Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Technopagan Lip Art Tutorial…

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics NEW ‘Unknown Pleasures’ Fall/Winter 2014 Colour Collection got my make-up juices flowing! I am a massive fan of their lip tars and look forward to purchasing all their new shades each season. 

Unknown Pleasures features 6 new Lip Tar shades, two new Cosmetic Colour Pencil shades and six new Nail Lacquer shades. This collection captured shades as seen on the runaways of New York Fashion Week.

Technopagan as seen in the tutorial above is a metallic blackened purple with a blue pearl! My favourite shade from the whole collection. I have been so excited to share this particular colour with you all. it truly is that beautiful in real life. 

Products Used in Above Tutorial:

OCC Lip Tars are available from Cocktail Cosmetics (UK)  SephoraBeautylish and OCC’s site.

Would you be daring enough to use this shade?

Karla

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How I De-Stress When Not Working as a Make-up Artist

Some of my followers would of read the news of my pregnancy announcement! if not I am excited to announce I will be a first time Mom this December. Me and my Fiancé are so excited. I have been keeping this a secret of mine the last few months and been concentrating on balancing work life, home life and making sure I stay healthy, fit and de-stressed. I wanted to share my tips on how I de-stress when not being a busy make-up artist…

Exercise:

I try and exercise as much as I can when not working to help me reduce stress. Running is a great way to raise levels of the stress hormone, cortisol and I love walking, swimming or doing pregnancy yoga as they are better than an intense session at the gym for me. When exercising my Nike Free 4.0 Flyknits are designed to let my feet move more freely when running and exercising,  crafted with a black textile upper that fits around your foot like a sock, the Flyknit helps your muscles to do more work than demanded with usual running shoes! 

Reading:

Reading not only acts as a distraction for me, it actively engages my mind!  When full attention is given to my favourite book I am reading, my mind doesn’t think about those things that are causing me to stress. I enjoy reading a library of make-up books. This way I can refresh my skills, build upon a skill I already have and at the same time feel inspired to get creative with make-up. I have three books I can’t stop reading at the moment. They are; The Art of Male Make-up by David Horne, Mark Bowles & Spob O Brien. Fashions in Make-up by Richard Corson & Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin.

Sketching:

Doing creative activity such as make-up mood boards, experimenting with make-up , sketching my  ideas or designing my make-up looks on a Karla Chart relieves stress for me,  increase feelings of happiness, and helps boost my immune system getting me ready for my next make-up jobs. 

Healthy Eating:

Your diet can influence your body emotional and physical. I have cut down on caffeine, sugar, and most certainly not drinking alcohol at the moment. Some great foods for de-stressing which are rich in magnesium is porridge with almonds for breakfast, green vegetables, seeds, whole grains and eating plenty of green, red, orange, yellow, purple, and white fruits and vegetables which ensures that me and my baby are getting a variety of nutrients. 

Pampering:

If your skin is under stress you need to change your beauty routine and take time to pamper yourself. To energise your skin during stress, you need to use products which will boost the skin and alleviate the signs of stress, tiredness and ageing. Ensure your skin care products include vitamins A, C and antioxidants. My two essential skin products at the moment are Perricone MD Chloro Plasma which is an Anti ageing mask for instant radiance & Photo Plasma to keep my skin moisturised and oil free. There’s nothing better than putting your feet up and pampering yourself with a face mask and facial! 

Time with loved ones:

My favourite de-stress of all! I love Catching up with friends over dinner and shopping. It’s a great way to de-stress. By talking with them and hearing what they’ve been up to and in turn sharing what you’ve been doing, gives you sense of being loved and overall feeling of happiness. I always make time with my fiancé regularly, it’s a quick way to de-stress, have fun and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to You

Karla

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IMATS 2014…

When I think back to IMATS London last weekend I am still lost for words and so overwhelmed by all the support from everyone. 

I thank each and every one of you that came and visited me on the Temptu stand where I was demonstrating the first look from my new ‘Human Emotion’ Series. The series will be based on creative looks inspired by different emotions we as people encounter. The look I demonstrated at IMATS is the ‘Envy’ emotion, which has took many months of planning & preparation and hard work from my amazing team! I can’t wait to create the look again for professional images to add to my portfolio. 

I also want to thank my followers who came to my presentation on the Sunday. I thought I would never have the chance to appear as a speaker at IMATS, so to be asked this year I felt so honoured. I also overcame my fear of being on stage that day (I was a nervous wreck!). However, after seeing many familiar faces and having such amazing support I soon forgot about the nerves and it was the best feeling in the world having the chance to share my tips, tricks and experiences.  

