Interview with SFX Makeup Artist, Laura Gardner

Hallooween is nearly here. And if you’ve been slow at sorting a costume for that party that you’re going to, you’ll need some expert advice.

Luckily, we’ve found exactly that, sfx makeup laura gardneran expert – in the field of SFX makeup. Laura Gardner, owner of L Gore SFX, is a young up and comer in the world of horror makeup. But this talented body artist from Wales is already causing a stir in the media with her show-stopping designs.
We caught up with her to talk more about her talents.

Laura Gardner Interview

Love Horror: How did you get into SFX makeup?

Laura Gardner: With Halloween being my favourite time of year, a few years ago I wanted to try something a little different so I created a look using body paint and SFX makeup instead of buying a normal Halloween costume. With all the positive feedback I received from that, I decided to take up SFX Makeup and body painting as a hobby outside of my normal full time job to see where it goes. In the last year or so I have really got into it more seriously, making youtube tutorials and sharing my looks on social media.

What are the essential skills for an aspiring sfx makeup artist?

Passion, dedication, patience, imagination.

laura gardner l gore fx makeup halloween horrorWhere do you find your inspiration?

A lot of my ideas are inspired by events, such as Christmas – The Grinch, Halloween, New Years – Fireworks. As you can probably tell from a lot of my work, it’s very horror themed. So I also get inspiration from my favourite films and TV programs, such as my White Walker body paint from the popular TV Series Game Of Thrones and my Walter White face paint from Breaking Bad. I wanted to try something a bit different with my body painting this year, using music as an inspiration, such as my re-creation of the Bring Me The Horizon album cover for Count Your Blessings and the album cover for lInkin Park – Hybrid Theory.

Are you a horror fan and has this played a part in you persuing this career?

I am a massive horror fan! Horror plays a major part in a lot of my looks! I have even turned myself into my favourite horror characters, such as Freddy Kruger from Nightmare on Elm Street!

Who are your SFX idols?

MadeYewlook and Pinkstylist.

What are your ambitions?

SFX makeup is a hobby at the moment but I would love to make a career out of it one day! A crazy goal is to one day make it to working behind the scenes of Game of Thrones. But I guess it’s more of a dream at the moment.

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And what kind of makeup creation will you be making for Halloween this year?

I have a lot of Halloween ideas that you can use yourself. Check out my Instagram for all updates. I also love taking requests, so if you would be to create or re-create a look for you just get in touch.

You can contact Laura via the L Gore FX Facebook page:

You can also see other examples of her work on Instagram and Twitter.


Tom Atkinson

Tom is one of the editors at Love Horror. He has been watching horror for a worryingly long time, starting on the Universal Monsters and progressing through the Carpenter classics. He has a soft-spot for eighties horror.More

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