bloggers block – unblocked

I am far too unreliable for blog posts, but here I am, procrastinating starting my assignment…blog post it is!

A lot has happened since my last post and boy have I been busy! Firstly I should share with you my final shots from our High Fashion/Photographic photoshoot we had at college. My lovely friend, Katie Rogers was kind enough to model for me and she did such a brilliant job! We went for a more commercial look and also an edgier/vamp look. These are pictured below for you!

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So happy with how these pictures turned out! I am loving black lips at the moment!

We also finished up our ‘Era Makeup’ module with a look from each decade, up to the nineties. I thought this module was fantastic as seeing the makeup evolve throughout the years is actually really interesting! The 60’s and 70’s had some gorgeous looks, very classic and beautiful, then came the 80’s (who knows what happened here) and it’s important to note where the trends we wear today came from, i.e. winged liner from the 50’s/60’s, dewy skin from the 70’s etc.

My 60’s and 80’s looks are below! Modeled by Sarah Collins (60’s Twiggy inspired) and Phoebe Wishart (80’s inspired).

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My 90’s inspired look is pictured on Shauna Tyrell.

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We also had a wee ‘exam’, where we were given a Magazine cover (funnily enough all featuring Kate Moss!), and had to recreate the makeup! This was tricky given, some of the picture quality’s weren’t a hundred and in some pictures she was far away or in B&W. The cover I had is pictured below along with the Makeup I did along with it. My model for this was Robyn McCarthy.

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Lash Embellishment was next on our curriculum with a fun day of designing and d-i-ying our very own set of lashes! We then had to create a look based around our lashes – the creations were so fun and exciting! Another fun creativity-releasing day, especially when you can pretty much use any material as long as it is safe and not too heavy! Clodagh Power modeled by Aztec inspired lashes which are pictured below, along with a wee collage our tutor pieced together of all our designs!

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That just about catches us up with last week which was incredibly action packed! Not only was I incredibly lucky to help out Nando’s Dun Laoghaire with Glam Rock inspired Makeup for their country-wide staff Christmas party, but I also provided my Makeup Services for the staff of Google here in Dublin (European HQ), as they had their Staff Christmas Party (the guest list was at around 2500) which was a Space/Galaxy theme! Can I just say that everything you hear about Google is true. It was a mind-blowing experience! In class we covered Customer Service with a guest tutor, had an exam on this, attended a fabulous masterclass at Inglot on South Anne Street and also had our first day of SFX (special effects), where we were allowed to have a play around with all the products to see how they feel, how we would use them etc. We then got to create a look! So much fun considering all the gore! Not something for those with a queasy stomach!

Below, I’ll post all the pictures so you can have a good ol’ look at the past week, because who wants to read what I have to say anyway!

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A collage of photos from Nando’s! Such a hilarious bunch, pictured is some of our station set-up, a lightning bolt I did on the wonderful Ross, the Nando’s team all set to go on the right, and below, us girls from LA College that attended the work experience!

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The gorgeous looks that MUA Sheena O’Brien from Inglot South Anne St created for our masterclass. Modeled on Sarah Collins (Anna Sui runway inspired) and Clodagh Power (Gucci runway inspired).

ImageA selection of close-ups from the Makeup I did on the lovely staff from Google, with all that free food and massages, no wonder they were so relaxed and lovely! I think my two favourite looks were the bottom two..was able to be a bit more creative and always wanted to try a Galaxy like look (keep an eye out – may be a spur of the moment one pop up in the future).

ImageThe look above was my first SFX creation, the story behind it was that she passed out in a house fire due to smoke inhalation, and then to rescue her, they had to drag her out. Hense the grazing effect and sooty skin. So much fun, and quite frankly a lot easier than it looks. I think the important thing here is having a valid story to back up your look, i.e. how did they get the scratches there, this ensures your look is realistic and isn’t unlikely to happen, such as random scratches in different directions all over the face. This look is on Clodagh Power.

Well that sums up this bloggers, long, overdue post! Enough procrastinating for one day I suppose, I better get cracking onto this assignment. Wish me luck! Will be in touch with more SFX looks coming your way!

Stay tuned xo

prizes from a photoshoot

Yay! Our lovely photographer, Justin Reilly, from our first photoshoot at LA College of Creative Arts has kindly gotten back to us with our chosen images! Ahh, I am so pleased with how mine turned out. So simple and natural – just how I wanted it.

Lee McGrath was my male model and Sarah Lee was my bride for the day! It was natural makeup for the male, and either modern or traditional bridal (I went for traditional). I also made the headpiece from my bridal shoot, it took a lot of time, beads and lotsa, sticky, awful glue. My hoover got a good going afterwards too, the amount of beads that ended up on the floor and not on my headpiece!

Take a look and I hope you enjoy!

LA Make up 20th Oct-341-Edit

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o’hallows eve

Happy Halloween!

