In this blog post I thought I'd upload the ProChart I designed for doing Rita Ora's makeup for a preformance. I wanted to show the products and technics I used to create the ProChart.
The ProCharts use textured, recycled paper so you can apply makeup straight to them to design your look.
I was extremely lucky to be sent to Istanbul in Turkey by the company I work for - MAC cosmetics. They ran a world wide three month competition for their artists. Joe, Sarah and I are from the UK, we went with other artists from every country that has a MAC store. Every MAC artist was so lovely, it felt like one big MAC family.
Here's a video I've made with some of the pictures from the trip.
I was kindly asked by a cosmetics company in Bath to be their Marilyn Monroe for an event they held to promote their limited edition Marilyn collection. Although I know I'm no Marilyn ringer I thought I'd give it my best shot; I'm always a fan of a bit of dressing up.
My friends Lucy and Natalie gave me a scrap book to fill with my wedding inspiration pictures. In this post I'll include my tear outs and some photos from my wedding.
I had such a lovely day on this wedding, everyone was warm and friendly, there was an amazing atmosphere.
For the bride I used warm colours to work with her completion, she wanted an illuminating foundation with flawless coverage so I used MAC studio sculpt. I kept the products long wearing and water resistant because it was a hot day and if she's anything like me there will be plenty of happy tears. She is such a lush person, we still keep in contact now.
I did the makeup for all her lovely bridesmaids. The bride wanted all the makeup to flow, as they were all used to wearing various amounts of makeup. She didn't mind if they had different levels of smokiness around the eye's. The bridesmaid in the photo above never wears makeup so I kept her look very natural.
Steven Meisel is an extremely successful and talented fashion photographer. His work is regularly featured in US Vogue and, my favourite, Vogue Italia. In this post I've chosen a selection of his images. I have also included a clip of one of the Prada adverts he worked on, which I love; if only I could live in that world with their clothes and cars.
If you crave avant garde theatrical flights of fantasy, when it comes to this in terms of fashion weeks the country that stands out to me would have to be China.
The Chinese spring / summer 2012 shows did not hold back on make-up and flamboyant costume. The MGPIN make-up and styling show took place in Beijing; most of the images on this post are from those shows. The usual less is more mantra that usually applies to catwalk make-up certainly does not apply, hold on to your brushes make-up lovers.
I've been drawn into watching hit TV programme Mad Men. Love the 1960's style of fashion and make up.
The 60's was a very exciting era in fashion trends, the early 60's was still very much influenced by 50's ideas for women being there to please men, always being refined and polished, having their hair set in rollers, their fashion hugging all the right curves, keeping to the hour glass silhouette. Also in the 60s there was a great empowerment of women, with many women fighting to be part of wildly male dominated work environments such as the advertising industry, which is explored in Mad Men.
In that time period, it was all about glamour, style and fashion for women. It's so different from our modern day aesthetic which skews more natural. Back then, it was all about major lashes, and dramatic red lips. We do tons of research on the the makeup for that era. We comb old VOGUEs, other vintage magazines and 1960s advertisements to find looks that are authentic. - Lana Horochowski, Head makeup artist.
I'm going to focus on the two maid sirens of the series. Joan P. Harris played by actress Christina Hendricks and Betty Draper played by January Jones.
Joan P. Harris Jessica rabbit figure and fiery red hair made her into an iconic character. She sizzles through the office with confidence and a power over the men, knowing exactly how to play them at their game.
My interpretation of her makeup was a thin liquid liner across the top lash line, a bit of shading through the socket line of the eye using a mid tone Matt eye shadow such as MAC Kid. Mascara only on the top lashes. A Matt foundation. More of a brick lipstick to complement her hair color, such as MAC Brick lip liner and Russian red, or a dusty rose lipstick to suit the clothes.
For this french twist hairstyle you want a lot of volume from the roots. Start by putting your hair into large heated rollers, then lightly backcomb all over.
Gently smooth out the top of the hair without brushing out the backcombing.
Brush your hair all the way to one side. Using as many pins as needed, pin your hair straight up the back of your head.
With the rest of your loose hair. Put your thumb in the center and twist the hair around your thumb. Pin the twist. Then finish by spraying your hair into place.
Betty Draper, Don Draper's wife. She's a blond bomb shell in looks but not in personality. Living her life as house wife in suburbia, her underlying unhappiness, lack of trust and unfaithfulness in her relationship with Don tears her apart, but she sure looks good doing it.
Her make up was generally natural eyes again with the emphasis on the top lash line, and a statement red lip; for this look in the first series of Mad Men they used coral tone matt lipstick like MAC Lady danger with red lipliner. But then softened the lip shade and hair as it reflected the change in fashion through the 60's.
For Betty's hair I would start by using heated hair rollers, then brush out your hair so the curls become waves.
For added volume, section off the top half of your hair then backcomb underneath.
If you have long hair, put it into a very low, loose ponytail and fold under; pin that into place so it looks like you've got short Betty hair.
Lucia Mace, department head hairstylist on Betty's hairstyle in Rome - It took a bit of time. I actually had to put a form inside of her hair just to get it to stand up the right way. And it was definitely all hands on deck for that one. I knew the only way it would work is if I just built it right on January, so she sat in my chair and we just constructed it before she walked on-set.
Lucia Mace was influenced from 1963 Italian Vogue.
Mad Men has had a influence on fashion and makeup
Lana Horochowski & Debbie Zoller , Head makeup artists
Lucia Mace, department head hairstylist
Anthony Wilson, key hairstylist
Mary Guerrero, additional hairstylist
Peggy Semtob, additional hairstylist
Some people think that all catwalk trends are avant-garde theatrical designs, that would be a no go area for brides. To counter this I've put together some of my highlights of spring/summer 2012 and autumn/winter 2011, that I think would work beautifully for brides.
My good friend Lisa introduced me to the work of Sylvia Ji. Studying Fine Art I was always drawn to figurative forms of painting.
Sylvia Ji is a young painter who inspires me with her bold use of colour, movement of paint and subject matter.
Sylvia always paints women, some of them being symbolic reflections of herself or portraits of people she knows. The eyes of the subjects always inflect both mystery and soul.