Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Kyla La Grange "Cut Your Teeth" Music Video

Just before Christmas I was fortunate enough to work with the gorgeous and talented Kyla La Grange on the set of her new video for the single "Cut Your Teeth". Directed by the talented duo Debbie Scanlan and Liz Adams of De La Muerte Films, they wanted to create something amazing using UV light and paint. The mood boards were bursting with references of skulls, elaborate colours and glowing visuals, it was down to me to interpret it in a way that would translate on film. I spent an afternoon with Kyla scribbling ideas on her face that amounted to a big mess but we kind of new what we were doing. I was extremely lucky that Kyla, Debbie, Liz and the producers at Burning Reel trusted me to pretty much do what I wanted.

If you are ever in need of UV face and body paint Kryolan are the people to call. The paints I used are exactly the same as their legendary Aqua Paints in the sense that they are water activated, mega smooth, easy to blend, all that jazz these are just formulated to work under a black light. I got mine from the Mecca that is Charles Fox in Covent Garden, go there if you haven't already.

I have to say that the blue paint is absolutely my favourite, it glows brighter than all of the other colours and it is perfect for adding highlights and layering over over the other colours. I think the splatters look like little twinkly lights.

For the two backing dancers my amazing assistant Emilie rustled up an amazing sugar skull inspired make up that was rather last minute but I think the result is awesome. Thank you Emilie for being so ace and keeping everyone entertained.

If you haven't seen the video, why not? I have also added links to more of Debbie and Liz's work so you can absorb more of their genius. Enjoy!

Kyla La Grange | Cut Your Teeth

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

A little taster of what's to come.

Editorial shot by Tyler Morris for HUF Magazine 

Model behaviour. 

 Notion Magazine. Shot by the super duper Sophie-Mayanne

The dreamy Tiny Dancer shot by Charlotte Ruthford.

Single Artwork for Lulu James.

Lulu James - Step by Step

Chloe Howl - Rumour

The Family Rain - Feel Better (FRANK)

Poor neglected Bloggo

"New year, new me" Does anyone else find that to be the most annoying thing people say in the new year? Well I certainly do but deep down we all think that the new year is going to bring new opportunities and amazing things that are going to change our lives but sometimes that is a reality that doesn't quite happen unless you make it happen yourself. I have decided to throw myself into my work wholeheartedly this year after taking a break for personal reasons, I'm back in London with some wonderful projects coming up including working with a well known brand and some recognisable faces. I am surrounded by amazing, talented friends that have only ever pushed me to do my best so that is what I'm going to do, my very best, to succeed in this mad industry and not to worry so much about, well, pretty much everything.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

My Favourite | Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer

There are so many "highlighting" concealer pens on the market these day and I think I've probably tried them all. They all claim to even, brighten and enhance your complexion but I do feel some are misleading and often not used correctly. Now, prices vary depending on the brand, from the eye wateringly expensive to the super cheap and if you are like me then you love a bargain. The product in this category that I find myself purchasing over and over again is the Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer.

This wonder product, for me, ticks all the boxes. Firstly, it has the classic simple packaging you would expect from this type of concealer, you twist the bottom to dispense the product through the soft brush tip. It has a creamy, lightweight consistency that blends easily on the skin. If the skin around the eye area is well prepared ie. hydrated, eye cream has been applied, then a little spreads a long way and it looks pretty much invisible on the skin. Whenever I wear it people tell me my skin looks good, not my foundation. On a professional level, the highlighting concealers can be a nightmare as they don't photograph well under strong studio lights,  but Collection have managed to find a formula that can live up to the task (see example below). I find myself purchasing 2 at a time, one for me, one for my kit. This product comes in 3 shades, I tend always reach for "Natural" for myself and models with fair to medium skin tone. My only con would be the lack of shade range, some deeper tones would be great.

Collection is a brand that has been around for years and continues to provide high quality, affordable products on the high street. Check out their website below or visit your nearest stockist.


Illuminating Touch Concealer was used to brighten under the models eyes and lightly conceal any require areas
Photograph shot by AD Vaughan for the Hairdressers Journal.

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Monday, 24 June 2013

This week....

First week back from my holiday and it's been a goodun.....

Look Book for designer Lisa Halliday shot by Donald Micheal Chambers.

Donald and Kat (Elite Models)


Back of the camera. Paige (Elite Models)

Fashion editorial shot half way up the Shard in treacherous weather conditions (hurray for the British summer), with David Long and Jana Astanov.  
Emily and Julias

Emily embracing the weather. Jana and Dave doing what they do best.

The almighty Shard.

Matrix - Destination Fame Competition with Rick Roberts.
Congratulations Rick on your win, it was very much deserved.

The gorgeous Dani wearing a soft plum smokey eye.

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Lisa Halliday Look Book shot by Donald Micheal Chambers (Preview)

This week I was lucky enough to work on a beautiful look book for the wonderful designer Lisa Halliday, it was shot by the amazing Donald Micheal Chambers as his studios in Shoreditch. Here are the first few images, I will go into more detail when the full set is available.

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Photographer - Donald Micheal Chambers http://www.donaldmichaelchambers.com/
Designer - Lisa Halliday
Stylist - Kyanisha Morgan
Hair Stylist - Nikola Kersten
Models - Kat and Paige @Elite Models London

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Dido "End of Night" Music Video.

Back in April I had the pleasure of working with the amazing team involved with bringing Dido's single "End of Night" to life. Directed by the creative wonders Debbie Scanlan and Liz Adams of De La Muerte Films and produced by Callum Gordon, part of the ever expanding and just all round awesome, Burning Reel Productions. 

I was asked to design the make up for the dancers and supporting talent that are featured heavily throughout the video. Pulling inspiration from Matthew  Bourne's swan lake we wanted the dancers to blend in with their surroundings, complimenting the amazing d├ęcor of the location and Dido's styling. Kryolan Aqua Paints were applied to the face and body to create soft contours and give the the dancers' bodies some dimension while they moved. Fullers Earth was used through the hair and over the body to give the worn/stone effect, I think it turned out pretty good. 

Dancer Shannon Belcastro

Kathryn Robbins making up one of the many dancers.

Ashleigh Hodges - Hair stylist

For the supporting talent I was asked last minute to create a skull on one half his face. Again, using the Kryolan Aqua paints I was able to achieved a pretty cool piece of work, with the help of my 1st assistant Sophie Moore we got the job done in a rather strict time constraint.

Victoria Hemmings preparing the actors skin.

The video was featured on the Mail Online

Thank you so much to my wonderful assistants, it was so much fun working with you. I couldn't have done it without you all!!! 
Sophie Moore (1st Assistant) 
Jessica Mills
Kathryn Robbins
Victoria Hemmings
Nora Belovai
Ashleigh Hodges (hair)

Dido "End of Night" Music Video


End Of Night (Sony Music)
Directors: De La Muerte
Production Company: Burning Reel
Producer: Callum Gordon
Production Manager: Ryan Elliot
DP: Marcus Domleo
1at Will Jasper
2nd AD: Dan Gibling
Stedicam: Richard Lewis
Focus Puller: Dave Litchfield
Art Director: John Hollinsworth
Editor: Claire McGonigal @Final Cut
Grade: Andrew Daniel @ Molinaire
Make-up (Dido): Karina Constantine
Hair (Dido) Panos Papandrianos
Stylist(Dido) Ellie Stidolph
Chorepgrapher: Ashley Wallen
Cast Make-up: Sophie Cox
Cast Hair: Ashleigh Hodges
Directors Agent: Marisa@ Marisa Garner Associates
Commissioner: Mike O’Keefe