My Holiday Skincare Holy Grail Products

So I’m off on holiday to get some winter sun and as well as wanting to look nice in the evenings I need to take special care of my skin whilst in a hot sunny climate. Not only do I have to worry about sun damage but also dehydration.

During the daytime by the pool or on the beach I obviously wear SPF with a high UVA protection too. My favourites are Nivea, Piz Buin or Amber Solair but there are many different brands out there and it really does depend which is on offer and the amount of UVA protection included in the product.

It’s actually UVA that ages your skin and so I always look on the back of the product to see that it has a minimum of 3, possibly 4 stars. The more stars the higher the protection.

As a woman in her 40’s (Shhhhhhhh) I also ensure when I get back to my room and have showered and cleansed my skin with my Halo Pad I then use Garner Micellar water (On holiday I use micellar infused with oil) as oil based cleansers are best at removing oil based products such as sun cream.

Once I am clean and fresh and de-greased from the sun cream I then usually use my serum, however I am currently loving the Primark Beauty serum in cream moisturiser which is a bit of a holiday cheat product. This product is a current holy grail moisturiser and is a must for tired and abused skin. Under this I use the Primark beauty every night eye mask and overnight lip mask, which both feel gorgous on my skin and boost the moisture content. Whilst they are settling in I then make sure that I cover my body in Vaseline Aloe Vera Body Moisturiser as you need to look after all of your skin not just your face !!!!

Even though I’m on holiday I always take face masks and will do at least 2 during a two week holiday to give my skin the extra boost that it needs. If I’m feeling brave a sat in a window seat on the plane, I usually apply a sheet mask on the plane too however on this holiday I left it too late checking in and am in an aisle seat surrounded by teenage boys and even my confidence failed me and my face mask stayed in my bag!

Whilst on holiday I always take two foundations, one my current colour and one the shade I know that I go on holidays and mix them whilst my tan is building up. I must confess that as my skin clears up in the sunshine and I have more of a tan I wear less and less foundation and more concealer just in the areas which need it (It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get on holiday I always have dark circles !)

I tint my lashes and tint and shape my brows during the day so again I don’t need to wear a lot of makeup in these areas however I do always need a bit of blush, highlight and eyeshadow in the evenings.

My Makeup Bag contains the following products for my holiday:

MUA 24K Facial Oil Base

Primer: Illamasqua Hydra Veil

Concealer: MAC Fix + 24hr Concealer in NW20

Foundation: Loreal Perfect Match in shades 2N and 3N

Powder: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in no 2 medium

Highlight & Contour: Tarte Cosmetics be afraid to dazzle contour and highlight Palette

Blush: MAC Peachykeen blusher

Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink or PIXI Soft smokey double ended liner

Eyeshadow Palette: Tarte Cosmetics Flawless On The Fly palette

Eyebrows: Urban Decay brow beater pencil with MAC Brow Set in clear.

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter or MAC Fix + in Coconut

Lips: Bobby Brown lipstick in Sandwash Pink and or MAC Lip Glass in ample pink

Most nights when my lips has worn off I just use Dr PawPaw ointment in Red for lips and cheeks to top up as it makes my lips feel lovely and soft whilst having a gorgous tint.

It seems a lot of products however during the course of the holiday I find that most evenings I wear very little makeup and generally just powder my face, use a smokey liner and mascara and blush / highlight.


Tips for travelling with Makeup Products

When I travel I always travel with my husband and apart from a mini deodorant I an lucky that I can use his airport liquids bag to pack my skincare into. I use my bag for my liquid and gel products.

All powder palettes are packed in my makeup bag in my hand luggage so that they don’t get knocked around as much as in my case and I also pack a flat cotton pad inside the palettes to hold the product firm and give them extra protection. Remember that your brushes are expensive too and so I am lucky enough to have a Ted Baker hard brush case (from Boots I think) and so I pack my brushed in there so that they don’t get damaged in transit.

If you have any other travel tips for your makeup and skincare, please let me know in the comments below and Ill update this post and link to you.

