Makeup Artist Marguerite Gebhardt

Marguerite Gebhardt is an international makeup artist from Johannesburg with more than 30 years of experience. Over the years she had the opportunity to work with models, actors, and celebrities such as Johnny Depp, David Hasselhoff, Dita von Teese, Tim Allen, Ernie Hudson, Shannon Tweed, Stella Stevens, Elaine Brown, and other stars. Marguerite has given more than 300 makeup workshops, not to mention that she has her own makeup school in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Marguerites Make up School was founded in 2014 and is a professional, contemporary and versatile makeup artist school. The school offers students a thorough education in the subtleties of a professional make-up artist for film, television, fashion, theater, and retail.

Marguerite is also the mastermind behind the Swiss creative makeup up contest, the first creative makeup content in Switzerland. Which this year will take place on the 26 of January in Lucerne. This year contest will have as a Jury our beloved Yasmin Heinz and Lan Grealis.

We talk to Marguerite about her career, her school and of course, the contest..

When did you know, you wanted to be a makeup artist?

I knew when I was 15 that I wanted to become a Makeup Artist I watched a lot of Period Television Shows and Movies Growing up and I loved them still do to this day, I love the complete styling Hair and Makeup. So that’s what I went on to do straight after High school I went to Make up School in Johannesburg and had since working on different Chekov, Ibsen plays and Historical Dramas.

How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start in the industry?

I have been a professional makeup artist since 1983 so 37 Years I always knew what I wanted to do and pursued my dreams and I was fortunate to work where ever I moved to countries include Los Angeles USA and Switzerland.

How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

I have always been known by photographers, Directors and the like for my make-up not looking like makeup and the skin looking flawless and photographers having little or no retouching to do with my makeup. I don’t have a signature look since I came up in film and Television it was always and has always been important to pay attention to detail since I am old school and started in the industry before photoshop. Working in Los Angeles in Movies assisting top Makeup Artists and working on Celebrities has taught me that.

I would like to say that my signature is to with less Makeup bring out the best in a woman and enhance her natural beauty that is what Beauty is to be bringing that what is within to light.

What’s your favorite makeup product?

My favorite products are quite a few … Embryolisse moisturizer, Cozzette Beauty eyeshadows, Viseart eyeshadows and shimmering event foundation from Kryolan there are many more I could name since we work with so many different products… I could go on and on.

Tell us about the Swiss Creative makeup contest

The Swiss Creative Contest was first Launched in January 2019. To me, it was and still important to give newcomers and pro makeup artists in Switzerland and across Europe a platform to show their creativity and be recognized for it. (Yes, there are other contests in Europe, but Switzerland had nothing for their artists). It is important to me to keep it on an International level, thereby inviting not only makeup Artists from across Europe to take part but also be judged by well-known influential International Makeup Artists. Like Einat Dan, Phyllis Cohen (who were judges last Year and this Year Lan Grealis and Yasmin Heinz.

Which was your favorite moment of the contest in 2019?

My favorite moment of 2019 was to see how much happy the winners were and what it meant so much to them to take part and win. It brought me tears of joy!

For more information about Marguerite, please visit: Marguerite Gebhardt

To participate in the Swiss Creative Makeup Contest, please visit: Swiss Creative Makeup Contest


Photo-Credits: Imagism Studio

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