Prime Time

I’m a huge fan of Primers and my favourite is Prime Time by Bare Escentuals.  You apply a small amount before applying foundation. It helps to keep your foundation in place and also combats greasy and dry flaky skin.  It retails at around £18 per 30ml bottle, but a little does go a long way and it should last for quite a while if applied sparingly.

Urban Decay Potion

My other Primer must have is Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion.  Apply it before your eye shadow and it helps keep your eye shadow colour vibrant and there is no creasing too.  It retails at around £11.00 per 10ml bottle, but you only need a small amount.


Heidi Montag

There’s a lot of positive and negative press about Botox and there are celebrities who go completely over board and do Botox no favours.  Put personally, I LOVE Botox and Dermal Fillers.  It’s such a great way to take a few years off your face without having invasive surgery.  If you go to a skilled practitioner, who knows how to administer Botox and Dermal Fillers, there is now reason why the final result should look unnatural.

How many hours have you spent looking in the mirror, examining those lines that you hate?  Apart from  the obvious benefits, I noticed that after having Botox, I immediately stopped looking at all those lines.  Suddenly they are gone and it’s one less thing to worry about.  It’s also nice to have friends and colleagues tell you how young you are looking lately, especially when you haven’t let them in on your secret!

But I do think Botox and Dermal Fillers should only be used as a way to try and turn back time for ladies (and gents) who are a little older and the difference would be appreciated.  I spoke to a nurse who gives her 19 year old daughter Botox injections as a preventative measure for her future wrinkles!  Totally over the top and I hate to think what her daughter looks like.  Take Heidi Montag for instance.  She was already a beautiful girl and at 23 there is absolutely no need to have Botox, but she seems to have lost the plot and has gone beyond Botox to have a ridiculous amount of cosmetic surgery done too.  I wish someone would have stepped in and told Heidi how beautiful she was before she went too far.

Here are links to the Top 3 Glamour Model Agencies in the UK. They are all registered with the Association of Model Agents.

Lucy Pinder

Samantha Bond – Samantha Bond are a well respected Glamour Agency in London and have been established since 1977.

Neon Management represent many famous Glamour Models and Celebrities including; Katie Price, Abi Titmuss, Danielle Lloyd and Lucy Pinder.

I.M.M. Models Incorporating Yvonne Paul Management In June 2003 I.M.M. took over the Yvonne Paul Management model agency.

When you’re thinking about becoming a Glamour Model, it’s important to bear in mind the different types of Glamour modelling markets. Glamour Modelling ranges from soft porn (think Katie Price and Abi Titmuss) to the more revealing, top shelf magazines.

It’s a fact that magazines like Zoo and FHM have tons of girls beating down a path to their doors, all desperate to appear in their magazines. But not many girls know that if you are an amateur model, you probably won’t get paid to appear in these magazines. The majority of the amateur girls appear for free. This is both a good and a bad thing. Yes, you get free exposure in a national magazine and it’s great for your modelling CV, but you’re not going to make a living out of it. Building up a great, professional portfolio and getting a good agent is the best way to get regular paid work. On the other side of the coin, there is a lot of money to be made appearing in the more revealing top shelf magazines. If you don’t mind appearing nude and basically showing everything, then this is for you. If you are slightly more demure and have a limit of topless only, you’ll be better suited to posing for magazines like FHM and Maxim.

Whatever type of Glamour Modelling you decide to try, it’s always important to stay safe and trust your gut instincts. Professional Glamour Photographers will not mind you bringing along a chaperone (as long as it’s not a crazy, jealous boyfriend!). There are a lot of strange men out there looking to exploit naive young girls, so be careful and never feel pressurised into doing something you feel uncomfortable with.

I’m often asked by aspiring Glamour Models how they can become a successful Glamour Model. Like any modelling industry it is dependent on a few key factors;

* Good looks (of course)
* A good body
* An ability to pose confidently in front of the camera
* A professionally shot portfolio (absolutely essential)
* An established Glamour Model Agent
* And maybe a bit of luck too (there’s a lot to be said for being in the right place at the right time!)