(for yesterday)

I hope everyone had a fab time and got the chance to dress up! I don’t usually celebrate Halloween, not entirely sure what it’s all about but being a Makeup Obsessive, I’ll take any opportunity to be creative.

I chose to go as Catwoman, show off a bit of skill without it taking too long or turning me into too much of a creep, I was pretty happy with how it turned out too although the stitches needed a bit of work. I used INGLOT Gel Liner 77 (black for the mask) and I was so surprised with how so little went a long way. I literally have an entire tub left and it stayed workable the entire time I was using it without drying out – SO IMPRESSED. I also went for an ombre lip, which is a little hard to see in my pictures but I used MAC Ruby Woo (of course) and MAC Smoulder Eye Kohl for the lip liner and blending.

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All fun and games!

(and some really bad photo quality)

if you’ve got it, haunt it

It’s officially ONE WEEK UNTIL HALLOWEEN.

Today in LA College of Creative Arts we were set free and able to let our imaginations run wild whilst we completed a Halloween look of our choice on each other. The variety was amazing and some girls really went all out! My look was a mermaid/water nymph inspired, ‘creature’ using face paints, eye shadows, fake lashes and small crystals.

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My face (canvas) however turned out to be a googly-eyed, spider inspired masterpiece, done by the very talented Clodagh Power.

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Today also marked the last day before we go on Halloween break for little over a week. It was a great way to spend the last day as our creative juices flowed and we were taken onto Grafton Street with our tutors to show off the college’s skills to the public. We got a lot of funny looks but more so ‘Oohs’ and ‘Aahs’ and when we stopped for pictures, it felt like we were famous as the public surrounding played paparazzi to us for a few minutes.

Days like today remind me why I love the MUA lifestyle – looking forward to returning after break!

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peek-a-boo

With Halloween just around the corner…and by that I don’t literally mean around a ‘corner’ as opposed to next Thursday, LA College of Creative Arts and our fabulous tutors Aidan Corcoran and Marie-Therese Byrne have decided we go all out before our halloween break!

Today MT (Marie-Therese) gave us a demo of a half-skull/half-pretty inspired look where she used different mediums and put her own spin on it by making it look a little Maleficent-esque! She was also inspired to amp it up by using A LOT of colour. The skull half consisted of dark purple and pink shadows along with white mineral glitter and silver leaf, ‘foil’, which she adhesed to the skull to add some texture and sass, whilst the ‘pretty’ side was your usual face of makeup but with crazy colours to make it unique. MT knows how to keep us enticed throughout her demos by allowing us to try all the products she uses as she applies them and by making her looks so unusual, crazy and creative. What we love best, no?

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Lucky for some, today also consisted of heading down to the UCD Campus and helping raise funds for the ISPCC charity along with their Arts Society by providing wee makeovers for passerby’s. We also made over the girls who were getting auctioned off at their other fundraiser, the ‘Slave Auction’, but we may have gotten a little distracted along the way with a bit of our own halloween madness…

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The half ‘n’ half face above was completed by myself (skull half) and Karen Glynn (Kim K contoured half)

and our lovely model, Clodagh Power.

Check back here tomorrow for more Halloween Chaos.

black and white

Today, Marie-Therese, our lovely tutor took us on a journey through the black and whites of fashion and photographic makeup. Focusing on two aspects, a natural look, and a more high fashion look, she demonstrated to us the tips and tricks of the black and white photography.

 Pictured is Natural and Strong B&W Makeup.

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Here are some important tips taken from today:

-Matte colours are preferred over shimmers/glitters as this will only throw the light from the flash back and that area will appear bleached, or too bright. Also no SPF.

-Colours are irrelevant, it is all about the tones! Hell, you can use blue and red to contour and fill in the eyebrows, as long as they are a dark tone to suit.  

-The base must be flawless – any small blemish will appear as grey and patchy.

One thing I love about our class, LA Elite, is that none of us are afraid of experimenting! We all walked around with crazy colours defining our cheekbones and eyebrows and all loved it! There is nothing funner then dressing up everyday and being allowed to call it college! 

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This photo of LA Elite is courtesy of Marie-Therese Byrne. 

Follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/makeupbymtbyrne

 

la life

A short insight into our fun-filled week at LA College.

This week has been such a blast and my class LA Elite learnt so much in a short space of time.

Monday started with a little bit of beauty, learning how to properly cleanse, tone and moisturize a clients face in preparation for makeup application followed by eyelash and eyebrow tinting…WHICH we got to practice on each other. Fun right? Who would say no to facials and beauty treatments in class? None of us did! We did however walk out of class with fab lashes and defined brows. Yay!

