a little flashback

One of my favourite work experiences with LA College of Creative Arts was the opportunity to work alongside tutor Aidan Corcoran and fellow student Karen Glynn on the College’s Discovery Day. The event was held for current and upcoming students to find out about the college and all it has to offer. We on the other hand were there to demonstrate some skills! 

We spent around 7 hours on the day body painting our model Nathan. It was so much fun and our model was a great sport considering he had to stand still for so long! Aidan designed the look, going for a statue-esque base, blanking out the entire body with white, then going in with grays and blacks to contour the natural shapes of the body. We then placed LA College’s logo in the middle of the torso and made it to look like a paint splash! To add some colour, we coated the rest of the body in coloured paint splashes.

It was an incredible day and the college had a great turnout! The SFX crew also had a demo along with some of our great tutors to demonstrate all of the skills that can be gained here at LA! 

Below is our finished product! 

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Helps when you have a gorgeous model too, doesn’t it? Talk soon folks xo

long time no see

A Facebook notification pops up on my phone and to my surprise it is from my mentor Marie-Therese Byrne. It shows a screenshot of a previous post where I wrote about a makeup she did and how she couldn’t believe she had only just come across it. Someones still reading my blog? Let alone going back a few posts? My poor blog, I got so caught up in other things that I had completely abandoned it! Luckily MT is around, she may have just been the little motivation I needed to get back into it!

As I recap on the year that was, I remember all the fun moments, the silly times, the hard work, the amazing experiences and all that I have learnt whilst being at LA College of Creative Arts. It truly was the year of a lifetime and moving away from home to come here and experience it was the best decision I have ever made. 

So much has happened since then so I figure I’ll stick to some highlights for this post!

First would be the two publications I’ve added to my portfolio! One for Stellar Magazine and one for the newly released Insider Mag. For the Stellar Magazine I worked alongside fellow LA Student Megan Burke where we provided Hair & Makeup for 6 mums for a special article. For the Insider Magazine I assisted Beauty Editor Nadia El Ferdaoussi with Makeup for the male model and hairstyling. I will jump at any chance for published work! The contacts you make and knowing that so many people are looking at something that you did is such a great feeling and so worth the long days on set. 

These are the images from the Stellar Magazine photoshoot:

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A few other highlights included being involved with both the UCD and Trinity college fashion shows! LA College provides hair and makeup for both and it is so fun seeing all the hard work come to an amazing show at the end of the day! I was also able to work for a corporate box at the One Direction concert in Croke Park meaning I got a wee glimpse of the show! 

We also had a few more photoshoots within the college before graduation. They are shown below!

Images from a Character Photoshoot (Galaxy and Half’n’half). Model:Tessa Muldoon.

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The following images were from a Beauty photoshoot. Model: Clodagh Power.

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There were many more exciting things crammed into the past few months with one of the biggest being our Graduation! However for the sake of this post being too lengthy, I think we shall save that for another day! 

Now that my days as a student at LA College of Creative Arts are over and I go on to working as a Summer Intern for them over the next three months, the style of my blog may change as my skills and knowledge within the industry progress! Expect a few reviews, recommendations, looks with product lists etc as well as my usual recapping which Mum and Dad along with others back home tend to find helpful in keeping up to date with me over this side of the world!

That’s me for today! Have a great weekend and I’ll be in touch soon xo

 

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