facelace http://face-lace.com Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:02:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Doing the right thing http://face-lace.com/doing-the-right-thing/ http://face-lace.com/doing-the-right-thing/#respond Sun, 24 Apr 2016 17:13:39 +0000 http://face-lace.com/?p=7458 Qtutorial3

Coming soon: our brand-new tutorial video on how to use Face Lace products. We will be releasing regular videos to inspire you and show you how to get the most enjoyment from your Face Lace products.

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High gloss http://face-lace.com/high-gloss-3/ http://face-lace.com/high-gloss-3/#respond Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:10:47 +0000 http://face-lace.com/?p=7124 QblogPhyllis

Read the new interview with Phyllis Cohen on getthegloss.com. Phyllis talks to Judy Johnson about lunch, her work-life, staying organised and what she loves about her job! http://www.getthegloss.com/behind-the-brand/an-email-exchange-with-phyllis-cohen-founder-of-face-lace

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Back to the Drawing Board http://face-lace.com/high-gloss-4/ http://face-lace.com/high-gloss-4/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:00:39 +0000 http://face-lace.com/?p=7140 Qblog2

I have had this drawing board for 30 years. It has moved with me to five different homes. Before I moved to the UK I also had one LA. I have always worked on drawing tables as an illustrator, artist (while studying at Goldsmiths College for an MA in Fine Art), and to design makeup. I always start any creative endeavour by drawing an idea down on paper. There is something I get in the pit of my stomach – from feeling the swoops of curves or the sharp points of corners and knowing when they are right or wrong – that I don’t get in the same way working on computers. It just doesn’t happen on-screen to the same extent as when I have a real brush or pencil in my hand.

I have been reading Originals by Adam Grant, a fascinating book exploring how non-conformists operate. There is a chapter analysing how procrastination can be a productive tool to create innovative ideas. It turns out that the most innovative work is best done in stages. This certainly rings true for me. When I start a new design I find the prospect exciting but daunting. I spend at least a day looking at hundreds of images and references and when I feel overloaded I put pencil to paper – usually late at night. I find that doing it when I’m tired allows mistakes to happen and often those mistakes are the best part of the design.

In chapter 4 of Originals Adam Grant explains this known phenomenon, “procrastination may be particularly conducive to creativity when it leaves us solving problems at moments when we are unfocused ….. When we are sleepy we are more open to random thoughts and novel ideas.” When I was at Goldsmiths College many of the tutors spoke about this as well. One of my tutors, Avis Newman (fantastic painter in the Tate Britain Collection) called the weird ideas which jump out of the unconscious when we are tired and unguarded “slippages” and said they were the most valuable elements in her creative process.

After four years of creating unique Face Lace designs the Face Lace team and I have decided to recreate our website. We took our time to explore possibilities (about eight months, in fact). We hope you find it an exciting work in progress, thank you so much http://centmagazine.co.uk/100-creative/ for the work you’ve done on our site.

By Phyllis Cohen

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Creative collaboration http://face-lace.com/creative-cooperation-2/ http://face-lace.com/creative-cooperation-2/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 02:35:52 +0000 http://face-lace.com.www102.jnb2.host-h.net/?p=6749 Qblog3

One of the wonderful results I hadn’t anticipated when I started Face Lace was how it might lead me to collaborate and be inspired by other makeup artists (MUAs).

My good friend, Jo Phillips, is an amazing stylist and creative visionary. I have collaborated with her on many beautiful photo shoots and she was one of the first creatives I showed Face Lace to, about 3 months before we launched.

I explained to Jo that I would love to launch Face Lace on the back of a show at London Fashion Week. About two months later she came back and said that she had THE show that would be a great platform for me on which to launch Face Lace.

My intellectual property lawyer insisted that, at the first meeting with brilliant fashion designer Corrie Neilsen, everyone should sign non-disclosure forms as we hadn’t officially launched yet. It was all very hush hush!

Corrie Nielsen’s collection for the show was incredible: full of exquisite designs made of ruched tartans and my mind whirred with ideas. I was so thrilled when she agreed that the collaboration with Face Lace would be great. Jo Phillips, Corrie, and the lovely MUA, Yin Lee, all discussed different bespoke ideas that might work. Initially I was a little concerned that another MUA might be put out by the introduction of Face Lace on their canvas. However, working with Yin showed me that other MUAs can be very willing to collaborate.

Since that first show I have worked jointly with many MUAs. Sometimes they use designs that already exist, and sometimes I create bespoke designs for them. I have found my alliances with other MUAs a wonderful affirmation of the generous spirit that thrives in most truly creative MUAs. It’s always thrilling to see what they create with my designs! Since working with Yin on the first catwalk show I have worked with many other fantastic artists including Lan Nguyen-Grealis, Loni Bahr, Antonia Malt, Lisa Eldridge, Sarah Tanno, Lisa Armstrong, Liz Martins, Marco Antonio, Mona Turnbull, Julia Townend, Brierly Thorpe, Einat Dan, Joey Bevan, Jordan Liberty, Fatima Nasir, Heiko Palach, and more to come!

By Phyllis Cohen

 

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Mind-blowing in minutes http://face-lace.com/mind-blowing-in-minutes/ http://face-lace.com/mind-blowing-in-minutes/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2016 20:43:01 +0000 http://face-lace.com.www102.jnb2.host-h.net/?p=6330 Qblog4

If you consider yourself an adventurous beauty addict that is seeking the next exciting fashion thrill, then you are sharing the vision of our founder, Phyllis Cohen. Now, you too, can adorn your face with mind-blowing make-up in just minutes. Face Lace is a non-fade, non-smudge range of ready-to-wear make up designs that will instantly turn you into an It Girl. Apply them in less than a minute but look like you had your own personal makeup artist working on you for hours!

