Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Pop Art Workshop with Karla Powell

After the success of my Pop Art Make-up creation which I created this year 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 (I only had a few selective students on the course to make it more intimate) . After the success of this Pop Art workshop I am excited to teach more workshops all inspired by my make-up portfolio. It’s an opportunity to share all my tips and skills when creating my signature looks and letting my followers into my industry secrets.

Thanks to my amazing team Grace Coole-Green (Make-up Assistant) , Seaane Chin-hoyte (Hair Assistant)  for helping me on the day. Huge thanks to guest artist International photographer Luke Woodford for inspiring my students on the day and finally thanks to Peter Alberti for all the awesome pictures capturing the day!

Finally a huge thanks to the following brands for Sponsorship of the workshop:

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

To find out more details of my next workshop click >here<

Karla


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Lip Art Workshop with Karla Powell.
Another NEW Date Announced!

Are you inspired when you see pictures of stunning, perfect lips? Well you could create them!

 
After my successfully Colour Run Lip series and Broken Glass lip series I get asked constantly- &#8216;How did you create those lips?&#8217;,  &#8217;I would love to learn lip techniques from you!&#8217; And finally at my Lip Art workshop you can learn my lip perfection skillson this 1 day lip workshop!

During the workshop you will learn everything from tips for caring for the lips, selecting the ideal products for your look, applying with precision, working with lip accessories and different mediums and how to create original and creative lip art! You will be provided with all the best lip products to use as well as the best brushes from CrownBrush UK.


Whether you are wanting to brush up your skills or learn something new, this workshop guide will give you the confidence and expertise to create amazing lip art looks and leave you feeling inspired!

COURSE DETAILS:

DATE: Saturday 7th December 2013- *SOLD OUT*
DATE: Saturday 25th January 2014 -*SOLD OUT*
NEW DATE: Saturday 15th February 2014

TIME: 10am-4pm
LOCATION: Artrix. Bromsgrove , Worcestershire (UK)
PRICE: £100

There are LIMITED places for this exclusive, one day workshop.  Due to high demand this event is expected to sell out extremely quickly, so be sure to email 
Places are very limited and will be booked on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis.
Email contact@karlamakeup.co.uk  to book your place on the course.
Once you have been confirmed you will be contacted with all the information you will need including a full itinerary, terms &amp; conditions and details for further payment.
Payment will be accepted by Paypal and BACS. 
I look forward to seeing you!
Karla
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*Art work by the talented Francesca.A.Page 

Lip Art Workshop with Karla Powell.

Another NEW Date Announced!

Are you inspired when you see pictures of stunning, perfect lips? Well you could create them!

 

After my successfully Colour Run Lip series and Broken Glass lip series I get asked constantly- ‘How did you create those lips?’,  ’I would love to learn lip techniques from you!’ And finally at my Lip Art workshop you can learn my lip perfection skillson this 1 day lip workshop!

During the workshop you will learn everything from tips for caring for the lips, selecting the ideal products for your look, applying with precision, working with lip accessories and different mediums and how to create original and creative lip art! You will be provided with all the best lip products to use as well as the best brushes from CrownBrush UK.

Whether you are wanting to brush up your skills or learn something new, this workshop guide will give you the confidence and expertise to create amazing lip art looks and leave you feeling inspired!

COURSE DETAILS:

DATE: Saturday 7th December 2013- *SOLD OUT*

DATE: Saturday 25th January 2014 -*SOLD OUT*

NEW DATE: Saturday 15th February 2014

TIME: 10am-4pm

LOCATION: Artrix. Bromsgrove , Worcestershire (UK)

PRICE: £100

There are LIMITED places for this exclusive, one day workshop.  Due to high demand this event is expected to sell out extremely quickly, so be sure to email 

Places are very limited and will be booked on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis.

Email contact@karlamakeup.co.uk  to book your place on the course.

Once you have been confirmed you will be contacted with all the information you will need including a full itinerary, terms & conditions and details for further payment.

Payment will be accepted by Paypal and BACS. 

I look forward to seeing you!

Karla

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*Art work by the talented Francesca.A.Page 

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.

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Behind the scene images took by Peter Alberti & Francesca Page

Here is the next image revealed from my from my ‘Broken Glass’ Lip Art Series. 

~Broken Glass -Image 3~
Make-up, Nails: Karla Powell Make-up Artist
Photographer: Alex Keen Photography
Model: Ryo Love
Retoucher: High Def Retouching



This is the opposite make-up look to the image I uploaded last night. One more to reveal tomorrow! 
Karla
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Here is the next image revealed from my from my ‘Broken Glass’ Lip Art Series. 

