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
I cannot get enough of wearing these polishes. Beautiful pastel shades designed by singer Rita Ora brought to us through Rimmel.
The summers here, the sun is shining all you need is to use the perfect hair product to create tousled beach waves this summer.
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.
- Mehron UK Celebre pro foundation
- Sleek contour, blush & highlighter
- Inglot lip colours
- Mac clear gloss
- Glitter from brands, Kryolan, Helen E, Stargazer and Beauty UK
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
- Célèbre pro cream foundation (base, contour, highlight)
- HD Loose powder
- Blusher in shades in Rosewood or Mocha
- Eyeshadow in shade Cocoa and White
- Lip cream in shade Cotton Candy
- Eyeshadow to match brow shade
- Black eyeliner very natural flick
- Black mascara
- Highlighter to compliment each skin tone
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.
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