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Professional Beauty Judge

By | Beauty News, Gary Cockerill, Paul James Merchant, Uncatagorized | One Comment

Professional Beauty Warpaint Judge

Hi Beauty Lovers,

Hope you are keeping well. This has been a fantastic year so far and I feel like it is just whizzing by! It has seen me travelling alot over and back from London a few times as well as Marbella! In February one of my trips was for the Professional Beauty Awards, I was a finalist for the Make-up Professional of the Year UK & Ireland. I will tell you more about that next time. While I was in London, they asked me to be a floor judge for the Warpaint Professional Beauty London Competition with fellow make-up artists Gary Cockerill and Paul James Merchant. Gary is the Warpaint Ambassador and organised the whole makeup competition as well as the criteria for judging.
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Inspirational Makeup: James Kaliardos

By | Artist Spotlight, James Kaliardos, L'oreal Professionnel, Make-up Artist | 3 Comments

James Kaliardos Makeup Artist

Another make-up artist that I love is James Kaliardos I first came across his work about 4 years ago when I entered a competition run by Elle Magazine in association with L’oreal. He was the creative consultant for L’oreal Paris at the time, he was the first makeup artist to hold that position in the company. The competition was to win work experience with James, which I obviously didn’t win ūüôā but since then I have been a huge fan of his work.


James was born in Detroit, USA. His mother was a hairdresser and encouraged his creative side. At the age of eighteen he attended the Parsons School in New York, where he studied Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Theatre, History and Film. It was there that he met the photographer Steven Meisel and showed him his portfolio. Steven was particularly impressed by James’ make-up ability and helped him to develop his talent.


After this time he decided to go to Paris and become a make-up artist. In Paris he worked with photographers Stépahane Sednaoui and Ellen Von Unwerth. He moved back to New York and has since worked with every well known photographer out there including Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, David Sims, Steven Meisel, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Bruce Weber, and the late Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton.


James brings a unique combination of glamour and chic minimalism to his work. His style is clean and he prefers to focus on making one feature really pop. One of my favourite things about his esthetique is the clean glowing skin that features heavily in his work.


His work can be seen in American, British, and Italian Vogue, Allure, W and V magazines. He has created looks for campaigns and runway shows for Balenciaga, Chanel, Herm√®s, Fendi, Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, Rodarte, Dior Homme, Y-3, Rochas, Preen, as well as campaigns for L’Or√©al, Revlon, Shiseido, Cover Girl, and Victoria’s Secret.


Some of the celebrities Kaliardos has also worked with include: Beth Ditto, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Julianne Moore, Beyonce, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bj√∂rk, and Chlo√ę Sevigny.

So what do you think of his work? Are you a fan?

Until next time.

Lots of love,


Inspirational Makeup: Leona Lewis Trouble Music Video by Lottie

By | Artist Spotlight, Lottie, Make-up Artist, Uncatagorized | No Comments

Leona Lewis a Whole Lot of Trouble Makeup

I was watching the music video Trouble by Leona Lewis and thought to myself, that is such a pretty make-up. Of course, my next thought was who did it? I was delighted to see that it was non other than Lottie. She is one of my favourite make-up artists at the moment, who’s work can be seen at fashion weeks across the globes, music videos, advertising campaigns and red carpets.

Leona Lewis Trouble Music Video

How beautiful is Leona Lewis in these pictures? The make-up is absolutely flawless, from gorgeous and natural, to smokey elongated smokey and then a pop of colour with this dramatic red lip.

Lottie Makeup Artist

So who is the fantastic make-up artist that created these beautiful looks? Lottie was born and raised in Southern California. Like many other talented artists, she didn’t start out in the beauty industry. She did graphic design in college and moved to the UK where she worked on many exciting projects. A few years later, Lottie found her true calling and moved over to the world of make-up artistry.

Her career sky rocketed and she can now be found keying fashion shows in New York, Milan, Miami and Los Angeles. She works freelance for print and advertising worldwide for many high profile clients including Dove, Joico, Guess?, Versace, Make Up For Ever to name a few. She has had many celebrity clients including Robert De Niro, Taylor Swift, Beth Ditto, Solange Knowles and Juliette Lewis.

