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I'M SLAP HAPPY; MAKE-UP KNOW-HOW IS VITAL FOR US ALL, BUT FOR A POP WANNABE, IT'S LIFE OR DEATH. OUR KIM TOOK LESSONS FROM THREE ARTISTS...

Byline: Kris Sullivan

POP sensation Nelly Furtado always looks stunning when she sets foot on stage - and she has one person to thank for that. Herself.

Since the Canadian singer decided to have professional make-up lessons, she insists on applying her own make- up for concerts and video shoots.

No-one would argue that Nelly looks fantastic - so can make-up lessons really be that good?

To find out, we enlisted the help of Kim Flannigan, an up-and-coming Scots pop star desperate to know the tricks of the trade.

Kim, 18, of East Kilbride, forms two-piece Clear together with 17-year- old Alan Fraser and soon hopes to be signed with a record label.

So far, she's had professional make-up artists on hand for photoshoots, but Kim was keen to gain a little know-how herself.

We sent her to lessons with three different make-up artists. Here are the results.

TAYLOR FERGUSON BEAUTY SALON, BATH STREET, GLASGOW

Price: pounds 26

LEANNE Johnson, head beautician at Taylor Ferguson, has a pop idol among her clientele - Darius. When he is at home in Glasgow, he pops in for skincare and to top up his fake tan.

Leanne began Kim's lesson by giving her a small hand mirror, so that Kim could keep a check on exactly what was being done.

After a consultation, Leanne decided to apply Kim's make up in an up- to-date style, similar to that of Kylie.

She first showed Kim how to prepare her skin and then applied a dewy foundation.

Leanne applied glossy eyeshadow to one of Kim's eyes, allowing Kim to copy the technique and apply eyeshadow to her other eye.

Throughout the lesson, Leanne gave Kim helpful tips on which brushes to use and how to correct any mistakes.

KIM'S VERDICT: "My skin was glowing, which I liked. It looked healthy and natural. At first, I was unsure of the colours Leanne used - pinks and purples - but it was very Kylie.

"I loved the highlighter on my neckbone, jawbone and nose. I have tried this before myself and, until now, have never been able to get the same lift as Leanne did. I particularly liked the mascara and glossy lips.

"Leanne showed me how to make my eyelashes look really long without being caked and my lips look fuller without lipliner.

"I would definitely be able to do this look myself now as Leanne talked each step through. I could see what she was doing in the mirror and I practised my own eyeshadow with Leanne advising me."

Tel: Leanne Johnson, 0141-332-0397.

MOLTON BROWN LONDON, ROYAL EXCHANGE SQUARE, GLASGOW

Price: Complimentary

MAKE-UP artist Angela Daley treated Kim to a mini-facial before beginning the lesson to ensure that her skin was prepared.

Next, Angela applied Molton Brown's liquid light foundation followed by compact loose powder to achieve a flawless base.

Throughout the lesson, Angela explained what she was doing, which products she was using and why, with helpful tips on how to apply blusher and shape her brows.

At the end of the lesson, Angela gave Kim a chart showing which products had been used and where on her face she should apply them.

The guide is aimed at helping the client to remember what they learned in their lesson.

KIM'S VERDICT: "Purple eyeshadow was not my first choice of colour, but the overall effect was nice. My lips looked really full and very glossy, but I thought they were a bit too red and would have preferred a lighter colour.

"However, Angela said that young girls are afraid of colour and should experiment more. And she was right, because everyone else loved my lip colour.

"I think I will be able to do this look myself, as Angela's techniques were easy to follow, but I would have to use Molton Brown's specially-cut brushes to get the same effect and it would have helped to see what Angela was doing in a mirror."

Tel: Angela Daley, 0141-248-8090.

MAC, FRASERS DEPARTMENT STORE, GLASGOW

Price: pounds 20 redeemable against purchase

MAC make-up is worn in pop videos by Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham and many others, so what better place to have a make-up lesson?

Angela Noble, MAC make-up artist, began Kim's lesson in front of a large mirror and also gave Kim a small hand mirror so that she could see what happening throughout her lesson.

Every step of the way, Angela explained her technique, gave handy make-up tips and consulted Kim about choice of colour.

At the end of the lesson, Angela handed Kim a face chart with all the shades and names of the products used so that she would find it easy to copy the look at home.

KIM'S VERDICT: "I really liked the green and grey Angela used on my eyes. It was very smoky, very similar to the look favoured by The Corrs.

"The new Studiotec foundation matched my skintone perfectly and gave good, even coverage without looking as though it was caked on.

"Again, I think I would need to buy the MAC brushes to get the same result.

"I would have preferred more natural-looking lips - maybe a baby pink or peach shade would have suited me better.

"I think I will be able to achieve this look, as I found Angela's advice easy to follow. I also watched the technique of blending darker-coloured eyeshadow into the corners of my eyes. I'm going to try that myself.

"After all these lessons, I now feel brave enough to do my own make-up and I'll be giving it a try on my next photoshoot."

Tel: Angela Noble, 0141-221-3880, ext 2014.
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