Future Cinema: 1940’s Glamour Brief Encounter


On Tuesday I was part of the team for the makeup and assisting hair for the opening showing of ‘The Other Cinema’ Brief Encounter at the Troxy Theatre, London.

On Valentine’s Day, ‘The Other Cinema’ was launched across the UK in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich, Birmingham and Bournemouth with consecutive screenings of this most romantic film of all time.

David Lean’s 1945 classic, Brief Encounter, was the inspiration for a night of live music, an organist, usherettes, delicious food and performance which will bring back memories of the golden age of cinema!

I worked with a very talented group of ladies Farida Ghwedar, Soleil Jackson & Jessie Deol who were the Hair & Make-up Designers for the show.

I was really amazed how brilliant these girls were with hair and recreating the 40’s styles from the film.

The lead role actress at the event had really long hair and instead of opting for a shorter style wig for the show the girls styled her own hair by using French braiding techniques and pinning it up to form a shorter style.  I have attached a few pictures to show you some of the steps.

The defined style for makeup in the 1940’s was glamour! A full luscious mouth and more prominent eyebrows, getting away from the pencil thin look of the 1930’s. Eye makeup was kept to the minimum with very little shadow only really used to define the socket.  A fine flick gel line was applied along the eye and mascara was the main accessory.  For the usherette’s lots of false lashes was used!<

The show is running until Saturday 18th February and Tickets are available at: “Brief Encounter”

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Jo Coletta
Jo Coletta is a London based freelance Hair & Makeup Artist whose recent credits include regular on line and print editorials and advertising campaignsWorking with the Ultimate Lifestylist Naomi Isted for the past few years as her Hair & Makeup Artist Jo has attended numerous celebrity events and worked very closely with Naomi for her hit international TV series Harley Street Beauty.She can be seen regularly assisting back stage at London Fashion Week and Mens Collections and most recently was the key Makeup Artist for Ravensbourne College catwalk show for Graduate Fashion Week.With a keen eye for the latest trends in Fashion, Beauty, Hair & Makeup Jo loves to share her beauty and makeup tips and experiences via her online social media.Jo is extremely proud to be a contributor at The Ultimate Lifestylist and encourages and looks forward to all the readers feedback and comments.

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