Primp Powder Pout - a Make-Up Artist's Life: The Extraordinary Miss Lena Mae


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Friday, 12 March 2010

The Extraordinary Miss Lena Mae

There have been a lot of different things and lots of different people that have inspired me, my make-up and fashion. One of the people that has really helped me get to where I am today is Miss Lena Mae.

I've known Lena Mae for about 5 years now and we became friends straight away. Lena Mae is a performer and dancer and I have had the pleasure of following Lena's career throughout the years and have been her sole make-up artist for all of her London events.

I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for Lena Mae. She has helped me develop myself as a make-up artist throughout the past few years.

Here are some of Lena's great events and shoots that I've had the pleasure of working on.
Lena's very first performance!
...and Lena after the show! She was amazing!

We always, without fail, have a brilliant time behind scenes of all her events. I love this girl!

Behind the scenes at Madame JoJo's

Lena looking a bit shell shocked at Tournament of Tease!
She's so silly!
Lena and I just before she went on stage. This was a good night indeed!
Now this gig may not have been Lena's favourite place she performed and we do often refer to it as the 'gig of death' but we still managed to have a lovely time and Lena rocked the stage as usual!
Look at this beauty!
This is Lena with my basset hounds. They love her as much as I do!

The pictures are endless really and I will continue to update them from now on. 

On top of Lena Mae being a great performer, she's also ridiculously creative and talented and most things from making her own costumes, knitting to being a great little photographer!

Lena came to visit me recently and was kind enough to go for a walk in Richmond Park with my bassets and I while taking some lovely pictorials of us all. She's so good to me that after our epic walk, Lena let me play around with her make-up too!

Myself and Mr Buckminster Fuller Gifford 
Above is the best picture Lena has ever taken of me...she loved it so much I've been framed and placed on her wall in her kitchen (this is a major privilege)

Lena Mae is a star and my little bundle of inspiration. Please be sure to check her out and watch for updates on here as well so you can see our backstage hilarities and more of Lena's photo taking skills!


  1. I'm glad she is all full of lovely friends down in the Southlands xxx

    We miss her and love her oop North xxx

    She is a wonderous love - kisses to Scrubby Lemon and all who sail with her :-)

  2. kitty Kat, I am sooo Proud of you hunney and love that your still giggling xxxxx


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