About Me

 A bit about me – Make up Artist

Make-up artist and nutrition coach on a mission to make you feel beautiful inside and out.

Founder of The Graceful Disgraceful Make-up Experience for the Pro-age women, which has just launched with great success.  This is a unique session that is designed for older women and takes them on a journey from bare face to a healthy glow. With lots of chat around growing older, nutrition and skin. Make-up, chat and lots of fun, whats not to love? (details on graceful disgraceful page)

Karen originally trained in Beauty Therapy and Massage at Champneys Health Farm and worked in various Salons and Health Clubs in London learning her  trade until she realised Make up was her passion. As part of the New Romantic club scene she was very lucky to assist the amazing  Lynne Easton who was Boy Georges make up artist.  She  worked on many Pop Videos and shows including Culture Club, Wham and a regular at London Fashion Week. This amazing opportunity allowed Karen to work with many musicians and designers of the time. After this apprenticeship she went on to work in her own right for fashion magazines, catwalk shows advertising and Celebrity shoots including Kate Winslett for Premier magazine and Jude Law for British Vogue to name but a few. Her eye for detail for close beauty led her to work with many hair brands and hairdressers including Trevor Sorbie Akin Konizi and Nicky Clarke

Karen has travelled the world with her skill working in Hong Kong and China and her work graced the pages of the first ever China Elle magazine. She also worked for a short spell in Sydney Australia.

With over 30 years experience Karen  now teaches others make up and have taught in many of the best schools in London including London College of Fashion and London School of Make up. She teaches a Cosmetic make up artist course for beginners at Southern School of Beauty and have recently designed a Bridal Make up artist course for them aimed at building confidence when working with Brides.

Karen has been lucky enough to direct make-up students’ photo shoots, which combined a passion of working with up and coming talent and working in a photographic studio.

A love for applying make up never ends, she also has a certificate in cosmetic airbrushing, which she offers to the many brides she works with and recently got back in the studio, working on  shoots for magazines and hair clients.

Karen is  a certified nutrition and weight management adviser with a real interest in the concept of beauty inside and out. Working with clients to help them achieve great skin and general wellness through healthy diet, exercise, beauty regime and positive outlook, which ties up beautifully with Graceful Disgraceful Make up Experience.  she work s with individuals, salons and corporate,  a volunteer for  Look good feel better – the beauty industry charity for women with cancer.

Karen takes weekly NHS referral Obesity sessions  for SHAPE UP 4 LIFE and is  a trained Health Champion for Wiltshire which is a volunteer role supporting the Health Trainers spreading health awareness to the community.

Karen made me look and feel like a star, from the make up trial to my big day. With the use of an airbrush, Karen gave me illuminated, flawless skin. She found the perfect shade of red for my lips, which stayed on no matter how many kisses I gave ...
I enjoyed that the plan wasn’t too strict as I thought you’d be telling me more ‘what to do’ on a daily basis rather than more of a guideline than it is. This plan worked well as long distance andit was a great length as it is long enough to ...
Karen is a fantastic motivator and I couldn't have made the changes without her. I have achieved a healthier more active lifestyle which has lead to a better body shape. Sasha
The make up made us feel much more confident and was a really treat to have done so professionally. My weekly make over.
I partook in Karen's 8 week weight and nutrition plan as I wanted to lose weight quickly, but healthily. With her support and motivation I managed to reach my target weight at the end of the 8 weeks and was extremely happy with the results. I recommended Karen to my ...
I went on an 8 week Nutrition and weight management plan. Karen was a great motivator and I learnt a lot about what I should eat. I would highly recommend her.
Thank you so much for the fantastic make-up you did for my wedding- I felt superb!It was also great that you did my niece-she seemed chuffed and so grown up! Thanks for staying right up til the crucial point when I left. Love Cathy Lamb.
With Luck and all your help I've changed my face forever!Thank you. Jane
Thank you for the wonderful make up you did on all the girls they looked beautiful everyone of them.The bride was just breath taking. Thank you Karen - the girls said the whole morning was fun and very relaxed. With love Julia.
The make up made us feel much more confident and was a real treat to have done so professionally. My weekly-make-over

Qualifications:

  • Cidesco Diploma in Beauty therapy and cosmetology
  • member of The British Beauty Council
  • Cosmetic Airbrushing
  • City and Guilds teaching further education
  • City and Guilds Nutrition Diet and weight management advisor
  • Ante natal and post natal nutrition certificate
  • Association for Nutrition certified course
  • BPS Certificate in third wave Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • member of BABTAC and Beauty Guild
  • RSPH level 2 understanding health improvement
  • Short courses online – Nutrition,Health and Lifestyle Issues and Insights: Vanderbilt uni, Diabetes: University of Copenhagen, Microbiombe: Prof Rob Knight Uni of Colorado Boulder  Obesity: University of Reading, Nutrition and Wellbeing: University of Aberdeen, IWE  introduction in Wellness coaching, Food as Medicine: Monash Uni Australia
  • BOSIET

Revised Client List for make up artist:

Photographers

Sanders Nicholson Iain Philpott Clive Arrowsmith Trevor Leighton Simon Bottomley Stuart Weston  Tim Winter Andy Earl Jon Mortimer Pascal Chevalier Frazer Cunningham Nick Cole Chris Edwick Constantino Ruspoli Gary Holder Alistair Hughes Julian Barton Richard Barnes Alan Ollie Mark Lawrence  Tim Simmons Andy Neil Paul Mitchell Chris Bishop Maureen Barrymore Tony McGee Terry O’Neill Bob Carlos Clarke Lorenzo Agius Neil Marriot John Rogers Nick Fallowfield Cooper Chris Lane Jim Crone Bill Gidda Jamie Blanchard Chris Bulezuik Robert Aguilar

Editorials

Elle Brides Vogue Cosmopolitan Daily Telegraph The Times Country Life Hello OK  Good Housekeeping  Looks Daily Mail New Woman Company Daily Express Womans Journal
You and your Wedding Bride and Groom T.V Times HairdressersJornal Good Health and many more

Celebrities
Kate Winslett Jenny Agutter Terry Wogan Julia Swahalia Jude Law Frank Skinner  Philip Scofield Vic Reeves Bob Mortimer Clive Anderson Stephen Fry Rupert Everett Colin Firth Tamsin Outhwaite  Miranda Richardson Michele Collins Brenda Blethyn June Whitfield  Graham Norton Sophie Ellis Bextor Mel Sykes Dougie Henshaw Lenny James Sophie Anderton Kellie Maloney and many more

Music

ABC Amy Stewart  Al Jerreau  Barry Gibb  Bronski Beat  Boy George  Culture Club  Deacon Blue  Flock of SeaGulls  Gloria Gaynor Level 42 Snap  Status Quo Style Council  Transvision Vamp Wham.

Commercials and films
Black & Whyte whisky  Tweed  Range Rover  Gulf Air  Vidal Sassoon  Metro Tahiti Crisp and Dry The Pesario  B.H.S. Anway Cosmetics (Japan)Various Pop Promos Pantene video

TV Appearence: Anglia, Home Malone (2001)

Advertising
LOreal  Oil of Ulay  No.7
Vaseline Intensive care Max Factor Atrixo De Beers Nivea Clairol
Wella Zi Eyedrops  Color Calpol Rimmel Boots Wahl Goldwell Clynol