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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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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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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4 Beauty Essentials to Pack in your Carry-on Bag (Updated 2018)

It’s that time of year when we all start to think about packing for our summer holidays.  Everyone knows long plane journeys can wreak havoc on your skin and leave your face looking tired and dull. Keep your skin fresh and beautiful with these travel beauty must-haves. Bring them in your carry-on and go straight from the plane to your summer adventure.

1.      Hydration Spray
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Hydration Sprays are the BEST product to bring with you on the plane. Not only do they refresh your skin with a light fragrance, but they also keep it hydrated in the dry cabin environment. My new go to hydration spray is Revolution’s hyaluronic fixing spray as it contains Sodium Hyaluronate, which has the ability to penetrate skin and hold onto water, resulting in hydrated and plump skin. I spritz throughout the day for an extra dose of hydration and the perfect pick me up! Another added bonus is they are flight friendly at 30ml.

2.     Hand Cream
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I like to take ELIZABETH ARDEN Eight 8 Hour Intensive Moisturising Hand Cream on flights as again it is only 30ml and so is airport friendly.  This fast-absorbing gel cream for the hands moisturises for up to eight hours. Soothing emollients smooth and soften rough, weather-exposed skin. Signs of dryness and cracking are reversed so hands look and feel soft and touchable. What more can a girl ask for but to add instant moisture to tired hands,  especially at the end of a long flight?

3.     Moisturiser

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Hand cream and moisturiser are a necessity on flights, especially medium to long haul. Cabin air is especially drying to your skin and as such I like to stay feeling moisturised throughout the flight. I currently love to use Garnier Moisture+ Nourish Moisturiser. It softens & comforts dry skin while providing protection against the harmful effects of the environment that can cause dryness and it also comes in a handy 50ml size and packs a moisture punch to any dry areas including your face, and body.

4.    Lip Balm
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I love to use Nivea’s Soothe & Protect Lip Balm as not only does it help to prevent dryness and chapped lips with a combination of ingredients of panthenol, bisabolol, and vitamin E, but it also contains SPF 15 so that I can use this handy little balm on the flight to keep my lips hydrated, but also on the beach, by the pool and in the evening; and the balm is only 4.8g so well within flight regulations.

I hope that these four products help you enjoy your flight and look refreshed at the end.

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“Don’t forget to play with your makeup as one product can sometimes have many applications!” – Claire Murray


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5 Must Have Products for your Wedding Day Makeup Kit

You’re all set to for your wedding day and you are ready to walk down the aisle – only later on you find that you want to top up your make up and you don’t have anything to do it with.

A good tip is to have a mini emergency kit on the day that you can give to your mum or bridesmaid to have in a bag for you so you don’t have to worry about it. Having make up professionally applied will make it last all day but if you touch your face a lot and with all the tears, kisses and drinking on the day of the wedding, it might affect the longevity of the make-up.

If you’ve booked me as your make-up artist why not ask me about the ‘Bridal Top Up Kit’ which can be custom made to meet your requirements.

A bridal top up kit is just the right size if you’re heading off to the church as it will fit nicely inside a friends bag. If you’re having a ceremony and reception in the same venue then you can leave it in your room so you can freshen up later in the day!

Emergency Kit Suggestions

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Lip Pencil – Use the pencil to neaten the edges of the lipstick and stop colours bleeding. I like the NYX Lip Pencil in Nude Beige however these lip pencils come in a variety of shades – from auburn to orange and traffic-stopping red.  They have a buttery feel however they are long-wearing, goes on easily and resists bleeding. Perfect for topping up on your wedding day.

Lip colour or Lip Gloss – Lipstick and/or lip gloss wears off during the day with drinking and eating. Top up your lip colour regularly so you’re always ready for the candid shots too.

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For lips, I particularly love to use Bobbi Brown’s lipstick products as they are long lasting and feel great on your lips too, however if you love the one used by your Makeup Artist, ask if they can get one for you in the same shade.

Pressed Matte Powder – If you’re prone to oily shine on the t-zone a light dusting of powder over this area will rectify this. I love to use Jane Iredale’s Purematte Finish Powder  as it absorbs oil and eliminates shine and doesn’t look chalky on the skin.

