Their primary employment is therefore make-up and hair designer/artist and they have been chosen because of their proven teaching abilities and their care in offering support and guidance to students and past students. We have a long term, stable working relationship with our panel of lecturers the longest has been with us over 18 years, most carry teaching credentials / assessor awards.
Principal: Cheraine Bell
Company Director: Jeremy Hobbs
Office Manager: Louise White
Office Assistant: Molly Houlihan
Qualifications Supervisor: Anita Perrett
Wig Stock Room and General School Assistant: Taylor Rands
BTEC Qualifications Manager: Paula Cahill
ITEC Qualifications Manager: Shelley King
Cheraine Bell has worked for over 32 years within the industry. During this time she has worked with many artists on films, television, numerous commercials, West End theatre including Les Miserable and sitcom’s such as “The Office”.
Some of the actors she has worked with include Ricky Gervais, Lucy Davis, Spike Milligan, John Cleese, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Stephen Merchant, John Hurt, James Wilby, Steve Martin, Jim Davidson, Michael Caine and Michael Palin to name a few. Cheraine founded the Brushstroke Make-up and Hair School over 26 years ago and has her teaching qualification and assessors certificate (NVQ).
Over the years Brushstroke has expanded and Cheraine has updated the courses in line with industry requirements. Cheraine only employs hair and make-up designers and artists, special effects and prosthetic artists, hairdressers, wig makers and guest professionals who actively work within the industry.
Cheraine has appeared as a guest professional to talk and demonstrate her make-ups on many television shows such as the Jim Davidson Generation Game and Open House with Gloria Hunniford. Cheraine has spoken about her profession on world-wide radio stations and has been interviewed for SKY news.
Anita has been working in the television industry since 1978. After training with Thames Television she moved on to become a make-up assistant and then a make-up artist working in television drama, light entertainment and children’s’ programmes, on such programmes as: Rumpole of the Bailey, Hannay, The Bill, Des O’Connor, This is your Life, Morecambe and Wise, Benny Hill, and many more.
She went freelance in 1990 and credits as a Make-Up Designer since then include: See It Saw It, An Evening with Ira Gershwin, Chicago, Get Real, Uncensored, Oddballs. In 2000 Anita became head of make up for the Channel 5 soap Family Affairs and stayed there for 6years. Following that she went on to design for Endemol on Totally Frank and The Bill at Talkback Thames. In 2008 Anita went to work for SKY TV working on various sports productions, news and politics shows as well as SKY Creative productions with Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Stevenson, Lesley Manville and Gemma Jones, Sheridan Smith and Matt Horne. As well as extensive industryl experience Anita has also gained various teaching qualifications such as the Certificate in Education, and a B.A. (Hons) in Post Compulsory Education, as well as various National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) assessor awards. Anita is now Brushstroke’s BTEC and ITEC qualifications manager.
At the age of 16 Tina started at Max Factor salon in Bond Street as a junior (this was where all the big stars came at the time to get their make-up done.) She then went on to the BBC to do a two year training course before qualifying at the age of 21 which was very young for a hair and make-up designer, however this was when BBC 2 started up and colour TV had evolved so they were in need of more make-up designers. At 27, Tina left the BBC as she fell pregnant with her son so she started her freelance career doing mainly fashion shoots and TV commercials. She continued doing TV commercials for all the top companies throughout the 70s, 80s and 90’s when commercials were at their peak.When Tina’s children were grown up she then started on films, the first being with Merchant Ivory. This was the start of Tina’s Film career.
In 1997 just after filming Titanic, Tina became the face of Max Factor worldwide, doing commercials, posters and press for the brand. In 1999 Gwyneth Paltrow took Tina to the States where she settled for seven years working on big Hollywood movies. Tina developed a line of make-up brushes which were stocked in Harrods and thirty small boutiques in the US. Tina also launched a more inexpensive line of brushes for Superdrug. Tina returned to England in 2006 where she started work on Mamma Mia.From 2011 Tina has been mainly working with Ridley Scott and in 2015 she re-launched her brush line. From January 2016 Tina also launched her master classes in England.
– Nominated for the 1998 OSCAR for the best make-up for “Titanic”
– Nominated for the 1998 BAFTA for the best make-up/hair for “Titanic”
– Tina Earnshaw’s IMBD: Link
Shelley has worked in the industry for 20years spending 15 years in the West End working in both wigs and make-up departments alike. Being a respected head of department Shelley was wig mistress for My Fair Lady, Thoroughly Mordern Millie and Phantom of the Opera. At the Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary performance Shelley was a principal make-up artist working on the special production which was staged at the Royal Albert Hall and was screened live to cinemas around the world. Shelley has continually worked in other areas of the industry, with film and television dailies to include: Amazing Grace, Young Victoria, Blue Peter, Maleficent and The Honorable woman, Miss Marple, Da Vincis Demons 2, Endeavour, and Fury. From 2011 Shelley worked constantly for Locog as hair supervisor for Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies, being involved with all the filming of the ceremonies, as well as the live performances.
