London Pacific Fashion Show
Friday, 21 November 2014
Back on November 6th another fashion show hit London. The London Pacific Fashion Show. CEO and Fijian designer Ana Luvy launched her first pre London Fashion Week show in a Tiki-themed venue in Fulham showcasing some of the biggest designers from the South Pacific.

Ana had tremendous support and sourced 25 models to help showcase the South Pacific designer's collections. Each collection was very original to its own and each model was given a designer to walk for.

I was lucky to be asked by Ana to be the Make-up designer for the show and brought on board my wonderful 2nd lead MUA Fary Bolorchi as well as 12 make-up students from Kingston College where I teach make-up part time to the HNC Make-up students.

As the designers collections were very different from one another and each model was given a designer to walk for I decided to mix things up a little with the make-up.

Myself and my team created steampunk make-up for the designer Star Boy to match the collection. Star Boy was the first and biggest collection to be showcased, so their models walked on the floor wearing red and black bold eye make-up highlighted with a gold bottom lash line to make those eyes pop. Teamed with Burgundy shades of red lips and fresh dewy rosy skin tones. The males wore the traditional steam punk coins to one side of their face.

I wanted the first impact on the catwalk to be different, bold and noticeable followed by fresh faced healthy looking skin.

So the rest of the models were made up with fresh dewy highlighted skin, defined brows and contoured skin. We added a slight wash of shimmer across the lids and neutral shimmer lips to match the fresh dewy highlighted skin look.

The overall night was another great experience in my career as well as giving Kingston College students a great work experience placement.
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Designers:
Star Boy (New Zealand)
Shona Tawhiao (New Zealand)
Jeanine Clarkin (New Zealand)
Hupfeld Hoerder (Fiji)
Kolia (Fiji)
Reload Tribal (Fiji and UK)
On Set
Monday, 20 October 2014
I'm very lucky to be a Make-up Artist, I don't just get to work on glamorous fashion shows making up beautiful models showcasing some of the best unique designs but I also get to work on film sets and also do one of my favourite areas of my job.... TEACH.

Teaching for me has got to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I get to teach learners all about my passion, develop their skills, and help bring out their inner passion for the same subject that I love. Seeing my students do well and talk openly about make-up gives me goose bumps. I reminisce on my learning days, the plans I had for my future, the nerves I had of taking that big step by moving to London to follow my dream of being a Make-up Artist. I see myself a lot in my students. If I can help them do as well as I am doing In such a short space of time then I know I have done a good job.

So for the past few days I have took 7 of my learners on work experience with me. Where? A film set! I can't tell you all too much about this film just yet, but what I will say is that myself and my team of learners had lots of fun with blood. They worked incredibly hard and I am very proud of them all. The film is released on Boxing Day in the UK and January for the rest of the world.

Of course the incredible MEHRON UK sponsored the film as I was the Make-up designer over the whole film.

Some of the products we used are shown below; lots of blood and gore and of course it's that time of year for Halloween... So come back next week for Halloween make-up looks.
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The secret to luscious locks
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Being a make-up artist is a fast paced hard job. I'm sure I speak on behalf of all artists when I say we are rushed and pushed to create a look in very little time. I recall working on a film a couple of years ago and being given 20 minutes to create glamorous hair and make-up. Luckily for me I had an assistant who was recently qualified in hair and make-up so the pressure was took off me. My assistant curled the actresses hair while I applied make-up. But I'm not always lucky enough to have an assistant to help out, and I'm not always fortunate to have enough time to style the models or actress hair myself. So what's my secret??

WIGS!!!!!

The word wigs often pops up thoughts in people's minds of theatre, Halloween, costume or someone who has no hair. But wigs in the fashion industry are very big news and a massive helping hand to us hair and make-up artists.

If you think about it, almost all young girls out there use or have used hair extensions, clipping or glueing in fake hair to make their own hair appear longer or fuller so why not use a wig?

Wigs do exactly the same thing. They give you long flowing bouncy girls or super sleek locks. But they also give you much more variation than what a hair extension piece would do. You can completely change your colour, length and style by simply pulling back your own hair into a bobble, popping a wig cap over your head and sitting that wig on top. And by magic your hair and overall look is completely changed!

As a hair and make-up artist working mainly in the fashion industry it is important that I use top quality wigs. If I used something that wasn't great then that would have an affect on my name and reputation and in this business I cannot afford to do that. That's why all my wigs come from the same company. Annabelle's wigs.

Annabelle's wigs is a UK independent online retailer of wigs and hair pieces. They offer full wigs, ¾ wigs, hair pieces, Clip-in hair extensions, clip-in hair pieces and ponys, fringes and accessories. They even have celebrity hair stylist Lino Carbosiero with his exclusive Lino Range that is heat resistant up to 120 degrees.

But what I really love about this company and their wigs is the amazing quality. The hair is super soft, glossy and very natural looking and they last! I can use the same wig over and over again. I can use products to create different affects and textures and the hair still remains in the same perfect condition as it was when I took it out the plastic bag. I wash the wigs after use, especially if Ive used a product medium and simply let them dry on top of a wig stand available from the company and the wig bounces straight back into shape ready to be used again. There is over 300 styles and colours available, they're stylish, affordable and current.

They have a great area on their website called 'get the celebrity look' where they have pieces to match the stars hairstyles. You can choose from Victoria beckham, Cheryl

Cole,Rihanna, Kim Kardashion and many more. As well as that you can also find your colour by using 'colour match wizard'.

These wigs are a must in my kit and have been used on so many jobs. I love them and couldn't work without them. I,m not the only one, I'm seeing more and more make-up and hair artists within the industry The team is super friendly,helpful and interested in your needs.

So there you have it. My secret to gorgeous hair to the match the gorgeous makeup on the beautiful models is by popping on an incredible Annabelle's wig.
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Model: Nadia Nichole, Photographer Deborah Selwood and wig Kerry
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Photographer Yhun Suarez and wig Monica 
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