Getting to know you!

Well it seems like it has been 18 months since my last ‘getting to know me’ post so I thought that it might be about time for another! 

I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’ll post the last two from 2019 to my ‘hello’ highlight on Instagram if you want to find out more useless stuff about me!

1. I can tap dance. My favourite step is a quadruple time step!
2. I can’t sing but I love to do it so much. Loudly and badly. But I can’t tell you how I’d love to be able to do it so that it didn’t make ears bleed! Magic wand please! 
3. If I had to live in a totally dark world or a totally silent world, I would choose a dark world as I could not live without music.
4. Food is one of my greatest joys in life.
5. Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world is a quote that I live by.
6. I’m not a fan of small talk but love anyone who gets real and open.
7. I’m a water baby. I love being in it, next to it or on it.
8. I don’t like coffee but still ‘go for a coffee!’
9. I have a weird fascination with wind turbines.
10. Quite often I prefer dogs and plants over humans but when I find wonderful human beings, I think that they are bloody awesome. Luckily for me, I’ve even found some beautiful souls on here! 😘

So there you go! Learnt anything new? Any mutual feelings there? 

Happy weeks ahead. Hope the sun keeps shining for you. 

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It seems that we love dungarees!

This is my contribution to #andyshomecatwalk. The brief for this week is #whereverilaymyhat. So where’s my hat eh?⁣

Well I’ve twisted the brief somewhat in a Paul Young 80s stylee and added the ’that’s my home!’ bit at the end! So the above are photos of me in my natural habitat – my home, my denim and my big thick socks!

To be fair, the photos are not as important as the homelessness message that @rebeccaweefsmith and @dappasnapper are trying to raise over the next few weeks along with their #wearingwellbeing message to help our mental health during lockdown. As I’ve said before, the last year has definitely been a reminder of how lucky I am to have a beautiful roof over my head and a garden to tend. I’m aware that we are all just a couple of events away from losing our home, so I’ll hand you over to Rebecca for all the info…⁣

I am just one little person but this Instagram community we have built is bigger, louder and bolder. You lot are amazing. Your support makes my world feel brighter. With you around I am hopeful. ⁣
Caring about how you look, clothes, fashion, style is often classed as shallow and self- obsessed. My experience of fashion friends is the opposite. But then I am very lucky. ⁣

Yes we can help ourselves to feel better about all the shit that’s going on by getting dressed in clothes we love BUT we can also show that in doing so we care about others. ⁣

One unexpected outcome that I love about #Andyshomecatwalk is seeing the connections that evolve and branch out: people who are sharing posts and content that I’ve never met but who are willing to make an effort to spread Andy @dappasnapper story and raise awareness and funds for @sheltercharity. I wouldn’t get quite so far if I stood on a street corner with my boards but with all your help on Instagram I think we can make a splash with this campaign, what do you think? ⁣

Check out Rebecca’s profile for more info on how to join in and how to donate.⁣

La la la!

I was going to do a post with this image about the number of hats that we wear as midlife women but then Lockdown 3.0 kicked in with force and I just thought stuff that and when I looked at this image again today I saw a completely different caption.⁣

It’s the visual equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and singing la la la! Because that is how I see the way that I will be navigating our latest lockdown. With my eyes closed, staying in the moment, brain switched to half mast and a smile on my face as much as possible.⁣

It may not be the best way forward for everyone, others will want to fight or fume, but we each have to find our own way to cope with the situation. There is no one size fits all for ’20/21!⁣

So for the next few weeks you will find me working behind the scenes and occasionally popping up here with something mildly amusing or annoyingly positive as that’s the only way that I know how to be.⁣

Much love to you whatever state you find yourself right now ⁣💕

Me & make up after 40

So I’m a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to make up. In fact, up until about 18 months ago I called myself make-up phobic! A slight exaggeration I suppose, but I was most certainly fearful of orange cake face. It definitely started around the age of 15 when fellow classmates started slapping on the foundation three shades too dark, leaving a tide line around the jaw line. I knew that I was never going to risk looking like that so avoided foundation for about the next 25 years.

My idea of a made up look, is more what most women (especially today’s younger women) would wear to pop to the loo – simply – the all important, under eye concealer, a brush of bronzer, a pinch of blusher, a little sweep of eye liner and a touch of mascara. Et voilà! I’m ready to face the world. If you’re lucky, I may even add a smidge of natural lipstick or lip balm.

And then I changed career and, in 2015, became a commercial model and was expected to do most of my own make up for jobs. Shock horror! My above skills were simply not going to cut it and I was going to have to overcome my fear of foundation pronto.

Luckily I met a couple of professional make up artists early on and grilled them on the products they were using and essentially just bought the lot and continue to follow a simple formula to create the natural look requested by most of my clients. So far, everyone has been happy with my work, so I must be doing something right!

