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Mermaid Total Look Styling

Posted on 16 August, 2019 at 13:55 Comments comments (0)


My students for VTCT Level 2 & Level 3 love to design mermaids for their Total Look for Competition and Face & Body Art units. I encourage them to do photo montage mood boards and face and body charts (embelished with jewels/sequins for texture). 

Below are some of my own hair, make-up, body art and costume designs (for mermaid serving staff that I sent to VIP parties in the south of France!). I run head-dress and accessory workshops and love to use glittering, ...

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Costume Design Hints & Tips

Posted on 16 August, 2019 at 10:55 Comments comments (0)

From the Costume Design Course for Performance at Saint Martin's (University Arts College) in London I thought I'd share my hints and tips for swift costume designs. My samples below are based on the comedic play, THE IMPORTANCE of BEING EARNEST by OSCAR WILDE.

If you're not super-confident or quick at drawing figures, tracing paper is the key. Lay it over period pictures and trace the outlines with a pencil or fine felt tip pen (making sure your felt pen does not go thro...

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Container Quandary

Posted on 12 February, 2018 at 13:35 Comments comments (3)

So... You're on a make-up job in Central London and you need to leave in rush hour. (Hell!) You have to walk to an overground station, take a train (no seats!) to a central station - get off - walk down long, packed tunnels and up stairs - catch a tube after waiting aaaaages (still no seats!) - get off - walk down more long tunnels - change lines again - up stairs - out to a busy street - walking miles to the venue (because you want to save on the cab fare!)... Sound familiar to anyone?! You'...

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Split Palette One Stroke Workshop

Posted on 26 January, 2018 at 14:00 Comments comments (0)

I have done many split palette/one stroke workshops. To take your face or body painting to the next level this technique is a MUST!

There are many small spilt/one stroke stripe products on the market. Or for a less expensive option you can put two or three Snazaroo face paints (one light, one medium, one dark) in the fridge to harden a bit (not too hard or they'll break!). Get a knife and cut into thirds. Scoop them out ...

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VTCT Level 3 Make-up Artistry for Adults

Posted on 30 December, 2017 at 15:05 Comments comments (0)

September 2017 - I started teaching a (part-time) 20 week VTCT Make-up Artistry course for adults at Fareham College, Hampshire. Wonderful college with great facilities and extremely helpful staff. It ends late February but may start again if enough students sign up. Loans are available. The units consist of:

  • Make-up Application & Instruction
  • Airbrushing
  • Media Make-up/Special FX/Casualty/Theatrical
  • Fashion Photographic

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60s Iconic Makeup Styles

Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 19:55 Comments comments (1)

As a guest lecturer I was asked to teach 1960s makeup.

Think of the first modern super-models, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, the style of Mary Quant with either strong colours or going purely monotone for eyes - with pale lips. Opaque, wavy lines, long, false lashes for doll eyes, OTT and WAY OUT THERE! Or super sexy Barbarella, Brigit Bardot and Sophia Loren with doe eyes using black, flicked, liquid eye liner. Not forgetting the ultra sophisticated Tippy Hedren sleek, smart, secretary l...

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FREESTYLE BODY ART SWIRLS

Posted on 20 January, 2017 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)

I recently showed students from Fareham College how to produce quick, freestyle body art swirls for tribal tattoo styles (Polynesian, Maori, Indian, etc.) in aqua face/body paints. This 'press and release' technique needs to obviously be practiced a lot in order to produce swift, perfectly curved shapes... For a realistic tattoo look - add loose talcum powder over the top to set the image, bringing the shine down.

Below are some of my own designs produced for clients at parties and fest...

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1920s & 30s Total Look Styling - Hair & Makeup plus Costume

Posted on 20 January, 2017 at 19:05 Comments comments (0)

I have done total look styling for performers and staff at many 1920s/30s theme nights at top venues in central London and around the UK. As a Hair & Media Makeup lecturer, I was recently asked to show some students at Fareham College pin curling and finger waving. Also typical makeup from this era which included eyebrow blocking for higher, thinner, pencilled-in brows.

  A simplified 1920s look that I did for a long line o...

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18th CENTURY HAIR/WIG CAGE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Posted on 20 January, 2017 at 15:55 Comments comments (5)


As a guest lecturer I was asked to teach this workshop for Fareham College Level 3 Production Arts Students. It is very hard to find information on this so I've decided to share the workshop with you... Some of the students used single wire taped and twined together... I have only photographed the sample I made which used chicken wire. The college didn't have any smooth weft hair strips to cover th...

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FANTASY FOREST TOTAL LOOK STYLING by Laura Millar

Posted on 19 September, 2016 at 15:00 Comments comments (0)

This is one of my favourite themes... combining a Midsummer Nights Dream with Celtic/Pagan earthiness; a colour mix of gold/bronze, browns and greens.

I love the images of satyrs and numphs so this was a good reason to bring them to life! My wonderful client (whom I have worked with for many years) wanted a 'hunting' aspect to the dancers' and human statues' hair, makeup, body art and costumes as well.

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