5 Must Have Products for your Wedding Day Makeup Kit

You’re all set to for your wedding day and you are ready to walk down the aisle – only later on you find that you want to top up your make up and you don’t have anything to do it with.

A good tip is to have a mini emergency kit on the day that you can give to your mum or bridesmaid to have in a bag for you so you don’t have to worry about it. Having make up professionally applied will make it last all day but if you touch your face a lot and with all the tears, kisses and drinking on the day of the wedding, it might affect the longevity of the make-up.

If you’ve booked me as your make-up artist why not ask me about the ‘Bridal Top Up Kit’ which can be custom made to meet your requirements.

A bridal top up kit is just the right size if you’re heading off to the church as it will fit nicely inside a friends bag. If you’re having a ceremony and reception in the same venue then you can leave it in your room so you can freshen up later in the day!

Emergency Kit Suggestions

Bobbi Brown Lip Set

 

Lip Pencil – Use the pencil to neaten the edges of the lipstick and stop colours bleeding. I like

Lip colour or Lip Gloss – Lipstick and/or lip gloss wears off during the day with drinking and eating. Top up your lip colour regularly so you’re always ready for the candid shots too.

For lips, I particularly love to use Bobbi Brown’s products as they are long lasting and feel great on your lips too.
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Pressed Matte Powder – If you’re prone to oily shine on the t-zone a light dusting of powder over this area will rectify this. I love to use Jane Iredale’s Purematte Finish Powder  as it absorbs oil and eliminates shine and doesn’t look chalky on the skin.

Blotting Papers – Pressing these onto the shiny parts of the face will absorb the oil.

Small Mirror – great for just checking over the make up for the close-up shots.

Tissues – For blotting tears, lip colour if you apply too much and making lip gloss less sticky.

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Hydrating Setting Spray – If you’re getting married on a hot day or abroad in a humid climate. A light spritz of hydrating spray over make-up will refresh your make up, cool your skin and help your makeup stay in place. I always use MAC’s Prep n Prime Fix + Spray. Its infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin whilst refreshing and finishing makeup.

 

 

You could add many more items to your bridal makeup bag however as it’s your big day you don’t want to spend too long touching up your makeup when you should be celebrating; the above items are my suggestions but feel free to pack as small or large makeup bag as you want and remember to have fun.

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Pretty and Natural Summer Makeup using only 5 Products

I am someone who loves makeup, especially working with Jane Iredale, Bobbi Brown, and MAC’s products, but as the weather is finally warming up, our thoughts are turning to warm, summer days, holidays and honeymoons.

So, what’s a makeup-crazy girl to do when she is headed out to the beach, BBQ, or a summer walk with her boyfriend? Bare-faced may be a little too bare, but looking made up looks out of place. A little enhancement always boosts our confidence and brightens our day, so here is a fresh and natural look that takes less than five minutes:

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Natural Makeup for Summer
Jane Iredale Dream Tint
Jane Iredale Dream Tint

Product 1 – For a warm summer day, you don’t want to build up to a full coverage, just protect and enhance your natural skin. I like to use Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Foundation which is an SPF 20 or Jane Iredale Dream Tint which is SPF 15. Use a light layer of either product and remember to apply the foundation/dream tint to the eyelids and ears, as these burn easily and are prone to hyper-pigmentation as we age. If you have dark circles or blemishes, you can add a little extra to cover up.

Product 2 – Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Brick in the shade Bronze Glow gives the most natural, radiant glow to the cheeks and face. The color in the compact looks dark but it is soft and beautiful on the face. I like to use Charlotte Tilbury’s Bronzer Brush to achieve a perfect light finish.

Product 3 – I team the Brightening Brick with Pot Rouge for lips and Cheeks; a gorgeous multi-purpose product which I use on the cheeks to give a soft glow, and the eyes for a blush of colour. My favourite summer colour is Powder Pink which gives a soft pink flush on the cheeks and eyes to make your eyes pop in the sunlight.

Product 4 – Finish the eyes with a just a thin layer of mascara. I like to use Maybelline Great Lash Natural Pretty MakeupMascara in Waterproof as it has a more natural dark lash look than the full on black mascara which we all love for special occasions and evening makeup, and it also stays put!

Product 5 – Finish your brows with a clear mascara to groom and hold them in place.

Product 3 – For lovely lips, moisturise your lips then blot your Pot Rouge for lips and Cheeks on your lips for a soft, stained finish.

