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Exclusive Interview with 2 Time Emmy Award Winning Makeup Effects Artists Joel Harlow

We had the pleasure of interviewing Hollywood Makeup Artist, Makeup Effects Artist, and Sculptor: Joel Harlow. Joel is best known for The Pirate of the Caribbean films, and he has won 2 Emmy Awards as well as Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award. He shared with us useful information for aspiring makeup artists and behind the scenes details on the movies he has worked on.

What do you specialize in?

All types of makeup, however, prosthetic character makeup for film is my specialty.

What do you love most about your career?

Creating characters. Seeing something I’ve been involved with take shape and come to life.

How did you get started as a makeup artist?

I started in the makeup effects shops in LA. Building prosthetic. Ultimately I was needed to apply some of these makeups due to the complexity of the design, specifically the “working effects” makeups I was involved in.

What is your favorite special effects makeup you have done?

I would have to say it’s a three way tie between Pirates of the Caribbean’s “Bootstrap Bill”, Star Trek’s “Nero”, and a makeup I did for a demonstration: “Uncle Creepy”.

What is the most challenging makeup job you have done?

They are all a challenge in one way or another. The second you start relaxing and stop challenging yourself and your art. That’s when you need to get out.

Any advice for aspiring makeup artists?

Learn from anyone, anywhere…always. Don’t ever allow the politics of this industry to get in the way of your makeup. If you get to the place where you are heading shows then appreciate your crew!

Make sure you are in this for the right reason. This industry doesn’t need anymore people who think they are the star.

If you would like to see Joel at work check out this great video where he creates “Uncle Creepy”

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Jessica Harlow’s Hair Curling Tutorial

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Sharing how I’ve been curling my hair for the past few months for videos, photoshoots, events, etc. If I’m in a rush and want curly hair, I just use my flat iron method because it is faster but the types of curls you get with a flat iron are kind of different. Here’s a link to my “How to Curl Hair with a Flat Iron” video:

Decided to talk directly to the camera this time! Will I still do voice overs sometimes? Yes as it gets things done faster. But we can switch it up every now and then, right? Let me know your thoughts!

xo Jess

** Also, I don’t use any products in my hair. All I used was the dry shampoo. And no, my hair is not dyed. It’s my natural color.


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Nail Polish: Sally Hansen in “Lavender Cloud”

Curling Iron: 1 1/4th inch barrel by Conair (Drugstores, CVS, etc.)

Dry Shampoo by SG Salon Grafix (You can get it at CVS)


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