Ripley Dale-Gulston

Ripley Dale-Gulston

Screen Skills Hair and Make-up Trainee

  • Location: Birmingham/London
  • Career stage: Entry
  • Freelancer: Available

From a young age Ripley’s favourite movie was Mrs Doubtfire, she was fascinated with the way Robin Williams' character was changed from a middle-age father to a cute elderly old lady. Her mother mentioned to her that the people who created the prosthetics and special effects were called “Make-Up Artists”. That made Ripley become interested in prosthetics and special effects. As a teenager, she  found the beauty make-up side a little more interesting, especially experimenting with new beauty trends. In addition, Ripley is captivated with cinematic make-up and grew to adore the filmography aspects, which helped her understand character make-up and aided a fondness of period hair and make-up.

Ripley has graduate with a first-class BA Honours in Specialist Hair and Make-up from University College Birmingham. While studying at university, she worked at the university's student specialist make-up technician.

This job aided her to understand the importance of COSHH products, ordering specialist make up, using and fixing equipment in the hair, make-up and prosthetics industry. Additionally, she is able to gain more interactions working with different people and funded herself and her kit.

Ripley has honed her skills and education to be a Hair, Prosthetics and Make up Artist. She has achieved her Level 2 Hair and Media Make-Up and VRCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special effects Hair and Media Make-Up. Additionally, she has a City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing which she studied at college which helps her have precise skills in hairdressing and helps her improve techniques in hair. Over the years she has had a number of beauty consultant roles which helped her understand different skin tones, shades and types.

She is located between Birmingham and London for work. In addition, Ripley currently works as Retail Make-up Artist at MAC cosmetics.  While working in retail Ripley has worked on a film set and work experience backstage for the catwalk at London College of Fashion. 

Ripley has gained experience working with numerous industry professionals such as:

Assisting Andrew Whiteoak at The Rep Theatre (2017)

Assisting Alyn Waterman at his studio (2017)

Shadowing Alyn Waterman on set, at BBC web series ‘Man Like Mobeen’ work experience (2017)

Working on student films as a Make-up Artist for Dan Wilson and Martin Sims’ Foot in the Door Productions (2018)

Work experience at The Birmingham Repertory Theature  for the production Woyzeck (2018)

Dailes Crowd Hair & Make-up Trainee for 'FourWeddings and a Funeral' (2018)

Crowd Hair & Make-up Trainee (Screenskills) - '1917' (2019)

Ripley is a hard-working, flexible worker used to long, unsociable hours and being on her feet yet, keeping a friendly, vibrant and enthusiastic energy whilst working. Ripley is available to work, whether it’s long-term, full term, freelance or collaborating with other industry professionals.

Work History

Main Team Hair and Make-up Trainee - SkySeries: Intergalactic

Aug 2019 - Dec 2019

Crowd Hair and Make-up Trainee - Last Night In Soho - Edgar Wright

Aug 2019 - Aug 2019

Main Team Hair and Make-up Trainee - BBC: Moving On

Jun 2019 - Jul 2019

Crowd Hair & Make-up Trainee (Screenskills) - 1917- Directed by Sam Mendes

Apr 2019 - Jun 2019

Crowd Hair & Make-up Trainee - Four Weddings and a Funeral

Nov 2018 - Nov 2018

Assistant to Joesph Koniak & Team - London College of Fashion

Nov 2018 - Nov 2018

Paid Hair and Make-up artist for Caron Wheeler - Soul II Soul management

Oct 2018 - Oct 2018

Hair and Make Up Artist - The Birmingham Repertory Theatre – Woyzeck

Jun 2018 - Jun 2018

Hair and Make Up Artist - The Thrill of Love (The Crescent Theatre)

Apr 2018 - May 2018

Paid Make Up Supervisor - And then there were none (The Crescent Theatre)

Mar 2018 - Mar 2018

Make Up Artist - Foot in the Door Productions (Dan Wilson and Martin Sims)

Jan 2018 - Jan 2018

Paid Make Up Supervisor - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Crescent Theatre)

Dec 2017 - Dec 2017

Hair & Make Up Work Experience - Man Like Mobeen (BBC Web Series)

Oct 2017 - Oct 2017

Assistant Make Up Artist to Andrew Whiteoak - Alice in Wonderland Gala (REP Theatre)

Jul 2017 - Jul 2017

Hair& Make up University placement - Alyn Waterman Make-Up & Hair Studio

Jul 2017 - Jul 2017


Specialist Hair & Media Make-Up - BA (Hons) - University College Birmingham

Sep 2015 - Jul 2018

Spanish - Beginners Level - University College Birmingham

Jan 2017 - Jul 2017

Theatrical, Special effects Hair and Media Make-Up - VRCT Level 3 Diploma - South Thames College

Sep 2013 - Jul 2014

Afro & European Women’s hairdressing - City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 Diploma - South Thames College

Sep 2012 - Jul 2013

Hair and Media Make Up - City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Diploma in - South Thames College

Sep 2011 - Jul 2012


  • • Great at researching
  • •Resourceful
  • Can be on my feet or long amount of time
  • courteous
  • Creative
  • Eager to learn
  • enthusiastic
  • Excellent time keeper
  • Fantastic knowledge in historical ethos and pop culture
  • Flexible
  • Good at listening
  • Hard-working
  • Helpful
  • motivated
  • Punctual