Karla Powell Make-up Artist

'Spellbound' Halloween Witch Eye Make-up Tutorial

The classic Halloween witch makeup can be done so many different ways. To inspire you all this Halloween I have created a spellbound witch makeup look using VIVO Cosmetics, perfect for those on a budget this Halloween!

You don’t need a full face of makeup to be a witch for Halloween. Go with this awesome purple and green eye make-up look and skip the makeup hangover on November 1st. 




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?



Purple Eye Makeup Tutorial 

Check out this new video I created using VIVO Cosmetics!



My NEW All In One Makeup Charts from Karla Cosmetics

Housed in the same sketchbook style pad as their original counterpart, and printed on the same 200gsm textured card stock, the new all in one makeup chart format features close up prints for eyes and lips, allowing for incredibly detailed designing. The sheets are compatible with all cosmetic pigments and products, even wet glosses. The cover of each chart includes my Pop Art creation to inspire all my fans. 

My Top Tips When Using Karla Charts:

  • Highly pigmented cream and powder eye shadows work best on Karla Charts allowing easy blend ability. 
  • Synthethic, dense make-up brushes work best to apply and blend make-up onto Karla Charts. 
  • Art Pencils,  kohl pencils and gel liners are ideal for lining and defining detail. 
  • Liquid liner or a fine art pen is perfect for creating the perfect eyelash look! 
  • When designing lip looks lip liners and lipsticks both work great! If you want to create a glossy look, just simply apply a clear nail polish or a matte clear nail polish for a matte look. This will set the lipstick look at the same time. 
  • MAC Cosmetics Prep and prime translucent powder is amazing for apply all over your Karla Charts which will fill in the tiny ridges and help any blusher looks look smoother

The NEW All In One charts are available in size A4, 35 sheets in each pad can be purchased from on www.beautychamber.co.uk (Shipping Worldwide) & www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk (Shipping Europe)

Have you tried Karla Charts yet?



Green Pearl Smoky Eye Tutorial

I am excited to accept the position as in House Make-up Artist for VIVO Cosmetics. Pri­mar­ily I will be assisting VIVO Fans how to achieve professional make-up results using VIVO Cosmetics, Step- by- Step make-up guides and inspiring make-up artists to build their make-up kit with an affordable quality make-up brand. I am very excited to be join­ing such a great team and very hon­oured to have this opportunity.
Above is one of many tutorials I will be creating each week on VIVO’s Blog. I am loving the colours blue and green at the moment and loved turning my eyes last week into this seductive green tone, perfect for an evening glam look using VIVO’s Trio Eyeshadow palette in shade Green with Envy. These seductive colours will make you look and feel like an unstoppable goddess. 
Full details how to create the look can be found on VIVO’s blog.

My Anastasia Beverly Hills Treats! *GIVEAWAY*

Anastasia only has to upload an image of a new make-up product launching on their Instagram and automatically it’s on my wish list! The quality of Anastasia Beverly Hills products are just beautiful and are at a high quality standard for my professional make-up kit. Above are some of my favourite new items from Anastasia! I also have a treat for my followers today- A chance to WIN the NEW Maya Mia palette, Waterproof Crème Colour Eyeliner and Liner brush!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Book (The contour book is made for promotional use only. All of the shades will be sold individually online) 

There are 27 refill shades to choose from in the original Contour Kit were 6 different shades, so there are 21 new shades released.

This Contour book contains powders for contouring, highlighting and colour correcting to even out skintones with various concerns such as discolouration. I have also been using them for eye shadows for creating subtle eye looks!

The individual Contour Refills will only be available from Anastasia Online at the moment shipping globally!  Each refill colour is $14.00 (£8.30) and can be placed in the Generic Face palette pictured above. The pans are magnetic so you can switch them up or replace them anytime you want.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette, Waterproof Crème Eyeliner & Liner brush

A stunning palette I have used at least 5 times since receiving this palette! The palette was created in collaboration with Maya Janeska (@maya_mia_y from Instagram). 

This palette contains ten shades that coordinate together to create various neutral and bold looks. There are matte and shimmery shades which can be worn wet or dry. Inside the palette you will also find five ‘Get The Look” cards, a good-sized mirror and a dual-ended brush.

