Clearing out my Makeup – Forgotten makeup favourites

As per my post on Instagram at the beginning of February, (see below) I was disguised at how much makeup I had stashed away. I know that I am a professional Makeup artist and have spares of my holy grail products but I’m actually talking about all of the makeup in my personal collection. I am a makeup hoarder and I admit it. And no, I don’t need help! Well maybe a little!!!!

After writing the post on Instagram I then discovered even more makeup in my bedroom!!!!! At this point I have to admit that I need help with my fixation with makeup!

My problem is that as a makeup artist and independent blogger (and a woman!) I like to try new products. Some because they are raved about by other people, some because they are new products from favourite brands, some because they are new brands to me and finally because I like to have a mix of high end and high street products.

My actual problem is that I can have used a product for a few weeks to try/test it and even though I loved it, I will try a new product and put the current one in my makeup draws to never see the light of day again!

This is, in my opinion, despicable as there are many women in need of makeup including my sisters but also Womens’ shelters etc., and so my resolution for this year is to sort out my makeup (de-clutter) and pass it on to people who can and will use it.

I must point out that there are hygiene issues with passing on used makeup and so products which cannot be sanitised are always passed onto my sisters. They will obviously get first pick of the other makeup but things like eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, pressed powders and products in bottles with nozzles or spatulas can be sanitised or used hygienically (and are not wanted by my family) can be passed onto my local women’s shelter for women who are in need of a little TLC.

So now that I’ve rambled on for a while, here is the pile of makeup that I’m going to be sorting out. And yes, I also gasped at the amount of products sat in my draws!

Once I had tipped everything out I put it into piles of ‘similar’ products such as all foundations together, all lip products together etc. This allowed me to see what I was actually dealing with.

I took each pile one at a time and went through quickly to see which products were out of date and then threw them away immediately.

I then used extra large lunch bags to put the products that I no longer wanted into, in their categories: Sisters, Mum, Donate, Keep. Each item was swatched and this task took me over 2 hours. Some products I knew that I wanted to use again and some I had completely forgotten how good they were or how lovely the colour was. Some products and palettes I again knew immediately that they were to be donated. It’s amazing how seeing and feeling the products makes you remember whether you loved or hated them!!!!!!

I also found a few items that I wanted to put back into my professional makeup kit

The process took a lot longer than anticipated; not just because I was testing and sanitising the products as I went along, but my cat Gladys, also wanted to help!!!!


My Forgotten Favourites

So now onto the actual purpose of this blog post which is to discuss/show my forgotten top 5 makeup favourites.

  1. Clinique Chubby Sticks: I found that I had 9 of these however I personally only wanted to keep 3 of them – Super Strawberry, Chunky Cherry Plushest Punch.
    These Chubby Sticks are moisturising coloured lip balms in an pencil style applicator which twists up therefore making them easy to use and carry about in your bag. (£18.50 Clinique.co.uk)

2. The Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes I’m glad that I discovered again as I used to love using these for a quick and easy application of colour for a simple day look. The sticks are long-wearing and non-smudging which give a sheer wash of colour. Just like the chubby sticks for lips, they are in a pencil-style applicator which is really easy to use and the product blends beautifully on the eyes. I kept bountiful beige and donated the rest to my lovely sisters who will enjoy them.
(£18.50 Clinique.co.uk)

3. Garnier BB Creams are probably about to expire as I purchased them last summer but I will definitely be using these again this summer and on days when I want a lighter coverage of foundation. The BB creams are mineral based with added vitamin C and SPF15. The BB cream evens out and illuminates my skin whilst , having 24hr hydration. BB Creams are perfect for lighter coverage on normal to dryer skin and I absolutely love these for the summer. I cant wait to use them again. (£9.99 Superdrug)

4. MUA Whipped Velvet lip Lacquer. I again have a few of these in my makeup kit however I don’t rush to grab them and use other brands first, however that is about to change.
These liquid lipsticks are richly pigmented, silky smooth and dry quickly. They also glide on effortlessly to leave a gorgeous velvet finish that is smudge proof and long-lasting. (It took a while to get the swatches off my hand!!!) I think I have saved the colour ‘Spry’ which doesn’t seem to be available on the Superdrug website anymore but I have seen lots more colours that I am going to be purchasing and for only £3 each they are an absolute bargain.

5. W7 Keep Em Dry Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. I actually tried this out last year when I tried a handful of W7 products as I wanted to see what the hype was about. I must confess that I usually use Clarins double fix Mascara seal however at £3.99 I thought that Id give it a chance and review it. I remember that I was totally amazed. This top coat does actually waterproof your lashes and keeps your mascara in place all day! I cant remember why I stopped using it other than I had one of the Clarins products open but Ill be purchasing another one as soon as they are back in stock at W7makeup.

The makeup that I am keeping for myself

Above is the only products which I saved for myself and below you can see the bags of makeup to be donated. I cant believe that I had that much makeup sitting in my drawers which is all new or in date and I haven’t used it. That being said I have purchased a lot of makeup over the last 6 months as I have been writing a lot of blog posts (some will be posted soon) but still, that’s a lot of makeup sitting about.

Makeup to be donated

I encourage all women (and men who wear makeup) to sort out their makeup hoards at least twice a year and do something good for your family and women in need. Not only does it make you feel better for ‘sharing the wealth’ but it also means that you can see your makeup products more easily and therefore will use them before they go out of date and save yourself some money.


Let me know in the comments if you have taken my advice and de-cluttered your makeup/skincare and what products you have re-discovered and why you love them.

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand.

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Claire xx

My everyday makeup brushes & where to buy them

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion  and is not sponsored or paid by any brand. The brushes I will be speaking about today are all in use in my personal makeup and not used professionally. Some are affordable and some are inexpensive and ill let you know why I find them the best for the job and also what I use them for as I don’t always use brushes for what they were intended for!

Primer:  MAC 130 short duo fibre (£34.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

The MAC 130 is a short, round, flat-topped duo fibre brush ideal for the smooth, easy application of foundations and creams. This brush is just the right size to work primer into the areas where it is most needed, mainly my T-zone, cheeks & under eyes and chin. The duo fibre bristles don’t pick up too much product and disperses  the primer evenly on my skin.

MAC 130 Duo Fibre Brush

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your brushes then Zoeva have a dupe, the 122 petit stippling brush which is £10.99 at Feelunique.com


Concealer: Real Techniques 300 deluxe crease brush, (from the Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk)

The RT deluxe crease brush is ideal for covering blemishes and getting into creases etc. The domed small soft head of the brush is great at blending in the product and soft enough not to drag the concealer over your skin. The brush is soft enough to disperse the under eye concealer as the brush is so soft that again it gently blends the product with out moving it around your face. I bought the Everyday Essentials kit from Superdrug as I use 3 of the 4 brushes and also the beauty blender.


Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush (£27 tartecosmetics.com)

The Tarte Cosmetics brush is my current favourite brush as it evenly distributes the foundation over your skin and does actually give you a flawless finish. It flawlessly blends and buffs your foundation that does actually give you an airbrushes finish. It also looks cute with its floral handle. Before I purchased this brush my go to foundation brush was my Zoeva 102 silk finish brush in rose gold. I still use this brush occasionally and it still sits in my brush pot however I do prefer the Tarte brush at the moment. The Zoeva brush is £12.99 from cultbeauty.com.


Powder: Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

I bought the Everyday Essentials brush set just after Christmas as I loved the look of the brushes and my favourite brush out of the set is the Blush brush. It has long super soft bristles for applying powder to large areas of the face without it caking.


Setting Under Eyes:  RT 402 Setting Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

I know many people like to bake their under eyes and use a beauty blender to apply the powder however I am a bit older now (in my 40’s (shhhhhhhhhh) and I find that baking leaves my under eyes to dry and the product sticks to and accentuates my fine lines. I therefore like to set my under eyes with a small fluffy brush which doesn’t add too much powder to my under eye area but also deposits enough powder to set the concealer in place so it stays where it was put!


Highlight: Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight in Rose Gold (£13 Beautybay.com)

This brush is gorgeous and comes in different colours. I have the rose gold however if you prefer your brushes to look professional then it also comes in black. This is the most gorgous shaped brush and picks up just the right amount of highlighter. It has a slight taper at the top for finer application and when used on its side, is perfect for the tops of your cheekbones. As an older woman with a round face, big enough nose etc., I don’t highlight my nose or forehead but you can use a smaller version of this brush for those areas.


Contour: Zoeva 126 Luxe cheek finish brush (£14.99 feelunique.com) and Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush (£1.75 Redcarpetfx.com)

I personally prefer a powder contour as it is more subtle and suits my style of makeup and the brush I use is intended for use with powder products. I use the Zoeva cheek finish brush for contouring my cheekbones, forehead and double chin! For contouring my nose I prefer a smaller brush and so use the extra soft Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush which is perfect fro smaller areas and a softer finish.


