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London IMATS 2011: Part 4 Tool time with Kevin Bennet & Couture beauty with Terry Barber

Tool Time with Kevin James Bennett

For his demonstration he did a Twiggy inspired look. He signed up to talk about tools but ended up covering some essential tips on kit building and technique.
  • To save space in your kit mix colors to make new ones in stead of buying every single color in the market.
  • A really good neutral pallet is essential especially because natural looking faces are the most requested.
  • Contour the eye while the eyes are open as opposed to closed. So you can see exactly where you need it to be.

He stressed the importance of doing things for yourself instead of “cookie cutter make up” which is what he called imitating the way someone else does make up right down to using the same tools and products.

Couture Beauty with Terry Barber

Last year the queue to get into his class was so long 30mins before the class even started so attending was an absolute impossibility. This year determined not to miss it we actually started the line Ha!
Ok tips from Terry; kind of old school but they worked well
Use strong colors but remember that the parameter for beauty make up is keeping the face beautiful.
-Use beauty basics combined with new forms of expression. Classic looks with a twist of color.

– Extra loose powder under the eyes before applying eye shadow to act as a guard against fall out.
-Layering mascara with a coat of powder in between
-Starting a dramatic eye by defining the desired shape with a pencil. He also used same pencil as a base for eye shadow.
– Guard the chin with tissue when applying glitter to the lip to prevent the glitter from getting on the  face.
 Advice for new artists?
My best advice is to maser the art of making a woman  beautiful before starting with the fantasy make up. Learn to work quickly, because you hardly ever get the amount of time you need. Also when working with limited time you need to know the shortcuts so you can get comfortable working quickly.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Old films, early Marilyn, Elizabeth Taylor, the history of fashion ,90’s photographers as well as urban street fashion.



  • Halima Bepo
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I'm really enjoying your IMATS posts

  • Nikkisho
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    I love the way you write about all the details of the imats

  • The Digitech Queen
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    you are very talented and detailed, me lovey!

  • Stella
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    Thanks guys, I'm glad you like it…x

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