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Image: www.karlapowell.co.uk

Karla Powell is a name that most UK-based working make-up artists will have heard of. In a relatively short time,  she’s built a solid name and brand for herself.  Her creative shoots are unusual and inspiring, with my favourites being the ‘Rise of the golden princess’, ‘Snow Queen’ and the ‘Pop Art’ looks.

The first images that sparked my interest in her work were her lip art images,  shot by Jayesh Pankhania. So when Karla started workshops to share some of her lip art tips & tricks, I was keen to get on board.
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Image: www.karlapowell.co.uk

I attended the London workshop in March and was one of 8/9 in the class. This was a good size as it enabled personal attention and help with technique in the practical sessions.
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The topics covered were: lip preparation, making your own lip scrub, skin preparation, product knowledge, preferred tools, perfecting red lips, ombre lip looks, using glitter/ sequins/ ‘found objects’, layering products, and recreating Karla’s signature colour run and broken glass looks.

For working make-up artists, the ‘background’ topics (lip preparation, making your own lip scrub, skin preparation, product knowledge, preferred tools) are familiar and were less useful. However, the course is aimed at anyone with an interest in lip art, rather than professionals. Those without background as a working make-up artist would find those sessions very useful when learning for the first time.
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For me, the standout sessions were the practicals.  I have played around with different lip looks before but the looks lacked the precision I wanted. Karla’s technique demonstrations and coaching during practical sessions was invaluable for me. Just a few tweaks here and there to my technique have made all the difference to both my everyday lip work and my creative work.
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Here are a few images of my work on the day. My honest opinion, not bad, but I still need to work on precision.

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My speed & precision have greatly improved, even just a week later (below).

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The tips & techniques have helped me to go away and design my own looks, rather than recreate. I’ve now got lots of ideas buzzing around that I’m keen to try out. I’ll definitely be posting pictures when I do!