Celebrity Makeup Sensation Creates A-Lister Clones with Face Paint

Limerick-born artist Maria Malone-Guerbaa shares her eerily realistic transformation techniques in Titanic Creative Management workshops later this month

Online sensation Maria Malone-Guerbaa comes to Belfast this month to deliver classes on her unusual face painting techniques at the Titanic Creative Management studios from August 29 - 31.

Known for her incredible transformations into A-list celebrities and realistic animals, Malone-Guerbaa — a London-based makeup artist originally from Limerick — has had her work spotlighted across the world not only online but on US chat shows, in the West End and even painted Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby live on This Morning.

Currently in the final five of the NYX UK and Ireland FACE Awards, the artist's use of only face paint to create staggering likenesses of Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie and even Queen Elizabeth II have earned her over 170,000 followers on Instagram.

Her 3D face paint illusions of animals, steampunk skulls, terrifying clowns and more have also astounded the world and featured across numerous magazines and publications.

What makes Malone-Guerbaa's work particularly impressive is the lack prosthetics used to achieve the haunting mirror images  instead simply using colour and greyscale Kryolan face paint to create her unique FX illusions through shadowing, shading and other techniques.

Titanic Creative Management, based on Belfast's Ormeau Road, is hosting two one-day workshops with the artist to teach students both how to create 'Sinister Skulls' and 'Cursed Clowns' for film, TV and stage. 'We are delighted to have such a talented makeup artist come and work with us,' says TCM Managing Director Nuala Campbell.

'We are dedicated to bringing the very best talent from all over the world to further develop and up-skill the creative industries' workforce in Northern Ireland. The need for experienced makeup artists is growing, especially with the expansion of the film and television industry here, and it is wonderful to be able to offer a wide range of courses.'

Maria Malone-Guerbaa’s 'Cursed Clowns' workshop takes place on August 29, followed by 'Sinister Skulls' on August 30 from 10am-5pm at the Titanic Creative Management studios, One-to-One sessions are also available on August 31. Book online at www.titaniccreativemanagement.co.uk.