Vote For Me to WIN The Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards 2013! 

To enter the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry awards you have to fall under a category of Working Professional Make-up Artist, Make-up Student or a Non-Professional (self-taught artist!) You enter in two make-up looks which I did then you get picked by the judges to make it to the live finals. Much to my relief I got told three weeks ago I made it to the finals competing against three other professional make-up artists in my category having the chance to win a day assisting Illamasqua Creative Director Alex Box and a £2,000 cash prize & £250 (RRP) worth of Illamasqua make-up!

We had 1 hour to create the make-up transformation in the Princess Ann Theatre –BAFTA LONDON in front of a live audience where my amazing friends and loved ones supported me as well as some of my amazing fans, which was scored by the Floor Judges (David and Spob). Followed by a 5 min presentation to the Curtain Judges! Yes the main people such as Alex Box, Julian Kynaston before moving onto the photography set to take an un touched image of my work for LIVE Facebook votes.

We then had 5 minutes to present my model Sara Grabek and make-up transformation to the Curtain Judges. The contestants are allowed a mood board to help answer any questions the judges may have.

All judges will have 30 minutes after each category has presented to deliberate. As a group the judges will need to agree the amount of points given to each contestant using the marking criteria so this made up 90% of my votes!  This has now turned into a percentage to go along with the public vote on Illamasqua’s Facebook page and that’s where I need your 10% vote if you love my look I have created. The closing date being the 14th October 2013.

Finally one thing you have all been asking me. What was the theme? Here is what I was given to help me create my make-up transformation….

‘Show Us the Future’

What’s your view of make-up in the future? What will change and what will remain?

What I see in the future…

The name of my make-up and hair look was ‘Back to Roots’. In the future I believe woman will appreciate natural beauty and stop elaborating themselves with cosmetic surgery and go back to roots where nature and pure beauty begun and be inspired by nature around them. Today I believe we take care of ourselves so much more, such as eating well and wanting to know what is in our products, food etc and finally Organic products in the industry are blooming.

We will have pale skin as we continue to protect our skin more from UV Rays. Our eyes will adapt to protect us from stronger harmful UV rays as the O-zone layer gets stronger and we will start to use the most purest organic products in our make-up, hair and skin care. Origins being my main inspiration for this look demonstrate already going back to roots using Anogeissus – a sacred tree that is deeply integrated into African culture as an extract in their skin care for a natural wound healer and antimicrobial. Their range of Plantiscription contains potent plants and bark extracts to wash away dirt, makeup and impurities.

Woman will be more daring with hair and nails too being inspired by natural around them such as birds, trees, leaves and the colours of nature.

What will remain?

Red Lips! Red lips have fascinated men and women alike since 3,000 BCE. A bold look that demands attention, red lipstick has been advocated by the world’s most powerful women! And in the beginning, the ingredients used to create this were red dye taken from seaweed, crushed precious jewels and even Cleopatra, desiring a deeper red used crushed carmine beetles and ants. Queen Elizabeth used a simpler recipe of beeswax and plant derived red dye and my Nan from the 1940s being her only luxury rationed beauty item could only wear red lipstick! So to me in the future red lips will continue to be a timeless beauty look even in 1000s of years to come.

Finally to bring this whole make-up and hair design together in my crazy mind I took inspiration from David McKean. An English illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His work incorporates drawings, paintings, photography and digital art and sculpture. His work from his Persistence of Vision illustrations helped me achieve this look at the Illamasqua competition! It brought my whole concept together and helped me tell my story to the judges.

“She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

I am overwhelmingly grateful to have the chance to show my skills to the judges at Illamasqua Saturday & to have amazing support from my followers hit me how far I have come by believing in myself & my dreams

And, for me, this weekend means this year was a success. And for that, I am thankful. Everyone is a winner in my eyes from my category & I wish them all the luck in the world. I am just happy to have had that opportunity. Thank you everyone.

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This is pretty darn neat!! Good luck!!

Last night I attended a casual ‘thank you’ dinner at Notable Restaurant, Calgary. I met a lot of great people (most in the media/publishing world), tasted a little of new menu, drank a little bit of wine and and a great time. Not many people knew of Magnolia Magazine – not just yet, but excitement and encouragement from people who are in the industry made me feel great. Those who have heard of Magnolia (and it seems to just be in certain close circles) have given positive feedback – so far. I always love to hear good things, especially if the good thing was my doing :p