Natural Summer Look – No Makeup, Makeup

 

Hair & Makeup, Photography, Words and Styling: Claire Murray

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 ten minutes.

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 in the summer months.  We all want a slightly different look to the one which we wear for work or going out. It’s nice to look like we’ve made an effort without looking too done up.

  • Firstly you want a light Natural Makeupfoundation. Use your favorite foundation mixed with a small amount of moisturiser, or if you haven’t tried it, you might like a BB Cream or Mac’s Studio Face & Body Foundation. It’s a fluid foundation that provides low-to-medium buildable coverage and a flawless, natural satin-shine finish. It is water-resistant and long-wearing and easy to apply either with your fingers, sponge or a blending brush.
  •  Next apply a bit of concealer. I love YSL Touch Éclat for this because it is subtle and brightens the whole eye area. Apply a bit over any 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 creamy blendable concealer like Mac’s Pro Longwear.
  •  For a natural healthy glow, use a light blusher such as Mac Mineralize Blush in Petal Power. It is a sheer and lightweight powder which builds lightly without leaving a heavy coverage and is ideal to blend for a natural summer glow. Start applying the blush a tiny bit under the roundest part of your cheeks and blend up and out towards the top of your ear. You want a light, luminous shimmer rather than full on sculpting.
  •  To bring out your eyes without looking overly made up, choose a light eye shadow that compliments your eye colour. I love MAC’s Rice Paper, Vanilla or Mylar. Brush the shadow 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.
  •  To add a bit more definition to your eyes, apply a neutral colored pencil like Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil in Black/Brown, into your lash line. No wings or heavy lines. Just define the top of your eye and bring the pencil slightly under your eye ½ way along.
  •  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.

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

Banish Those Dark Circles

YSL Touche eclat

Tips to Conceal Under-Eye Circles and Brighten Your Look

About this time of year, many of us begin to feel that we look dull. Brightening up the area around the eyes is the best way to look refreshed and vibrant in just a minute.

The magic product which I turn to for my and my clients’ dark circles is YSL’s Touché Éclat concealer and highlighter; this product is great for banishing dark under-eye circles and bringing light to the face. It has a light formula that feels fresh on the skin, and the built-in applicator makes it easy to use. The formula refracts light to create a soft focus effect. It provides sheer to medium coverage, however if you need something super-emollient or for heavy-duty coverage Benefit’s Boiing concealer is a better choice.

The basics of applying concealer to hide under-eye circles.

The skin isn’t smooth like a piece of plastic, so to get full coverage apply your concealer with a concealer brush using criss-cross motions. This gets the concealer into the fine lines on the skin that aren’t normally visible.

Then, to make your concealer completely disappear, feather the edges with your ring finger. The warmth from your finger will melt the concealer into your skin.

A little goes a very long way. I am amazed at how little I have to use! If it is creasing, it was too much. Just pat at the concealer with your ring finger to smooth it out and use a little less next time. Experiment (it’s only makeup!) till you find the right amount for you.

If you have a few extra fine lines around the eyes, (happy lines) start applying just a little bit down/away from your tear duct working outwards. Somehow those pesky little wrinkles are worse right under your eye. With the remainder of your product on the brush lightly sweep over the area with the lines and pat gently with your ring finger to blend.

The inner corner of the eye, on the side of the bridge of the nose is a GREAT place to add light. It wakes up your eyes and brightens your whole face.

Remember the corners of the nose around the nostrils and around your mouth. If you have any redness/darkness there, this is the No1 trick for creating a flawless-looking complexion.

Touché Éclat is a great highlighter for the tops of cheekbones, down the center of the nose, top of the cupid’s bow of the lips (gorgeous!). All in all I would say that this is my most used product in my Makeup Kit for clients and in my own makeup bag.

Of course there are other options out there which vary in price and quality but Touché Éclat is my personal favourite.

Natural 3 (Original Photo can be found on my Pinterest Board – Natural Makeup)

Keep reading my blog for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and makeup and hair advice. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and follow my blog.

Claire xx

 

 

Bright Lips – Wearing the spring and summer trend

Bright Lips

Sporting a super pigmented bright lip is one of the hottest trends for Spring and Summer – for good reason! It’s a universally flattering look with just one rule: make sure your bright lip color takes centre stage. There is something quite classic yet trendy about keeping the bold, bright lip your focus and the rest of your makeup subtle. Make your lip look an attention grabber (in the right way) with these simple steps.

