Do You Have a Phobia of Lash Curlers?

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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.

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

Always start with clean lashes. Using a curler after applying mascara makes it easier to break or pull out lashes.

With your eyes open or looking down at an angle, lift your eyelid slightly with your opposite hand and place the curler at the base or root of your lashes. Once your curler is in place at the root of your lashes, gently clamp the curler together in a pumping motion, moving your curler outward toward the tip of the lashes as you go. Repeat if need be.

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Remember to look at yourself in the mirror, so you’re not blindly squeezing.

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

Tight line your lashes. Create a tight line with your eyelash curler for instant results. With a gel eyeliner, paint a line on the eyelash curler pad (the rubber section that curls your lashes), then get your eyelash curler as close to your eyelid as possible. You’ll want the curler to slightly touch your lid under your lashes. Then hold at the base for at least 10 sections and then curl as normal. If done correctly, you should have applied eyeliner on your lid to give the effect of fuller lashes! Take a peek at celebrity makeup artist Wayne Goss’s video to show you exactly how it’s done. Beware, this technique does require a couple of practice runs before you use it on your big night out!

Wayne Goss Eyelash 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 but if you leave makeup on the rubber of your eyelash curler, the rubber gets hard and in effect turns your eyelash curler into a pair of scissors!!!  After every use, is a small amount of makeup remover or a baby wipe to clean your lash curler ensuring 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!

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Mastering The Blush and Bronzer Duo

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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 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek 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. “hoose 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, 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 MAC’s Bronzing Powder in Golden, 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.

 

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’s – Face & Body Bronzing Duo

Nars’ Blush Bronze Duo

E.L.F. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder

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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Claire xx

Bedtime Rituals for Beautiful Skin

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You’ve just finished a busy day crammed with commuting, meetings, phone calls and 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 tips to waking up with smoother, softer skin.

 

  1. Have makeup remover wipes handysimple-facial-wipes

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.

The 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 however you should always look for alcohol- and fragrance-free ones.

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.

 

  1. Mist away

2016 08 12 D2O croppedNo matter what, beautiful skin needs hydration at night. If you decide to skip the night cream, go the simple route: Spray on a moisturizing facial mist. Try Jane Iredale’s Hydration Spray or Evian Mineral Water Spray. These are also perfect decanted into a small bottle and kept in your bag. When you get a bit warm or your skin feels a bit dry, just mist your face for wonderful hydration without messing up your makeup.

 

  1. Use petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on your lipsVaseline

After moisturising your face, rub a small amount of moisturiser into your lips then slick Vaseline over the top for a softer pucker come morning. Vaseline can even be used to remove really stubborn eye makeup. Just pop onto a cotton pad/ball and rub over the stubborn makeup.

However, if your skin is prone to breakouts only apply to your lips and body as it can leave behind an oily residue.

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

 

  1. Humidify your surroundings

s-pellegrinoIf you absolutely can’t be bothered with slathering on some hydrating facial cream as you get into bed (I keep mine on my bedside table), use a humidifier. Since body temperature rises while we sleep, we lose much-needed moisture. Humidifiers help keep the air moist so our skin isn’t further sapped by a dry environment.

 

  1. H2O hydrate!

Swap your in bed cup of tea or coffee 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.

 

  1. Pre-de-puff your eyes

Sick of waking up with puffy eyes? Peterson notes a variety of factors influence swelling in the eye area, such as allergies, salty foods, lack of sleep and tearing. Drink more water (see above), cut salty foods out, and if the problem is allergies, take an antihistamine before bedtime (speak to your GP). Another solution which I was told a while ago is try to sleep flat on your back (which helps with wrinkles, too) with your head elevated on one pillows.

 

  1. 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, according to the International Congress in Aesthetic, Anti Aging Medicine and Medical Spa. So get your beauty zzz’s – your skin will thank you!

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Woman sleeping in bed
Remember, 5 mins of prepping your skin before bed will give you amazing results with your skin. 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!!!

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9 Makeup Artist Tips and Tricks to Steal

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As a makeup artist, I am constantly helping clients to look their best and make the most of the products they own. The more you know how to utilize your beauty tools, the more fun you can have (not to mention, the more money you’ll save). Here are some of my favourite simple tips and tricks that anyone can do, that’ll make you feel and look like a pro Makeup Artist.