Now you can head out, fresh, natural and gorgeous!

 

Photographs – Pinterest.com 

 

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How to apply False Eyelashes like a Makeup Artist

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For me false lashes are to beautiful makeup as a frame is to a beautiful picture. They are “the accent that completes most makeup looks, drawing more attention to the eyes.

To lengthen, thicken and boost our natural lashes, false lashes have now become a staple on the red carpet, where celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Adele, Nicole Scherzinger and Kim Kardashian wear them to finish looks that are like works of art. But the accessory is also gaining widespread popularity outside of Hollywood, becoming a go-to option for day or evening.

For me there is no right or wrong pair of false lashes however it is important to consider where you will be wearing them and the effect you are going for when choosing a pair that is right for you.

Individual lashes, like those offered by Makeup Artists for weddings and Occasion Makeup are a great option for those who wish to enhance a specific area on their natural lash, for example elongating them at the outer edges or emphasizing them in the centres to open up eyes. These are a little bit tricky to do on yourself so get ready with a friend and apply each other’s!

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Half lashes, like MAC 20 Lash are the easiest to apply, as you have less length to line up with your natural lashes. They also look gorgeous when creating a cat eye and perfectly complement winged liner.

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Full lashes open up the eyes the most, as they add volume to the entire lash line; they are Eye Envy 303 Lashes.jpgthe most dramatic and also the most flattering for those with sparse lashes.

Daytime lashes – When putting together a more subtle, natural look for daytime I recommend choosing softer pair of full lashes, such as MAC 31 Lash.  These lashes are a natural length and wispy. At the moment I’m loving Eye Envy 303 Lashes. Perfect for those needing extra fullness every day. For more dramatic, playful, glamorous results, select a thicker pair of natural lashes such as MAC 4 Lash. Again these are a natural length and wispy but much fuller than 31 Lash.

 

Step-by-step guide for applying a full strip of lashes:

Step 1: Measure the lashes to make sure the band is the right length for your lash line. For the most comfortable fit, they should begin approximately 3-4mm away from the inner corner of your eyes. If they are too big cut them to size with a small pair of scissors. Always cut off the outer edge not inner edge of the lash.

Step 2: Wiggle the band to soften the lash, so that it may fit easily over your lash line.

Step 3: Some lashes are straighter than others so if necessary, curl the lashes with an eyelash curler before putting them on. You’ll get the loveliest curl this way.

Step 4: Squirt a bit of lash adhesive to the back of your hand. Using a cotton bud, pick up some adhesive and spread it across the band.

Tip: Not all lash glue is created equal. Use a glue that starts out white and dries clear as Duo lash adhesiveopposed to one that dries dark. Dark lash glue has a tendency to mess up your eye makeup if you don’t get the application right the first time. (I like Duo from MAC)

Step 5: Wait about 30 seconds for the glue to become a bit tacky. This ensures that the lashes will adhere immediately, without lifting and sliding around.

Tip: The best position for applying false lashes: looking down past your nose into a mirror. This gives you the best view of your lash line and will help you get the application correct. Plus, it keeps glue from getting on your eyelids and messing up your makeup application.

Step 6: Tilt your head back slightly, while looking in the mirror. Using tweezers, hold the lashes in the middle while you apply them. Place the lash on the inner corner first and then attach the outer corner so it sits slightly above the natural lash line.DO NOT leave a gap.Now press down on the left, center and right ends of the lashes.

Tip: Wait two minutes for your lashes to dry, then go over them with a dark liner right at the root of your lashes.

Step 7: If necessary, use your eyelash curler and lightly press your real and false lashes together for a seamless finish and finish with a light coat of mascara.

Tip: How to make Your Lashes Last. If you plan on reusing your strip lashes, don’t apply mascara to them. Also, do not wash them as water will ruin most false eyelashes. If they’re especially messy from lash glue, gently peel it off. You can also use a gentle eye makeup remover and a Q-tip to cleanse the base.

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Have fun trying out your new lashes – go on be brave.

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Do You Have a Phobia of Lash Curlers?

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One of the main beauty tools I use and the one which causes the most looks of horror when I approach clients with it in my hand is my eyelash curler! Upon first glance, an eyelash curler looks like something straight out of a medieval nightmare however if used the right way is a necessary makeup tool and completely painless.