Smooth the canvas

Your lips are an extension of your skin on your face so you need to exfoliate them in the same way to remove any dry skin. Use finely granulated scrub (or sugar mixed with face lotion or olive oil works) and rub it around your pouted lips in a circular motion. Then, apply an SPF lip moisturising treatment for conditioning.

 

Lock in the look

Firstly apply a lip liner around the outer edge of your lips then colour them in with your pencil. When applying you colour, put some of the lip stick onto your ring finger and press it into your lips. This will keep the lip stick in place for the long haul.

For extra assurance, split a tissue into single sheets and place 1over your lips. Dust with powder like MAC’s Select Sheer Loose powder in translucent over your lipstick and then reapply the colour. The layering affect will keep your bright lips going strong for a couple of extra hours.

 

Embrace au naturel eyes

Remember, your bold lips are the focal point of your look so keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Try beiges and peach colours on your eyes and a few sweeps of mascara to complete the look.

Bright Lips 2

 

Some of my favourite MAC bright and colourful lip sticks

Pink Nouveau

Candy Yum Yum

Lady Bug

Morange

Lady Danger

 

There are literally thousands of bright shades on the market at the moment so have fun shopping. For a closer look at the above pictures and for more bright lip ideas, please follow my Pinterest Board – Bright Lips.

 

Keep reading my blog for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and makeup and hair advice. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and follow my blog.

Claire xx

Gloss & Wet Look Shoot 4 – Final Images

After booking my model – Talia from J’adore Models  for a full day, I decided that I wanted Talia Beforeto not only use her for my Showcase work but also to have more of an experiment with texture.   Our 2nd Assessment of the Semester for Portfolio Development was Metallic or Texture and as you will know from reading my previous posts, I chose Metallic.

Those of you who know me will know that I wouldn’t just do one option when there were others to choose from and so I also decided to play with texture and create this summer’s ultimate catwalk look of a Glossy Eye and finally a personal favourite look which I have been wanting to try for ages – The Wet Look.

Wet Look Inspiration – Pinterest Board – Here

Glossy Eye Inspiration – Pinterest Board – Here

Glossy Eye

With regards to the actual shoot itself I had quite a few ideas as I have previously spoken about. Some of the ideas for this shoot can be seen above in my 2 Pinterest Boards however I wanted to keep the Glossy Eye shoot cropped tightly and so the hair was tied back Talia was in a nude dress as I wanted the photo to consist of neutral colours and tones if any clothing was seen.

 Gloss Eyes

Wet Look

For the Wet Look shoot I wanted head and shoulders style shots as I also want the wet look on the models skin on her upper body.  She was in a bright coloured, strapless swimming costume from ASOS so that she was partly covered up with her neck and shoulders bare.

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

Bronzer Blunders

Bronzer Blunders: Tips to get your ‘Bronzed Goddess’ look this summerTanned 2

Whether you have a pale complexion like me, or were blessed with natural golden brown skin, there is a Bronzed Goddess in all of us. The classic makeup trend will forever be in style, and it’s one that every lady should learn to DIY.

If ever there was a dividing line between girls-in-the-know and girls-in-the-no-no, it would be drawn with bronzer. When it’s used correctly, bronzer gives us ladies an immediate allure of sun-kissed sensuality. When it’s used incorrectly, well…the word oompa-loompa comes to mind!

Here’s how to turn bronzer blunders into bronzer wonders in no time flat.

Follow the sun: Make sure to apply sun-kissed color where the sun would kiss you. Stick to the cheeks and the bridge of the nose, and avoid the jawline. Better still, follow the sun outside and bring a mirror with you. If you look “dirty” or “orange”, go back inside and tone things down.

Remember you have a neck: Your face should never be a different color than the rest of you. Don’t trust a compact mirror to tell you whether or not you’re ready to step out into the wide, wide world. Trust a full size mirror, or an honest friend.

Know when to shine: I love using shimmer. Who doesn’t? Remember you don’t want to shine during the daytime as this can look greasy instead!  So unless you’re so fabulous you spend your days flitting from one red carpet to the next, stick to a matte/dewy look for the daytime, and shimmer for nighttime.

My tips:

  • Pressed powders are ideal for a matte, daytime-appropriate look. (Try Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder in Golden Light for a classic daytime bronzed glow).
  • When the magic hour hits, reach for Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow (Pictured below) to give a delicately gilded look to cheeks, eyes and lips. But don’t stop there – mix it with a moisturizer for the décolleté.

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Do the Duo: A bronzer and blush combo is the easiest way to get a natural looking flush with just the right amount of shimmer. I like to use a mix of MAC’s Harmony and Peachy Keen Blushers with a large powder brush for the perfect dose of color to give your face a warm, multidimensional look.