James Anda has been a highly successful make-up and hair artist for over 25 years working in film, television, theatre, music videos and ultimately in Fashion where he has now worked with over 500 photographers. James’s work has featured in catalogues such as GUS, French Elle and Louis Vuitton. James also designed the make up for Wella and Whirlpool 2000 and Powerade for Central & South America and many more commercials world-wide.
Over the years James has also worked for a number of International Magazines including Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Pulp, French Virgin, Mexican Vogue and Marie Clare to name a few. James’ incredible work has also featured at various fashion shows in Paris for Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent
Nowadays, James travels between London and Mexico City combining his fashion work with teaching Make-up & Hair on our Fashion courses here at Brushstroke. James also teaches and provides Hair and Make-up Seminars for Televisa San Angel in Mexico City.
Paula started her career in make-up in theatre, working for such companies as The Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Royal Opera House and several West End shows. She then moved into Television make-up at Thames TV working on a variety of programs from drama, light entertainment, comedy and children’s TV. Paula has been a freelance hair and make –up artist for over 20years now, working mainly in TV as well as film, theatre and with private hair and make-up clients. Productions include Eastenders, Call the Midwife, The Russell Howard Show, The Bill, Pirates of the Caribbean, 8 out of 10 cats. Paula has covered all aspects of hair and make-up from tutor, wig dresser, hairdresser, and make-up artist to head of department.
Marella Shearer is an award winning make-up designer who started her career in fashion working for Mary Quant and IPC magazines. She then took the position of trainee at London weekend television (LWT). During her time there she worked on a wide variety of programmes including comedy, variety shows and drama, rising through the marks to the position of Make-up and Hair Designer and after several years left to join the freelance market. Marella has designed programmes including Mr Selfridge, Top Boy, Silk, White Chapel, Marc of Cain, House of Saddam, Criminal Justice, Wuthering Heights with Tom Hardy, Drop the Dead Donkey, Vicar of Dibley, French and Saunders, Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie. Marella’s films include, The Wedding Video with Rufus Hound, Blackwood with Ed Stoppard and Greg Wise and The Christmas Candle with Susan Boyle. Marella has used many Brushstroke students on her projects and taken several on as her personnel trainees, several of whom now have successful careers in the industry.
Juliette Tomes is an Emmy Nominated (House of Saddam) make-up and hair artist who has worked in the industry for over 18 years. Her career has included working on light entertainment shows such as “Alan Partridge”, “The Royal Family”, “Spaced” and sketch shows including “Mitchell and Webb” and “The Mighty Boosh.”
Juliette has worked on some fantastic British period and contemporary dramas and has been lucky enough to work with some of our best actors including Benedict Cumberbatch, Anna Maxwell Martin and Tom Hardy. Juliette’s latest job has been the Make-up and Hair Designer “Drunk History” for Tiger Aspect.
My name is Branimir Nikolic, known as Barney. I have been working successfully as a professional make-up artist for the past 20 years. I acted as head make-up artist at the State Theatre in Hanover, Germany for a period of 4 years and have since then been working within Europe as a freelance artist, creating special FX make-up and constructing masks for a wide range of projects. I lecture regularly at the international make-up artistry seminars held in Cologne, Germany demonstrating the skills of special FX make-up and have myself profited from numerous FX courses, in particular by Nick Dudman, UK (Star Wars, Harry Potter) in which I have participated. Barney teaches a wide range of subjects on all our courses, some of which includes make-up special effects, hair work, prosthetics and wig making.
Catrin Thomas started her career in 1989, being the only child of BBC Make-up Designer Marion Richards , she decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
With Hairdressing diplomas complete, and after 15 months of designing a series set in southern Spain, Catrin was chosen to teach a team of local candidates in Hair and Make-up for their own “Soap Opera” programme in Almata ,Kazakhstan . This path of continuous drama led Catrin to design Channel 5 Soap “Family Affairs” for 3 years and after a short spell of 4 years in Manchester assisting and designing the medical drama “Always and Everyone”. Catrin was head hunted for Head of Department on ITV’s “The Bill”. Back in London nine years on and her own family complete, Catrin still works on feature films as dailies and regularly teaches continuity and direct applied Special Effects at Brushstroke.
Milo has worked for more than 20 years in the hairdressing industry. Coming from a family of hairdressers, he has covered different areas in the field such as fashion shows and professional ateliers as an expert in haircutting and hair-up. He also has a degree in history and anthropology.
The last decade have seen him in the environment of the main international hair companies, focusing on editorial, catwalk, and international education, together with the work as hairstylist for Thames Television. Lately he is focused on writing educational and technical books on the subject of hairstyling and haircutting, and in Italy currently teaches fashion, history and anthropology of hair.
