Make up artist Sally Bunting: “Never let your creativity be caged, let it out”

Words by Steph Hodgkinson

Make up artist Sally Bunting

Make up artist Sally Bunting. Image courtesy of Sally

Make up artist Sally Bunting, 21, has been freelancing for the past few years. She gives Polka Dots & Potions an insight into the highs and lows of her job…

Being a make up artist might seem like one of the most glamorous careers, but life as a make up artist isn’t easy. Freelancing is particularly difficult in the current economic climate, as make up artist Sally Bunting says: “It’s a very expensive career and the work isn’t always constant.

“It’s hard because people assume I can get to all the locations easily. There are always people who want something for nothing as well but the products are expensive, so I have to think whether it’ll be of any benefit to me and my portfolio.”

The 21-year-old from Sheffield has been freelancing for the past few years and does make up for everything from weddings and proms to music videos, photoshoots and fashion shows. She studied cosmetic, theatrical, special effects and media make up at Sheffield City College.

Sally's 'wound' special effects make up

Sally’s ‘wound’ special effects make up. Image courtesy of Sally

Sally is under pressure to get the look right to ensure her clients are satisfied with their makeovers. She says: “There is a certain amount of pressure, but I always emphasise that if they want anything changing that they tell me. I wouldn’t be offended.

“A lot of it comes down to personal preference, especially with weddings, but I include a trial with my wedding packages to prevent situations like that on their big day.”

Sally’s favourite shoot was one of her first shoots for a photography student. “Her theme was ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’. It was really fun, and I enjoyed how I had a theme to stick to, but each look was totally different.”

Sally on the set of a photoshoot. Image courtesy of Megan Smith

Sally on the set of a photoshoot. Image courtesy of Megan Smith

She says the highlights of the job outweigh the expenses, though: “One of the best things about the job is the proud feeling I get when I get the images back, or when I help to make a bride’s day special.”

Her dream client would be Lady Gaga or Marilyn Manson because “both are incredibly individual and their looks are very creative.”

So which products does she swear by? “There’s a discontinued No7 Highlighter, which I cherish! It looks amazing for any look, especially bridal makeup. Brand-wise I use a lot of MAC, Illamasqua and Ben Nye. I’m also HD airbrush trained, so I use Airbase for that.”

Although it can sometimes be tough, Sally’s found her ideal career. What’s her advice for aspiring make up artists?

“Save up as much money as you can! It helps when you can afford high quality brushes and products. Also, never let your creativity be ‘caged’, let it out.”

Make up by Sally, modelled by Sally

Sally modelling her make up techniques. Image courtesy of Sally

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Tribes: on their new album ‘Wish To Scream’, craziest outfits and support slot for The Rolling Stones

TribesBy Lucy Howell

Polkadots & Potions caught up with Johnny (vocalist/guitarist), Jim (bassist) and Miguel (drummer) from Tribes before their first gig of the tour in Sheffield. The Camden quintet will release their second studio album, Wish To Scream, on May 20th. They are currently touring the UK, as well as playing at several festivals this summer alongside rock royalty, The Rolling Stones.

How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never listened to you before?

Jim: British Rock ‘n’ Roll

Which bands would you say you’re most influenced by?

Jim: I think the ones we all have in common are Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, real sort of song crafty writers.

Miguel: We actually just found out we’re playing with Stones at the Hyde Park gig.

That’s pretty impressive! You must be excited?

Jim: Yeah it’s gonna be wicked. We’re doing Glastonbury as well, so we’re driving  down from there for Hard Rock Calling on the Saturday then gonna drive back up to Glastonbury to watch Stones. So we’ll see them twice within about 10 days.

Here’s Jim talking about the concert :

Can you tell us a bit about the new album?

Jim: We recorded it out in La Sound City Studios with a guy called Kevin Augunas who was a great man to be around. He is a very passionate music fan with great ideas, so it was an amazing experience. And to be out in LA doing it was a dream come true.

What song were you most excited about when you were recording?

Jim: Personally ‘How the other half live’ which is the first track released off the album. It just came from being a really simple demo, then working with Kevin through it and getting these incredible sounds out and just transformed it.

How does the new album compare to your debut?

Miguel: I think it’s more mature.

Jim: The main thing with the writing is that the first album was very much based on experiences and it was retrospective in a way where as this one is way more optimistic and forward thinking.

When it comes to fashion sense, they certainly look like they know what they’re doing; but Johnny tells us that’s not always the case…

You have a great following. Are you big users of social networks? Do you it has an important role in a band’s success?

