Meeting Karla Powell: Lip Art Workshop, Manchester

———————-Grab a Tea & some Biscuits, its a long one 🙂 ———————-

For a long time now I have been following Karla Powell and her work in the industry. Her style is quite different to many other artists, but I’m sure you’re all aware of the incredible work she can produce as an overall look. Both creatively featuring; body art, fantasy hair and nails, to more natural glamorous looks such as her more recent work produced on Katie Price.
A few months a go I saw a Tweet and Facebook post from Karla advertising her Lip Art Workshops to be held for a day. I’ve seen so many Instagram pictures and read a fair few blog posts about previous Lip Art Workshops which she has held in the past, which have left me feeling a little bit jealous of the students and wanting to go on one myself!
Now although this might sound a little bit strange to some, having previously spoken to Karla on Instagram and Twitter (one of which conversation included Karla, me and some of my uni friends having a little fan girl moment over her kit and makeup brush set up from an Instagram post, which lead to Karla giving us some tips on where to get brush holders from via Twitter. Here’s the link to the picture here if you too want to be nosey haha!) I gained the impression that Karla appreciates her followers by the way she interacts with as many as possible, which made me feel more comfortable onto booking a place, knowing if I had any problems she was only a tweet away.
After weighing up the dates and areas I noticed one to be held in Manchester on the 9th August over the summer and I jumped at the chance and booked my self onto the course!
It was perfect timing with it being over summer so uni wouldn’t be getting in the way neither would work as I would be able to give enough notice to book that day off.
I paid a £75 deposit to book a place and then once my place was confirmed I then paid the remaining £75 later on. Some people may say it is a lot, which I can understand being a student. However I knew it was something I really wanted to do, as well as enjoy and I thought this opportunity may never happen again so I was willing to travel that little bit further for a memorable experience, which it was and more!
A few days before Karla emailed me with an agenda of the day, so I had a little bit more insight into what I needed to bring and the structure of the day which was really exciting as not too much was given away!
I was lucky enough to get a lift down to Stockport to Treasure House of Make-up, (the home of the lip workshop) from my Mum. Who might I add did a brilliant job considering she barely ventures out of Leeds City Centre, Anne if your reading you did a great job – all thanks to the excellent co-driver with the directions though Id say 😉
Anyways I don’t want to go into too much detail about what the workshop entails as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone if they are thinking about booking onto one.
But for the first half of the day we got to know a little bit about everyone and Karla and Grace (Karla’s Assistant) shared some stories and their experiences in the industry. It felt personal and a relaxed out atmosphere which was nice, as everyone was included and there were only around 7 of us and a photographer.
Once we had got to know each other a little bit Karla and Grace shared some recommended lip products from different brands and spoke about the benefits of using them and which products work best for different situations. This has definitely lead me to wanting so many new products especially some from the brand Mehron and Lime Crime, which I never really would have looked into! ‘Bad Karla and Grace’ shouts the Bank Card!
After Karla discussed the importance of lip care and the best products to use and how to use them. I definitely will be using these skills now in my assessments at university.

After Karla demonstrated her iconic lip art series, featuring:
– The Perfect Red Lip
– Working with Glitter on the Lips
– Ombre Lips
– The Broken Glass Lip
– Colour Run Lip

It was amazing to see the lip art being done so fast right in front of us, but the finished pieces looked exactly like how the lip series shoot was. Nothing was a disappointment. I was surprised by some of the products used and how affordable some of the products Karla uses, however some you do have to buy online so not so easy to get hold off and see in person, but different alternatives can be easily found.
The 6 hour day went so fast, but time flies when you’re having fun, right?
I spent the afternoon using Karla’s own brushes from her Cosmetics line ‘Karla Cosmetics’ and I found the angled brush did help to create a smoother neater line, and the cupids bow didn’t seem as scary with the right brush! I’ll definitely be adding them into my online shopping basket when I can decide on the colours of the other make-up products I want to buy – decisions, decisions!! Some of which being the Lime Crime Velvetines, The Mehron Paradise Glitters and the Mehron Paradise AQ Prisma’s… Why have I only just found out about these!? They were really fun and easy to use on the workshop and smelt like Coconut- yum!
If you have used any of these products or have any good colour recommendations, let me know below!

Overall I gained some really great tips and advice not only practically, but also on working in the industry and how to work with different people to overcome situations which can sometimes be difficult – I’ll definitely be using these in the workplace and at university!
I’ve come away feeling more excited to start back at uni next month and more inspired into creating looks and believing in myself, to try and reach my goals in the make-up industry as what you put in to something is what you get out of it.

I doubt you’ll ever read this Karla & Grace but I would just like to say thank you for taking the time out and holding the lip art workshop, being open about your experiences and being supportive and encouraging in the practical’s!

Here are a few pictures from the day!

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Thank you for reading, if you made it this far!

Ruth x

See my Karla Powell Inspired Pop Art Look Here


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