The main thing on my holiday is to look after my skin and wear as much or as little makeup as I want in the evenings. It’s up to me if I cant be bothered applying makeup every night (yes even I get bored of applying makeup) and luckily my husband doesn’t care if I go out with little to no makeup or a full face. The two things that I will say to use when wearing makeup in a hot climate is to use a great setting spray to keep your makeup on your face and this is where I recommend Urban Decay All Nighter Spray as it ensures that your makeup is budge proof even in the heat, and lastly to lightly set/powder under your eyes up to your lower lash line as this stops an concealer moving about and also aids in stopping your mascara melting onto your warm under eye area and giving you panda eyes!!!!

Have fun on your holiday and remember to look after your skin and have fun with your makeup.

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Claire xxx

Makeup Tips for Girls with Glasses

As a glasses wearer myself I’m so pleased that wearing glasses is now seen as the new trend rather than being geeky, and are now being worn in public by many celebrity fashion queens who are showing us that wearing glasses doesn’t mean that you need to shy away from wearing make-up. In fact, new glasses give you the perfect excuse to experiment with different beauty looks. Here are my fool proof tips to help make sure your eyes pop and your makeup looks beautiful.

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to see clearly to apply our makeup however if you are more ‘visually challenged’, since you can’t wear your glasses while you apply makeup on your eyes, use a magnifying mirror. You can purchase some amazing little mirrors from Amazon that stick onto your regular mirror.

Also, don’t apply makeup with a heavy hand. You can always add more, which is easier than taking it off and restarting.


Makeup Tips

Lashesmakeup for glasses

Use eyelash curlers to open up your eyes. This will also help stop long lashes from rubbing on your lenses. Also, switch to a long-wearing mascara that won’t smudge on your lenses.

Also, for daytime, keep lashes soft and floaty. Glasses can accentuate and magnify any clumps in your lashes and as always, if there is any sign of clumping make sure to comb and separate the lashes.


Eyebrows

Groom and shape your eyebrows. Your glasses frame your eyes, but your brows need to frame your glasses. After shaping them, fill in any gaps with eyebrow shadow or pencil, and finish with a clear mascara gel to keep them looking sleek. Don’t forget to pluck any scraggly hairs as they are magnified behind your lenses.


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Use a nude eyeliner on your lower lids. Some glasses can make eyes appear smaller. Using a nude eyeliner on your waterline will make your eyes look bigger and help them really pop!

Match your eyeliner to your specs. Adjusting liner thickness is important when you’re wearing glasses – if your frames are thicker, you’ll want to apply a thicker line to the upper lash line so that your eyes stand out. If your frames are thinner, a softer liner works great. It’s important to make sure that there is a balance between the definition of your frames and your eyes.


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Avoid applying eyeshadow beyond your glasses line. While you might like the idea of blending a strong colour up toward your brow line, this can clash with the lines created by your frames and end up looking messy. Instead, try blending a light or bronze shimmer up to your brow.

The colour of your eye shadow shouldn’t compete with the colour of your glasses. If you want to do the same colour as your frames on the eyelids, try a base hue that’s a shade lighter, and go a few shades darker for the crease colour. A shadow that is lighter and brighter than your frames will help eyes stand out. Always finish with eye liner and mascara.


makeup for glasses wearers 2Concealer & Highlighter

If like me, you love wearing dark rimmed glasses, remember that sometimes they can cast dark shadows under our eyes. This is a nightmare for people like me who also has natural dark circles. You can counteract this by blending a peach-toned concealer beneath the lower lids to correct the darkness and use a concealer such as YSL Touche Eclat to highlight the area.

For more information on banishing those dark circles you can visit my blog post.

Highlighter is a quick make-up fix to brighten eyes. Make your eyes look brighter, and more radiant by blending a light highlighter near the inner corner of your eyes.


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Blot away excess foundation to keep your makeup from coming off onto your frames.