I have worked for over 21years in the make up artist industry and have been through almost all parts in it, including Fashion Shows in Milan and Paris for Jil Sander, Jean Paul Gaultier, Bogner and Yamamoto to name a few. When I started doing make up I worked for Estee Lauder in Vienna and USA, also as a Custom Blend Foundation and Powder Specialist for Prescriptives in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. After moving from Austria to Germany I helped launch Shu Uemura in Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne.
I was trained with Airbrush make up in Los Angeles, CA, and have worked with airbrush make up on all my commercial Films, Music Videos and Feature Films and TV.I have worked as personal make up artist for celebrities in the Telekom, Lexus, BMW and many more. I did the make up for 2 exhibitions for a photographer with celebrity actors and musicians in Berlin.
I have also worked on some Musicals and Operas in Berlin and at the Bregenz Festivals in Austria too (Principal Maria at Porgy and Bess).music business in Germany, photo shoots for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Fit for Fun, Catalogues, Commercials in Print and Film for Mercedes Benz.
Andrew Deubert’s career started with work on commercials and low budget videos, the first of which was the Hamlets (Frankenstein) commercial, where he produced the monster’s makeup.
Whilst working at Coast to Coast, he took over many aspects of Max Headroom’s production, making the foams, moulds and fibreglass jackets. He also developed a female version.
After joining the BBC Visual Effects Department he was asked to develop Kryton, a comical robot character from Red Dwarf. After doing life casts, Andrew manufactured all the prosthetic foams and various related props for the series. Since then Andrew has continued contributing to many popular television shows, including; Allo Allo, 2.4 children, Mortimer & Arabel, Green wing, Smack the Pony, Magic House, Noel’s House party, Tomorrows World, Harry Enfield, Harry Hill, Alexi Sayle stuff series, Home on their Own and many more. Supplying sets, props, prosthetics and animatronics using such diverse materials as plaster, dental acrylic, fibreglass, and silicone.
Other notable projects include the manufacture of a fully animatronic interactive singing piano called Oscar that then went on to entertain children across the UK, and the construction of numerous other interactive exhibits.
Whilst mostly working in television Andrew has also contributed to various films & stage productions, including producing prosthetic appliances for the films Kevin & Perry go large & The league of Gentlemen. For the stage version of the fly Andrew Designed & manufactured all the special effects fly costumes. A full size animatronic Hound for Hound of the Baskervilles and more recently was Foam production supervisor on Coronation Street the Musical.
Lorraine has been making wigs for 26 years, learning her trade at the top wigmakers in London.
Over the years she has run workrooms and worked on a freelance basis making wigs for film, television and stage. She now is the co-owner of The Big Wig Co. currently making the wigs for top west end shows such as Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserable.
Pam Foster is a wig-maker, wig-dresser and period hairstylist who has been passionate about authentic Period Hairstyling for the past 30 years. She founded her own wig-making company that had many successful years of business, providing wigs for many west-end productions including ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserable’, she had the highest production values for making wigs as well as dressing them for all of her projects. Her most recent projects include Downton Abbey, Galavant, Florence, The Collection, The Crown and Star Wars. She is a life long learner and loves to find ways of teaching that really benefits her students.
Carla is a Fashion and Beauty Make-Up Artist specialising in skincare, hair extensions and airbrush foundation. She also has expertise in nails, men’s grooming & children’s make-up. Her experience covers many areas within the industry including editorial fashion, beauty, TV and advertising campaigns. Carla has worked at London Fashion Week, British Hair Awards, L’Oreal Hair Colour Trophy show for Charles Worthington and BMW Mini Cooper launch amongst others.
Some of her clients include Adidas, ASOS.com, The BBC, Crew Clothing, Debenhams, Disney, EMI, Marks & Spencer, Polydor, Saatchi X, The Crew Clothing and Topshop to name a few. She writes articles on make-up and skincare for many magazine and newspaper publications.
Carla is often requested to work with UK and US celebrities and often provides make-up for the Red Carpet. Carla’s clients have included Emily Blunt, Amy Willerton, Holly Willoughby, Dustin & Lisa Hoffman, Nicky Hambleton-Jones, Sophie Kinsella, Gordon Ramsay, Kay Burley, Ricky Gervais, Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, Marian Keyes, Archie Punjabi, Eamonn Holmes, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Fry, etc.
Her work can be seen in many magazine publications such as French Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, ELLE, Tank, YOU Magazine, Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Grazia among others.
Michela is a former International Artistic Director for Toni & Guy where her job involved teaching all things Colour and working creatively around the world for shows and events.
Currently Michela works as a freelance hairstylist for editorial shoots as well as working on the hair teams backstage at London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, creating runway looks for brands such as; Simone Rocha, Preen, Etro, Emilio Pucci, Antonio Marras, Wanda Nylon, Carven, Moncler and Hermes. Michela is accredited with the L’Oréal Colour Specialist Degree and the Wella Master Colour Award.