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Mother’s Day

7 Mar

It’s March! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, not even a corner really as it’s on Sunday, more like at the end of a short, straight path…

So, I thought it might be nice that I gave a few short pointers about makeup and styling for the more mature face and skin?!? You can pass it on to your Mummies, or direct them to my blog if they’re up to speed like mine :0)

In essence makeup is makeup, and the general rules apply.. Wait for it.. Yup, here it is, my chat about CONCEALER, AGAIN! Use it, use it, use it. Don’t assume foundation will do the job, it doesn’t (it does a different job very well!). Use a concealer that is creamy and just a touch lighter than your skin tone. DO NOT do very pale concealer. It looks stupid, not natural and just stands out in the wrong way! Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer is fantastic. There are so many shades that one will certainly cover those dark circles, in itself taking a good few years off. If you want something lighter, look for a pen style concealer. BE WARY of highlighter pens such as Touche Eclat. Again, they have their place, but in my opinion not layered under the eye (see note above about unnatural and pale concealer!). Clinique and MAC offer some lighter liquid concealers worth a look.

A cream blush will shave years off. As we get older our skin gets drier. Any powder should be used sparingly. Nars and MAC have some great blushes that help give a wonderful glow to the skin. Nars ‘Orgasm’ multiple stick is a cult fave and for good reason! It is quite shimmery, so don’t go overboard, and just to the apples of your cheeks. Imagine you’ve just  dashed up a flight of stairs. That’s where the colour should go..

Eye liner. Use a good pencil or gel liner next to the top lashes. Pencil is fairly simple, do short strokes along the lash line until you have  continuous line. You can either leave it like that, or smudge it slightly for a softer look. Be careful when smudging not to get too enthusiastic, or it will end up more like eye shadow than liner! Gel liners are fab as they are waterproof and tend to last longer therefore. Use a good eye liner brush. Place your elbow on a hard surface, like a dressing table, and then use your other hand to GENTLY hold your eye brow up slightly. This will mean that you can get right into the lashes and get a perfect line without there being a gap between lid and line. Try doing short strokes and joining them up again, rather than one long continuous line which is seriously hard. The pleasure when using gel liner is that you can get away without doing a long line, so the end result looks far better! Bobbi Brown, MAC, KIKO, L’Oreal all do gel liners. I love them, and so will you soon :0)

Avoid liner under your eye. You will look tired and you don’t want that! If you’ve been used to wearing heavier under eye makeup, trust me, you will defo look younger once you stop! I appreciate a change of look takes some time to get used to, but you’re worth it ;0) Try some soft, matt, light grey, taupe or bronze shadow at the outer corner under your eye. It will be such an improvement on liner. Follow this with a volumising mascara. Black will help define your eyes.

Go for a brighter shade of pink on your lips, something a shade or two brighter than your natural colour. Your eyes will look more sparkly and your skin more alive. Bonus! Try a little lip liner before your lipstick, in a very soft, natural shade. Our lips get thinner as we get older and we start to look older for it. A natural lip liner, such as MAC ‘Sub Culture’ is perfect. Follow the line of your lip, not outside it. Then fill it in and go all over your lip with the liner. This will also help keep the lipstick in place. Again, creamy textures are far more forgiving and flattering than matt. In fact, avoid matt textures like the plague ;0)!! Bobbi Brown’s Creamy lip colour is a great texture, and ‘Nectar’ and ‘Pink Blossom’ are a very pretty shades! KIKO also have some pretty colours..

 519 Baby Pink

This is ‘Luscious Cream – Creamy Lipstick’ in ‘Baby Pink’ by KIKO. Bright, but still natural.

Well, I hope this is interesting to y’all and your lovely Mums!!! Get in touch and let me know what they think…..

Happy Mother’s Day

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Brand alert…

17 Jan

Brrr! Just a tad chilly at the mo, eh?!

Well, if you’re looking for indoor activities this weekend and fancy a spot of shopping, why not spend some time wandering about the beauty halls somewhere? Just me…?!