I love make up so much so its such a privilege to be able to work and demonstrate there surrounded by such talent and inspirational people. IMATS 2014 weekend was incredible and I love going as an make-up artist and a fan! My only issue is the weekend goes way too fast, roll on next year! The dream now is to attend all the IMATS around the world!

How was IMATS 2014 for you?

Karla

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Many thanks to:

TEMPTU
Grace Coole-Green 
HairBySeaane
John Davies 
Peter Alberti Photography
Susie Powell 
Emily Williams 
Eldora False Eyelashes
MesmerEyez Coloured Contact Lenses

Westward Bound

Nailed It UK

 

'Some Girls Are Just Born With Glitter In Their Veins'

I had so much fun teaching Glitter make-up skills & techniques at The School of Make-up based in Manchester, the school I will be teaching at over the next year.

Givenchy models brought a whole new meaning to radiant skin at Paris Fashion Week this year with their faces covered in Swarovski crystals & sequins! Created by my favourite make-up artist Pat McGrath.
(Apparently it took over 40 pairs of hands and 12 hours to create the design!)

I was so inspired by Pat McGrath design I took elements of the Givenchy look and re created my own glitter version with a galaxy optical illusion effect. I wanted it to look like the models skin was taken away and replaced with glitter. The SOM students & myself had so much fun with all that glitter, I am not too sure the model enjoyed washing all that glitter off at the end of the day though!

Keep a look out for more glitter creations I will be creating this year…

Karla
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Lip Art Workshops with Karla Powell 

After the success of my Colour Run & Broken Glass Lip Art series my followers were calling out for me to teach them my Lip Art techniques! Before Christmas I carried out my first ever exclusive Lip Art workshop, (I only wanted a few students on the course to make it an intimate) It turned out to be a great success, leading to more dates lined up for my next Lip Art workshop!

Many of my followers have asked to attend my Lip Art workshops, so I am delighted to announce I will now will be touring UK and I have plans in the pipeline to visit America (All dates will be revealed soon). 

Thanks to my amazing team, Grace Coole-Green (Make-up Assistant) , Jemma Jade Saare (Lip Model) for helping me on the day which took place at the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove. Finally thanks to Deborah Slewood for all the awesome pictures she captured on the day. I am looking forward to putting these images into my Lip Art portfolio and I hope to see you soon at one of my workshops!

Finally a huge thanks to the following brands for Sponsorship of the workshop, your support is massively appreciated.

Eldora False Eyelashes

LUSH Cosmetics

Victoria Loves Beauty

Nubar Professional Uk

Treasure House of Makeup

Illamasqua

Daniel Sandler Cosmetics 

Eye Kandy Cosmetics

Cocktail Cosmetics - www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk

CutECOsmetics

Simple Skincare

Rock Beauty

Sparkly Nails 

To find out more details of my next lip art workshops please email: contact@karlamakeup.co.uk 

Karla


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2013 Going Into 2014- Dreams, Goals, Mistakes and Lessons Learnt
Do you ever see signs that you need to move forward – to go towards your dreams? In 2013 I achieved many of my dreams and progressed in my make-up world… My dreams were to work with new talented creative artists creating inspiring collaborations, for my make-up work to be published in more established magazines, to improve my make-up portfolio to a higher standard and to launch Karla Cosmetics. Everyone has a dream and a dream means different things to different people. 
Dreams I believe are- ‘pictures of promise.’ Dreams are ‘portraits of the future.’ They are simply sketches of our imagination. Some people believe that dreams are their own exclusive conception. They reject the idea that they could be a well known published make-up artist in a top New York Fashion week show. Whichever side of the divide you might be, nothing is exhilarating as achieving your dreams. That’s when the ‘pictures of promise’ become reality. And even though my goals were small in 2013, I achieved every single one of them albeit a ‘bumpy process.’ Having a dream is one thing; achieving the dream is another! Your attitude and reaction to the ‘bumpy process’ is a test of how strong is your desire to achieve your dreams.

The last few years I have been working hard to get into this industry, however I have learnt this year to believe in all of my dreams, goals and ambitions more than ever. . If you really want it then you have to believe. Believe in your dream and believe in yourself and you’ll make it!

Towards the end of the year I made a mistake in my career. It is never easy to admit you have made a mistake. Recognising your error and taking responsibility means you can learn from it. As soon as you start blaming other people, you distance yourself from any possible lesson. But if you stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible” the possibilities for learning will move towards you.
“It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character”Dale Turner 

So in 2014 progress for me won’t be a straight line for sure but I will keep learning, which will encourage more successes than failures, and the mistakes I make along the way will help me get to where you want to go in my career.


