Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Behind the scenes at Magnum’s 25th Birthday campaign photo-shoot. Watch me celebrate their 25th Birthday by creating the White Chocolate inspired look using some of my favourite kit make-up essentials. 

To see more images head to this >link<

Enjoy watching me create chocolate inspired looks! Yummy…



Make-up Atelier Paris Florescent Pigments

These are intensely rich vibrant matte powders in the finest pure pigment, available in eight neon shades (£15.50 each).
One of the most exciting things about these powders is the fact they are UV responsive which all shades will react and glow with black UV light! Great for a night event where there UV lights or maybe a UV photo-shoot?
The florescent pigment can be applied wet or dry to the skin using a synthetic brush and look great for neon lip looks or neon eye looks. They also look amazing on the cheeks for a daring creative look! The pure pigment powder may stain the skin so I do suggest using base foundation or primer to protect the skin. 
Which shade is your favourite?

Teaching Creative Eye Designs…

I loved teaching some of my creative techniques and tips last week at School of Make-up. Here are some of my favourite products I love to use when creating high fashion creative eye designs:

Vinchy Dermablend Corrective sticks 

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage 

Collection 2000 Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liners


Illamasqua Preision Gel Liner

Lime Crime Fantasy palette in China Doll

KIKO Definition Waterproof Eyeliner

Hobby Craft Adhesive Gems 

Silver Leaf

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen 

Eldora False Lashes 

Kryolan Shimmering Vision Palette

YSL Beauty Mascara Volume Effect 



Limited Edition Kiko Cosmetics Collection- Boulevard Rock 

This KIKO collection is limited edition and out in stores now! As soon as the post man delivered this collection I fell in love.  The collection contains some new products as well as some new shades of products which have been released before. It also contains the Skin Glow – The face moisturiser which was in one of their previous collections I keep packing into my make-up kit at my make-up jobs.

I think KIKO Cosmetics is my new make-up obsession. The packaging is to die for, the quality of the products impress me every time I use them and finally KIKO is affordable to keep treating myself every time a new collection is available. 

Have you tried KIKO Cosmetics before?



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



Make-up: Karla Powell

Photography: Jayesh Pankhania

Model: Stacey Hannant

Retoucher: High Def Retouching 

Behind The Scenes Creating Glossy 1920s Make-up

Having the chance to work in Lille, France for photographer Luke Woodford’s Abandoned Fashion series project once again with an amazing creative team was such a pleasure and ever so inspiring for me.  I also love the fact that I had the chance once again to bring along make-up assistants to experience the project too and learn from me and the team involved.

One thing I was asked about this look was ‘How do you get glossy Eyes & What products do you use?’ Using the MAC Cosmetics gloss creme brillance as clear gloss—on eyelids, placed on top of NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Pencil in shade Bronze.Place it directly in the middle of the lid, and blend it up to the crease, staying away from the corners. Prep the under-eye with Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer to keep the gloss from migrating.



Behind the scene images took by Peter Alberti & Francesca Page

NEW Video! High Fashion Smoky Eyes…

DuoMoon Media filmed me creating this 1920s inspired hair and make-up look in France for photography Luke Woodford’s Abandoned Fashion Series shoot. I added my own twist with the look and made the eyes super glossy! This shoot is called ‘Lillian’s Ghost’ working with dresses by Kevin Freeman (Renaissance Couture). 

Keep a look out for  new blog post with full behind the scene images and what products I used to create high fashion glossy eyes.



My Illamasqua Back to Roots Make-up & Hair Competition Entry Look from a different view!

I was lucky to have a talented photography friend Estelle Jones taking pictures of me creating my make-up, hair and nail look for the Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards on the day Saturday at BAFTAs. 

I created a NEW Blog Post the other day on how I got into the competition, what I had to do on the day of the competition and what was the theme for the day to help me come up with my inspiration of my ‘Back to Roots’ make-up and hair look!You can read more >here< as well as voting for me! Your voted ends this Monday 

Thank you to all those that have voted so far! 



Eye Contacts: MesmerEyeZ Sclera

Nails: Nailed It

Nail Varnish: Deborah Lippmann Lady is a Tramp

Wig: Annabelles Wigs 

Head Piece: Adrienne Honie

Maybelline’s NEW BROWdrama Brow Mascara…

With brows being a huge hit this year and people being more daring with their brows Maybelline have created this sculpting gel mascara with a brush designed to contour the perfect brow! Available on the high street for only £4.99 now.

Maybelline BROWdrama’s 360° ball brush allows you to catch and cover every hair. You just simply brush the mascara through the brows in light upward strokes. This is designed for those on the go or can’t create even neat groomed brows with an eyebrow brush on themselves.

For hygiene reasons as a makeup artist I couldn’t use BROWdrama on models! Unless I was to wash the wand each time I used it. Maybe someone will invent a disposable wand like this?

It comes in 3 shades, Dark Blond, Medium Brown and Dark Brown. Or go BIG and take a risk and go a shade darker than your natural colour.

Would you use it?


Behind the Scenes…  My ‘Gold Fleck’ Hair and Make-up look created in Paris!


I can now finally reveal behind the scene images of the second make-up and hair look I created in Paris for photographer Luke Woodford’s Abandoned Fashion Series working with designer Arjan B. We couldn’t reveal any of these image due to the designers collection coming out in September. 

Luke has called this look ‘Lyoness’ which was took in the most beautiful location and abandoned building I have been to! Once again I walked away from this trip feeling inspired and blessed to do what I do with such talented people. I am looking forward to seeing all the final images from this photoshoot. 

The Team: 

Photographer: Luke Woodford 
Model: Tess Tess Georgia Dimos ( Model )
Hair and Make-Up: Karla Powell Make-up Artist
Designer: Arjan B www.arjanb.co.uk
Assistants: Jon Hammond, Peter Alberti, Estelle Jones, Lauren Thatcher, Estelle Jones, Chantelle Parks, Scott Reeves, Amy Wilson, Hannah Jowett, Roisin Kinch, Dave Edwards.


Products Used:


*Illamasqua Skin Base

*Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

*Lush Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in shade Confident (Cheeks)

*Seventeen eye dazzle eye shadow in Star Crossed (highlight)

*Daniel Sandler 'On the Loose' Powder


*Golden Rose Smoky Eye Effect Pencil 

*Golden Rose Style Liner in Black & Black

*Crownbrush 88 Metal Madness Palette

*H&M Liquid Eyeshadow in Gold 

*We Are Faux Lash base in Rubia- I then Customised them and added a gold fleck design to them.

*Benefit They’re Real Mascara


*Kryolan Eyeshadow Variety Palette 


*Annabelles Wigs hair extensions. I pre plaited different colour hair extensions and created this greek style hair look styled with Tresemme Freeze Hold Hairspray





Images took by Peter Alberti & Hannah Rose 

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