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Sunday, 18 January 2015 13:37

Fashion Ballet Photoshoot

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: Victoria Davies

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
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:55

Party Make-up Heaven

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
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:30

On Set

I'm very lucky to be a Make-up Artist, I don't just get to work on glamorous fashion shows making up beautiful models showcasing some of the best unique designs but I also get to work on film sets and also do one of my favourite areas of my job.... TEACH.

Teaching for me has got to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I get to teach learners all about my passion, develop their skills, and help bring out their inner passion for the same subject that I love. Seeing my students do well and talk openly about make-up gives me goose bumps. I reminisce on my learning days, the plans I had for my future, the nerves I had of taking that big step by moving to London to follow my dream of being a Make-up Artist. I see myself a lot in my students. If I can help them do as well as I am doing In such a short space of time then I know I have done a good job.

So for the past few days I have took 7 of my learners on work experience with me. Where? A film set! I can't tell you all too much about this film just yet, but what I will say is that myself and my team of learners had lots of fun with blood. They worked incredibly hard and I am very proud of them all. The film is released on Boxing Day in the UK and January for the rest of the world.

Of course the incredible MEHRON UK sponsored the film as I was the Make-up designer over the whole film.

Some of the products we used are shown below; lots of blood and gore and of course it's that time of year for Halloween... So come back next week for Halloween make-up looks.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014 19:34

The secret to luscious locks

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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Friday, 19 September 2014 18:32

London Fashion Week S/S15

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.
Monday, 04 August 2014 21:39

Swimming Cap Trend

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
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:57

Mehron professional makeup

On Saturday evening I was very lucky to be part of Fashions Finest show Renaissance in Nottingham. Deborah St Louis asked me a while back now if I would be interested in leading the creative team backstage. Of course I jumped to the chance. I brought on board 2 make-up artists, 2 make-up assistants, 2 hair stylists and a nail designer. Some of these girls I had previously worked with and knew their high standard of work already, for the others I did a casting where I was spoilt for choice.

I chose my team and began work on creating a look to suit all models and all designers' designs that were being showcased. I have to say, and not being bias at all, that I am very proud of my team. Every single one of them delivered over my expectations making the night backstage a successful stress free relaxed working environment. Well done girls!!

On the night we were very lucky to be sponsored by make-up brand MehronUk. Treasure house of makeup who are based in Stockport are the leading providers for Mehron in the Uk and provided the make-up for the show. They sent along 3 make-up kits for myself and the other 2 fully qualified make-up artist's Nichole Spencer and Charlotte Hearn for us to use. I had previous experience of working with the brand at Paris Fashion week in March 2014 where the make-up team was sponsored by Mehron, again from Treasure House, but for the other girls in my team it was their first experience. Well, all I can say, is it won't be their last!

The girls fell in love with the products, especially the Mehron Celebre HD Foundation and today I'm going to tell you a little about the products. BEWARE, to fall in love too.

Mehron Celebre HD Foundation - £9.14 (single pot)

Mehron claim this foundation is an oil-free and fragrance free cream make-up that delivers satin-smooth, buildable coverage that is non greasy and great for all skin types. My verdict... is that they are absolutely right. This foundation glided onto the models skin so easily. I used my Duo fibre brush to stipple on the product and then buffed the product into the skin as I do on all my foundation applications on models. This is how I create a base or step 1 after skin prep for creating a flawless skin. I was so surprised to see the results. Not only did the foundation work as a foundation base in one application but also as a concealer and 2nd base of foundation application. I gazed at the models skin for a few seconds amazed at how flawless the models skin looked with one application. The creamy texture if needed is buildable allowing you to build coverage to what the particular individual needs or likes. This foundation really does give a perfect flawless result with very little product. It's ideal for fashion runways, HD TV and every day wear and what's more the creamy texture works on all skin types and colours coming in 20 different shades
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Mehron HD loose mineral finishing powder - £10.05

This powder from Mehron gives a perfect matte finish and compliments the Celebre HD foundations perfectly. The powder was very ultra-fine which is a must when working with powder for TV or flash photography. It gave an excellent coverage and staying powder keeping our models shine free all night under the hot lights on the catwalk. It was very easy to apply, simply sweep over the skin with a powder brush.
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Mehron Cheek Powder - £5.48 (single) Palette £36.56

We were lucky enough to have the cheek palette so we could experiment with more than colour. On my design I decided to choose 2 different cheek colours depending on the models skin tone. I'm so glad we had this palette. The colours I chose were 'Rosewood' and 'Mocha'. They complimented the models skin perfectly. The powder was very rich and vibrant in colour which meant very little product was needed. It glided onto the girls skin perfectly, looking silky and smooth with a pop of colour. No dry patches or uneven pigment, just beautiful rosy cheeks. The palette is excellent value for money as very little product is needed. It comes in 8 beautiful shades to match every skin tone.
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Mehron Eye and Cheek 8 colour combo palette - £36.56

This palette is one of my go to palettes in my professional make-up kit. I received this palette whilst working at Paris Fashion Week last month and brought it onto the make-up look at Renaissance. It has 4 incredible cheek powders that I have just talked about including the 2 shades I chose for the make-up look last Saturday, plus 4 very strong eye shadow powders. The pigment in these shadows is so intense that all you need is a small amount to give the eye a full wash of colour. The powders are so velvety and smooth and don't crease. If you've always wanted a face blusher or shadow powder where you get a quick instant pop of colour then this palette really is for you. 1 slight sweep over the colour with a brush is all you need. Excellent value for money...this palette will last and last and last.
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All of this make-up can be bought along with the full range of Mehron professional make-up from Treasure house of make-up in stockport. The team are friendly, welcoming and helpful. You can order online and are guaranteed quick delivery. Come back next week to my blog where you will be able to read about more Mehron products.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:18

How to Waterline your eyes

Waterlining the eye is a hard and tricky technique to do. It involves applying eyeliner to the waterline or inner rim around the eye area that is slightly wet and right next to the lashes. It can be done to the lower rim and the top rim around the eye.

You can use various products to do this technique, I recommend using a pencil eyeliner, especially a Kohl pencil as they are much softer on the eyes and go on more easily. Some people may prefer to use gel, liquid liners or waterproof pencils. Most people like to waterline their eye in black, my recommended product for this and the one I use on all my jobs is MAC Kohl pencil in shade Smoulder. £17

Bright, bold, pastel eyeliners are also great for adding a splash of colour to the eyes in the warmer months whilst nude/white coloured eyeliner will make the eyes appear larger. It is important to always sharpen the pencil before each use and replace regularly to help avoid eye infections.

Simple Steps

Step 1, Gently with your finger pull down the skin underneath your eye exposing the waterline. Take a cotton bud and gently remove any excess moisture to help the eyeliner to sit better.

Step 2, While still pulling down the skin, take your eyeliner and gently run it along the lower waterline. You may feel you need to repeat it a few times to make the colour bolder.

Step 3, Clean any mistakes or slips up with a cotton wool bud.
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