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Sue Mainstone

Sue Mainstone

Technical Instructor

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

023 8201 6312 ext. 6312 Room no. HC019


Sue trained at the BBC Make Up School, in London. Here, she learned the relevant techniques for TV and film. The intensive training included both period and modern make-up and hair, wig work, and prosthetics - both making and application. This led to a three year paid apprenticeship at the Television Centre studios, working on wide and varied types of programmes, from opera and ballet, to Saturday night light entertainment with David Essex and Lulu, and Top of the Pops with The Jackson 5, Cher, Blondie, Bob Marley, Iggy Pop, and Tom Waits.

Her work took place on both location and in the studio, on modern day and period dramas, such as Dad's Army, Pride and Prejudice, Thomas Hardy plays, Shakespeare, Doctor Who, Dickens, and shows such as Spike Milligan Q7, The Generation Game.

Sue then moved to ITV where she worked for many years, becoming a make-up designer heading large teams for many productions including light entertainment, fashion, children’s series, the last series of Worzel Gummidge, Number 73, Sunday night dramas, and Glyndebourne

After working as a member of staff at ITV, Sue became a freelance hair and make-up designer and stylist for 20 years. This involved being responsible for getting a team together and managing large budgets on programmes for ITV, Channel 4, BBC1, BBC2, and BBC UK Style and Living, being in front of camera creating make overs. The programmes ranged from Most Haunted to working with  Ant & Dec, period and modern dramas as a designer, and daily magazines, such as Hello Radio and TV Times, and the Mirror fashion.

Sue worked on projects from advertisements to photo shoots, such as the Umbro calendar, with all the top Swedish footballers. She worked on rock and pop programmes and concerts as both make-up designer and stylist, making up NSYNC, Oasis, Blur, Madonna, Boy George, Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, and Nick Cave, to name a few. She also worked with presenters and actors such as Mathew Kelly, Nigel Slater, Fern Britton, Richard E Grant, Vanessa Redgrave, Miranda Richardson, Lenny Henry and Matt Baker.

Sue is  currently a technical instructor at Solent, teaching make up and prosthetic skills.

As a freelancer, Sue has  taught a group of top BBC make-up artists airbrushing skills and has started a business teaching  make overs for women of a certain age, or who feel they need a change of image.

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Further information

  1. Teaching experience

    Sue has taught at Solent University for 13 years.