The summer is coming and we all know what that means. Wedding Fever!! 😍🎉💋👰🎩💄💗
My family friends Dan and Emma are getting married soon and so we thought we would grab an opportunity to do a makeup trial. After some discussion on what kind of colours Emma usually wears/ prefers, we decided to give it a go. My partner in crime Lauren, always tells me that the skin needs to be prepped correctly. Otherwise, no matter what you put on top, the makeup won’t sit well on the skin.
A bride must always prepare her skin for the big day – making sure she exfoliates and moisturises in a way that is right for her. How do we know this? By really noticing and looking to see how your skin behaves. There is no magic potion or wonder cream, it’s about finding something that works for you. Don’t ever be afraid to ask advice. Ask professionals about skincare, read up on blogs and get swotting up 👍
Emma’s skin was a little dry so I cleansed and moisturised, leaving the moisturiser to soak in for a few minutes. Then I used a ByTerry base in cream beige which has a medium to heavy coverage. On your wedding, choose a base that will last all day. Estée Lauder Double Wear is another great foundation that is long lasting.
Emma loves browns and earthy tones, so I applied one bronze over the lid and a matte brown to contour from my Smashbox eyeshadow palette using a 217 brush. I then lined the top lid with Estée Lauder blackened cocoa kohl and set it with a brown shadow for a soft definition on top and a little on the lower lash line. We didn’t have any posh eyelashes with us so I used some cheapie ones just for our test 😯 On the day we will use lashes with a much more delicate lash line so they look more natural. Individual lashes are good idea to keep it soft and natural too as they add volume where you need or want it most.
I then contoured the face with a matte Clarins bronzer with a little mac blush to brighten the cheeks. Cream blush is also a nice alternative for the big day as it smudges on easily giving a healthy glow without looking too matte. A Estée Lauder nude lippy topped with a Clarins lip perfector and the lips were done. Next time, we will line the lips first for more definition. A sweep of Mac mineralise and a slick of mascara and we were finished.
Until next time…
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!
It’s the office party. You’ve had a barrel of wine and it’s only 8.30pm. The vodka luge was a bad idea and you wake up face down on a creepy colleagues floor with crumbs and cat hair stuck to your face. Hey…we’ve all been there. Actually these are all separate events that have happened to me but for the sake of the story I rolled them into one. What’s my point? Well I don’t really have one. All I’m saying is, it’s easy to be the hot mess at any Christmas party but you may as well look good while you’re at it. Yes your makeup will undoubtedly slide off your face at around 4am whilst you eat a kebab, but hopefully that will be in the privacy of your own home. Then you can just detag the bad photos on facebook the next day and keep the goodies. Job done.
On a serious note 😉 we have a tutorial coming up really soon which shows you how to make the most of your eyes this Christmas. The basics of smokey eye with sprinkle of Zhoosh ie. Glitter. Glitter is totally acceptable at this time of year without people thinking you’ve either come dressed as a fairy or your stuck in the 90’s. It’s a time where you can go a little wild and show off so watch this space – it will no doubt get you in the party mood.
In the spirit of Britney Spears… Have fun y’all.
For a few months now, my friend Erin and I, have been practicing her hair and makeup look for her wedding day – as well as all her bridesmaids! Time flew by as it always does and last weekend we set our alarms for early doors. At 7am we were up, ready to rock and roll having set up the night before to make sure everything ran smoothly. Erin decided to go for a natural makeup was with some pretty false lashes for definition and her hair was curled using a babyliss conical wand for a vintage feel. I wrapped the curls in a net while she slipped into her lace dress and then fingered the hair through around half an hour before she walked down the aisle so it had time to relax, and drop a little. Her bridesmaids walked barefoot in nude and terracotta dresses with rustic wild flowers in their wavy unkempt hair which was also waved using wands.The wedding was set in an open barn which was laden with kitsch decorations. We drank bramble cocktails, home made lemonade and sat on hay bales – plus the fish and chips was pretty damn good :} The atmosphere was so relaxed, the hair and makeup very much suited the day. Its always such a honour to be such a big part of someones big day and especially when it’s a special friend. What a day. X
I have alot of eyeshadows in different palettes so I decided to decant them into my new Z Palette which is a magnetic palette that comes with magnetic discs. As a make-up artist you need to spare your back as much as possible so if someone has a solution to help me travel lighter, then I’m all for it! The magnetic discs are sticky on one side so even if some eyeshadows have a plastic or aluminium casing you can stick the eyeshadow to the magnetic disc and then they will sit nicely in your Z Palette. Getting your eyeshadows out of their existing packaging is where it gets a bit tricky! They will often just pop out but sometimes you may have to warm the glue on the base of the eyeshadow with a lighter underneath the packaging to get them out. This can sometimes be a little dangerous and messy so be very careful! Have a look on YouTube as there are plenty of tutorials that show you how to do it. We’ll put that on our list to film. Have you used a Z Palette and how did you get on decanting?!
Top tip: Take your time and be careful not to crack your eyeshadows!
*We bought our Z Palettes on eBay.
Having stopped in for a glass of wine and a chat with the pro’s at PAM’s studio launch shindig, I found myself browsing and a willingness for my debit card to leap out of my bag. Having watched this concealer/corrector/blush palette/lip palette or whatever you want to call it be expertly applied… I decided I needed it! I’ve only had it a week and can’t imagine what I would do without it. You can tackle so many different skins with a product like this which makes it worth it’s weight in gold.
Le Maquillage Multi Task Fard Cream – a must for any make-up artist building up their kit.