Wednesday, 31 December 2008
This would be an invaluable experience for anyone looking to pursue a career in makeup not only picking up tips and tricks from a makeup master like James Kaliardos but getting to work on an Elle shoot is a dream come true for many artists even if it is assisting!
To enter you will need to design a look for London Fashion Week using Loreal Paris products. Designs should be submitted on a face chart including notes on which products and colours you use along with an A3 mood board illustrating your ideas and inspirations for the look. Include a brief description in under 200 words explaining what inspired you to create the look with a picture of yourself, name, address, email and telephone number to: Elle/Loreal Paris New Talent, 64 North Row, London, W1K 7LL
The closing date is 2nd April 2009 however you must read the competition brief as well as full terms and condition at lorealparis.co.uk before entering.
The face chart and full details of the competition appear not to have been released at http://www.lorealparis.co.uk/ just yet so keep checking the site for more info. I will post more links and information here when I get it so watch this space too!
To find out more about James Kaliardos check out this interview in the Independent.
Picture Source: Harpers Bazar
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
2009 is just around the corner so what better time to start thinking about where you want your career to take you in the New Year. Taking the time to put some goals in writing can really give you direction and help keep you focused.
These questions should help get you started….
1. Where do you see your makeup career in the long-term?
2. What creative goals do you want to achieve over the next year?
3. What financial goals do you want to achieve over the next year? (Yearly/ Monthly/Weekly)
4. What will you experiment with in the coming year?
- What technical steps do you need to take in order to achieve your goals? This could be improving on or learning a new skill.
- What steps do you need to take on the creative front to achieve your goals?
- What changes do you need to make in your daily life (e.g. interaction with friends, family, p/t job) to make your career work?
- What marketing steps do you need to achieve your goals?
Set some time aside to regularly review your plan and check your progress.
Leave a comment and share a goal you set for 2009!
Read Devon Ellington's piece on Business Plans here which helped me put together the questions and points for this post…. http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/articles/business/writereality.htm
Further reading on writing informal business plans…
Monday, 29 December 2008
Saturday, 27 December 2008
These films are really informative for anyone interested in getting an airbrush system as they help you understand all the features and give you a clear idea of what to look for when purchasing a compressor or gun.
Airbrush Gun 101
Airbrush Compressor 101
Some websites you should check out if you are building an airbrush kit are...
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Psst! Dont forget to claim your holiday gift from OCC
Friday, 26 December 2008
Picture Source: camerareadycosmetics.com
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
The secret to building a kit that really works for you is making informed product choices which is where InMyKit comes in. Once I discovered the site run by Emmy Award winning makeup artist Kevin James Bennett it was the end of impulse buys at the makeup counter and a new streamlined, productive, organised kit.
InMyKit is a comprehensive list of products really used by top makeup artists working in Film, TV and Print. Its not about fancy packaging and expensive labels but about performance. All the products featured on the site are tried and tested under professional conditions and only get KJB's stamp of approval if they stand up to the demands of the job.
Monday, 22 December 2008
As I am in the process of reorganising my portfolio I thought now would be a good time to write some posts on the topic. It can be a real mine field so to get the ball rolling here are 5 simple rules I have learnt to follow when arranging my images...
- Aim for quality not quantity. Edit ruthlessly! Don’t be tempted to pad out your book with mediocre shots as you book will look much stronger with several images that show you at your best and blow the client away.
- Start and finish on a good note. You need to get the clients attention right from the start. Grab them with your best work on the first few pages but be sure to save a show stopper to end on so as to leave a good impression.
- Position shots facing the gutter. If you have images where the models are looking left or right place them so they are looking toward the middle of the book.
- Never ever make the client spin your book to see your work. If you have a landscape shot that you want to use either print with a boarder at the top and bottom or print so it fills 2 pages and cut down the middle which is called double-trucking.
- Best shots to the right.Your eye is naturaly drawn to the right page first so if you can always try to feature your strongest work in the right hand pages of your book.
Feel free to jump in and tell me what rules you try to stick to when organising your portfolio and leave a comment below.
I would also love to hear from those of you that have recently shown your book to an agent, so join in and and share your experience with us all.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
The Makeup Show will be back in New York 17th & 18th May 2009 so watch this space for more info in the new year.
pictures/sources: billybbeauty.com, themakeupshow.com, youtube.com
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Morning All! I'm dashing off to the studio to do my last job before Christmas (yay!) with not much time to post so I thought I would leave you to enjoy this YouTube video featuring stylist Johnny Lavoy while I'm gone.
It one of my favorites from his series for Ford Models so let me know what you think...
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
If you are familiar with RSS you can follow WTPD via the RSS Feed.
Not sure what RSS is? Here is an brief explanation....
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