LFW Day 3: Lucas Nascimento, Toni & Guy, Haizhen Wang

My final day of London Fashion Week was Tuesday, and boy, what a day! My alarm went off at 4:15am ready for the 6am call time for the Lucas Nascimento show at the Topshop Showspace at the Tate Modern where I was working as part of the AOFM Pro Team. It was a case of make up on the train, cab from the train station, coffee where possible! 

The Tanks at Tate Modern is an absolutely amazing venue, what a fab location for a designer such as Lucas Nascimento.

The key make up artist was Janeen Witherspoon, who I worked with a couple of seasons ago, she’s so lovely and it was a pleasure to work with her again.

My model

For this look we cleansed the skin then gave them an oil massage for a couple of minutes to start their circulation going and wake up the skin, then followed with a little bit of Embryolisse so they weren’t too shiny and lip balm to get to work on softening the lip ready for us to work on it later.

We applied Face & Body by MAC, with our hands, to take down any redness in the cheeks, chin and nose, using it in thin layers as the base wasn’t to look too visible – it needed to look fresh.
This was to create definition on the eye we used MAC Black Cream eyeliner to get in between the upper lashes making sure it didn’t go on the lids.  
We used concealer directly on any blemishes or redness then fanned it out using a fluffy brush, and also colour corrected under the eyes. 
MAC Groundwork was softly worked through the contour of the eye crease and blending out the edges to create definition without hard lines, then curled the lashes.
We filled in any holes in eyebrow hairs softly, just along the hair line so they still looked natural, then set the brows up using brow gel.
We contoured using MAC Sculpt and used a soft perfect cheek colour for blush.
We used MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base as a highlight on the temple, cheekbones, chin, nose and a little pat on the lid to create nice luminous skin, then applied Ben Nye Shimmer Powder over the top of that, patting it on with the brush so as to be sure it didn’t go on too strongly.
The lip was a blue toned blushed burgundy which was a Kryolan Super Colour Greasepaint. It wanted to look like the had been in water and were a bit chilly. We started by concealing on the edges of the lips, then pushed the lipstick on tho the inner lip with a brush then pushed it in and along with the fingers, again, building it up in layers.

Photo from Vogue
We ended up leaving the Tate about 9.30am – me and 3 others of the Pro Team were on the Haizhen Wang show together, which meant we needed to be back at Somerset House for 3.45pm… we had the day to kill, but when you are tired and all lugging kit around, the last thing you want to do is go on an adventure, so we kept it pretty local.
We ended up on the Southbank for a while, admiring the view and people watching, when we bumped into a group of paparazzi outside the TV studio. They told us they were waiting for the Jackson 5, who were appearing on Loose Women. One of the girls with us is a mad Jacksons fan, so we sat and waited for them, then once she’d papped them and had her hand signed, we made our way to Somerset House where I popped into the Toni & Guy Blowout Bar for my bi-annual London Fashion Week cut and blow dry!
before
during
after

Although I love my ombre, my bleached ends have been really dry so I had a couple of inches taken off but think I want to grow out my layers so left them long. It was so lovely to be pampered in amongst the hecticness of London Fashion Week – although the hair dryer nearly sent me off to sleep! Thank you Ellie (who’s usually based in the Teddington branch) for a lovely job!
We made a refueling stop at Cafe Rouge, then back to Somerset House for the London Fashion Week closing show, Haizhen Wang!
Yin Lee was the key make up artist, who had created a stunning look which complimented the tribal hair and the collection perfectly. 
It was a clean base, Groundwork on the lid, nude pencil in the waterline, mascara and then…. a blue line down the nose, and the stencil. It got so hectic that I didn’t take any more photos backstage, so upset I didn’t get a stencil in there! Jai’me from Boy Meets Fashion was backstage, so keep checking his blog to see the photos!

Photo courtesy of London MUA Connect

The photo above shows Jade, Yin’s assistant, working on the stencil. Yin had cut out lots of the stencils which were stuck onto the models faces then held by another make up artist while we painted over it in blue. This was the finished effect.

Photo from theupcoming.co.uk

Photo courtesy of London MUA Connect
Photo from Vogue
It was such a buzz, I love working in faced paced environments like that show – it was an absolute pleasure to work on all five LFW shows I did this season and can’t wait until the next!

LFW Day 2: Bloody Grey – Bas Kosters

On Sunday I was doing make up for the Bloody Grey Showcase – which had five designers showcasing their work in a presentation. The designers were Bas Kosters and Jane Bowler – who’s make up looks were keyed by Yin Lee, and Tom Van Der Borght and Jayne Pierson who’s looks were keyed by Michelle Webb. Martina Spetlova was also showcasing, but via film. Both key make up artists had an AOFM Pro Team with them – I was with Yin Lee doing Bas Kosters. 


Bas himself is such a lovely man, and came to speak to us for a while – his collection is inspired by the fact we don’t think about the important things any more – we seem to be more worried about who’s first in the queue for a coffee, and don’t protest enough. The collection was called ‘Rebellious Shadow’ and the make up had a protest theme to it – we didn’t apply any bases to add to the roughness, and just went mad with the black gel liner and MAC paints. It was quite liberating not to have to be neat and tidy with the make up – it took a bit of getting used to! 