Blotting Papers – Pressing these onto the shiny parts of the face will absorb the oil.

Small Mirror – great for just checking over the make up for the close-up shots.

Tissues – For blotting tears, lip colour if you apply too much and making lip gloss less sticky.

Hydrating Setting Spray – If you’re getting married on a hot day or abroad in a humid climate. A light spritz of hydrating spray over make-up will refresh your make up, cool your skin and help your makeup stay in place. I always use MAC’s Prep n Prime Fix + Spray. Its infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin whilst refreshing and finishing makeup.

You could add many more items to your bridal makeup bag however as it’s your big day you don’t want to spend too long touching up your makeup when you should be celebrating; the above items are my suggestions but feel free to pack as small or large makeup bag as you want and remember to have fun.

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How to apply False Eyelashes like a Makeup Artist (updated 2018)

False Eyelashes

For me false lashes are to beautiful makeup as a frame is to a beautiful picture. They are “the accent that completes most makeup looks, drawing more attention to the eyes.

To lengthen, thicken and boost our natural lashes, false lashes have now become a staple on the red carpet, where celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Adele, Nicole Scherzinger and Kim Kardashian wear them to finish looks that are like works of art. But the accessory is also gaining widespread popularity outside of Hollywood, becoming a go-to option for day or evening.

For me there is no right or wrong pair of false lashes however it is important to consider where you will be wearing them and the effect you are going for when choosing a pair that is right for you.

Individual lashes, like those offered by Makeup Artists for weddings and Occasion Makeup are a great option for those who wish to enhance a specific area on their natural lash, for example elongating them at the outer edges or emphasizing them in the centres to open up eyes. These are a little bit tricky to do on yourself so get ready with a friend and apply each other’s!

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As a general rule, I like to put the longer lashes at the outer corners, medium lashes in the middle and shorter lashes at the inner corner. This gives a lovely effect which opens your eyes and looks sexy! My preference are Ardell individual lashes as they are knot free and give a more natural look when attached.

EyeEnvy Corner Lashes


Half lashes, like EyeEnvy 208 Corner Lashes and Ardell’s half lash are the easiest to apply, as you have less length to line up with your natural lashes. They also look gorgeous when creating a cat eye and perfectly complement winged liner.




Full lashes open up the eyes the most, as they add volume to the entire lash line; they are Eye Envy 303 Lashes.jpgthe most dramatic and also the most flattering for those with sparse lashes.

Daytime lashes – When putting together a more subtle, natural look for daytime I recommend choosing softer pair of full lashes, such as EyeEnvy 105 Lashes.  These lashes are a natural length and wispy. At the moment I’m also loving Eye Envy 309 Lashes. Perfect for those needing extra fullness every day. For more dramatic, playful, glamorous results, select a thicker pair of natural lashes such as EyeEnvy 103 Lashes. Again these are a natural length and wispy but much fuller than 105 Lash.


Step-by-step guide for applying a full strip of lashes:

Step 1: Measure the lashes to make sure the band is the right length for your lash line. For the most comfortable fit, they should begin approximately 3-4mm away from the inner corner of your eyes. If they are too big cut them to size with a small pair of scissors. Always cut off the outer edge not inner edge of the lash.

Step 2: Wiggle the band to soften the lash, so that it may fit easily over your lash line.

Step 3: Some lashes are straighter than others so if necessary, curl the lashes with an eyelash curler before putting them on. You’ll get the loveliest curl this way.

Step 4: Squirt a bit of lash adhesive to the back of your hand. Using a cotton bud, pick up some adhesive and spread it across the band.

Tip: Not all lash glue is created equal. Use a glue that starts out white and dries clear as Duo lash adhesiveopposed to one that dries dark. Dark lash glue has a tendency to mess up your eye makeup if you don’t get the application right the first time. (I like Duo eyelash adhesive and never use anything else)

Step 5: Wait about 30 seconds for the glue to become a bit tacky. This ensures that the lashes will adhere immediately, without lifting and sliding around.

Tip: The best position for applying false lashes: looking down past your nose into a mirror. This gives you the best view of your lash line and will help you get the application correct. Plus, it keeps glue from getting on your eyelids and messing up your makeup application.

Step 6: Tilt your head back slightly, while looking in the mirror. Using tweezers, hold the lashes in the middle while you apply them. Place the lash on the inner corner first and then attach the outer corner so it sits slightly above the natural lash line.DO NOT leave a gap.Now press down on the left, center and right ends of the lashes.

Tip: Wait two minutes for your lashes to dry, then go over them with a dark liner right at the root of your lashes.

Step 7: If necessary, use your eyelash curler and lightly press your real and false lashes together for a seamless finish and finish with a light coat of mascara.

Tip: How to make Your Lashes Last. If you plan on reusing your strip lashes, don’t apply mascara to them. Also, do not wash them as water will ruin most false eyelashes. If they’re especially messy from lash glue, gently peel it off. You can also use a gentle eye makeup remover and a Q-tip to cleanse the base.

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Have fun trying out your new lashes – go on be brave.

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Mastering The Blush and Bronzer Duo

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Updated 2018

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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Holiday Travel Beauty Tips – How to Look Gorgeous On the Go (2016)

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

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

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

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

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

5: If you don’t have time to prep your hair the day y2016 08 12 Kendal Jenner Top Bunou’re traveling, go for a chic, high

ponytail or top bun as seen worn by Kendal Jenner opposite. It’s classic, pulls the hair off the face, and is simple to do in a minute. (Original Photo can be found at Pinterest )

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Claire xx


Holiday Makeup Bag Essentials

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

2016 08 19 MAC Plushglass

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

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

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

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Claire xx

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

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

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

Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration:

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

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

2016 08 03 - Purple Eyeliner

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

Begin by using an angled brush to apply Mac’s Chromaline in Marine Blue across the top of your upper lash line. Begin to wing out the liner from the corner of the eye. Connect the end of the line to your original line, joining them at about 2/3 of the way into the corner of your eye. Fill in the gap and smooth out the line.

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

2016 08 03 - top lid Eyeliner

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

2016 08 03 - coloured eyelashes

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

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

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

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

2016 08 03 - smokey eye

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

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

Claire xx

Pre-Fall 2016 Beauty Ideas

5 Beauty Ideas from the Pre-Fall 2016 Fashion Shows

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

As the Pre-Fall 2016 shows begin to wind down, it’s time to take a look at the innovative hair and makeup ideas that the designers have dreamt up for this winter.

Pre-Fall is a transitional season, one that tends to turn away from traditional runway looks with smudged smoky eyes, a futuristic cluster of bobby pins or completely colorful dyed hair, the designers inspirations have left us with several clever suggestions to consider wearing in the months ahead.

Here are five inspired looks to wear this late summer/autumn, before the Fall 2016 shows finally arrive.

Bordeaux Lips

A matte burgundy mouth caught the attention of spectators at Dior, where it came paired with romantic, barely there makeup on the skin and loose center-parted waves. My version of Bordeaux/berry lips can be seen on the opposite page.

Hat Hair

At Alexander Wang, models gave us the solution to not wanting to wash or dry our hair: Put a bobble hat on and go out in winter style!   Later on in the show models removed their hats on the catwalk showing slick top half to their hair and messy, matted lengths.

Hair TwistsCatwalk Nude

Another sleek but easy look to copy from the catwalk was hair twists.  The hair is parted on one side and both of the sides each have a twist, pinning the hair back from the ears. This is a simple but elegant look and would look great for work or evening. My version of this twist style van be seen below.

 

 

New-Smoky Eye

The latest incarnation of the Brigitte Bardot inspired makeup is thickly smudged kohl eyeliner along the top and bottom lashes and accompanied by a soft, dewy sheen on the skin, as seen on Chanel’s catwalks. This look has a more grunge effect rather than the beautiful smokey eyes which we have seen in previous shows.

Bobby PinsCatwalk Red

Maison Margiela created a whimsical style for the hair in her show using every woman’s staple item: bobby pins.

Instead of the bobby pins being hidden away as is the norm, for this show the bobby pins are on proud display. They were used over the front of the hair to create a geometric crosshatch effects. My more wearable version of this style can be seen above.

 

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