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.

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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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Claire xx

 

 

Self Tanning Tips for a Natural Bronze Glow

Beautiful Woman at the Beach
On holiday with a Fake Tan
The one thing I’m always diligent about is using an SPF all year around. I’m very lucky as not only am I MAC Pro but I’m also a Jane Iredale Makeup Artist and their products have natural SPF. I swear by Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Foundation (SPF 20) or Dream Tint (SPF 15).

Being diligent about SPF may be a challenge, but we know that our health depends on staying protected from harmful rays. The easiest way to make a change is to use an SPF sun cream instead of a moisturiser under your makeup in the morning (remember your neck and any areas that are on show to the sunlight, including your ears!).

Protecting yourself from the harmful rays doesn’t mean that you have to give up your gorgeous summer glow. Here are a few self-tanning tips for summer and all year round!

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As a Fake Bake Tanning Technician I only use their products to achieve a great looking sunless tan. I always do my fake tan 2-3 days before I need it to let the colour and my skin settle down to a natural looking colour. I use Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Self Tanning Lotion. This easy glide formula “shows where it goes” so you can apply it yourself with ease and confidence. If you desire a darker tan, you can re-apply over consecutive days however, one application is usually enough for me and I will only apply it once per week.

Before you Begin – Exfoliating and Moisturising your Skin

Moisturisers that contain oil can prevent the tanning agents from developing properly but sometimes we need a little help with very dry areas like hands, feet, elbows and knees and face. That’s where Fake Bake’s Oil Free Moisturiser comes in! It’s the only moisturiser that I recommend to use before and during a self-tan that won’t interfere with the tan developing properly although other brands do have their own moisturisers which are suitable for using with fake tans.

I don’t suggest that you apply the moisturiser all over your skin, just rub it into clean, lightly exfoliated skin in any areas which you find dry.

Applying your Self Tan

I apply my Self-Tanning Lotion in the evening after I’ve had a nice warm shower and lightly exfoliated by skin with a body puff. After applying my moisturiser I wait for 5 minutes to allow it to sink into my skin before beginning to apply the fake tan lotion with a tanning mitt. I begin with my legs and work up and inwards including my tummy, arms, legs and neck. I then get my husband to help me reach my back and ‘colour me in’!

There are extendable tanning arms which you can use for applying fake tan to your back. I tried the one from Boots however I found it to be quite awkward to use as the pad on the end is quite small.

Finally I mix a small amount of moisturiser into my the remaining product on my tanning mitt and apply to my face and neck.  I add the moisturiser to the mitt to thin out the solution so it applies easier but also to ensure that the colour isn’t quite as dark as my body.

The Fake tan dries very quickly and I can go to bed after approx. 30 mins. I personally like to have another shower in the morning to wash off the guide colour which can oxidise and turn a dark brown, then I have a lovely tan for the next few days.

Remember your neck!

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever seen someone make with self-tanning lotion is applying it to their face and not their neck! It needs to match! Remember if you only want to tan the areas which are going to be on show like your face, arms and legs, remember to think about what you will be wearing and if you have a v neck top for example, remember to apply the lotion down over your chest or you will have a sun kissed face and white neck and décolleté! It doesn’t matter who you are…..that’s not a good look on anyone!!!

Keep Moisturising

To help lock in your new sun kissed glow, apply a moisturiser to your skin after you have bathed or showered. Whilst Fake Bake’s self-tanning lotions are moisturising in themselves, having moist, hydrated skin will prolong your tan. Lots of moisturisers or after sun lotions now have a tan prolonger in them and these are great to use to keep your glow on for an extra couple of days.

Fake Bake Products

fake-bake-logoMy Favorite Fake Bake Products –

Beyond Bronze Self Tanning Lotion (148ml) – £18.50

This easy glide formula “shows where it goes” so you can apply your self tan with ease and confidence. If you desire a darker tan, you can re-apply over consecutive days however, one application is usually enough.

