Last year, Georgia’s film and television industry drew in $3.3 billion, putting the city’s creatives in the spotlight—from costume designers to makeup mavens and hair stylists. Here are a few of the artists behind some of your favorite looks on the screen.
Films: Insurgent, Flight, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
How she got her start: I started doing makeup after graduating from Spelman because the economy was so bad. Before I knew it, it was a career.
Favorite look she’s created: Taraji P. Henson in I Can Do Bad All by Myself. Her character went from being a hard nightlife girl to a more soft and family-oriented woman, so the progression was exciting.
Makeup Bag Must-Haves: DaBlot Mini Cosmetic Palette and Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, which will have your face locked in suspended animation until you wash it off.
Celebrity memory: I did a commercial for the Georgia lottery with Ray Charles. When he shook my hand, he ran his hand up my arm. When I saw the Ray movie, I learned that’s what he did when he met women to figure out what they looked like
Films and shows: Constantine (premieres on NBC October 24), The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Three Stooges
How she got her start: I was fashion styling when I realized I wanted to get more into hair. I went to beauty school; started doing hair for Broadway, commercials, and photo shoots; and went from there.
Favorite look she’s created: The forties-style finger waves we did in The Lost Valentine. I really love the period styles more than contemporary style.
Best places to source inspiration: I like sitting on the patio at Barcelona Wine Bar, having wine and people-watching. East Atlanta Village is cool for seeing what some of the grungier girls are doing with their looks.
Celebrity memory: I was working with Paul Rudd and had to run my fingers through the back of his hair. He laughed and went, “Yeahhhh.” I’d had a crush on him for 1,000 years, and I wanted him to be cool. And he totally was.
Films: The Cider House Rules, Scary Movie 5, Madea’s Big Happy Family
How he got his start: I studied costume arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and started working in film in 1986.
Most memorable look he’s created: The wedding dress in Madea’s Family Reunion. It had about a fifty-foot train.
Favorite shop to work with: Saks Fifth Avenue. I need three or four of everything we shoot, and they’ve always delivered.
Celebrity memory: Charlize Theron knit a sweater for my dog when we worked together on The Cider House Rules.