This is especially important to do on the bridge of your nose and on your cheeks, since that’s where your glasses rest. Use a makeup sponge, like the Beauty Blender, dampen it slightly, and roll it over the bridge of your nose and along the tops of your cheeks to lift off any excess product. Don’t worry, it won’t remove what you just put on; it’ll simply leave you with a non-cakey, airbrushed look. Lastly, dust on setting powder, which will keep your glasses from sticking to your foundation and removing it when you do decide to take them off.


makeup for glasses - eyeliner 3Lips

Complement your bold frames with an equally bold lip. A great pair of statement frames and classic eye makeup will always look best.

Alternatively, keep your look prettySince thick frames can look quite masculine, add a feminine girly touch in contrast to dark glasses with pretty cheeks and lips in shades of pink.


Glasses are a fashion statement just like your clothes and makeup so have fun playing with each element and experiment to find the right look for you.

If you want to watch a great video by another glasses wearing makeup artist on how to create makeup for girls in specs, please click on the video below.

Makeup for Glasses - Lisa Eldgridge

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Claire xx

3 Easy steps to perfecting Winged Eyeliner

Ever since the 1950’s and Adel adopting the iconic look, the winged liner look has been a continuous hit. Here are my tips on how to achieve the catwalk look at home.

Step 1 – Line the lid

Using a pencil liner or Gel liner with a thin brush, draw a line from the inner corner of your upper lid to the outer making it thicker as you go. I do this by adding ever-so-slight pressure which makes the brush naturally widen.

Winged Eyeliner TutorialStep 2 – Create your wing

Looking straight ahead into a mirror, place a small mark where you want your wing to end. I like the wing to be a continuation of the bottom lash line, this way it looks more natural and in keeping with your eye shape.

Now place your brush / liner at the outer corner of your eye where your eye liner ends and use that as the starting point for your “flick” ending at your mark. You can extend it out as far as you dare – the shorter and thinner the more delicate it looks.

If you want a thicker wing, draw a line from the top of your flick to the middle or 3/4 of your line on your upper lid. Now “fill” this in with eyeliner.

If you make a mistake, its easier to remove pencil and gel with a small or pointed cotton bud dipped in Micellar water.

Once you have the perfect wing, go over your line with a liquid liner for more definition or leave it as it is for a softer look.

Step 3 – Less is More

If you’re doing heavy shadow and eyeline, make sure to keep your lip neutral. However, this look also looks great with a clean/neutral eye lid and a pop of colour on your lips.

P.S. Remember that practice, practice, and-more-practice makes perfect! If you’re a bit nervous try the look with a soft eyeliner pencil and go over it with a liquid liner once you have the perfect wing.


Have fun creating different looks with your  eyeliner like some of those from a shoot I held recently.

How to create Winged Eyeliner by Claire Murray


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Holiday Travel Beauty Tips – How to Look Gorgeous On the Go (2019)

Well as I am heading off for my winter sun vacation (definitely deserved) I thought Id update my travel beauty tips and give you an insight into my beauty regime both on the flight and on holiday.

I spend my life making other people look and feel beautiful and so when it comes to Holiday Travel Beauty Tipsspending time doing the same for me, you guessed it……I cant think of anything worse! And so, I usually find myself heading to the airport in an absolute hurry, realising that my nails are chipped, my skin is stressed and I’m less than ready for a long haul flight.

As an Ex-Cabin Crew member (long haul), 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 your holiday.


Travel Beauty Tips

Nails

1: If you didn’t have time for a manicure or to get your nails done, quickly file your nailsBarry M All in One Nail Polish 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. I like to use Barry M All in One Nail Polish to protect my nails whilst I’m away and its quick drying too!

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.


Hair

When it comes to styling your hair pre-flight, don’t go against nature, you won’t win.

Top Knot Hair Style3:  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.

4: 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 curls. Let your hair down when you arrive.Batiste Blush Mini Dry Shampoo 50ml

5: If you don’t have time to prep your hair the day you’re travelling, go for a chic, high top knot. As you can tell, its my favourite ‘go to’ hairstyle and 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 air plane smell. I like to carry Batiste Dry Shampoo On The Go Blush with me when I’m travelling as its only 50ml and perfect for taking on the plane. I get mine from Superdrug from their 3 for 2 travel mini’s section.


SkinGarnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

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), moisturiser, lip balm and sheet mask. (Yes I do lie back on a long flight with a sheet mask on my face – my skin feels amazing after the flight). I like to apply all of these products 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.

I like to use the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask as the sheet mask is made from ultra-thin tissue and infused with a cocktail of Pomegranate extract, Hyaluronic Acid and plant serum (one mask contains the volume of half a bottle of serum*) which is intensely rehydrating and only takes 15 mins to work. I like to massage the additional liquid in the package onto my neck, hands and arms.

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.

Evian water spray9: 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.

10: 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.


My Tips

If I have larger bottles/pots of products at home, I like to decant them into Muji’s travel bottles/pots for my carry on beauty essentials. If you don’t have a label maker (you don’t know what you’re missing if you don’t have one) then you can just use stickers or colourful sharpie markers to label your pots.

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 post a comment below or comment on this post on my Facebook page. All additions will be credited.

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Claire xx

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Easy Weekend Makeup, in under 10 minutes

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 10 minutes.

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  • Firstly you want to use a light foundation. I like to use a BB Cream or mix a little moisturiser in with your current foundation to give a lighter coverage. I like to use the Zoeva Silk Finish Foundation Brush.

Zoeva Silk Finish Foundation Brush - Copy

  • 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.
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & CheeksFor a natural healthy glow, use Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks. Dab a bit on your finger then pat onto your cheeks. Your foundation brush is ideal to blend it. If you need more, just remember that its easier to add cream blush than take away so add sparingly in thin layers. For application, fingers are fine too, but I find that I end up wiping off as much I put on if I’m not gentle!
  • To bring out your eyes without looking overly made up, choose a light eye shadow that compliments your eye colour. My current favourite is the Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition Palette.   To quote Bobbi this palette is “packed with an array of rich and rosy nude shades perfect for creating sweet to sultry looks”. My tip is to brush on the colour 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. Alternatively, you can also use your Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks.
  • Apply 2 coats of Mascara. There is no need to go all out and full on, it should look soft and gentle. Keep your lashes light and feathery.
  • Finally, don’t forget a splash of lip gloss to finish your look. My favourites which suits almost everyone are as above, Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks (I like Powder Pink) and MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink .  Don’t forget to pop your gloss in your pocket to reapply during the day.

MAC ample pink lipglass

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

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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

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Claire xx


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The Golden Goddess Glow

Updated 2018

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 when I’m looking a bit peaky. 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 colour. 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. ( I also like to use these on summer holiday eyes!!!)

JI so Bronze 1 2 3

For very fair skin or when I want a touch of a glow but ‘ want to be too bronzed goddess I turn to my all time favourite bronzer and highlighter palette: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and glow. The bronzer is a blend of pearl and pigment to help contour your face and mimic that sun-kissed skin without looking fake!

Filmstar Bronze and Glow


Go easy on the glitzJane Iredlae Moon Glow

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.


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.

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Bronzer isn’t meant to be used all over the face and isn’t a replacement for a tan. Bronzer should give you a natural warmth to your skin rather than making you look like you’ve been on holiday for a fortnight!

As a rule of thumb, focus your application where the sunlight naturally hits your face; the apples of the cheeks, center of the forehead, down the nose, your cheek bones, 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)

Golden Bronzed Look

I hope this encourages you to try bronzer again after we have steered clear of it for many years.

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Complete Makeup Tips Advent Calendar

Makeup Tips Advent Calendar

As a qualified and experienced Makeup Artist, I like to think I know a thing or two about makeup. I wear makeup every working day and I’m lucky enough to spend time with some of the best makeup experts in the business, but there’s still a lot to learn. Here are the tips and tricks I pass onto my clients and which will help you achieve a more professional makeup look, whether you’re a total makeup obsessive or simply a bit of mascara and go girl (or boy).