The Cult Hero Tan of the Decade! Original Self Tanning Lotion (170ml) – £26.95

Fake Bake Original Self-Tan Lotion’s easy glide formula and ‘show where it goes’ cosmetic colour guide enables you to apply your self-tan with ease and confidence.

Self Tanning Mousse (118ml) – £22.50

Mousse Self Tan contains a transfer resistant colour guide so it can be applied to give you an instant tan that won’t wear off on your clothes whist the three tanning agents work to develop a long, lasting, perfectly natural sunless tan. Ideal for topping up your sunless tan, great for arms and legs and those days when you want to tan and get out the door.

Last but not least……..Self – Tanning Body Butter (113ml) – £18.00

A rich, moisturising self tanning body butter for dry skin.

Self Tanning Body Butter has a sheer and light texture and contains naturally derived anti-oxidants to aid in fighting free radicals that age the skin. Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter contains a ‘shows where it goes’ cosmetic guide colour for a confident application and comes in a portable, non-spill tub which is ideal for travel.

Combat dry skin AND have a beautiful, flawless tan. Your search is over……

As a Fake Bake at Home Tanning Technician I am available to supply you with any of their products during your tanning appointment.

Happy self-tanning, and make sure to use your SPF suncream when you are in the sun to protect your gorgeous skin!

If you have any other useful tips that I can add to this post, please comment below or comment on this post on my Facebook page. All additions will be credited.

Follow this blog for more tips on makeup, hair and beauty, 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

Holiday Travel Beauty Tips – How to Look Gorgeous On the Go.

Do you ever find yourself heading to the airport in an absolute hurry, realising your nails are chipped and your hair has gone from frizzy? Whether you’re off to on holiday or a quick city break, it’s important to look and feel your best. As an Ex-Cabin Crew member, I know the importance of looking after your skin and hair whilst flying and so here are a few tips on how to look after yourself whilst you’re in the air, just in time for the Summer holidays.

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1: If you didn’t have time for a manicure or to get your nails done, quickly file your nails and paint two coats of clear polish. This only takes a few minutes, and the hint of shine on freshly filed nails will give the illusion of a clean manicure. Try a fast drying top coat instead of a clean nail polish.

2: If your nail polish is chipped or smudged, don’t try to fix it in a rush or you’ll likely make it worse. Instead, remove it completely. Throw a pack of Cutex Essential Care One Step Nail Polish Remover Pads in your carry-on bag and use them once you get through security.

3: If you have thin, straight hair, do a basic sleek, smooth blow-dry or use hair straighteners before you head to the airport. If you do a bouncy blow-dry or add curls to your hair and then sit on a plane for five hours, your hair will fall flat. Once you’re on the plane, make sure to leave your hair down to avoid hair bobbles creasing your hair.

4: When it comes to styling your hair pre-flight, don’t go against nature, you won’t win. If your hair is wavy, work mousse through damp strands, scrunch it, let it air dry. Once you’re on the flight, wrap your hair into a loose high top knot and secure with an elastic band that won’t crease your strands. Let your hair down when you arrive.

5: If you don’t have time to prep your hair the day y2016 08 12 Kendal Jenner Top Bunou’re traveling, go for a chic, high
ponytail or top bun as seen worn by Kendal Jenner opposite. It’s classic, pulls the hair off the face, and is simple to do in a minute. (Original Photo can be found at Pinterest )

6: To give your hair some oomph after a long flight, spray roots with a dry shampoo. It’ll also get rid of that awful airplane smell.

7: If you’re taking a flight that’s longer than two hours, prep your skin as if you’re going to bed. Pack sample sizes of cleanser (Micellar Water), serum/oil, night cream, and eye cream. I like to apply all of these after boarding as it gives me something to do on the flight however if you prefer to sleep on the flight, head to the bathroom before boarding or carry out your skin routine in the lounge. This will give your skin the hydration and care it needs.

