a little recap

Well I think it’s fair to say that so far, February has been full on. Since my last blog post I have been up to many exciting things and have had many amazing opportunities, all which I couldn’t be more thankful for! Let’s start where I left off…

The Saturday after finishing Fantasy Makeup, I was privileged to help out on a weekend shoot for other LA College classes doing smaller courses. Because their classes are smaller, they do not focus on hair and that’s where me and some of my friends came in! They were doing natural makeup and bridal photoshoots and trusted us with their lovely models to create some gorgeous hairstyles. It is so important at this time in the industry that Makeup Artists know how to style hair, even if it’s only the basics. So many jobs now are searching for Makeup and Hair artists as opposed for one of each, obviously saving money for them, and having a greater knowledge of hair really advantages us. The photoshoot was run by Adrienne Kennedy Campion, whom tutors these classes. It is a privilege to work alongside her as she is very motivating and an incredible MUA herself. After the photoshoot we also walk away with the final, edited images to use in our portfolio, proving we can do hair! It’s a real win-win situation!

The next week, brought us back to college where we learnt about Asian and Ethnic skin and did a skills test. I had a lovely model named Alexa who came in for me and I was incredibly happy with the end result of her makeover! She had the most beautiful lips, and I think the colours used looked stunning on her. For the skills test, our tutor Louise Dunne had a photo of Val Garland’s makeup and got us to recreate it under time pressure. It was definitely as hard as it looked!!


My Makeover on the gorgeous Alexa!


The Val Garland image pictured above and my recreation pictured below!



Much to improve on but giving the circumstances I’m pretty proud of the outcome!

Next on the Agenda was airbrushing…and a lot of it! Airbrushing is an interesting technique, I’m not sure that I particularly like it for foundation application. I definitely think I’m one for having more control and I feel I can’t achieve that with a gun, but more so with a brush. Giving that, I did have an incredible amount of fun when we were allowed to do more wacky and crazy looks! I chose to do a graffiti inspired one. I was happy with the look but I did have a lot more planned for it, unfortunately airbrush guns like to become clogged…A LOT, so I spent most of my allocated time, taking apart, cleaning and reassembling! The look is pictured below on my model, Jen O’Connor – whom might I add is incredibly patient and helpful when cleaning the guns!! 



During our airbrushing week, I was also offered the chance for some work experience and I was more than delighted to hear that it was for none other than Stellar magazine! Myself and Megan Burke made our way down to 9 Bond Street Studios – an amazing building full of studios owned by renowned photographer Barry McCall – where we set up our stations in the salon and got to work on six young mums, getting their makeup and hair done for their shoot. Not to mention, all the children were there too! It was an interesting day, filled with cute kids and also a lot of glam! The shoot is for a spread on young mums and will feature in the upcoming issue, being released this week. I am so excited to see my work published in such a well-known Irish Mag and it was such a great experience working in different circumstances! I.e. dodging the child sitting on mum’s lap and having them throw our makeup on the ground – so cute though, can’t stay mad at their wee faces! I look forward to sharing the shots with you when I receive them!

Next up we did some body painting – Nothing too big or full on. Just a few pictures and illustrations here and there to get a knack for using the paints etc – if you click on my instagram feed to the right of the page you will be able to see some images of my work there.

Amongst all the college work – I also earned myself a new job working at Zeba Hairdressing in their Makeup department. I am incredibly excited to be working in an environment where I get to practice my skills and converse with clients several times throughout the day and am ever so blessed to have this job! Another step closer to my goals! Every work experience is good experience!

Well, I suppose it’s back to reality now, with an assignment due, second stage of my Graded Unit project to complete and a photoshoot to organise – it’s going to be a busy couple of weeks..oh and it’s my birthday tomorrow! 😉

Vicky xo


when the boundaries break

Today was an amazing day at LA college, filled with endless creativity and a whole lot of colour! Not to mention…GLITTER!

When we arrived in class, there were boxes filled of Avant Garde dreams – infinite amounts of glitter and fun colours awaiting their turn to be used, but what better way to begin the day then with a Makeup demo from our tutor Marie-Therese Byrne and who luckier to be the model, than myself! 

She did an incredibly fun and bright look with bold, crazy shaped brows and a lot of colours. No rules to stick to, no need to worry about symmetry or crisp, clean lines and blending. Just pure magic and art. Avant Garde really is the perfect opportunity for us to be inspired, it’s not beauty makeup, the boundaries and rules are there to be broken. You can do whatever you like, execute it well and have it interpreted a million, different ways which I think is a huge reason behind why I love this kind of makeup. Nothing really offends me more than seeing amazing work by the likes of Alex Box and Pat McGrath being criticized by close-minded people that really know nothing about art and the theatricality behind Avant Garde makeups. ‘My two year old could do that in his sleep’, Yeah, well, your two old isn’t an internationally recognised Makeup Artist. The photo that Marie-Therese did on me is pictured below – I must warn you though, I am in no way a model and this photo is a sneaky iPhone selfie! 



Time was then handed over to us to create our own Avant Garde look. I did my look on the model, Clodagh Power and I have to say, I’m actually pretty happy with the outcome! I began by creating a bronzed face, using Makeup Forever Face & Body Foundation mixed in with some Honey Bronze lotion which has a lot of glittery, gold in it to create a gorgeous sheen. This was layered over a face prepped with MAC Strobe Cream. I used Maybelline Gel Liner in Black to draw on my thick brows, and used BEN NYE colour refills to paint the brush strokes on to the face – these were cream based and extremely pigmented so were applied like a dream! I finished the look by adding Cinema Secrets Cosmetic Glitter in a Turquoise Blue and Gold to areas of the face, added Mascara, fake lashes and smeared a smudge of Black Eyeliner from the Bodyshop over the lips. Very unusual, completely Avant Garde! 



The look above is my look on Clodagh.

The look below is Clodagh’s look on me – Hunger Games inspired and once again, a complete selfie!



I look forward to sharing the rest of my week with you all! xo

avant garde

Today at LA, we began our next module of Advanced Fashion & Photographic, with our first topic being…

Avant Garde!

With Avant Garde, comes a chance for us all to let our creativity and imagination run wild to produce some eye-capturing and individual Makeups. Our first task was to research and create a look, suitable for an editorial or runway show, but still Avant Garde. This meant we had to be weary of going to ‘fantasy-like’ and sticking to the beauty makeup side of things.  

For my look, I decided to do a very dewy and luminous skin, with a metallic contour and a stained petal-lip. I took my inspiration from galactic beings and also cherry blossoms – random, I know. My look was to go alongside fashion from the likes of Gareth Pugh or Alexander McQueen in one of their runway shows. To create the luminous skin, I mixed MAC Strobe Cream with MAC Face & Body in White – this also added to the pale appearance of the skin which I wanted to make it look more innocent, youthful and also alien-esque. I simply used a metallic eyeshadow to contour and swept a wash of this over the eyes. I used MAC Viva Glam Nicki and pressed it on the inside of the lips, which were prepped with a MAC Eyeliner in Fascinating. I then used this eyeliner to coat around the eyes and also as a mascara.

Simple as that and done in a second!

My look is modeled on Clodagh Power.