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Immortal Muses the Ancient Egyptians

Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra


The Egyptians wore make-up before 4,000 B. C.

Eye makeup was the main form, and it was used daily. There were other types of makeup for the lips, cheeks and skin, but those were usually used only on occasion and not by everyone.



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Make-up lessons with Naomi – part 3

Photographer- © 2011 of Julian M Kilsby Copyright / Model- Integra Fairbrook / Designer- Ooh la Latex / MUA- Naomi Mckeever


Contouring and highlighting

You can use contouring and highlighting to sculpt your face.

Starting with contouring; matt products work best as they visually push those areas back to create a shadow affect. MAC Harmony blusher is great for this.

Where you place your contouring depends on your face shape, though most people wouldn't say no to super model cheek bones. For that, start with a 168 angle brush at the top of your ears and blend to the corners of the mouth.

Other areas for contouring and slimming down are the sides of the nose, the temples and around the forehead and under chin.

For highlighting you can use a concealer MAC select moisturecover in a lighter shade than your face, this also gives a natural satin finish when done with a 217 blending brush.

For a more high shine metallic finish use MAC mineralize-soft and gentle or vanilla- pigment  with a 227 large fluff brush.

Use it where the light hits your face on the high points and anywhere you want to accentuate, such as top of cheek bones, down the centre of the nose to slim and cupids bow to make lips look pouty.

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Immortal Muses – bridal edition


In aid of National wedding month I thought I would compile a collection of brides throughout history who inspire me. Whether it be fictional or real they are all style icons with their glamourous dresses and spectacular headwear.


Grace Kelly weds Prince Rainier of Monaco


Actress Gene Tierney wore a dress by costume designer Oleg Cassini in The Razor’s Edge

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Inspiration – Sylvia Ji

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.

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Joseph Young Wedding + Promo Filmmaking, MUA Naomi Mckeever

Joseph Young is an extremely talented videographer, I've had the pleasure of working with on a few occasions.

His work mainly consists of Promos and wedding films, each of them having a polished cinematic style.

I'm really excited because I've managed to book him for my wedding and thought it would be selfish to keep his skills to myself, so to all your brides I would suggest you contact him to capture the magic of your big day.

Here's some examples for his latest work-


Hienie + Young // China from Joseph Young on Vimeo.


Fashion Shoot with Mridutrisha Choudhury from Joseph Young on Vimeo.

This shoot with the model Mridutrisha is one of the projects we worked on.

Photography :: Matt Gillespie // magiphotography.com

Hair Stylist :: Emma Whipp // hairbyem.co.uk

Make Up Artist :: Naomi Mckeever



Jo + Jez // Bulls n' Dragons from Joseph Young on Vimeo.

Oriental Fashion Shoot from Joseph Young on Vimeo.




Shoot for The New Vintage Clothing Company, with step by step instructions. Makeup artist Naomi Mckeever

Photographer- Yvette Bessels / Model- Cristina B / MUA- Naomi Mckeever


In this post I've included images from my second shoot for the 'The new vintage clothing company'. I worked with the same Leamington spa based photographer Yvette Bessels.

We used female and male models; for step by step male grooming from this shoot refer to my previous post http://www.naomimckeever.com/archives/751


before make-up / Photographer- Yvette Bessels / Model- Cristina B / MUA- Naomi Mckeever

Cristina's skin has been prepped and now is ready for action.


Photographer- Yvette Bessels / Model- Cristina B / MUA- Naomi Mckeever

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World aids day – Viva Glam

I wanted to do a quick post for world aids day today. I'm just about to leave to do the make-up for a fashion show that MAC has arranged to help raise money and awareness.

I really admire MAC for donating 100% of the money raised from the lipglosses and lipsticks. They use the proceeds to help men, women and children affected by aids.

The fund was started in 1994 and has had many famous spokespersons and campaigns.

In this post I will focus on current spokesperson Lady Gaga and include the first campaign she supported, alongside Cyndi Lauper.