8: Though it’s best to head to the airport without makeup for a long flight, if you need to wear a little something, go for finished brows, waterproof mascara and pink/nude lips. This will help you look pulled-together while keeping your skin clean.

9: Water is an in-flight essential. If you want your skin to look great when you arrive, drink water. The small cups they bring around during the food service are not enough. Plane air is very dry; at such high altitudes it has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated. I buy the largest water I can at the airport and sip it all through the flight. If you can’t afford to buy water at the airport (the prices are ridiculous) take your own empty water bottle to the airport and either fill it in the lounge or most airports have water fountains.

2016 08 12 D2O cropped10: I’m a big fan of face misting during a flight, especially on long international trips. I don’t mean makeup setting sprays but actual hydrating sprays. I like Evian water spray, Jane Iredale D2O or Rose Water. I always decant the D20 or rose water into a smaller spray bottle so that I can take them on board with me but the Evian sprays are just the right size anyway. Spritzing your face with water is another way to keep skin hydrated in the dry cabin environment.

 

11: While flying at high altitudes, you are closer to the sun’s harmful rays especially if you’re in the window seat. In summer I always use an SPF as a body and face moisturiser and it’s a great idea to take a small amount with you decanted into a pump bottle for use on the plane. I like Muji’s travel bottles for my carry on beauty essentials. If you don’t want to apply the during the flight, at least consider applying it before you leave the plane. Remember to apply SPF 30+ to your face and anywhere else which will be out in the sun whilst you are waiting for your coach etc. You don’t want to burn on the first day of your holiday!

I hope this encourages you to look after your skin both whilst you are away but especially on those long flights.  If you have any other useful tips that I can add to this post, please comment below or comment on this post on my Facebook page. All additions will be credited.

Keep reading for more tips on makeup, hair and beauty, 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

Holiday Makeup Bag Essentials

 

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It’s that time of year when were all thinking about holidays. My holidays vary from beach locations, city breaks to hiking in a National Park and so when travelling I love traveling light. This also leaves me room in my case for shopping and I don’t have a lot of washing to do when I get home!

As a Professional Makeup Artist, even though I have a huge collection of personal makeup my holiday/everyday makeup kit is similar and I pack essentials only:

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base – I use this as a foundation, sun block, and concealer. This foundation is a very easy to use multi-purpose product which has SPF20 and UVA P++ protection and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. All of this great protection plus it provides a semi matte buildable coverage.

YSL Touche Eclat – A definite must for brightening under your eyes after a big night out or too many cocktails around the pool!

Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray – D2O is brilliant for setting makeup and rehydrating2016 08 12 D2O cropped your skin on long flights. This spray comes in a travel-friendly 2 oz. bottle and is also a hydration cooling spray for around the pool and days out.

Jane Iredale Moonglow Bronzer – A golden bronzer made with 24-Karat gold flakes, this product can be used to subtly create the “Golden Goddess” look with a hint of shimmer. I brush these quad bronzers on my cheeks, on my eyes as eyeshadows and also as an all-over bronzer to create a natural-looking glow.

2016 08 19 JI Rose DawnJane Iredale Rose Dawn – This has 4 stunning shades of pink through to bronze and can again be used on eyes or cheeks to give a healthy glow.

MAC Fluidline – This gel formula is so silky smooth and easy to apply. It is also water and smudge proof and lasts for a couple of days so no need to keep re-applying.

 

MAC Opulash Optimum Black – This is an intense black mascara which volumises your lashes and extends the curl of your lash.  As it lasts up to 15 hours I add 1 coat for by the pool/daytime and another coat in the evening.

MAC Plushglass – This is a sheer lip colour with a pearlised finish. Great for daytime and evening.  What is great about Plushglass is that it isn’t sticky to wear and contains vitamin E so it continuously moisturises and sooths your lips at the same time.