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Big ideas, real fashion http://face-lace.com/big-ideas-real-fashion/ http://face-lace.com/big-ideas-real-fashion/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2016 20:30:43 +0000 http://face-lace.com.www102.jnb2.host-h.net/?p=6322 QblogBIGIDEAS

The seed for Face Lace started back in the 80’s when I worked on a series of 12 Zodiac makeup designs, one to be launched every month, for UK-based Miners Cosmetics. Using Panstick (thick waxy creams in a big bullet shape), Kryolan Aquacolours and raw pigments, the makeups took me 3-4 hours to complete. This was in 1984, the same year MAC cosmetics was born. The two Franks were only just cooking up formulations in their kitchen.

After the first few Zodiac beauty shoots were published, letters poured in about the makeups I created.  I don’t remember the positive ones, but was affected by the few who complained they would never be able to recreate the makeups I had designed.

Fast forward 25 years to my reliance on a machine used in the vinyl sign industry to create stencils for elaborate body painting jobs. I had a light bulb moment when I thought if I can make a hypoallergenic substitute for the vinyl used by sign makers, I could use this to make skin-safe designs.

After the long road of trialling different materials to make my skin-safe vinyl it was time to create the designs. Nothing looked especially beautiful until I began applying shapes around the eyes.  I had worked on an (unpublished) editorial project the year before, where I made tattoos and wire designs based on 17th Century calligraphic flourishes and went back to those references for my first design. After about four weeks of experimentation I created my first Face Lace design: Swirlyqueue.

Face Lace is perhaps 30 years too late for those who complained in the 80s but I hope I have given more people the opportunity to wear elaborate makeup designs when they don’t have the time or tools to do so themselves. Of course, it is a huge thrill for me to see other makeup artists, like Marco Antonio, take my original Swirlyqueue design to the next level and create such amazing looks for the editorial in How to Spend It magazine.

By Phyllis Cohen

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The birth of Face Lace http://face-lace.com/the-birth-of-face-lace/ http://face-lace.com/the-birth-of-face-lace/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:25:43 +0000 http://face-lace.com.www102.jnb2.host-h.net/?p=6319 Qblog6

I was someone who resisted the idea of setting up my own company for decades. I made feeble efforts to collaborate with other people in the beauty business, but that left me at the mercy of their time and effort. Now understanding what is involved I can see why no one jumped at the chance to work together. The more I talked to entrepreneurs the more they encouraged me to do it myself. They all said “you can do this, I promise you.”

What I did when I started Face Lace was a bit bonkers. I created a unique product, clumsily sourced the materials myself and figured out how to manufacture it. The down side of this was that because I had so little technical knowledge it took forever to do research for new materials and the trial and error to figure out the best way to produce new designs can be daunting. 

The up side is that I can produce whatever I like. I can come up with a new design, create a few dozen, see how the market likes it and either make more or stop making it. I have total control over production levels and quality control. I can also get a design as close to perfect as possible, doing tiny tweaks for days. I could never do this as a make-up artist: there were always time constraints. Yes I know that is what retouching is for, but I’m old school. I liked to know my make-up work was nearly perfect.

I still have to learn new things every day, and the combination of being terrified and thrilled by these new challenges makes this whole journey fascinating. To be honest I did start Face Lace ass-backwards. I had no business plan and didn’t understand finances. My only saving grace was that I knew my market. Now, I have many wonderful  people who I can go to for help with budgets, marketing, and production. The UKTI (UK trade and Industry) and UKFT (UK Fashion and Textile Association) are also wonderful and very supportive of businesses like ours that manufacture in the UK. I still do some makeup work to bring in personal money, as I put most of what we make at Face Lace back into the business. Someday, soon, we will even move to a proper studio. 

Would I recommend starting a business to anyone else? Hell, yes! I don’t think there is anyone more qualified to say “If I can do it, really, you can do it too!”.

By Phyllis Cohen

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The art of being a make-up artist http://face-lace.com/the-art-of-being-a-make-up-artist-2/ http://face-lace.com/the-art-of-being-a-make-up-artist-2/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:22:42 +0000 http://face-lace.com.www102.jnb2.host-h.net/?p=6315 Qtutorial1

I have been a make-up artist for 30 years and, for me, it was the perfect career choice.

The challenges are travel, keeping your make-up kit organised and knowing how to adapt a look for various facial and skin types. It is also extremely important to get on with the crew on a photo shoot and to do the best job possible in the time allotted.

As a makeup artist, you get a brief, structure your make-up kit according to the brief and make sure that you arrive on time at the relevant location. I believe it is extremely important to tune into the energy of the crew on a production. When make-up is complete the next, very important, phase is to keep your eye on the work you have done to make sure it stays as perfect as possible throughout the production.

Being a make-up artist can be a wonderful adventure. There is ample opportunity to let your creativity flow and to hone your craft. After a career of 30 years, I still find working with other talented people in the creative industry to be a rewarding and very fulfilling experience.

By Phyllis Cohen

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Application http://face-lace.com/tutorial_1/ http://face-lace.com/tutorial_1/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:56:47 +0000 http://face-lace.com.www102.jnb2.host-h.net/?p=5784

 

Applying Face Lace products is easy and quick. Simply peel off the Face Lace design you want to wear and put it in place.

Face Lace products can be applied over make-up but, for best results, we recommend that you apply the product over clean skin with minimal make up. Many primers and beauty balms contain silicon in their formulations. Although this is great for ensuring smoother make-up finishes and better blending it is, unfortunately, not an ideal combination with our Face Lace adhesive.

If Face Lace is used over clean skin with minimal make-up and you put it back onto the backing sheet after wearing, you should be able to wear it more than once. Eyelash glue can also be used to enable further wear, if the original adhesive starts to dry.

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