were thrilled to welcome Tina into back into the Academy to recreate her iconic make-up on Kate Winslet from Titanic. With Christmas on the way, this classic film is a favourite in the homes of many people around the world. Due to Tina’s high profile and industry-respected credentials, we decided this particular master class was most beneficial for Delamar Academy graduates.
The master class started with a very warm welcome before we watched a scene from Titanic. Tina then spoke about her early career outlined above, to the day she started working on the movie. Humble and funny, Tina credited her training and luck that got her the job designing the make-up on this film; she also spoke about the importance of assembling great teams of nice people.
As the demo began, we learnt about blocking out skin for film, to make the complexion look flawless. This technique creates a full-coverage base – something Tina advocates for period work and less for modern beauty. Tina likes to use several different foundations; on Martha she used By Terry and Cle De Peau, applied with a beauty blender sponge, before blending with her foundation brush and fingers. Model Martha bears a striking resemblance to a young Kate Winslet, which made the demo very exciting to watch. Her complexion was made to look a more pale and porcelain shade by the application of this flawless base make-up.
Next, Tina concealed with her concealer brush and a By Terry concealer before moving onto eyeliner. Sometimes the old techniques are truly the best and Tina advocates use of a cake liner by La Femme (it’s only $4!), using her slim liner brush, which made easy work of a very technical job. The Forever Puff applied generous amounts of powder, which was knocked off with a Tina Earnshaw Large Face Blender Brush. Gasps and the sound of scribbled note taking were heard from the audience. This classic technique created the most flawless result.
Martha’s lips were done so perfectly with a Shiseido lipstick in a dark brown-rose colour, completely accurate to the film. Tina remembered using a Body Shop lipstick 20 years ago, which has now sadly been discontinued.
We asked recent graduate, Laura Smith to come in and create the wig for model. Work started on our model’s wig several nights before, where Laura researched and produced a beautiful mood board full of reference images. Laura then set this wig to produce a beautifully accurate result. Tutor Lisa Hilton oversaw this and helped with some accessories and dressing. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to give a top graduate from our Complete Make-up Artist Course, hair work for Tina herself. The best possible outcome happened when Tina requested Laura’s CV – what a result!
The rest of the evening was full of laughs and serious respect for Tina’s artistry. Martha looked so like Kate’s character Rose, we watched another scene with Martha sitting next to the screen in full make-up. This master class was so inspirational and we loved having Tina share her stories, tips and wisdom with the graduates.
You can read about other special Delamar Masterclasses here.