Month: April 2014

Shakespeare’s Leading Ladies – The Untold Stories

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On Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at The Gallery on The Corner, at 7.30 pm a new exhibition called ‘Shakespeare’s Bitches’ will be on display.

This innovative and daring exhibition is the brainchild of emerging photographer, Victoria Baptiste. Victoria Baptiste exhibition It tells the untold stories of Shakespeare’s leading ladies and displays a collection of collaborative images created and perfected over a period of six months.  It is beautifully timed with the celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on 23 April 2014.

Victoria said – “I wanted to bring to life the leading ladies from one of our greatest British playwrights as if they were living in society today; what issues they would have faced and the daily scenarios they may have come up against. I have always had a love for Shakespeare and with such an amazing collaboration with Inventiv, we were able to do just that.”

On Wednesday, the exclusive showing of this highly talented photographer’s work will take place both for the press and public at the The Gallery On The Corner on Battersea Road, London at 7:30pm.  The evening will commence with canapés and champagne on arrival, with the opportunity to meet Victoria Baptiste herself and the team of creative artists that she put together to work with her behind this exhibition.  I’ve worked with Victoria on a couple of occasion and know the team that she’s been working with very well – I’m proud to be a friend of this fabulous photographer and her team and my job will be in applying her makeup for her event, making her look even more gorgeous on the night!

Exhibition Details:
Date: Wednesday 30 April 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Venue: The Gallery On The Corner
Address: 155 Battersea Rd, SW8 4BU London, United Kingdom
Nearest Station: Battersea Park

Limited edition prints will be available to order on the night

The Team:
Photographer and Creative Director: Victoria Baptiste
Makeup Artist: Ian Massa-Harris
Hair Stylists: LP Session Styles, Cayden MD Tobin
Video: Mark Storey
Assistant: Jessica Ross



Can’t Live Without – Guerlain

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It’s an essential in my own makeup bag! 

Who doesn’t feel better when they’ve got a bit of colour on their skin, a warm glow from that summer sunshine?  Bronzers are fabulous for helping with a healthy summer sun kissed glow on your skin !  And I love this one – Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons (03 Sheer Brunettes)Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons
“The perfect gradation of caramelised hues, these four shades can be endlessly combined and layered, depending on your desire, skin tone and the season, for an authentic tan and an incredibly natural result.”

It’s a gorgeous smelling matte powder which has four shades in each compact so you can swirl them all together and blend the colours, or you can use particular shades depending on the time of year.  I apply it lightly with a brush to my forehead and cheeks – the areas that the sun catches, for warmth and colour to my skin. You can also use it on your shoulders and décolletage too.  Just fab!

Available from – Guerlain


Can’t Live Without – NARS Illuminator

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It’s an essential in my own makeup bag! 

I’m an addict to any illuminating makeup product that gives me a shimmery healthy glow and radiant sheen on my cheekbones!  And I love this one – NARS OrgasmNARS Orgasm Illuminator
“A collection of light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion with shimmering incandescence. Deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous”NARS Orgasm Illuminator test

I use this sheer pink/peachy gel over the top of my blusher, on my cheekbones for a fine shimmery, gentle glow.

Use a tiny amount and tap it gently onto your skin – you hardly need any and it lasts so long!

NARS Cosmetics – £22


Flawless Makeup? Airbrushing Myself!

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So what a great result – Airbase Make-Up have brought out an airbrushing system for High Definition (HD) Airbrush Makeup that ANYONE can use – at home!!  I got in contact with Airbase Make-up to have a look at their new system and find out how it works – I posted a recent blog detailing how easy it is to set up and assemble the airbrush at home yourself, and you can read that here – Kit Unpacked

HD airbrushed makeup gives beautiful, flawless coverage that, using a silicone based foundation, will last ALL day.  It’s perfect for brides for their wedding day makeup because it stays put!  It’s also essential for TV and Film work because the HD quality is so good.

Prepping for Airbrushing
Airbase Foundations & ThinnerSo inside my Mirrored Vanity Unit with its LED lit mirror there’s a Perfecting Primer, a couple of 10ml bottles containing silicone based foundations (you choose two colours to match your own skin tone), a 10ml bottle of bronze (you may get a bronzer or a blusher) and a Mini Eye Shadow Palette – all of these I’m going to use now to try this kit out with the airbrush.

I’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised my skin and clipped my hair back out of my way as I don’t want to spray that!  Now time to apply the Primer.

The idea of a cosmetic primers (eyes, lips, foundation, mascara) is to prep the skin before applying your makeup. By using a foundation primer first the skin will be smoother to start with, meaning that your foundation will sit much more evenly and smoothly on your skin, and your foundation will last longer.   Airbase PrimerFoundation primers work by decreasing the look of fine lines, blemishes and pigmentation.  Some give a more matte appearance, reducing shine, some contain light reflecting particles to make the skin more radiant and some are tinted to improve skin tone.  Whatever, your preference a good primer provides a good base giving a great flawless complexion and helping your makeup last.

It’s a real bonus that I get one as part of my kit, so I use the pump to dispense some onto my hand and apply it all over my face with my finger tips.  It’s a good one – a clear gel, non greasy, smells nice and it leaves my skin really soft with a more matte cover.

Using The Airbrush
I’ve added about 10 drops of the foundation that best matches my skin tone and diluted it a little with some of the Thinner and Cleaner.  The instructions say that the thinner will help to get the right thickness so that when I switch the airbrush on it sprays smoothly and evenly onto the tissue before I spray my face.  It’s great and sprays out colour onto the tissue when I press the green trigger down.  The closer I move the nozzle to the tissue, the more dense the colour, and further away, the lighter the colour.

Ready to go!  I face the mirror and without pressing the trigger, let the air blow over my face to get used to it.  Nothing scary about this!  So I press the trigger and it feels slightly colder when the foundation comes out.  It works!  Avoiding my eye brows and eye lashes, and the hairline, I carry on spraying the foundation all over my face – I can see the foundation start to build, but it doesn’t look cakey or heavy at all.  It looks great, and even, and yes – it actually does look “flawless”

Once the product runs out of the cup I stop.  It’s been enough to give my face a light foundation coverage, and I like it.  I will definitely use this again, even though it takes slightly longer to apply foundation in this method as opposed to with a brush.  But it’s worth it and I also note that I don’t need to use a powder to set the foundation either because the finish is so good.

Completing The Look
Airbase Eyeshadow PaletteIt’s just a case now of blusher, eye makeup and lips to finish my look.  The Mini Eye Shadow Palette has six colours in it, and the pigment is really strong.  I blend two of the colours together – the lighter grey over my eyelid and the darker grey into my socket line.

With everything else applied in the normal way – liner, mascara, lips – I am done and ready to go.


Later on …… I’m still pleased to see that my makeup, especially my foundation hasn’t moved and looks just as good!