Local Make-up Artist gets Sew Creative to Help Kettering Hospital

Elaine Barrow has been a make-up artist for 10 years and works all over the UK. Her jobs have included teaching Make-Up masterclasses, training up retail artists to sell products, working back stage at London Fashion week, being part of the make-up team for the Rio dancers at the Olympics in 2012 and for TV, fashion, editorial, Bridal and one to one lessons.

elaine Barrow bandana

Elaine Barrow


Whilst in lockdown Elaine has been trying to make the most of her time, she has begun her own YouTube channel and does online tutorials to put onto her social media channels. Elaine says “People are always asking about different looks and techniques, so I wanted to provide these through step by step video’s.”  It’s proving very popular, especially as people are having more time to experiment with different looks at home.

Elaine also wanted to do her bit to help all our keyworkers who are working through some tough times at the minute and the NHS in particular, and came up with the idea of making rainbow dog bandana’s after doing a rainbow eye make-up tutorial.

As Elaine or her partner don’t have children the ideal partners to help out were her trusty dogs!  Elaine knew exactly how she wanted them to look and being creative  got onto it straight away, ordered the material and when it arrived began cutting and making them, drawing an NHS logo on each bandana.

After putting a photo onto her own Facebook and Instagram accounts Elaine got some great feedback and had others asking if she would make their dog one. She had material left so thought why not!

Elaine had the fabulous idea of charging a small fee to raise that money for the NHS as they’re doing such a wonderful job it made sense to help. Elaine charges £7 for each bandana which includes postage and £5 of every one goes to the NHS (£2 covers cost of the material, posting and equipment).   It’s been such a success she has now made over 70 and is determined to get to the 100 mark and raise £500.elaine Barrow bandana

Elaine has also bandanas for cats, donkeys and Alpacas too! And has received some lovely messages back from very happy doggie parents and photos too which she going to present to Kettering General Hospital (which is where she has chosen for the money to go) when she has completed the task! Elaine says “It’s been such a wonderful thing to keep me busy and keep my creative mind going throughout lockdown and give just been so happy that I could do something small to help.”


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