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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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Bridal makeup tips

30 Apr

What a beautiful sunny start to the week. Such a pleasure!!

In no time at all the wedding season will be kicking off. We have the pleasure of being guests at a wedding on Saturday in fact. It’s all very exciting, the dress is ready, hair style thought through and makeup all sorted. And that’s just me ;0)

So many brides want to know the ‘secrets’ and tips to looking their very best. At this point it should be said that bridal makeup really isn’t that different to ‘normal’ makeup!! Everyone wants to look the best they can (i assume??) and the majority of people like to look quite natural (during the day at least). The only difference I routinely suggest to brides is the use of long wear/waterproof makeup. All that blubbing needs to be taken into account ;0).. But then again, many guests do suffer the same fate ;0)

Right. Here are a few of my hot tips:

1) Make sure your foundation is the perfect colour, that blends perfectly with your skin. Don’t make do, or your photos will be a memory of that orange day for ever more! Don’t choose a finish that is too powdery, as it will make your skin look dry. Yuk! There are long wear formulas which still leave a dewy finish, head for these – Bobbi Brown and MAC have GREAT options.

2) Use a primer (see the previous blog entry) to ensure your foundation stays in place until you cave at the end of the day.

3) Consider a cream blusher. It will give the soft but polished finish that looks so pretty. MAC, Bobbi Brown and Nars all have amazing shades of pinks and corals to make you look amazing. However, if you tend to have greasy skin perhaps stick to powder blush.

4) Use a long wear cream shadow as a base on your eye lid. This will give a great base colour, but mostly it can act as a primer for the powder shadows you put on after. Again, Bobbi Brown and MAC have great options. However, I have also recently tried Maybelline’s cream shadow which was impressive. Also, the Italian brand KIKO (at Westfield Stratford and Shepards Bush) has fabulous shadow sticks and powders, at amazing prices.

5) Waterproof mascara. Obviously! And unless you have alabaster skin, use black mascara.

6) Try a lip stain under your lipstick. Choose of soft and pretty pink stain, such as Rimmel or Benefit and layer your lip colour and gloss over the top. This way, as the top layers wear off through kissing and sipping champers, you should still have colour on your lips! You should only need to top up the top coats when you pop to the ‘ladies’  , instead of a special trip. Hurrah!

As I said, most of these tips are perfect for day to day makeup as well!

I thought you might like to have a peek at a couple of bridal makeups I’ve done….

Best wishes all!!!