Do You Have a Phobia of Lash Curlers?

Updated 2018

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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.

Curling the eyelashes is one of those parts of a makeup application that never gets much credit but can produce remarkable results when done correctly. With a proper curl, lashes look longer, thicker, fuller, and the eyes themselves appear larger and more awake.  What more could you ask for???

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 (half lash) eyelash curlers that help curl your lashes in small groups allowing for a more precise experience, or easier experience if you have smaller eyes.

How to use an Eyelash Curler

Every makeup artist has their own method of curling lashes, but here is my technique how to properly use eye lash curlers to curl lashes on a client or yourself – time-tested from years of experience.

Always start with clean lashes. Using a curler after applying mascara makes it easier to break or pull out lashes as they can stick to the curler itself.

With your eyes open or looking down at an angle, hold the curler the way you normally hold a pair of scissors and lift your eyelid slightly with your opposite hand. Place the curler at the base or root of your lashes. The flat part at the top of the curler should sit flush with your eyelid.

Once your curler is upright so that the curve faces out and is in place at the root of your lashes, check to see that you have all of the lashes inside the curler. Gently clamp the curler together in a soft pumping motion. Now turn the curler upwards so that the curve of the curler lines up with the curve of your eyelid’s crease. This is the pro secret. It will give you curl, rather than a crimp effect.

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Walk the curler up from the root of the lash all the way to the tip, pressing and gently pumping the eyelash with the same pressure, until you reach the end.

Open the eyelash curler and examine the perfect curl. Repeat if necessary to define your lashes before applying makeup. Then, of course, do the other eye!

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Top Tips

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

Remember to look at yourself in the mirror, so that you’re not blindly squeezing the 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. That black residue on your curling bumpers does not magically disappear. In fact, that gunk can build up, stick to your lashes and possibly pull them out completely.

Also, if you leave makeup/dirt on the bumper of your eyelash curler, the rubber gets hard and in effect turns your eyelash curler into a pair of scissors!!!  Every time you use your eyelash curler, wipe the bumper clean with a small amount of makeup remover or a baby wipe: this will ensure 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!

My Favourite Eyelash Curlers

A lot of makeup artists have their favourite lash curlers, myself included. The Shu Uemura and Japonesque pro performance eyelash curlers are probably two of the most popular with professionals. I do love them but one of my current favourite eyelash curlers is the Tweezerman Super Curl Eyelash Curler, as I find that it does give an amazing curl and looks less scary for clients.  If you’re looking for a great cheaper option to use until you get to grips with using lash curlers, the W7 Groovy Curls Eyelash Curler is a great option and also comes in some gorgeous bright colours too.

For Weddings and eyelashes that need a bit more encouragement to curl such as Asian Lashes, I like to use Eyelure’s Heated Eyelash Curler for a curl that lasts all day and also feels lovely on your client’s eyes.

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Claire xx

 

Mastering The Blush and Bronzer Duo (updated 2018)

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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 Luxe Cheek Finish 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. “choose 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, personally I believe 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 NYX Matte Bronzer in Light, 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.

 

Blush & Bronzer Duo

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 Face & Body Bronzing Duo 

ESTEE LAUDER Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Blush Palette

Benefit Cheek Parade Blush Palette

Nars’ Blush Bronze Duo

ELF Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer Palette

Makeup Revolution Blush, Bronzer & Brighten Palette

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 (2018)

Bedtime rituals for clean, healthy skin

You’ve just finished a busy day crammed with commuting, meetings, phone calls or running around after your family and making 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 lazy girl tips to waking up with smoother, softer skin.

 

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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. As most women clean their skin properly in the mornings, why not use a quick fix in the evening?

The lazy girl 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 different brands (however you should always look for alcohol- and fragrance-free wipes).

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.

Add Moisture

Garnier Vital Restore Night Cream

No matter what, beautiful skin needs hydration at night.  However if like me, you don’t like to wear a heavy night cream, you can go the light weight but effective route: Garnier Vital Restore Cream. It is marketed for mature skin however it is packed with orchid extract to stimulate cell vitality and Soy bioproteins that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. The cream also helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing whilst intensely moisturising to leave skin feeling revitalised and renewed. Whats not to love????

 

Don’t forget your lips!!!

Vaseline Lip Therapy

After moisturising your face, rub a small amount of moisturiser into your lips then slick Vaseline over the top to lock in the moisture for softer plumper lips come morning. Vaseline also comes in a variety of gorgeous flavours too!!!

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

(Vaseline can also be used to remove really stubborn eye makeup. Just pop onto a cotton pad/ball and rub over the stubborn makeup).

 

Keep Hydrated

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I know that we all love to go to bed with a warm drink, especially in the colder evenings however your skin will thank you for swapping your in bed cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate 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.

 

 

 

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. So get your beauty zzz’s – your skin will thank you!

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Remember, 5 mins of prepping your skin before bed will give you amazing results with little effort. 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!!!

To watch Desi Perkins’ nighttime skincare routine on YouTube – Click Here

YouTube Desi Perkins Nighttime Routine

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Claire xx

 

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