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When travelling think ‘what do I need and what will I actually use on my holiday?’ You will use much less than you usually do on a girls night out and it’s a great idea to think about multi use products or different ways to use products which you already have.

Have fun packing your holiday makeup bag and testing the duplicate uses of products.  Be imaginative and have a great holiday/honeymoon.

If you have any other useful tips that I can add to this post, please comment below or comment on this post on my Facebook page. All additions will be credited.

Follow this blog for more tips on makeup, hair and beauty, 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

Anyone Can Wear Bright Eye Makeup! Here’s How.

Have you ever looked at bright and beautiful eye shadow colors and thought “I could never wear that?” Well you can! Your age and skin tone don’t matter at all. It only matters how you apply it.

There are many levels of bright eye makeup, from subtle to intense. The first trick is to experiment to find out what suits you. I’d love to hear about it, so please comment below or upload pictures to my Facebook page.

Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration:

  1. Bright Eyeliner: As a Makeup Artist I love to use eye shadow as eyeliner. Not only does it mean that you are getting double uses out of your summer bright eye shadows but it is also a way to use that bright shade in the eye shadow triple you may have been avoiding.

Wet your eyeliner brush with MAC Fix + or water and dip it into a bright shade of eyeshadow such as Parfait Armour (a bright purple shade) or you could try a nice bright shade of pigment like ELF Studio in Passionate Purple. Line the lower and upper lash line from inner to outer corner. I like to see it really smudged out, surrounding the entire area in a soft haze of purple. I still used black eyeliner in the waterline to keep the look dramatic and avoid bringing out any redness in the area. This really allows the one swipe of color to pop. The below photo can be found on Pinterest.

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  1. Winged Eyeliner: You’ve now mastered winged eyeliner so it’s time to brighten your eyes in a whole new way by thinking of colorful winged eyeliner. This look is not only ultra-modern and inspired by 2016 catwalk shows but is a great way to

Begin by using an angled brush to apply Mac’s Chromaline in Marine Blue across the top of your upper lash line. Begin to wing out the liner from the corner of the eye. 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. Fill in the gap and smooth out the line.

For a fuller wing, exaggerate the line for even more effect. Starting at the inner eye add more liner to make it thicker on top. Once you get to the outer corner follow the shape of the wing and extend it slightly. Bring the point back down to meet the classic wing and fill in any gaps. The below photo can be found on Pinterest.

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  1. Colored Mascara: Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting the ‘Pat Butcher’ electric blue mascara from the eighties (unless you want it to)! Try a flick of Jane Iredale’s Ripe Plum Longest Lash to add a hint of color when your lashes catch the light. You can apply from root to tip, or apply your usual black or brown first and then just paint the ends with the colored mascara. Feeling flashy? Try painting the tips of your lashes with Gold or Silver Liquid Eyeliner.

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  1. Smoky Eyes: So you’re ready to take the pure-drama plunge with a bright smoky eye? You can use any colour you love however if you’re a bit unsure, I’d advise starting with a royal blue or deep plum smoky eye as they suit most people and aren’t too bright.

There’s nothing’s worse than a smoky eye that smears three hours into the night. Stop the smearing before it starts with a primer – blend it over your eyelids and under eyes to ensure that your makeup stays put past last call!

Blend a dark blue shade from your lashes to crease, and then, use a small, angled brush to drag the shadow along your lower lash lines. A smoky eye shouldn’t have any harsh lines; it should be softly blended at the edges. Using a blending or smudge brush, lightly smudge the shadow at the crease and along bottom lashes.

Now that your color is in place, define your eye with a creamy black eye pencil. Drag it along top and bottom lash lines, making sure there’s no skin showing between lashes and the line. For an extra-sultry effect, line your inner bottom lash line too. No smoky eye is complete without gorgeous thick black lashes.

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I hope this encourages you to experiment with color over the summer, so please comment and share what you’ve tried by uploading your pictures to my Facebook page.

Keep reading for more tips on makeup, hair and beauty, 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