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Make-up students serve up vintage looks at Goodwood Revival '22


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AUB's BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance students have worked as part of an impressive team of artists delivering vintage looks for more than 168 period actors at Goodwood’s historic Revival Festival.

Now in its 24th year, the Goodwood Revival celebrates bygone eras of British motor racing, with more than 30 racing championships represented, from the pre-war years of the 1920s to the Swinging '60s and high-octane motor racing spectacles of the 1970s.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans, World Endurance Championship, Formula 1, Formula E, Isle of Man TT, World Superbike Championship, IndyCar, NASCAR and British, European and World Touring Car Championships were just some of the disciplines represented, with drivers including F1 aces Jenson Button, Damon Hill, and Sir Jackie Stewart.

Meanwhile, in the magnificent Concours D’elegance of pre-1966, a 1942 Hawker Hurricane presented by Aircraft Restoration Co won ‘Best in Show’, as judged by Former Red Arrows pilot Kirsty Murphy MB, Red Bull Air race pilot Ben Murphy, and TV Presenter Dermot O’Leary.

While the vintage-themed event might at first seem to be all about luxurious automobiles and fantastic flying machines, Goodwood Revival also becomes a bustling hub for a specialist team of make-up artists, responsible for bringing past eras crashing into the present day.

From Garland Girls to cabbies, and police officers to reporters, AUB BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance students Reja Zaveckyte and Raff Clarke were among the 50-strong crew delivering Goodwood Revival's iconic vintage looks.

The event, which spans across four days, sees busy ‘track and circuit days’ where festival actors interact and perform alongside fired-up sports cars and spectators, visitors, and celebrities, including model Twiggy, actors Rowan Atkinson, Stanley Tucci and Andy Serkis, and radio DJ Chris Evans.

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BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance student Reja said: “Seeing my work at Goodwood is so rewarding and makes me feel really validated by seeing those looks in action, which makes me really feel I’ve done a good job. The Garland Girls have been my favourites to work on, doing their make-up and making them feel so beautiful and confident on track in front of all the cameras.

“Going back into my second year at AUB, I feel like I now get the gist of doing straight lines and working in a fast-paced environment. Working as part of the team is so nice because everyone has been encouraged to talk to each other and work together to finish the looks – it’s also really cool to make some new friends too.

“For all first years, if you haven’t got Make-up work experience, I’d recommend coming to Goodwood Revival; it’s good fun and there’s lots to learn. It 100% feels like working in the industry, from making new contacts to working with Lisa (George, Hair and Make-up Director at Goodwood Actors Guild).

“It’s quite important to get out and do something like this, it gives you perspective, and even despite the long days and sleepless nights, there’s so much to take away."

Emily Bliss, Head of Department (Make-up) at Goodwood Actors Guild, said: “Goodwood Revival is such a great learning experience, with the team creating hundreds of looks each morning in about 15-20 minutes each. The AUB students have completely blown me away this year, they’ve completely smashed it and we’ve received such great compliments about their specific work.

“It’s a lot of pressure, but the rewards are great; from walking around the course seeing your work, to seeing it in the next day’s newspapers. They're long days at Goodwood Revival, but film set days in the film industry are too, and while they do end up quite tired, students leave the event talking about their work and buzzing!”

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