Leona Lewis “Trouble” from Ra√ļl B Fern√°ndez on Vimeo.

What do you think of this video? Do you love it?

Lots of love,


Inspirational Makeup: Caroline Saulnier

By | Caroline Saulnier, Fashion, Uncatagorized | No Comments

Caroline Saulnier Skull Make-up

So week two of my inspirational make-up feature is another make-up artist that I aspire to be like Caroline Saulnier. I absolutely adore her work and love her collaborations with Rankin. I really love this skull make-up that she did for their new book. You can see a video of it here as well as some other looks that she created that are awesome!!!!!!

I really hope to buy this book soon. I also really want to go to one of Rankins exhibitions. I love his work and I think it is fantastic the way that he collaborates with Make-up Artists in such a big way. I have his Alex Box book and it is out of this world. One that I will definitely do a review of soon.

What do you think? Are there any inspirational make-up artists that you would like to share with me?

Lots of love,


The Review: Makeup is Art Book

By | Book Spotlight, Lan Nguyen Grealis, Make-up Artist, Uncatagorized | One Comment

Hello Again!

So this is the new installment to the blog called The Review. This is where I talk about my opinion on make-up related things, but with a little twist. So rather than products, I am going to review beauty books, videos, makeup counters that kind of thing.

Makeup is Art

So my first review is the book: Make-up is Art.  I have had this book for a couple of years now. I picked it up at the IMATS I think it was. Needless to say I was delighted as it is a book filled to the brim with fantastic images and information on how to achieve them.


One of the things that I loved about the book was that it featured images of a lot of different artists work. The make-up artists featured in the book are at the top of their field and people that I really admire! Their work can be seen in magazines, catwalks and television in the UK and abroad. This meant that the type of work and style of make-up was quite varied. It showed everything from a beautiful skin, to a full on glitter-thon with lashes.


The book is not a step by step guide, so anyone buying it hoping to learn how to do each step might be disappointed. However I found that the descriptions were really informative and you would be able to achieve all the looks with a little trial and error.  It is a very inspirational book and will leave you with loads of creative ideas of your own.


The images are really clear and not over photoshopped and this book is visually stunning. It is definitely something that you could proudly display on your coffee table. I think even non-makeup aficionados would find this book enjoyable to flick through as it is an array of colourful vibrant imagery.

For once you can judge a book by its cover, this gorgeous cover invites you in and the contents certainly don’t disappoint.

Value for Money: 10/10
Images: 10/10
Description: 9/10
Overall Rating: 9/10

Below are some images I found online of the behind the scenes of some of the photoshoots from the book, so I thought it would be nice to share them with you. Lots of lashes there!

False eyelashes laid out for photoshoot

Images of inspiration for makeup

Makeup for photoshoot fashion

Makeup and Pigments set up and ready to use

Lan Nguyen_AOFM

Hope you enjoyed this post. I will be back again next week for another review! If there is a book in my collection that you spotted that you would like me to do next, let me know. Your wish will be my command.

Lots of love,


*Image Sources: amazon.co.uk, fashion stylist

Beauty News: M.A.C January 2013 Collections

By | Beauty News, MAC Cosmetics, Uncatagorized, Val Garland | 2 Comments

MAC Apres Ski Visuals by Val Garland

Isn’t this visual just gorgeous? I absolutely love this shoot. Make-up was done by none other than Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics latest range of colour cosmetics. I absolutely adore her work and if you don’t already follow her, do check out her instagram feed, she updates it regularly with her inspirational work.

So as part of my new weekly “Beauty News” feature, I would like to share with you the latest range of products released by MAC Cosmetics:

MAC Cosmetics have just launched their Apres Ski collection.


MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow

Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage.

The shades available are:

Winter Pursuit Ice Silver Birch Frost at Midnight Fireside

Zoom Waterfast Lash

MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash

The fast-to-act drama of creamy, velvety Zoom Lash in a tear, sweat, humidity, waterproof formula. Curls and lengthens with flexible, sculpted application that provides up to 12 hours of smudge-proof wear.

MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner
Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage.

Pro Longwear’s long-lasting eye liner delivers creamy, dense colour that glides on smoothly. 12-hour waterproof formula stays put and smudge-free.