Blush: Zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush(£12.99 feelunique.com)

As you can see from the photo at the bottom of this post, I have been using this brush for quite a while and I actually prefer it now that the bristles have splayed a little as I get a softer application of product rather than when it was new, which deposited a bit more blusher. I prefer to build blusher rather than loading on too much and looking like a doll !!!!


Eyeliner: My Kit Co 1.22 My Feliner (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Depending upon what look I am going for I use one of 3 brushes for eyeliner. The My Kit Co feliner is perfect for a fine line, and a wing, and also for powder liner and tight lining my upper lash line. This is probably my all time favourite eyeliner brush.


Brows: My Kit Co, 2.4 My Tight Brow (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

I love both of these brushes to apply both powder and pomade to my brows. The brushes are fine enough that you can create individual hair strokes but soft enough that the lines don’t look too harsh.


“It’s sharply angled with just the right amount of flex allowing for the best application of both cream and powder product”.


Eye Shadow: 1.23 My all over shadow (£12.50), 1.19 My fluff and buff small (£12.50), 1.18 My fluff and buff large (£14.50), & 1.1 My mini shade and shadow (£10.50) (Mykitco.co.uk)

I only need to use these 4 brushes for my eye makeup and these are the 4 that I always go to and are my current favourites. Each brush is designed to apply the shadow in the areas which it is designed for and create a beautiful result.


Breakdown of the cost of my brushes and where to buy them

Primer:  MAC 130 short duo fibre (£34.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

Concealer: Real Techniques 300 deluxe crease brush (from the Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk)

Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush (£27 tartecosmetics.com)

Powder: Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

Setting Under Eyes:  RT 402 Setting Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

Highlight: Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight in Rose Gold (£13 Beautybay.com)

Contour: Zoeva 126 Luxe cheek finish brush (£14.99 feelunique.com) and Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush (£1.75 Redcarpetfx.com)

Blush: Zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush(£12.99 feelunique.com)

Eyeliner: My Kit Co 1.22 My Feliner (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Brows: My Kit Co, 2.4 My Tight Brow (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Eye Shadow: 1.23 My all over shadow (£12.50), 1.19 My fluff and buff small (£12.50), 1.18 My fluff and buff large (£14.50), & 1.1 My mini shade and shadow (£10.50) (Mykitco.co.uk)

The total cost for my makeup brushes is £199.22 (I do have Pro Makeup Artist discounts for some of the brushes and so the amount stated is the retail value) however if you look after your brushes you will have them for many many years and they will just get better and better with use.

Please excuse my brushes as they are getting a clean this afternoon!

Once I decide that I love a brush for a certain purpose it becomes my personal favourite and is also replicated in my professional makeup kit however some of the brushes may be different brands or professional brands.

If you have any favourite makeup brushes, please let me know about them in the comments as I love makeup brushes and may even invest/swap it for one which I use currently.


As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand.

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Claire xx

How much is my face worth?????

As a blogger people regularly think that I am on PR Lists (A PR List is where a makeup brand sends a blogger free makeup) with makeup brands however as a professional makeup artist I believe that it’s important to be impartial and therefore do not receive any free products. Therefore, except for a couple of brands where I have a professional discount, my face will cost the same as yours!

As a woman who lives and breathes makeup and skincare, I like to try many different brands and products including high end and high street. Some products I have already discovered are my ‘go to’ products and you will probably be sick of hearing me speak about them by now however I also like to change things up sometimes and am forever experimenting with new products or recommended products.

Below I will list my current makeup products which I use every day, why I love them, how much they are and where you can buy them from. Again, I receive no money for recommending products and this blog post is correct at the time of publishing.


My current makeup bag includes the following products:

Primer:

MUA 24K Facial Oil Base (£4 Superdrug)

Illamasqua Hydra Veil (£34 Illamasqua.com)

I have older skin (I’m in my 40’s (Shhhhhhhh)) and I also have eczema which can flair up and so everyday I will use one of the above primers however if my skin is really dry I will use one of the MUA bases under the Illaamasqua Hydra Veil Primer. This is my current favourite primer. I have previously told clients, when asked about the product, that I don’t like the texture on my skin however I picked one up from TK Maxx at Christmas to do another review on a TK Maxx haul and have rediscovered this beautiful product. Not only does it hydrate my skin but my makeup applied perfectly and seems to last longer than when I have used some other primers. It is pricy at £….. however I apply it with a small duo fibre brush and a little goes a long way so I think the cost is worth it.