  1. Make it Matte:You can turn any lipstick matte by adding a small amount of powder Matte Lipsblush or eyeshadow on top. Apply lipstick, blot with a tissue, and pat the powder on top with your finger until it’s fully matte. This is a perfect way to test matte texture to see if you like it while utilizing products you already have. Also lovely for nights out and holidays by adding a touch of gold eyeshadow to the center of your lips for that metallic glow.
  2. Dilute your Foundation: Does your favorite foundation provide too much coverage, yet your tinted moisturizer doesn’t offer enough? Try adding a bit of facial moisturizer, drop by drop, to your foundation. I do this on a palette but the back of your hand is just as good. By diluting the mixture, you can custom create the perfect amount of coverage for your preference (with the added bonus of hydration). Lighter for daytime and holidays and heavier for evenings.
  3. Double Duty Mascara:Did you know mascara can double as an eyeliner? Pick up some of your mascara onto your eyeliner brush and apply to the lash line as normal. Finish with a couple of coats of the same mascara on the lashes. This is a great tip for traveling and to save you having to carry many products around with you.
  4. Instant Brow Lift:Highlight brows with concealer and blend with a foundation brush. By placing concealer around the brows and blending, you add shape and lift. Also highlight under your arch with a soft cream coloured eyeshadow and apply the same colour to the inner corners of your eyes to look wide awake.
  5. Cheeky Fix:Lipstick can double as a cream blush when you’re in a fix. Used soft peach or pink lipsticks blended on the cheek with your fingers instead of blusher and voila: instant cream blush!razor
  6. Shave your Face: So you want a perfect base as seen on models and actresses? Apart from expensive facial treatments, do you know what else creates the perfect surface for product application? Smooth, hairless skin. That’s right. shaving your facecould make that slight difference you’ve been looking for. If your makeup cakes in certain areas of your face give it a go. Makeup Artists and Dermatologists call it “dermaplaning” and it can be done at home every so often (for special events and big nights out) to really offer that flawless finish to your foundation. I like to useG2PLUS Eyebrow Razor Shaper which can be purchased at Amazon.
  7. Say ‘No’ to HD: Never use HD powders or products containing a lot of silica to finish or set your foundations. These products were created specifically for film. The ingredients in these products can reflect light (specifically a bright flash in a dark room or at night) and create the illusion of thick white powder on your skin. It’s the “amateur” move that even a lot of professionals have mistakenly made. Instead why not try a mineral finishing powder such as Jane Iredale’s Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder.
  8. Spritz Away: If you’ve finished your face and you find yourself looking a bit too made up (or cakey), try spraying a finishing spray like MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ lightly over your face. The spray penetrates the foundation and helps to create a skin mimicking look. Basically, your skin will look more like skin and less like makeup plus, your face may stay in place a bit longer, as an added bonus.
  9. Stack your lashes: If you love a big, voluminous, Bardot-esque lash look, you might Eye Envy 303 Lashesbe tempted to look for a full, thick false lash – don’t. Ariana Grande’s makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla says you’re much better off stacking two light, thin false lashes on top of each other. Just make sure their bands are thin or invisible to keep things looking natural. At the moment I’m loving EyeEnvy 303 False Eyelashes.

    I hope this encourages you to look at using your products differently and hopefully getting more uses out of one product.

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Claire xx

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes without damaging them. 

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Why clean your makeup brushes? There are three big reasons for doing so:

The first is that dirty makeup brushes don’t perform as well. When your blush brush has so much powder on it that you don’t need to put any more on when you apply …well my friends, that’s no good. It can cause your makeup application to turn out looking very different than you expected: darker, more intense, or just plain muddy.

The second reason to wash your brushes is that dirty brushes can transfer bacteria from our skin to our makeup products and back again. Cleaning your brushes regularly will ensure that you not only get rid of excess product but also bacteria and oils that have been transferred to your brush. This can help prevent breakouts and other nasty skin complaints that are caused by germs.

The final reason is to care for your brushes. Cleaning them actually helps them to last longer. Brushes are a big investment, especially these days with many big brands brushes averaging £25 each, so we should be doing our best to protect them.

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Optimally, we should wash our brushes once a week; I think I speak for most of us when I say that usually doesn’t happen. As a Makeup Artist I was my brushes at the end of every working day however my personal brushed don’t get the care and attention that they deserve!  A realistic goal is to wash your brushes at least once a month. Below I have laid out the steps for washing your brushes in order to protect them and keep them lasting long. Today is the first of the month, so let’s try to make a goal together to wash our brushes on the first of every month.

Remember to love your brushes and they will love you back!

How to Clean Your Brushes

I like to use Sigma’s brush cleaning mitt and Jane Iredale’s Truly Pure Brush Shampoo.

  1. Use warm water to saturate the brush hairs only. Be sure not to soak your brush as this will ruin it.
  2. Place a pea-sized amount of Truly Pure Shampoo & Conditioner, or any mild shampoo, into the palm of your hand or mitt and massage the cleanser into the hair. Do this until the cleanser has been completely dispersed among the brush hairs.
  3. Turn your mitt over onto the rinse side and rinse the brush thoroughly until the water runs clear.
  4. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Create a ring with your index finger and thumb and pull the brush through the fingers while applying gentle pressure to remove excess water and maintain the brushes shape.
  6. Place on a towel and lay flat to dry. Never dry your brush in an upright position as this will loosen the glue that binds the brushes and lead to hair loss.

Cleaning Tip: Clean all of your natural fiber brushes first. These will have been used with powders. Next clean any of your brushes which you use with emollients such as foundation or concealer. If you clean your brushes in this order you don’t run the risk of having any leftover emollient products on your mitt and transferring it to your natural fiber brushes.

I hope this encourages you to look after your brushes by cleaning them and I’d love to see photos of your cleaned brushes, either in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

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Claire xx