As an aid to help my fellow makeup lovers out there, for the last 24 days I have been revealing a different makeup tip each day following on from questions which have been asked during my 1:1 makeup lessons. Here is the full advent calendar in one blog post.


Advent Calendar Day 1: BLUSHERDay 1 - Blush

If like some of my clients your blush gradually disappears during a night out, I suggest layering a gel/cream blush under a powder to extend the wear time. Be careful not to add too much powder blush on top of the cream, as you don’t want to look like a doll. I use a dual fibre brush to give a light dusting a lock in the colour.


Day 2Advent Calendar Day 2: FOUNDATION

So, you’ve found your perfect shade and brand of foundation. But what do you do when you’re having a great skin day or just want a lighter coverage? I advise mixing your foundation with a small amount of your favourite moisturiser. It’s the easiest way to lighten the coverage and have a bespoke consistency. Added bonus, you are keeping your skin moist and hydrated whilst still wearing your favourite product. No more having to buy tinted moisturisers 😉


Advent Calendar Day 3: MASCARA 🎅💋💄eye-makeup

You can guarantee that on the night of a big Christmas Party your mascara will suddenly be dry and clumpy. There are two ways to extend the life of your mascara, 1) add a few drops of saline solution to the tube and swirl the brush around. Leave for a couple of minutes and you’re ready to go. 2) Whilst applying the rest of your makeup, place your mascara tube in a cup of hot water (Tap hot is OK, no need to boil the kettle) This will reinvigorate the product and when you’re ready to use it, swirl the brush around and away you go!

If you’re in a rush, liquid or gel eyeliner on a spoolie can be used as a mascara.


 

Advent Calendar Day 4: RED EYES 🎅💋💄

So, you’ve had a few late nights over Christmas and have red bloodshot eyes!!! To get rid of this quickly, use moisturising or refreshing eye drops. Eye drops contain ingredients that constrict the blood vessels in your eyes, therefore making the redness go away. This same principle applies to pimples or other redness on the face as well. Just saturate a cotton swab with some Optrex Eye Drops and dab it onto the specific area. In a few minutes, the redness will be gone.


Advent Calendar Day 5: LONG LASTING LIPS 🎅💋💄Matte Lips

There are few things worse on a night out than having to keep nipping to the loo to re-apply your lipstick. The key to making any lipstick last is to layer. Start by lining and filling in your lips with a nude lip liner or one that matches your lipstick. Then, apply a light layer of lipstick. Hold a split tissue over your mouth, blot the colour, and dust a light layer of translucent powder over top. Repeat the process one or two more times for lip colour that won’t budge. Have fin kissing, drinking and singing the night away with lips that will last as long as you do (nearly).


MAC Face OilAdvent Calendar Day 6: DRY SKIN 🎅💋💄

Cold weather is enemy number one for your already-dry skin; even those who don’t normally struggle with flakiness tend to encounter it during the winter months. At this time of year I use my two go to dry skin products on all clients: face oil and a beauty sponge.

I always dab a small amount of face oil on top of the moisturiser with a beauty blender, especially any problem areas. This gives your foundation a smooth base and ensures that you have flawless foundation.


Advent Calendar Day 7: LIPS🎅💋💄

Add texture to your lips this Christmas rather than having the same gloss or matte finish, why not try velvet???  To add a velvety texture to your favourite lipstick, just dab your finger in a bit of blush or eye shadow; then pat it over your lips. So much easier and more interesting than full-on matte. To add a bit of Christmas Sparkle, why not add a touch of shimmer or gold/metallic eye shadow to bring back a touch of Glam? Don’t forget to set with a makeup setting spray!


applying eyeliner with an angled brush

Advent Calendar Day 8: LASHES🎅💋💄

If you love a big, voluminous, Bardot-esque lash look, you might be tempted to look for a full, thick false lash—don’t. These extra thick lashes can look really false and cheap as they have much thicker bands at the base. You’re much better off stacking two lighter, thin false lashes on top of each other. Just make sure the bands are thin to keep things looking natural.


