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Siân was born in England second generation makeup artist to her Welsh father Hu Richards, (2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Oliver, Mary Queen Of Scots, Scrooge, The Mackintosh Man etc), and her Maltese mother Carmelina. She was on her first film set aged 2 and knew she wanted to be a makeup artist by the time she was 10. She went to Wimbledon Art School to study art and design, then to London College Of Fashion for a 2 year makeup and hair course. Her first makeup gig was helping to make corpses for Granada Tv's drama Prime Suspect (starring Helen Mirren).
Her career has spanned every genre of media makeup and hair - from beauty and advertising to extensive prosthetics; from high editorial runways to gritty cold sets. There is little she has not had to deal with over the years and  has always maintained that an artist should be polished in as many skills as possible as it's vital to be able to create magic and have range and diversity. 1998 saw her first Makeup & Hair Department Head position and she has continued with this ever since, not only working on feature films, but commercials, stills, teaching, mentoring and public speaking world wide. 
In 2009 Sian created her Indie Brand London Brush Company designing and selling hand made makeup brushes that are now an industry standard. In 2016 she rebranded into Siân Richards London when she launched colour cosmetics for global skin.
Siân is a dual citizen of UK & USA, lives in Los Angeles and has bases in London, New York and Malta.

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