Lipstick and Curls Academy

Lipstick and Curls was set up in 2008 by Amanda Moorhouse after studying hair and make-up at London College of Fashion and working in the industry for 10 years. Lipstick and Curls is now made up of over 80 hair and Make-up artists that are trained in vintage, modern, alternative and classic styling. They travel the country offering their services at weddings, hen parties, corporate events, fashion shoots, private appointments, film, theatre and television. Previous clients include the impressive likes of What Katie Did, Benefit Cosmetics, Besame, Amy Winehouse and Dita Von Teese. Needless to say, Papow and I have been keen followers of Lipstick and Curls on Facebook and Instagram for quite some time and when we heard of their hair and make-up academy workshops, how could we resist?

We emailed immediately to reserve our places. Back in February 2015 we attended the hair academy and enjoyed the day so much that we then booked in for the make-up workshop in February of this year. We had such fun and learnt a tremendous amount at both workshops (not to mention consumed copious amounts of tea, cake and bubbly) that it would be rude not to share it with you!

Each workshop costs £144 and runs from 11am-4pm at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, in Islington. The day is held by Amanda herself and one other member of her team. A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking and the rest is paid the week before the event. Spaces on each workshop are extremely limited (there were probably only about 12 of us in total at each event). They are extremely popular and as you can imagine spaces sell out quickly. We highly recommend keeping an eye on their Facebook page if you want to keep up-to-date with future events…you wont regret it ladies!

Hair Academy

Back in 2015 Papow and I were complete vintage hair novices, and what an eye opener of a day this was. The day itself was split into two parts. The morning focused on the importance of the perfect set using pin curling (the basis of every vintage hair style). The afternoon involved brushing out the set and then creating vintage up-dos such as victory rolls, poodles, beehives, 1940s waves and adding those last vital finishing touches. At each stage of the process Amanda demonstrated the technique, then we had the chance to practice on each other and then get a bit more creative on our own hair. This meant that we could apply the techniques we had learnt to different hair styles and lengths. We have all watched hair tutorials on YouTube or read about a technique in a book, but believe me when I say the both of us had still never managed to grasp these techniques until we attended this workshop. Up until this point we didn’t realise where we were going wrong, but having an expert on hand to actually guide you while you give it a go yourself is such a blessing. Amanda tells you exactly what you can do to improve in a way that is best for you and your own hair. We learnt that simple things such as the way you hold your heated tong, or how you clip your pin curl into place can make such a dramatic difference to the finished style. As the group is so small, Amanda has plenty of time to spend with each and everyone there. She moves around the group as you work, sharing hints and tips that are tailored to your very own hair. I truly believe that had we not attended this workshop neither of us would have gained the confidence in pin curling, brushing out and styling. We certainly wouldn’t have come anywhere close to creating some of the looks we have been able to master over the past year.

Makeup Academy

By February 2016, I like to think that Papow and I had come on leaps and bounds with our vintage hair styling, but there is always something to learn and so we were keen to pick Amanda’s brains once again. This time: all things make-up! This day was split up into several sections the first being classic makeup application, then we moved on to smoky eyes and the use of colour.

Once again the day very much took on the format of observing Amanda’s demonstrations and then practicing ourselves, with Amanda and a member of her team on hand of help as we went. We each had our own station with a full range of brushes and a wide range of products to try. During the day, we both picked up invaluable tips on following:

  • Different make-up brushes and how to use them correctly.
  • Creating the perfect base using foundation, concealor and powder.
  • Neutralising the colour of under eye bags and spots rather than simply hiding them.
  • Determining the best product shades for your skin tone and eye colour.
  • Enhance your features with the use of highlighting and shading.
  • Building product gradually and blending in-between applications.
  • Different face shapes and the correct product placement in relation to your features.
  • The multiple uses of setting powder (from setting your base, to removing oil and aiding the blending process).
  • Using water to give a powder product a stronger look (enter the trusty shot glass on one’s dressing table).
  • How texture of a product determines its use and application.
  • Brow grooming techniques.
  • Choosing the correct shade of lip liner in relation to your lipstick and how to apply these.
  • Popular make-up styles and how they have changed through the decades.
  • Fake eyelash application.
  • And last, but by no means least, the perfect winged eyeliner technique (keeping the eye open, not stretching the skin, and working from the outside in – this is probably the greatest tip of the day).

I thoroughly enjoyed the make-up workshop and as you can see we both left will a range of new skills under our belts. Not only this but the day really gives you the confidence to go away and try what you have learnt at home for yourselves. In addition, because there were so many products and shades available to try on the day, we really got the chance to see what products would be worth while investing in rather than feeling the need to go out and buy lots of new makeup. Papow now has her heart set on the Noir Red Besame lipstick and I have my eye on the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette contouring palette.

I really cannot recommend the Lipstick and Curls Academy days enough. Whether you are a complete novice, or an experienced hair dresser everybody can benefit from the workshops (trust me the skill mix was quite varied at both events). Check out the Facebook group and get yourselves down to Islington at the next possible opportunity. You are guaranteed to not only develop your confidence and technique, you are sure to meet some lovely like minded people and have an extremely enjoyable day!

Finally, Papow and I are always looking to improve our vintage hair and makeup techniques, so if any of you know of any events you think we may like, please do drop us a line!


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