January 2013

Becoming Brand Ambassador for Crownbrush UK. 
February 2013

Working with NYC (New York Color) for online make-up tutorials
March 2013

Working on the Abandoned Fashion Series around Europe. Our work has now been published in many publications this year. My favourite was International Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine- Urban Coco. 
April 2013

I was given the opportunity and chance to visit the Superstar Face Painting factory in Belgium. After discovering Superstar face paints at the end of 2012 and falling in love with their unique formulas when creating my make-up looks, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the factory to learn how they make their face paints. Check out my blog post >here< when I visited the factory in April.
May 2013

Is it a drawing or is it make-up? That is the question I want people to ask when they see my Pop Art Inspired Make-up look I created back in April… I wanted to create an illusion and inspire others. It was an amazing feeling to also see so many people be inspired by my Pop Art work this year and re-create it. 

Continuing the Abandoned Fashion Series Project in The Lake District- ‘Monster’; published in Dark Beauty Magazine …

Creating make-up and hair for Fierce Angel NEW Album cover. 
June 2013



A dream come true for me. Demonstrating at IMATS London. 
July 2013




Working in Paris to continue the Abandoned Fashion Series. My Painted Lady was published in Hong Kong Magazine, Razor Red. 

To continue my Lip Art Make-up portfolio I created my Broken Glass Lip Series. 
August 2013

Rise of the Golden Princess,



Creating close up make-up looks for Rock Beauty’s new season eye and nail rock designs. 

Mine and Ryan Handy’s Pastel series published on FaceON Magazine (Official) front cover. What makes this edition so special is that it’s the first time FACEON Magazine was available in 1,600 UK Stores including WHSmith and The Martin McColl Group for their 12th Edition.
September 2013


At this point of the year I was so proud that my make-up work made different front covers! I was so honoured that Scratch magazine used my Pop Art make-up work front cover of their September issue. 

My Pop Art make-up work being used for IMATS 2014 Student Competition Battle of The Brushes Art work. A proud moment for me when I go to IMATS this year. 

The launch of Karla Cosmetics.
October 2013

Winning the llamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Award 2013- Professional Category. Congratulations to the other winners! I am so thankful and over whelmed about winning the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards competition from this day. A challenging experience I will never forget. 
November 2013

After the success of my Pop Art Make-up creation which made front cover of Scratch Magazine & me doing a live demonstration of the look at IMATS London my followers called out for me to teach my Pop Art skills at my first ever exclusive workshop.


After winning the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards I was kindly asked by Illamasqua to do a live make-up demonstration of my Blizzard Disco look in their Beak Street store window Thursday evening using their new 'Envy' Christmas Collection 2013, where my followers and shoppers had the chance to watch me at work using the new products.
December 2013


To see my make-up work front cover on the Urban Coco stand at Clothes Show Live, demonstrate the look and to have the chance to sell my Karla Charts was an over whelming feeling where I couldn’t help but feel so proud what I have achieved this year. This was a great end to 2013.

My goals for 2014 are to push myself to the limits with my freelance make-up work, working with new inspiring creatives to better and improve my make-up portfolio (which I challenge myself to this goal each year) and to achieve my small goals in making Karla Cosmetics a success in 2014.

Thank you to everyone who believes in my dreams and supports me.
“Surround yourself with people who believe in you.”

Karla 
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2013 Going Into 2014- Dreams, Goals, Mistakes and Lessons Learnt

Do you ever see signs that you need to move forward – to go towards your dreams? In 2013 I achieved many of my dreams and progressed in my make-up world… My dreams were to work with new talented creative artists creating inspiring collaborations, for my make-up work to be published in more established magazines, to improve my make-up portfolio to a higher standard and to launch Karla Cosmetics. Everyone has a dream and a dream means different things to different people. 

Dreams I believe are- ‘pictures of promise.’ Dreams are ‘portraits of the future.’ They are simply sketches of our imagination. Some people believe that dreams are their own exclusive conception. They reject the idea that they could be a well known published make-up artist in a top New York Fashion week show. Whichever side of the divide you might be, nothing is exhilarating as achieving your dreams. That’s when the ‘pictures of promise’ become reality. And even though my goals were small in 2013, I achieved every single one of them albeit a ‘bumpy process.’ Having a dream is one thing; achieving the dream is another! Your attitude and reaction to the ‘bumpy process’ is a test of how strong is your desire to achieve your dreams.