Bas Kosters Face Charts
My make up – the one on the right had to look like he hadn’t slept in days. Left as per face chart.
Bas Kosters himself
Bas Kosters Penis Leggings
Yin Lee with one of the models 
Gorgeous model

The look for Jane Bowler which the rest of the team did, was very clean and pretty. They had customised nails applied too.
Jane Bowler make up
Jane Bowler nails

Our models were done a little before call time so I moved over to help Michelle Webb with one of the Jayne Pierson models – they had a very powdered look with a gorgeous eye that reminded me of the sky, with false top and bottom lashes.

One of the Jayne Pierson models in progress

The others of her team were working on Tom Van Der Borght which was a colourful fun painted look.

Michelle Webb working on one of the models
One of the models by Kerri-Anne
Benny Hancock working on one of the models

LFW Day 1: Fyodor Golan, #HPMLFW, Eudon Choi

Phew, it’s been a busy old weekend for me – London Fashion Week is here, showcasing the designers’ Autumn Winter collections for 2013-2014. It kicked off on Friday, which is where I began… you’ll have to forgive the picture heavy post, but it was a busy day!

It started at The Savoy, doing make up for Fyodor Golan as part of the AOFM Pro Team with key make up artist Michelle Webb. Here is the model who’s make up I did.

To create this look, we prepped the skin then applied an illuminating cream (I used MAC Strobe Cream) then used a Bobbi Brown stick foundation one shade lighter than the skin to create a pale base.
We then used Make Up Forever HD Foundation mixed with a little more of the illuminating cream mixed together, stippled on then buffed in with a clean brush.
We used a peach concealer under the eyes then let the foundation set in while we got to work with the rest of the face.
We then used a matt sand colour eyeshadow all over the lid (I used MAC Wedge) and up to the eyebrow then using the foundation brush blended it in at the eyebrow area to create and natural and seamless finish.
We added Urban Decay Sidecar to the lid, making sure to pat off the brush on the back of the hand to remove excess shimmer, then took the sand shadow under the lower lash line and buffed it out to blend the edges.
The brows were concealed out which we did a tiny bit at a time using a light shade of concealer on a mascara wand through the brows layer by layer, then a little liquid concealer to create a nice finish, and buffed out the edges of the concealer.

Photo by houseofmari.com

We used a mixture of Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge 9 and 11 for the lip colour, creating a pointed edge to the lips, then used black gel eye liner to line the lips then blended it up using a small cotton bud, then added the gloss from the Aqua Rouge and went around the edges of the lips with a nude coloured pencil and blended out with a cotton bud.

Photo by houseofmari.com

We used MAC Lightscapade for a light contour then a sandy coloured blush on the cheeks.
To highlight the face we used MAC Soft & Gentle down the nose, on the chin, forehead and cheekbones.
To finish, we added MAC Vanilla pigment to the inner corner of the eye using the little finger and blended out with a brush, then added white liner to the waterline. Powder was added in the lineup.

Photo by houseofmari.com
Photo from Vogue
A film crew were with me filming for Handpicked Media’s YouTube Channel – HandpickedMediaTV which was rather exciting, although I was having one of those days where I just didn’t feel I looked like myself so it’ll be interesting to see the video once it’s finished!
There was time for a quick pitstop at the Handpicked Media London Fashion Week Suite at the One Aldwych Hotel, which is always a pleasure. It’s a little bubble of calm in amongst the hecticness. Seascape were offering massages which I was so gutted I didn’t have time for, but still enjoyed sitting down for a few minutes with a Vita Coco and Curly Wurly and looking at the goodies on display. Superdry were there doing make up – it looks like a really great range and the prices look good too, I’m looking forward to having more of a play with that. Playful Promises were showcasing their underwear, which was gorgeous too, and I was surprised with the prices as I thought they’d be a lot more than they were! 




It was then onto Somerset House for the Eudon Choi show – which I was working as part of the AOFM Pro Team with Adam de Cruz as the key make up artist.

The collection was based around Russian doll styling and Russian folklore, so the makeup was kept very simple with the main focus being on the skin. We were trying to achieve clean, expensive looking skin with dewy highlights and glossy lids. Here is the model I made up for the show.

We started with prepping the face then giving it a massage with Embryolisse moisturiser to wake up the  skin. We then buffed it in with a brush and added a light cover of Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser.
We used Bobbi Brown concealer with a pointed brush around the nose and any other areas that needed concealing, then buffed it out with a bigger brush.
We used a pink Bobbi Brown colour corrector under the eyes and for the inner corner of the eyes.
To achieve the smokey brow we brushed them up then added eyebrow powder on a brush which had most of the product brushed off it already, then a dry cotton bud to blend out the edges.
We curled the lashes then added Bobbi Brown gel liner to the waterline depending on what colour hair the model had – the blonde girls had grey, black hair had black, and brown hair had brown.
Glitter was added to the eyelid in lineup, and Tom Ford cream Highlighter to the cheekbones.