Which leads us onto Tuesday – Mother of the Bride day! The girls in LA Elite all bought in a lovely woman to practice mature makeup on and they sure weren’t afraid to tell us how they liked it and what they didn’t like at all. It was a great opportunity to get a live client into class that we don’t usually converse with – something LA College allows us to do a lot. A power cut throughout the afternoon was a shock to the class but it didn’t hinder our performance and we got a taste of what it’s like in a real working environment. Thank goodness for the windows allowing some natural light in!

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Wednesday was male makeup day where we bought in our lovely, ‘willing’ boys to sit still for an hour and let us put makeup on them! Secretly, I think they loved it, and I was quite shocked at how well behaved they were! And us girls as well, who can help but be giggly when surrounded by gorgeous men?! The look we achieved for them was simple, understated, natural beauty. Just enhancing their features whilst keeping them rugged and manly.

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Thursday taught us a little something about suspense and that staying up late the night before to study, isn’t always such a great idea. The morning presented us with an SQA written exam with our marks being revealed at the end of the day (the suspense) and in the afternoon, our tutor Aidan taught us tips and tricks on face charts and allowed us to prep for our photo shoot which takes place on Monday. Was a brilliant day, (mainly because I passed-Woo!), but I actually learnt a lot about the importance of prepping and practicing for shoots and that it is always best to be over-prepared. 

All in all, another wonderful week in the life of LA.

Stay tuned kids.

glitterbug

Some of you may not be so lucky as to share a house with someone so passionate and determined as Karen Glynn. Reason for this being that we are both completely bonkers, head over heels, crazy in love with Makeup and this definitely has it’s perks.

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Pictured is Karens lovely look on my eyes which for some reason I keep calling glitterbug! She used Inglot glitter no. 73 and used Inglot’s duraline to attach this as opposed to a heavier lash glue. The look was gorgeous, she has so much talent and she definitely knows how to add glitter to a look without making it look to over the top. She’s a stunner, one of my bestest buds in Dublin and she is amazing at what she does. Ain’t nothing better than getting pampered on a Sunday night either.

Take a look and follow her blog at; beautyandtheblog22.wordpress.com

weekly wonders

This week’s wonders include things I want, things I was inspired by and things I bought – cheeky!

The 24th of September to the 2nd October was Paris’ turn for Fashion week, producing some daring yet inspiring makeup looks! Givenchy was by far my favourite- take a look below.

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Pat McGrath has done it again, this sequined mask-like look took her and crew 12 hours to create 15 of these wonders using glitter, sequins, black netting, crystals and paint. Not a transferrable-to-the-street-look however it did emphasize and compliment the Japanese/African collection designed by Riccardo Tisci.

In other big news, Rihanna’s ‘RiRi Hearts MAC’ range was launched this week. This collection is a killer and the colours just in time for Autumn. That dark raisin lipstick and smoky, brown shadow palette are sure to be sell outs- may have to break into the savings for these goodies. 

I admit it, I’m a splurger on all things makeup. I see it as an investment for my ‘kit’, not for myself at all…yeah right. However, after Karin Darnells seminar I was convinced to go through with my purchase of the Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish Highlighter and the Matte Creme Matifiante. Both of which are splendid with my skin. The Soft & Gentle gives a subtle build up of rosey-gold shine on the top of my cheek bones and the Matte acts as a perfect oil-controlling base. I also like to apply this to the lid when I’m going for a bare-makeup look, it gives a very youthful appearance whilst hydrating my eye area. These products definitely have my stamp of approval. 

 

 

‘don’t keep to the rules – break the rules’

There are days when I’m incredibly lucky, yesterday was one of them.

LA College of Creative Arts gave its students the opportunity to attend a seminar hosted by the one and only Karin Darnell, and I was lucky enough to be one of the few to attend. The event was hosted by MAC in Brown Thomas and we were welcomed with champagne and a little gift pack of face-charts and pencil/paper to take notes throughout. Lights, camera, make-up, it doesn’t get much better than that.

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For those of you who don’t know, Karin Darnell is a world-renowned makeup artist and has been in the fashion/music industry for more than 20 years.  Rihanna, Jessie J, Spice Girls, Billie Piper and Nicole Scherzinger are just a few names that she has on her client list which says enough about her talent itself. She is sought after by celebrities and people alike and there’s no surprise as to why.

The seminar was incredibly inspirational. The way she transformed one look to another by cleaning up some lines and adding a bit of colour here and there was seamless. It seemed to come to her naturally and her love for colour, the layering and building it up was phenomenal. She never once stopped at a safe look – she dared to push the boundaries and be creative until she found something that worked. She never used a product for its sole purpose – to her makeup is a colour… it can go wherever you want it to go. To me that is how a makeup artist should be, how I aspire to be.

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If only one piece of advice was taken from that seminar it was definitely, ‘Don’t keep to the rules, break the rules’. Something we should all play by in the makeup artist industry.

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You can visit Karin Darnell’s website here: http://www.karindarnell-makeup.com/index.html