How to Wear Metallic Makeup

Metallic makeup doesn’t have to be avant garde or for the brave, if you wear the right colours it can be a beautiful look for a night out.

We’ve been wearing metallic makeup for decades now and the trend has never disappeared. For a subtle look you can wear a cream based metallic eyeshadow such as Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow or MAC Cosmetic’s Pro Longwear Paint pot and blend it all over  your eyelid for a sheer metallic look or again for a subtle look use a metallic/frost shadow as a top coat which will allow your base colour to show through.

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For a much more dramatic look you can use products such as those above or Maybelline Colour Tattoo and either layer them up or use the darker or brighter colours for a more dramatic effect. To make the colour even more intense you can layer on a matching coloured eye pigment.

You shouldn’t be scared of wearing metallics as it is just like wearing jewellery. The rule of thumb is to wear a colour that suits your skin tone best however this rule isn’t set in stone and you can choose any shade you want to wear and add a contrast to your skin tone. The options are shades of silver, metal, bronze and gold. Alternatively you now have coloured metallics in every shade of the rainbow.

Applying metallic eyeshadows these days is very easy as the products are amazing.  You don’t just have to apply the metallic colour all over your eyelid, you can just add a pop of shimmer to the inner corner of your eyes to make them look open and awake, and alternatively you can just add a small amount to the centre of your eyelid to give them a sparkle.

If you wear the metallic as a smokey eye look, it’s a lovely effect when you add a hint of silver or gunmetal pigment to your black smokey eyelid  and then bring the metallic colour down under your lower lash line for a modern shimmery look.

Just remember to have fun with metallics and don’t be scared.  They suit everyone and you just need to find the colour and style to suit you.

For more examples of how to wear metallics or just to see the original images from above, visit my Pinterest Board – Here

Have fun and send me your pictures of your metallic eye makeup.

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Claire xx

Easy Weekend Makeup

One of the many things which I get asked is how to make makeup light, bright and pretty for shopping at the weekend or having lunch with our friends.  We all want a slightly different look to the one which we wear for work or going out and it’s nice to look like we’ve made an effort without looking too done up.

For those times at weekend when we don’t want to be bothered but still want to look good, here is a makeup look that that takes less than five minutes.

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  • Firstly you want to use a light foundation. Use your favorite foundation mixed with a small amount of moisturiser, or if you haven’t tried it, you might want to try a BB Cream which are semi-sheer and easy to apply, either with your fingers, sponge or a Blending Brush.

 

  • Next apply a bit of concealer. I love YSL Touch Eclait for this because it is subtle and brightens the whole eye area. Apply a small amount on your dark circles (if you have them) and then in the inner and outer corners of the eye. Blend out well. Cover any blemishes with a good creamy moisturiser like Benefit Boi-ing.

 

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  • For a natural healthy glow, use Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush. A foundation brush is ideal to apply and blend it. Swipe the brush across the end of the blush, and then smile to find the apples of your cheeks. Start applying the blush a tiny bit under the roundest part and blend up and out a bit. Fingers are fine too, but I find that I end up wiping off as much I put on if you’re not gentle!

 

 

 

  • To bring out your eyes without looking overly made up, choose a light eye shadow that compliments your eye colour. I love MAC Shroom, Naked Lunch, Vanilla or Retrospek. Brush on with your brush upside down so that the majority of the colour is around your lash line. Use your brush to blend around the edges and up into the crease. Whatever is left on your brush, dab into the inner corner of your eye to make you look more bright and awake.

 

  • Apply 2 coats of Extended Play Lash Mascara by MAC. There is no need to go all out and full on, it should look soft and gentle.

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  • To add a bit more definition to your eyes, apply a neutral coloured pencil like MAC Cosmetic’s Eye Pencil in Coffee, into your lash line. No wings or heavy lines. Just define the top of your eye and bring the pencil slightly under your eye about of a third of the way in.

 

  • Don’t forget a splash of lip gloss to finish your look. My 2 favourites which suit almost everyone are MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink or Jane Iredale Puregloss in Pink Candy.  Don’t forget to pop your gloss in your pocket to reapply during the day.

 

It’s as easy as that for your quick weekend look so that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy your weekend.

