Karla Powell Make-up Artist

The Little Mermaid Inspired Make-up & Hair for Rochelle Humes Disney Themed Birthday Party

The Saturdays stunner Rochelle Humes threw her ‘Disney’ themed birthday bash on Saturday 30th March 2014. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to design a fun, creative make-up and hair look inspired by The Little Mermaid on Georgina Dorsett (Rochelle’s best friends) for the party. I had complete creative control when working on Georgina which resulted in me using lots of glitter, gems and sequins! 

Many thanks to Annabelles Wigs who provided me with one of their stunning red wigs.

Karla

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I turned myself into Lady Gaga for an upcoming secret make-up job! 

I can’t wait to reveal what job this look was for. All will be revealed soon including what products I used.

Karla
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I turned myself into Lady Gaga for an upcoming secret make-up job!

I can’t wait to reveal what job this look was for. All will be revealed soon including what products I used.

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< 

Blizzard Disco Make-up Creation Demonstrated at Illamasqua Beak Street Store

After winning the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards I was kindly asked by Illamasqua to do a live make-up demonstration 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.

After experimenting with their new collection and being inspired by their Blizzard Nail varnish (Full of beautiful subtle sequins) I designed and created this above look, naming it- Blizzard Disco! A twist of Christmas with a hint of glitz and glamour you would see at a Christmas which I brought into the hair, forehead and adding a violet shimmer glitter body paint look to the neck and chest area for that extra shimmering wow factor.

To create the Face make-up look I mainly used the NEW Fatale Eye shadow palette which has four very unique but complimentary shades. They can be worn individually, as well as together on eyes, cheeks and lips.  The eye shadows are extremely soft without any fallout so therefore are multi use.Finally to add Sculpt to my models features the NEW Sculpting Powder Duo set was used. It contains neutral matt Heliopolis for razor-sharp definition, and shimmering champagne Lumos to highlight and illuminate.

Products Used:

Brushes:

Crownbrush 

Base:

Illamasqua Skin base

SugarPill Tako Eye shadow 

Illamasqua Fatale Eye shadow Palette 

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo 

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer 

Eyes:

Kryolan Cine-Wax

Kryolan Spirit Gum

Illamasqua Fatale Eye shadow Palette

Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe

Eye Kandy Liquid Sugar & Glitters

Lips:

Illamasqua Fatale Eye shadow palette 

Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe 

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer 

Body Painting:

Superstar Face paint in shades- Purple, Lilac and Pure Silver

Hobby Craft Glitter 

Hair:

Sequins, Gems from Hobby Craft

Annabelles Wigs 

Many thanks to the following people that helped me with my creation;

Photographer: Peter Alberti

Model: Michaela Ireland 

Wig: Annabelles Wigs

Dress: Joanne Fleming Design

Keep a look out for my tutorial video if this look I did on myself using my new Canon Camera ;) 

Karla

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Back to Roots Winning Illamasqua Make-up & Hair Look(Edited & Un-seen picture)

I finally got hold of some more pictures of my Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards pictures took on the day of the competition. High Def Retouching kindly retouched them for me so I can place them in my professional portfolio and to have the images printed to put on canvases. Yesterday I also did a photoshoot with Luke Woodford where I re-created the look but this time in some woods with dress designer Joanne Fleming. This means I can now have a full editorial of studio shots and location shots to be published in a magazine. I am so excited. Pictures will be released around Halloween time. 

Makeup, Hair and Concept: Karla Powell 
Model : Sara Grabek 
Photohraphy : Jan Masny 
Nails: NailedIt UK 
Head Piece : Adrienne Honie Unique Knitwear
Retouching : High Def Retouching

To see what products I used to create my look click this >link< 

Karla

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My New Make-up & Hair work! Gestural Abstraction (2) Demonstrated at Vanity X, Dublin using Crown-brushes.

I was asked by VanityX to visit their make-up school in Dublin, to give a full make-up demonstration using my Crown-brushes and to let my Irish followers into world of my make-up artistry success story with my full tips in the industry and what products I love to use when creating my make-up looks!

VanityX is one of Irelands TOP Make Up Academy’s, that offer courses designed around the make-up industry with on-going student support, and REAL industry experience! The story behind Debbie Mc Quillan who set up the school a few years was so inspiring and I was so delighted and over whelmed to be asked to visit their school and to meet some of my Irish followers. It will be a day I won’t forget and hope to return there next year.

