Ammy Drammeh - Makeup Artist

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    Based in London since 2010, Gambian-Spanish make-up artist Ammy Drammeh has worked with an impressive roster of artists, designers and publications, including the likes of Solange and FKA twigs, ASAI, Vogue, Love Magazine, and British fashion photographer Tim Walker, capturing the industry’s attention with her original approach to storytelling and inventive use of colour. Drammeh’s outlook on make-up, and fashion as a whole, is perhaps epitomised by her own description of her aesthetic as, “real, more than natural.” Commencing Something Curated’s new series, Canons Of Beauty, highlighting the practices of boundary-pushing young make-up artists, SC spoke with Drammeh to learn more about her work, favourite collaborators, and how she’s handling the present lockdown.

    Something Curated: Can you give us some insight into your background; how did you enter the field of make-up?

    Ammy Drammeh: I always knew I wanted to be a make-up artist. I grew up in Sabadell, an industrial city not far from Barcelona. I think I was about 13 years old when one of my classmates let me borrow a Kevin Aucoin book her aunty gave her. I had it for about a week and my friends would come around and I would “recreate” the looks. I was doing make-up all the time, on friends, family members, my school teachers. When I turned 16 my teacher told my parents that I should pursue a career as a makeup artist. My parents didn’t really understand, I was a good student and makeup wasn’t something they had considered as a serious career but they went with it.

    I moved to London a few years after that, but I did not work as a make-up artist for about 3 years, and then I decided to get started again. I had a full-time job in retail and I didn’t know anyone from the industry. I started doing little photoshoots with random people. That gave me the confidence again. A year later I started assisting, got a part time job and the rest was really a very steady evolution. Definitely my 3 years assisting different artists was what taught me the most, seeing all these completely different approaches to make-up, all beautiful in their way, helped me find my own.

    SC: Do you recognise an ethos or conceptual thread that tethers your diverse body of work?

    AD: It’s hard to tell. I don’t tent to overthink what I do; it’s driven by how I feel and what each particular project wants to reflect. Over the years I have developed my own particular style and I think it comes from everything I’ve been surrounded by when I grew up and the things I would have like to see back then.

    SC: What are you excited to work on next, and how is the pandemic affecting the way you’re operating at present?

    AD: I am really excited to get back to it, just being on set with other people. I am very privileged to be able to stay at home during this pandemic. This situation has just emphasised lots of things that need to be changed.

    SC: Do you have any favourite collaborators you particularly enjoy working with?

    AD: I love working with Campbell Addy and Ibrahim Kamara – they are family. We met years ago, they were both students at Central Saint Martins, we clicked instantly, and we have been collaborating ever since. It’s so great when another creative mind gets you. There is a level of trust and respect that allows you to be your best. It is challenging sometimes to get your point across, that is something that I’ve learnt in the past few years working with different teams and it is so rewarding to see that people who I looked up to and admired for so many years are so open and understand the importance of collaboration. I consider myself extremely lucky; I get to work with fantastic teams, from hair stylists and nail artists to set designers. They inspire me very much.

    SC: You have a very sensitive and beautiful approach to using colour – could you expand a little on this?

    AD: I take a more cinematic approach to make-up. It’s not about creating something beautiful but more about developing a character and conveying a feeling. Colour is a powerful communication tool and I like to play with that, transforming our idea or meaning into colour.

    SC: What do you want to learn more about?

    AD: Anthropology and history. I have always enjoyed knowing more about past and present societies.

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    WSJ Magazine September 2020

    Market Report


    Photographer: Ronan McKenzie
    Set Designer: Kei Yoshino
    Stylist: Hanna Kelifa
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: Aj Yel, Akuac Yel

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    London Calling


    Photographer: Campbell Addy
    Stylist: Anna Trevelyan
    Hair: Isaac Poleon
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: BBZ, CKTRL, Bree Runway, Georgina Johnson, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Clara Amfo, Rhea Dillon, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Aston Rudi, Anais, Ajamu, Isaac Poleon, Virginie Moreira, Ammy Drammeh, Cosima, Nicholas Daley, Mischa Notcutt, Cecile Emeke, PC Williams, Deepa Keshvala,

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    Dazed Summer 2018

    New Royals


    Photographer: Sean & Seng
    Stylist: Ibrahim Kamara
    Hair: Tomi Kono
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: Assa Baradji, Grace Musase

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    Debra Shaw


    Photographer: Campbell Addy
    Set Designer: Victoria Salomoni
    Stylist: Emma Wyman
    Hair: Tomohiro Ohashi
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: Debra Shaw

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    The Girls Next Door


    Photographer: Amber Pinkerton
    Set Design: Afra Zamara
    Stylist: Nell Kalonji
    Hair: Louis Ghewy
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: Sabah Koj, Aminat Seriki, Ajak Arop, Shaquielle Watson-Lynch, Omolayo Abereoan

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    Dazed Spring 2019

    Kelsey Lu

    Photographer: Joshua Woods
    Stylist: Nell Kalonji
    Hair: Jawara
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: Kelsey Lu

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    Television Innovator: Michaela Coel


    Photographer: Tyler Mitchell
    Stylist: Lynsey Moore
    Hair: Cyndia Harvey
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: Michaela Coel

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    W Magazine Volume 4 2020

    Michaela Coel


    Photographer: Tim Walker
    Stylist: Rasharn Agyemang, Sam Walker
    Hair: Virginie Moreira, Cyndia Harvey
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh, Sam Bryant
    Cast: Michaela Coel, Paapa Essiedu, Michelle Greenidge, Lewis Reeves, Weruche Opia, Lauren-Joy Williams and Danielle Vitalis, Harriett Webb

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    Vogue Hommes Spring/Summer 2021

    Nomads


    Photographer: Rafael Pavarotti
    Stylist: Ibrahim Kamara
    Hair: Eugene Souleiman
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: Omar, Babacar N'Doye, Dennis, Mammina, Jacob Little, Harper, Aphile, Cherif Douamba, Momo

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    The Many Lives of Thandiwe Newton


    Photographer: Mikael Jansson
    Stylist: Edward Enninful
    Hair: Eugene Souleiman
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Cast: Thandiwe Newton

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    Global Local

    Photography: Rafael Pavarotti
    Styling: Ibrahim Kamara
    Hair: Virginie Moreira
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Models: Adit Priscilla, Ophélie Him, Kaizen, Jeanne Zheng, Sarah Bonkay, Ginette Mendes, Douta Sidibe, François Delacroix, Priscilla Ressem, Marieme Kane, Sona Marciel, Rabine Flory, Abdoul Razak, Maxence Colautti, Tess Buitenhuis, Becky Skirrow, Tya Gohin Gagneux, Jaouen Nils, Julien Masselo, Lamine Diouf, Laurens Landre, Jean-Luc Ndjoli

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    Move It

    Photography: Rafael Pavarotti
    Styling: Ibrahim Kamara
    Hair: Virginie Moreira
    Makeup: Ammy Drammeh
    Models: Becky Skirrow, Priscillia Ressem, Tess Buitenhuis, Marieme Kane, Ginette Mendes

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