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To see the original images above or to see more natural makeup ideas, please take a look at my Pinterest Board – Natural Makeup

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My Style Shoot 1

This is probably the hardest shoot for me as we have to choose our own personal style. Over the years I have developed my makeup to create the style that my client is looking for, whether it is natural, bridal, evening, sculpted, smokey, or more avant garde.

With this in mind I have had to think a lot about what my style is and I will have to say that when clients say to me “I’m going out, do what you want” my signature look is smokey eyes, sculpted cheeks and either nude or bordeaux lips.

I really love the modern smokey eye with is very smudged both on the top and bottom of the eye teamed with either of the light or dark lips. I’m not into the overly sculpted face as I personally think that it looks really fake and so my sculpting and highlighting is more natural and flattering to the wearer.

I have created a Pinterest Board to show my ideas of ‘My Style’ here  The Model Release forms and record card for this shoot can be seen here.

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Claire xx

 

 

Metallic Shoot 2

For this shoot I have decided that I want to create 2 different images if possible. Firstly a metallic smokey eye with gorgeous makeup then I want to change it to a more avant garde look. The ideas for this shoot can be found on my Pinterest Board – Here

A few of my favorite inspirational photos are:

As I am looking at doing a metallic shoot, I believe that they would look best shot in a studio so that I can take advantage of the lighting to enhance the metallic properties of the products used.

I want the photos to be head (and / or shoulder) shots like above and so I am going to tie the hair back. I will also put the model in a strapless top as I don’t want any clothes on view in the picture.

For the lighting I want the model looking directly at a key light so her whole face is lit up. I don’t want any or little shadows on the face at all.

With regards to posing I like the look of photos 2 and 4.  Photo 2 will show off the metallic highlighting and for the 2nd look, photo 4 will show off the eye makeup.

I have sent the call sheet and the map to the Model Agency – Jadore Models.

Call Sheet for 24 03 2016 Mettallic – Texture          Fielden Campus – Map       Fielden Campus – Transport

I cant wait to get started on this shoot as I love metallics.

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Claire xx

1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and Modern Photo Shoot – Behind The Scenes

On Sunday I took part in an amazing photo shoot with Phil Polinski and a new model, Josie Moran at Red Tin Roof Studios in Wythenshawe.

I really liked the idea of this shoot as I love Phil’s work (Portfolio) and his idea of a vintage shoot really intrigued me.  Most photographers want to do PinUp Style photos but Phil suggested Film Noir and wanted to use some moody lighting as well as changing to another look later on.

The first look we worked on was Film Noir/1930’s Hollywood Glamour.  I created the typical 1930’s style makeup with orange/Red lips and neutral eye makeup with large waved hair. I then changed this to 1940’s and changed the blush, lip and eye colour and curled the hair a bit more.

As we had loads of time left before I had to leave, I changed Josie’s hair and makeup into 1950’s style.  I added winged liner and a second set of darker, fuller lashes and changed the lip colour to a deep red colour. For the hair I created 2 small victory rolls as we didn’t want a typical exaggerated look.

Finally, I had time for one more simple change before I had to leave and so I made Josie look more modern by running oil through her hair to relax her curls a bit. With her makeup I gave Josie burgundy and grey smokey eyes, changed her blush and gave her modern matte Bordeaux lips.

Above are some of the behind the scenes photos and below are a couple of sneaky previews of the final photos.

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Claire xx

Metallic Shoot 1

My next assessed Shoot is on 24th March and is proving to be a tricky one.  It’s more coming up with an idea which I am finding difficult as I have already done many assessments using texture and metallic.

My dilemma is whether to keep the makeup beautiful and add some metallic shine like the pictures below or go full on metallic and glitter!  I’ve done quite a few Avant Garde pieces over the last 2 years and so I’m inclined to keep the makeup beautiful and add some shimmer.

I really like the idea of the minimal look makeup with metallic eyes and I am more swayed towards silver/gunmetal than coloured metallics and definitely want to do texture as well but have decided to do glossy eyes and wet look as different shoots. For this assessment it will definitely be metallic as I love a bit of bling!

