Make Up By Lara - Professional Hair & Makeup Artists

About Me

Welcome to Makeup by Lara.  I am a professional freelance hair and makeup artist, specialising in Television, Film, Advertising Commercials, Weddings, Special Occasions, and High Definition Air Brush makeup.

I am qualified in media/fashion/editorial/period/and casualty effects makeup. I also have diplomas for hairstyling/wigs and high definition airbrush makeup, as well as diploma for beauty specialist.

I have been working in the makeup industry for 23 years.  My background covers a variety of employment from cosmetic consultant for Yves Saint Laurent to management for Clarins Skin Care, working in salons to TV dramas for the BBC and Films such as " The Awakening " for TPH Global Ltd, advertisement commercials for KDP Productions. Working alongside photographers for editorial shoots in glamour magazines, high fashion and catalogue, Music Videos, Fashion Shows and Beauty Pageants.

Most recently I have finalised the FIFA World Cup Video 2010 with the Modern English Production Team for a group called Kid British as well as the new Morcambe & Wise Story for the BBC and the Hollywood Blockbuster "Captain America The First Avenger" which will be released in 2011.

About My Team

I now have a team of makeup artists working alongside me who are fully qualified in hair and makeup, together we cover a range of events, large and small.  We are all qualified in High Definition Air Brush makeup and work together to help each other create the perfect service under the one umbrella that is 'Makeup by Lara'. 

Whatever the event or occasion our aim is to ensure you the customer receive a top quality high standard service.

Some of our more specialised services cover areas such as camouflage make up for tattoos and small scars, body painting, special effects and casualty makeup.

Phoebe Caramitsos

Having trained alongside Lara in media makeup and hair, Phoebe is our principal chief makeup artist. With a former training in the media industry, Phoebe still works on various media projects from documentaries and photo shoots to music videos. She also works as part of the media production company team at ‘Modern English’ as a hair and makeup artist as well as fashion stylist. Phoebe has a genuine creative passion and talent for making women feel beautiful and confident, from brides and beauty queens to those of you that just need to feel that little extra special.

Amy Boyd

Upon graduating University with degrees in Art, Design and Theatre and Performance I worked as a Freelance Artist before deciding to pursue a career in make up, an industry in which I love to work as I can continue to apply my creative skills in numerous exciting fields.

I received professional training in Media, Fashion, Special Effects, Editorial and High Definition Airbrushing make-up from School of Make-Up, Manchester, and have been offering my skilled vocation since graduating in September 2009. Working independently I enjoy a variety of work including film, photographic, theatre and much more, recently finishing work with Northern Ballet Theatre, the BBC, and as Assistant Make-Up Artist on the feature film ‘Deadtime’.

Amy Crank

Amy studied for a BA Hons -Surface Pattern and Printed Textiles Design degree at Leeds University. Having worked in this sector, she realised her natural creative skills were limited, and so she decided to broaden her opportunities within the Make-Up sector.

Amy then went on to study for two years doing a media make-up course in the North West. Having enjoyed this course, it became apparent that this channel was the desired career path to take. She then took private advanced course training at the Prestigious School of Make-up, which has a reputation as one of the World's finest training providers in this field. Having been Trained by: Angelina Avallone- Makeup Designer 'The Little Mermaid' Broadway New York, Joyce Dean- Makeup Designer BBC, Elaine Jones- Makeup Designer Vogue, Glamour, War Paint, Salon Today magazines, Jon Mort- Ex Chief Designer at Versace, Emma Ferguson- Makeup Designer Life on Mars, Jo Anthony- Hair stylist and designer- The lion King, Broadway New York, Land Girls and Emma Parker- Clothes Stylist for TV Commercials

Amy’s fields of expertise include: Fashion Editorial Make-up, HD Airbrushing Make-up, Media Hair, Fashion Styling, Bridal Special Occasion Make-up, TV & Film Media Make-up, Barbering & Special Effects.

Here is a list of just some of the work she has done:

Makeup Assistant: The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister- BBC Period Drama.

Makeup Artist: Fatz K- Launch -Jewellery Designer, Iceland TV Adverts ?(I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here), Jorvik Viking festival, AHT Blackpool Competitions (First Place), Numerous Theatre Productions, ? Macmillan Cancer Research Calendars, Numerous Catwalks around the country including magazine spreads-GQ magazine. Private clients including fashion Shoots, Weddings and Videos.