Let’s have a look at each of these points in a bit more detail:

* Good looks – Ok, I know this is an obvious one but the modelling world is a shallow industry. It’s tough and it’s not fair, but unfortunately it’s the way it is.

* A good body – Whether you want to be a Glamour Model or a Fashion Model, you do need to look after yourself and be trim and toned. In Glamour Modelling, curves are very much an asset. Having said that, I modelled for 2 years with a small 34B bra size. I was often tempted to have implants, as lot’s of models around me all seemed to be doing it . But I never gave in. Natural boobs are beautiful and contrary to popular belief, men LOVE them!

* An ability to pose confidently in front of the camera – See my last post!

* A professionally shot portfolio – If you want to be a Glamour Model, you have to have a professional portfolio. No ifs or buts. Glamour Model Agents will not accept photos you have taken of yourself with your mobile phone or your digital camera. Nor will they accept photos your boyfriend has taken of you in your bedroom etc. Agents of course can spot potential talent, but they need to see what you look like and how you pose in a professional shoot. In short, they want to see you at your best and home made, amateur photographs won’t do this for you. Don’t get a portfolio done by some old pervert, who just wants dirty photos of you for their ‘private collection’. A decent, professional photography studio doesn’t do ‘TFP’ (Time for Prints – or free photos). Professional photographers charge for their photos because they are good at what they do and it’s their job.

* An established Glamour Model Agent – Agents are the holy grail of the Modelling world. They have contacts with photographers, magazines, TV companies etc. They can get you work. An Agent works on your behalf and it’s in their best interests to get work for you. DO NOT, EVER pay any money to a Model Agency. Genuine Model Agencies don’t ask for money up front. They earn their money by getting you work and taking their commission from that. If a Model Agency asks you to pay to register to be on their books, walk away.. no run!!! It’s a scam and they won’t get you any work. They’ll take your money and laugh all the way to the bank.

* And maybe a bit of luck too – ‘You’ve got to be in it to win it’. No-one is going to knock on your door and offer you a modelling contract. You have to get out there and make it happen. You never know, while you’re out there trying to get noticed, you might be in the right place at the right time…

Posing for a photo shoot is always a difficult thing for a new model to accomplish. I’ve found that most new models tend to feel self-conscious at a first shoot and quite often freeze when they first get onto the set. I think there’s a common misconception that modelling is easy and you really don’t have to do very much to make the magic happen. This is definitely not true. I always ask every new model I work with to practice posing in front of a mirror before the shoot. It’s good to have an idea of how you look and get comfortable with moving from position to position. Reading glamour magazines, finding glamour photos on the internet and having a go at recreating the poses is a fantastic way to give yourself a head start at a first shoot. Yes, it feels silly but you’d be amazed at how a little practice can make a huge difference.

I used to be a Glamour Model myself and so I enjoy helping new models with their poses. It’s fun to give direction and it’s rewarding watching a new model gain confidence and begin to throw her own poses into the mix. I remember my own first modelling shoot very well. I was testing for a local photographer who was regularly published in most of the men’s top shelf magazines at the time. I think I must have been a born exhibitionist because I got a real thrill from whipping off my clothes and posing in sexy lingerie. Thanks to that photo shoot, I went on to work with that photographer on a regular basis and he recommended me to his other photographer friends. I wouldn’t even say I was in the same league as Katie Price or Sam Fox (showing my age now), but confidence really does go a long, long way!

So girls, if you want to be successful, practice, practice, practice!

I love re-touching.  No, scrap that… I’m addicted to re-touching. I seriously can’t get enough!  I’ve had this addiction for many years now and I know I would be lost without Photoshop.  Glamour Photography is my passion and being able to manipulate the images at the end of the shoot is the icing on the cake for me.  Of course, I do like a good before and after and hopefully the photo below of mine is a good one.  I like to think I’ve not gone totally insane with the retouching here.  I think there’s just enough so you would recognise the model in real life if you ever met her.  The model is called Jade by the way and the photo shoot took place in a night club in Manchester last year.