The last few years I have been working hard to get into this industry, however I have learnt this year to believe in all of my dreams, goals and ambitions more than ever. . If you really want it then you have to believe. Believe in your dream and believe in yourself and you’ll make it!

Towards the end of the year I made a mistake in my career. It is never easy to admit you have made a mistake. Recognising your error and taking responsibility means you can learn from it. As soon as you start blaming other people, you distance yourself from any possible lesson. But if you stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible” the possibilities for learning will move towards you.

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character
Dale Turner 

So in 2014 progress for me won’t be a straight line for sure but I will keep learning, which will encourage more successes than failures, and the mistakes I make along the way will help me get to where you want to go in my career.

January 2013

Becoming Brand Ambassador for Crownbrush UK. 

February 2013

Working with NYC (New York Color) for online make-up tutorials

March 2013

Working on the Abandoned Fashion Series around Europe. Our work has now been published in many publications this year. My favourite was International Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine- Urban Coco

April 2013

I was given the opportunity and chance to visit the Superstar Face Painting factory in Belgium. After discovering Superstar face paints at the end of 2012 and falling in love with their unique formulas when creating my make-up looks, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the factory to learn how they make their face paints. Check out my blog post >here< when I visited the factory in April.

May 2013

Is it a drawing or is it make-up? That is the question I want people to ask when they see my Pop Art Inspired Make-up look I created back in April… I wanted to create an illusion and inspire others. It was an amazing feeling to also see so many people be inspired by my Pop Art work this year and re-create it. 

Continuing the Abandoned Fashion Series Project in The Lake District- ‘Monster’; published in Dark Beauty Magazine …

Creating make-up and hair for Fierce Angel NEW Album cover. 

June 2013

A dream come true for me. Demonstrating at IMATS London

July 2013

Working in Paris to continue the Abandoned Fashion Series. My Painted Lady was published in Hong Kong Magazine, Razor Red. 

To continue my Lip Art Make-up portfolio I created my Broken Glass Lip Series. 

August 2013

Rise of the Golden Princess,

Creating close up make-up looks for Rock Beauty’s new season eye and nail rock designs. 

Mine and Ryan Handy’s Pastel series published on FaceON Magazine (Official) front cover. What makes this edition so special is that it’s the first time FACEON Magazine was available in 1,600 UK Stores including WHSmith and The Martin McColl Group for their 12th Edition.

September 2013

At this point of the year I was so proud that my make-up work made different front covers! I was so honoured that Scratch magazine used my Pop Art make-up work front cover of their September issue. 

My Pop Art make-up work being used for IMATS 2014 Student Competition Battle of The Brushes Art work. A proud moment for me when I go to IMATS this year. 

The launch of Karla Cosmetics.

October 2013

Winning the llamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Award 2013- Professional Category. Congratulations to the other winners! I am so thankful and over whelmed about winning the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards competition from this day. A challenging experience I will never forget. 

November 2013

After the success of my Pop Art Make-up creation which made front cover of Scratch Magazine & me doing a live demonstration of the look at IMATS London my followers called out for me to teach my Pop Art skills at my first ever exclusive workshop.

After winning the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards I was kindly asked by Illamasqua to do a live make-up demonstration of my Blizzard Disco look in their Beak Street store window Thursday evening using their new 'Envy' Christmas Collection 2013, where my followers and shoppers had the chance to watch me at work using the new products.

December 2013

To see my make-up work front cover on the Urban Coco stand at Clothes Show Live, demonstrate the look and to have the chance to sell my Karla Charts was an over whelming feeling where I couldn’t help but feel so proud what I have achieved this year. This was a great end to 2013.

My goals for 2014 are to push myself to the limits with my freelance make-up work, working with new inspiring creatives to better and improve my make-up portfolio (which I challenge myself to this goal each year) and to achieve my small goals in making Karla Cosmetics a success in 2014.

Thank you to everyone who believes in my dreams and supports me.

“Surround yourself with people who believe in you.”

Karla

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Re-creating my Rise of The Golden Princess Make-up Look at Clothes Show Live 2013 

From Luke Woodford’s popular Abandoned fashion Series we created the Rise of The Golden Princess shoot, which proved to be very popular amongst our followers, which then lead to it being front cover of Urban Coco Magazine’s new Issue 13 special edition being sold at Clothes Show Live 2013. This is one of my favourite make-up looks I have created this year and it was a pleasure to be asked from Laura who owns the magazine to re-create the front cover look live at the Clothes Show.

