Primer – the finest way to keep makeup on all day

As a makeup artist and someone who does all skins, all nationalities etc the finest way to kee someone’s makeup or even that of your own is to use a primer.  First of all the skin should be clean so clean it with your normal regime or your clients, then put on a beautiful moisturiser according to the skin type.  Blot it and then apply a primer to the face.  The best one I believe on the market is by Smashbox.  It comes on a clear tube and is so effective i can begin to tell you!  Even the smallest round ball of primer can be used or spread over in the parts that are shiny e.g. the nose, cheeks, forehead.  A primer is a brilliant product as it smoothes the skin over, blots out any grease or shine and makeup seems to last longer when using this.  It doesn’t sting, i have never found anyone allergic to the Smashbox primer and you only need just a tiny round ball and it goes a long long way.  this product is unlike any other i have ever known.  Try it you will see an enormous difference.  Also it is good to use on someone who has uneven skin textures as it just seems to even it out, ready for you to use a foundation on the top or even a mineral makeup.

Just brilliant!!!

Smashbox is a company selling brilliant makeup and this product in particular is brilliant!  I worked for Estee Lauder for many years who i understand now own this company.  smashbox primer smashbox 2

Here is a little detail about this company:

Smashbox Cosmetics’ brand philosophy is all about creative license and freedom. “The most amazing thing about being here at Smashbox Studios is there’s this creative energy that’s unlike any place I’ve ever been before,” says Founder Davis Factor. “We wanted to create makeup for everyone that’s beautiful to wear, feels great and solves the same problems at home that we solve here in the studios. This is a real place. We have makeup that we’re using on trendsetters every single day, and everyone gets a piece of that. No other cosmetics brand can make that claim: created, tested and photographed at a real studio.” Global Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor adds, “We really bring you inside. We give you all the tips and tricks we use here. It’s like, ‘Come on in, hang out with us for a while!’

My hair, make-up & head wear for TV & film

Hair, make-up & head wear for TV & filmsI often do the hairdressing, make-up and/or provide head wear* for TV and film. This is an exciting and glamourous area of my work and is a natural progression for me, having being raised by my lovely mum Valerie who often featured on TV shows, on radio and in films.

Examples of my recent TV and movie hair & beauty work include:

  • For Don’t Tell the Bride I have supplied the hair and make-up in several episodes;
  • For Coronation Street I have often provided head wear (for example I provided tiaras and headdresses for Tamzin Outhwaite when her character married Ian Beale);
  • For EastEnders I’ve provided bespoke head wear for many on-screen special occasions; Continue reading

Wedding & special occasion hair

Gillian Katz, mobile hairdresser and makeup artist to the famous, and not so famous! (Surrey based).Do you want to feel like a film star on your wedding day? Then why shouldn’t you!  There are so many stunning styles to choose from for all different hairstyles.  In this weather a sultry up style is the finest way as you are bound to still look beautiful at 10pm and you do at 10am without drooping!  A good hairdresser will look at your hair and consider how it will hold and then do the finest they can.  As a wedding hairdresser who does TV, film and lots of wedding and special occasion hair, vintage styles are very in at the moment.  Soft curls, pincurls, marcel waves, intertwined barrel curls finished with a spray of my fantastic hairspray is enough to send any man wild!  Well why shouldn’t you if you are going to marry him!  Little stunning hair brooches and accessories just show it off beautifully.  Here are a few examples on my website, do keep in touch i will be writing lots more now!  My name is Gillian Katz of