Concealer: 

MAC Studio Fix 24hr Concealer in NW20 (£18.50 Maccosmetics.co.uk)

This concealer does what it claims and not only covers my blemishes but also my under eye dark circles and also doesn’t budge. It is a light weight creamy texture as you would expect from the studio fix range but has medium, build-able coverage and is great on dryer ageing skin too. As I’m in my 40’s (sssssssssssssh) I must admit that it does need to be set or it settles in my fine lines, however this is the case for all concealers when you have fine lines 😮


Foundation: 

L’Oreal True Match in shades 2N and 3N (£9.99 Boots and Superdrug)

Many of my clients and readers of my blog/Instagram will be surprised to find that I have moved from MAC Studio Fix Fluid to the L’Oreal perfect match foundation. Not only are you surprised, But I am too!!! I have been using The MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 for over 5 years and no other foundation has managed to move me away until I tried the L’Oreal Prefect Match in 2N. Not only do I believe that it is a dupe for MAC Studio Fix but it also has a medium build-able coverage, with a creamy consistency and doesn’t catch on my dry patches and fine lines. I apply it with my Tarte Cosmetics foundation buffer brush however I do find that I have to use a mini blender over my under eye and frown line areas!


Setting powder:

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (£34 Charlottetilbury.co.uk)

Again, I always used to use MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Medium however as soon as I tried the Charlotte Tilbury Powder in Medium I was converted. This powder is in a beautiful compact and is so finely milled that it sets my makeup without collecting in my fine lines. It also removes shine and creates a flawless finish as advertised. I don’t know what to say other than as long as I can afford this product it will always be my setting powder.


Highlight & Contour:

Tarte Cosmetics Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette (£37 tartecosmetics.com)

I am a recent convert to Tarte Cosmetics and this is one of my favourite highlight and contour palettes. It may be too subtle for those of you who want more definition and glow but I find it perfect for my personal makeup style. This palette also smells like chocolate and that’s a definite plus for me. The highlight is build-able however as it is very finely milled it can be used more subtly as with the contour shade. I love the fact that it gives me definition without looking false.


Blush:

MAC Peachykeen powder blush (£19.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

I have been using this blusher shade for over 5 years and I still cant find a shade to replace it that I love more, including Nars Orgasm Blush!!! Peachykeen is more pinky peach toned which is perfect for my skin tone and perfect for summer and tanned skin. 

As advertised it “applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin to achieve a natural-looking application of colour that stays put all day”. This blush does have a slight shimmer but isn’t glittery and so you don’t look like a throwback from the 1970’s, you just have a gentle glow.


eyeliner:

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink (£18.50 Bobbibrown.co.uk)

Again I have been using this eyeliner for more years that I can remember after my hubby bought me a duo set from duty free years ago. I have tried many other gel liners however the Bobbi Brown product is very easy to use, it has a texture which allows you to not pick up too much product and even though I shouldn’t condone this, I have mine for over 2 years and it still hasn’t dried up! I have also worn this eyeliner on holidays in extreme heat and whilst swimming and it doesn’t budge so this is great for me and for my clients. As you apply it with a brush you can achieve many different styles too depending upon the style of brush used i.e. Fine point, angled etc. And so I find it extremely versatile and well worth the money.


Eyeshadow Palette:

Tarte Cosmetics tartelette toasted eyeshadow palette (£38 tartecosmetics.com)

This is my current favourite palette but I have many different palettes from many different companies including plenty of the Tarte palettes. I love the fact that the powders are finely milled, highly pigmented, easily blendable and also the shimmers are of a high quality. The only drawback is the fallout in the palette after you have picked up the product with your brush but this isn’t too severe and you don’t loose too much. This also happens with many of the fine powder palettes and so isn’t an exclusive problem with Tarte palette.  