~Broken Glass -Image 3~

Make-up, Nails: Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Photographer: Alex Keen Photography

Model: Ryo Love

Retoucher: High Def Retouching

This is the opposite make-up look to the image I uploaded last night. One more to reveal tomorrow! 

Karla

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Here is the next image revealed from my from my &#8216;Broken Glass&#8217; Lip Art Series. 

~Broken Glass -Image 2~
Make-up, Nails: Karla Powell Make-up Artist
Photographer: Alex Keen Photography
Model: Ryo Love
Retoucher: High Def Retouching


After an amazing response last night revealing my first image from this series I can&#8217;t wait to get all the images out there now. I will be reveling more as the week goes on including a full blog post on what products I used and more!

Karla
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Here is the next image revealed from my from my ‘Broken Glass’ Lip Art Series. 

~Broken Glass -Image 2~

Make-up, Nails: Karla Powell Make-up Artist

Photographer: Alex Keen Photography

Model: Ryo Love

Retoucher: High Def Retouching

After an amazing response last night revealing my first image from this series I can’t wait to get all the images out there now. I will be reveling more as the week goes on including a full blog post on what products I used and more!

Karla

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Your Dreams Come True When You Don’t Give Up!

 

So proud to see my make-up and hair work front cover of two amazing magazines in the last month! In fact it’s over whelming and have to pinch myself I have achieved these little goals I set out to do over a few years ago.

 Wondering how this has happened or do you read this thinking I would love to achieve this dream too! Well it’s simple…  Don’t give up just yet. Dreams come true if you chance a few things in your life. Sometimes it is all about who you know.

 There all types of people can get in your way of making your dreams come true. People try new thing all the time and some will succeed and some will not. Also remember being around the same people can keep you in the same place. If you want to move up in this industry sometimes you need to start hanging around people who are doing better than you- Just take a risk and try something new. Dreams come true when you associate with people who have made it. Learn from them so you can elevate to their level. Pick up any tips you can use to start you on the path to success. You don’t have to totally abandon all of your old friend’s just try to make some new inspiring friends who will believe in you and help you achieve your dreams too.

 Having the right team and people who believe in my talent around me has played a role in my dreams. So don’t give up and let everybody stop you from making your dreams come true. It may not happen overnight but it can happen if you stick with it.

 

Thanks to everyone who made the above happen for me.

 

 

Karla

 

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Pop Art Look- September 2013 Issue of Scratch Magazine

 

Pastel Look- Issue 12 2013 of Faceon Magazine (first time in store to buy)

 

 Front Cover & 2 Page Coverage of my Pop Art Make-up, Nail and Hair look in September’s Issue of Scratch Magazine

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 Series… I wanted to create an illusion!

I am so proud that this year many of my work is making lots of different front covers! Dreams I want to achieve really do come true! I am also proud to make another front cover of Scratch magazine after my Food Project for one of their previous issues made front cover last year! 

When I planned and designing my Pop Art makeup look I told my team I will get this front cover and get it out there as much as I can. And I did it! Love achieving my goals! huge thanks for my team for making this happen for me!

 

The Team that made it happen:

Photographer: Roger Charles

Make-up & Hair: Karla Powell

Body Painting: Deborah Love @ Follies Face

Model: Julie Aston

Retouching: High Def Retouching

Scratch Magazine is released tomorrow www.scratchmagazine.co.uk 

Karla

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Adult Acne! A Common But Frustrating Problem! My Experience & My Tips To Help… 

It’s no secret that I’ve suffered with bad skin since I was young. I feel this is a great time to do a blog post on my skin. Mainly because how it has affected me through my years of growing up and still affects me from today, and I am hoping this blog post on my experience can help you have clearer skin and make you feel more confident in your own skin. My skin affected me in many different ways and even to this day, I know it has had an impact on me that I believe will stay with me forever. I would say alongside the other reason why I got into make-up, this was one of the main reasons I fell in love with make-up. I loved how I could hide and disguise any imperfections on my face with a little bit of foundation and concealer. Make-up to me was a mask and still is today.

Back in Feb-March I couldn’t look at my mum in the eye with no make-up on, my skin was the worst it had ever been and my confidence rapidly shattered. I couldn’t bare the pain of waking up each and every morning, walking into the bathroom, not turning the light on, looking into the mirror and having to look at my acne-ridden skin which all came on from a change in my job and other stress related problems I had earlier this year.  Some days were better than others. With the more make-up application to hide the acne, avoiding meetings, avoiding going out and even turning down make-up jobs.  With the push from my mum I finally plucked up the courage to see my doctor hoping that this new cream or tablet that the doctor had given me would make me back to “normal”, that’s all I wanted; to have perfect skin! After all being a make-up artist you have to look your best especially when you preach so much about perfect skin!

