Fall/Winter 2016 Trends

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

Light Vs Dark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Claire xx

Hair Tips For Girls With Curly Hair

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

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

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

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Moisturise Your Hair

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

Deep Condition Before Your Shower

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

Cleansing Conditioner

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

Products

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

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T-Shirt Drying

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

Sleeping Beauty!

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

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

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

Keep reading my posts for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information as well as beauty, hair and makeup related hints and tips. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

My Style Shoot – 2

Having had a discussion with my two Tutors for this subject, Vicky and Carl, I have come to the conclusion hat this piece needs to be more of a ‘showstopper’ than a general ‘my style’ picture.

With this in mind, I have looked at all of the subjects which interest me and also what I take inspiration from to create a new makeup design for this last Photo Shoot.

I researched flowers, historical eras, catwalk trends, and art and fashion. The subject which really stood out to me was fashion and as such I began to look at different designers iconic clothes and their styles.  The 3 books which O looked at first are:

Whilst I found the books fascinating, they were directed at the photography side of the project rather than providing me with fashion images.

I turned to the internet next and researched iconic fashion from different designers such as Dior, Chanel and YSL.

YSL grabbed my interest straight away as I love their colour block dresses from 1960’s. I have attached a copy of my screen shot below for your information on the images which inspired me.

Iconic Fashion

After conducting even more research I discovered that the dress was inspired by an artist called Piet Mondrian.  As I began to explore more of his work I made a Pinterest board dedicated to Piet Mondrian.

One of the things which captures my imagination with Piet Mondrian is the simplicity of the lines and the blocks of colours. He was obviously influential enough to inspire YSL with the above iconic dress in the 1960’s.  Examples of his work can be seen below.

This is a concept which I am going to explore further over the next couple of weeks as I have also discovered another 3 amazing artists, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley and Lerdinand Ledger who all inspire me. I would love to create 4 different prices of work, each one inspired by one of the above artists.

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

How to Wear Metallic Makeup

Metallic makeup doesn’t have to be avant garde or for the brave, if you wear the right colours it can be a beautiful look for a night out.

We’ve been wearing metallic makeup for decades now and the trend has never disappeared. For a subtle look you can wear a cream based metallic eyeshadow such as Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow or MAC Cosmetic’s Pro Longwear Paint pot and blend it all over  your eyelid for a sheer metallic look or again for a subtle look use a metallic/frost shadow as a top coat which will allow your base colour to show through.

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For a much more dramatic look you can use products such as those above or Maybelline Colour Tattoo and either layer them up or use the darker or brighter colours for a more dramatic effect. To make the colour even more intense you can layer on a matching coloured eye pigment.

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

Applying metallic eyeshadows these days is very easy as the products are amazing.  You don’t just have to apply the metallic colour all over your eyelid, you can just add a pop of shimmer to the inner corner of your eyes to make them look open and awake, and alternatively you can just add a small amount to the centre of your eyelid to give them a sparkle.

If you wear the metallic as a smokey eye look, it’s a lovely effect when you add a hint of silver or gunmetal pigment to your black smokey eyelid  and then bring the metallic colour down under your lower lash line for a modern shimmery look.

Just remember to have fun with metallics and don’t be scared.  They suit everyone and you just need to find the colour and style to suit you.

For more examples of how to wear metallics or just to see the original images from above, visit my Pinterest Board – Here

Have fun and send me your pictures of your metallic eye makeup.

Keep reading my for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and makeup and hair advice. 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 follow my blog.

Claire xx

Easy Weekend Makeup

One of the many things which I get asked is how to make makeup light, bright and pretty for shopping at the weekend or having lunch with our friends.  We all want a slightly different look to the one which we wear for work or going out and it’s nice to look like we’ve made an effort without looking too done up.

For those times at weekend when we don’t want to be bothered but still want to look good, here is a makeup look that that takes less than five minutes.

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  • Firstly you want to use a light foundation. Use your favorite foundation mixed with a small amount of moisturiser, or if you haven’t tried it, you might want to try a BB Cream which are semi-sheer and easy to apply, either with your fingers, sponge or a Blending Brush.

 

  • Next apply a bit of concealer. I love YSL Touch Eclait for this because it is subtle and brightens the whole eye area. Apply a small amount on your dark circles (if you have them) and then in the inner and outer corners of the eye. Blend out well. Cover any blemishes with a good creamy moisturiser like Benefit Boi-ing.

 

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  • For a natural healthy glow, use Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush. A foundation brush is ideal to apply and blend it. Swipe the brush across the end of the blush, and then smile to find the apples of your cheeks. Start applying the blush a tiny bit under the roundest part and blend up and out a bit. Fingers are fine too, but I find that I end up wiping off as much I put on if you’re not gentle!

 

 

 

  • To bring out your eyes without looking overly made up, choose a light eye shadow that compliments your eye colour. I love MAC Shroom, Naked Lunch, Vanilla or Retrospek. Brush on with your brush upside down so that the majority of the colour is around your lash line. Use your brush to blend around the edges and up into the crease. Whatever is left on your brush, dab into the inner corner of your eye to make you look more bright and awake.

 

  • Apply 2 coats of Extended Play Lash Mascara by MAC. There is no need to go all out and full on, it should look soft and gentle.

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  • To add a bit more definition to your eyes, apply a neutral coloured pencil like MAC Cosmetic’s Eye Pencil in Coffee, into your lash line. No wings or heavy lines. Just define the top of your eye and bring the pencil slightly under your eye about of a third of the way in.

 

  • Don’t forget a splash of lip gloss to finish your look. My 2 favourites which suit almost everyone are MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink or Jane Iredale Puregloss in Pink Candy.  Don’t forget to pop your gloss in your pocket to reapply during the day.

 

It’s as easy as that for your quick weekend look so that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy your weekend.

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To see the original images above or to see more natural makeup ideas, please take a look at my Pinterest Board – Natural Makeup

Keep reading my for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and makeup and hair advice. 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 follow my blog.

Claire xx

Snowed In !!!!

Well, I was up at 6am and ready for Uni with my car de-snowed and coffee in my travel mug ready for the journey ahead.  With Radio 1 playing in the background I tentatively set off through the 5-6″ of snow which we have had in Rossendale.

Well as you can see the snow looked lovely however driving in it, even with my Mini Countryman proved difficult!  After a scary 10 minute journey out of my village, I managed to make it onto the main road however to my horror, discovered that it hadn’t been gritted either!

Not being one to give up easily I tried to make my way to the motorway (a usual 10 minute journey took me over 55 mins) only to be advised to turn around as the motorway was completely jammed with cars which had skidded and I wouldn’t be getting anywhere soon.

I have taken this as a sign that I should work from home today and catch up on my written work and so if you are reading this before you set off and you don’t really need to go out anywhere, my advice is to stay warm at home and enjoy the snow from the view from your window.

Claire xx

Eyeliner Storyboard 4 – Behind the Scenes

Thursday was an amazing day at University. My model, Georgia arrived bright and early and there was only myself booked into the studio for a shoot.  If you’ve ever been in education you will know that this rarely happens and we frequently have to fight for time in the studios.

My aim in the 4 hours which I had booked with my model was to create and shoot 7 different eyeliner styles from the Spring and Pre Fall 2016 Fashion shows and show how they can be worn by real women rather than on the catwalk.

On Wednesday evening I arranged my 7 different looks into an order so that they would be easy to follow on from each other with a minimal amount of removal.

After some difficulty on Thursday morning getting my camera to take photos properly, Carl our Photography Tutor changed the settings on my camera for me and off I went to create magic for our class magazine.  I set up the studio with a basic Paramount Lighting set up and used a grey background as I didn’t want lots of colour to distract from the eye makeup. As you can see below from my test shots and behind the scenes photo, the lighting looked great and so off I went………

Full edited photos will be shown once the pictures have been submitted to the magazine for my article but for now here is a sneak peak.

For more info on this amazing model, you can follow her at:

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Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and 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

Re Create Image 4 – Nude or clothed?

Since deciding over the last couple of weeks, the direction Id like my portfolio to go down, I’ve been creating mood boards on Pinterest. Not only from Pinterest images but also from Images and articles/ videos which I have found on the internet.

My main board for this is Pinterest Board – Couples Shoot where you can see the hair, makeup, posing and lighting ideas which I really want to incorporate into this shoot.

Whilst looking at these images I have also carried out some online retail therapy so that I can dress my models appropriately; well Madison anyway. Josh I would like clothed as little as possible within the realms of good taste!

I’ve purchased 5 dresses which can be seen below; mostly ‘little black dresses’ but also an amazing red body-con dress. On the day I will begin with either the ‘top middle’ or ‘bottom left’ dress however I also want my female model in underwear and possibly to wear Josh’s shirt. After I have completed those shots, If I have time I will then change Madison into the red dress.

One of the ideas I have had is to have a fan blowing in a few of the images to give movement to the hair and possibly clothing too. I am also going to bring with me a white sheet and also a cushion for the models to rest their heads on for some of the lying down shots.

I want my models to have seen the posing ideas before hand but I don’t want the shoot to be too structured and I want the models to have a good time with each other and to get lots of candid shots which could possibly be linked together into a show-reel for the shoot. I’ll discuss this my tutors when I get back to see if this is feasible.