Like most tools, there is a wide variety of different types, sizes and ways to use an eyelash curler. The standard eyelash curler is held with your thumb and middle finger for a more controlled experience. But there are also heated eyelash curlers that look like wands, and precision eyelash curlers that help curl your lashes in small groups allowing for a more precise experience, or easier experience if you have smaller eyes.

Always start with clean lashes. Using a curler after applying mascara makes it easier to break or pull out lashes.

With your eyes open or looking down at an angle, lift your eyelid slightly with your opposite hand and place the curler at the base or root of your lashes. Once your curler is in place at the root of your lashes, gently clamp the curler together in a pumping motion, moving your curler outward toward the tip of the lashes as you go. Repeat if need be.

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Remember to look at yourself in the mirror, so you’re not blindly squeezing.

NEVER Heat up your lash curler. It heats up to quickly, making it too easy to burn your fragile skin and lashes. Ouch!

Tight line your lashes. Create a tight line with your eyelash curler for instant results. With a gel eyeliner, paint a line on the eyelash curler pad (the rubber section that curls your lashes), then get your eyelash curler as close to your eyelid as possible. You’ll want the curler to slightly touch your lid under your lashes. Then hold at the base for at least 10 sections and then curl as normal. If done correctly, you should have applied eyeliner on your lid to give the effect of fuller lashes! Take a peek at celebrity makeup artist Wayne Goss’s video to show you exactly how it’s done. Beware, this technique does require a couple of practice runs before you use it on your big night out!

Wayne Goss Eyelash Curler

Keep your eyelash curler clean. The one thing I harp on about to every one of my clients is the necessity to keep your eyelash curler clean. This isn’t just for hygiene but if you leave makeup on the rubber of your eyelash curler, the rubber gets hard and in effect turns your eyelash curler into a pair of scissors!!!  After every use, is a small amount of makeup remover or a baby wipe to clean your lash curler ensuring that you will have lovely curled lashes each time.

Experiment with different types of curlers until you find the one that is right for you. The right fit for you depends on your eye shape. Remember, don’t be scared of eyelash curlers. You are in charge at all times and if you don’t like it, you can stop!

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Mastering The Blush and Bronzer Duo

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Kim has Kanye. Gin has Tonic and Blush has Bronzer. Yes, the blush-and-bronzer duo could be one of your best makeup pairs if you know how to marry the two together correctly. From placement to application, each has its own set of rules and plays a unique role in accentuating your face. But like most duos, one wrong move can cause disaster! To make sure your blush and bronzer work in harmony, follow these simple rules:

The Brush

While some say makeup brushes boil down to personal preference, there’s truth to the fact that cut, shape and bristle type will lay down different pigments properly. With blush and bronzer, it’s no different. I prefer an angled blusher brush such as Zoeva’s 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush or MAC’s 168 Large angled Contour Brush that have an angled shape which fits the contours of the cheeks perfectly.

For bronzer, I prefer to use the same type of brush as blusher however I also love to use Zoeva’s 126 Luxe Cheek Finish Brush as it allows me sculpt the face and blend the bronzer for a soft look.”

 

Hue Selection

Does it matter if your blush and bronzer have clashing undertones? Not one bit. What does matter is that your bronzer should be warm or cool enough for your skin tone.  The bronzer should only be one shade darker than your natural skin tone to properly accentuates your skin. As for blusher, I always suggest the “pinch and flush” trick. “hoose a blush that mimics the colour of your natural flush or of the pink that appears when you pinch your cheeks. This way you know that the shade will suit you.

 

Matte Vs Shimmer

Shimmer and matte can certainly co-exist, and there’s no steadfast rule saying you must match your bronzer finish with your blush finish. However, when it comes to bronzers, the less reflective, the better. Shimmers in bronzer can also make pores look larger. On the other end of the spectrum, matte bronzers that are too dark can appear muddy and make the skin look dirty. I prefer to use a matte bronzer such as MAC’s Bronzing Powder in Golden, which gives skin sheer, natural colour and bronzes the face. I tend to layer this with a blush that has a hint of shimmer such as MAC’s Powder Blush in Peachykeen. The slight shimmer in the blush will capture the light, making your face not only glow in the right spots, but will also help your cheekbones pop.

 

Order of Application

Which comes first: the bronzer or the blush? I layer on bronzer first because it’s easier to blend the blush into the bronzer. How you layer your blush and bronzer ultimately affects the colour of your products. If you apply your bronzer after your blush, the blending of the two together tends to look muddy and causes your cheekbones to darken, which isn’t the effect you want to achieve. Apply your darker shade first with your lighter shimmer on top.

