Shannon Fennell, Make-Up Artist
I've been a professional make-up artist for twenty
years. I graduated with honours from the Blanche
Macdonald Institute's (now known as the Blanche
Macdonald Centre for Applied Design) Make-Up
Artistry program, and I've also trained in Hollywood
My credits include film, television, theatre, editorial
and fashion work, as well as face and body
painting. I have been the lead make-up artist for
over 100 theatrical productions - from one person
plays to large productions such as Les
Miserables. I am currently the Make-Up & Hair
Coordinator for Grande Prairie Live Theatre.
Historical and period make-up and hair/wig styling
is a specialty and something I enjoy researching
to be as accurate as possible.
I have done a multitude of weddings and
graduation make-ups, as well as boudoir
photography sessions and fashion shows.
I have worked with many photographers, bringing
their visions to life to everyone's satisfaction. I
have done make-up for actors' head shots to
recreating scenes from movies to glamour
I am well known for my Special Effects make-up work from doing full zombie make-ups for
Halloween and film/photography projects to custom prosthetics and body casting to make props
for theatrical use. I have to admit to it being my first love, make-up wise. My first exposure to
"proper" make-up was as a member of a Star Trek fan club that had several self-taught experts
who showed the rest of us what to do. They were so good that club members were hired to be at
the opening of new Star Trek movie theatrical releases. This whet my appetite to learn even more
which led to me seeking out formal training.
My career as a Face and Body Painting started after we moved north to Grande Prairie, Alberta in
2000. There were not a lot of opportunities for film, television or editorial work. I had the proper
products in my kit and did some research - I had a couple of books I had purchased while in
make-up school that were about face painting so I used the designs in the books initially. And the
Internet proved very useful as well in linking me to sites with lots of images of face paintings from
around the world.
Since 2001 I have become world renowned as a face and body painter. I have won well over 70
awards - 2005 International Face Painter of the Year (UK Face & Body Painting Convention); Best
Painter in North America 2005 (Snazaroo USA Best of the Best); 2006 Winner of the Fantasy
Worldwide Face Painting Contest in Putte, Belgium; 2007 US Body Painting Festival, Second
Place Sponge & Brush in Albuquerque, NM; Best Costume 2007 UK Face & Body Painting
Convention; and many others.
I am certified as a Level II, Advanced Face Painter by FACE, The International Face Painting
|Photo by MAJ Photography 2013
|In 2007 I was contracted by Snazaroo USA Inc. to produce a
book for beginner face painters. "Your Face or Mine: A
Step-By-Step Guide to Basic Face Painting Techniques" was
published in November of 2007 and is widely available from
face paint retailers around the world. I painted, photographed,
wrote and did the layout of the book before sending it off to the
publisher so I am very proud of it.
I am a regular contributor to industry publications - both in print
I have also produced resources and an e-book 'The Business
of Face Painting," that are available for face and body painters.
These materials concentrate on the business side of things -
providing articles, templates, forms, marketing ideas, etc. for
individuals wanting to start a face painting business.
More information about my products is available under the
Whether you're a Beauty or a Beast - Everyone's a Work of Art!
|2013 Customer provided photo, M. Schroeder
|© Shannon Fennell, 2013
All content and images
are property of Shannon
Fennell and may not be
used without her
2014 Prairie Ranger Photography
With Dan Aykroyd at The Amber Ball for the Philip J.
Currie Dinosaur Museum. I'm on the right with my
body painted velociraptor and pachyrhinosaurus head
I built for the event. Models Candi and Kim posed for
photos all evening. August 9, 2014
Shannon Fennell, Make-Up Artist
|Photo by MAJ Photography 2017