Set Life | Assistant Makeup Artist Martina Sykes


What was your job on "The Other One?"

Assistant Makeup Artist. I assisted lead MUA Jen Brown as she created looks for each character and executed them each day that we shot. I helped maintain continuity by snapping photos of each character's look for each scene. From cleaning brushes and tidying up the makeup station, to staying on set to watch the actors on the monitor, I generally tried to make Jen's life easier in any way that I could!


 What was your favorite moment on set during production?

My favorite moment was a makeup effect that Jen and I pulled off. It required research, practice, and then perfect teamwork. I can't say much without giving it away, but it was a cool makeup effect that we worked really hard at to get right.

What was your favorite moment off set?

Well, I'm definitely partial to nights in the hot tub with the ladies at our Girl's House! Being able to have a glass of wine and laugh with the girls was immensely helpful after long days on set, plus it gave us a chance to get to know each other -- there were some amazing ladies on this film.

Working for 10 days straight and then two pickup days fairly soon after leads to much exhaustion.  How did you keep yourself fresh and focused during such an intense time?

Yoga, a glass of wine, calling my husband, and most of all being able to talk everything out with Jen. You get really close when you're together 24/7, and luckily she was a great support system for me and I learned a ton from her. Oh, and coffee. Always. Lots of coffee.

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Without being a spoiler on the story, what was the most surprising thing that happened to you?

I'm a city girl, born and raised, but I was surprised by how much I loved being out in the country. In particular, walking outside to and from set (makeup was in a different building) at night was really beautiful and peaceful. Every time I made that short trip, I appreciated being able to see the stars.

What was the biggest lesson you learned from this film that you will use on your next production experience?

I'm going to have to say that a piece of wisdom that Grace shared with us will stay with me, and that is a Henry Ford quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

Do you have a reel, website, or do you want to tell us a little bit more about yourself and how people can follow your career/ reach out to you?

My website is You can also find me on Facebook (Martina Sykes Makeup Artist) and Instagram (martinaporsche). I love posting behind the scenes shots from my various jobs as a freelancer. I love film and character makeup, and am always excited to take on a good vintage era project.