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1960s daytime Mod look for Ascot with pompadour quiff ponytail

I prepared this look to suit Clare’s cute  navy window pane check 60s dress from Warehouse with a peter pan collar. The makeup is a light version of the 1960s cut crease. The makeup has been brought up to date and kept sheer and luminous, rather than the traditional 60s flat, dense and opaque. Contouring …

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How to Untangle, Disentangle or Unentangle Doll’s Hair

How to Untangle, Disentangle or Unentangle Doll’s Hair

How many of you have seen abandoned, naked, unloved dolls in charity shops and school fairs lying there in heap? The reason: they have tangled, unkempt, clumped, rats’ nests for hair. It has been brushed, teased, combed, but all is useless. They are destined for the scrap heap or scouring pads for burnt on pans. …

Southfields Theatre Group “The Last Five Years” April 10th, 11th, 12th, 2014

Southfields Theatre Group “The Last Five Years” April 10th, 11th, 12th, 2014

This is a very unusual situation where I wasn’t just IN a show, I was also behind the show. I was pianist as well as makeup artist for three nights. I had a cameo non-speaking appearance had Michael Jackson in the last sketch. That was my best and worst performance yet. All 4 seconds of …

Professional, confidence-boosting, natural-looking makeup for hooded eyes

Professional, confidence-boosting, natural-looking makeup for hooded eyes

I had the honour and pleasure of doing makeup for Clair, my friend of 18 years. Herself a makeup junkie, the stakes were high. I realised she would be teaching me a thing or two, and I was right. Makeup has to be us, not make us. I don’t put on a face on someone …

Janine Basil Gemstone Vintage-influenced Headband

Janine Basil Gemstone Vintage-influenced Headband

Today someone made my day. That someone is Karen Ho, my uber-queen of schtyle, fellow shipmate in the sea of life. Usually a parcel will come in layers of plasticky nonsense and bubble wrap and tape. Usually you will reach for scissors. But not today. The packaging is shockingly minimal, lightweight and beautiful, with not …