1- Hello Stacey, please tell us a bit about yourself?
Sure, I’m a makeup and special fx makeup artist from Louisiana. I’ve been involved in the film/tv industry for 20 years. I have always loved creating art and found my true passion in special FX makeup. I recently started my own fx makeup line and opened up an FX Lab in New Orleans. It’s really exciting times!
2- What are your focus areas and why?
Lately, my focus has been on Special fx makeup, sculpting, and creating prosthetics and props for productions. In the New Orleans area, productions often have to outsource a lot of those things to Los Angeles and Atlanta. I have been focusing on filling that gap.
3- As an artist, what is it that motivates and drives you?
I love a challenge and figuring out the best way to make things look great on camera. The cool thing about this industry is that every job is different, so there’s never time to get bored.
4- Where do you think your work is making an impact?
I’ve recently been dedicating my time to offering and teaching classes for my industry. There are a lot of people that are interested in becoming a special fx makeup artist. I really hope to reach people who normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to make it all the way to Los Angeles for those classes.
5- Tell us about the most recent project you are proud of
Oooh, I’d say Twisted Metal Series on Peacock. It’s not been released yet but we did some really good work on that show. Also, I recently finished The Winchesters on The CW and that was a blast getting to create a lot of different characters, like monsters, scary clowns, and witches.
6- Tell us about your new Special FX Makeup Line
I was always interested in having my own line of fx makeup and one good thing that came from the pandemic was time, time to really focus on my brand. Luxe Skin FX started to take shape. I really wanted to concentrate on creating some really excellent alcohol makeup palettes, which I feel I did. After that, the rest came easy. Now we offer a wide range of fx makeup products and even a few go-to beauty products.
7- Where do you see the future of FX Makeup?
That’s an interesting topic. With the magic of CGI, productions will sometimes opt to go that way and just leave us out of the equation. But in my opinion, nothing looks better than a really good practical effect. I also think all of the makeup enthusiasts on social media are going to keep the industry moving right along. We have some really talented people in this world!
8- What can you tell young creatives who are pursuing their dreams?
Don’t stop learning, take in as much as you can. Leave your ego at the door. Be nice.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I’m really excited about my new FX lab, Parish FX. We are a full-service FX lab that will be able to offer fx artists, prosthetics, creature creation, and props to productions in all areas and especially locally. Offering truly informative classes to the public. At the moment my focus is developing and growing that endeavor. It’s been so much fun setting up the shop.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
I encourage anyone that is interested in special fx makeup to contact us so we discuss different ways of learning all the tricks of the trade. You can check out our classes and shop at parishfx.com and go to luxeskinfx.com to get some of our great fx makeup. You can also check out my work at staceyperry.com and on Instagram @thestah, @parishfx, and @luxeskinfx.
Thanks so much for having me!