November 11th, 2019
In the second in our series, Victoria Rose Spicer, a second year student studying hair and media makeup at South Essex College in Grays, experiences a Get-Set-Go Workshop.
Get Set Go Workshops
I recently attended a makeup workshop organised by Tanya Noor and run by Nadira V Persaud at Screenface London in Shoreditch. Whilst there I saw first-hand how to work under time limits and gained invaluable information and tips to help you succeed in the industry.
Tanya is head of make-up for Phantom of the Opera as well as owning her own brand, Get Set Go Bags, and Nadira V Persaud is a well-known makeup artist who trained at the London College of Fashion and focuses on feeling looking good as well as looking good.
When I first arrived, I was greeted by Tanya and Nadira and sat down ready to start the class. Looking around the room, I was in awe at the number of different products that I hadn’t seen before and the professional mirrors lining the walls. Once everyone had arrived, we introduced ourselves and explained what we do. I found this a really nice way to start the class and great to get to know everyone in the room on a personal level. After the introduction Nadira showed us how to achieve a standard makeup look for shoots while on a time crunch. This was really useful because I got to see how she used less makeup, but still achieved a flawless look.
For the standard look, she began by cleansing, toning and moisturising, beginning with Sukin Cream Cleanser (£8.99) and followed by Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner (£8.29). If the skin still feels dry, spritz until it feels plump and ready for makeup, she advised us. Next Nadira chose her foundations, suggesting to always choose at least three (one core colour, one a little bit lighter and one a little bit darker). Always start with the lightest colour and blend the core and darker shades in after. Remember to use the excess on your brush and to dab onto the skin. Only use powder where it is needed and always blend onto the neck and ears. Apply minimal concealer afterwards, but again only where needed.
Next use lash curlers such as Suqqu (£19) to curl the eyelashes. When curling a client’s lashes, make sure they look forward with their eyes open. Follow this with minimal mascara. For a client with blonde hair, use a brown mascara first to get right to the root, then apply a black mascara on top to make the lashes look like they are naturally dark. Always use a disposable wand or small fan brush for lashes and get your client to look down while you gently pull their eyelid up to cover all. As this is a standard makeup look no lip colour is required therefore Nadira just used a lip balm, Cosmetics a la Carte Rose Hydrabalm (£29). If your client wants more then you could add brows by very lightly changing their shape and or by adding blusher. To add a liquid blusher, ask your client to smile and blend it onto the apple of the cheeks.
After demonstrating how to complete, this we found partners and had a chance to work on each other. Nadira gave us all constructive feedback to help us improve.
After a short break (where Tanya supplied drinks and snacks!), Nadira showed us an editorial look. For this she cleansed with a 3 in 1 balm, Frances Prescott Tri-Balm (£46) using a wet cleansing face brush for additional plumpness and ready for makeup. As this was a glowy look, she began with a multi-use holographic primer, Danessa Myricks Prism FX (£28), followed by AJ Crimson Dual Skin Creme Foundation (£35.17) in two shades, using a blending brush to mix together. For dimension and brightness to the eyes, Nadira used Danessa Myricks Color FX 24hr Cream Colour (£18) on the model’s lids and applied mascara with a small fan brush to ensure she covered all the lashes. To keep brows natural and in shape, she used a small disposable wand with the Kryolan Forming Brow Gel (£11.10) brushing all the hairs up to create the trendy bushy look. For even more glow, Nadira used a bronze liquid highlighter Studio 10 Perfect Bronze Glow-Plexion (£24) and small flat firm brush to cross hatch on a natural glow. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blusher (£16.50) created a rosy blurry triangle on the cheeks. The finishing oomph came via a glitter lip gloss Danessa Myricks Colorfix Glaze (£15) topped off on a dark vampy lipstick.
The third, and final, demo was a period 1980’s look. Nadira used a Cosmetics a la Carte Firm and Glow foundation (£49) and W7 Vivid Eyeshadow palette Punchy Pink (£6.95) for a pop of colour. Dimension was added using brow gel as used earlier and eyes popped with Stargazer Blue mascara (£6.25) via a disposable wand. Next, she added Burt’s Bees All Glow Blusher (£12.99) onto the apples of the cheeks and used a light powder highlighter. It was finish with Kyrolan Lip Stain (£16.50), blotted on with her fingers.
Throughout the class Nadira gave us useful tips on how to do well in the industry, such as always keeping yourself well-presented and professional, and that it is a good idea to have a private personal account as well as your business account for when potential clients or employers look you up. She also explained how important it is to put your safety first when working on set and to be smart when it comes to the location of your job. You should always be there for your client so if something is making them feel uncomfortable, ensure you do everything possible to make them feel better about what is going on. As you will not have a lot of time, pre-test products on yourself and keep up your product knowledge and science. For example, where possible use gentle products and avoid ones containing alcohol, which can cause reactions to sensitive skins. On a photoshoot, always talk to the photographer about the shots they are going to take and the lighting they are going to use because this can affect how you will do the make-up.
Nadira recommended Cosmetics a la Carte Sheer Balancing foundations (£49), as they are very light weight and not too pigmented as well as Shavata Brow Perfector (£25), as this is very durable and looks great on camera. Daniel Sandler Liquid Blushers gave such pretty natural glow and Dr Lipp Lip Tint (£6.99) for a natural hint of colour. For a more pigmented editorial look, Nadira recommended using eyeshadow crayons and said that there are good ones from Kiko (£6.99) and M&S Autograph (£12.50). She used a selection of Make up For Ever brushes (from £17.50) to achieve all three looks.
I had an amazing day at Screenface and would like to say a big thank you to Tanya and Nadira for organising such an informative workshop and making me feel welcome and comfortable throughout I learnt a great deal from Nadira and met some lovely ladies too. It was a relaxed venue and Tanya went to a lot of effort to ensure we all felt comfortable and involved throughout the day. Thank you so much, ladies. I’d definitely recommend these classes for students and pros alike. You can book here.