Above are the Final edited images of the Gestural Abstraction Make-up look I demonstrated to the VanityX students ( I was lucky to have professional images took of my look on the day) ‘Gestural Abstraction’ is where I had the chance to show off the process of making art! Gestural Abstraction means you are demonstrating a variety of techniques that include dripping, dabbing, smearing, and even flinging paint on to the surface of the canvas (My Model Lyn) .

To create these techniques it all depends on actions directed by the artist (Using my Duo Fibre Crown-brushes) using a sense of control interacting with chance or random occurrences better known as Action Painting! Within this look it was all down to movement on how I was feeling, so therefore was not a planned look and isn’t supposed to look symmetrical or a normal day to day make-up look. This was all down to layering and textures using the natural contours of my models features.

Many thanks to model Lynn Kelly from Assets Models and Lee from Absolute Studios for taking these awesome pictures!

Karla

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Base:

Bioderma Sensibio

Tools:
*C404
*C406
*C428
*C429
*C430
*C436
Base:
Illamasqua Skin Base
Kryolan Shimmering Vision Palette
Illamasqua Precsion Ink in shade Scribe
Golden Rose Style Liner in Black Black
*Shadow Black
*Line White
*Mauve
*LaLa Land
*Purple Rain
Eyes:
Kryolan Shimmering Vision Palette
Illamasqua Precsion Ink in shade Scribe
Golden Rose Style Liner in Black Black
Kryolan Spirit Gum 
Lips:
Superstar Face Paints in shades:
*LaLa Land
*Purple Rain
Illamasqua Precsion Ink in shade Scribe
Golden Rose Style Liner in Black Black

 

Winner of Illamasqua 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 (Professional Make-Up Artist Category) Every day I am so thankful for the support from my followers, support from my amazing family & friends and for everyone that always believes in my dreams! I could of never done this without you all & for that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart ♥ I am so excited now to assist the legend Alex Box on a photoshoot as part of one of my prizes. Dreams do come true. For those wanting to know more about the story behind my winning ‘Back to Roots’ make-up and hair look please click >here< on my inspiration blog post I did last week. 
And finally for those asking what I used to create the look. I have a full list below:
Peppering skin to perfection using the following Skin Care:
Tools:
SS002 Deluxe Angle Foundation
SS012 Deluxe Crease
SS013 Deluxe Angle Blush
SS021 Syntho Blending Fluff
SS024 Syntho Precision Powder
SS026 Syntho Angle Shader
Base:
Illamasqua Skin Base
Illamasqua Blusher in shade Lover
Kryolan Shimmering Vision Palette
Illamasqua Precsion Ink in shade Scribe
Golden Rose Style Liner in Black Black
Eyes:
Kryolan Shimmering Vision Palette
Illamasqua Blusher in shade Lover
Illamasqua Precsion Ink in shade Scribe
Golden Rose Style Liner in Black Black
Kryolan Spirit Gum 
Lips:
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet
Superstar Face Paint in shade 025 Darkest Brown 
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Eye Contacts: MesmerEyeZ Sclera

Nails: Nailed It

Nail Varnish: Deborah Lippmann Lady is a Tramp

Wig & Hair: Annabelles Wigs - Using Mehron Metallic Powder

Head Piece: Adrienne Honie

Thank you to photographer Estelle Jones for taking wonderful behind the scene pictures on the day as well as supporting me. 
Karla
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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! 

Karla

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Eye Contacts: MesmerEyeZ Sclera

Nails: Nailed It

Nail Varnish: Deborah Lippmann Lady is a Tramp

Wig: Annabelles Wigs 

Head Piece: Adrienne Honie

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 more 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 rather than getting distracted by other around them. Today I believe we take care of ourselves so much more than we ever have in history, such as eating well, exercising and we want to know what is in our products, food and skin care and finally for the first time Organic products in the beauty industry are blooming quickly. 

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 one of my main inspirations for this look demonstrate already in their range 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. This is where the inspiration from the twig hair and twig nails came from. 

Woman will be more daring with hair and nails too being inspired by nature 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.

Click this >link< to like and share my Make-up Creation if you love my look. Every vote counts :) 

Karla

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