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



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!



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).




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


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.


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!













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!


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!


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

return of the blogging

A hair catastrophe, two practical exams, a photoshoot, beginning a new job and a 6-page spread shoot for Life Magazine are all to blame for my lack of blog-posting this week! So welcome, if you’re new and welcome back to my usual readers!

This last week has been incredibly hectic so I beware this post may be lengthy and I suggest to scroll down if you prefer to just have a gaze at my work in pictures. 

Monday and Tuesday last week consisted of Practical exams where we used a male and female model and had three looks for each in which the tutors oversaw so they could mark us. Both models were made up to be commercial, contoured and runway. The female looks can be sen in my previous post there titled ‘Three shades of Clo’. Wednesday at college was then photoshoot prep for our shoot on Thursday, photos of which are yet to come but don’t worry, of course I’ll be sharing those with you all! 

On Sunday I was also given the opportunity to help out The Design Centre with a photoshoot for a 6-page spread that will be featured in Life Magazine which comes in the Sunday Independent Paper here in Ireland. There were 8 different looks with two models which myself and another artist worked on one each. I am so excited for this shoot to come to print as it will be my first official published work! Fair to say I’ll be sending a few copies back home to New Zealand to show off and hopefully be able to post all my behind the scenes and final images on here once the issue comes out!!

This week at LA College we are beginning Makeup throughout the years, or era makeup. Today we covered the 1920’s and 1930’s.


The 1920’s look modeled on Karen Glynn.

1920’s ‘quintessential’ makeup trends featured rosebud/almost heart shaped lips with gorgeous rounded cupid bows and saw rounded eyes where the shadows were blended upwards as opposed to modern-day makeup where the shadows are winged outwards. The upwards and rounded blending on the lid and under the lower lash line emphasise these areas of the eyes allowing the eye to appear more round instead of almond shaped which is now considered the ‘ideal’ eye shape. Heavy bright, red blush was also prominent but worn quite high up on the cheeks – top it off with a turban – beautiful! 



The 1930’s look modeled by Elena Costello.

There are only subtle differences between the 1920’s and 30’s. For example the lip shape evolved to a more elongated top and bottom lip, but featuring a stronger cupids bow. Eyebrows were rounded and pastel shades on the eyelid increased in popularity. Bright, red blush was still worn frequently however they applied this in a triangle shape on either side of the face instead of on the apples of the cheeks. Back then it was seen to help correct the face shape and allow it to appear more oval, however today it was just to get a taste of the 30’s.

After an incredibly busy last week I am excited to make a start on this era makeup! Tomorrow we are tackling the 1940’s and 1950’s. I’m looking forward to it and hopefully you do too!

Stay posted boys and girls.