Here are some shots from the photo shoot the other day with the lovely Jojo Desmond, singer, songwriter and dancer!
First up, we started with our cheesecake, pin-up look. The makeup was kept simple, with a plain vanilla eye, red lips and falsies for a Jane Russell inspired look. The hair was rollered towards the top of the head at the front for the victory rolls and hot sticks were put into the back for a nice retro wave.
Our second look was a ballet dancing ’80s rockstar!’ We decided to go with blue and gold on the eyes, strong pink cheeks and glossy lips. The hair was backcombed for maximum volume, hair sprayed a little and then set free to move!
Our last look was quite experimental 😜 We created a sad, slightly scary clown queen! Jo had some preferential colours so we went with the flow to create something a little bit different. We mostly used Mac pigments and greasepaint to achieve our desired look. Let me know what you think!
To keep those peepers bright, you must first get lots of sleep and drink lots of water. That’s a no brainer really. Secondly, try using eye drops on a daily basis when you wake up in the morning. They flush out your eyes of excess makeup and give them a refreshing lift. If your feeling daring you could keep them in the fridge 😳. Another good way of de-puffing and keeping the eyes bright is to use a cooling gel mask or pop a couple of slices of cucumber onto your lids – it’s a old trick but a goodie….any excuse to take 15 mins out of your busy day for some QT. If you have a glass of Hendricks gin and tonic nearby – just throw in the cucumber or dip it in some houmous when you’ve finished with them. That’s what I call posh recycling.
My wind whipped cheeks aren’t the only thing that’s rouge this winter. Joli Rouge by Clarins is a delightful little flirty number, perfect for a winter’s day or even for Valentine’s. Believe me when I say it’s a lovely lipstick, very moisturising as well long lasting. This is worth the money and the trip to the shops. Even my cat liked it and she has VERY good taste.
Remember to wash your makeup brushes! They harbour dirt and bacteria whilst sitting in your makeup bag (which can cause spots) so try and wash them every week. You’ll notice a difference as they’ll feel much softer on your skin.
For a quick clean you can use a brush cleaner or for a good clean use a shampoo or washing up liquid. Apply a little conditioner to the bigger brushes to make them really soft. Try not to get any water on the handle of the brush as this will damage the brush fibres and make your brush moult.
* Drying tip – rest the handles on a surface and let the brush head dry freely as they’ll keep their shape better.
Next week I’m off to do a music video for a lovely singer-songwriter called Jo Jo Desmond.
We’ve already chosen two looks which we did in her photo shoot, one retro ’40s inspired look and an ’80s rock chick look (pics below). For the video, I’m researching a third look!
We’re going to go a bit more abstract so have been looking at using some pigments, face paints, face lace, extreme falsies, or maybe even some aqua colours to get creative and try something different!! See my inspiration pics below.
For me, the great thing about starting out in the makeup world (I’ve only been doing it for a year😁) is working on projects where you have the freedom to be able to try out colours, textures and ideas that you wouldn’t dream of doing normally. It’s all about expression, and that, for me, is the real beauty of the job.
Wish me luck!!
Will post pics of the final look next week…
Always take your makeup off before you go to sleep you grubby little strumpets!! 😉
Cleansing and moisturising is a big part of your skincare routine and tres important to keep your skin in its best condition. If your skin is super dry like mine then use a night cream with a serum – apply the serum first. Another good tip is to apply a small amount of Vaseline to your eyelashes to keep them lovely and soft.
*When you are trying out new products always ask at counters for testers to try them out in advance.
One of my new year’s resolutions is to pay a bit more attention to my hair. I am very lazy with my hair and I’d much rather spend time on my make-up! As you can see from this photo, my hair has a natural wave to it and it’s also quite fine so any product that’s too heavy just weighs it down. I wanted to try and find a spray that would enhance the waves but also keep my hair feeling soft. I’ve used mousse and other sprays in the past but they’ve always left my hair feeling sticky, which I cannot stand.
Whilst having a quick fix of the QVC Beauty channel the other day, I saw that they had the guys on from the Percy and Reed salon in London (Fran gets her hair cut there, posh!) Adam demonstrated the texture spray and I knew immediately this could be the one!
The girls at Space NK in Cobham had good things to say about the range and after I had a quick spritz, the first thing I noticed was the most amazing smell! The texture was light and non-sticky and I was also pleasantly surprised by the price, £14 for 150ml.
I think this could be a staple item for me as it’s so easy to use and it gave me a good result – I didn’t even have to blow-dry. I just wanted a product that would work with my natural waves and I’ve got it in Percy & Reed’s Texturising Spray.