January: Valentines edit with Frances O’sullivan

Hi Frances! How’s everything?
Hey! I’m very well, how are you?

How did you first get into make-up? What first sparked your interest in it?
I first got into makeup from my love of horror / theatrical makeup. Halloween was my absolute favourite time of year, I would cram as many looks as i could into the weekend and planned my outfits and makeup well in advance.

We love that you’re very experimental with your make-up. How do you get inspired?
The fashion that I’m into can be quite theatrical and costume like at times so I often see my makeup as an extension of what I’m wearing. I also find a great deal of inspiration from films, artists and illustrations that I love so my makeup style can look quite expressive and cartoon like. 

What inspired your make-up looks for our collaboration? 
Some of my favourite colours to work with are reds and pinks so working with a valentines collection was great for me. When i saw the design of the pieces, I thought that the makeup that was best suited to the clothes was a simplistic heart based design that could be worn day to day with the clothes.

What would you say to other people who aspire to become a MUA?
I would probably say the best way to start off is to experiment each day with makeup and try out loads of different styles to find what area of makeup is most suited to you. Most importantly, makeup is a great way to express yourself so have fun with it and don’t be afraid to try new things.

What is your favourite piece from our Valentines day edit?
My favourite piece would have to be the multicolour heart jeans, they’re so cute!

What are you up to for the rest of the year; do you have any exciting projects coming up that we should look out for?
Im currently working on a makeup project for university but will be uploading all my personal makeup projects online and on my Instagram throughout the year. Im really excited about this as i have a ton of ideas that I want to try out. I may also be uploading some tutorials if people are interested 🙂

Follow Frances on instagram @beautyspock

October: Skating and style with Stefani Nurding

The assumption that girls should stay away from skating hasn’t stopped Stefani Nurding from climbing to the top of the skate scene. Signed as part of the Vans Skate Team Stefani has been breaking down gender barriers and demasculinising the sport since she first started out. Stefani’s style is key to her skating and channels her creativity in her company Salon Skateboards which sells customised grip tape and boards. We caught up with Stefani at one of her favourite skate spots and chatted about her unique style, travelling the world and exciting new projects.

Stefani! How’s everything?

Hey I’m great, how are you?

How old were you when you first started skating? How did you get into skateboarding?

Me and my brother had a cruiser when we were kids that we would mess about on. It wasn’t until I was around 18 and I was competing at snowboarding that I started to skate in the summer.

You’ve previously spoken about the association with masculinity within skate sports. Was it hard first starting out as a female skater? How did you breakdown the gender barriers?

I got so sick of back handed compliments like ‘you are good for a girl’ and guys that skate like once a week saying, “OMG you are better than me!” as if that couldn’t ever be possible. I used to get comments on my clothes all the time from both women and men, commenting on the length of my shorts, my hair accessories, it was exhausting because it was just the normal clothes I liked to wear. I thought a lot about why this might be and I realized that people were weird about things which are seen as feminine, I think they are seen as weak. I started to be out spoken about how you can be feminine and wear what you like and skate (or do other sports) to any level you want without having to give in to pressure of masking yourself in masculinity to be able to be included.

Where are your favourite places to skate?

I love London and really love Sweden and California.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve skated?

Probably a dinner tray, I have skated down the stairs on a dinner tray before 😂

Would you say you view the world in a different way because of your skateboarding?

I think I have become really open minded from traveling so much which I am really grateful for and I definitely notice if something is skateable or not.

Why is style an important factor in skateboarding for you?

I just like to have fun with my clothes, skating is creative and so is fashion and that’s why I love them because I like to experiment.

We just launched our Winter 17 Collection “For Lovers & Others” what are your favourite pieces?

I love the Trippin’ Dungarees and the I Dig You tee the most but also the Hex skirt ♥️

What are you up to for the rest of the year; do you have any exciting projects coming up that we should look out for?

I am going to be working on my skateboard company Salon Skateboards, I just released a grip tape Collaboration with hello kitty and have some more exciting things coming up with that. Other than that I’m going to be getting some tricks filmed and traveling to China, Sweden and California for that. I am also going to be doing some customisation videos with Vans and with some of the other fashion brands that I love.. So hyped.

Photography by Natalie Baxter




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