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 
London Fashion Week S/S15
Friday, 19 September 2014
Wow what a weekend I had!!!!

For another season the famous fashion week hit London along with thousands of celebrities, pro models, designers, photographers, stylists, hair and make-up artists to name a few from a long list of creative talent from around the world. Once again London did not disappoint!!

On Sunday I along with my chosen team; the immense photographer Ryan Davies of Monocolour Photography Ltd and his assistant Richard Snelson attended the most sought after show during LFW for their 8th season.... 'Fashions Finest'. We attended the show as press for 'Vernal Magazine', where some of you may already know I work as Beauty editor and Head Hair and Make-up Artist, but of course I couldn't not write about my experience on my very own blog on the 'Fashions Finest' website.

As we all know Fashions Finest is renowned for discovering new and upcoming talent and giving them the opportunities that they may not yet be able to afford when it comes to participating in the large shows during fashion week season. With this in mind Fashion Finest has become the show to watch every season during London Fashion Week allowing celebrities, buyers, fashionists and press to get the first glimpse of the collections from some of the biggest future fashion names.

Sunday's show was very close to my heart as a designer I met previously at Africa Fashion Week London, and then went on to work as key make-up artist for her look book was showcasing her first collection at her first ever London Fashion Week Show. Izelia opened her show with the talented Leon from Versatile dance crew performing a street dance which perfectly introduced the street vibe of Izelia Fashion. Izelia Fashion's style is all about transforming African prints into contemporary, stylish and flattering wearable styles.
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Photographer Ryan James

Other designers showcased on the Sunday show were; Rhona Anne, I.Kollection, Charon, Koyawo, Dentelle Bleue, Kass Kouture, Sofia Douruari Coutre, Itsy Bitsy Vintage, AfroFashion, Made of Carpet, Farah Fashion Design, Miss Boss Fashion and Wearing Memories.
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Make-up by AOFM Pro, Make-up - Mehron at Treasure House of Make-up, Photographer Ryan James

Being a make-up artist myself, I could not leave without going backstage and talking with the make-up team on the looks they created over the weekend for the Fashions Finest shows. Fashions Finest team up every year for their London Fashion Week show with the renowned make-up school in London AOFM. AOFM, send their graduates from their school on shows like Fashions Finest to give their past students opportunities and the experience to work on big shows during London Fashion Week.

This year they gained the make-up brand 'Mehron' from 'Treasure House of Make-up' as their sponsor for the shows in which they were involved in. I too work with Mehron products on a weekly basis and have also had Fashions Finest shows where I have been the key Make-up artist sponsored by Mehron. Mehron is an incredible brand and many of their products are my go to products in my professional kit. You can find previous blogs right here about Mehron and their amazing products.
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Make-up by AOFM Pro, Make-up - Mehron at Treasure House of Make-up, Photographer Dayo Awe

While speaking with Karla Barchieri a tutor from the AOFM Academy and the key make-up artist over the weekend, she explained how she organised her team and what looks they created over the two days.

Karla had a team of 12 girls, all of who she had taught at the school and decided to split them up into three areas of, make-up, nails and media for AOFM.

On Saturday Karla and her team presented a classic look of defined brows, nude lips with strong contouring on flawless light skin on all female and male models.

Sundays look was fresh natural skin using rosy tones and highlighters that weren't too strong. The brows were still defined but much softer.

Towards the end of the show they adjusted the look making lips stronger and red and intensified the contouring by using extra highlighter.

Overall Sunday was a successful day and enjoyed by so many.

