Pop princess Rhianna yesterday launched her brand new agency Fr8me with managing partner Benoit Demouy in Los Angeles. The LA based agency’s mission is to style artists for booking commercials, editorial shoots, ad campaigns and red-carpet appearances.
Rihanna spoke “Hair, makeup and styling play an important role in creativity. I am very involved with that part of my process, so this agency was an organic thing for me to do”.
The agency have already lined up Rihanna's makeup artist Mylah Morales, wardrobe stylist Jason Bolden and celebrity hair stylists Patricia Morales and Marcia Hamilton. It is not yet known which other artists will be signed up or which celebrity clients the agency plan to work with, but Rihanna's new business venture is big talk in LA and looks to be a success.
The days are getting cooler, the dark nights are already here, we wrap up in big jumpers, coats, scarfs and hats but don't let that stop you from looking beautiful. Look forward to the new season by trying out some of the new hottest hair trends. From a classic French twist with a modern update, low ponytails or my personal key hair trend bohemian waves there's something pretty for everyone this new season.
The Low Ponytail
Messy or sleek, side or straight, the low ponytail is big this season. The trick to the trend is to wear it very low. Choose a messy low ponytail for the daytime and by night opt for a sleek sophisticated look wither straight or to the side. If you're wearing one of winters hot metallic eye makeup trends why not wrap some metal around the ponytail.
A classic French twist with a difference is massive this season after seeing it on the catwalk with both Chanel and Tom Ford amongst others. The key to the trend is to make the twist looser and younger. Make it much messier or try adding waves to the hair first, hold the twist with statement pins or ribbon.
My key hair trend is exactly this. Beautiful long, thick, textured kinky waves that simply look like you plaited your hair wet and let it air dry; and why not do exactly that? If you don't want to leave your hair to dry in plaits simply spray some sea salt spray into damp hair before drying
This weekend I am heading up the hair and makeup team at the annual Mahogany Bridal show taking place at The Grand Connaught Rooms in central London. Brides to be swam in from across the UK to attend this event that not only caters for the tradition bride but also the fashion conscious bride looking for a one off unique gown. The fashion show is always a special moment for guests as they witness the luxurious gowns in the flesh. My job is to make sure that the models showcasing these unique designer gowns look as beautiful as the gown itself.
Brides to be almost always opt for a natural, flattering makeup look that's pretty, elegant, sophisticated and brings out their best features on their special day. It is important as a makeup artist to understand the art of makeup. A woman’s wedding day is one of the most important days of her life, she puts her trust into the makeup artist to make her look her very best for her groom.
My Magic Product
As with any makeup look I do, whether it be a bride, a model an actress I always use one eye palette as a base.
Dior Eye Reviver
This is one of my favourite products in my pro kit and having only owned it around 6 months I sometimes wonder how I survived without it. It will be the only palette I need at the weekend to create stunning eye makeup added with a highlighting pigment.. The palette is like magic – containing a powder primer, 4 neutral eyeshadows and a cake eyeliner, the luminous neutral shades create a radiance of flawless eye makeup instantly brightening the eyes and making them look wider while creating perfect contouring structure. The results are beautiful.
Using Dior Eye Reviver and Mac pigment in shade universal mix to centre of the lid only.
Beautiful and Damned is one of four big makeup trends this coming A/W from Mac Cosmetics.
The trick with this look is to make it look effortless but to also notice the precision in the lines. Think of a look that was done in the morning but still looks good by the evening, or a DIY job vs refined.
Black is your main colour. You can go creative with a smudged kohl on the eyes or heavy carbon colours of black with a black or berry tone precision lip, or a smudged lip with precision lines around the eyes. Team either look with luminous polished skin and you can’t go wrong.
Remember…. Black, effortless vs precision is the key to mastering one of tis seasons new makeup trend.
Get The Look
This fashion week season is well underway having started in New York and soon to be in London in just a couple of days time. We all know that fashion week season is focused on the clothes being showcased from all the fabulous designers around the globe but a women's guilty pleasure is that we can't help but admire all the makeup looks created on the models each season.
One of the most iconic makeup artists in the world of makeup and present at fashion week every season creating beautifully designed looks whether it be natural to creative is Pat McGrath. Pat McGrath’s name is no secret to anyone in the business, her talent is beyond incredible and each season I look forward to seeing her new makeup designs. Makeup trends soon spread across the globe each season based on the key looks she creates and the new season will be no different.
