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From make-up to miniature – the artist behind the World’s Greatest Shave

What do the Queen, Gordon Ramsay and Angelina Jolie have in common?  They’ve all inspired the quirky chin characters created by Gold Coast hair, makeup and SFX artist Suzi Dent.
 

Suzi is the artist behind the World’s Greatest Shave, the Leukaemia Foundation’s biggest fundraiser inspiring people to shave or colour their hair to raise dollars for blood cancer research and free support services for patients and their families.


The Bartercard member has been hand-making and assembling every miniature wig, outfit and accessory for the past seven years, pouring 300-400 hours in the weeks leading up to each campaign with the help of a personal assistant to pull the characters together.   
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“We shoot at the start of October but there’s a lot of work leading up to that point,” Suzi said. 

“I spend a lot of time at op shops, garage and car boot sales throughout the year continually looking for miniature things I can add to my collection.  My assistant found eyes in China that work really well so we stocked up on those.  Hats and glasses from some dolls also work on chins.”

While she spends a lot of time scouting miniature accessories, most of the pieces you see are hand-made. 

“I’ve made hats out of leather, glasses out of garden hosing and sew each piece of clothing.  If I’m making a polo shirt I’ll start with making a bigger version and shrink it down to get the right proportions.  Attention to detail is important because everything is blown up on big screen TVs.”   

“About two weeks leading up to the shoot the Leukaemia Foundation will tell me what characters they want – and almost every year I’ll be working right up to the day of the shoot to get everything done.”   

Suzi’s 31 years of experience in makeup, hair and SFX has seen her working with Australia’s entertainment elite, in television and fashion magazines, creating beautiful faces for weddings, and terrifying effects for special events like Fright Night at Movie World. 

The hair and makeup artist joined Bartercard 10 years ago when she started her first cosmetics business. 

“It was an aromatherapy and body care company, and I made all of the salt scrubs and body butters by hand.  

“I used Bartercard to build a customer base, and while I sold the business some time ago to go back to working in TV, I still do essential oils on Bartercard and use it as a way to cover some of my cash costs.

“Seven years ago a producer I worked with on a TV commercial approached me and asked if I wanted to get involved, and I’ve been working on the campaign since.”

She’s created more than 40 chin characters since she started seven years ago. 
“I’ve done Gordon Ramsay where I had to get all the right shades of bottle blonde hair, Bear Grills and even a choir of chins,” she said.

“Some of the things I work on aren’t easy.  Last year I taught myself to work with plastic to create a skydiver chin.  We used a leaf blower on the model’s face to make it look like she was jumping out of a plane, so I had to figure out how to attach everything and make it stay on.”

Suzi has also appeared on Sunrise where she created a polo-wearing chin on Mark Beretta. 
The new set of ads are currently airing and viewers can expect to see a brand new set of characters that don’t fall short on creativity.

“There’s an Instagram chin who models hats and gets millions of followers, and a super chin whose hair has special powers – we used fishing line to make the hair move in tendrils and wrap around things.”  
She said that while it’s detail intensive she loves working in miniature. 

“Shooting takes a day then everything is sent to post-production, and I spend all year working towards that point. 

“But despite the work it’s a campaign that would have to be one of my favourites – it inspires people to share their stories and do something significant.”

When she finds the time to squeeze some shopping in while working around the clock, Suzi said there are no limits to the way she spends on Bartercard.

“Starting with my first business, I still use Bartercard whenever I need printing or photography, something done to my website, and accommodation when I’ve travelled in Australia and overseas,” she said. 

“I love Bartercard and I love to spend - whenever I need something, I always see if I can find it on Bartercard first.” 
 

What do the Queen, Gordon Ramsay and Angelina Jolie have in common?  They’ve all inspired the quirky chin characters created by Gold Coast hair, makeup and SFX artist Suzi Dent.
 

Suzi is the artist behind the World’s Greatest Shave, the Leukaemia Foundation’s biggest fundraiser inspiring people to shave or colour their hair to raise dollars for blood cancer research and free support services for patients and their families.


The Bartercard member has been hand-making and assembling every miniature wig, outfit and accessory for the past seven years, pouring 300-400 hours in the weeks leading up to each campaign with the help of a personal assistant to pull the characters together.   
 


“We shoot at the start of October but there’s a lot of work leading up to that point,” Suzi said. 

“I spend a lot of time at op shops, garage and car boot sales throughout the year continually looking for miniature things I can add to my collection.  My assistant found eyes in China that work really well so we stocked up on those.  Hats and glasses from some dolls also work on chins.”

While she spends a lot of time scouting miniature accessories, most of the pieces you see are hand-made. 

“I’ve made hats out of leather, glasses out of garden hosing and sew each piece of clothing.  If I’m making a polo shirt I’ll start with making a bigger version and shrink it down to get the right proportions.  Attention to detail is important because everything is blown up on big screen TVs.”   

“About two weeks leading up to the shoot the Leukaemia Foundation will tell me what characters they want – and almost every year I’ll be working right up to the day of the shoot to get everything done.”   

Suzi’s 31 years of experience in makeup, hair and SFX has seen her working with Australia’s entertainment elite, in television and fashion magazines, creating beautiful faces for weddings, and terrifying effects for special events like Fright Night at Movie World. 

The hair and makeup artist joined Bartercard 10 years ago when she started her first cosmetics business. 

“It was an aromatherapy and body care company, and I made all of the salt scrubs and body butters by hand.  

“I used Bartercard to build a customer base, and while I sold the business some time ago to go back to working in TV, I still do essential oils on Bartercard and use it as a way to cover some of my cash costs.

“Seven years ago a producer I worked with on a TV commercial approached me and asked if I wanted to get involved, and I’ve been working on the campaign since.”

She’s created more than 40 chin characters since she started seven years ago. 
“I’ve done Gordon Ramsay where I had to get all the right shades of bottle blonde hair, Bear Grills and even a choir of chins,” she said.

“Some of the things I work on aren’t easy.  Last year I taught myself to work with plastic to create a skydiver chin.  We used a leaf blower on the model’s face to make it look like she was jumping out of a plane, so I had to figure out how to attach everything and make it stay on.”

Suzi has also appeared on Sunrise where she created a polo-wearing chin on Mark Beretta. 
The new set of ads are currently airing and viewers can expect to see a brand new set of characters that don’t fall short on creativity.

“There’s an Instagram chin who models hats and gets millions of followers, and a super chin whose hair has special powers – we used fishing line to make the hair move in tendrils and wrap around things.”  
She said that while it’s detail intensive she loves working in miniature. 

“Shooting takes a day then everything is sent to post-production, and I spend all year working towards that point. 

“But despite the work it’s a campaign that would have to be one of my favourites – it inspires people to share their stories and do something significant.”

When she finds the time to squeeze some shopping in while working around the clock, Suzi said there are no limits to the way she spends on Bartercard.

“Starting with my first business, I still use Bartercard whenever I need printing or photography, something done to my website, and accommodation when I’ve travelled in Australia and overseas,” she said. 

“I love Bartercard and I love to spend - whenever I need something, I always see if I can find it on Bartercard first.”