Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Airbrush Techniques 

The above behind the scene images are a mixture of free-hand and airbrushing I have created recently. In today’s post I wanted to highlight airbrushing make-up which is a very popular technique in the make-up artistry industry. For those considering learning airbrushing make-up I highly recommend learning the subject. It can take your make-up work to whole level of creative artistry! 

Airbrush art can be created in less time with amazing make-up effects as there is more you can do with airbrush that you can no do with freehand. The application of airbrush makeup takes time and a lot of practice to do it perfectly. For those learning from a book or videos can only take you so far with your art. Take things to the next level and gain some insight straight from an expert.

Check out Impet2us UK Airbrushing courses who stock Temptu products, my favourite airbrush system! For those looking to train in the US, >here< is some more information from Temptu on there upcoming courses.

What airbrush system do you use?



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…


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 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.


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. 


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



Vampire Kiss!

This week I had the pleasure to host an Illamasqua event alongside make-up artist Patrick Baston at Illamasqua’s Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square counter where I demonstrated an Avant Garde’ look VS Paddy’s look ‘Ready to Wear’ look using Illamasqua products in similar colours. We went for red and black tones! After all Halloween will soon be here and I couldn’t wait to start designing looks based around  Halloween themes. The inspiration of my above look came from popular Vampire stories and I decided to name my model ‘Selene’. She is the moon goddess who technically isn’t a vampire, she is considered by legend to be the mother of all modern vampires. It’s her beautiful Ombre Vampire Kiss that turns her victims into vampires. 

A huge thanks to Illamasqua and Paddy for inviting me along to take part in this evening and to everyone involved in making this event amazing, including my followers who attended and supported me.

Make-up Design: Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Model: Susie Powell

Hair: Seaane Chin-hoyte

Event Photography: Lauren Jo Kelly 

Dress: Fabryan London


I am now excited to turn this look into a professional photo-shoot ready to be revealed and published this Halloween. Keep a look out for the images this October.



*All Illamasqua products used to create the above make-up look. 

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?



Many thanks to:

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

Westward Bound

Nailed It UK


After an amazing time in New York it was time to reflect on what a special 10 days it has been. It has always been an ambition to work in America and to do it with Karla Cosmetics so early on was a massive honor.


I have so many people to thank! Firstly I would like to thank Temptu who provided the most amazing setting for my Lip Art & Creative workshop. Nothing was too much and they made us feel so welcome and they took great care of us. To finally get to see the show room was amazing, full of products that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. Many thanks also to my main make-up sponsorships: Eldora False Lashes, Treasure House of Make-up, Victoria Loves Beauty, Sparkly Nails, Eye Kandy Cosmetics. 


I also wanted to thank all of my followers, not just in America but around the world. Your support and messages mean the world to me and you have given me a platform to be able to live my dreams everyday. 


In September I return to New York launch my range out there at Kenig & Alcone. We will be running an amazing competition as well to celebrate the launch! (Hint… You will need a Karla Chart to enter this amazing give away!!)


I have also recently released some new UK & Glasgow Workshop dates. The Lip Art classes will be running at;


London: July 5th 2014 11.00am – 5.00pm

 Midlands: July 26th 11.00am – 5.00pm

Manchester: August 9th 2014 11.00am – 5.00pm

Scotland : October 1st 2014 11.00am - 5pm



You can see a reviews of my workshop here and get an insight into the day!









Serene VS Sonorous Beauty Photo-shoot 

I loved getting creative with this new beauty photo-shoot. It was a chance for me to do something I haven’t done before with my creative direction and design and make my first ever haute couture head piece inspired by the remarkable couture headpiece designer katsuya kamo.