Advent Calendar Day 9: BROWS 🎅💋💄 beautiful eyebrows

So, you want to have Insta worthy brows but when you try they just look like you’ve drawn them on with a Sharpie marker!  The mistake is filling in your eyebrows with just one colour. Whether you’re blond or brunette, your eyebrows will be naturally darker at the tail and lighter towards your nose. Choose two cool shades of taupe and brown which complement the colour of your brows. I fill the entire brow with the lighter shade, then fill in any sparse areas, and accentuate the arch and tail with the deeper shade. Finally comb through with brow gel or a clear mascara to blend it evenly.


Advent Calendar Day 10: ON TREND EYE MAKEUP💋💄modern eye makeup

Whether you want to create a full on Insta worthy eye makeup or a more subtle version (like most of us), there are two key tips: blend, blend, blend and your edge and wing must be as straight as the edge of a business card.

When creating your straight edge, line up the corner of your eye with the end of your eyebrow using micropore tape. You can buy this at any chemist. This will allow you to create crisp and clean eyeshadow lines and a liquid eyeliner wing. When you’re done, just peel it away.


Advent Calendar Day 11: LONG LASTING MAKEUP 🎅💋💄

This old school beauty trick is one that myself and many other professional makeup artists use on clients for events. When it comes to getting your makeup look to last, use a puff instead of a powder brush to apply your finishing powder. This puff presses the powder into the face, minimising the appearance of shine and adding longevity. Finally add a spritz of MAC Prep+Prime Fix+


EyeEnvy Corner LashesAdvent Calendar Day 12: LASHES 🎅💄

One of the most popular questions I have during makeup lessons is “How can I apply false lashes easily?” I have a couple of tips for this problem: 1) Trim the lashes to fit your eye. Most false lashes are too big for the general eye and so the end needs to be snipped off to ensure a perfect fit. 2) If you still can’t get those pesky little things to look good: don’t use a complete strip of false lashes. Cut strips into small sections and apply individually. It’ll look a thousand times better and more natural than a strip which is applied wrong! And look for lash strips that have an small thin band at the base.


Advent Calendar Day 13: Foundation 🎅💋💄

It’s almost impossible to find a foundation shade that perfectly matches your skin: that shade just doesn’t exist, especially not from just one bottle. I always advise my clients to have two shades, one darker for summer and one lighter for winter, then mix them together in spring and autumn to create your own custom shade. This way you will always have a foundation that matches your skin tone.


Advent Calendar Day 14: EYELINER 🎅💋💄Eyeshadow Palette

When clients are out dancing they don’t want to have to worry about their eyeliner smudging across their face with the heat. I always ‘Smudgeproof’ their eyeliner for events. I achieve this by setting the eyeliner with a little powder eyeshadow in the same colour over the kohl to keep it from moving.  Works a treat and means that you can dance the night away without your smokey eye running down your face!


Advent Calendar Day 15: LIPS 🎅💋💄

Do you suffer from chapped lips in winter? Well you’re not alone. Many women do, and the cause could be our favourite lip balm! If your lip balm has petroleum jelly as an ingredient it stops moisture entering your lips and acts as a barrier. If you can’t live without your lip balm, apply moisturiser to your lips before applying your balm. This way you will lock in hydration for your lips.

If you already have chapped lips, don’t worry, either use a lip scrub or rub a balm onto your lips and gently scrub with an old mascara wand or toothbrush. Once your lips are smooth as a baby’s bum, add a moisturising balm before applying your lip pencil etc.


Bobby PinsAdvent Calendar Day 16: HAIR 🎅💋💄

Do your hairpins keep falling out and your gorgeous hair style turns into a hot mess on the dance floor? A trick I use for all of my clients for events is to spray the hairpins with hairspray before using them. This gives them additional grip and ensures that they don’t slide out of even the finest of hair. (I spray my hairpins in bulk on a piece of kitchen roll before putting them into my kit. Its easier to do this way and takes less time)


Advent Calendar Day 17: DRIED OUT PRODUCTS 🎅💋💄

Do you ever have an amazing gel eyeliner or cream eyeshadow/paint pot that is that dry that you can’t use it anymore? Firstly, to stop your product drying out, when you take the lid off, keep the pot upside down on your work surface to stop the air from drying it out. As soon as you are finished, replace the lid. Its that simple.

If your product has already dried out, take the lid off and pop it into the microwave for a few seconds. When the product is soft again add a couple of drops of saline solution to the product and mix with a makeup spatula/tooth pick. Flatten the product and use as normal.


Advent Calendar Day 18: EYEBROWS 🎅💋💄Eyebrows

So, you’ve created a perfect eyebrow and you’re feeling great however the weather is windy and rainy, and you just know that your brows won’t last the day/night. So how do you keep your eyebrows in place? After you fill in your eyebrows, help keep the hairs in place by spraying some hairspray on a spoolie or on an old mascara brush that’s been cleaned and then brush through your brows. Alternatively, you can use a clear mascara to set your brows and keep them looking perfect.


Advent Calendar Day 19: FIX BROKEN POWDER How to fix broken makeupMAKEUP 🎅💋💄

We’ve all been there; we’ve dropped our favourite powder, highlighter, blush or eyeshadow and its broken into pieces. We want to keep it as there’s loads left but don’t want to put it into our makeup bag/handbag as it’ll cause a mess. Makeup artists have this problem too and here’s how we get to keep using our damaged powder products.

With a makeup spatula or small teaspoon, crush the rest of your product into a fine powder. Next, add a couple of drops of IPA (isopropyl alcohol) and mix it with the broken powder. As the IPA starts to evaporate, flatten the product down with the back of the spoon so that it is flatter and looks more like it used to do. Now leave the lid off for a couple of hours until the IPA has completely evaporated, and the powder has set. It won’t look perfect but who cares when you get to keep your favourite product?


Dewy SkinAdvent Calendar Day 20: SKIN 🎅💋💄

So, the party season has started to take a toll on your skin. We all know that the best way to attain healthy, luminous skin is by drinking water, but if you’re slacking on your H2O consumption, have no fear! A makeup artist trick is to use a brightening primer or illuminator such as MAC Strobe Cream to get the same effect. Pat the product onto clean, dry skin before applying your foundation or for a dewier effect, mix a small amount in with your foundation and you’ll look like you’re glowing from within.


Advent Calendar Day 21: PRIME YOUR EYES 🎅💋💄

Just like you prime your skin, you should prime your eyes. This is one of those must-know makeup tips for ladies who love a smokey eye or wear glitter shadow. An eye shadow base is a must if you’re planning on wearing eye shadow all night long to all your Christmas and New Year parties. Primers will make your coloured shadows pop more, as well as making colour and glitter last longer without creasing or fading. I like to use MAC Paint Pot in Barely There, but you can just use the same primer that you use for your face.


Colourful EyelinerAdvent Calendar Day 22: COLOURFUL EYELINER 🎅💋💄

On the days when you just want a soft look, take an angular brush and use eyeshadow instead of an eyeliner on your upper lash line. It gives a natural and soft look, absolutely perfect for colourful smokey eyes. For more definition and deeper colour, spray your brush with a fixing spray then dip it into your favourite eye shadow colour. Now you have a colourful eyeliner without having to fork out for lots of different gels or pencils!


Advent Calendar Day 23: ENHANCE YOUR BOOBS WITH MAKEUP 🎅💋💄

Are you wearing a low-cut dress and want a little bit more in your chest area without stuffing your bra? Well the answer is use Makeup. This is a makeup artist and drag queen secret that can enhance your assets without resorting to ‘chicken fillets!’

1.Using a flat brush, use a cream color about two shades deeper than your skin tone to draw your first breast. Follow the shape of an underwire bra and simply make an “over wire.” Taper the line to be thinner as it goes up and stop at about the 11 o’clock spot on your breast. Do the same on the other side.

  1. Now dip your brush in the next deepest shade. Apply this at the bottom curve of your “cleavage,” where a shadow would naturally happen and blend the colour inwards. Continue blending up and over, until you have more of a shaded look rather than harsh lines. If you feel more comfortable using a makeup sponge for this part, that works too! Just gently tap the sponge against your skin to blend.
  2. Don’t forget to set your makeup with a translucent powder and fixing spray.

Advent Calendar Day 24: FALSE LASHES 🎅💋💄

As most of you will be out celebrating or staying in with friends and family I’m not expecting people to be reading this post on Christmas Eve and so todays final Advent Calendar Tip is for the morning after a night out.

How to clean your false eyelashes: in a ramekin or small bowl, add some of your IPA (isopropyl alcohol). Submerge your lashes and leave them for 5 mins. With your fingers and a cotton bud, gently rub the mascara off your lashes. By this point the glue will start to separate from the lashes. Gently pull the glue away from the band and discard. Place your lashes on some kitchen roll to allow the IPA to evaporate and replace your lashes into their box to keep them looking beautiful for their next use.


I hope that you’ve had an amazing run up to Christmas and enjoyed all of the tips and tricks in my Digital Makeup Advent Calendar on Instagram (@makeupbyclaire01)

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See you all in 2019!

Claire xx

 

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes without damaging them. 

Updated 2018

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Why clean your makeup brushes?

Who’s got the time to clean their makeup brushes? There are three big reasons for doing so:

Dirty Makeup Brushes

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

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

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


Cleaning our Makeup Brushes

makeup brush

Optimally, we should wash our brushes once a week; I think I speak for most of us when I say that usually doesn’t happen. As a Makeup Artist I wash my brushes at the end of every working day however my personal brushed don’t get the care and attention that they deserve!  A realistic goal is to wash your brushes at least once a month.

Below is how I clean my work and personal makeup brushes.  Today is the first of the month, so let’s try to make a goal together to wash our brushes on the first of every month.

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


How to Clean Your Brushes

I like to use Sigma’s brush cleaning mitt however at £31 they are a bit pricey for personal use. I’ve found a great alternative that I recommend to my clients Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaning Glove  and at only £2.49 its a bargain. As a shampoo, over the years I have tried most of the makeup brand’s brush cleansers/shampoos however I find that I prefer to use Carex Complete Antibacterial Aloe Vera Hand Wash. Not only is this hand wash gentle but it is also effective in helping to prevent the spread of germs. There are many hand washes on sale but my advice is that you ensure that it is antibacterial too.

How to clean your brushes – Step by Step

  1. Use warm water to saturate the brush hairs only. Be sure not to soak your whole brush as this will ruin it.
    Step 2
  2. Place a pea-sized amount of hand wash, or your chosen shampoo, into the palm of your mitt and massage the cleanser into the damp hair using a swirling motion. Do this until the cleanser has been completely dispersed among the brush hairs.
  3. Turn your mitt over onto the rinse side and sweep the brush back and forth against the RINSE texture under running water until the water runs clear.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for a deeper clean on brushes such as Foundation and concealer which require more cleaning.
  5. Squeeze – Gently squeeze brush bristles to remove excess water. (Create a ring with
    Step 5
    your index finger and thumb and pull the brush through the fingers while applying gentle pressure to remove excess water and maintain the brushes shape.)
  6. Place on a towel and lay flat to dry. Never dry your brush in an upright position as this will loosen the glue that binds the brushes and lead to hair loss.

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

I hope this shows how easy and cheap it is to clean your makeup brushes and also shows the necessary reasons for cleaning them regularly.


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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.

Metallic Lips.jpg

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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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
simple-facial-wipes

You’re too tired to trek to the bathroom to wash your face, but sleeping in makeup is a huge skin no-no, even with mineral makeup. Not only does it rub off on your pillow (to stay there until you wash your sheets!), but it can also cause irritation and puffiness around the eyes or ‘the horror!’ cause your lashes to break. 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

s-pellegrino

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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