Tina Earnshaw’s Leading Ladies Masterclass – Titanic’s Rose DeWhitt Bukater Make-up

Tina Earnshaw’s Leading Ladies Masterclass – Titanic’s Rose DeWhitt Bukater Make-up

Top make-up designer Tina Earnshaw was the leading make-up artist on Titanic. Tina began her training at the BBC alongside our founder, Penny Delamar. Aged only 21, Tina’s talent was recognised and she was promoted to a make-up supervisor on BBC productions before moving onto commercials and advertising campaigns for fashion powerhouses L’Oreal, Chanel and Dior. In 1994, Tina began a lasting partnership with Merchant Ivory, working on such productions as Shakespeare in Love. Her reputation spread, and she was soon approached to be the chief make-up artist for the blockbuster film, Titanic. Following this, Tina became highly sought after and her phenomenal career has seen her live in Los Angeles, locate around the world and work repeatedly with the industry’s most renowned directors, including Sam Raimi and Ridley Scott.

Tina is currently finishing work on Mamma Mia 2, as make-up designer. Tina’s method and expertise have seen her garner Oscar and Bafta nominations plus other awards around the world. Now the founder of Tina Earnshaw Brushes, we were delighted to provide graduates and tutors with the opportunity to purchase her brushes (with a generous professional discount) and watch her make-up mastery…

It was a pleasure welcome Tina back into the academy to recreate her iconic make-up on Kate Winslet from Titanic. With Christmas on the way, this classic film is a favourite in the homes of many people around the world. Due to Tina’s high profile and industry-respected credentials, we decided this particular master class was most beneficial for Delamar Academy graduates.

The master class started with a very warm welcome before we watched a scene from Titanic. Tina then spoke about her early career outlined above, to the day she started working on Titanic. Humble and funny, Tina credited her training and luck that got her the job designing the make-up on this film; she also spoke about the importance of assembling great teams. Interestingly, Tina spoke about her decision to take lots of younger and less experienced make-up artists, for their energy and hunger. 

As the demo began, we learnt about “blocking out skin” for film, to make the complexion look flawless. This technique creates a full-coverage base – something Tina prefers for period work and less for modern beauty. Tina likes to use several different foundations; on Martha she used By Terry and Cle De Peau, applied with a beauty blender sponge, before blending with her foundation brush and fingers. Our model Martha bears a striking resemblance to a young Kate Winslet, which made the demo very exciting to watch! Martha’s complexion was made to look a more pale and porcelain shade by the application of this flawless base make-up.

Next, Tina concealed with her concealer brush and a By Terry concealer before moving onto eyeliner. Sometimes the old techniques are truly the best! Tina advocates use of a cake liner by La Femme (it’s only £3!), using her slim liner brush, which made easy work of a very technical job. The Forever Puff applied generous amounts of powder, which was knocked off with a Tina Earnshaw Large Face Blender Brush. Gasps and the sound of scribbling note taking were heard from the audience. This classic technique created the most flawless result.

Martha’s lips were done so perfectly with a Shiseido lipstick in a dark brown-rose colour, completely accurate to the film. Tina remembered using a Body Shop lipstick 20 years ago, which has now sadly been discontinued.

Credit where credit is due – We asked recent graduate, Laura Smith to come in and create the wig for model. Work started on our model’s wig several nights before, where Laura researched and produced a beautiful mood board full of reference images. Laura then set this wig to produce a beautifully accurate result. Tutor Lisa Hilton oversaw this and helped with some accessories and dressing. We are so pleased to be able to give a top graduate from our Complete Make-up Artist Course, to do hair work for Tina herself. The best possible outcome happened where Tina has requested Laura’s CV. Result!

The rest of the evening was full of laughs and serious respect for Tina’s artistry. Martha looked so like Kate’s character Rose, we watched another scene with Martha sitting next to the screen in full make-up. This master class was so inspiring and we loved having Tina share her stories, tips and wisdom with the graduates.

Many graduates enjoyed a generous discount on Tina Earnshaw brushes! You can head over to Tina’s website to purchase your own. Professionals can enjoy a 30% discount. Special thanks to JC from Grey Pistachio photography for shooting the event, Lucy Lovell from Vanilla Frost Cakes, Madeline Spencer, the Beauty Editor of Instyle Magazine and Rebecca Butterworth, Senior Pro Make-up Artist at MAC, for all attending and adding something special to the evening.

You can read about our other special Masterclasses here. 

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