I was pottering about one such place recently and came across a new brand I hadn’t seen…. ‘Wild About Beauty’. This is a brand brought out by Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacob. They have an ethos that I completely agree with – not overloading the skin with makeup, natural looking finish and natural ingredients.

Taken from their site wildaboutbeauty.com

“Without over-complicating beauty; we offer a core collection of easy to use, paraben free, make-up essentials. Our products are packed with nourishing, beneficial ingredients including Winter Cherry Extract, German Chamomile and Organic Rose Water that work in harmony to enrich and care for your skin.”

Honestly, I’m not crazy on the name, or the packaging, but it’s what’s inside that counts (ha! funny coming from a makeup artist!).

I tried out the concealer (obviously, as I’m obsessed!). It is creamy and goes on nicely. I walked about the store and looked in plenty of mirrors, and yes, it covered my dark circles! It comes in a little pot with two shades, so you can mix and perfectly match the shade to your skin. They don’t have a lot of pot combos, but there are probably enough to suit most people.

I was given a couple of samples of serums

Rose Water Illuminating Serum

Rose Water illuminating serum

Botanical Skin Prep

The Rose Water serum has a nice light texture that you can use on its own, or under makeup. Nice!

I also poked my fingers into the eye shadows and cheek colours. All lovely textures. The shadows are very flattering colours, and come in powder and cream. The blush comes in powder, cream and cream to powder (clue in the name, goes on like a cream and develops into a powder finish).

You’re going to love the brand if you like soft, natural beauty. All very interesting and really worth a look ladies :0)

Have you tried any of their products? Write a post and let me know!

Speedy polished makeup

8 Jan

Happy New Year folks!

2013 is upon us and the January blues are a now a reality.. Sad but true that every year January feels like a major let down. Grey, murky weather is a massive contributor to this, no?? So, what’s the answer? Well, clearly the classics like new challenges and goals would be a sensible starting place? However, a new set of togs from the sales is far more exciting! Having an 11 week old makes shopping slightly trickier. Having said that, having an 11 week old opens up a huge world of new shopping opportunities ;0)

Thinking about making changes and new looks ties in quite nicely with the ‘New Year, New You’ idea I think. One of my dearest friends (another Mummy as it goes) asked me recently how she could look ‘more polished’ (her words, not mine – I can honestly say she always looks great!). However, she also wanted to know how to look more polished, and it not take 1/2 hr to achieve.. A January challenge!

As a new Mum I totally appreciate time being of the essence, even more so if you have a limited interest in makeup to begin with (I’ve heard these people exist ;0) )! I think the idea of looking polished involves a few things;

1) Not looking tired

2) Not looking tired

3) Having glowing, even skin

4) Slightly flushed, healthy looking skin/cheeks

5) Defined features, specifically your eyes

6) Using products that stay in place all day, stopping the need for any touch ups

Right. How do we get this amazingly easy finish? Skin care is vital. It means you make sure the canvas for your makeup is in tip top condition. Make sure you moisturise morning and night, and I mean face AND eyes! Also, make sure you carefully and thoroughly remove all traces of makeup from face and eyes EVERY night.

The ‘not looking tired’ is so simple. I’ve championed the product before….. CONCEALER!! Run, sprint, race and elbow your way to Bobbi Brown and buy your creamy concealer (and corrector if you have dark circles like mine!). They will help you buy the perfect shade so you can trust it every morning. As a side point, I haven’t worked with or even met a scary/rude Bobbi Brown artist yet, they’ll be helpful and in no way intimidating.

Glowing skin is also a pretty easy one to achieve. Use a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. Choose one with an spf so you know you’re protecting your skin at the same time as making the tone more even. You can use fingers to dab on the product and then gently sweep it around your face into place (obviously you can use a brush, but this is the quick method!).

