Phyllis’ love of painting shows in everything from her subtle but beautifully enhancing natural makeup to her most elaborate photo-realist body painting. She originally started her career as an illustrator with extensive training in portraiture, colour theory, sculpture, and composition, all skills she finds invaluable for her work.
She came to London, from Canada, in the eighties while still in her early twenties. The music scene, particularly the new romantics loved how she could combine illustration and makeup skills. Within a few years she was working with David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner and Boy George to name a few. The editorial market also gave her free reign to create signature makeup stories for L’Officiel, Vogue, and Linea Italia.
In the 90s Phyllis went back to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and received a 1st class honours for her MA work. During this time she began to research perceptual psychology that focused on the way the eye and brain looks at faces. When working with celebrities she loves to use this knowledge and will create sketches of their face on which to design make-ups that suit the theme of the shoot but also make the face appear younger, more feminine and bring out the best harmonies of colour and shape for each person. She also works in this way for cosmetic companies such as Clinique, the Body Shop and SK-II who have employed her for PR junkets and to design looks for seasonal campaigns.
Phyllis loves to work in creative teams and will always commit herself to finding exactly the right look for a job. She also understands how important it is to work as efficiently as possible and will work out techniques and do prep time to dramatically reduce make up time on shoot days for extremely difficult designs. Her amazing body painting work is considered the best in the UK and Europe.