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 proGarnier 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.

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. Barry M Cosmetics Deluxe Metals Eyeshadow Palette

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

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

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

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


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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.

 

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

The lazy girl solution: Place a packet of makeup removing wipes at your bedside. Makeup removing cloths are generally good choices to remove makeup easily and quickly” I personally use Simple Kind to Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes but find the one that suits your skin by trying a few different brands (however you should always look for alcohol- and fragrance-free wipes).

If your skin is acne-prone, look for wipes containing salicylic acid. These help open up blocked pores while simultaneously removing makeup

You don’t wear makeup? You’ll still want to remove the day’s grime to keep pores unclogged.

Add Moisture

Garnier Vital Restore Night Cream

No matter what, beautiful skin needs hydration at night.  However if like me, you don’t like to wear a heavy night cream, you can go the light weight but effective route: Garnier Vital Restore Cream. It is marketed for mature skin however it is packed with orchid extract to stimulate cell vitality and Soy bioproteins that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. The cream also helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing whilst intensely moisturising to leave skin feeling revitalised and renewed. Whats not to love????

 

Don’t forget your lips!!!

Vaseline Lip Therapy

After moisturising your face, rub a small amount of moisturiser into your lips then slick Vaseline over the top to lock in the moisture for softer plumper lips come morning. Vaseline also comes in a variety of gorgeous flavours too!!!

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

(Vaseline can also be used to remove really stubborn eye makeup. Just pop onto a cotton pad/ball and rub over the stubborn makeup).

 

Keep Hydrated

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I know that we all love to go to bed with a warm drink, especially in the colder evenings however your skin will thank you for swapping your in bed cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate for a glass of water. Though drinking water hasn’t been proven to hydrate skin, it does help the body expel toxins and helps to reduce dark circles under your eyes – which is never a bad thing.

 

 

 

And last but not least…get a good night’s sleep

When we sleep, our metabolic rate lowers, so we don’t produce as many skin-damaging free radicals. Additionally, since we aren’t outside doing battle with the elements, our body can focus on repairing any damage incurred during the day. So get your beauty zzz’s – your skin will thank you!

Mixed race woman sleeping in bed

Remember, 5 mins of prepping your skin before bed will give you amazing results with little effort. As a lazy girl I keep most items on my bedside table and carry out my routine in bed whilst catching up on social media!!!

To watch Desi Perkins’ nighttime skincare routine on YouTube – Click Here

YouTube Desi Perkins Nighttime Routine

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How to Bronze Like a Pro!

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As you’re probably all aware by now, I’m a huge sunscreen advocate however that doesn’t mean that I don’t like a golden glow on my face, especially in the summer. To get a subtle glow without the sun damage I regularly turn to a bronzer; for both myself and my clients. Luckily, gone are the days when we just slapped some brownish-orange powder all over our face and called that ‘bronze’. What were we thinking??? Bronzer application techniques and products have improved massively over the years and so read on for the new way to apply bronzer for a truly natural look.

 

Find the right shade

The first step to perfect bronzer application is to choose the right color. Look for one that’s two to three shades warmer than your skin and is more golden-hued than brown or orange. Personally I prefer multi tonal bronzers such as Jane Iredale’s So-Bronze Bronzing Powders. You can bronze, contour and highlight with these light-diffusing, long-lasting powders and they come in 3 shades to suit everyone.

So Bronze 1 looks great on fair skin; So Bronze 2 works well on medium and olive skin tones and So Bronze 3 gives darker complexions a lit-from-within effect.

Go easy on the glitz

Makeup artists (including myself) agree that you don’t want an over-the-top glittery bronzer (no matter how old you are) but at the same time, “skin has an intrinsic brightness that you won’t get from a matte bronzer. For a balance I also use bronzers such as Jane Iredale’s Moonglow Bronzer which has a slight shimmer that boost radiance without looking overly sparkly or utterly drab.

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Pick a formula

In my years of experience I have found a powder bronzer is easier to control and blend, and it’s less likely to leave streaks. I usually dust a light layer of a neutral or translucent face powder on first so that the bronzer goes on smoothly and doesn’t deposit too much color. I always add a little then step back to have a look as you can always add more but it is very difficult to remove without spoiling the rest of your makeup.

