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Makeup Artist, Prosthetics Artist & Hair Stylist
Nora grew up in San Francisco and started her career in 2004 when she studied to become a licenced Cosmetologist for the state of California. This education covered all aspects of hairdressing to include haircutting, colouring, perming, styling, and barbering as well as makeup application, skin care, nails, hygiene and health & safety. After passing the California state board examination in 2005, Nora took her talents across the pond to Bristol’s Hobbs Salon in the United Kingdom. Through Hobbs, she worked on fashion shows, events and photo shoots. Nora began freelancing in 2008 focusing on weddings and fashion work.
In recent years, Nora wanted to expand her skillset in order to gain experience in the film, television and theatre industries. She trained at the Blush School of Makeup in San Francisco and the Bath Academy of Media Makeup in England. While studying at the Bath Academy of Media Makeup, Nora had the opportunity to train with Peter King who is an Oscar and BAFTA winning Makeup Designer. He was the Head of the Makeup & Hair Departments for ‘The Hobbit’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Golden Compass’ just to name a few of his projects. Training with Peter King gave Nora a wealth of knowledge about working with hair, wigs and makeup to create a character or an accurate portrayal of a period.
Nora was personally selected by the BAFTA award-winning Makeup Designer, Neill Gorton, to attend his ‘Makeup Effects and Prosthetics Creation Course’ at Gorton Studios in Chesham. The course enabled Nora to complete a final project of her own prosthetic makeup design. This process included life casting, sculpting, moulding, painting, running foam latex, application, detailing and airbrushing.
Nora has a broad range of experience working individually or as part of a team in film, television, theatre, weddings, fashion events and editorial productions. She is a quick learner with a keen eye for detail, always ready to take on new responsibilities and challenges.
2014: Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio, Chesham, UK
Makeup Effects and Prosthetics Creation
Sculpture techniques, detailing and texturing
Life-casting: clean-up and mounting
Moulding life-casts in silicone
Producing positives in fibreglass, plaster and fast-cast resin
Sculpting and moulding basic appliances
Casting appliances in gelatine, silicone and foam latex
Running foam – mixing and casting gelatine, pouring and injecting
Prosthetic design with computers
Seaming and patching
2013: Blush School of Makeup, San Francisco, California, USA
Special Effects Makeup Course
Prosthetics Makeup Course
Theatrical & Character Makeup Course
2013: Bath Academy of Media Makeup, Bath, UK
Peter King Research Course
Wig Making, Knotting & Styling Course
Period Hair & Makeup Course
Afro-Caribbean Hair Course
Body Art Makeup Course
Advanced Fashion Course
Bridal Makeup Course
Airbrushing Makeup Course
High Definition Makeup Course
2004-2005: Skyline College Cosmetology School, San Bruno, California, USA
Cosmetology Licence for the State of California
After completing 1600 hours of training at Skyline Cosmetology School, Nora passed a written and practical examination on techniques and health & safety requirements for hairdressing, skin care, makeup and nails.
Nora Morehead applying prosthetic makeup for a competition judged by Peter Swords King.