Met Ball Makeup Looks 2015

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Met Ball 2015 - Best Makeup Looks

Met Ball 2015 – Best Makeup Looks

I love sifting through the celeb looks from the Met Ball. This year it was Chinese themed and there was big, beautiful, some boring, some super slinky and the obilogatory nearly naked dresses to represent the theme. 
With so many outlandish outfits it can often be hard to spot the hair and makeup, but here are some of my favourite looks from the night.
Cara Delevingne: I’ve always been a sucker for smokey eyes, but it was the bird themed body art that caught my eye. Beautiful but delicate.
Continuing with the beautiful and delicate theme was Naomi Campbell. I loved her orange/red lips, with a touch of gloss to add a subtle element. Her eyes were stunning too – a dark socket blended with a soft red shadow. Her waterline was lined leading to a gorgeous flick, again subtle but beautifully executed.
Selena Gomez also opted for orange/red lips but in a bolder shade. Her brows were soft and brushed up framing her heavily lashed eyes softened with a subtle brown smokey shadow.
Last but certainly not least was Rihanna. Her bold outfit has so far caused divide, but I loved her hair and makeup if not her head dress. Her brows have been sculpted to form a funky upward curve, not quite symmetrical but definitely striking. Eyes – brown/orange smokey shading was enhanced with a thick top liner ending in a short flick. The Liner continued in the outer corners beneath giving a wide-eyed look. Immaculate skin with a soft peach blush and nude lips completed the look. The overall effect is enhanced by an auburn bob dried with a bouncy outward flick.

Review of Gorton Studio Character and Creative Course

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Character and Creative Course makeup at Gorton Studio

Character and Creative Course at Gorton Studio

My Gorton Studio Adventure

“Gorton Studio’s Creative & Character Make-Up course is quite unlike any other. The energy, passion and creative genius that go into the 7 weeks are second to none. Arriving at the studio in beautiful Falmouth I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Having studied straight makeup in London, Glasgow then touching on prosthetics in Leeds, I had booked this course to expand my knowledge and was filled with excitement, anticipation and a whole lot of nerves. I was quickly put at ease though when greeted by affable studio manager Emily – the lady who I was soon to discover no task was too big for – from set design to location sourcing and general morale. My tour round the studio instantly made me feel at home. I was impressed by the fantastic workshop facility, chemicals room, photography area, kitchen and garden/BBQ areas. Every last detail was thought of above and beyond anything I had ever experienced before.

Class soon began with Welsh fire cracker Danny Marie Elias and this was when I realized I was in for a treat. Danny has boundless energy and creative flair. Her friendly and positive attitude was contagious, and after watching her create the most amazing fairy-like creature using prosthetics filled with gems and glitter, magnificent wig structures and a dress she had constructed from doilies, I was a little daunted, but couldn’t wait to get started.

The forest shoot that ensued introduced me to a new way of thinking. Working with students from Falmouth University’s Fashion Photography course, my idea of a background setting quickly changed. Painted bottles, butterflies, birds, flowers, fairy dust and forest mystic transformed the scene into a magical world and I realised that the shoots to follow on the course would be far from ordinary.

And how right I was proved to be. Following a week of learning how to apply and colour prosthetic pieces, apply wigs, sculpt and style I found myself on Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase beach with a troop of models dressed as vintage cats, a man lion and a set from an old fashioned beach postcard. At the time I wondered how Danny could bring true her promise that the shoots would only get ‘bigger and better’ from there; but as the weeks went by and the locations changed from a haunted tin mine for our ‘Witches’ shoot, a space ship for ‘Aliens’, ancient Egypt for ‘Wigs’, culminating in the famous ‘Under Water’ shoot, Danny held true on both her promise and her mantra ‘go big or go home’!

During the course we also enjoyed teaching time with Neill Gorton himself. Displaying the patience of a saint, Neill enthusiastically explains procedures he must have covered a million times before. Having watched Neill at IMATS on a number of occasions I was aware of his reputation in the industry for ‘sharing knowledge’. Neill is a natural teacher and his courses are a valuable asset to the makeup industry and those looking to learn, and I would thoroughly recommend Gorton Studio.

