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Hunger Games make-up artist holds masterclass for Belfast students

By Cate McCurry

Published 25/11/2015

The alabaster skin, rouge cheeks and fluffy blonde hair make her easily identifiable as one of the flamboyant characters from the Hunger Games.

Belfast model Leanne Ross was transformed into Effie Trinket from the Hollywood blockbuster by the man behind the movie's make-up.

Award-winning make-up artist Brian Kinney transforms model Leanne Ross into Hunger Games character Effie Trinket at a workshop at the Movie House in Belfast yesterday
Award-winning make-up artist Brian Kinney transforms model Leanne Ross into Hunger Games character Effie Trinket at a workshop at the Movie House in Belfast yesterday

Brian Kinney, a primetime and Emmy-nominated make-up artist, yesterday gave a demonstration to a class of hopefuls at the Movie House cinema in Belfast.

Brian is the man behind the avant-garde faces in the franchise and took time out to give a masterclass to the next generation of young artists.

He visited here as the final instalment of the globally successful trilogy was rocking movie theatres.

Kinney, who also lists shows including Sons of Anarchy and Mad Men on his resume, took the budding artists through a tutorial on how to achieve the now-famous film look.

But this was not Brian's first trip to Northern Ireland - he has been delivering high-level make-up artistry and special effects training in conjunction with the social enterprise Titanic Creative Management.

He said: "I have worked very hard over the past 20 years to make it in Hollywood as a make-up artist and have been blessed to work on so many top projects like the Hunger Games franchise.

"I am really excited to see what the Titanic Creative Management is doing to encourage young people to follow this career in Belfast, and with the support of Movie House Cinemas they are achieving this goal.

"I am very excited to give back and inspire young people with this workshop. I can't wait to see the results."

Effie Trinket
Effie Trinket

Titanic Creative Management regularly brings some of the biggest creative names worldwide here to train local artists as the Northern Ireland film and television industry booms, with a view to encouraging American production companies to hire more local creatives on set.

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