Karla Powell Make-up Artist

My Hair Transformation…

Going back many years ago when I was 16 I started wearing hair extensions to bulk out my thin frizzy hair. The moment I felt instant results and the transformation it gave to my locks I was hooked! It made my hair appear longer, straighter, thicker and healthier. Everything I was trying to achieve with my own hair, but in the end I was causing irreparable damage.

 My first set of hair extensions were professionally applied by a safe pair of hands, and are well maintained by myself which ensured no damage to my natural hair through the years. 12 years on I am still hooked to extensions. In fact many of my friends and family believe I am addicted to them. As the years have gone on I have realised I wasn’t alone in being addicted to them. Celebrities have an obsession with hair extensions as well, and I think you’d be surprised to find out how many actually wear them! Working with celebrities the last few years in my line of make-up artistry opened a huge door to me seeing that all female celebrities wore extensions for events, photo-shoots and to achieve instant results to thicker luscious hair that some hairdressers can’t achieve in a small amount of time on set. It was a great insight to me for getting my hands on the best quality hair and the best method for applying hair extensions to make my hair look natural as possible without any damage. 

To keep my hair in the best condition I always have regular breaks from hair extensions , so after a few weeks break (Which I found very difficult) I decided to have my extensions in again using my regular hairdresser Seaane who always sews in my weaves extensions which I find gives me the best finish, using the best quality hair extensions on the market. After many years of buying cheap extensions I realised I have to spend that little bit extra to ensure the hair extensions don’t get tangled.

I wanted to share in a blog post today what hair extensions I use to my followers if you are deciding to have a hair makeover with extensions…

I always long for thick hair. My hairdresser advised to buy three bundles of Bespoke Brazilian Weft wave hair extensions from Trade Hair Hub which is ideal for a full head of hair. It’s completely natural and chemical free, unprocessed and pure, and in its healthiest state. 

The loose wave hair style gives me a dynamic, soft look making my hair appear as natural as possible. It comes in straight, wavy and curly texture. The colour ranges from Jet black to light brown (all natural colours). It is silky, soft and does not tangle or shed easily and always blends well with other hair texture. When I was training in wig making this was a chosen type of hair for wig making. It’s super easy to style and maintain, as well as being straightened to achieve a silky straight texture, and will always revert back to its Wavy state once wet. My hairdresser has even coloured it to blonde over it in the past with no damage made, it can be used time and time again! 

If sew in weaves is not for you, you can also attach clips, micro loop rings and glue for other extension types. Hair extensions will still allow your natural hair to grow. With tape hair extensions, there is no damage to your real hair, so it’s a good alternative to do while waiting for your natural hair to recover from a bad haircut, split ends, a bad dye job or whatever other problem arises. 

Hair extensions can come across as unimportant for many women, however hair extensions really make a difference in my life, making me feel more confident about myself and makes me feel good when attending jobs, events or going out for a nice meal with the girls. I will continue to wear my extensions proud. Just like make-up , hair extensions can instantly give you a boost of confidence needed to face the day ahead. 

Finally before I went for new hair extensions I applied my SOS organic oil treatment by Old Wives Tails (Only £13.99) which is a completely chemical free and 100% natural hair treatment making it very gentle and kind on my hair and scalp. By treating my hair prior to hair extensions it ensures the oil treatment strengthens, thickens and nourishes my natural hair making my hair the perfect natural remedy for dry, damaged, broken and brittle tresses. Made with certified organic ingredients only, paraben free, sulcate free, gluten free, vegan & vegetarian friendly with no animal testing. 

Do you wear hair extensions? If not would you ever consider hair extensions?

Karla

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Trade Hubb- A Hair distributor to independent hair businesses and customers. Contact them on 0121 400 88 44 or 07527 86 11 77 - specialists in Malaysian,Peruvian,Brazilian hair

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.

Karla

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

Your wedding day is the time to be in the spotlight, so don’t let your make-up overwhelm your natural beauty. But if you want a bit of oomph, a matte blue red lip is gorgeous for a fall or summer wedding. 

Wedding make-up is something I don’t normally carry out however for family & friends I get such pleasure making them feel & look wonderful for their big day. Jemma has been my lip model for many years now so I felt honoured to be asked to do her wedding make-up! I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to pull of the matte vintage red lip on their wedding day.

My wedding make-up essentials:

Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Mattifier 
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Temptu 2.0 Bridal Kit (using a mixture of natural foundation tones, blushers and bronzers from the Airpod system)
Laura Mercier concealer
Mac lustre drops
Temptu 053 highlighter 
Jane Iredale powder
MAC Painterly paint pot 
Peaches make-up loose pigment in peaches cream 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Brow palette
Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet applied with Karla Cosmetics lip brushes 
Ben Nye eyeshadows 
Origins mascara

Karla
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Your wedding day is the time to be in the spotlight, so don’t let your make-up overwhelm your natural beauty. But if you want a bit of oomph, a matte blue red lip is gorgeous for a fall or summer wedding.

Wedding make-up is something I don’t normally carry out however for family & friends I get such pleasure making them feel & look wonderful for their big day. Jemma has been my lip model for many years now so I felt honoured to be asked to do her wedding make-up! I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to pull of the matte vintage red lip on their wedding day.

My wedding make-up essentials:

Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Mattifier
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Temptu 2.0 Bridal Kit (using a mixture of natural foundation tones, blushers and bronzers from the Airpod system)
Laura Mercier concealer
Mac lustre drops
Temptu 053 highlighter
Jane Iredale powder
MAC Painterly paint pot
Peaches make-up loose pigment in peaches cream
Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Brow palette
Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet applied with Karla Cosmetics lip brushes
Ben Nye eyeshadows
Origins mascara

Karla
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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.  
Karla
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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

Magnum 25th Birthday 

For all pleasure seekers & those that love Magnums, it’s time to celebrate! Magnum are celebrating their 25th Birthday! 

How will you be celebrating? Will you be indulging in your favourite Magnum Ice-Cream? Or by looking at the images from the Birthday campaign shoot I was fortunate enough to do the make-up for? Either way I am sure you will be visiting your local shop to pick up your favourite Magnum’s very soon! ;)
Classic Chocolate Magnum Ice-Cream provided inspiration for this eye catching contrasting look. Using creamy white & black tones in a classic winged eyeliner look, matte defined skin for soft sculpting, finished perfectly with strong glossy white and dark chocolate lips that look good enough to eat! 
There were many creations inspired by the Classic, Almond and White chocolate Ice-Creams.  So keep your ice cream loving eyes out for more images! During the next few months Magnum and I have been posting on social media, revealing more chocolate inspired creations! There will also be plenty more behind the scenes footage and pictures coming your way! As well as another shoot we did last month to celebrate their silver anniversary ;) 
Which is your favourite Magnum Ice-Cream?
Karla
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The Team:
Make-up & Art Direction: Karla Powell
Photographer: Peter Alberti
Model: Sara Grabek
Make-up Assistant: Grace Coole-Green
Click here to see what products I used to create this look

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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