It’s Friday, it’s the 5th of May, it’s the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, it’s (apparently) National No Pants Day, it’s the popular British songstress whose songs have left many faces wet and broken hearts feel understood, Adele’s, birthday! But most importantly it’s Feature Friday from Glitter and Gore!!!

Just like Adele, this week’s special feature lady can belt out a tune and has music running through her veins. She is artistic, creative and ALWAYS busy with her many talents! It’s always wonderful to see her friendly face with that warm and friendly smile, she’s a gem of Hong Kong…she’s….Aurora Corpus!! 

 

Aurora performing in the musical performance ‘Miscast’.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I came from a family of musicians and artists. My father was a trained classical violinist who was a founding member of HK’s very own Philharmonic Orchestra but had a penchant for jazz and played a mean trumpet! My brother, an accomplished pianist, organist, recording artist and stage set designer, and I originally trained as fashion designers. My mother was blessed with a fabulous singing voice; so as you can see I was surrounded by music while growing up! I also studied under Danielle Sanz, the founder of Make Up Forever before she established her school here, hence my love for makeup.
I fell into theatrical makeup, thanks to my brother who was doing the set design for a play. Since then I sometimes collaborate with him and we have worked on various theatrical projects together. 
I also perform as well, mostly for musical events. As a performing artist and make up artist it’s great because I know what the preparations entail for both roles.

Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ – character design, collaboration with makeup artist colleague Leena Lempinen

2. How long have you been in Hong Kong and what do you do?
I was born in HK and lived here all my life!
3. When did you discover your passion?I was in fashion retail for almost 20 years, both in sales and visual merchandising, until I found myself wondering what to do next!!!                                                                                                                                                                  4. What do you love most about what you do? No two projects are alike and each one brings certain challenges but the beauty of it is in the final results where everyone applauds and appreciates your work.

 

Aurora with DJ models Lerian and Joe.

5. What/who inspires you to do what you do?

I am inspired by everything and everyone of a creative and artistic nature, from painters to designers, musicians and performers, actors and actresses. But one of the most inspiring in the makeup artist field would be the late great Kevin Aucoin who visually transformed actresses and actors into past icons of the acting and music world. Another would presently be James Harwood, former model turned makeup artist, a talent in his own right!

 

6. What’s your favourite project that you’ve worked on?

I collaborate with an event designer and bring other makeup artists in as a team for designing thematic characters for the event which can be quite dramatic at times. I do love this scope of work as it allows my imagination to expand and develop characters taking into account the designer’s input. I work similarly with the Director and Actors themselves, finding out the quirks of their characters, and try to bring out those traits on stage.

 

7. What’s been the most challenging piece/project so far?

Most challenging project…12 hour non-stop makeup and body painting and character styling for performing artists and models for the HK Cancer Fund Ball for two consecutive years! Also costume and character design collaboration with my brother for Stylus Productions  – Medea!

HK Cancer Fund Ball 2015