Lady Gaga- Viva glam 2



MAC- Viva Glam Gaga 2 face chart


  • Mylar, Crystal Avalanche, (Highlight)
  • Gleam, Malt (Eyelid)
  • Sketch, Handwritten- eye shadows (bellow bottom lash line)
  • Chromagraphic eye pencil (water line)
  • false lash mascara
  • No.44 lashes

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Immortal Muse- David Bowie

Ever since I watched David Bowie in the Labyrinth he's been a source of inspiration. Early in his career he morphed himself into his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. His iconic makeup looks are often transcribed into current trends whether it be similar colour palettes or shapes. I was asked at a Sally's shoot to create the lightning bolt; I used MAC paint sticks with pigments on top but in a hot pink in a similar colour to their logo.


I found what seems to be quotes from David bowie himself on http://www.bowiewonderworld.com/press/70/7311makeup.htm

Music Scene - November 1973

 David Bowie's Makeup Dos and Don'ts

David tells us that mostly all of his makeup comes from a little shop in Rome, Italy, that imports fantastic coloured powders and creams from India. (He's not telling the name of the store, however!!!) Basic essentials also include a white rice powder from Tokyo's Woolworth's equivalent- Indian kohl usually in black - for his eyes, which he smudges right along the lash line and some, times a little bit on the outside...

He also uses a very light liquid base, sometimes white - sometimes pink or yellow - and applies it with a damp sponge. For stage, David will often use an irridescent base, usually pure white. When he paints that gold cirde on his forehead that's such a hit with his fans he uses a German gold base in cake form bought at New York's Makeup Centre. (He also told us that the little Japanese brushes that the Makeup Centre has for applying powders and paints are much better than anything you can find in Japan!)

Eight hour cream by Elizabeth Arden is what you'll see shining up David's lips and eyelids in photographs, it gives that extra-gloss effect. And a must is that old-fashioned black mascara, (sometimes blue) - you know the kind that you spit on the little brush and it's in cream/cake form... David will often paint waves of colour all the way across his eyes and eyebrows, rather than on the lids only usually in a pink or mauve tone.

In his last few English concerts, Bowie painted tiny lightning streaks on his cheek and upper leg. Once in a while he uses pearlised gloss on his lips in a tan/pink that comes across like a white-silver highlight. And - a warning! He doesn't use glitter too much, because it falls into his eyes when he's performing and it just isn't soft looking enough, he feels. Sometimes he will outline that gold circle in tiny gold rhinestones, stuck on with eyelash glue.

As far as off-stage makeup is concerned, David doesn't wear any base - he uses a light natural moisturiser with rice powder dusted on top - but most often he prefers to show his very light, bare, clear English skin.


My Make up inspired by David Bowie and a Kylie Minogue photo shoot.

  • Chrome yellow / Rule / Carbon- eye shadows
  • Blacktrack / Fascinating- eye liners

Please Note: All of the products listed are from MAC.

Chain of Hope Charity Event at the National History Museum, Stephane Rolland fashion show

I worked at the charity event last night (10/11/2011).  Stephane Rolland haute couture dresses were incredible, I was very careful when I was applying makeup in the line up!

Backstage Models pose with Jeremy Morris (3rd Left) and Stephane Rolland (3rd Right) (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Chain of Hope)


Pablo Rodriguez was the key makeup artist. His design was beautiful, inspired by Barbara Streisand.

Barbara Streisand

Designer Stephane Rolland/ MUA- Victoria Curtis/ Key- Pablo Rodriguez

We used all MAC products to create the look.


For the eye's we applied painterly paint pot as the base with myla eye shadow pressed on top. We then sketched out the shape using feline eye pencil/carbon eye shadow/blacktrack gel eye liner on the top and bottom lash lines. This also helped to deepen the contour through the socket line.


The essential element of the look was the shape of the eye from a distance, we drew the black line just above the socket line to get optimum impact.


Stephane Rolland and Yasmin Le Bon attend the Chain of Hope Charity Event at the National History Museum. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Chain of Hope)






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