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HD Brows… my new obsession!!

11 May

*HD Brows Official advertising poster!

I have an obsession with eyebrows. Just putting it out there.

I LOVE big thick eyebrows and in every possible opportunity I will paint on some massive ones in a photoshoot as I think they are bold, difficult to perfect (from a Makeup artist point of view) and can change the whole look of someones’ face – See one of my previous posts! *Makeup your Eyebrows!*

For an example the below shots are of a Chester based model, Emma Dixon, I have worked with her many times and I LOVE doing her makeup as she has amazing skin and any slight change to her features dramatically changes the look of a shot!

Photographer: Jess Brown Photography

Model: Emma Dixon

I heard about HD brows through Niki Sheridan at Escape Hair and beauty, a stylist I have worked with on a Bridal Photoshoot a couple of months ago. She was advertising a new style of eyebrow shaping and I was intrigued!

So.. I booked in at Escape in Ellesmere Port with Ellie Finlay who is a trained HD brow specialist! You need to be specifically trained by HD Brows to be able to advertise their copyrighted name and use their products.

Before my first appointment I needed to have a patch test, this is best practice with any form of dye including hair dye, but most common with eyelash and eyebrow dyeing.

On arrival Ellie talked me through the 7 step HD Brow process.. You would never imagine so much work would go into an eyebrow shape!

Be warned.. my eyebrows were pretty bad, so I was in the salon for over 45 minutes being tweezed, threaded plucked

and dyed. All in the name of beauty!

Before!

After!

Before…

After…

I normally colour my eyebrows in with an eyebrow pencil and a bit of brown eyeshadow as they tend to be blonder in places and they are not long enough either side for my liking. I found that the dye and technique used in the HD brows made my eyebrows seem a lot thicker (which I loved!) and gave them an elongated shape. It made such a difference to the shape of my face and also when I was applying makeup in the morning and not having to touch my brows was a treat! I got mine re-done after 5 weeks, the shape also stayed for longer and I didnt need to pluck in between appointments.

 

Escape Hair and Beauty HD Brows

Couture Collection 2012

1 May

I was kindly asked to do the Makeup for the ‘Couture Collection 2012′ at TheBoutique Salon and Spa in Ellesmere Port. A London based Photographer Andy Espin contacted me through Model Mayhem and showed me an extremely interesting mood board so I was really excited to get involved!

The photoshoot was T/F (time for print) so I always want to make sure I will be getting different types of shots to benefit my portfolio.

Seeing as the shoot was based in my home town I had already heard of the Salon and the owner Richard Phillipart – he is turning into a little celeb in his own right at the moment!
Richard opened his own salon five years ago and has since styled at London and Paris Fashion week, the contestants on Britains next top model and is regularly styling the cast of Hollyoaks and Coronation street at events like the British Soap Awards… so I was nervous.

Thankfully on arrival to the Salon Richard and his team (including Napoleon the dog, Richards’ amazingly cute pug… studded collar and all) were all in high spirits which instantly put me at ease… I was excited to get started!

Richard had done ALOT of preparation for this shoot and had an erray of wigs and hair pieces ready to use for the two models Naomi and Felicity.

I don’t want to give any of Richards’ secrets away but my favourite hair piece was dyed blue and pink and had been manipulated in such a way it didnt even look like hair anymore! VERY clever!

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As it was firstly a hair shoot I was initially worried that I wouldn’t get many beauty shots as the hair pieces covered alot of the models’ faces, but Richard made sure I was getting the shots I could use in my portfolio as well. He even trimmed around one of the hair pieces so I ended up with a great shot!

I ended up having an amazing day with Richard and his team and loved being in such a creative environment. Richard was quite inspiring to watch when he was at work!! There is a great backstage video taken which is worth a watch!!

Video taken of the Photoshoot

Richards’ Salon is contactable through facebook on the below link!
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000896801454

Test Shoot with Sophie Kutay Photography & Abbie @ Boss

2 Aug

Howdy,

After posting my version of Val Garlands Winged eye Makeup in my last post I thought I would write about the shoot that the pic came from!

I worked with Sophie Kutay , fashion photographer based in London, on a test shoot a couple of months ago. I loved her portfolio and the simplicity to her shots so asked if she would like to work with me on a shoot, I think the fact that I share the same name as her Mum swayed her to using me on her next shoot! http://www.facebook.com/sophie.kutay#!/sophiekutayphotography

The model was Abbie Boston from Boss Model Management Agency, she has an amazing bone structure and I really wanted to play on this! I was really glad that we were all on the same page when it came to the Makeup looks and they both allowed me to use my creativity! I used black face paint to get the ‘panda eyes’ – this was to make sure it was jet black but also so it was easy for Abbie to take off after the shoot! I love the way Sophie captured the panda shot, she did a slow release of the shutter speed which allowed the two Abbies to appear! Very clever stuff!!

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– I had a great time on this test shoot and got some great shots for my portfolio.

Whilst I was working away I assumed Sophie was getting some action shots in but she was really making a behind the scenes video! See below xx Bx
http://www.facebook.com/v/10150161008543128

Let me know what you think xxx

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