Pre-Fall 2016 Beauty Ideas

5 Beauty Ideas from the Pre-Fall 2016 Fashion Shows

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

As the Pre-Fall 2016 shows begin to wind down, it’s time to take a look at the innovative hair and makeup ideas that the designers have dreamt up for this winter.

Pre-Fall is a transitional season, one that tends to turn away from traditional runway looks with smudged smoky eyes, a futuristic cluster of bobby pins or completely colorful dyed hair, the designers inspirations have left us with several clever suggestions to consider wearing in the months ahead.

Here are five inspired looks to wear this late summer/autumn, before the Fall 2016 shows finally arrive.

Bordeaux Lips

A matte burgundy mouth caught the attention of spectators at Dior, where it came paired with romantic, barely there makeup on the skin and loose center-parted waves. My version of Bordeaux/berry lips can be seen on the opposite page.

Hat Hair

At Alexander Wang, models gave us the solution to not wanting to wash or dry our hair: Put a bobble hat on and go out in winter style!   Later on in the show models removed their hats on the catwalk showing slick top half to their hair and messy, matted lengths.

Hair TwistsCatwalk Nude

Another sleek but easy look to copy from the catwalk was hair twists.  The hair is parted on one side and both of the sides each have a twist, pinning the hair back from the ears. This is a simple but elegant look and would look great for work or evening. My version of this twist style van be seen below.

 

 

New-Smoky Eye

The latest incarnation of the Brigitte Bardot inspired makeup is thickly smudged kohl eyeliner along the top and bottom lashes and accompanied by a soft, dewy sheen on the skin, as seen on Chanel’s catwalks. This look has a more grunge effect rather than the beautiful smokey eyes which we have seen in previous shows.

Bobby PinsCatwalk Red

Maison Margiela created a whimsical style for the hair in her show using every woman’s staple item: bobby pins.

Instead of the bobby pins being hidden away as is the norm, for this show the bobby pins are on proud display. They were used over the front of the hair to create a geometric crosshatch effects. My more wearable version of this style can be seen above.

 

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

Fall/Winter 2016 Trends

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

Light Vs Dark

What I’m talking about is your makeup allegiance and not the new Star Wars movie!!!.

As usual, for Fall/Winter 2016 I predict that makeup will be split into 2 camps – dark or nude

Dolce & Gabbana in their Pre Fall 2016 show had a completely nude look with light coloured eyes and nude lips. Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci & Chloe also followed this trend but decreased its intensity even further to have their models in an almost barely there makeup look.

On the opposite side of the eye competition was Channel’s Pre Fall 2016 show with their dark, elongated smoky black eyes paired with nude coloured lips and leather jackets, giving a more sexy and rock chick look to their show. This is a look which they repeated from last fall’s show and was also used by Yves Saint Laurent and Ellie Saab.

My wearable version of this winter’s trend of light eyes with nude lips can be seen below on model Talia. For this winter’s trend I have used MAC’s Technakohl Liner in Graphblack to create a smoky, smudged and blended outline both on the top and the bottom. For this look I have kept the eyes light using MAC’s Rice Paper Shadow and also kept the blush neutral and light using Fleur Power. I’ve teamed it with MAC’s lipstick in Suede to create a voluminous nude winter lip

 Catwalk Nude

On the other side of the Light Vs Dark conflict we have Jason Wu and John Rocha who kept their eyes light and bright teamed with dark shades of red on the lips. This was a very popular colour of lip for Fall/Winter 2015 and is looking set to be popular again this winter.

I have also created a wearable version of this winter’s trend of light eyes with dark berry coloured lips on model Talia so you can see the difference between the light and bright lips against the dark sultry lips of the winter 2016 trends.

For this look I have again used MAC’s Technakohl Liner in Graphblack to create a smoky, smudged and blended outline both on the top and the bottom. For this look I have kept the eyes light using MAC’s Rice Paper Shadow. I have used a pink colour blush to complement the lips in the shade of Peachy Keen by MAC. I’ve teamed it with MAC’s Lipstick in Sin to create a sultry berry winter lip.

 Catwalk Red

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

7 Ways to Revamp Your Feline Flick for the Summer

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

Whether it’s for brightening your makeup, elongating your eyes or just trying new ways to restyle your eyeliner.

The Classic WingEyeliner Wing

  1. Begin by drawing a line along the natural shape of your upper eyelid. I used MAC Gel Fluid Liner in Blacktrack and 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush.
  2. Begin to wing out the liner from the corner of the eye.
  3. Connect the end of the line to your original line, joining them at about 2/3 of the way into the corner of your eye.
  4. Fill in the gap and smooth out the line.
  5. For a fuller wing, repeat steps 2 – 5 and exaggerate the line for even more effect.

 

The Double WingDouble

  1. Create the classic wing using a gel eyeliner.
  2. With a pencil, on the lower lash line, start at the end of the wing on the upper lid but leave a gap between the lines. Draw a lower wing dragging it half way along your lower lash line. I used MAC Eye Kohl in Smoulder.
  3. With a small brush, smudge the liner a bit on the lower lash line below the lashes (not the wing).

 

The Bold WingEyeliner Bold

  1. Create the classic wing using a gel eye liner and MAC 210 brush. I used MAC Fluid Line in Blitz ‘n’ Glitz.
  2. Starting at the inner eye add more liner to make it thicker on top.
  3. Once you get to the outer corner follow the shape of the wing and extend it slightly.
  4. Bring the point back down to meet the classic wing and fill in any gaps.