However, I’m always looking to learn and I’m fascinated the sheer range of things out there to highlight, illuminate, camouflage, accentuate and possibly totally change the look or shape of your face, that is, if you’re blessed with the right skills 😉

I’m obviously not, so I enlisted the professional skills of Allison Tye to have a little experiment with, and ask her advice about make up after 40. Allison is a freelance make up artist, working across the Midlands, specialising in bridal and special occasion looks.

Allison took a bare faced me from nothing to natural, then to a bolder, possibly evening look (that was a little bit of a bold look for me but it’s good to test the water and see what you think!)

The full list of products used is listed below along with any high street equivalents.

While she was working away I asked her some questions…

What are your top tips for women over 40?

  • It’s all about the preparation. Moisturise and prime your face before you apply any make up. Your make up is guaranteed to look better.
  • It’s important to find the right base.
  • Look for illuminating products and those that contain light reflecting elements.
  • Don’t use anything too thick, heavy or matt as these are ageing. You don’t want it sitting in, and accentuating, those wrinkles 😉
  • Don’t be afraid of colour – it’s youthful and brings colour to your face that loses its natural colour as we age.
  • Change your make up colours with the seasons as the light changes, particularly lip or eye colours
  • If you have thin lips avoid, dark, matt lip colours
  • Invest in a good set of brushes
  • If you have brows (i.e. didn’t pluck them to death in your earlier years!!) always brush them up to lift the face

Are there any definite things to avoid at our age?

  • A matt, heavy base. An illuminating, dewy look is much more flattering
  • Too much powder
  • Move away from the colours you used 10 years ago
  • Don’t be afraid of using a lip liner but make sure that it matches your lipstick
  • If you have hooded eyes, stay away from harsh black liners; grey, plum and brown are much more flattering
  • Glittery eye shadow is a no no as it just sits in all our creases!

What advice would you give to those in a make up rut?

Don’t be afraid to use online tutorials – Charlotte Tilbury, Lisa Eldridge and Pixiwoo have all released videos aimed at 40+ make up looks.

How best to prepare you skin for make up

  • Moisturise according to your skin type
  • Smashbox photo op under eyes to help your concealer. If your eyes are getting a little wrinkly, this will help to spread the product more easily.
  • If you have time, (so we’re not talking a school run quick fix!) use other products under your make up – illuminating, primers etc

You’ve no time to take all your make up off for an evening out so what’s the best way of changing your look from day to night?

  • Change lipstick to a deeper colour
  • Using a bit darker colour on your eye
  • Add a touch of shimmery eye shadow
  • Add more eye liner
  • Add a few individual lashes

Products used to create these looks
Neither of us are affiliated to any brands so these are all genuine recommendations from Allison’s make up kit

Face
Budget to splurge?
Base BB cream Estée Lauder light
Estée Lauder double wear concealer light

Prefer to spend less?
Rimmel London BB cream
Rimmel London wake me up concealer

Cheeks
Budget to splurge?
Charlotte Tilbury films star bronze & glow
Nars blush in Orgasm

Prefer to spend less?
W7 Hollywood bronze & glow
Revlon powder blush 003

Eyes
Budget to splurge?
Charlotte tilbury colour chameleon pencil in Bronze Garnet (this looks amazing with green/hazel eyes!)
Mac paint pot in Indian Wood
Estée Lauder sensuous extreme mascara in black
Mac gel eyeliner in Blackout

Prefer to spend less?
NYX eye pencil in Bronze
Maybelline colour tattoo paint pot in On and On Bronze
Maybelline gel eyeliner black
Rimmel London scandal eyes mascara

Lips
Budget to splurge?
Tom ford lipgloss is Rose Crush
Charlotte Tilbury in Secret Salma
Night Lancôme lipstick in Rose Rhapsody

Prefer to spend less?
Revlon colour used matt balm lip in Standout

Next time, we’re going to look at an in-a-rush-10-minute-make-up-look but if you have any other suggestions as what you would like us to feature or have any questions, please do leave a comment below.

Have a beautiful day, whatever you have on your face!

Katie xx

 

You can connect with Allison on Facebook, Instagram and her website
She is available for makeup lessons, parties, occasion makeup & bridal

Who needs the Coca-Cola truck?

Client: British Garden Centres
Director: Matt Woodruff
Production: White Noise
Agency: Face

Apologies. Since starting the blog, life has been super busy. Generally really good busy – loads of work and holidays. A lovely summer full of fun. Along with a fair scattering of life’s general shite, not leaving much time for blogging 😉 So I thought it was about time that I posted a little update here.

I’m a definite believer that Christmas should stay within its twelve days in December, unfortunately most of the western world feels that it should start creeping in sometime in August, while we’re still slipping on our shorts and enjoying sweet, homegrown strawberries.

However, last month I was transported to a magical winter wonderland to film a new TV ad for some amazing garden centres. For some, Christmas starts once they’ve seen the Coca-Cola ad, but if you live in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, apparently there’s a rival in the form of British Garden Centres’ Christmas commercial.