McGrath’s main focus on all models across all designers she keyed makeup looks for this season at NYFW was to keep the skin soft and dewy. Gleaming, glowing skin with well defined structured brows were key for all models. She then adapted looks to suit each individual designers designs.
For Jenny Peckham, McGrath chose to use a turquoise eyeliner in a shape to suit the individual models eyes, she then teamed up with either a nude or bold red lip.
At Diane Von Furstenburg, she chose shades of turquoise and blue-greens to create a jewel toned eye again keeping the lips nude teamed with the gleaming skin.
Victoria Beckham’s models were kept a little more simple concentrating on the glowing skin teamed with either a nude lip or a pop of orange-red lips.
While at Givenchy she changed the direction slightly by adding a wash of mauve shadow around all of the eye. And keeping the brows light.
Not only were pastel shades of turquoise, green and blue used on the eyes in Pat McGrath’s designs it seemed to be everywhere supported with a nude or orange tone red lip.
So now you're ahead of one of the makeup trends at NYFW SS16 why not head down to the makeup counters and try some shades for yourself.
Last week I had the pleasure of leading hair and makeup for a special project. London Pacific Fashion Collective. LPFC is a company set up by Ana Lavekau. Ana features and managers 5 top emerging fashion designers from the South Pacific in London. With designs from New Zealand to Fiji and Ana’s very own label Reload Tribal LPFC brings you a wide range of clothing styles from steampunk fashion, blanket dresses to tribal swimwear.
Ana teamed up with myself, head of photography Ioana Mitroi and luscious models from across the UK to bring you a selection of studio fashion images promoting the LPFC designs in time for their show at London Fashion Week this season with Fashions Finest. I also brought in my friend and fellow MUA from LA, Dinah Raphaelle.
Makeup and hair needed to fit in with the style of the designs without being overpowering as the main focus of the shoot was to promote the designers unique styles.
Each makeup look was different, but simple. Fresh clean flawless skin, a popping eye or lip which I adapted throughout the day depending on the designs. I kept the hair similar on all girls with a loose bouncy curl/wave and the boys looked neatly groomed.
LPFC can be seen at this years London Fashion Week with Fashions Finest on 19th September for a solo show teaser and full collections on 20th September.
Director: Ana Lavekau
Photographer: Ioana Mitroi
Hair and makeup: Nikki Tipping & Dinah Raphaelle
Female models: Takeinivula Jewel, Angelina Kali, Ioana Rischitor, Ngawai Kristina Rose Ward.
Male models: Markus Roberts-Clarke, John Alexander and Alex La.
That’s right, poker straight hair flattened with straightening irons is once again coming back with a bang as we head into the autumn season and GHD which stands for ‘good hair day’ are ahead of the game by introducing their new platinum series of hair straighteners.
Straight hair is one of the most wished for features by thousands of women across the globe along with fighting the frizz and shiny luscious locks. GHD have created a new miracle straightener that promises to tackle all.
The platinum series promises to deliver the ultimate styling results with a healthier, stronger and shiner finish by being made with tri zone technology of three senses in each plate to ensure that the temperature of the straightener is maintained across the entire plate from root to tip. With a maximum temperature of 180 degrees these new irons promise to reduce hair breakage by over 50 percent and increasing shine by 20 percent.
GHD have certainly delivered with their new series of straighteners ready for the new autumn hair trend…
Follow my tips for perfect healthy poker straight locks
• When straightening the hair always make sure you have given the hair plenty of moisture by applying a leave in conditioner after washing like Tigi Bed Head Ego Boost.
• Before straightening apply a heat protection product from roots to ends like GHD Heat Protect.
• Section the hair into 4 quarters, and take small sections from each quarter as you work the straighteners through.
• Use a small comb as you glide the straighteners through the hair, this not only tackles any knots but also helps in creating the smooth poker straight effect.
• When straightening, leave 2cm at the roots untouched from the straighteners, this will leave volume to your locks.
• Always leave 1cm at the ends untouched to help avoid split ends.
• Finish with a moisture hair serum.
GHD Platinum series available in black, white and baby pink for 165 from www.ghdhair.com
Strobing is the talk of the beauty industry this season and it's fast becoming a popular trend for the catwalk.. But what is strobing?
Essentially, strobing is an advanced form of highlighting with no contour to compliment it. We use the technique to make the skin appear fresh, natural and healthy.