 

The Graphic WingEyeliner Graphic

  1. Begin by drawing a straight wing from the outer corner of the eye. I used MAC Penultimate Eyeliner.
  2. Connect the end of your wing to the inner corner of your eye using a straight line.
  3. Fill in any gaps.
  4. Draw a straight line from the end of the wing to the outer corner of the eye at a 45o
  5. Draw a vertical line down to create a triangle shape.

 

The Soft Sexy SquareEyeliner Square

  1. Use a pencil to line the top of your upper lash line as tightly as possible. I used MAC’s Kohl Powder Eye Pencil in Feline.
  2. Follow the line out to create the bottom of the square.
  3. Complete the square shape and fill it in bringing the kohl over half of the lid.
  4. Use your finger or a brush to smudge the kohl across the eyelid towards the inner eye to create a soft faded look.
  5. If you want more definition, draw the edge of the square with a liquid liner.

 

The Coloured WingEyeliner Coloured

  1. Create a classic wing using a brighter coloured gel such as gold, silver or turquoise. I used Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Turquoise.
  2. For a more dramatic look, bring the colour down under your bottom lash line.

 

Eyeliner Two Coloured

The Two Coloured Wing

  1. Create a slightly elongated classic wing using a black liquid liner.
  2. Let it set for a minute then ontop of the black line, draw a coloured line following the shape of the wing.

Easy but Dramatic!

 

TYPES OF EYELINER TO USE:

  1. Gel Eyeliner – Apply with an eye liner brush. Intense Colour. Up to 24-hour wear. Doesn’t flake, smudge, smear or run.
  2. Pencil Liner – Softly glides over the eyelid for a long-lasting and intense result, which can be blended.
  3. Liquid Liner – Water-resistant, quick and precise to apply. Won’t smudge or run, and stays in place until you say when.
  4. Cake Liner – Apply with an eye liner brush to create bold, dark, dramatic eyes. Colour-intense, quick-drying and doesn’t smudge. Can be used wet or dry.
  5. Kohl Liner – Very soft, smooth & creamy formula that glides on easily. Waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof and heat-proof.

 

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

Hair Tips For Girls With Curly Hair

Curly haired girls, if you hate the unruly frizzy curl of your hair as I do, this post is just for you! We need to learn to embrace our curls, love them and rock them with confidence. Curly hair is not the same as unmanageable hair if you follow some simple rules to keep it healthy. If you have a hard time knowing how to tame them, then read on.

Brushing Curly Hair

When detangling your hair, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush to prevent breakage and preserve the shape of your curls. A normal brush will separate all the hair and make it look frizzy and messy.

When combing or brushing your hair, gradually move upward from the ends instead of starting at the roots. It’s much easier to comb through knots at the ends first. This is the same principle as for combing out backcombed hair and should be used at all times, not just to get rid of your big hair!

Moisturise Your Hair

Curly hair is naturally dry to begin with and is prone to frizz, as you probably know all too well! The key is to stay away from products with alcohol and sulfate in them as they will strip oils from your hair. It’s also a good idea to wash your hair less and take advantage of your natural oils. If you cant stay away from washing your hair every day, read on:

Deep Condition Before Your Shower

Before stepping into the shower, apply a deep conditioner to your hair, tuck it into a shower cap, and wash your body before washing your hair as normal. The steam from the shower will help the conditioner to work and to lock in moisture.

Cleansing Conditioner

Mix a small amount of shampoo with a lot of conditioner to make your own cleansing conditioner, which gently washes while it deeply moisturises. Apply the mixture to the crown of your head and thoroughly massage it into your scalp, focusing on just the roots as this area is oilier and after a few minutes work it down to the ends. This will clean your hair without stripping all the natural oils, which causes dry, brittle hair.

Products

To truly style hair and achieve the look you’re going for, straight or curly, you need product. You don’t have to go all out and spend lots of money on products however finding one that works for you is a must and you need some good basic products which you can rely on. I’ve personally used John Frieda’s Anti-Frizz Serum and have been happy with it however for my clients I use Tigi Catwalk Curlesque Defining Serum which is made for curly hair. It adds shine and softness and has a frizz-fighting formulation for beautiful curls. The defining serum provides light hold for your curls without overloading the hair.

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T-Shirt Drying

Pinterest’s new favourite way to dry your hair. The towel might not be the actual problem, but the way you use it definitely will be! When you’re drying your hair straight from the shower don’t rub your hair as it will rough up the cuticles creating more frizz to deal with. Instead squeeze your hair dry. Instead of using a rough towel to dry your hair, try an old t-shirt to absorb the water (especially one of your boyfriend/husbands) Gently wrap the end of your hair in the shirt and squeeze out the excess water. You may also wrap your hair with a t-shirt and keep it up in a ‘turban’ for 20-30 minutes to let it soak up all of the water. The bottom line here is not to rub your hair dry.

Sleeping Beauty!

Before you go to bed, tie your hair up into a high ponytail on top of your head. Make sure it is not too tight as it will cause a sore head and a ridge in your hair in the morning. Putting your hair in a high ponytail on the top of your head will help save your curls from the dreaded “bed head”.  You may look silly going to bed, but you’ll wake up with naturally gorgeous curls.

Just so you know, you can’t try one or all of these things one time and expect the frizz to be gone and your hair to be totally fantastic. Develop a routine that works for you. Find the products that work best with your type of hair. Then do it consistently. Any beauty regime takes time to work; just stick with it and you will see results!

If you have any more tips on how to control unruly curly hair then please share them with us all by commenting below.

Keep reading my posts for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information as well as beauty, hair and makeup related hints and tips. 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