Fashion Ballet Photoshoot
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Dance and it's fascination within the fashion world is still going strong. As we saw at New York and Paris fashion week early last year dancers took the stage in ballet inspired costumes designed by iconic designer's including Alexander McQueen. The showcase of designer Katrantzou designs showcased in a ballet dance routine was one of spring 15 London fashion week highlights, and the trend swept throughout the fashion world.

Back in December I joined fashion photographer Ryan James Davies of MonoColour Photography Ltd in the Scottish Highlands with principle Sara- Maria Barton of Ballet West ballet school for our very own fashion ballet photo shoot. I was also there providing make-up services to the students for their Romeo and Juliet video trailer for their upcoming tour around Scotland beginning on the 23rd of this month.

As this was a fashion inspired editorial I wanted to keep the make-up clean, fresh and minimal. I didn't want the audience's eye to be focused on the make-up, but instead on Sara and the beautiful tranquillity in Sara's ballet pose.
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Ballet dancer: Sara-Maria Barton, Photographer: Ryan James Davies, Make-up artist: Nikki Tipping
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Ballet dancer: Sara-Maria Barton, Photographer: Ryan James Davies, Make-up artist: Nikki Tipping

KEY PRODUCTS:
  1. Clarins skin care and primer
  2. Illamasqua skin base foundation
  3. YSL Highlighting concealer
  4. Mehron UK powder for brows
  5. Mehron UK cream blusher
  6. Illamasqua cream highlighter
  7. Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
  8. YSL 'Shocking' mascara
  9. Kryolan lip stain
Party Make-up Heaven
Monday, 01 December 2014
The party season is soon approaching and so are the new make-up trends. This season it's all about the eyes with nails to match.

Fresh faced dewy highlighted skin teamed up with glammed up shimmer and glitter is this party seasons must have!

My advice is apply your normal foundation mixed with a highlighting cream like Mac Strobe Cream to create a healthy dewy base. Followed by Bobbi Brown Brightening finishing powder to give a quick brightening pick me up to the skin for all those after work parties.

Focus on the eyes keeping the lips nude and glossy. There's so many new luscious eye shimmering palettes out there on the market for this season that a girl is spoilt for choice. So lucky for you I spent the day testing new palettes to give you a list of my favourites...
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1) Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Palette – everything you need to make your eyes stand out. 6 warm shades to create a warm sultry effect with added sparkle and shimmer. £37.50
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2) Lancome Hypnôse Drama Eyes Parisian Lights – limited edition palette of smokey shades of dark and golden. £37
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3) Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow – bold colours in matte, satiny, iridescent and ultra-shimmery. £42
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4) Mac glitter - high-level of loose glitter and sparkle effects which can be added to shadows or worn alone to create a more glitter effect. £18
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5) Loreal La Palette Nude Rose – glamourous sophisticated nude eye shades. £ 14.99
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Team your make-up up with the perfect nails to match, I love this set from Mac. Neautral tomes and glitters to match this season party eye make-up. £26
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)
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