So how is it different to highlighting?...
When we highlight the skin whether it be teamed with a darker contour or not, we have more going on in the makeup look. That may be eye makeup, a lip colour or a strong contour. Strobing, is highlighting with no other distractions within the makeup look. It is the main focus and is instantly the technique our eyes are drawn to when looking at the face.
The technique to strobing is adding a highlighting cream or powder to the highest points of the face.. Above the eyebrows, the forehead, top of the cheek bones, nose and above the upper lip. My favourite way is by using highlighting creams.
My must have product…
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector £33.00
Last Saturday saw myself and my talented team working our magic at the 2nd edition of Tama Ra Soiree. The event is held every first Saturday of the month in the heart of London at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury.
Guests are treated to a night of music, art and live entertainment with an all you can eat Caribbean buffet – yummy!
Fashions Finest teamed up with with CEO Of Tama Ra Soiree Hazel Jordan to bring a showcase of fashion at the event. Each event features a different designer with their latest collections modelled by models in a catwalk showcase around the grand luxurious event room.
My job is to design a suitable makeup and hair look to match the designer that month and their wonderful collection.
Last Saturday we had the pleasure of working with Helen Woolams of Hellavagirl and her sequinned collection. Glitz, glam and glamour are just a few words that spring to mind when thinking of Helen’s collection.
To match her designs I knew I had to create a look that was as equally stunning as her glorious gowns. GLITTER!!
I chose glitter as the main focus for the makeup. Sparkling colours to match the sparkling sequins in the designs – perfect! I talked to my team about picking colours from the designs and incorporating one colour into the glitter eye makeup. Keeping the rest of the makeup minimal so that the eyes really popped with the dresses, I chose a natural nude lip with lots of gloss to enhance the glamorous look even more. Fresh dewy slightly highlighted skin and a pop of blush is all that was needed for the skin. Hair was kept simple popped back into a bun or pony or left natural.
HAIR & MUA TEAM
Me, Rose Taylor, Bev k & Rosita Baiamonte
I bring you my 2nd hottest summer make-up trend that you can achieve in minutes….
Trend two…. Soften those lips
By soften I don't mean keeping those luscious lips of yours soft, but of course that goes without saying.. Always use a lip scrub twice a week and balm daily throughout the day, but what I mean is keep those lipstick colours slightly smudged this season. You want to create a soft focused look on the lips.. Perfectly straight bold lip line is out and slightly smudged long wear looking lips is in.
Apply your lipstick how you would normally, don't concentrate on creating the perfect straight line as that's not required for this hot look, instead apply quickly. This may be enough to create the smudged effect or if it's not simply take a cotton bud and roll inwards along the lip line. This will diffuse the edges making them look smoking hot and smudged. Simple.. Now you're ready to show off your beautiful lips in this seasons hottest lip trend.
Last weekend saw me working my makeup magic backstage at the world famous grand finale ‘Top Model Of Colour’ competition. In its 9th season it promised to be a spectacular event narrowing the large number of applications down to just 14 finalists. All 14 girls were winners in their own right by making it to the final, but only one lucky girl would be crowned Top Model of Colour Season 9 winner, winning a year contract with Mahogany International Model management amongst other prizes.
The winner… Aramatou
Being a well established event in it's 9th year and being the head hair and makeup artist I meant business. Everything needed to be perfect, these young ladies needed to feel a million dollars when they graced the catwalk in front of the judges and spectators of fashionistas, celebrity's, models, scouts and magazines. My job along with my team was to make that happen.
Working with head stylist Malaika Mwaniki from a moodboard I chose and designed a beautiful look to suit all girls. Using Mehron UK for Treasure House of Makeup I picked out beautiful hues to compliment the girls skin tones making them look and feel like a princess.
Makeup: Bev K, Rose Taylor, Rosita Baiamonte & Shindy. Hair: Byrony O’dame, Daniela De Cervo & Helen Leonard
KEY PRODUCTS – Mehron UK
For the hair we kept it simple. Pulled off the face into bun so that the girls facial features really popped for all to see.
I take this opportunity to say a massive congratulations to all involved in this years final and pre show photoshoot and a special thank you to my team.
Summer is almost here so what better way to kick the season off by being in the know of the hottest summer makeup trends seen from the top fashion week shows from around the globe back in September 2014.
