Karla Powell Make-up Artist

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?



IMATS 2014…

When I think back to IMATS London last weekend I am still lost for words and so overwhelmed by all the support from everyone. 

I thank each and every one of you that came and visited me on the Temptu stand where I was demonstrating the first look from my new ‘Human Emotion’ Series. The series will be based on creative looks inspired by different emotions we as people encounter. The look I demonstrated at IMATS is the ‘Envy’ emotion, which has took many months of planning & preparation and hard work from my amazing team! I can’t wait to create the look again for professional images to add to my portfolio. 

I also want to thank my followers who came to my presentation on the Sunday. I thought I would never have the chance to appear as a speaker at IMATS, so to be asked this year I felt so honoured. I also overcame my fear of being on stage that day (I was a nervous wreck!). However, after seeing many familiar faces and having such amazing support I soon forgot about the nerves and it was the best feeling in the world having the chance to share my tips, tricks and experiences.  

I love make up so much so its such a privilege to be able to work and demonstrate there surrounded by such talent and inspirational people. IMATS 2014 weekend was incredible and I love going as an make-up artist and a fan! My only issue is the weekend goes way too fast, roll on next year! The dream now is to attend all the IMATS around the world!

How was IMATS 2014 for you?



Many thanks to:

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

Westward Bound

Nailed It UK


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?
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
Karla Nail Charts On Sale Now!
Following on from last year’s cult Karla Chart release, Nail Charts are the latest release from my Karla Cosmetics collection. I am so excited about this release and I can’t wait to see Nail lovers use them to design their looks.
The Karla Nail Chart design sheets are the perfect tool for creating and cataloguing nail art designs. Each sketchbook-style pad houses 35 tear-off sheets of the highest quality, 300gsm gloss board card stock. Ideal for experimenting with nail varnishes and finishes, the sheets work perfectly with all varnishes, maintaining their true colours.
Each page features a minimal hand outline, with ample space for notes and extending the nails if you desire a stiletto nail effect
The cover of each pad features my latest beauty lip series: Broken Glass.
Karla Nail Charts are available in travel-size A5. 
Don’t forget to tag me on any of my social media channels when you get your Karla Nail Chart. I can’t wait to see all your designs!

This Valentines, Illamasqua are celebrating with their new, special collection called I’m The One!” For personal reasons this is a collection I will most certainly never forget. 

I had the most amazing opportunity to be part of this Valentine’s campaign photo-shoot by assisting Illamasqua’s legendary creative director Alex Box. This amazing opportunity was the prize for winning the Distinction in Make-up Artistry Award last October. 
To work with Alex Box was a dream come true, therefore this mini collection will always have a very special place in my heart. You can imagine the excitement when the collection arrived in the post last week! 
As soon as I opened the package I fell in love with the products immediately, i especially couldn’t wait to wear the lipgloss after seeing Alex use it on set!
The mini collection includes:
A NEW Red Lipgloss (Shade: Touch) £14.50
The Illamasqua intense lip-glosses are essential in my make-up kit. This is one of my favourite items in the collection due to it’s highly pigmented formula and high shine finish. I love the shimmer infused in the pigment which makes those lips pop instantly! Try layering ‘Touch’ on top of Maneater lipstick included in this collection for a an extra powerful red lip this Valentines. 
A NEW Lipliner (Shade: Feisty) £14.00
A classic red lip liner matches perfectly with Maneater. The formula of the lipliner is soft and creamy but firm enough to help you draw the perfect red lip liner ready for lipstick application! The lipliner can also be worn alone for a creamy matte red lip!
An existing Nail Polish (Shade: Throb) £14.50
A perfect cherry red shade, which will be perfect for your Valentines date! The polish has cool undertones and applies evenly in one stroke. The pigmentation is excellent with minimal drying time. 
An existing Red Lipstick (Shade: Maneater) £16.50
‘Maneater’ is a gorgeous wearable classic matte red lipstick. With a 50’s feel it provides a vintage, classy and sophisticated look to your pout this Valentines! 
Pair your red pout with a sleek cat eye & flirty lashes for a classic 
Valentine’s look that is sure to knock him off his feet! Mwah…
The collection is available now at Illamasqua stores and online.
"Be your own admirer. Sensual, wearable scarlets – Throb, Touch, Maneater and Feisty in an amorous new collection that reflects and celebrates the colour of love. Indulge in a little self-love."

The NEW Karla Nail Charts in a highly glazed special formula paper in size A5 , simply perfect for travelling with ! Ideal for experimenting with hard wearing nail varnishes, different types of pens to draw nail art designs. The sheets work well with all wet nail varnish formulas, drying to the nail varnishes true colour. Perfect for swatching nail varnishes too!

Each page features a minimal hand outline with short nails , with ample space for notes and the chance to extend the nails into a desired shape. The cover of each pad depicts one of Powell’s signature lip art creations: Broken Glass series.

Coming Soon!


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. 



To see what products I used to create this look and my inspiration,  click >here< 

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< 



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! 



Eye Contacts: MesmerEyeZ Sclera

Nails: Nailed It

Nail Varnish: Deborah Lippmann Lady is a Tramp

Wig: Annabelles Wigs 

Head Piece: Adrienne Honie

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