As August drew to a close and Londoners took to the streets of Notting Hill for the carnival, fashionistas in need of some respite, and/or those wanting to get a head start on the make-up and beauty trends of the upcoming season, took themselves down to the Cumberland Hotel to enjoy the Make-up Show Live event. Established make-up artists; new comers and general make-up aficionados alike, descended upon the Central London enclave to enjoy a day of pampering and education all rolled into one. With over thirty stands, workshops, fashion shows and two presentations to get through, weaving, ducking and diving was a necessity, as we made our way round.
An additional treat was Natalya Nair’s presentation. Famed for her make up artistry, as seen in publications such as Vogue; Elle; and Grazia, to name but a few; and most recently, a stint as the lead make-up artist for the X-Factor, Natalya’s shared witty anecdotes and secret tips and tricks of the trade whilst keeping the audience entertained with her very own scrap-book of images to accompany the presentation.
Four hours, a make-up master class; a mini facial (thanks to Honey for Beauty); a hand massage (at the Arbonne stand); and a set of elaborate laser-cut false eyelashes (courtesy of Paperself) – later, it’s fair to say that we are now well and truly ready to ready to embrace the transition to our Autumn/Winter look.
For more information on upcoming events, check out www.makeupshowlive.com
60 Seconds with Nathalie Nair:
1. What did you enjoy most about today?
I think it’s the fact that this type of event is quite a new concept. It’s great that it’s geared at regular women, make-up/beauty junkies,
2. What hues will you be wearing next season?
I think plums and other deep shades; smoky eyes; and nude lips will be big next season, especially towards the party season.
3. Where do you get your inspiration from when coming up with make-up ideas, specifically, when you were on the X Factor?
Anything really…I generally take inspiration from films; galleries; blogs; food; anything visual really.
4. What are you working on now and in the near future?
I’ve got a make-up book in the pipelines and at some point I’d like to get involved with more TV and film work. Before then though, I’d like to continue being a make-up artist for everyday people – coming to events like this and getting to talk to aspiring make-up artists and everyday women is great fun – I’d like to be kind of “the people’s make-up artist”.
5. What’s in your sketchbook?
Cut-outs and clippings of anything and everything from caviar to cars, to models, to inspirational quotes.