I arrived early and there was already quite a queue forming, everyone was just as keen to get a good seat! After waiting about an hour and a half i was checked in and handed a goodie bag which I restrained myself from looking at as I promised my sister in law I'd go through it all with her when I got back to their house later. After embarrassingly/unknowingly sitting next to some of the girls from Geordie Shore and being asked to move from the reserved seats, I sat (elsewhere!) and waited for it to start. There was about 100 people there including Holly and Sophie from Geordie Shore, someone who I'm told was in Love Island (Kaydy?) and two girls from Coronation Street. Two girls who have the makeup salon Pout Patrol then welcomed everyone and introduced Ariel. I have followed him on Instagram for about a year now, which isn't too much longer that when he started to do Kylie Jenner's makeup.
For those of you who don't know him, Ariel started doing makeup at age 18 and now at 21 is Kylie Jenner's makeup artist doing her makeup almost every day of the week, and also managing to fit in makeup for her Mum and sisters and other celebrities such as Chrissy Tiegan. Ariel received a DM on Instagram from Kylie asking if he was free to do her makeup for an event and the rest is history!
I think a lot of people think of the Kardashians/Jenners as being very heavily made up, and images of Kim with the dramatic cream contouring a couple of years ago likely stick in their minds. But Ariel's makeup style isn't like that. The best way for me to describe his makeup is 'beautiful'. It's soft, there's no harsh lines or heavy sculpting, no crazy colours or trendy Instagram looks. It's all about beautiful glowing skin, usually based around bronze and gold tones on the eyes and neutral lips, very 'red carpet'. That's not to say there is not a lot of makeup used in these looks, but the way he applies it makes it so soft and stunning. I found it funny to be in a room surrounded by heavily contoured, 'Instaglam' girls when Ariel was talking about how that is not his vibe at all. I'm hopeful his makeup looks challenge people to change their way of thinking with makeup and realise you don't need every makeup trend on your face and don't need to look the like girls on Instagram all the time. There's nothing wrong with that kind of look on occasion but I absolutely love softer, more beautiful makeup which enhances the natural beauty and Ariel's style is just exactly that.
Ariel demonstrated a stunning 'day glam' look (on the most gorgeous model I've ever seen) and talked about his career so far. To think how much he has achieved in three years and at such a young age is so inspiring. He has focused on his dreams and through persistence they have been achieved. The first look was absolutely stunning, a beautiful soft gold eye with no lashes or liner, glowing skin and a nude, understated lip.
We weren't allowed to film him or take photos whilst he worked, but we did get a chance to take photos of each look once finished which I've added to this blog.
I'll write another blog soon about the contents of my goodie bag, keep an eye out for it as it was amazing!!!
Thanks Pout Patrol and Ariel for a wonderful night.
You can find Ariel on Instagram @makeupbyariel
PS here are the professional photos taken and uploaded to Ariel's instagram, stunning!