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Interview with Lara Wirth

Lara Wirth is an Australian makeup artist, currently located in Los Angeles California. Inspiration to learn and begin teaching herself prosthetic and creature work was found through the work of legends such as Ve Neil and Tim Burton.  After two years of working on her craft, she obtained a substantial social media following and succeeded in winning the NYX Profession Cosmetics FACE Awards (Australia and New Zealand).  Further inspired and motivated to hone skills in the field of makeup and special effects, Lara commenced study at Cinema Makeup School the following year. Lara aims in the future to perfect the art and the many aspects of both beauty and special effects makeup to use in film, television, and print

1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Lara Wirth, I am a special effects makeup artist from Australia.

2. How did you become involved with special effects makeup?

For as long as I can remember I have loved and experimented with any form of art I could get my hands on. In my teens, I became more interested by makeup, in particular, Avant-garde makeup. After watching the television series, “Face Off,” my interest in the world of special effects peaked and I began trying to teach myself. I taught myself for a few years until I won the FACE awards and as part of my prize, I had the opportunity to visit Cinema Makeup School (CMS) in LA. I returned the following year and undertook formal education to refine my skills and broaden my material knowledge.

3. What is your favorite look that you did ever?

My favorite look I’ve created would have to be a joint project I undertook with the incredible Angela Ruiz during my time in LA to represent CMS at Comic-Con. This was an original design comprised of a chest, back, 10 fingers, face, cowl, and arm prosthetics as well as fabricating props and a costume. Because the convention spanned 2 days, we also had the opportunity to create 2 costumes and use two color schemes on the character.

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4. You are the Winner of the NYX Professional Cosmetics FACE Awards Australia and New Zealand 2017. How did you react when you found out you won?

I competed in the competition during my final year of high school so balancing both was a challenge, to say the least. When I found out I had won at the award ceremony I was
overjoyed and so grateful to all the people who had helped me during the competition. It
really was the beginning of a lot of amazing opportunities for me and I will be forever
thankful to the team at NYX Cosmetics for putting together such a great competition.

5. What do you love most about the type of work that you do?

I really love creating an art piece that can move, express and interact with viewers. I think it is a really unique way to give life to an idea in ways other forms of art can’t always. It also combines a lot of art forms I was already interested in such as sculpting, designing, painting, and makeup.

6. If you could work on any movies/Tv shows, which would you choose?

I would love to work on Star Trek, their characters have such a wide array of colors, shapes, and textures. Really any sci-fi show would be so much fun because you don’t have to be bound to humanistic realism.

7. Who are some people you would love to work with?

There are so many incredible people in the industry I would love to work with and have the opportunity to learn from. Some that come to mind are Bill Corso, Christien Tinsley, Ve Neill, and Joel Harlow.

8. What are your go-to cosmetic products for any situation?

In terms of special effects makeup, my go-to brand is Kryolan and EBA but in terms of
products, it really depends on what it is I’m creating.

9. Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from all kinds of places. If I ever feel like I have a creative block my go-to is a good old fashion nature coffee table bock. Colour combinations, shapes, textures and patterns on animals are a huge inspiration for me. A good rule of thumb is that if you can find aspects of your character in nature already, then its existence is far more believable to your audience.

10. What is one characteristic that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

I think the biggest thing that sets me apart is that I don’t do makeup full time. I am currently at university studying Biomedical Science with hopes of becoming a doctor one day.

11. Who are some artists that you admire and why?

As mentioned above I greatly admire Bill Corso, Christien Tinsley, Ve Neill and Joel Harlow for their artistry and also their charismatic personalities. On a less established note, there are many artists I have worked with or around I admire such as Julia S. Merino, Angela Ruiz, Madison Burger among many others simply because they are great people to work with and produce stunning work.

12. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

Just not to worry so much about the future and choosing only one path to follow. I still
manage to do both makeup and academic studies and advance in both without sacrificing the other. I think it works to my advantage to maintain balance rather than fully commit to one and become burnt out.

13. What do you have in mind for the future?

I don’t have huge plans for the future right now, I just want to continue trying to take every opportunity that I can and constantly improve my work.

14. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring more awareness to in the future?

Having just returned from working in Hong Kong for the past three months and seeing the difficulties the locals are going through, I hope that more attention will be directed to their plight and there will be a global call for a peaceful resolution. Having experienced the climate and seen the treatment from police in contrast to how many media companies are reporting the situation I believe there is a vast misunderstanding as terrorists or vandals. I see these people as being desperate and wanting the same basic human rights and protection that we are lucky enough to take for granted.

Thank you so much to Lara for the wonderful interview. You can check her and her work out on :

Her Official Site

Instagram

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