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
festival Face.Lace
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Some of you may of seen or heard of Face.Lace before, especially if you were recently at Glastonbury where the new festival Face.Lace designs were a genius alternative to hiring an avant garde Make-Up artist and were made to stay on through the mud, sweat and tears. But for those who've not, rest assured as I'm about to tell all on these amazing creations.

So what is Face.Lace and where has it come from?

Face.Lace was founded by the Make-up Artist Phyliss Cohen, famous for her intricate designs and staggeringly bold fashion feats. Phyliss has a huge portfolio including advertisement, magazines and even designed tattoo designs for Jean-Paul Gaultier. She was often asked by many "How can I do make-up like you?" With that in mind, she took her previous illustration background and MA fine art degree along with her passion, talent and drive and produced the incredible brand Face.Lace.

Face.Lace comes in many designs and colours and are vinyl shaped cut out adhesives. They can be applied to anywhere on your body but most commonly on the face for a quick avant garde look looking like you've spent hours perfecting that design or hiring your own personal Make-up Artist. Because they are stick on adhesives they are non-smudge and ready to wear. Your natural look can change in a minute by simply peeling off the designs on the sheet and sticking to your face giving you that mind blowing look in minutes.

There is a large range of designs from the original designs of 'Masks' and 'Demi-Veils' which are designed to cover half of the face or eyes, medium designs names 'Mehndoodles' and smaller 'eye laces and doodles'. For true creatives Face.Lace also do 'play sheets' and 'beauty sparks' which are small shapes of coloured super shiny mirror finished foils. Then there's the new 'brow lace' which Make-Up Artist's love, me being one of them! These designs can be mixed up and added to the other designs to create something really unique and magical.

What's more if you really want to create your own custom design just contact Face.Lace through their website and they will create your own bespoke design.

I simply love Face.Lace and it is always a product that is in my kit. I was very lucky to of met the very talented creator Phyills and her team at this year's IMATS in London. Phyliss then went on to do a presentation on the main stage where hundreds of her fans sat and watched her create her magic.

You can buy or inquire about Face.Lace on their website www.face-lace.com

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Phyliss on stage at IMATS London
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Face.Lace Beauty Sparks and Festival Eyes £4.95 and £9.95
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Face.Lace Rocco Playsheet in white and Eye Lace Swirlyqueue £15.95 each
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Face.Lace Lace brows in Gun Metal Silver and Dappled Gold £4.95 each
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Face.Lace Whiplush Brow Lace and Dresserenity Brow Lace £16.95
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