I warn you though – should you choose to visit one of their amazing Christmas wonderlands, you won’t leave empty handed. I came away with a big box full of festive pink and silver pretties. And watch out for the handsome little lad playing my son. He was as charming as he was cute!

To view the ad click here

 

Oh so proud…

Client: University of Hull Business School
Photographer: Nick Eagle
PR company: Jaywing PR
Make up artist: Leanne Shaw (the best eye shadow blender in the west!)
Agency: DK Models

The brief for this job was to look proud and oh so quietly confident of the achievements I have made.

This was a striking campaign consisting of six different models photographed individually against a colourful background. Photographer, Nick is a brilliant portrait photographer (ssshhhh, I didn’t know this before I met him for this job! I’ve since cyber stalked his gallery and thought it was amazing.) so he was obviously the perfect man for the job.

The images have been used across a range of promotional materials and online.

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Hi, I’m Katie Isles :)

 


So a couple of weeks ago I popped off to London on one of my, now weekly, jaunts to meet Andy from Pout Clips and record a little promo vid. The thing is, often your photos don’t look exactly like you on a normal day but this video is just that! Me and just my own make-up, a blank space and a camera.

Luckily Andy has loads of photographic and video experience and turned my silly moments  into this little clip.

For someone who has never done an all-about-me video before, it was a little cringey to watch at first but after some brutally honest mates allowed it to be shown in public, it’s now there for the world to see.

So, clients, what you see here is what you get!
(Although feel free to tell me to rein in the mad dancing!) 😉

 

Casting today!

Hello everyone!

Today I was lucky enough to be invited to cast for a TV commercial for a well known online fashion retailer. I was super chuffed as this is rather exciting for quite a newbie model.

It was also great timing as over the weekend I went to London to attend a casting workshop with two of the capital’s top casting directors, Tree Petts and Lou Clouter. The workshop was brilliant, reassuring and informative. I received some great feedback so I was eager to try out my skills asap!

So I drove for nearly two hours,
found studio √
arrived early √
had hair band on wrist √
natural make-up √
dressed as per the brief √
held a power pose for two minutes à la Amy Cuddy – no! (couldn’t find anywhere private to look silly – haha!)
and went in!

I was in the casting for approximately 7 minutes and then I drove the nearly two hours home. Thinking most of the time about what I shoulda, coulda done! How I would ‘do better next time,’ ‘think of it as a learning experience’ and the loudest voice of all ‘what an idiot! You can do so much better than that.’ 😦

We’ve all been there. Any fun tips to stop beating myself up greatly appreciated.

I resorted to Snapchat and gave myself some extra starry sparkle and some alien eyes!!

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So here’s to the next casting!!

Love, Katie xx

Scotts of Stow

Client: Scotts of Stow
Photography: Loop Photography
Agency: PHA

Back in November I was invited to shoot for Scotts of Stow’s summer catalogue. While the shoot took place on a cold and rainy autumn day, in a very cold studio, I was modelling a foldaway bike in my bright, summer clothes. They had hoped that it could be an outside shoot but the weather gods were against us…big time! So instead I had to balance on a stationary bike. Good job I love pilates and could engage that core!!

Unfortunately I will always remember that first shoot, not so much for laughing and balancing on the bike, but more for driving home and finding out that my mom had cancer. That two hour drive home in the pouring rain (and tears) was the longest of my life. 😦 Luckily, by the time the catalogue was published, things were looking a little more positive for my her!

The Loop team are a fabulous bunch of lovely people to work with and I’ve since been back several times to work on the autumn 2016 catalogue, modelling everything from leaf blowers to filing cabinets. And pillows. I love modelling pillows by the way, if anyone else wants an *experienced* pillow model! The weather has also improved since that first job too as you can see in one of the photos below. (Most work shots are still to go live but there are a couple of behind the scenes images!)

Thanks so much to everyone involved xx

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Behind the scenes in a cosy jumper

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That bike photo! 🙂

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Such a tough job, but someone has to do it!

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A beautiful location to blow autumn leaves on a spring day

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Back on the catwalk

Client: Incorporate Wear & Jeff Banks
Location: Luton
Hair & make-up: High Definition
Fellow models: Emma Cargill, Abbey Saunders, Leanne Street, Lee White, Luke Boyden & Manveer Sohal
Agency: Alan Sharman

I really loved this day.
1. Because I luuuurve the catwalk!
2. Because I got to spend the day with a great group of models and now want to be Emma’s new auntie.
3. I got to meet Jeff Banks. Those of you old enough to remember The Clothes Show on BBC1 on Sunday afternoons will understand 😉

Can’t wait to get back on the catwalk again! Give me a shout if you’re looking for a model for your show.

Pics of the actual show are not available but here are a couple of behind the scenes images of the lovely bunch! Oh and no, I’m not trying to pick pocket the dapper Mr Banks!!

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