Being a make-up artist mainly based in fashion Means I love fashion weeks every season every year. I'm very lucky to be able to work at many fashion shows throughout the year around the globe which gives me the perfect opportunity to see the first glimpse of what's predicted to be hot make-up trends in my make-up world for the following seasons.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be bringing you some of the hottest summer make-up trends with my simple easy tricks to achieve the look within minutes.
So, trend one.... Lighten those brows!!
Yep that's right, instead of making your brows perfectly bold this season is all about embracing them and making them as big a statement as ever by doing the complete opposite to what we're all used to. No brows at all! Ok, maybe not no brows unless you're a make-up artist like me wanting to create an out there avant garde look, but lighter the brows the better.
Instead of filling them in with your darker brow pencils, powder or gels opt for a white eyeshadow. You want to create a look a few shades lighter than your normal brow shade. You also need to conceal.. So if you don't own a concealer invest in one close to your skin tone.
Taking a flat make-up brush, create a mask over the brow hair with your concealer. A thin mask is all you need, you still want to be able to see your hairs, we're not blocking the eyebrow out. Taking a a fluffy eye brush lightly dust over the brows with the white shadow to help disguise them more. Perfect you're all set for this super hot make-up trend.
Photographer Zoe Michelle
A couple of weeks back I was so honoured and proud to finally work with UK designer Hellavagirl. Hellavagirl was created by the talented Helen Woollams, not only a UK designer with her own brand but also an educator in fashion design. Helen showcased her last collection at LFW with Fashions Finest back in February and I have been dying to get my magic make-up brushes out ever since to create a unique avant garde make-up look to match her collection. I was so happy when she agreed.
So the date was set, Sunday 12th April 2015.
We teamed up with London photographer and magazine owner Zoe Michelle. The three of us spent hours discussing how we wanted the shoot to go and how the look of the models was of utmost importance for us to pull of an incredible editorial. After handfuls of applications we chose two models, Shola Nikitta from Dama Model Agency and actress/model Emily Haigh.
The two girls looked very similar, that they could be sisters. Beautiful long blonde tresses of hair which we plaited in small plaits to create a wave almost crimped effect.
I wanted the make-up to be different, a pale face was a priority in my make-up design. This would show off the intensity of the make-up as well as the designs from Hellavagirl.
As Helen was showing some of her new collection for the very first time in this photo shoot I wanted to do her proud. A lot of lace is used in Helens new collection, I thought a perfect look would be to combine the incredible Face.Lace with Helen's designs, what's more Face.Lace have just brought a fabulous new collection out too. The designs were perfect.
The lovely talented Phyllis and her team at Face.Lace sent out some designs for me to use. WOW...was my first word when I opened the package.. the new design 'Salome Mask' £29.95 is the prettiest edition I have seen yet. So that along with designs; 'Salome eye lace' £14, 'Mehndoodle designs 1' £17.95 and 'Beauty sparks illumonet' in shade orchid violet £4.95 were designed into my make-up looks.
I kept the look fairly simple in terms of products, using only a handful of products and 3 colours. The first set was white, black and lilac, the second set was white, black and gold. I created a different look on each model using the same three colours on both in each set. It worked, the images look great and I'm happy to say they are being published in a magazine very soon. But for you lucky readers here is a preview.
Superstar Face paints
Clarins Skin Care
Lush lip care
Tigi Bed Head hair care
Lancome have launched their new spring eye shadow palette 'My French Palette' and of course being a working make-up artist and loving Lancome products, I had to buy it. The compact contains a harmony of six matte and iridescent pinks ideal for creating a fresh light day smokey eye look along with three intense colour popping shades of greens and a pearly grey to give a bolder but elegant evening look.
What I love about this palette is that the colours are very pigmented and although some are iridescent they are still soft enough to create a beautiful shimmery pretty spring look.
My top tip with this palette for creating the perfect day look is to sweep shade 1 across the whole eyelid up to the brow and create an intensity of different shades across the whole lid, starting with shade 3 blending into shade 4 and then 5 and into the crease.
For that pop of colour, add shade 7 to the inner lid of the eye blending into the middle part of the lid and shade 8 to the outer part of the lid. Sweep shade 9 along the lower lash line. Perfect spring evening look.
The eye colours are presented in a beautiful and elegant silver mirror clasped palette engraved with spring flowers and the Eiffel Tower repressing the city of Paris where Lancome is made.
My French Palette by Lancome £42