Johnny: Not at the start. It’s so sad to see bands spending all their lives on their phones instead of writing tunes. But as time went on, and we signed to Island, they were keen on us using it. Now we have someone to help us out with it. You can’t really live without it because everyone relies on it.

Do you have any final words for your fans?

Johnny: The album is out May 20th, it’s on pre-order now.

You can listen to the full interview here

Photograph by Lucy Howell

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Blue Lip Feel: on being in the studio, touring and their love for 70s fashion

By Lucy Howell

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Polkadots & Potions caught up with Sheffield quartet Blue Lip Feel who are singer-guitarist Oliver Tooze, guitarist Conor Houston, bassist Will Adams and drummer Sam Bywater.

So you’ve been in the studio. How did that go?

It’s been great, you know there’s something special awaiting you on your last Mix of the studio session and we know were working harder all the time and the new material is our favourite work to date.

Who’s involved? 

Blue lip Feel, Alan Smyth (2fly) and our good friend Stevie Keys.

When can we expect an album? 

Not for a long time. There are certain steps this band has yet taken to lay the gauntlet as such and we would have to be extremely excited about tracks to record an album, in a year and a half would be about right, so expect it then I guess.

Take me through your song writing process…

It’s constantly changing, it’s sometimes all of us sat down trying to collectively add instruments and adding vocal from pre-written lyrics. Or like the most of the time, we just start singing a fresh melody.

Which song are you most excited by/proud of and why?

Man I Am, it felt like a progression with our music ability and our maturity,

You’re on tour with Tribes at them moment, how’s it going?

It’s unreal, they have been amazing to us guys. Such great talented guys and they’re just giving us a break we need. We met some amazing folk on the tour and gained so many new fans. These gigs have been amazing for us.

What kind of music influences you?

Music that has that spark that makes you want to sing, play and write music yourself.

We love artists, singers and players from all genres. Mainly guitar music but we are open to everything.

Where’s your favourite place to play and why?

The Leadmill is always amazing. There’s a certain spirit when taking to its stage. It’s our hometown favourite.

The reception you get in London seems to get better each time you play there. Would you ever consider moving there?

Yeah we’re currently considering it now.

Who would you most like to tour with and why?

Phoenix. Because they would be such a good band to watch side of the stage every night, and they’re humour in interviews looks similar to ours.

What’s your dream festival line-up? (Dead or alive)

An answer that could be time consuming…

Were thinking, The Doors, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Strokes, The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, Hot Hot Heat, Thin Lizzy, Laura Marling, Melody Gardot, Kings of Leon, Jimi Hendrix, Arcade Fire, The White Stripes, The velvet Underground, Van Morrison, Ray Davies,

What music are you listening to at the moment, any new bands?

Transfer are the best new band we discovered, they are also on the tribes tour they are incredible.

Oliver:

How would you describe your fashion sense?

The Early 70’s

Do you still work at Freshman’s Vintage Store in Sheffield? 

Yeah it’s great, All freshman’s shoppers are just great people to work around.

Do you cherry pick the new stock for yourself?

I certainly do.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

A handmade South American waistcoat.

What’s the worst thing you or your band mates have ever worn?

Jeans with no crotch.

Where do you shop?

Probably in your old man’s wardrobe.

You’ve got a young Caleb (KOL) style hairdo- was he your inspiration?

Not for the hair do, but a young Caleb was a cool cat.

Who’s your style icon if you had to pick one?

Its difficult to say most probably Marc Bolan,

Second would either be, Jim Morrison, Keith Richards or Bob Dylan

You can catch Blue Lip Feel at Mosborough Music Festival on Sunday 23rd June. Get your tickets here.

In the mean time, listen to their latest track from the band’s official SoundCloud page :

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90s fashion: back with a vengeance

Words by Steph Hodgkinson

The decade which gave us Nirvana, ‘girl power’ and Art Attack is now making a comeback. The ’90s has made a sensational return to fashion and is big news right now.

London Fashion Week 2013 saw Topshop Unique, Vivienne Westwood and Henry Holland offering punky tartan, oversized boyfriend jumpers and clashing prints on the catwalk. Topshop in particular are nailing the look with their ‘Rave New World’ collection which includes acid brights, Aztec prints, checked shirts and even bumbags!
So I asked the people who grew up in this decade what the latest revival of their childhood fashion meant to them. Was it a good or bad decade for fashion?
Sophi Ward, 20, says: “It was a good decade for fashion. I used to wear double denim like B*witched, jelly shoes, bandanas and Spice Girls t-shirts!”
Saved By The Bell were ’90s style icons. Source: www.bite.ca

Nicole Wood, 19, says:  “I used to rock a white t-shirt with a bright pink net top over the top and bright pink denim shorts to match. And you can’t forget the dungarees.”