 

Location, Location, Location

Proper bronzer placement is linked to where the sun would naturally tan your skin: the top of the forehead (along your hairline), bridge of the nose and tops of the cheeks. I even add a little smidge on the chin and jawbone. Smart bronzing is also similar to contouring as its placements is about accentuating features; sweep bronzer along the hollows of the cheeks, the temples and even under the jawline for a ‘slimmer’ appearance.” Since you’ve bronzed-up your cheekbones, tap your blush only on the apples of the cheeks to give a healthy glow.

 

There are many blush and bronzer duo’s out there at the moment which provide two perfectly compatible shades to suit your skin tone.  Some of my favourites are:

 

Bobbi Brown’s – Face & Body Bronzing Duo

Nars’ Blush Bronze Duo

E.L.F. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder

Don’t be afraid to try these amazing combos and remember that packing less is best especially if you’re going away on holiday. What are your favourite bronzer and blush product combos?

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Bedtime Rituals for Beautiful Skin

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You’ve just finished a busy day crammed with commuting, meetings, phone calls and dinner and you’re practically falling asleep as you sit down to watch a bit of TV. Your night-time skin regimen is the furthest thing from your mind. But before you put your fully made-up face to bed, think about the consequences and instead try these simple tips to waking up with smoother, softer skin.

 

  1. Have makeup remover wipes handysimple-facial-wipes

You’re too tired to trek to the bathroom to wash your face, but sleeping in makeup is a huge skin no-no, even with mineral makeup. Not only does it rub off on your pillow (to stay there until you wash your sheets!), but it can also cause irritation and puffiness around the eyes or ‘the horror!’ cause your lashes to break.

The solution: Place a packet of makeup removing wipes at your bedside. Makeup removing cloths are generally good choices to remove makeup easily and quickly” I personally use Simple Kind to Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes but find the one that suits your skin by trying a few however you should always look for alcohol- and fragrance-free ones.

If your skin is acne-prone, look for wipes containing salicylic acid. These help open up blocked pores while simultaneously removing makeup

You don’t wear makeup? You’ll still want to remove the day’s grime to keep pores unclogged.

 

  1. Mist away

2016 08 12 D2O croppedNo matter what, beautiful skin needs hydration at night. If you decide to skip the night cream, go the simple route: Spray on a moisturizing facial mist. Try Jane Iredale’s Hydration Spray or Evian Mineral Water Spray. These are also perfect decanted into a small bottle and kept in your bag. When you get a bit warm or your skin feels a bit dry, just mist your face for wonderful hydration without messing up your makeup.

 

  1. Use petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on your lipsVaseline

After moisturising your face, rub a small amount of moisturiser into your lips then slick Vaseline over the top for a softer pucker come morning. Vaseline can even be used to remove really stubborn eye makeup. Just pop onto a cotton pad/ball and rub over the stubborn makeup.

However, if your skin is prone to breakouts only apply to your lips and body as it can leave behind an oily residue.

Petroleum Jelly is inexpensive and non-allergenic so its ideal for the majority of skin types.

 

  1. Humidify your surroundings

s-pellegrinoIf you absolutely can’t be bothered with slathering on some hydrating facial cream as you get into bed (I keep mine on my bedside table), use a humidifier. Since body temperature rises while we sleep, we lose much-needed moisture. Humidifiers help keep the air moist so our skin isn’t further sapped by a dry environment.

 

  1. H2O hydrate!

Swap your in bed cup of tea or coffee for a glass of water. Though drinking water hasn’t been proven to hydrate skin, it does help the body expel toxins and helps to reduce dark circles under your eyes – which is never a bad thing.

 

  1. Pre-de-puff your eyes

Sick of waking up with puffy eyes? Peterson notes a variety of factors influence swelling in the eye area, such as allergies, salty foods, lack of sleep and tearing. Drink more water (see above), cut salty foods out, and if the problem is allergies, take an antihistamine before bedtime (speak to your GP). Another solution which I was told a while ago is try to sleep flat on your back (which helps with wrinkles, too) with your head elevated on one pillows.

 

  1. And last but not least…get a good night’s sleep

When we sleep, our metabolic rate lowers, so we don’t produce as many skin-damaging free radicals. Additionally, since we aren’t outside doing battle with the elements, our body can focus on repairing any damage incurred during the day, according to the International Congress in Aesthetic, Anti Aging Medicine and Medical Spa. So get your beauty zzz’s – your skin will thank you!