I was very sad when my 7 weeks were up. I couldn’t believe how quickly the course passed and how much we had managed to cram into them. I left Falmouth with a heavy heart at leaving behind the studio, which now felt like home, new friends and creative bliss. However, I am now armed with many new skills – from making bald caps and prosthetic molds to wig design, and can’t wait to start using them. A big thank you to all at Team Gorton!”

Contouring and a little highlight…

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Contour and highlight makeup by Laura Sutherland

Contour and highlight makeup by Laura Sutherland

I love a bit of contouring and of course a little highlighting too. When done correctly it can subtly sculpt facial features and artfully alter face shapes.

The images shown were a collaboration between myself and photographer Robyn Edgar with a little help from model Hannah! The theme of the shoot was feminine vs masculine, and to accentuate the different looks my contour kit was out in full force.

A technique originally mastered by drag queens, professional makeup artists have been utlising the skill for years. More recently contouring kits have hit high street makeup bags with mixed results. Last year at London Makeup Show IMATS, 5-Time Emmy Award Winner, Author and Authority on Beauty, Eve Pearl, told the audience at her talk: “I can’t understand this ‘striped brown faced look’ that seems to be so popular just now’” Now if Eve speaks makeup, it is pretty wise to listen. Famous striped disasters include Lindsay Lohan and Nicki Minaj.

Of course it can look fabulous too. Kim Kardashian and her beauty team have the look down to a fine art. Though it has been mentioned her look can be a little heavy for most of us gals and our jeans, t-shirts and converse boots daily look. Personally I prefer a subtler version.

What exactly is contouring and why do so make makeup artists swear by it? Basically the idea is that you can highlight areas of your face that you want to make more prominent, and fade out those that you don’t.

So, chisled cheekbones no longer remain the domain of the catwalk model and a firmer jawline is accessible to all. It does take a little practice though – knowing where to place the product and of course the best products to use. You also have to remember to blend blend blend.

Some of my favorite products include:

Contour kit: Tom Ford – Shade & Illuminate, Charlotte Tilbury – Bronze and Glow

Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow

Highlight: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

Contour Brush for powder: Rae Morris Ultimate Cheekbone

Most counters have a version though, but before you buy make sure your contour is a flat colour (no shimmer).

Getting started. All face shapes and features differ. Decide which areas of your face you wish to accentuate, and which you want to tone down. By contouring, you can make your face slimmer and more defined, as well as detract attention from your less than favourite features.

Have fun!

Wedding Hair and Make Up Shoot

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Wedding hair, wedding make up, bridal hair and bridal make up Laura Sutherland Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist in Scotland - Edinburgh, Glasgow and DundeeThis morning I started prepping for an exciting wedding shoot next week with the talented Chris Scott Photography. 
First port of call was Annarose Bridal Boutique in Dundee for dress fitting with my beautiful models Laura and Amy. 
Now girls, if you are looking for a wedding gown, I can’t recommend Annarose’s boutique highly enough. Not only are her dresses absolutely stunning, but Annarose herself is so helpful and accommodating. The shop is a little haven of beauty and tranquility – definitely 5 stars!
Next up Amy had an HD Brows treatment at Sutherlands Hair and Beauty. This is my parents business, where I work as a beauty therapist two days a week. I wanted her brows to be picture perfect, so I put my uniform on and got to work. Next was French style gel nails, which I find are very popular with brides. Not only do they look fab on the big day itself but they stay chip free for the honeymoon too. I’m hoping to catch my other model Laura for some beauty treats later on and a hair colour session at Sutherlands. Fingers crossed now for some good weather..

March Wedding in Edinburgh

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wedding makeup Edinburgh

Wedding makeup in Edinburgh

March 15th heralded the wedding of Edinburgh paramedic Natalie at the Roxburgh Hotel in the city centre. I had the pleasure of making up the faces of Natalie and her sisters Marianne and Michelle for the big day.

The bridal party makeup preparations took place in Penicuik and products from professional brands including Laura Mercier, Nars, Makeup Forever, Mac and Shu Uemura, made sure the girls looked picture perfect for their big day. The girls also loved their clump eyelash extensions, applied on the day, which insured all eyes were on them throughout!

I hear it was a great day and wish Natalie and her new husband Colin all the best for their married life together..