My time at London Fashion Week was incredible as it is always and I cannot wait for next season where I am already booked to work at key shows in New York and of course I am taking pro photographer Ryan Davies and his assistant Richard Snelson with me.
Swimming Cap Trend
Monday, 04 August 2014
I've been drooling over the Nars Cosmetics Adult Swim collection for weeks, the beautiful pastel shades on the eyes and lips teamed together with a shocking bright swimming cap. In fact myself and one of my photographer friends have been planning on a swimming cap shoot for what seems like forever. We've been bouncing off eachothers ideas and collecting inspiring images to create the perfect series of looks based around a 'swimming cap'. Very soon we will finally be putting weeks of planning into action and shooting what we both know will be an incredible day and shoot. But me being me, and obsessed with make-up and work I had to do a mini taster at a recent shoot with one of my long term model friends Nadia and and the amazing photographer, Yhun Suarez. The look was made up on the spot, no planning went into it, we just went for it and of course, the results were outstanding as they always are when I team up with these two talented creatives. So today I'm going to share all on how I achieved this look. It's not too late to take inspiration and re create your very own.. We still have a good month of summer left...but If we go by the British weather of the last couple of years a good 3 months.
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Model: Nichole Model UK Model, Photographer & Retoucher: Yhun Suarez

1, As always with any make-up job I do I prep the skin. Nadia has amazing flawless skin and is an absolute dream to work on, but that doesn't mean I can skip skin prep. Make-up will never sit on skin that isn't clean or primed as well as if it was. So we began by prepping with 'Bioderma cleansing water', Simple moisturiser and 'Illamasqua Hydra Veil'. On the lips I used Lush sugar scrub and Vaseleine.

2, I then moved onto the base. It was a hot summers day when we shot this so I didn't want to cover Nadia in massive amount of thick foundation that would simply melt. I opted for 'Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion' foundation. I absolutely love this foundation, it's light and feels like silk on your skin. But there is a knack to how to use it and it's not suitable for everyone. It's oil based so it needs oil to make it really work. A good primer is essential else you'll find it will stick to dry patches. I would only use this on oily or combination skin with a good primer. If you get it right the results are incredible. I applied with my fingers and a beauty blender to finish off. I then covered any dark circles under Nadia's eyes with 'Illamasqua Skin base lift concealer' An absolute essential product in my kit!

3, Next I filled in Nadia's brows with an eyeshadow from the 'Mehron Instense palette' to give the eye, shape ready for the eyeshadow application. Unlike the Nars campaign I opted for a dark sultry sexy eye on Nadia so that the bright coloured swimming cap would really pop out in the image. I used the incredible 'Precious Gem Powder in shade Black Onyx'. I did a full wash of colour and blended out very slightly over the crease. I then highlighted the inner corners to make her eyes look bigger with 'Bourjois Light 01 eyeshadow'. Applied lashings of 'Mehron Black mascara' and finished off with some winged out long lashes.

4, Next it was time to contour and highlight Nadia's face. I decided to go for a bronze look only, to work well with the swimming cap theme. I contoured underneath her cheek bones with 'illamasqua Bronzer' and then above the bronzer with 'Bare minerals Pure Radiance' powder. I finished off by highlighting with the lighter shade of bronzer from the Illamsqua palette. I then highlighted the key areas of the nose, chin and forehead again with the lighter shade of bronzer.

5, To finish the look I wanted popping colour lips to match the swimming cap. So, as I do regularly I pulled out my facepaints to work that bright popping green lip. I use 'Superstar Facepaints from The Facepainting shop in Essex'.

On went a wig cap followed by the bright green swimming cap from 'speedo' and there we had it. My first Swimming cap look.

In retouching Yhun added an image he took whilst out in the Philippines of a beautiful beach and our look came alive. Hope you like the results.

Make-up & Skin Prep:
Bioderma Cleansing Water £9.99
Simple Moisturiser £3.99
Lush Lip Scrub £5.50
Vaseline £1
Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation £39.00
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer £17.50
Mehron Intense Palette £51.00
Mehron Precious Gem Powder £5.71
Bourjois Light 01 eyeshadow £6.99
Mehron Mascara £7.10
Illamasqua Bronzing duo £26.00
Bare Minerals Pure Radiance £19.00
Superstar Facepaint £3.83
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