Phyllis Cohen started her career as a Fashion Illustrator. Whilst attending Art Centre in California, her dramatic style caught the attention of fashion photography students who encouraged her to do makeup for their photo shoots. Phyllis graduated with two portfolios: one for makeup and one for illustration.
When Phyllis arrived in London (1982) the New Romantics embraced her colourful, illustrative makeup style. The fashion world followed suit, and for most of the 80s the fashion-pack turned to Phyllis when cutting-edge or artistic makeup was needed. Her fans included Annie Lennox, David Bowie, Tina Turner, and Janet Jackson. Phyllis’s Makeup work has been published in Vogue, Citizen K, Dazed and Confused, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair and many, many other Magazines. From the late 80s, when asked to Key the Make-up of Fashion shows for Zandra Rhodes, Phyllis created her first hand-made makeup stickers to incorporate the patterns of Zandra’s silkscreen fabrics into the model’s make-up quickly.
In the 90s Phyllis returned to art college to research how we perceive the Beauty of the human face. She has written for many publications to expand the concept of beauty. Phyllis is greatly in demand as an Educator, and has given Masterclasses in the USA, Singapore, France and the UK.
Phyllis puts her vast experience into every design she creates for her Face Lace range. Each piece starts out as a unique artwork meticulously researched from different eras and cultures of decorative arts. Phyllis loves what she does and has a passionate team of makeup artists and artists who work closely with her.
When you buy a Face-Lace design you buy a little bit of make up history...
Arden Fanning Vogue Beauty Editor
"Phyllis is the Couturier of Makeup stickers"
L’Officiel Magazine USA
"Amidst the maximalism and glamour of 1980s beauty, makeup artist Phyllis Cohen was pushing it even further.
It’s this boundary-pushing balance that earned Cohen a long list of subversive clients in their own right, including David Bowie, Boy George, Annie Lennox, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, and more"
"80s make-up artist Phyllis Cohen has long been celebrated within the industry for her elaborate style and visionary aesthetic."
"how conceptual make-up artist Phyllis Cohen infiltrated the 80s beauty scene
From Bowie to Blitz, Phyllis Cohen’s work came to define a generation."