Karla Powell Make-up Artist

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…

Exercise:

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:

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.

Sketching:

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. 

Pampering:

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

Karla

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Long Lasting, Shine Free and Mattifying. The NEW Matte Veil from Illamasqua!
A while back now Illamasqua launched Hydra Veil which was a huge success in the beauty blogging world and is always a huge hit with my models before I apply Illamasqua Skin base! Hydra Veil in a clear gel which is designed to work with dryer skin improving the skins hydration levels creating a smoother surface which helps apply foundation evenly over the skin. Overall it enhances the long-wear of make-up for an all day look.  
I have been waiting for Illamasqua to create an alternative Veil for combination skin like mine, So I am very excited to reveal on the 8th May 2014 the NEW Matte Veil will go on sale at £30 (30ml pot *See above pictures) on www.illamasqua.com 
The new Matte Veil comes in the same pot as Hydra Veil with a hygienic spatula provided to decant the product needed for each application. The secret product is Butyelene Gycol which dissolves the skins overactive oil levels whilst drawing and retaining moisturise and the Sodium Hyaluronate which keeps the skin feeling healthy and balanced resulting in a primed matte finish to the skin ready for make-up application. This beauty will control any shine you might have throughout the day or on a photo-shoot. Perfect for us make-up artists instead of getting that translucent powder out for touch ups! However I would slightly finish the foundation of with fine loose powder in the T-zone area for that extra Matte finish. 

I can’t wait to use it this week on my next make-up job.
Will you be purchasing Matte Veil? 
Karla
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Perfect Skin with Kryolan’s NEW Highlighter- Illusion. 

Highlighters in my make-up kit are my key products to change any beauty looks. If of course applied correctly, it gives you that glowing look where people can’t place what’s different, just that you look amazing in life and on camera.

When you’re choosing a highlighter you have to think about skin tone; sallow skin, pink toned highlighters are going to stick out, pale skin pink tones are perfect. The goal when applying highlighter is to get a reflective dewy look that makes you look like you have youthful, healthy skin. If the product you are using gives your skin a slight sheen you’ve got it right, if you look covered in glitter  try again.

There are three main areas you should apply highlighter: the cheekbones and temples, the eyes, and the Cupid’s bow. If you apply your foundation with your favourite foundation brush, I always use that same brush to apply highlighter on the cheekbones. The product remaining on your brush will help with the blending process. I have many different highlighting products in kit- from cream,powder and liquid forma, and many from Kryolan such as Glamour Glow, Glamour Sparks and Shimmering Event Foundation where I sometimes mix in with my Illamasqua Skin base for an all over dewy skin effect on fashion photo-shoots. 

Illusion, is a lightweight and versatile gloss highlighting cream in a golden shade tone suiting most skin tones, which has a long-lasting smooth finish with a supple non- greasy or oily residue finish. Illusion in Velvet gives a beautiful luminous glow without the skin looking shiny when photographed.  Illusion can be easily applied and blended onto the skin using a brush, fingers or a sponge.

Illusion in shade Velvet, £15.75 can be purchased at Kryolan’s London store, Charles Fox, Covent Garden, and other outlets across the UK. Please visit www.kryolan.com for stockist details.

Many more colours will be available soon. 

Which is your favourite highlighter in your make-up kit?

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 Scenes Nearly finished in Make-up of my Model for the Lucus Launch Campaign photoshoot&#8230;.
 
This picture shows off my strong flicked eyeliner look I created with my Golden Rose Style Liner in Black &amp; Black (The inspiration had an element of  the Illuminati Symbol on the right eye- The All-Seeing eye! ) 
I was so lucky to have photographers capturing behind the scene images of my work. Many times fashion campaigns never capture the make-up up so close. So thanks to Peter Alberti taking this picture for me.

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Behind the Scenes Nearly finished in Make-up of my Model for the Lucus Launch Campaign photoshoot….

 

This picture shows off my strong flicked eyeliner look I created with my Golden Rose Style Liner in Black & Black (The inspiration had an element of  the Illuminati Symbol on the right eye- The All-Seeing eye! ) 

I was so lucky to have photographers capturing behind the scene images of my work. Many times fashion campaigns never capture the make-up up so close. So thanks to Peter Alberti taking this picture for me.

Karla

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No Foundation Foundation with SPF 30!

