Fionagh Cush, makeup designer for the Spring’s biggest blockbuster Beautiful Creatures sat down with TEMPTU to talk beginnings, beauty and behind the scenes on Beautiful Creatures.
How did you get started as a makeup artist?
I started at BBC’s Greasepaint School, anyone that’s anyone in the UK went to this school. I knew at a very young age, makeup was the only thing I was interested in. After moving to London it was difficult to find a job, so I bopped around doing a lot of free work and theatre. On a whim, I applied to get a lottery visa to the United States, I’m Irish, and by the luck of the Irish, I won the Irish Lottery! My next stop was Hollywood!
When did you start airbrushing?
I had airbrushed prosthetics but never really used airbrush makeup for beauty.
I actually started airbrushing beauty makeup with TEMPTU, it was the first time
I felt there was an airbrush makeup formula that came close to the prestige makeup brand foundations that I was using. I used it on NBC’s Perfect Couples on the female leads Olivia Munn (006 & 007), Christine Woods (003 & 004), and Mary Elizabeth Ellis (003). I haven’t bought any other foundation since.
ARTIST: Fionagh Cush
Would you recommend other PRO makeup artist use TEMPTU? And if yes, why?
#1 – Incredible, unbeatable staying power – we shot Beautiful Creatures in the swamps of New Orleans in extreme humidity and the TEMPTU airbrush foundation did not move all day, with minimal touch-ups, it always looked flawless.
#2 – It is amazing for hi-definition any form, it’s flawless.
#3 – Cuts down the time it takes to do makeup, in ½ a minute I can do a full foundation face, where with traditional makeup it used to take me 10 minutes!
Any PRO tips on airbrushing?
I always airbrush the TEMPTU blushes before I airbrush the foundation, it is the PERFECT way to achieve an inner, radiant flush that is ideal for the no makeup makeup look, natural and fresh. This was the technique I used to achieve the gorgeous beauty looks in Beautiful Creatures for the natural and innocent Lena played by Alice Englert, and the darker character Ridley, Emmy Rossum’s character.
What are your favorite TEMPTU products?
First off - the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System, it's amazing – every woman needs to have one!
AIRpod Foundation 004 for women – it is my most versatile foundation color.
AIRpod Foundation 007 for men, they like to be tan!
And I love the AIRpod Blushes Washed Rose, Soft Peach and Peony Pink.
They are natural, healthy looking, and versatile, perfect for a period look as well as a no makeup, natural makeup look.