Have fun in the sun and remember to wear sunblock in summer instead of moisturiser under your makeup.

If you want to see the above photos, more tanned beauty ideas and articles, please visit my Pinterest Board – Tanned Beauties.

Keep reading my blog for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and makeup and hair advice. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and follow my blog.

Claire xx

Recreate Shoot 3

My Recreation Shoot on 25th February went really well. I chose 2 amazing models, Maddie and Josh who were absolutely amazing.  I was styling this shoot on a few of Tom Ford’s advertisements which I have loved over the last 18 months and both of my models loved the call sheet and story board which I put together.  I took 2 rather unflattering photos of these amazing models pre-makeup application to compare with my final images.

Further to my previous post on this shoot, I am still absolutely love all of the photos which have come from the afternoon with these two gorgeous models.  Choosing my final images to edit was really difficult. I whittled it down to about 30 images however I had to make a choice of 2 images! This was becoming a nightmare as I just couldn’t choose.  After taking a break for a couple of days I went back and chose a final 6 images as seen below. I decided to discount 4328 and 4408 as Maddie’s hair wasn’t exactly how I wanted it to be. This left me with one final portrait image for the shoot which I called Evening 2 Before. With regards to the landscape images, the image which I chose (Evening Before) stood out to me immediately as the strongest of the 3 images and so I had to choose that image to edit.

Evening Contact Sheet

Contrary to a previous blog post on Editing, I have decided to edit the photos myself. As talked about in my Metallic Shoot 3 post, I took to YouTube for tutorials on how to edit the images in a subtle way and the three most useful and easy to understand tutorials which I found are:

  1. Retouch, Airbrush and Smooth Skin Professionally in Photoshop by Photoshop Tutorials
  2. All About Skin Retouching by Adrienne McNeillis
  3. How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop by Elena Jasic

I didn’t want to change the photos too much as I am not a Photographer and that proficient at Photoshop however I did want to tidy them up a bit. Here are my two final images chosen with both before editing and after editing.

I will be editing more photos from this shoot and to see the final images, please check out My Portfolio

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

Metallic Shoot 3

My Metallic Shoot on 24th March went really well. Holly was an amazing model who knew how to pose to get the kinds of images which I wanted and she had an amazing look, as can be seen below.

Metallic Before

In the end I decided to keep the makeup beautiful and add metallic smokey eyes as I don’t want my portfolio to be just avant garde images. I kept the makeup soft and light and added beautiful shimmer to the eyes with a contrast of 3 metallic colours; silver, rose gold and gun metal. I had many options with regards to products but I have used them all in other shoots and so I decided to use something which I haven’t used before in this type of setting: metallic pigments.

With regards to the hair and costume, I wasn’t going to have them seen on the photo however the more I thought about it, the more that I wanted a head and shoulders shot of Holly and so I purchased a simple black body con dress and a metallic gold cropped denim jacket from Topshop for her to wear.  As the look is going to be more of an evening look I decided to give Holly big waves for her hair style as it is very popular at the moment.

After taking the photos with Carl, I took his advice and decided not to choose my final images straight away. He suggested that it is better to leave it for a few days after a shoot to let the shoot digest then go back to the images and make my original choice.  I did this and still had too many photos which I loved of Holly and so I had to edit my choices again. This time I looked at not just the overall photo but also the makeup, hair and finally Holly’s overall look.  When I had this down to 8 photos, Contact sheet below, I again left it for 24 hours and went back to my choices with fresh eyes.  For this edit I chose the 2 photos which really stood out to me personally and also a close up of the eye makeup.  My 2 final images chosen for editing are below.

Contrary to a previous blog post on Editing, I have decided to edit the photos myself. I had my notes from last year’s module, Styling with the Camera where we learnt basic Photoshop with Carl. I also bought myself 2 books on Photoshop for Photographers and as you may imagine, I couldn’t understand the instructions in the book!  Nothing seemed to work when I tried the steps and I began to get very frustrated with the whole thing.  I spoke to an Assistant in our Photography team, Gary, who advised me that there were loads of really good Tutorials on YouTube and so my real Photoshop training began.  Three of the most useful and easy to understand tutorials which I used are:

  1. Retouch, Airbrush and Smooth Skin Professionally in Photoshop by Photoshop Tutorials
  2. All About Skin Retouching by Adrienne McNeillis
  3. How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop by Elena Jasic

I didn’t want to change the photos too much as I am not a Photographer and that proficient at Photoshop however I did want to tidy them up a bit. Here are my two final images chosen with both before editing and after editing.

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx