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Second Advanced Lesson at Mika’s

Avant-garde [ˌævɒŋˈgɑːd (French) avɑ̃gard]


those artists, writers, musicians, etc., whose techniques and ideas are markedly experimental or in advance of those generally accepted


1. of such artists, etc., their ideas, or techniques

2. radical; daring”

This week we looked at Avant Garde make-up looks. I’ve put some examples below of Avant Garde images that I found on Youtube. I hope Wen Wen Zaspa doesn’t mind me using their video, it was just a great example.

We each chose really different looks with me doing a mask-like design on Andrea and she did a purple extreme smokey eye with pale face on me. I don’t have any pictures yet but we took some photos with Andrea’s and Karin’s camera’s so I’ll hopefully get some on her in the next week or so.

I got to learn a few tricks for creating arty looks, such as using tape to map out a design and how to bleed two colours into each other in an effective way. It was a really good lesson and once you see the photos you’ll understand why I got a few funny looks on the bus on my way home ;-)

First Advanced Lesson at Mika’s

My family were in Vancouver for a week and so I took them with me to this lesson. My sister and niece were our willing guinea pigs ( a third student in our class brought her own model/friend) and my mam watch. We created vampire looks with really pale skin, dark eyes, etc.

Andrea worked on Simonne (my niece) and she did an amazing look! Simonne ended up with a flatter looking nose, Vulcan style eyebrows (for non-Trekkie’s, Vulcan’s eyebrows look like this ) but much longer, black lips and Little details that just looked great! Nice one Andrea! :-)

The new recruit (sorry, I don’t remember her name) did a lovely look on her friend which was both pretty and creepy at the same time. She used classic lines, hollow cheeks, lots of eye-shadow and dark lips.

I didn’t do as well as the others in my opinion. It’s wierd as fantasy-esq make-up is definately where I feel the most comfortable but I played it really safe for some reason. I think I was maybe a bit embarressed or scared of going over-board or something in front of everyone (especially professional MUA’s). I used dark eye-shadow and darkened Katrina’s (my sisters) blond eyebrows and did a red lip and hollow cheeks, but it wasn’t half as good as the others’. I was pleased with the scratch marks I drew on her neck and cheek though :-)( In our little character backstory Katrina had been bitten by Edward and was fighting with Jacob who scratched her, haha. My sister’s Twilight crazy!).

Karin and Elizabeth showed us how to create different types of blood for various types of wounds for if we want to do some special effects make-up so I had a little dried blood on her wounds and a little dripping blood running down her chin. That looked good! :-) Creepy, but good :-)

Anyway, here’s what I did. I like how realistic the scratches look:

kat vampire

Here’s Andreas work on Simonne:

simonne vampire

Intermediate make-up lesson #1

So, yesterday I had the first  intermediate make-up lesson with the lovely ladies at Mika’s (aka Elizabeth and Karin). There was another woman there (Andrea) who also wants to learn how to do make-up on others so they have geared these next few lessons towards professional skills and knowledge.

Yesterday being our first day they focused on colour theory, what works with what, etc and we had to create a fun look on each other choosing our own colours and styles with help and tips from Elizabeth and Karin throughout. They both have great tips and tricks and best of all they both have different personal styles when it comes to how they do things so we’re getting to see things from two different professional perspectives :-)

I wish I had a camera to take snap shots of the looks we created but a description will have to suffice for now :-/

I basically did a purple smokey eye. It looked great on her as she has lovely brown eyes and the purples looked so sultry. I complimented the eyes with a pink gloss so that the look didn’t look “too much”. She has freakles and wanted to get rid of them so I layered the foundation (from Face Atelier) on her forehead, chin and below her cheeks but left the freakles on the nose and cheeks showing as they looked cute ;-)

I went hunting and found a couple of videos that explain about colour theory and complamentary colours for those who aren’t too familiar with the concept :-)

Safe Beauty Association Education

Last year I wrote about thepromakeupshop.com, their commitment to safe beauty and the possibility that they were going to set up make-up lessons. Well they didn’t dissappoint! “New and unique” makeup master classes are here from the Safe Beauty Association,  designed by David Horne, Director of Education at Jemma Kidd Makeup School, one of the industry’s leading makeup educators and an experienced fashion and catwalk professional makeup artist.  The series is supported by Dermalogica, “the number one choice of skin care professionals and consumers worldwide”.

The sessions are open to everyone and anyone and take place throughout the year giving tips and insight into  “achieving high end, on trend makeup; practical advice on how to achieve the perfect canvas on which to apply beautiful eyes and lips; global beauty and vision into the insiders season’s trends, inside secrets for bridal beauty and expert advice on how to create a whole range of eye and lip looks – from smokey eyes to no makeup makeup, perfect pouts to nudes on nudes.” All sessions include training in the importance of practising makeup safely according to the new Safe Beauty Association’s Code of Conduct.

Each master class costs 50 pounds (inclusive of VAT) per attendee members. Everyone will receive a £25.00 voucher to spend on essential products to spend online at www.thepromakeupshop.com. Cost to SBA members is £25.00.
Master classes will be held at Dermalogica’s flagship London store at Address: 8 Lancer Square, Kensington Church Street, London W8.
You can book online or call 020-3178-2960 to make  a reservation.
Master Classes can also be booked at www.safebeautyassocaiation.com.

I only wish I was  in the country to take it ;-) Beauty can never be too safe in my opinion :-)

Third Lesson at Mika’s

So today was the last day of the basic lessons, focusing on lip, eye liner and false lashes. I found it a lot easier to get the liner looking good when doing it on someone else and the false lashes (we used singles) were really easy. I thought I was going to have issues with false lashes but they were a lot easier than I thought.

Through this course I receive a MAC Pro Student card (it’ll be here in a  month or so) which means I can get 40% off the student kits, which is great! I haven’t actually decided if I’m going to buy one of the kits, but I have 6 months to decide as that’s how long the membership lasts :-) They look good and hopefully I’ll be doing plenty of practice in the near future, but we’ll just have to see if the funds are there ;-)

All in all I think this was a nice intro to makeup that I haven’t really had a chance to work with, due to cost of products etc and I’m glad I did it.

I’m going to go straight into the intermediate lessons at Mika’s which will start next week so I’ll have more tales to tell soon :-)