My Tutorial for LA College of Creative Arts!

Hi Everyone! This week I filmed a Kendall Jenner inspired Makeup Tutorial for LA College of Creative Arts YouTube Channel. I would love it if you could all take a look! Watch, comment and make sure you Subscribe! I would love to hear what you think.

Vicky xo

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

 

forever a fantasy

To end our Fantasy Makeup module, my class, LA Elite, prepared one last look. My look was inspired by none other than a Dragon!  I tossed and turned for ages trying to think of something to interpret when I thought of the Taniwha. Taniwha’s are a mythical creature of Maori culture, and are basically dragon like beings. This led me on to researching dragons and dragon makeups and coming up with my very own look! If you search Taniwha’s and New Zealand, you should be able to find some interesting information on them- there’s also a cute, wee Taniwha song – kind of like a nursery rhyme – that all the kids used to sing when we were younger. 

My dragon look was very simple, just using water-based Face Paints and eyeshadow to create. The scales were made by using a mesh bag which I bought lemons in, then holding it over the skin and pressing over it with eyeshadow. I also gave my model, Elena Costello, little dragon nostrils and a wee dragony frown line with a kohl pencil in black from the Bodyshop and that was basically it! I like that although it is fantasy makeup, it still is beauty makeup and Elena still looks as lovely as ever- despite being a dragon and looking like she has a unibrow!

My dragon look is below and below that is the Queen of Hearts look that Elena did on me – just to give you a peek! 

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a fantastical fantasy day

Fantasy Makeup – a way to produce makeups portraying mythical and/or majestical creatures or things. Fantasy Makeup allows you to transform yourself into anything you can think of. It doesn’t have to be a full face of makeup – it could be the simplest of things – but we’re in Makeup college and we all love being creative and having fun so why not!

Wednesdays are half days so we only had enough time to produce one look today! There was an uneven number in today so I was lucky to work on Leah, a lovely (and patient) girl doing work experience for LA College, this allowed me to have a little more time to perfect my look as no one would be recreating a look on me. I decided to take my inspiration from the galaxy and many of the space makeups I saw around Halloween. The finished look is below:

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To begin the look, I blocked out the eyebrows with the use of Prozade (an adhesive glue used for Special Effects) and Special Effects Wax. This wasn’t a necessary step however I had the time so threw the practice in. I then layered a salmon coloured cream concealer with a concealer that matched Leah’s skin tone, making sure to apply translucent powder between each layer and voila, the eyebrows disappeared! I then used a Supercolour from Kryolan in black to create and fill in the upside-down triangle shape. Then just using highly pigmented eyeshadows in my chosen colours, I distributed random amounts of colours throughout the black. I then added some fun glitter and small diamantes before colouring in the lips with a gold and glittery Supercolour form Kryolan. It’s an incredibly easy look to create and can be done very quickly if need be although I think the result is quite effective and I’m very happy with todays look!

The photo below is courtesy of Marie-Therese Byrne and shows some of us in action!

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As you can see in the photo above, all of the looks were incredibly individual but all completed to the highest standard and all really amazing and creative! Goes to show you can get your Fantasy inspiration from anywhere! xo

Note: Makeup in above photo from top-left and going clockwise done by – Sara Griffin, Elena Costello, Myself and Niamh O’Riordan

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! 

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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! 

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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!

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

effects are special

Happy (very belated) New Year to you all and welcome to 2014!

It’s been a slow start to the year, what with holidays ending and getting back into College. Starting the year with a week of computers I might add! Not fun for a bunch of MUA’s to be stuck in a Computer lab but we survived…just! I was pleasantly surprised to receive my final images of the Special Effects Photoshoot we had at the end of last year before College broke out for Christmas holidays. 

My looks were modelled o my very good friend and flatmate, Clara Formosa! One look is a kidnap victim and the other one a Zombie. I was very happy with how my shoot turned out and the quality of the photos are amazing! I would also like to say a huge thank you to Colin Price, our photographer for his amazing direction and outstanding talent. The pictures are below so take a look – perhaps not over breakfast or dinner, depending on which side of the world you are! 

Vicky xo

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design house photoshoot

There is no better way to spend a Sunday, then being surrounded by talented and creative people, all working together on an amazing project and a few weeks ago, I was lucky to do just that. 

With a work experience like this, you would be silly to say no! The Design House located in Dawson St in Dublin was shooting for a 6-page spread in Life Magazine (an insert which comes with the ever so popular Sunday Independent). The Design House is a fabulous building where many Irish designers are showcased in quirky rooms throughout the store. Each picture has different pieces from different designers and all the looks were put together by the stylist Iseult Sheehy (www.iseultsheehy.com). The photographer was Eilish McCormick (www.eilishmccormick.com) and Hair was by Jenny Crawford for Kazumi (www.kazumihair.ie). Makeup was provided by myself (Victoria Steiner Makeup Artist) and also Sonia Osiecka for Pria Makeup. Models were Mary-Claire Tracy (Blonde) and Louise Byrne (Brunette) of Morgan the Agency (www.morgantheagency.com).

All in all, it was a long 9 hour day, but every second was worth the experience and the fun had whilst being on set. My first ever published work and I couldn’t be more proud of myself! Take a look at the pictures below and I hope you enjoy!

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not for the squeamish

This week we’ve been having Special Effects lessons in class.

So far we’ve covered everything from slit wrists/slits, gashes, strangulation, 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns, bullet wounds and also chopped off digits! 

It’s all very gory and let’s just say doing research for SFX is not something you want to do over lunch or dinner, however it is a lot simpler than you might think! Less is more definitely applies here and overdoing the SFX by adding too much product can make it look unrealistic. Tomorrow we are covering Zombies which should be incredibly fun and I imagine we’ll get some awesome pictures out of it. Below are some of the photos from class over the past couple of days. Have a look but beware, it may not be your cup of tea – especially if you’re a bit squeamish. Looks are modeled on Clodagh Power and Phoebe Wishart.

 

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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