Alex Askham, 28, has fond memories of the fashon: “I loved pedal pushers – in fact it took me til the mid-noughties to get rid. I loved my baggy combats too with a crop top, All Saints style.”

Nicola Beal, 30, adds: “Who could forget Sweater Shop jumpers and hair scrunchies?”

There were also fashion blunders aplenty as Sally-Ann Henderson, 20, recalls: “Those skirt/trouser all in one things were horrific! So glad I was a little kid through it. How embarrassing!”
Love it or hate it, it looks set to make an impact time and time again with its constant revivals. Here’s our round-up of the classic ’90s fashion pieces from the high street…

H&M

Boyfriend Jeans, £29.99, H&M
Patterned aztec dress, £9.99, H&M


Patterned earrings, £2.99, H&M
TOPSHOP
Pink jelly shoes, £16, Topshop
  Dungarees, £38, Topshop
Rose cord pini dress, £42, Topshop

RIVER ISLAND

Black and white flatforms, £20, River Island

NEW LOOK

Purple crop top, £4.99, New Look
Dip dye crochet vest, £16.99, New Look
‘Lost In Your Love’ dip dye top, £14.99, New Look

Boohoo.com

Cerise lycra disco pants, £10, boohoo.com
Floral leggings, £10, boohoo.com
  • Do you have fond memories or fashion blunders of ’90s style? Let us know what you thought!

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Little Green Cars: on their debut album ‘Absolute Zero’, latest single ‘Harper Lee’ and their ‘hipster’ look

Dublin band Little Green Cars have come a long way since they entered Battle of the Bands back in 2008- especially considering they didn’t actually win the competition. They have been named ones to watch by The Guardian and The New York Times as well as being featured in BBC’s Sound of 2013.

I had a chat with the band in their tour bus after their first slot supporting Jake Bugg at 02 Academy, Sheffield.
 
Adam: “That’s one of the biggest shows we’ve played. I saw a little three-year-old on his dad’s back giving it loads for Jake Bugg!”
 
The band should get used to playing bigger venues as they’ve had a lot of radio play and media attention recently. Radio 1’s Zane Lowe named their first single ‘The John Wayne’ as ‘The Next Hype’. Does this add pressure?
Adam: “We try not to take it all on board and focus on what were doing. It’s really nice though.” 
The debut album ‘Absolute Zero’ is due for release in the UK on May 13th. The band worked with producer Markus Dravs (Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons) who was their first choice. He had originally turned the band down but after hearing a couple of tracks he had a change of heart.
 
Faye: “He didn’t want to tamper with the music or fiddle with anything too much. So that was great for us. We’d love to work with him again.”
 

Little Green Car’s fashion sense is a bit of a mixed bag…

Don looks uncannily like Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) and coincidently also plays bass. Dressed in black skinny jeans and a denim short sleeve shirt, he’s nailed the double-denim look.

Guitarist Adam has a pair of daring pink skinny’s on, paired with a checked shirt. This matches his bright and outgoing personality as he is most forth-coming throughout the interview.
 
Frontman Stevie has a funky floral, vintage-look shirt on and is rocking his floppy Barnet.
 
Co-lead singer, Faye, has a 90’s grunge look going on; wearing pale jeans, a black roll-neck crop top, a checked shirt layered further by a baggy khaki shirt.
 
And drummer Dylan looks pretty laid back in a shirt over a plain t-shirt with jeans.

So, is fashion a factor you need to consider when you’re in a band? 

Adam: “It’s definitely important but I don’t think it’s a good thing to talk about (laughs). I think forever people have always expressed themselves in some way through the clothes they wear. I think it’s intuitive.”

Faye: “You can always tell if someone’s uncomfortable in their clothes.”
 
Adam: “There was actually a comment on Facebook recently. Someone wrote: ‘So happy to see Little Green Cars doing well. It’s a shame they made them dress like hipsters though.’ It really got to me! I wanted to write back: We dress ourselves man!”
Some of the band’s fist gigs as punters are pretty impressive: Kings of Leon supporting Pixies (Don) and Paul McCartney (Stevie) and some are slightly more comical:
 
Dylan: “Mine was Craig David! My mum had to take me along because she couldn’t find a babysitter…honest.”
 
Faye: “Blink 182. There were condoms blown up and I was like: ‘Ahh balloons!’. My mam was shouting, ‘Don’t touch them!’”
The band is currently touring in the UK then  Ireland before kicking off their North America tour. See if they’re coming to a town near you here

In the mean time, check out their latest video ‘Harper Lee’ from the band’s official YouTube page:
 
Photographs by Gary Wolstenholme

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