The start of the look is where she appears Serene- beautifully calm, peaceful, and untroubled; tranquil. Focusing mainly on the high hair and keeping the make-up pale and simple with a few flashes of highlights on the cheekbones and the centre of the lips. The look then moves onto her being Sonorous- where she becomes very impressive, prenticious, and overblown with the main focus on the head piece where I had the chance to emphasise its brilliance and startling details. This way I could minimise the make-up look with no attention-grabbing complexity. Simply focusing on the bold lip tones and stunning white and black head pieces.
Which is your favourite look from my new beauty series? I can’t wait to demonstrate this look at IMATS,London with Temptu on Sunday 29th June 2014.  
The Team:
Art Direction, Make-up, Head Piece, Nails: Karla Powell
Photographer & Retoucher: High Def Retouching, Diamond Retouch
Model: Francesca Turner
Hair: Seaane Chin-Hoyte
Karla Nail Charts On Sale Now!
Following on from last year’s cult Karla Chart release, Nail Charts are the latest release from my Karla Cosmetics collection. I am so excited about this release and I can’t wait to see Nail lovers use them to design their looks.
The Karla Nail Chart design sheets are the perfect tool for creating and cataloguing nail art designs. Each sketchbook-style pad houses 35 tear-off sheets of the highest quality, 300gsm gloss board card stock. Ideal for experimenting with nail varnishes and finishes, the sheets work perfectly with all varnishes, maintaining their true colours.
Each page features a minimal hand outline, with ample space for notes and extending the nails if you desire a stiletto nail effect
The cover of each pad features my latest beauty lip series: Broken Glass.
Karla Nail Charts are available in travel-size A5. 
Don’t forget to tag me on any of my social media channels when you get your Karla Nail Chart. I can’t wait to see all your designs!
🍊Black Tropicana🍊
A NEW Lip Art image for my make-up portfolio that I demonstrated and created at my London Lip Art workshop inspired by my Colour Run Lip Art series.
Make-up: Karla Powell Model: Jemma Jade Saare  Photographer&#160;: Peter Alberti  Retoucher&#160;: High Def Retouching
Thanks to my team that make my lip art workshops so special &amp; to my students that inspire me on each workshop they attend. I am looking forward to touring the UK and the USA in September 2014 to teach my Lip Art skills &amp; techniques.
Karla X

🍊Black Tropicana🍊

A NEW Lip Art image for my make-up portfolio that I demonstrated and created at my London Lip Art workshop inspired by my Colour Run Lip Art series.

Make-up: Karla Powell
Model: Jemma Jade Saare
Photographer : Peter Alberti
Retoucher : High Def Retouching

Thanks to my team that make my lip art workshops so special & to my students that inspire me on each workshop they attend. I am looking forward to touring the UK and the USA in September 2014 to teach my Lip Art skills & techniques.


Katie Price Sexy Photo-Shoot Behind The Scenes

What a fab few days it’s been working with the beautiful Katie Price! Yesterday’s photo-shoot was fun, girly and sexy. The shoot was for new images which will be revealed soon. Katie went for a natural extension-free hair in all its glory carried out by the talented  Seaane Chin-Hoyte, pretty pink lips with highlighted summer skin and we ended the shoot with a daring red lip! 

Many of Katie’s fans and my followers wanted to know more about what products I had used after revealing yesterdays behind the scene images. Take a look at the list below to see some of the make-up products used to achieve the above looks on Katie.

Skin Care: 

Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Remover

Benefit Porefessional 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Elethea Youth Capture Serum 


Vichy Ultra Corrective Foundation 

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-4

Temptu S/B Highlighter in Shade Champagne Shimmer

MAC Blushers in Shade Sincere, Peaches, Pinch Me

Daniel Sandler Water Colour Blush in Trip

MAC Mineralizing Powder in Light & Medium Deep

Kiko Rock Attraction Bronzer


Sleek I-Divine Ultra Matt V2

YSL Mascara Volume Effect

Ben Nye Essential Eyeshadow Palette(For Brows)

Golden Rose Style Liner in Black & Black

MAC Lashes in style 48


* LUSH Cosmetics Lip Balm in Lip Service

* The Neat Kit Lip Palette

* OCC Lip Tar in Pretty Boy & Narcissus

* Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet

MAC Lip Liner in Shade Spice



(Source: katie-price-new-look-katie-price-makeup-artist-)

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


Daniel Sandler Cosmetics 

Eye Kandy Cosmetics

Cocktail Cosmetics - www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk


Simple Skincare

Rock Beauty

Sparkly Nails 

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



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