Know where to glowwhere to apply bronzer

Bronzer isn’t meant to be used all over the face. As a rule of thumb, focus your application where the sunlight naturally hits your face; the apples of the cheeks, center of the forehead, centre of the chin and down the nose, the temples and jawline and finally on your collar bones. For a delicate more natural application, use a big, soft fluffy brush. (Original photo can be found at Pinterest)

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

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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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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.

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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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

 Catwalk Nude

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.

 Catwalk Red

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7 Ways to Revamp Your Feline Flick for the Summer

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

Whether it’s for brightening your makeup, elongating your eyes or just trying new ways to restyle your eyeliner.

The Classic WingEyeliner Wing

  1. Begin by drawing a line along the natural shape of your upper eyelid. I used MAC Gel Fluid Liner in Blacktrack and 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush.
  2. Begin to wing out the liner from the corner of the eye.
  3. 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.
  4. Fill in the gap and smooth out the line.
  5. For a fuller wing, repeat steps 2 – 5 and exaggerate the line for even more effect.

 

The Double WingDouble

  1. Create the classic wing using a gel eyeliner.
  2. With a pencil, on the lower lash line, start at the end of the wing on the upper lid but leave a gap between the lines. Draw a lower wing dragging it half way along your lower lash line. I used MAC Eye Kohl in Smoulder.
  3. With a small brush, smudge the liner a bit on the lower lash line below the lashes (not the wing).

 

The Bold WingEyeliner Bold

  1. Create the classic wing using a gel eye liner and MAC 210 brush. I used MAC Fluid Line in Blitz ‘n’ Glitz.
  2. Starting at the inner eye add more liner to make it thicker on top.
  3. Once you get to the outer corner follow the shape of the wing and extend it slightly.
  4. Bring the point back down to meet the classic wing and fill in any gaps.

 

The Graphic WingEyeliner Graphic

  1. Begin by drawing a straight wing from the outer corner of the eye. I used MAC Penultimate Eyeliner.
  2. Connect the end of your wing to the inner corner of your eye using a straight line.
  3. Fill in any gaps.
  4. Draw a straight line from the end of the wing to the outer corner of the eye at a 45o
  5. Draw a vertical line down to create a triangle shape.

 

The Soft Sexy SquareEyeliner Square

  1. Use a pencil to line the top of your upper lash line as tightly as possible. I used MAC’s Kohl Powder Eye Pencil in Feline.
  2. Follow the line out to create the bottom of the square.
  3. Complete the square shape and fill it in bringing the kohl over half of the lid.
  4. Use your finger or a brush to smudge the kohl across the eyelid towards the inner eye to create a soft faded look.
  5. If you want more definition, draw the edge of the square with a liquid liner.

 

The Coloured WingEyeliner Coloured

  1. Create a classic wing using a brighter coloured gel such as gold, silver or turquoise. I used Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Turquoise.
  2. For a more dramatic look, bring the colour down under your bottom lash line.

 

Eyeliner Two Coloured

The Two Coloured Wing

  1. Create a slightly elongated classic wing using a black liquid liner.
  2. Let it set for a minute then ontop of the black line, draw a coloured line following the shape of the wing.

Easy but Dramatic!

 

TYPES OF EYELINER TO USE:

  1. Gel Eyeliner – Apply with an eye liner brush. Intense Colour. Up to 24-hour wear. Doesn’t flake, smudge, smear or run.
  2. Pencil Liner – Softly glides over the eyelid for a long-lasting and intense result, which can be blended.
  3. Liquid Liner – Water-resistant, quick and precise to apply. Won’t smudge or run, and stays in place until you say when.
  4. Cake Liner – Apply with an eye liner brush to create bold, dark, dramatic eyes. Colour-intense, quick-drying and doesn’t smudge. Can be used wet or dry.
  5. Kohl Liner – Very soft, smooth & creamy formula that glides on easily. Waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof and heat-proof.

 

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

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.

Brushing Curly Hair

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!

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 moisturises. 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