Ivana Primorac – Hair & Makeup Designer

Episode 14 : We speak with Ivana Primorac, the Hair and Makeup Designer for films such as Billy Elliot, Atonement, Cold Mountain and Darkest Hour.. Ivana is also responsible for recreating the likeness of the British Royal Family on the Netflix series The Crown. We chat about her training under incredible artists, becoming a designer herself and the traditional techniques she has used to get that  period correct looks in her films.



Ivana Primorac won BAFTA, Critics Choice and Make Up & Hair Stylists Guild Awards for her work on Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman.  She has been BAFTA nominated six further times, for her work on Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter; Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger; Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman and Atonement and Anna Karenina, both starring Keira Knightley.

Ivana’s extensive and varied credits include A Little Chaos for director Alan Rickman, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Lone Scherfig’s One Day, Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock; Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Reader, Justin Chadwick’s The Other Boleyn Girl, Anthony Minghella’s Breaking and Entering, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender; and Milos Forman’s Goya’s Ghosts, starring Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem. The latter earned her a Goya Award nomination.

She has also worked on such films as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Laurence Dunmore’s The Libertine, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, Tim Roth’s The War Zone, Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth and Kenneth Branagh’s In the Bleak Midwinter.

Ivana has worked as personal make up artist to Nicole Kidman on Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man and Oliver Dahan’s Grace of Monaco and to Kate Winslet on Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker and David Frankel’s Collateral Beauty.  

Ivana recent credits include Roger Michell’s Blackbird, Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca, and Wash Westmoreland’s Colette for which she picked up a BIFA Award nomination, Yesterday starring Lily James and directed by Danny Boyle with whom she also worked on Steve Jobs and T2 Trainspotting and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (Wig Designer)

To see other projects Ivana has worked on visit: IMDB or Instagram

KIT CORNER – Lip Lūffa

For Kit Corner on Episode 14, we spoke with professional Makeup Artist Stephanie Lawrence creator of Lip Lūffa. Lip Lūffa was created out of necessity.  With over 13 years experience as a professional makeup artist, Stephanie Lawrence often found herself in need of a quick, sanitary and efficient solution to remove stubborn lip products.

Inspiration suddenly struck on set of a huge commercial when Stephie was asked to completely change a lip shade from deep wine to the model’s natural tone.  Not an easy feat!  Heart racing and problem solving hat on, she used all available resources and just barely managed to make this adjustment happen in a timely fashion, with everyone overlooking on set.  It was in this moment of intense pressure, Stephie recognized there was a need.  Why wasn’t there a lippy erasing swipe?!?  She spent the next 4 years researching, crafting, developing and finally manufacturing, Lip Lūffa.  It is our mission at LL to create products that assist badass artists in their moments of intense pressure.