I have various options with regards to metallic products including glitter, cream pigments, powder pigments, liquid pigments, gold and silver leaf, eye gloss and lip gloss.  I could also use mirrors, tin foil, paperclip, pennies and sweet wrappers. As I want to keep the image stylised rather than avant garde I will probably go for metallic eyes, powder on the lips and if I have time, darken the eyes and add liquid or gold leaf for another look.  I will be testing the look of all of these products over the next couple of weeks so please follow this blog if you want to see the results. For a look at my ideas board – click here

With regards to the hair and costume, they won’t be seen at all by the camera as I want really tight shots like the photos below and so I will scrape the hair back into a pony tail and have the model in a strapless top.

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Claire xx

Pure Management Networking Day

On Saturday Sheryl Sword and myself attended a Networking Day with Pure Management at Primrose Mill Studios in Preston.

There were 3 makeup artists, 5 models and 4 Photographers.  Primrose Mill is absolutely beautiful inside. Unlike many other studios set into old mills, Primrose Mill is really light and airy and has many large windows on all 4 sides of the studio giving amazing light.

 

Kayleigh Dawson was the first model that I worked on, giving her hair a bit of a curl and natural, beautiful makeup.

Next I worked on the beautiful Regan Brennan giving her a natural makeup, followed by a more smokey eye and red lip.

Finally I got to work with a young model called Chantal Blakey. Her makeup had already been done by another Makeup Artist but she had gone home and Chantal wanted me to change it to a more subtle look.  I changed the colour of her foundation, blush and contour and blended her eyes for a completely different take on the original look.

Below are some of the behind the scenes photos and also a couple of sneaky previews of the final photos.

The talented Photographers were: Susie White, James Scrivener, Mike Ellis & Ashley Barnard

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Claire xx

Snowed In !!!!

Well, I was up at 6am and ready for Uni with my car de-snowed and coffee in my travel mug ready for the journey ahead.  With Radio 1 playing in the background I tentatively set off through the 5-6″ of snow which we have had in Rossendale.

Well as you can see the snow looked lovely however driving in it, even with my Mini Countryman proved difficult!  After a scary 10 minute journey out of my village, I managed to make it onto the main road however to my horror, discovered that it hadn’t been gritted either!

Not being one to give up easily I tried to make my way to the motorway (a usual 10 minute journey took me over 55 mins) only to be advised to turn around as the motorway was completely jammed with cars which had skidded and I wouldn’t be getting anywhere soon.

I have taken this as a sign that I should work from home today and catch up on my written work and so if you are reading this before you set off and you don’t really need to go out anywhere, my advice is to stay warm at home and enjoy the snow from the view from your window.

Claire xx

Eyeliner Storyboard 4 – Behind the Scenes

Thursday was an amazing day at University. My model, Georgia arrived bright and early and there was only myself booked into the studio for a shoot.  If you’ve ever been in education you will know that this rarely happens and we frequently have to fight for time in the studios.

My aim in the 4 hours which I had booked with my model was to create and shoot 7 different eyeliner styles from the Spring and Pre Fall 2016 Fashion shows and show how they can be worn by real women rather than on the catwalk.

On Wednesday evening I arranged my 7 different looks into an order so that they would be easy to follow on from each other with a minimal amount of removal.

After some difficulty on Thursday morning getting my camera to take photos properly, Carl our Photography Tutor changed the settings on my camera for me and off I went to create magic for our class magazine.  I set up the studio with a basic Paramount Lighting set up and used a grey background as I didn’t want lots of colour to distract from the eye makeup. As you can see below from my test shots and behind the scenes photo, the lighting looked great and so off I went………

Full edited photos will be shown once the pictures have been submitted to the magazine for my article but for now here is a sneak peak.

For more info on this amazing model, you can follow her at:

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Claire xx

Eyeliner Storyboard 3 – Call Sheet

After booking my model for my Shoot on Thursday  (Georgia from J’adore Models) I have sent over the Call Sheet for the shoot to the agency via a Dropbox Folder. I find that this is the best way as J’adore Models have their own folder in my Dropbox with all of the call sheets, information sheets, maps and transport info and finally a folder for each model with their edited photos in.  As I book my models in advance, I find that after sending the call sheets via email they end up asking me for them again the day before the shoot and so this way they have access to everything in case I am working and can’t resend anything!

A copy of my call sheet for this shoot can be seen here – Call Sheet for 03 03 2016 7 x Eyeliner Looks