Friday, May 15, 2015

#ProjectScouted’s hair whisperer– Kezia Myatt

The fabulous owner of Make-Me-Up, Kezia Myatt, will be stepping in to style the hair of our Top 5 #ProjectScouted ladies. Although she is a master at both hair and make-up, Kezia will be focused on ensuring the girls’ crowning glory pulls together their looks for the remaining themes.

Lee Folkard Photography: How did you hear about #ProjectScouted and how did you get involved?
Kezia: I heard about #ProjectScouted through my wondrous friend and fellow makeup artist, Charelle McAllistair.

LFP: What encouraged you to come on board as a #ProjectScouted sponsor?
Kezia: I think #ProjectScouted is an amazing platform to let one’s creative juices flow! Last year I had a taste of it at the Day of the Dead shoot and this year I want more!

LFP: How did you find your passion for hairstyling?
Kezia: For me, hairstyling came after my passion for make-up. I feel that the two go hand-in-hand, so I decided to study hair after having done make-up for a couple of years.

LFP: Working with so many different types of hair must be difficult. How do you decide on which look will work best for your clients?
Kezia: When I do hair, mostly, I am given a brief from a client, designer or stylist. If those briefs are way off for a particular shape face, I try to gently guide them into a more flattering look. The hair frames the face and its importance shouldn’t be taken for granted.

LFP: What was your very first hairstyling job like?
Kezia: My first hairstyling job was terrifying! Of course I knew what I was doing, but I wasn't sure if my interpretation would turn out the way it had been explained to me! But hair, at the end of the day I believe, is just about letting your fingers run free!

LFP: What is the most rewarding aspect of your work for you?
Kezia: The thing I find most rewarding about doing hair is the transformation it can give to a style. It can add texture, vibrancy, body, and shape. Creating a whole new look for a person’s face. I absolutely love doing brides and mothers of brides! I find that everyday clients tend to be the most gracious and feel most impacted by a change of hairdo or just that special feeling that comes with getting one’s hair done.

LFP: What are you looking forward to the most in working with the #ProjectScouted girls? They’re really excited to be getting their hair done by you!
Kezia: That’s so awesome because I am so looking forward to working with them! This year I am most looking forward to helping the #ProjectScouted girls transform themselves into their inner supermodel! Along with the makeup team, I only hope to make their ideas and dreams come to life!

Our Top 5 ladies are a very fortunate group. After having their extreme makeovers done by the amazing Gerald Wells team, they continue to get the opportunity of working with the best in the industry, Kezia being one of those infectiously passionate people, to help them reach their full potential in their #ProjectScouted journey.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Charelle McAllister, #ProjectScouted’s stunning make-up artist

As beautiful as the looks she creates, Charelle McAllister ofMake-up by Charelle will be returning to the #ProjectScouted team this year after her work at last year’s Project blew everyone away. Having fallen in love with make-up as a child as she watched her mother put on red lipstick, Charelle is as passionate about beautifying and boosting confidence even now years later.

1.    Your work was absolutely breathtaking at last year’s Project! What motivated you to come on board again this year?
Thank you for saying my work was "absolutely breathtaking" at last year's Project! (Blush) It was such an experience for me to be able to be involved in such a successful Project, where so many professionals from different fields of artistry could connect and work with one another not only for the networking, but for helping the #ProjectScouted ladies. I also think that this is an awesome opportunity for the girls to be recognized for their diversity of skills they bring to the camera, as well as their uniqueness and natural beauty.  I could see and feel how awesome the idea behind Lee’s Projects is and I feel honored to be a part of this one as well.  To be involved feels so right!

2.    What did you enjoy most about the Project last year?
I loved the different phase briefs and concepts by the photographers!  It was always 'not known' (well, on my side anyway), and the surprise of what was expected from the ladies to get the "feel/message" across also challenged my skills to help the ladies get into character.

3.    What do you think is the best aspect of #ProjectScouted?
I feel NETWORKING is the best aspect here. It's not only what you know, but also who you know  that helps you to grow.

4.    Having worked with some of the girls last year, do you have any tips on how they can improve from last year’s participants?
Girls, enjoy yourselves. Let go and have fun! Don't be so hard on yourselves and let YOU come through.

5.    Thinking back to your makeup for the “Day of the Dead” shoot shot by Jerome Stoffels last year; do you do a trial before you have a big look to pull off? How do you prepare for something so different and intricate?
I was so nervous for this one, but I think the nervousness was partly due to it being an exciting look and something different where makeup was key. Honestly, no preparation or trial was done to prepare for that look, other than me being on Google to get different ideas of skull painting.  I love contrast, so I personally decided to go black and white. My male models were the handsome Brissett twins so once I had done Keelan's face, I pretty much just had to follow the same bone structure for Chad.  My ladies in that phase basically got creations I thought of as they sat down.  I had loads of freedom to create!

6.    What do you love most about being a makeup artist?
I love seeing how beautiful I can help someone feel.  It is truly rewarding to contribute to someone's confidence or very special day.  Make-up is basically enhancing what is already there.  Sometimes it happens where I see someone who sees themselves as beautiful for the first time, it is special for me to help them see that they always have been beautiful.

7.    What has been your most memorable experience as a makeup artist?
I had a client once who had very fair skin and darker enlarged pigmentation marks over the majority of her face.  She had never managed to entirely conceal her pigmentation herself in the past.  Once I had finished her makeup and she saw herself for the first time (there was no mirror infront of her) her reaction was worth everything to me.  I could see her confidence lift instantly.  I felt so happy I could do that for her!

Follow the progress of the #ProjectScouted girls on their journeys through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and now even YouTube with behind-the-scenes videos being posted regularly. Check out Charelle’s work on her Instagram account,@makeupbycharelle, as well as through the Project’s dedicated Instagram page. It’s difficult to imagine how Charelle could possibly outdo her work from last year, but we’re pretty sure that she will.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Brief for Phase Nine of #ProjectScouted

Hi Team.


Location- Midlands.

Simz and myself will leave at 12.30

We have a location in mind - indoors in one of the little store which has very boho furniture from Bali. This can only be confirmed on Monday. 

The second location is a forest which we will still need to scout once we are up there while hair and make up is being done. 

Vintage feel // Bohemian // fee- spirit. 

Girls make up simple, dark brows and nude lips. Hair messy as per ref pic attached. (Kylie Jenner on right)

5 looks: one for each girl.

1. Black Crochet Gypsy Dress with hats boots necklaces...
2. Long Lace Kimono, printed tee and shorts, hat and accessories. 
3. Long Lace Kimono, printed tee and shorts, hat and accessories.
4. Statement tee with lace shorts and accessories. Barefoot. 
5. Denim Wait Coat, loose dress and grungy shirt. boots hat and accessories. 

We hope to start the shooting at 2pm 

Trust all is on order.

Looking forward to shooting :)


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