Emma Croft is a fantastic British Hair & Makeup Designer who has designed some truly wonderful British Independent films and TV shows. Emma was the designer for Vs (BBC Films), Elstree 1976 and Stath Lets Flats, a new comedy sitcom for Channel 4. Emma has worked so extensively in her 7 year career that you will have undoubtedly seen her work. I spoke with her to hear about her career, the industry and, of course, to get some of her pro-tips.
How did you start your career and what was the progression it took?
I studied film production before makeup as I’ve always wanted to get into the industry, but one day decided that I wanted a creative, hands-on job. I trained at London College of Fashion then just took every job I could get.
You mainly design the hair & make-up for TV dramas or feature films, did you ever want to work in fashion or beauty?
Fashion is a very different world to film/TV, and not one I especially wanted to venture into, but I respect that industry so much and all the incredible makeup and hair work that comes out of it.
Do you have a preference of hair or makeup?
Makeup is definitely more my thing but I love working with hair too.
Do you have a preference for the type of jobs and make-ups you like to do, ie: blood and effects, straight makeup or period dramas?
I always love a project with a bit of FX work in there as I’m trained in prosthetics so love to get that element in there somewhere.
What is the process of creating a characters look and how much say do you have in the designs?
It really is a collaboration between the actor, director, costume designer and me. It’s very important to work together and not be tyrannical, but also to really think creatively about how you think the character should look.
You have worked on some legendary productions like Midsomer Murders, The Windsors, and Loose Women. Can you tell us about some of the stand out moments of your career?
It would definitely be the whole of 2017. I got to work on some incredible productions with incredible cast and crew such as Vs, Stath Lets Flats and also with Stella McCartney for a fun little project with actor Rhys Ifans.
Finally, what is your number 1 skincare product?
Dermalogica tinted moisturiser – I use this on my own face every day and have done for years. It balances my combination skin so so well! I don’t even carry powder in my bag anymore as my face just doesn’t get oily when I use this moisturiser.