Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Charles Fox Marathon Masterclass

I was lucky enough to be one of the select few Makeup Artists to be invited to the Charles Fox Marathon Masterclass, so for those who weren't there, I thought I'd provide a little glimpse of what happened!

The Masterclass was held by the fantastic team at Charles Fox at the beautiful Royal Opera House. The event was filled with amazingly talented Makeup Artists at the top of their fields giving demonstrations on lots of different areas of makeup over the two days the event was held.

I attended Saturday's Masterclass which started the day of with Makeup Artist Chris Dennis who was demoing Drag Makeup - which I personally love!

Chris Dennis' client base include Pamela Anderson, Cherie Blair and Julie Walters to name just a couple, as well as working at fashion week on shows for Vivienne Westwood and Amanda Wakely amongst many others.

Chris demonstration blocked brows stubble colour correction and how to get that Drag makeup exaggerated eye, incorporating lots of colour and glitter! What's not to love! 


Second demonstrator was Liz Bylett, who demonstrated some amazing Body Paint. Liz is the founder of Foillies Face and Body paint, and as well as providing her services to clients including Richard Branson, she is also competing in the UK's body paint competition next month. Liz created a Great Britain inspired look using aqua colours and lots of glitter!!

Next up was Lan Nguyen, who is known for her amazing crystal and glitter looks. Lan specialises in Fashion, heading up many shows for London Fashion Week, as well as providing makeup for her celeb client base.

Lan Demoed 3 high fashion makeup looks, using lots of glitters, crystals and greasepaint's!

Stuart Bray was up next, Stuart is a Special Effects (SFX) artist who has worked on films such as 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Saving Private Ryan'. Stuart demonstrated a Zombie look, using latex pieces, and lots of fake blood!!

Last but by no means least was James Vincent, Makeup Artist to the Stars! James has worked with top celebs like Lady Gaga and Kristen Stewart!

James Demo'd 3 looks based on looks he did on 3 very well know faces! 1st was Florence Welch, 2nd Kirsten Stewart and 3rd Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters).

Huge thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the event so amazing... Paul Merchant and the team at Charles Fox, all of the amazing artists who gave amazing classes, Joey Bevan Stylist - Assistant Angela Gates, Hair by Kasia Fortuna & Spencer Silver. 
Also the photographers who got some amazing shots from the event you can check out; Martin Higgs, Gary Nunn and HelenShotMe
Film Maker: Paul Bates - Assistant; Adam Galways

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Red lips that suit YOU!

I love love love a red lip, it has a real Hollywood glamour feel, and can make you instantly feel fab and more confident!

If you think you can't, or are a bit weary of wearing a red lip, think again.. As long a you choose the right shade for you, anyone can pull it off, and I'm here to help you find your perfect shade!

The Right Red for YOU!
There are so many shades of reds with many different undertones etc, so which one to pick?

Firstly you need to know whether your skin has Pink or Yellow (Cool or Warm) undertones. If your not sure, there is an easy way to tell..

Check your wrists or arms, where your veins are visible, if your veins are mainly green, then your undertones are yellow (warm) if your veins are mainly blue the your undertones are pink (cool). If your a mixture of both then your neutral toned!

Yellow (warm) undertones:
The best reds for warm undertones are Orangey Reds, Warm Reds, Brown and Golden Based Reds

My Favourite; Estée Lauder Spanish Red

Pink (cool) undertones:
Pink Tones Reds, Berry and Plum Shades, and Blue based Reds.

My favourite; Mac Russian Red - This is a Blue based red.

*Blue based reds will also give the Illusion of Whiter teeth!

*If you have small lips, avoid the darkest shades of red, as these will make your lips look smaller.

If your still not sure a red lipstick is for you, try a lip stain first, such as Benefit Benetint!

So go on get the right red lippy, and see how it makes you feel!