Cheeks. So easy! Cream blush. I say cream as it helps add to the dewy, glowing skin thing.. Dab onto the apples of your cheeks. Done. The cream below is MAC, and the colour ‘Something Special’ is a lovely pretty peach pink – just the ticket :0)

 Cremeblend Blush

Now, eyes. Use a log wear cream shadow that lasts. Bobbi Brown, MAC, Kiko (see below) and L’Oreal all offer shadows that stick to your lid all day. Use a brush (flat head, not with fluffy bristles) to apply the shadow (perhaps a light or mid brown, light grey/silver, or gold for a day to day look) from lashes to the crease of your eye (go ever so slightly above the crease and blend gently with your finger).

Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow

Then use a dark pencil, (brown, grey or black will suit most people, but if you want some colour, navy, purple and green are great options) on the top lash line. Have a read of my previous posts and you can see why putting liner under your eye can act against points 1 and 2!! Now, you can leave a stronger line, or you can smudge your pencil liner for a softer look – a 2 second act! Mascara all round, top and bottom lashes, and please, don’t let it stay clumpy and ugly. Use the brush to sweep through your lashes until each is defined. Much, much nicer. You could also use a light touch of powder on your T zone, but this is adding a step…

To keep your makeup looking polished ALL day you can use primer under your BB cream/tinted moisturiser/foundation. OR quicker again, choose a moisturiser that has one in it, try Bobbi Brown or MAC. Clever!

Vitamin Enriched Face Base

I can hand on heart promise that these steps should take no more than 10 mins to do, and with a bit of pressure like a screaming baby I reckon you can whittle that down to 8 mins ;0)

If you want a total makeup, then define your eye brows and add a little lip colour.

Let me know if you want any other pointers, or how fast you can get the job done!

Brides Galore

7 Aug

Hi folks!

As you know (or at least we’ve been told) it’s summer! Summer, although it (usually) means sunshine, bronzing, picnics and alfresco dining, it also means wedding season is in full swing. I have had the pleasure of doing the beautifying prep work for a number of Brides. All of whom, I can vouch, have been wonderful ladies to work with, and gorgeous!

So, I thought I would share with you the most popular makeup and hair features I’ve seen, and done, so far.

Bridal beauty is often the epitome of ‘natural beauty’. Funnily enough, whether the end result is ‘no makeup’ or ‘party/carnival’ almost the same number of products are applied to the face and skin, and only the colour and tone is changed.

Wanting to ‘look like yourself’ is a popular request. However, I have pointed out that whilst this concept is all well and good (thanks magazines for the concept!) that if in fact you don’t wear makeup day-to-day, you are unlikely to look quite like ‘yourself’ once I’ve done my magic! Still, I’m not a total gorgon, and do at least make sure my brides look glowing and the image of perfection by the time I’m done.. The other element that should be remembered is photos have a power to essentially disintegrate makeup, so you need enough in the first place to show throughout the photos, and your album.

Lashes, individual and strips have been a very popular request. I have to say, I am a huge fan of these little additions! Individual lashes at the corner or your eye, or the full strip for volume, really do add a wow factor. These with a good black mascara and some feline shaped eyeliner really does transform your eyes. Be careful in applying them if you’re doing you own mind..!!!! ‘Transform’ can be a negative idea ;0)

Pink lips are always the starting point, but I have noticed more girls asking for brighter shades. This can add so much to the overall look of the makeup. Having the little extra ‘punch’ of colour can make your skin look healthier and your eyes more twinkly.

In terms of hair styles, a soft and less structured look is definitely the ‘look de jour’. It can be a lot more flattering, and modern than the more structured styles. Having said that, you do need to bare in mind the look of your dress and mood of the wedding in general when choosing hair styles, more so than makeup. Having heavily stylised hair and a country garden theme isn’t a natural match for example! Another interesting change is a slight shift from higher to lower styles. Now brides often talk about low buns, rather than having hair angled up from the ears (previously thought to be more flattering).

Although they may not be close ups of makeup, here are a few images of my brides doing bridey things :0)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the different looks, and any thoughts for new bridal trends..

Hot summer tips

14 Jun

I’m back! I have had the pleasure of being away on holiday :0) Not only a holiday, but a wedding abroad! Unsurprisingly, it was a picture perfect wedding with weather to die for, and a newly married couple looking distinctly like they’d just fallen out of a Vogue wedding supplement. Simply stunning.

