In conversation with: Sandra Migueli

Discover the incredible preparation and craftsmanship behind Sandra Migueli’s make up artistry for Outlaws

Make-Up Artist Sandra Migueli working with Katherine Waterston

“I need to create a deep connection and understanding with each actor within a couple of hours. This is the most challenging part of my job but once I understand them, I have to transform them quickly into the character, both respecting the director’s vision and my own inspiration.”

Sandra’s journey started in a small Catholic town called Guadalajara in Mexico, where she found a love for Punk style whilst working at a local hair salon. After a brief period as a designer, she went on to travel the world, building a career in film production as a make up assistant along the way. On the set of Outlaws, Sandra particularly enjoyed working with Harvey Keitel, who she insists has an old school discipline that is rare amongst actors these days.

Referencing clown masques from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, the surreal aesthetic of the Outlaws circus makeup was achieved by mixing trends and styles from across the ages of theatre, meticulously researched by Sandra in preparation for this project.

However the biggest challenge on set was to match the looks of Katherine and stuntwoman Karol Jiménez in a matter of hours. Over night, Sandra hand-painted and cut hair extensions to exactly match for the trapeze and equestrian stunt scenes, ensuring a flawless, invisible transition between actors on screen.

Sandra's major Mexican and international film credits include Little Boy (2015), Vantage Point (2008), Julia (2008), Nacho Libre (2006), Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004) and Before Night Falls (2000).