Behind The Scenes

As Walter's daughter, I have some amazing childhood memories of the film industry. One of Walter’s first big breaks was working on the Robin Hood series on television, with Richard Greene. I have a very early recollection of being taken on a visit to the studio and meeting Little John and Friar Tuck on set. It was magical. Little John lifted a huge boulder and was about to throw it, but then handed it to me! I was overwhelmed, because it looked extremely heavy. To my complete amazement, it was very light. It was made of papier-mâché!! This was a key moment of introduction to the incredible world of film making, where everything is possible…

I originally studied Fine Art and this became a wonderful background for when I eventually entered the film industry myself, having been trained by Walter.

My own make-up career developed and I was fortunate to have worked for many years, with some wonderful people, on great films, in amazing locations.


See credits here

List of Beryl's top 10 credits
Braveheart (1995)
The Elephant Man (1980)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Chaplin (1992)
Henry V (1989)
Return to Oz (1985)
Cry Freedom (1987)
Yentl (1983)
Eye of the Needle (1981)
The Keep (1983)


Setting Up

Walter retired as a working make-up artist and set up Make-Up International in the early 80's. I joined full time 10 years later and now head up the company, here at our North West London Studio & Showroom. One of the first products Walter developed was our famous SKIN FLESH. We combined all our experience and knowledge, to bring some innovative and exciting products to the professional industry, which was continually demanding more of make-up artists - more amazing effects, delivered more speedily! Our range of Quick Action Effects was soon established.

Development

As a trained artist, I love to mix and blend colours. The idea of using a palette of full size eye shadows, easily seen and accessible, without having to unscrew lots of little lids, was a totally natural development. The palette had to be lightweight, portable enough to take on set or packed for location, and have a good range of both muted and brighter shades. The first palette I designed was known as the Z palette, later called BAROQUE, and it is still one of our most popular collections, more than 30 years later. Although today many companies have introduced palettes, we feel proud to have started the trend all those years back.

What sets us apart?

What really makes us different from most make-up companies, is our unique history and knowledge of the industry. We have a strong commitment to developing products, specifically for media make-up artists. Our personal hands on approach means our products are all tested by working professionals. A prime concern is developing colours that are photographically correct, so we put less emphasis on pretty packaging and concentrate on whether the make-up will work well with different lighting conditions or media technologies. Many of our unique products can be used in a variety of ways, giving the make-up artist the greatest range of creative options.

As a family run company we take pride in our achievements. In this age of large faceless corporations, where to reach a human being means pressing endless buttons, we continue to offer an individual and interactive service with many of our customers worldwide.

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