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Paisley Halloween Festival 2022 photoshoot – behind the scenes part 2

Monday 17th October, 2022

Have you spotted the fantastic posters and photos for this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival?

Following our chat with Graeme Hewitson at Monument Photos, we also caught up with founder of Nik Makeup Artist, Nicola Keegan, about the make-up look she created for our five superheroes on this year’s branding.

Read Nicola’s blog below:

Profile photo of make up artist Nicola Keegan

Hi, I’m Nik, owner of Paisley-based makeup school and studio Nik Makeup Artist.

I’m a fully qualified, multi-award-winning makeup artist with over a decade of experience. I love everything about the industry and have a makeup school to help inspire and teach others who would like to join the industry too.

Working as a makeup artist and studio owner my life is always exciting and every day at work is different!

I always look forward to Halloween; we get to be super-creative and put together some crazy design looks for our clients.

Being born and raised in Paisley I have always supported and loved the town’s events, but Paisley Halloween Festival definitely has a special place in my family’s heart.

I was blown away when I was asked to work on the makeup artistry for Paisley Halloween Festival 2022. It was honestly a dream come true when Cirque Bijou (event producers) chose me!

It was a busy time of year for Nik Makeup Artist, with a fully booked diary, but after receiving the brief we got straight to work on some mood boards.

Make up mood board for Paisley Halloween Festival photoshoot

‘The branding for the event is bright, fun, and playful. The colouring is neon, glowing and full of depth, with swirling clouds, a full moon, and wisps of smoke.
A range of bright colours, performance/dancing/show outfits. Graphic shapes and patterns. Makeup will be bold and colourful, matching the branding.’

I scheduled in my assistant Kellyann Lappin to help get the models ready for the photoshoot. I had designs in mind and a running order in place and we arrived an hour before the models to get set up and ready to start.

We met all the team who were so helpful and went over the brief and any changes to it. After speaking to the photographer Graeme from Monument Photos we confirmed the looks and times.

Superhero makeup look for Paisley Halloween Festival

The makeup room was full of vibrancy and excitement. We chatted with everyone checking that the models were comfortable, happy and at their most confident to shoot. We also spoke to Cirque Bijou and the event team to get ongoing feedback as the shoot got underway.

It was a lovely day and we were so pleased with the results, and to be a part of our favourite Paisley festival.

What a day it was to see the final images of this outstanding shoot. A career high was seeing the images on the front and back cover of our favourite glossy, Mill Magazine!

It just makes me even more excited to take my two children and husband to this spectacular event. We can’t wait!

Find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival