9 Makeup Artist Tips and Tricks to Steal

Updated 2018

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 utilise 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 like you’ve had your makeup done by a professional Makeup Artist.

1. Make your favourite lipstick Matte or Metallic

Matte Lips

If like me, you cant stand the feel of matte lipstick, here’s a little trick you can use to turn any lipstick matte: Add a small amount of powder blush or eyeshadow on top of your lipstick to remove the shine.

Application: 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 have a matte version of your favourite lipstick while utilising products you already have.

extra tip: This trick can also be lovely for nights out and holidays by adding a touch of gold/shimmer eyeshadow to the centre of your lips for that metallic glow.


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2. 3 Types of Foundation in One

Diluting your Foundation is a trick which I use often to give different coverage without carrying the weight of different types of foundation in my makeup kit.

Sometimes your favourite foundation provides too much coverage, yet your tinted moisturiser doesn’t offer enough. On holiday and summer evenings out with my husband I want a medium coverage but don’t want to 2-3 foundations in my makeup bag.  To use my favourite foundation (MAC Studio Fix Fluid) in my perfect shade but with different levels of coverage, I add a bit of facial moisturiser, drop by drop, to my foundation. I do this on a palette (if I am working on a client) or on the back of my hand if I am using the foundation on myself. By diluting the foundation gradually, 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, whilst still wearing your prefect shade.


3. Double Duty Mascara 

applying eyeliner with an angled brush

There are many occasions when I don’t want to carry lots of makeup products with me; on set for touch ups, when I’m going out or when I’m travelling.  Due to being a ‘lazy girl’ I like my products to have double duty such as above, using an eyeshadow to change the texture of my lipstick and using a mascara as an eyeliner.

Application: I like to apply eyeliner with an angled brush whether it be on a client or on myself and so, I pick up some of the mascara from the wand onto my eyeliner brush and apply to the lash line as normal. I then finish with a couple of coats of the same mascara on the lashes. This is a great tip for travelling and to save you having to carry many products around with you.

Extra Tip: This works will all shades from black, brown and blue to more vibrant colours. Have a go and save save in your makeup bag/kit.


4. Instant Brow Lift 

If like me you want lovely brows without looking like they’ve been drawn on with a sharpie marker, then I have a little trick that not only defines but lifts your brows, creating a perfect frame for your face.

After filling my brows with either a pencil, powder or gel, depending on the look that I am trying to achieve, I then highlight the brows with concealer and blend with a small flat foundation brush. By placing concealer around the brows and blending, you add shape and lift.

I also highlight under your arch with a soft cream coloured eyeshadow (not too shimmery) and apply the same colour to the inner corners of my client’s/my eyes to give the effect of looking more awake.

beautiful eyebrows

5. Cheeky Fix!

As you are well aware by now, I love products which have multiple uses and save me space in both my makeup kit and my personal makeup bag.

This next tip is one that I use often, especially on holiday as I dropped my eye and cheek palette onto the tiled floor on holiday and smashed all of the powders. If I was at home, this wouldn’t have been a problem (see Tip 6) but as I was abroad this meant that I had lost all of my lovely eye shadows and blushes in my beautiful palette. As a small tear fell onto my cheek, I looked into my makeup bag and realised that I had a solution, Lipstick!!!!!

lips, eyes and cheeks - one colour

Lipstick can double as a cream blush and cream eye shadow when you’re in a fix. This is especially handy on holiday as we tend to use more soft peach or pink lipsticks rather than deep reds and so the colours can compliment not only your lips but also tie in your eyes and cheeks into your colour theme.

Application: This is easy, blend the lippy onto your eye lids or cheeks with your fingers instead and voila: instant cream blush or eye shadow!

Additional Tip: This tip works well in winter with metallic lipstick used on your lips and also matching on your eyes! Try silver, gold or metallic lipsticks for a pulled together modern look.


6. A death in the family!

When you make the fatal mistake of knocking your favourite pressed powder makeup product onto the floor and it turns into dust, don’t despair. It happens all the time to makeup artists and here’s how we bring our highlighters, eyeshadows, blush and stetting powders back to life!  The miracle product here is IPA (isopropyl alcohol). IPA can be purchased at larger chemists or online.

You’ll Need: Your broken powder, a tissue, a cotton bud and IPA in a small spray bottle.

  1. Break up your powder compact (even more) into tiny pieces using a cotton bud.
    How to fix broken makeup
    Spread them out across the compact so they’re evenly distributed.
  2. Place a tissue over the broken pieces of powder, and press down with your fingers to flatten your product and shape it back into the compact. Lift up the tissue to see where you need to apply more pressure to flatten down all the pieces.
  3. Now spray your powder with the IPA until it is the consistency of wet sand. Leave to dry in a safe place with the lid open and the IPA will evaporate.
  4. Clean up the edges of your makeup container with your tissue, and you’re good to go. Your powder obviously won’t have the pretty design that was imprinted in it before you dropped it, but your makeup will certainly be brought back from the dead.

7. Say ‘No’ to HD Powder

I never use HD powders or products containing a lot of silica to finish or set my client’s foundations or other makeup unless they are on a TV/film set. These products were created specifically for film and the ingredients in these products can reflect light (specifically a bright flash in a dark room or at night) and create the illusion of a white powder on your skin.

It’s the “amateur” move that even a lot of professionals have mistakenly made. You can see it below on Kristen Stewart’s makeup where the HD powder stands out with the flash of a camera. This could happen you you even with the flash of a mobile phone camera.

bad celebrity makeup

To ensure that you don’t look like the ‘powdery ghost’ in your group photos or selfies, why not try a product such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish powder or MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder (my two current favourites).


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

Eye Envy 303 Lashes

Last but not least, if you love a big, voluminous, Bardot-esque lash look, you might be tempted to look for a full, thick false lash, most of which have tick unnatural bands and look truely false (not to say hideous)

I prefer to stack better quality lighter pairs of lashes onto of each other. Just make sure their bands are thin or invisible to keep things looking natural. I also prefer to trim the upper set slightly shorter than the lower set so that I can offset them slightly giving a more natural look. 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 as well as some interesting tips which you can use in the future.

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

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Claire xx



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How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles and Brighten Your Look

Dark circles and how to get rid of them


About this time of year, many of us begin to feel that our skin looks dull. Brightening up the area around the eyes is the best way to look refreshed and vibrant in just a minute. We’ve had two weeks to try some of the remedies from my last blog post ‘How To Banish Those Dark Circles and look more awake’

I always use Micellar Water to clean eye makeup away and never rub my eyes hard! I also drink a lot of water to stay hydrated (luckily, it’s also my favourite drink), and I frequently use cold compresses on my eyes when I use my weekly face masks. I, however, am one of the unlucky women that still has those pesky dark circles, no matter what I do, and this is where I now turn to my training and my makeup kit/makeup bag.


Additional Tip:

Before I give you my favourite products and application methods, one tip which I always use, especially on clients is: using an eyelash curler. This may seem like it has noting to do with concealing your dark circles, however using an eyelash curler takes care of two issues: It gets rid of the shadow your lashes cast on your under-eye area, and opens your eyes, making you look more awake. Win-Win and worth a minute being added onto your daily routine.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

3 Step Process for Covering your Dark Circles

So now to the actual covering of the dark circles.  This is an easy 3 step process which takes no time at all once you’ve mastered the application.

Step 1:   Correct

Dark circles tend to be blue or grey in colour. To correct them you need to apply a colour that’s opposite on the colour wheel, which would be peach or orange. If you have fair skin, choose a light to medium peach colour. For medium to dark skin, pick a dark peach or orange colour. For very dark skin use an orange red.

When choosing a corrector go for a shade that is 1-2 shades darker than your skin colour. It’s important to pick a darker shade, so it hides your dark circles. Apply the corrector in an upside-down triangle with your ring finger or rounded concealer brush, low enough under the eyes to completely cover the area. Don’t forget to correct the inner part of your eye near your tear duct too. Don’t worry about your under eyes looking orange, as the next step is to conceal.

There are 3 products within my makeup kit/makeup bag which I love to use for correcting dark circles:

Step 2:  Conceal and Blend

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If you don’t wear foundation, choose a concealer that’s the same colour as your skin tone and place it on top of the orange concealer you just applied. Blend it out with the warmth of your ring finger and watch the peach/orange colour disappear.

For those of you who wear foundation, dot your foundation all over your face and buff it into your skin as usual. Be gentle around your eye area so that you don’t remove the orange concealer that’s underneath. The goal in this step is to blend the corrector and foundation into one.

If you feel like you can still see your corrector, you may want to brighten your under eyes with a lighter concealer. All you need is a thin consistency concealer like Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat or MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. Choose a colour that is one shade lighter than your skin tone, so it brightens the under-eye area. Place a couple dots under your eye and blend it out with a soft dome brush.

My current favourite go to products for concealing are:

Step 3:   Set your Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Finish Powder

Using the same soft dome brush, apply a thin layer of setting powder under your eyes to set the concealer and prevent it from creasing throughout the day. If you like using face powder, use a flat thin sponge and apply a thin layer of powder in your T Zone and under your eyes. My preferred powder right now is Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, because it’s super smooth and doesn’t cake up!

I hope this helps with your daily battle with dark circles! I realize this is a process, but I swear by this method when I, or a client, needs some heavy-duty coverage. With time it will only take a couple of minutes and make you look and feel more awake.


 Application Tips

  • 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 by gently stretching the skin flat then applying just a little bit of corrector/concealer down/away from your tear duct working outwards. 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. Release your taught skin and voila, no makeup collecting in your lines.
  • 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.

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

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Claire xx


How to wear metallic makeup for Christmas & New Year

We all remember how popular glitter and metallic makeup has been over the decades and for the last 12 months its been back on trend and rocking the Runways, Hollywood and Social Media. Metallic makeup doesn’t have to be avant garde or for the brave or young, as long as you choose the right colours you can create a beautiful look for a night out.

Tips & Tricks for applying metallic makeup like a pro
Garnier 5 second blur primer

Use a primer. Metallic makeup, like glitter makeup, needs an even base so that it goes on smoothly. Before applying any makeup, but especially before applying eye makeup, use a primer to help prevent creases and increase longevity. I like to use Garnier 5 Second Blur Primer both in my makeup kit and personally. It has a lovely soft finish and doesn’t dry out the skin.

Barry M Cosmetics Deluxe Metals Eyeshadow Palette

Pick tones & colours that flatter your complexion.  You shouldn’t be scared of wearing metallics as it is just like wearing jewellery. The rule of thumb is to wear a colour that suits your skin tone best however this rule isn’t set in stone and you can choose any shade you want to wear and add a contrast to your skin tone. Stick to darker shades for lighter skin tones and lighter shades for darker skin tones, however on photo shoots and younger clients I mix this up as the contrast can look very complementary and doesn’t wash you out as you might think. 

The options are shades of silver, metal, bronze and gold. Alternatively you now have coloured metallics in every shade of the rainbow.

I love using all of my professional palettes and single pots of pigment however for a cheaper and easier to use option, I always suggest the palette which I keep in my makeup bag, The Barry M Cosmetics Deluxe Metals Eye shadow Palette.

Add a pop of metallic color to your lips. To add some shimmer to your lips, paint your lips with a metallic lipstick.

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Transform your non-metallic makeup into metallic makeup. If you don’t want to totally restock your makeup bag with products that you may only wear during the festive season, simply pick up a few loose metallic eye shadow pigments that you can layer and mix with any of your creamy lipsticks or eye shadows to instantly give a magically metallic makeup look.


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Claire xx


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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.

Have makeup remover wipes handy
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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!

Mixed race woman sleeping in bed

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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How To Banish Those Dark Circles and look more awake


Updated 2018

So you have dark circles that are making you feel and look old, tired and unhealthy. Its a problem that many of us have and unfortunately there are many causes for them:

Dark circles and how to get rid of them

  • Hereditary
  • Allergies
  • Pigmentation
  • Rubbing your Eyes
  • Sun Damage

Another cause of dark circles is the natural ageing process. When you age, you tend to lose fat and collagen, and your skin often thins. This can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more prominent (healthline.com, 2018).

Below I’ll discuss some of the remedies to get rid of the pesky dark circles and in my next Blog post I’ll also give you some advice on how to use specific makeup to aid in covering them.


Remedies to eradicate Dark Circles

We all want to get rid of the dark circles so that we don’t have to bother with covering them with makeup in the morning. There are several ways that people report they’ve eliminated or reduced the appearance of dark circles under their eyes. Everybody is different, so some of these remedies might not work for you. None of them are expensive so give them a go….

Hydrate

Drinking your daily quota of water helps promote proper blood circulation around the eyes, which means no longer looking like a raccoon. Each person’s hydration levels are different (I drink approx. 2 litres of water a day, some people need less)

Avoid rubbing your eyesGarnier Micellar Water

The friction from rubbing your eyes can cause your skin to darken, so if you’re particularly aggressive with removing your eye makeup, this one change could make all the difference. Use micellar water to remove your makeup, as it is gentle and helps “melt” eye makeup with the least amount of scrubbing. I like to use Garnier Micellar Water Delicate Skin and Eyes and have this at home and also in my Makeup Kit.

Sleep

Lack of sleep, which we are all guilty of, can cause dark circles under your eyes. It can also make you look paler, which might make your dark circles appear darker. Make sure you’re getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

Elevation

When you sleep, try an extra pillow under your head to lessen the puffiness of fluid pooling in your lower eyelids.

Cold Compresses

Sometimes dilated blood vessels can darken the area under your eyes. A cold compress can cause the blood vessels to constrict, which may result in a lessening of the dark circles.

Cucumber – woman with cucmbers on her eyesFollowers of natural healing suggest chilling thick slices of cucumbers and then placing the chilled slices on the dark circles for about 10 minutes. Then rinse the area with water. Repeat this treatment daily.

Tea bags – Natural healers suggest soaking two teabags (use caffeinated tea) in warm water, squeezing them out and then chilling the bags in the fridge for an hour. Place a bag on each eye. After five minutes, remove the teabags and rinse the area with cold water. The tea bags can be used multiple times. Keep them fresh in a lunch bag in your fridge.


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Claire xx


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Do You Have a Phobia of Lash Curlers?

Updated 2018

eyelash curler - woman using

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.

Eyelash Curler 1

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!

Eyelash Curler 2

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.

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. Please also post your photos of your lovely curled lashes into the comments of this post on my Facebook page.

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Spooky Makeup Tutorials for Halloween

Are you hosting or attending a Halloween Party or event? Do you want to have a Halloween Makeup to WOW everyone? If you can’t afford a Makeup Artist to apply your makeup for you, here are a few of my favourite tutorials to help you this Halloween: Easy makeup with a big impact.

Bride of Frankenstein 

Bride of Frankenstein Video makeup tutorial

Halloween Pumpkin

For a makeup look which you can also create with face paints, why not try the creepy Halloween Pumpkin?

Halloween Pumpkin video makeup tutorial

Vampire

Do you want your makeup to be more sexy than face painting? why not become a sexy vampire this Halloween…..

Vampire Makeup video tutorial

No matter what you decide to do with your costume and makeup this Halloween, Have fun and stay safe.

For more inspiration, please visit and follow my Pinterest Board – Halloween Makeup Ideas

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Claire xx


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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Makeup Mistakes That Are Ageing You (and How to Fix Them)

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Makeup Mistakes That are Ageing you, and how to fix them

A pinch of color on your cheeks or a rich flattering lipstick shade can easily erase years off your face, but the wrong makeup can do just the opposite.

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Woman before and after makeup

Seemingly harmless blunders, like overdoing barely-there brows or adding too much powder to eliminate shine are just a few of the many surprising reasons why your face is looking tired and older lately. Myself and several makeup artists weigh in on the most common mistakes you’re committing that are aging you, as well as how you can prevent them from hiding your natural glow:

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Concealer is the perfect go-to product for hiding fine lines, blemishes, and dark circles under the eyes however the wrong color can also make you look older instantly. When carrying out makeup lessons I have found that many women are too heavy in the application of under eye concealer and often choose shades that are far too light for them as seen on Demi Lovato below. The aim of a concealer is to conceal and not to highlight as per the picture on the right. Always use a creamy concealer that matches your shade of foundation which will give the result of concealing and correcting in a way that leaves you looking awake and recharged instead exaggerated!

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Powder Overload

Powders help in setting your makeup, and eliminating shine, but applying too much of it throughout the day can result in the product settling into fine lines, accentuating wrinkles and sitting on top of your skin making it look strange and dry! as seen below on Nicole Kidman.  If you have oily skin then use a moisture control primer such as MAC’s Oil Control Lotion which is “an oil-free moisturiser that offers lightweight hydration and no-shine oil control”.

Another great product to keep in your bag is you have oily skin are blot papers. They’re great for on-the-go touch-ups as they manage oil without disturbing makeup or clogging skin with layers of product.

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Skipping Creamy Cosmetics

As women mature, the skin on the face and neck becomes dryer, resulting in a loss of radiance. To prolong a youthful appearance, swap your powder foundation for a liquid foundation and maybe try using a cream blush instead of a powder. Powders tend to sit on the skin’s surface, drawing attention to fine lines and wrinkles and the glow from a creamy product gives the appearance of youth.

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Creating Harsh Lines

Everyone knows eyeliner can make eyes appear brighter and more awake, but applying too dark, harsh lines can also accentuate crow’s feet and wrinkles on the delicate eye area. Remember to change from a black to brown/black or brown eyeliner as you get older for a softer (but still dark) look as below. Also, make sure you smudge it out instead of creating a solid line and keep it mostly on the top lid. Your eyes will look defined, but not weighed down. The result is a lift on the upper eye, which always makes you look fresher and younger, however heavy lines under the eyes make them look tired and accentuate lines and wrinkles whilst making the eyes look smaller.

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Extreme EyebrowsExtreme Eyebrows

Not everyone is born with lush, full, perfectly arched eyebrows, and most of us are guilty of over plucking them at some time in our life however filling them in with a too dark colour is a definite no! (As seen below) You can create thicker, more beautiful brows with a pencil or powder, but the key is choosing the perfect shade. The key is to choose one shade lighter than your hair color if you’re brunette and one shade slightly darker if you’re blonde or a redhead. Remember that you’re not drawing on new eyebrows but filling in any gaps you may have, concentrating on the arch and tail end.

Wearing Metallics

Intense metallic and glitter shades on the eye can be challenging for older women. I prefer using shadows with a soft shimmer that makes your eyes twinkle and more youthful rather than emphasising lines.

Over Doing the Blush

Unless your goal is to look like a cartoon version of yourself, (See Drew Barrymore below) go light on blush in a color that flatters your skin tone. When applying blush, smile, and blend directly on the apples of your cheeks and blend out towards your temples. Correctly applied blush can add a youthful glow and take years off a face, but too much in a darker shade or too pale pink can add years onto your face. Those with olive and darker skin tones should choose a warm shade, with those with fair skin must look out for rosy tones.

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If the thought of changing your makeup routine and products as you get older seems daunting, then why not book a makeup lesson to teach you the tip and tricks of the trade in the comfort of your own home? For more info, please visit  – Makeup Lessons

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Claire xx

Makeup Tricks to Slim Your Face

If you’ve ever seen celebrities without makeup look unrecognisable, then you know how trans-formative certain techniques can be. These easy highlighting and contouring makeup tricks are optical illusions!

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  1. When it comes to makeup, dark shades recede features, while light colours bring features forward. To use this idea to your advantage, you’ll need a contour colour or matte bronzer, one or two shades deeper than your skin tone, and a luminous highlighter that’s a bit lighter than your complexion. You can use cream or powder textures, or a combination of the two. No matter which formula you choose, be sure to use a makeup brush to blend; streaky contour makeup is a big ‘No No’.
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  1. Create the illusion of thinner cheeks by applying your contour shade in a diagonal line from the centre of your cheek to the ear. Make a slight “fish face” while you do this to figure out the perfect placement, and don’t forget to blend. The higher you place your contour shade, the sharper your cheekbones will look. Swipe highlighter across the tops of the cheekbones to really bring out the contour.
  1. Fake a thinner nose: swipe a contour powder down the sides of the bridge of your nose (stop before you get to the nostrils). Blend highlighter down the bridge of your nose in a vertical line, if you want to bring your nose forward. If like me, your nose is big enough then skip highlighting your nose!
  1. To never have a double chin in photos again, apply bronzer along your jawline to define the area. Blend the shade to create a seamless contour and bring down onto your double chin.
  1. Play up your eyes, and leave your lips natural with a tinted balm or gloss. Full lips can emphasize roundness on the face, but eyes made to look large with makeup will make the rest of the face appear smaller in comparison.
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  1. Choose the right eyebrow shape. A higher, more pronounced arch helps balance out a round face by vertically stretching its appearance.
  1. Highlight the centre of your face. Blend highlighter between your brows, on the bridge of the nose, on the Cupid’s bow above your upper lip and in the centre of your chin. This technique will help bring these features forward to downplay the width of your face.
  1. Don’t forget your forehead! Blend your contour shade into the temples and around the hairline to emphasize the angles of your bone structure.

If the thought of highlighting and contouring seems daunting then why not book a makeup lesson to teach you the tip and tricks of the trade in the comfort of your own home? For more info, please visit  – Makeup Lessons

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Follow this blog for more tips on makeup, hair and beauty, info and tutorials. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at claire@makeup-byclaire.co.uk

Don’t forget to check out my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx