I had no problem recruiting friends to join me for this ultimate girls’ night in! We stocked up on champagne and pizzas (memories of old times when we all worked in London!) and gathered at my friend’s farmhouse to meet Korben Niblett who is interntational make up artist and tutor for the Jemma Kidd Make Up School.
Korben is just delightful. He’s the sort of best friend that every girl dreams about having – you know, ready to pop round with a blusher brush and a great bit of styling advice whenever required. He was also ultra professional and wasn’t in the least bit put off by the sheep outside the window (“So, who uses primer?” “Baa”).
What we didn’t let on was that although we may have looked like a bunch of Surrey housewives, we had all worked as either beauty journalists or pr executives at some point in our careers. In short, we’d heard every beauty tip on the planet. Or so we thought – because Korben has completely reinvented how to apply make up at home, making it quick, easy and very effective. The class is a mix of demonstration and workshop and we were shown all sorts of fantastic tricks and tips that transformed us into the sort of dewy, airbrushed goddesses that you only ever see in magazines (not bad seeing as we’re all over 40!). And best of all, we learnt how to do it ourselves.
The Jemma Kidd Pro range is gorgeous – I’d readily put it up against premium brands like Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown. Special mention goes to Skin Rescue Bio-Complex Veil SPF15, a tinted multi-tasker developed in conjunction with Shiseido that moisturizes, primes and illumintates the skin. It was so good that we all bought one on the spot.
Everyone loved their new look and the masterclass experience. Having friends at hand and being close to home certainly makes everything more relaxed (or was that the champagne?). Anyway, thoroughly recommended.
Jemma Kidd Masterclass@home workshops are two hours long and cost £25 per person for seven people. At the end of the class you take home two make-up bag essentials worth over £30. You can also buy make up on the night (no hard sell, but difficult to resist!).
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