With acne or skin problems, you wear the condition on your face, the first thing that people see is your face. What do people see? They see, lumps, bumps, pigmentation, scars, redness, they see an unhappy face! Unless you are a make-up artist like me and can try to hide behind it all which I did.  As human beings we thrive to connect with people, to be accepted and be part of a group. Having acne makes you feel excluded. The amount of parties, jobs, family days, nights out, chances to meet new people and photos that I missed out on in the time I had these skin problems was dreadful. I remember looking around constantly scanning people’s skin with my eyes to see if they had a single blemish, that way I could somehow connect with them; I then wouldn’t feel left alone, and I guess this was hard for me as I work with so many flawless models in the industry I work in.

 

Many people don’t understand what it’s truly like to have a bad skin condition, it changed my life. Adult acne is partially caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by sebaceous glands in the skin. There’s not one definitive explanation why people get acne over time, it may be hormones, sometimes medications, stress. Unfortunately it’s really common in your twenties and sometimes into your forties. In some people it comes and goes, in some it’s continuous.

After plucking up the courage to see my doctor, changing my diet, keeping stress free, change of make-up and other factors I feel my skin has improved so much, where I feel more confident in my skin. I still have scars and pigmentation and do wear make-up every day to hide those small imperfections. I am now happy to share some of my tips, secrets and products I have used to improve my skin over the last few months. I really hope this blog post can help those that suffer from bad skin too. I look forward to hearing all your feedback on my experience.

Skin Care:

Prescription medications: Low-dose antibiotics, such as doxycycline, can help reduce inflammation in the skin thereby reducing breakouts. Oral contraceptives and spironolactone, can help stabilize the fluctuations of hormones, which is often a major contributing factor to adult-onset acne.  This is something I had prescribed by my doctor so I can NOT advise here. I would suggest meeting up with your doctor to discuss your personalised skin problems

Cleansers: Mild cleansers without fragrances can be helpful to cleanse the skin, but not strip the skin of natural oils.  Have been using Temple Spa –‘Way To Go’- £18, Cooling and oh-so refreshing. This cool, refreshing rinse-off gel will remove grime, makeup and excess sebum. Which also targets problem oily skin areas.

Finally I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O-£11.36 to remove eye make-up and other stubborn make-up. It’s a liquid cleanser/make up remover. Using Bioderma purely as a quick and effective make up remover, not really a cleanser as such. And that is exactly what it is. Quick, easy and to be quite honest…bloody amazing at removing your make up without leaving any break outs on your skin, this product also comes onto all my make-up jobs. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).

Creams and lotions: Retinol products can open and clean pores and simultaneously help reduce fine wrinkles. Products that contain salicylic and glycolic acids are helpful to reduce discoloration and fade old acne marks. Perfect for moisturising the skin and acts as an amazing make-up primer too is the Temple Spa ‘Moisturise To Go’ -£33. A Liquid silk for the skin. It is designed to bring balance and soak up excess oil. A moisturiser without feeling heavy.

Don’t forget those eyes:  I love Origins GinZing- £23. Such an amazing Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff the eyes. Ingredients include Caffeine from Coffee bean, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes and restores radiance to tired eyes. This is why Origins skin care is a must for me! I love all their natural ingredients.

Exfoliate: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant and smooth. Exfoliation is the cosmetic practice of removing dead skin cells from the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. Your skin can shed 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells per minute naturally; however, many people need exfoliation products to help reduce acne and get smooth skin. Temple Spa ‘the Power Breakfast’-£22 is a nutritious scrub and face mask in one, with honey, oats and fruit juices. It gently dissolves dead skin cells and for any skin type needing a polishing scrub and/or a skin softening mask!

Keep Stress Free & Sleep: Stress and lack of sleep can raise the level of inflammatory markers in your body, which can affect your skin and make it prone to infection and spots. When you are stressed your body produces cortisol. Cortisol ramps up the processes that help us deal with stressors, like converting protein to energy and releasing glycogen, and suppresses peripheral processes like digestion, cell regeneration and endocrine regulation. With nasty symptom results of fatigue, weight gain, depression and acne.