Now, weddings and holidays are never complete without having a darn good look about at outfits, makeup and hair styles. Well, for me at least (I strongly suspect that every girl is the same!)! I saw some wonderful styling and some of the dreamiest maxi dresses ever. A resounding success you may think… However, some makeup glitches were clear to see.

In my very humble opinion 2 main areas need addressing.

1. Bronzer (a perennial irritation I’m afraid, although it does seem to be more of a plague in the summer months).

What is bronzer for? Well, it adds a lovely glow to your cheek bones which is meant to simulate the affect of the sun. IT IS NOT meant to look like a large, brown, streaky stain from nose to ear. Bronzer shouldn’t really even touch your cheeks, simply the cheek bones. It is not flattering to skip the blusher step and whack on more and more bronzer. Neither does it create a sun kissed glow!! Keep blusher on the apples of your cheeks and then bronzer next to it.

2. Eyelashes

False eyelashes are amazing. There are all sorts out there; long, thick, glittery,  feathery and coloured. The list could go on! More commonly people look for lashes to add length or volume. Individual lashes are great for this. You glue on small sections of lashes to the outer corner or centre of your eye. Full sets of lashes can also be stunning. The tricky bit is making sure you get them on at the right angle, as well as making sure they are the right length from inner to outer corner of your eye.

Make sure the lashes aren’t too long. If they are, simply snip off the last few mm from the outer edge of the lashes. Then make sure you carefully glue the inner and outer corners extra well (to stop them lifting). Once the lashes are lying on top of your own, gently use your finger to angle the lashes up slightly, at the same time as pushing them into place. If you don’t do this you end up with a ‘closed eye’effect. This defeats the object of putting the focus on your eyes!!

I hope these tips help, and you now rival the A listers on the red carpet!Get in touch, leave your comments and let me know if these tips help :0)

The great eyeliner debate (which i’ll solve for you!)

21 May

Good day! Monday is here again.. a grey, dull Monday at that. Still my phone assures me that there’ll be highs of 23 degrees this week. Hurrah!!

Another busy, fun weekend. The main event was a wedding makeup in Hertfordshire. 1 bride, 4 bridesmaids and the mother of the bride all made up and ready for the ball (well wedding..). As always, official photos of the bride and her crew, sorry ‘bridal party’, will be updated as I get something. The bride wanted something slightly more defined and glamorous than a natural look, which you’ll be able to see soon. She looked stunning in her beautiful tiered dress and full length veil…. Congratulations!

An interesting chat arose (for the ummm, 496th time in my life ;0) ) during the prep time. I always ask what type of makeup someone would like (and more specifically what they wouldn’t like!!) so I can get a grip on the style someone wants. However, I do feel a duty to point out the ‘errors’ in some people’s wishes……. One of the girls clearly stated that she didn’t want eyeliner next to her upper lashes, but only under her eye. Uh oh..!!!!! This is one of those things which I feel strongly about (we’ll get on to the bronzer/’brown smudge of yuk’ look another time!).

What is the point of makeup..?? To enhance the features we have? To hide any imperfections? To express how we feel, our personality? To look more polished? Well, clearly the list could go on. One thing I notice is missing.. to look more tired? Strangely enough that wouldn’t appear on anyone’s list ;0) So why then, pray tell, do people insist on a) putting eyeliner solely under their eyes, and b) asking me to do it ;0)???? Indeed, I shall not!

The theory and clear difference between the two looks is one accentuates the top lid and so looks more lifted. The other look acts to accentuate under the eye, acting like a shadow and dragging the eye down, which can defo make us look tired. Eeewwww!!!!!

I have tried to take some photos to show the difference (you have to allow for the crossed eyed side affect of taking your own photo!!). I also chose NOT to put any mascara on in order for the focus to be completely on the eyeliner.

Now, it’s not to say that you can’t EVER put anything under your eye. Just make sure it’s a very light to medium shadow or liner. If you’re doing a ‘rock look’ eyeliner will go all around the eye… ALL around is the key!

So, there we are…What are your thoughts?!

Ciao!