The new waterproof crème colour gel eyeliner in shade Jet , $18 ( £11.00) is super pigmented! It’s the perfect waterproof colour for the eyes that won’t crease or smudge. Dark liner along the upper and lower inner rims of the eyes is a quick and simple way to give eyes a sexy mystique look.  I love using the waterproof crème liner to line the upper inner waterline to make upper lashes look thicker without looking made up. But even with the best liners transfer happens, however with Anastasia making this product waterproof it ensures no transfer happens throughout the day!  Again the waterproof crème colour eyeliner is only available from Anastasia online shipping globally. 

How to enter Karla’s Giveaway:

 ·       ONE (1) PRIZE: Anastasia Beverly Hills box set, including Maya Mia palette, Waterproof crème eyeliner, Liner brush. Prize is nontransferable. No cash alternative or prize substitutions allowed, except in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prizes may not be sold, bartered, or exchanged by the winners. Prize will be shipped internationally


The Contest begins on September 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m and ends on September 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. PT (the “Contest Period”).


You must join Instagram in order to participate in the Contest. Instagram is free to join. To enter the Contest, a participant must:


(a)Follow @karlapowellmua on Instagram and

(b) Repost the first image featured in this post (With the GIVEAWAY text) leaving the message ‘I want to WIN @karlapowellmua Giveaway’ leaving the the hashtag #karlapowellmua  (On each “Submission”).


Winner Determination: Karla will be picking a potential winner, from among all eligible Submissions received during the Contest Period who followed @karlapowellmua instagram and used the hashtag #karlapowellmua.

Winner Requirements: Potential winners will be notified by Instagram message on or around September 15, 2014.


Good luck!




Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Make-up Artist?

I am always receiving emails from aspiring make-up artists on how they can get into this industry – On my tips and more! It’s very hard to get back to everyone and explain about this industry and what direction they can go into. Many times I will link them to my most popular blog posts on 'Pros and Cons of Being A Make-up Artist' Or 'How To Market Yourself As a Make-up Artist'  which I hope it can help many of you!

SME Business Insurance sent me the above images on what it takes to be a make-up artist. I feel the above images are were very useful and powerful so I wanted to post it today, hoping it can help many of you wanting to break into make-up artistry. 



Technopagan Lip Art Tutorial…

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics NEW ‘Unknown Pleasures’ Fall/Winter 2014 Colour Collection got my make-up juices flowing! I am a massive fan of their lip tars and look forward to purchasing all their new shades each season. 

Unknown Pleasures features 6 new Lip Tar shades, two new Cosmetic Colour Pencil shades and six new Nail Lacquer shades. This collection captured shades as seen on the runaways of New York Fashion Week.

Technopagan as seen in the tutorial above is a metallic blackened purple with a blue pearl! My favourite shade from the whole collection. I have been so excited to share this particular colour with you all. it truly is that beautiful in real life. 

Products Used in Above Tutorial:

OCC Lip Tars are available from Cocktail Cosmetics (UK)  SephoraBeautylish and OCC’s site.

Would you be daring enough to use this shade?



Illamasqua’s New Collection ‘Once’…

It was such a pleasure meeting up with the Illamasqua PR girls & other beauty bloggers a few weeks ago for afternoon tea in London. It was a chance to be introduced to the new Once collection over tea and scones as well as having a chance to ask questions about the new collection, future collections and what products Illamasqua will be keeping in the near future and what will be discontinuing.Thankfully they informed me they will always have their amazing Skin bases in their range, my favourite foundation in my kit!

On Friday, Illamasqua released the NEW collection called Once online. 

"Once is the beauty of the burnished, eroded and erudite. A palette inspired by the gentle and exquisite point when a flower starts to fade and becomes impossibly beautiful in its complex decline. Combined with the subtle opulence of faded gilt layers that reveal themselves the more you blend and search. She is an incandescent moment, a poem alive and a light within a pallet of decaying decadence." Alex Box, Creative Director for Illamasqua

What’s in the NEW Once Collection?

  • Three shades of NEW Vintage Metallix Eye Shadow, £16.50 each (Courtier - dusky rose, Embellish - rich cocoa, Bibelot - rustic golden teal)

A long-lasting, metallic cream-gel with a smudge-resistant finish. 

A soft neutral pink.

  • Two new shades of Sheer Gloss, £16.50 each (Exquisite - pink oyster, Opulent - rainbow beige)

Best worn over the top of bold lipsticks for a multi-tonal look. 

A gorgeous soft, dusky antique teal green filled with gold and pink flakes giving it a multi-dimensional look

Have you treated yourself this weekend to the NEW Once Collection?



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



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