With more than 30 years of experience the makeup artist Montse Boqueras, specialised in films, television and theatre, has participated in very well known series, films and plays, which has made her be nominated several times for prestigious awards.
She is currently the makeup artist of the successful Netflix series Cable Girls, which begins its second season on 25 December 2017.
She has been nominated twice for the Iris Awards for her work in the television series “Gran Hotel” and the mini-series “23-F: the king’s most difficult day”. She was also nominated for the Goya Award for her work in “There will be no peace for the wicked”.
Do you remember when you knew you wanted to dedicate yourself to this profession?
I began a little by coincidence in this world. We could say that makeup found me and not the other way round.
Like the theatre, films and television, makeup is an art. How did you begin?
My first contact with the world of art was through an amateur theatre group there was in my neighbourhood. I helped them set up their plays and little by little, without noticing it, I saw that what I liked the most was to do their makeup and create the characters.
What do you like the most?
I like all genres. Each of them gives me different things. I think that working in different media gives you versatility.
Each character is different. The actor has to give life to it. I imagine that in some way or another the makeup artist has to do so as well. How do you manage to give life to the characters?
It is long work. First we try to look for a common code in which we get inspiration. From there you begin to collect all the necessary information. For this you can use various media: paintings, films, photos, etc. From then on you make a proposal, it is a process of absolute creation. Finally, you execute on the actor all that you believe can work for that specific character.
How do you prepare the skin of the actors and actresses?
The condition of the skin is very important as the face is a canvas. In my case if it is not in optimal conditions it makes the work difficult, so it is important that the skin is clean, hydrated and toned. For this I normally recommend previously treatments from my trusted brand, Germaine de Capuccini, so that when we begin with the processes of makeup they have skin in optimal conditions. The products I use on the set also depend on the skin of the actor and actress. I also insist a lot on cleansing after the day is finished.
Imagine a scene: one of the actors appears with fatigued, tired skin, with bags under the eyes… What “miracle” would you use? Do you have any infallible trick for these occasions?
When an actor appears with very fatigued skin with no light I use flash treatments, because then I need a fast response of the skin.
Is there any actor or actress that you specially love to do makeup for?
I’m sure we all have our personal preferences on all levels, but right now what I’m interested in is that the person I am making up is happy with the final result.
What part of the face do you like to make up the most?
I love making up the lips and eyebrows, which often are where the biggest changes of the face lie.
What colours do you like for the eyes?
It totally depends on “for what”. I don’t have a favourite colour. I like to work the palettes depending on what I want to achieve. For example it isn’t the same a cleaned face than achieving a look of the 20s of last century.
What do you value the most in a mascara?
If the mascara is of good quality for me the most important thing is the brush for applying the product.
The reds, which I believe are the most difficult to make up.
How do you make up the lips for the result to last?
I never apply the lipstick directly. First I draw and fill in the lip with a liner. That way it lasts longer.
What do you like to give strength to: eye contour or mouth?
It also depends on what you want to achieve. What I hardly ever do is give strength to both on a same face.
What differences are there between makeup for films and for television?
Nowadays none. Television is working with qualities that are extremely demanding, and in films the size of the screen makes you be more meticulous in both media.
Any professional tip
Our face is our mirror to the world: we have to take care of it and pamper it.
Although there are more and more new products the wisdom of a mother is unique. What makeup trick did you learn from your mother that you still use?
To use the eyeliner. I remember that I would always stare at her when she put on makeup in the bathroom and I thought: “How can she make that perfect line with that little brush?”.
Any multi-purpose product that is essential?
To be honest more than one. I am a fan of those products: from a balm for repairing infinite problems, or flash products, to a pre-foundation without which I’m sure the final result would not be the same, and experience has shown me that. My multi-purpose products are always in my suitcase.
Cosmetic product essential for preparing the skin before makeup.
A good hydrator is the basis of everything.