Beauty & Makeup

Beauty & Makeup

Philippa Louise Makeup

07769 903517, www.philippalouisemakeup.co.uk Based in Mill Hill, Philippa Louise is a professionally trained freelance makeup artist. She believes that makeup should always “enhance your natural beauty and never disguise it.” Philippa is also trained in applying airbrush makeup, which her clients love, especially brides, as it’s hypo allergenic makeup that is lightly sprayed on to the face, is long lasting (up to 15 hours), flawless, lightweight and very natural. “My clients love the radiant and natural finish that airbrushing creates but most importantly that it lasts all day and night without any touch-ups.”

EDITORIAL FEATURE

  • The wig issue

    By Melanie Angel
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    Though nothing in life is guaranteed, it's a safe bet that the majority of women reading this article will not be wearing a wig. But you might have given a passing thought to what it might be like to wear one.

    For orthodox married women, the question is not what it's like to constantly cover one's head, but how they will cover it. As Naomi, from north west London, explains: "The mitzvah of covering your head derives from the Torah. It's understood that once a woman gets married, she acquires a different social status. She needs to expect she will behave in a different, dignified way and, to reflect that, she needs to wear something on her head, whether it's a scarf, hat or wig. I'm not saying it's easy at first. I was very into my hair before I got married. I liked it trendy and fun and my first sheitel appointment was quite traumatic because I felt that, as it was such an expensive item, I couldn't change my look every six weeks as I'd been used to."

    In the years since, Naomi has become more comfortable about being creative with her wigs and, on the rare occasion she wears a headscarf at home, enjoys the look she gets from an unexpected visitor who is unused to seeing her with a different appearance.

    Playing around with wigs is all well and good if you have the flair and courage to style them yourself. But, with human hair sheitels costing anything from several hundred to several thousand pounds (human hair is overwhelmingly considered the most wearable), it's a risky route if you're not blessed with the coiffure skills of Nicky Clarke.

    This is where a wig specialist such as Denise Dome becomes so helpful. Having trained as a stylist at Robert Fielding, Denise became more orthodox over the years. "First the trousers went, then the skirts came, then I started covering my head. I have specialised in wigs for the past 12 years - not just for religious ladies, as I also have clients with alopecia or people undergoing chemotherapy who have lost their hair - and I feel I'm in a good position to advise women, partly because of my professional background and also because I have been on both sides of the religious spectrum."

    Of the wigs Denise sells, a selection comes from Noble Sleek, an east London-based importer stocking "thousands" of styles with various fixings. To know you could have an Afro one day and a ginger pre-Raphaelite the next must be a comfort to a new sheitl wearer who may, like Naomi, be lamenting the loss of a bit of fun with her hair.

    It is good to know there are wig specialists around who understand hair fashions, caring for a wig and the importance of fit and comfort. As Denise comments, "I always say if it fits you, you're half way there. You can change the colour, the style and - to an extent - the size, but that costs extra."

    In terms of comfort and making sure a wig stays firmly put (rather than, as happened once to Denise, being lifted off your head by a low-hanging branch), there are a variety of choices: a closed or stretch net cap feels tight and secure, a fine lace cap breathes and a velvet wig grip is the most comfortable as it doesn't need clips or grips.

    Some women shave or closely crop their own hair to stay as cool as possible, but most have a short bob which can be neatly tucked away.

    As far as styles are concerned there are distinct age demographics.

    Denise can style your wig any way you like - she is known for creating the perfect updo - but there are definite themes going in different age groups. Twenty-somethings wear their long sheitls straight or tonged, sometimes on a band worn an inch back from their own hairline.

    The 40-plus might go a little shorter with more wave.

    In their 60s, women are mostly asking for shoulder-length wigs with more body and women in their 80s are "still brown. I don't have much call for grey sheitls!"

    Most women own two wigs, one for every day and one for best, though a few - like the lady who has one specifically for the gym - might own four or five.