Make-up: It got to a point where the more I tried to hide my acne, the more acne I had to hide!  There was also a problem where I was using the wrong foundation. There is no need to stop using makeup to conceal your acne, you just need to start choosing the right types of cosmetics; ones that won’t cause more breakouts. I would now be lost without my Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation- £47. A traditional foundation without the heavy matte finish, which emphasises the tiniest skin imperfections.  No Foundation Foundation is a multi-purpose product that provides natural translucent coverage, corrects skin undertones, instantly smoothes fine lines and boosts skin’s natural moisture throughout the day, all the while delivering antioxidant benefits! Read more >here<

Water: Drinking water keeps your skin cleansed and hydrated, encouraging clear, fresh skin. By drinking water you flush out toxins and eliminate the dirt that clogs the pores of your skin, giving you a healthier glow.

Diet is Important too!  There is no evidence that a poor diet directly causes spots, but voiding foods that are high in refined carbohydrates like white bread and pastry, can improve your skin. So ensure that you are properly hydrated, get lots of fibre in your diet in the form of whole grains, pulses, fresh fruit and vegetables, and consider taking a daily antioxidant supplement.

Food Ideas for Perfect Skin-

Carrots:

Think of them as orange wonder wands-good for eyeballs, good for clearing up breakouts. Credit vitamin A. It helps prevent the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer.

Dark Chocolate:

Antioxidants in dark chocolate, reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage.

Green Tea:

When it’s hot, the bionic brew releases catechins, a type of antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. (The tea’s antioxidants start to degrade as it cools, so drink it while it’s hot.)

Sweet Potatoes:

Loaded with vitamin C, which smooths out wrinkles. Vitamin C is essential to collagen production and the more collagen you have, the less creased your skin looks.

Hot Water & Lemons:

Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon. It’s so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Boosts your immune system, Balances pH, Helps with weight loss and clears skin. The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

Final Top Tip! Natural Product- Use Lemon and Honey for Clear Skin…

Take a half lemon from the fridge and put 3-4 drops of honey on it. Rub the lemon on your face, emphasizing trouble areas. Leave the lemon and honey mixture on your face for 5 minutes and then wash it with cold water. You will be able to see the results immediately. Additionally, lemon juice will also fade other marks/spots on the face and honey will moisturise.

Thanks for taking your time to read this blog post. It took up some courage for me to write this and share my experience with bad skin. I would love to hear your experiences too. Please remember that these are products and ways I have helped improve my skin, your skin might not get along with these products. Either way I hope it can help some of you. For more amazing acne beauty tips check out this amazing website I have got loads of tips from http://www.acneskinsite.com/

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, I would love to help.

Karla

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Behind the scene video of me creating High Fashion Make-up & Hair for NEW Clothing line LUCUS campaign video.

Enjoy!

Karla

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Many thanks to filming by Peter Alberti and editing by Kiril Proskura 

Here they are! All the final images from my ‘Gold Water’ Make-up, Hair look & Nails looks for the ‘Rise of the Golden Princess’ Part of Luke Woodford Abandoned Fashion Series! Exclusively for FaceON Magazine.

 

I think this is one of the best photo-shoots I have ever done in terms of creativity, makeup and having the perfect team that complement each other beautifully. The outcome turned out exactly how I dreamt it to be (I most certainly had sleepless nights planning for this look)

 

Inspiration:

 

‘Eccentric’ it’s a game of textures, mixing textured with leather feel to the skin with a touch of graphic metallic element on key highlighted areas on the face.  Finally I wanted to add highly dramatic intricately detail to brows and under the bottom lash line , I took inspiration from the pattern designs from Joanne Flemings dresses and the pond environment and how a beautiful princess would look in my mind if she was living around a gold pond. “It only reveals itself upon intimate inspection”.

Make-up Products Used:

Lips:

*Lime Crime Lipstick in Shade Styletto

*MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Skin Care:

Origins VitaZing

Origins A Perfect World Cleanser

Bioderma Sebium 

Simple Kind to Skin Moisture Boost Hydro Mist 

Base & Body:

Illamasqua Skin Base

Waterproof make-up techniques. (See blog post here

Lush Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in shade 'Confident' 

Eyes:

H&M Liquid Eyes in Gold 

Kryolan Spirit Gum

Kryolan Cine-wax

Superstar Face Paints in Black

Benefit Sexiest Nudes Ever Kit 

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Eyeliner pencil

Golden Rose Style Liner in Black & Black

Crownbrush Eyebrow Palette 

Nails:

How I made the nails >here<

Hair:

Pre Made mud textured effect with gold elements 

VO5 Volumising Plump Spritz

Karla

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The Team:

Photography: Luke Woodford

Assistants: Jon Hammond, Nicola Kirk

Hair and Make-up: Karla Powell

Hair and Make-up assistant: Chantelle Parks

Model: Michaela at Leni’s Model Management

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