Foundation and tinted moisturisers are the key to a polished makeup look especially if I am working on a model with perfect skin and I don’t want to ruin their skin with thick coverage. I know a lot of makeup newbies who are scared of looking too made-up and avoid foundation. Gone are the days of heavy, cakey makeup; now brands are focused on natural, effortless finishes that make your skin look its best and I try my best to have a range of types of foundation in my kit to suit all skin types and looks I am aiming to create.

As a dermatologist to some of the most famous faces in the world, their special needs often become inspiration for the creation of new products.  When more than one celebrity make-up artist asked Dr. Perricone for a type of foundation that would let the skin’s natural radiance and beauty shine through, No Foundation Foundation was born from Perricone MD.

Created to keep skin looking dewy and flawless, this unique formula delivers many benefits of a traditional foundation without the heavy matte finish, which emphasizes 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.

“I took special care in formulating No Foundation Foundation with a non-chemical SPF 30 to deliver protection against sun damage, making it ideal for all skin types, even the most sensitive” – Dr. Perricone

The Benefits of using Foundation No Foundation:

*SPF 30

*Lightweight and suitable for all skin types.

*healthy, dewy finish.

*Corrects skin undertones, smoothes fine lines and boosts skin’s natural moisture.

*Paraben-free.

Unfortunately it only comes in one shade. Women of a wide skintone range could pull this off, but I can imagine those on either end of the spectrum won’t be able to use this product.

It gives you a no foundation look yet protects the skin, has anti-aging benefits and gives a little tint to even out the skintone. Once you conceal and place translucent powder the skin looks glowing and dewy!  I do only use this for clients who have amazing non pigmented skin as it doesn’t really cover imperfections such as redness and pimples. So I would then opt for a thicker foundation if the skin has imperfections. It’s perfect also if you are on holiday or just don’t like the foundation look.

It costs £47 which is very pricey, however comes out for my best make-up jobs and not all models I work on suits this foundation due to their skin types and skin tones so I am happy to only use this foundation on special occasions. Check out the full Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup range >here<

Karla

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Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Blush!


There are creams, mouses, gels, tints, powders and watercolours available on the market for blusher. And I have a love for all blusher types for different skin tones, occasion and the look I am trying to achieve.


Watercolour blushers are however very new to the beauty market and the high street are a little behind on bringing out watercolour blushers, mainly because of the price! They are simply amazing at saving time, making blending easy and the waterproof formulation means that it doesn’t budge especially in summer hot days.


I am loving Award Winning Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Blusher in shade ‘Passion’ - 15ml
At £14.50 each, available in 7 shades. They contain Vitamin E and Jojoba to enhance application and nourish skin. Silicone based, oil free, and doesn’t clog pores and suits every skin type I have worked on. The silicone makes it virtually rub-off proof plus waterproof whatever the occasion.


How to use:

*Always shake the bottle to mix evenly before each use.

*Squeeze out two very small drops of Watercolour on the back of your hand or in a makeup palette

*Using a duo tapered fibre blush brush such as the Crownbrush C427 and pick up the first drop of colour, apply to cheeks and blend and lightly buff into outwards movements

*To deepen the colour on your cheeks, re-apply a drop of colour to each cheek and blend over the top of the first layer


These blushes dry quickly but still allows you time to blend. The cheeks will have a sheer veil of colour look. Finally they last all day even on oily skin.

I have been using these a lot of for wedding makeup’s. A must in all make-up artists kits.


Check out the Watercolour blush collection on www.danielsandler.com


Karla
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My last sneak peek picture of the Abandoned Fashion Series Makeup look from Luke Woodford&#8217;s shoot today in The Lake District.

More behind the scene images and final images published in Dark Beauty magazine will be out soon.

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My last sneak peek picture of the Abandoned Fashion Series Makeup look from Luke Woodford’s shoot today in The Lake District.

More behind the scene images and final images published in Dark Beauty magazine will be out soon.

Karla

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Textured Skin &amp; Hair I have done today for Luke Woodford’s Abandoned Fashion Series Makeup Look! Can’t wait to show you the full makeup look when the magazine is out…
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Textured Skin & Hair I have done today for Luke Woodford’s Abandoned Fashion Series Makeup Look! Can’t wait to show you the full makeup look when the magazine is out…

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A sneak peek of the makeup look behind the scenes I have done from 3am this morning for Luke Woodford’s Abandoned Fashion Series shoot look 2!
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A sneak peek of the makeup look behind the scenes I have done from 3am this morning for Luke Woodford’s Abandoned Fashion Series shoot look 2!

Karla
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