This palette is a mix & match of 12 warm, rich eyeshadows (7 wearable mattes & 5 lustrous shimmers) and is arranged in rows for three easy looks. What more could a girl want ❤️


brows:

Urban Decay Brow Beater pencil in Neutral Brown (£17 urbandecay.co.uk)

I tint my eyebrows however as many women of my age will understand, due to plucking the life out of my brows in the 1990’s / 2000’s I have sparse patches and they are shorter than they should be. With this in mind I like to use a fine pencil to draw in the individual lines and find the Brow Beater pencil great for this. It also has a twist up pencil so that your product is protected. A bonus is the amazing stiff bristled spoolie on the other end of the pencil which is also covered by a cap. This spoolie allows you to brush your brows even if they are stubborn and create a wonderful neat brow or the new trend of brushed up, ‘boyfriend’ brows.


setting spray:

MAC Fix + in Coconut (£19 maccosmetics.co.uk)

If I am going on a big night out or need my makeup staying perfect all day I have discovered Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray and it is definitely worth the hype however for everyday I prefer MAC Fix + in Coconut. Not only does it give my skin a boost of hydration but it also sets my makeup and smells gorgeous (it reminds me of holidays all year round!) There is a reason that this product is a favourite for many makeup artists and bloggers.


lips:

Anastasia Beverley Hills Lipgloss in Caramel (£17 anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk)

This is my current go to lip product as I am a lazy girl at heart and once I have applied my makeup I cannot be bothered spending all night reapplying my lips! The lipgloss is high pigment and feels weightless on your lips and has the shine of a gloss. This liquid lipstick is a must for me as it is not only highly pigmented and long lasting but also isn’t too drying on my lips.


Guess The Price?

So that is my full face and every product that I have used. Now to guess the price of my face???????? What do you think?

Below £100 ?

£100 – £200 ?

£200 plus ?

The actual cost of my current makeup bag favourites costs £266.49 

This is quite expensive as some of the products are high end however you can swap some of these products out for your favourite products/brands, Ive just given you a breakdown of my actual favourite products that I use on a daily basis. As with all women I have cheaper versions of some of these products and find that they are good but not as good as the my holy grail products on my face at the moment.

With regards to the costs listed of these products, I have listed the full price however I have purchased some of them at TK Maxx and duty free and also in the sales and so I always suggest having a good look around for your products for the best offer.

Also follow my Instagram as I always let you know about makeup brand sales as soon as they are released and my current finds at TK Maxx (you may also want to follow tkmaxxbeautyfindsuk).

Let me know in the comments what’s in your makeup bag and if I should try some of your favourite products.  When I update this post in the summer I will add a link to you if I have tried and am using the products that you have recommended.


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Claire xx

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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.


Eyelinermakeup for glasses - eyeliner 2

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.


Eye Shadowmakeup for glasses 4

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.


Avoid Glasses Slipping Downmakeup for glasses 1

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

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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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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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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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!


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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

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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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Claire xx

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9 Makeup Artist Tips and Tricks to Steal

Updated 2018

As a makeup artist, I am constantly helping clients to look their best and make the most of the products they own. The more you know how to utilise your beauty tools, the more fun you can have (not to mention, the more money you’ll save). Here are some of my favourite simple tips and tricks that anyone can do, that’ll make you feel like you’ve had your makeup done by a professional Makeup Artist.

1. Make your favourite lipstick Matte or Metallic

Matte Lips

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

Application: Apply lipstick, blot with a tissue, and pat the powder on top with your finger until it’s fully matte. This is a perfect way to have a matte version of your favourite lipstick while utilising products you already have.

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


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2. 3 Types of Foundation in One

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

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


3. Double Duty Mascara 

applying eyeliner with an angled brush

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

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

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


4. Instant Brow Lift 

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

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

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

beautiful eyebrows

5. Cheeky Fix!

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

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

lips, eyes and cheeks - one colour

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

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

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


6. A death in the family!

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

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

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

7. Say ‘No’ to HD Powder

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

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

bad celebrity makeup

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


8. Spritz Away

If you’ve finished your face and you find yourself looking a bit too made up (or cakey), try spraying a finishing spray like MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ lightly over your face. The spray penetrates the foundation and helps to create a skin mimicking look. Basically, your skin will look more like skin and less like makeup plus, your face may stay in place a bit longer, as an added bonus.


9. Stack your lashes

Eye Envy 303 Lashes

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

I prefer to stack better quality lighter pairs of lashes onto of each other. Just make sure their bands are thin or invisible to keep things looking natural. I also prefer to trim the upper set slightly shorter than the lower set so that I can offset them slightly giving a more natural look. At the moment I’m loving EyeEnvy 303 False Eyelashes.


I hope this encourages you to look at using your products differently and hopefully getting more uses out of one product as well as some interesting tips which you can use in the future.

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Claire xx



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