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Woman sleeping in bed
Remember, 5 mins of prepping your skin before bed will give you amazing results with your skin. As a lazy girl I keep most items on my bedside table and carry out my routine in bed whilst catching up on social media!!!

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9 Makeup Artist Tips and Tricks to Steal

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As a makeup artist, I am constantly helping clients to look their best and make the most of the products they own. The more you know how to utilize your beauty tools, the more fun you can have (not to mention, the more money you’ll save). Here are some of my favourite simple tips and tricks that anyone can do, that’ll make you feel and look like a pro Makeup Artist.

  1. Make it Matte:You can turn any lipstick matte by adding a small amount of powder Matte Lipsblush or eyeshadow on top. Apply lipstick, blot with a tissue, and pat the powder on top with your finger until it’s fully matte. This is a perfect way to test matte texture to see if you like it while utilizing products you already have. Also lovely for nights out and holidays by adding a touch of gold eyeshadow to the center of your lips for that metallic glow.
  2. Dilute your Foundation: Does your favorite foundation provide too much coverage, yet your tinted moisturizer doesn’t offer enough? Try adding a bit of facial moisturizer, drop by drop, to your foundation. I do this on a palette but the back of your hand is just as good. By diluting the mixture, you can custom create the perfect amount of coverage for your preference (with the added bonus of hydration). Lighter for daytime and holidays and heavier for evenings.
  3. Double Duty Mascara:Did you know mascara can double as an eyeliner? Pick up some of your mascara onto your eyeliner brush and apply to the lash line as normal. Finish with a couple of coats of the same mascara on the lashes. This is a great tip for traveling and to save you having to carry many products around with you.
  4. Instant Brow Lift:Highlight brows with concealer and blend with a foundation brush. By placing concealer around the brows and blending, you add shape and lift. Also highlight under your arch with a soft cream coloured eyeshadow and apply the same colour to the inner corners of your eyes to look wide awake.
  5. Cheeky Fix:Lipstick can double as a cream blush when you’re in a fix. Used soft peach or pink lipsticks blended on the cheek with your fingers instead of blusher and voila: instant cream blush!razor
  6. Shave your Face: So you want a perfect base as seen on models and actresses? Apart from expensive facial treatments, do you know what else creates the perfect surface for product application? Smooth, hairless skin. That’s right. shaving your facecould make that slight difference you’ve been looking for. If your makeup cakes in certain areas of your face give it a go. Makeup Artists and Dermatologists call it “dermaplaning” and it can be done at home every so often (for special events and big nights out) to really offer that flawless finish to your foundation. I like to useG2PLUS Eyebrow Razor Shaper which can be purchased at Amazon.
  7. Say ‘No’ to HD: Never use HD powders or products containing a lot of silica to finish or set your foundations. These products were created specifically for film. The ingredients in these products can reflect light (specifically a bright flash in a dark room or at night) and create the illusion of thick white powder on your skin. It’s the “amateur” move that even a lot of professionals have mistakenly made. Instead why not try a mineral finishing powder such as Jane Iredale’s Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder.
  8. Spritz Away: If you’ve finished your face and you find yourself looking a bit too made up (or cakey), try spraying a finishing spray like MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ lightly over your face. The spray penetrates the foundation and helps to create a skin mimicking look. Basically, your skin will look more like skin and less like makeup plus, your face may stay in place a bit longer, as an added bonus.
  9. Stack your lashes: If you love a big, voluminous, Bardot-esque lash look, you might Eye Envy 303 Lashesbe tempted to look for a full, thick false lash – don’t. Ariana Grande’s makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla says you’re much better off stacking two light, thin false lashes on top of each other. Just make sure their bands are thin or invisible to keep things looking natural. At the moment I’m loving EyeEnvy 303 False Eyelashes.

    I hope this encourages you to look at using your products differently and hopefully getting more uses out of one product.

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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes without damaging them. 

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Why clean your makeup brushes? There are three big reasons for doing so:

The first is that dirty makeup brushes don’t perform as well. When your blush brush has so much powder on it that you don’t need to put any more on when you apply …well my friends, that’s no good. It can cause your makeup application to turn out looking very different than you expected: darker, more intense, or just plain muddy.