Photo from Vogue

I’ll be back from more tales from behind the scenes in the next couple of days. Hope you enjoy!

A Little Catch Up in Pics

I’d decided, since I seemed to get my mojo back, I was going to be very organised and post every day… then London Fashion Week arrived! I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to since I last posted.

First up I was doing make up at Jeffrey Michael for My Beautiful Fashion – the show was in Goldsmiths Hall which is an absolutely stunning venue. Our show was sponsored by Rimmel, so all the make up we used was by them. Oscar Alexander was the head make up artist, and also headed the hair – multi-talented!

We used a very small amount of foundation, and used an eyeshadow as blush. The eyes were neutral with definition in the socket, then tightlined, and smudged out liner on the lower lashline. We used Scandaleyes mascara then created the lips using two different lipsticks, a liner and lipgloss. The toenails were painted with Essie Lilac.

This is my model in the lineup, and walking down the catwalk.

 And here’s me working on one of the other models before she went on. Check the tallness!

After that I went on over to the Handpicked Media suite at One Aldwych, which again, is a gorgeous location with amazing views over the Thames.

I had such a nice massage there, which was very much needed and left me feeling completely blissed out! I then had a look at the new UGG Australia collections, as they were showcasing there that day. I was really surprised to see so many sleek looking shoes from them – I had always assumed them to be bulky, because of the classic Ugg boot, but there were some really lovely designs. Here is a snap of the new UGG Collection. You can see more of their new shoes on their site here. I love Channing II – swoon!

I then headed home and back into London to watch Jersey Boys with the boyf, we both had a fab time and really enjoyed it. We even had a bit of light entertainment on the streets of Soho in the interval!

On Monday I went back to Somerset House to have my hair cut at the Toni & Guy Blowout Bar situated within the House. They offer their services throughout London Fashion Week, offering clients a cut and blow dry or certain ‘dos’ such as a topknot bun. I had a cut and blow dry and had it dried big and bouncy – I love it! My stylist was so friendly; we didn’t stop chatting, and she did such a good job – bye-bye split ends, hello new hair!

I then popped back to the Handpicked Media suite, where Ted Baker were showing their wares. There were some gorgeous bags, and mens satchels – a stunning mustard cape (which you can see peeking out in the back of this pic) and this dress which I completely fell in love with.

It comes in other colours and some with cap sleeves, but I love it just like this!

Ted’s Beauty Spot were there too – I had my nails Shellaced in dark purple which I’m really pleased with – they look glossy and perfectly painted, which is often hard to achieve with such dark colours.

It was then on to the AOFM Makeup party at DSTRKT where we had a fab night celebrating the success of London Fashion Week – we were joined by Corrie Nielson, Fydor Golan and Jeffrey Michael to name but a few. Here is a pic of me and Jeffrey on the night. He told me his next collection is going to be Little Black Dresses and blazers – looking forward to seeing that!

Then yesterday was my Nan’s 82nd birthday, my daughters first day at nursery school and 2 years since I first met my boyfriend, so it was all rather hectic! Back on track tomorrow, Brownie promise! x

Backstage Makeup at London Fashion Week

This past weekend I was at London Fashion week, working on a couple of shows as part of the make up team.

On Friday I worked on the Bora Aksu show which was keyed by Janeen Witherspoon – this is my model Charlie May after I had done her make up.

Once we had prepped the skin, we started by giving the models a lovely face massage with essential oils. Then, after using a small amount of MAC Face & Body we applied Kryolan Shimmer Foundation over the top which is a gorgeous product I hadn’t worked with before. To get the additional highlight on the temple, cheekbones, nose and chin, we used MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, with a MAC Highlighting powder over the top.

We used black cream liner to dig inside the upper lashes, to create some definition without drawing a line. We then used a brown eye pencil in the crease of the eye, and blended it out, followed by the same technique with the grey pencil.

We added a bit of contour to the face using MAC’s Sculpt, and then applied a silver lipstick and silver shimmer powder over the top.

These photos have been taken from the Vogue website

On Saturday I was part of the team working on Eudon Choi, which was keyed by Adam De Cruz. We got the blood in the models faces going by really buffing the moisutriser into their faces using a stippling brush. We then used a very small amount of Sheisedo foundation – it had to look like skin, so we buffed it in using the same brush.

I then used a Shu Uemera eyebrow pencil then blended the edges to make a smokey brow kind of look. We brushed the brows upwards using clear brow gel, to make them look fuller, and applied a little amont of a nude eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye up to the brow. We curled the lashes but didn’t use any mascara.

This photo has been taken from the Vogue website

We used a lip shade similar to the models’ natural lips and applied it using a pencil brush to give a just bitten feel. We then gave the models freckles across their noses and cheeks – we used a Tom Ford cream bronzer and a stippling brush to create that effect.

I had such an amazing time, and am going back tomorrow to do the Lou Dalton show which I am also looking forward to. If anyone would like to know about the make up on that show, please let me know – I’m not sure if you find these kinds of posts useful!?