To see my make-up work front cover on the stand, demonstrate the look and  to have the chance to sell my Karla Charts was an over whelming feeling where I couldn’t help but feel so proud what I have achieved this year. This was a great end to 2013 and I can’t wait to get even more creative in 2014.

Thanks to my amazing team for all their help on the day and to Arjan B for loaning me the most beautiful gold dress to go with my design on the day. 

Karla

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To see what products I used to create this look and my inspiration,  click >here< 

This is why I love Art!

This is a finger painting done on an iPad by artist Kyle Lambert of Morgan Freeman. It took him over a month to create with over 285,000 brush strokes. I can’t believe how life like it is. 

Kyle recorded his process from start to finish! And this is why I LOVE ART… Check the video out! 

Karla

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Karla Cosmetics Glitter Pills Coming Soon&#8230; 
Yes it&#8217;s mad! And yes some of you think it&#8217;s a genius idea! Well really it&#8217;s been done before but it is so much fun for those needing a small amount of glitter for a quick &#8216;Glitter Fix&#8217; when working on make-up jobs and more! 
Some of you know but this year I have been working hard to develop my Karla Cosmetic range and slowly but surely I am revealing little teasers I am bringing in the range next Summer 2014. It&#8217;s also a great way to get all your feedback what you want to see in my range. And after many of you took my online survey for my brand many of you requested GLITTER! 
So I was busy this week making these glitter pills where I posted pictures on my Instagram and many of you sent me messages and asked questions on them as some of you was confused about the concept. So I want to clarify here. 
They are basically like having loose glitter in pots but instead in pill capsules that are securely tightened , they will also come in pots so after use you can dispense the unwanted glitter in the pots provided. They are a quick glitter fix for make-up artists, nail artists and those addicted to glitter. Just purely for fun, NOT edible! Unless you want to have glitter poo, he he.
Are you excited for Karla Glitter!? I am&#8230;

Karla
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Karla Cosmetics Glitter Pills Coming Soon… 

Yes it’s mad! And yes some of you think it’s a genius idea! Well really it’s been done before but it is so much fun for those needing a small amount of glitter for a quick ‘Glitter Fix’ when working on make-up jobs and more! 

Some of you know but this year I have been working hard to develop my Karla Cosmetic range and slowly but surely I am revealing little teasers I am bringing in the range next Summer 2014. It’s also a great way to get all your feedback what you want to see in my range. And after many of you took my online survey for my brand many of you requested GLITTER!

So I was busy this week making these glitter pills where I posted pictures on my Instagram and many of you sent me messages and asked questions on them as some of you was confused about the concept. So I want to clarify here. 

They are basically like having loose glitter in pots but instead in pill capsules that are securely tightened , they will also come in pots so after use you can dispense the unwanted glitter in the pots provided. They are a quick glitter fix for make-up artists, nail artists and those addicted to glitter. Just purely for fun, NOT edible! Unless you want to have glitter poo, he he.

Are you excited for Karla Glitter!? I am…

Karla

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My Make-up Work for Rock Beauty London 

Nail, lip and eye wraps are the new way to adorn fingers, toes, lips and eyes. Forget nail polish, lipstick the best way to decorate your digits are by rocking some designer Rock Beauty products. I have been using Rock Beauty few a few years now so I was thrilled when I was booked to do the make-up for the NEW upcoming range, which I will reveal soon with an amazing Giveaway on what NEW Eye Rocks and what I used to create these looks.

Products I used to create the above Eye Looks (The Eye Rocks I used will be revealed once they are available to buy)

Pastel Explosion:

Crownbrush Professional 88 Palette

Superstar Face Paints

Eldora Lashes in H128

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Golden Rose Style Liner in Black Black

SugarPill Heart Breaker Palette

Lime Crime Lipstick in shade COUNTESSA FLOURESCENT

Blue Jeans:

Crownbrush Professional 88 Palette

Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe

Superstar face paints in shades Slyvia & Baby Blue

Anastasia Brow Pro Palette

Neon Gloss:

Superstar Face Paint in White

Superstar UV Pink Grease Paint

Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Tako

Kryolan HD Cream liner in Snow

Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe

Anastasia Brow Pro Palette

Gold Smoke Leaf:

Crownbrush Smoke It Out Palette

Golden Rose Style Liner in Black Black

Anastasia Brow Pro Palette

The NEW Eye Rocks will soon be available on www.rockbeautylondon.com

Karla

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Make-up: Karla Powell

Photography: Jayesh Pankhania

Model: Stacey Hannant

Retoucher: High Def Retouching 

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