At IMATS London 2019

The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, IMATS, is a major annual event in the make-up artistry calendar. Professional make-up artists from fashion, editorial, TV and film give talks and practical demonstrations. Thousands of make-up artists and students attend to network, learn and buy product. A make-up museum and student make-up competitions also draw the crowds.

This year I visited as a guest of Nanshy and, as I wasn’t working, I had time to enjoy all the artistry on display.

A highlight this year was watching Thomas Surprenant at work on his cyclops inspired by the Ray Harryhausen stop-motion model from the 1958 film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Thomas is an Emmy Award winner and his work includes Donnie Darko and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Another highlight was seeing Academy Award winner Lucy Sibbick create “Talish” a giant coldwater fisherman. Lucy won an Academy Award for Darkest Hour and her work includes Game of Thrones and Holby City. Talish was brought to life by creature performer Arie Dekker who, at 6’11” or 2.1m tall, is Chewbacca’s stunt double in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

I’m already looking forward to going next year as it’s a privilege to be in this environment and to speak with make-up artists ranging from students to those who have been awarded multiple Emmys, Oscars and BAFTAs.