Liz Kelsh is one of Australia’s most established makeup artists. Kelsh’s fascination started as a young girl in Ireland with her curious enchantment with her grandmother’s dressing table, a Pandora’s Box of colour. After relocating in Australia and while having no formal make up training, her career breakthrough came when she set her sights high and endeavoured to work alongside the makeup greats, Pat McGrath and Val Garland in Paris and Milan Fashion week in the early nineties. From this coveted experience, Kelsh’s platform of work was catapulted into the Australian Fashion arena twofold.
Along came her first celebrity client, Australia’s break out star of the time Nicole Kidman. Having firmly established her place alongside international contemporaries for the last 2 decades, her experience spans from John Galliano, Stella McCartney to Robert Cavalli.
Her gracious persona and stand out talent has seen Kelsh work with celebrity giants such as Jennifer Anniston, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Vanessa Hudgens and Kim Catrell to name but a few. Kelsh’s diversity is what makes her work stand out, from her collaborations in publications such as UK Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Russh, Madison and InStyle. Her editorial work has the depth and variety that editors seek. Over the last 2 decades she has worked on numerous projects ranging from conceptual catwalk shows for Myer to eclectic fashion houses such as Easton Pearson, Ksubi, Zimmermann and Yeojin Bae.
Not limiting her work to the enticing world of celebrity and catwalk, Kelsh is a regular request for major advertising campaigns. Her ability to produce work that is in unison with the direction of each individual campaign requires incomparable talent, from David Jones, Covergirl, Audi, Lovable to Jeans West. Her work is also displayed on the music industry’s Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, The Pussy Cat Dolls and John Legend.
Kelsh’s love of the every changing world of makeup is what inspires her to move forward with trends and ideas, her inherent ability to create breathtaking images and memorable faces is captivated by a myriad of Australia’s finest photographers.
The profundity and diversity of work has seen Kelsh’s childhood curiosities come to life in a dynamic field where she is most comfortable; the enduring world of fashion enhances her creativity continuously.