By Alyssa Laube
About: Isabelle Fallu describes herself as an “self-taught effects artist [and] certified makeup artist”. Her passion is to produce unique and fantastical creations using her skills and imagination! This year, she will be body painting at the Art World Expo.
When and how did you start your career in makeup?
I started right after high school! Being self-taught in FX makeup specifically, I did a lot of small local film/theatre stuff and birthday or club events. I moved to Vancouver knowing that it would be the best opportunity for me.
What are some of your favourite techniques to use?
Dry brushing! I love using a slightly dry paintbrush to create texture in my makeups.
What are some of your favourite colours and why?
Red because of how striking it is, and earth tones because of their organic feel. I like my makeups to feel as if they could be real.
What do you find most challenging?
Clean lines are really tough for me. My teachers and peers have frequently describe my style as being an “organized mess”. My challenge is to create something that is simply crisp and clean.
How has your work changed since you started attending cosmetology school?
College really helped me learn how to apply all of my knowledge to makeup, from colour theory to anatomy to proper use of space, etc.
Where do you get the inspiration for the “characters” you create?
A lot of books I read; mythology, fables, legends, history, comic books…but most of all, nature is my biggest inspiration. I like my creatures to have aspects of both humanity and fantasy.
Have you worked in films, plays, or television? If so, how was your experience?
I’ve been working on indie movie/television sets since I graduated school 6 months ago. It’s my passion and I don’t see myself ever doing anything but! I’ve done a bit of work in prosthetic shops as well, but the application process is truly my passion.
Do you prefer to create fantasy-inspired pieces?
Yes! Fantasy and science fiction are my heart and soul.
Which makeup companies or products would you recommend using?
Every product has pros and cons. I’m a huge fan of Makeup Forever, Kryolan, Nars, and Ben Nye. I worked at Sephora for a while and I think I spent more money there than I made!
Which makeup looks do you like for yourself?
Winged eyeliner and red lips. That’s pretty much it! if I’m going out, I might smack on some foundation, contour, and brows, but it’s rare.
Is there any makeup designer or trend that you love, above all others?
I don’t really look into designers or trends, but there are people who inspire me everyday. Sarah Elizabeth was one of my teachers in school. She’s been since a wonderful friend, teacher, and great help when it comes to finding work and making connections. Melissa Meretsky, or M3 Artistry, keeps me so inspired. I have never seen anyone bleed art like she does. Her work is so creative and ridiculous and beautiful and shocking. She defines the word “Artist”.
More of Isabelle’s work can be seen at: