Makeup Artist Samantha Tansey’s Creative and Artistic Process

Makeup artist Sam Tansey on set with actor Danny Trejo for ‘Vanish’

Behind the camera, talented artists collaborate in the filmmaking process. As the storytelling of films, television and media demands more fantasy and special effects, the need for highly skilled professionals like makeup and special FX artist, Samantha Tansey, is essential.

The London-born and based artist brings ten years of professional experience and training to every production. Her skills were developed in the UK, The United States and on locations around the globe.  Samantha’s multi-disciplined skill set features excellence in: beauty, bridal, airbrush, fashion, natural and straight makeup, character, ‘out of kit’, prosthetics (silicone & foam latex), special FX, spec-blood rigs & gags, hair styling, modern and period hair, beard trims for continuity, maintaining, dressing & applying wigs for theatre & screen.

Following her BA Honors degree in Film and TV Studies at Southampton Solent University, Samantha began a career in production at The Disney Channel. Her five years of experience as a production assistant and as a production coordinator, taught her invaluable lessons and skills, but most importantly, prompted her to realize that her true passion was the creative and artistic process.

Samantha takes pride in her professional training and is always looking to continue learning and keep up to date with the latest techniques and tricks of the trade. “I keep techniques up-to-date by attending new classes to make sure I am always on the leading edge of makeup, hair and SFX.” Trained in Los Angeles at the Cinema Makeup School, Samantha excelled and placed at the top of her class. She was selected for the Leonard Engleman Fellowship in both beauty and character makeup programs.

As the complexity of filmmaking evolves, makeup artists, hair stylists and special FX artists are expected to perform and create whatever a script demands –  hair from modern to period styling, cutting, blow drying and even now, barbering and beard trims in addition to dressing, maintaining and applying wigs. “For us to be competitive in this industry we have to be prepared to add these skills to our bow.”

Samantha’s celebrity clients include, Danny Trejo, Tony Todd, Maiara Walsh, Steven Berkoff, Simon Russell Beale, Cheryl Baker, Sophia Grace, Lucy Pinder, Dan O’Reilly, Joe Egen and WWE stars: Wade Barrett, Becky Lynch m, AJ Styles, and Sami Zane. From the big screen to the small screen, stage and online formats, Samantha Tansey’s craft as a prosthetic artist, makeup artist, wig artist, and SFX designer can be seen in various productions including: Netflix, AMC Productions, and in the 2018 feature films, ‘Hawkbite’ and ‘Intervention’.