The shades available are:

Black Ice:
Rich Black
Rich Experience:
True Brown
Mountain Air:
Vibrant Teal
Night Trail:
Deep Navy Blue
Snow Shadow:
Purple Violet


MAC Lipstick

Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.

MAC-Apres-Chic-Lip Gloss

Mineralise Tinted Lip Balm

A liquid lip balm that adds moisture while providing the right pop of color and mirror-like shine. Enriched with a special, nourishing 77 Mineral-Rich Complex. Can be worn alone or over other Lip products.

MAC Apres-Chic-Blush

Mineralise Blush
Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer. Available in Amber Glow, Alpine Bronze, Gentle

MAC-Apres-Chic-Mineralise Skin Finish

Mineralise Skin Finish
A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. Available in Porcelain Pink and Stereo Rose.


Nail Lacquer
Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Three long-wearing finishes РCream, Sheer, and Frosted. Visibly different. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection. Go hi-lacquer! Available in Hangin Loose and Dangerously Fun.

287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush
A rounded, medium sized, double-chiseled, paddle-shaped brush. Perfect for applying and blending Eye Shadow. Made from a blend of soft, natural bristles and synthetic fibres, allowing for a light wash of colour.

187 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush
A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.

Apres Ski Products

You can buy all these products in the MAC store Brown Thomas Grafton Street and Henry Street as well as in the airports.

What do you think of the selection? Is there anything you would like to try?

Lots of love,


Inspirational Make-up: Pat McGrath for Vogue

By | Make-up Artist, Pat McGrath, Uncatagorized | 6 Comments
Inspirational Makeup

Photo courtesy of http://inspired.com/

I am always inspired by the fantastic work of other make-up artists from home and abroad. I have decided to have a weekly feature on the blog where I share some of my favourite make-up that I have seen from the world wide web.

Pat McGrath Vogue

Photo courtesy of vogue.com

The first in this new series is a post dedicated to Pat McGrath and her recent work in Vogue Italia which was photographed by Steven Meisel. She created a classic look that has been described as “one of the most iconic images of our generation!”¬†Giving the actress¬†Fei Fei Sun a glamerous but modern starlet look.

Pat McGrath Vogue Fei Fei

Photo courtesy of http://streeters.com

I adore this flicked block coloured eyeliner with an exotic coloured raspberry red lip. Her cheek bones are well defined with sculpting. The face is kept clean and matt with no blusher or shimmer.

Photo courtesy of Streeters.com

What do you think, do you love this look? Who inspires you? Have you seen any images you would like to share with me?

Lots of love,


Review of Avant Guarde Make-up Academy Drogheda

By | Bodypainting, Course Spotlight, Make-up Artist, Review, Uncatagorized | No Comments
Make-up Academy Emma Woods

Grand opening of the Avant Garde Make-up Academy

I often get emails from aspiring make-up artists about what schools to attend to become a professional make-up artist. Well I can really recommend Avant Garde Make-up Academy in Drogheda. Emma Woods is the beauty and brains behind this fantastic school. She wanted to create an elite training academy that has the highest standard of education to  realistically prepare you for a career in Make Up Artistry.

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Beauty News: Mel Arter becomes Max Factor’s New Brand Ambassador

By | Brands, Make-up Artist, Max Factor, Mel Arter, Pat McGrath | No Comments
Mel Arter Make-up Artist signed to Max Factor

Photo courtesy of http://www.clmuk.com/

One of my favourite make-up artists Mel Arter has just been signed as one of Max Factor’s Brand Ambassadors. She will be joining another two of my make-up heroes Pat McGrath and Caroline Barnes.

Max Factor chose Mel because of her vast experience in the Beauty and Fashion Industry. Her work can be seen in the top fashion magazines around the world from Vogue to Dazed & Confused. She has keyed many fashion shows over the years including Basso & Brooke, Mulberry and Acne. She also has a whole list as long as my arm, of famous faces that she has worked with including the late Amy Winehouse, Beth Ditto, Helena Christensen and Naomi Campbell to name a few.

From the many interviews that I have read with Mel, what really comes across is that she is a warm, fun person and doesn’t take herself to seiously. Her personal mantra is “If you don’t like it don’t do it!‚ÄĚ which I think is a great way of thinking!