The second reason to wash your brushes is that dirty brushes can transfer bacteria from our skin to our makeup products and back again. Cleaning your brushes regularly will ensure that you not only get rid of excess product but also bacteria and oils that have been transferred to your brush. This can help prevent breakouts and other nasty skin complaints that are caused by germs.

The final reason is to care for your brushes. Cleaning them actually helps them to last longer. Brushes are a big investment, especially these days with many big brands brushes averaging £25 each, so we should be doing our best to protect them.

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Optimally, we should wash our brushes once a week; I think I speak for most of us when I say that usually doesn’t happen. As a Makeup Artist I was my brushes at the end of every working day however my personal brushed don’t get the care and attention that they deserve!  A realistic goal is to wash your brushes at least once a month. Below I have laid out the steps for washing your brushes in order to protect them and keep them lasting long. Today is the first of the month, so let’s try to make a goal together to wash our brushes on the first of every month.

Remember to love your brushes and they will love you back!

How to Clean Your Brushes

I like to use Sigma’s brush cleaning mitt and Jane Iredale’s Truly Pure Brush Shampoo.

  1. Use warm water to saturate the brush hairs only. Be sure not to soak your brush as this will ruin it.
  2. Place a pea-sized amount of Truly Pure Shampoo & Conditioner, or any mild shampoo, into the palm of your hand or mitt and massage the cleanser into the hair. Do this until the cleanser has been completely dispersed among the brush hairs.
  3. Turn your mitt over onto the rinse side and rinse the brush thoroughly until the water runs clear.
  4. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Create a ring with your index finger and thumb and pull the brush through the fingers while applying gentle pressure to remove excess water and maintain the brushes shape.
  6. Place on a towel and lay flat to dry. Never dry your brush in an upright position as this will loosen the glue that binds the brushes and lead to hair loss.

Cleaning Tip: Clean all of your natural fiber brushes first. These will have been used with powders. Next clean any of your brushes which you use with emollients such as foundation or concealer. If you clean your brushes in this order you don’t run the risk of having any leftover emollient products on your mitt and transferring it to your natural fiber brushes.

I hope this encourages you to look after your brushes by cleaning them and I’d love to see photos of your cleaned brushes, either in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

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How to Bronze Like a Pro!

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As you’re probably all aware by now, I’m a huge sunscreen advocate however that doesn’t mean that I don’t like a golden glow on my face, especially in the summer. To get a subtle glow without the sun damage I regularly turn to a bronzer; for both myself and my clients. Luckily, gone are the days when we just slapped some brownish-orange powder all over our face and called that ‘bronze’. What were we thinking??? Bronzer application techniques and products have improved massively over the years and so read on for the new way to apply bronzer for a truly natural look.

 

Find the right shade

The first step to perfect bronzer application is to choose the right color. Look for one that’s two to three shades warmer than your skin and is more golden-hued than brown or orange. Personally I prefer multi tonal bronzers such as Jane Iredale’s So-Bronze Bronzing Powders. You can bronze, contour and highlight with these light-diffusing, long-lasting powders and they come in 3 shades to suit everyone.

So Bronze 1 looks great on fair skin; So Bronze 2 works well on medium and olive skin tones and So Bronze 3 gives darker complexions a lit-from-within effect.

Go easy on the glitz

Makeup artists (including myself) agree that you don’t want an over-the-top glittery bronzer (no matter how old you are) but at the same time, “skin has an intrinsic brightness that you won’t get from a matte bronzer. For a balance I also use bronzers such as Jane Iredale’s Moonglow Bronzer which has a slight shimmer that boost radiance without looking overly sparkly or utterly drab.

JI so Bronze 1 2 3

Pick a formula

In my years of experience I have found a powder bronzer is easier to control and blend, and it’s less likely to leave streaks. I usually dust a light layer of a neutral or translucent face powder on first so that the bronzer goes on smoothly and doesn’t deposit too much color. I always add a little then step back to have a look as you can always add more but it is very difficult to remove without spoiling the rest of your makeup.

Know where to glowwhere to apply bronzer

Bronzer isn’t meant to be used all over the face. As a rule of thumb, focus your application where the sunlight naturally hits your face; the apples of the cheeks, center of the forehead, centre of the chin and down the nose, the temples and jawline and finally on your collar bones. For a delicate more natural application, use a big, soft fluffy brush. (Original photo can be found at Pinterest)

I hope this encourages you to try bronzer again after we have steered clear of it for many years.

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