How to wear metallic makeup for Christmas & New Year

We all remember how popular glitter and metallic makeup has been over the decades and for the last 12 months its been back on trend and rocking the Runways, Hollywood and Social Media. Metallic makeup doesn’t have to be avant garde or for the brave or young, as long as you choose the right colours you can create a beautiful look for a night out.

Tips & Tricks for applying metallic makeup like a pro
Garnier 5 second blur primer

Use a primer. Metallic makeup, like glitter makeup, needs an even base so that it goes on smoothly. Before applying any makeup, but especially before applying eye makeup, use a primer to help prevent creases and increase longevity. I like to use Garnier 5 Second Blur Primer both in my makeup kit and personally. It has a lovely soft finish and doesn’t dry out the skin.

Barry M Cosmetics Deluxe Metals Eyeshadow Palette

Pick tones & colours that flatter your complexion.  You shouldn’t be scared of wearing metallics as it is just like wearing jewellery. The rule of thumb is to wear a colour that suits your skin tone best however this rule isn’t set in stone and you can choose any shade you want to wear and add a contrast to your skin tone. Stick to darker shades for lighter skin tones and lighter shades for darker skin tones, however on photo shoots and younger clients I mix this up as the contrast can look very complementary and doesn’t wash you out as you might think. 

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

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

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

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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.

Have makeup remover wipes handy
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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!

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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 Banish Those Dark Circles and look more awake


Updated 2018

So you have dark circles that are making you feel and look old, tired and unhealthy. Its a problem that many of us have and unfortunately there are many causes for them:

Dark circles and how to get rid of them

  • Hereditary
  • Allergies
  • Pigmentation
  • Rubbing your Eyes
  • Sun Damage

Another cause of dark circles is the natural ageing process. When you age, you tend to lose fat and collagen, and your skin often thins. This can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more prominent (healthline.com, 2018).

Below I’ll discuss some of the remedies to get rid of the pesky dark circles and in my next Blog post I’ll also give you some advice on how to use specific makeup to aid in covering them.


Remedies to eradicate Dark Circles

We all want to get rid of the dark circles so that we don’t have to bother with covering them with makeup in the morning. There are several ways that people report they’ve eliminated or reduced the appearance of dark circles under their eyes. Everybody is different, so some of these remedies might not work for you. None of them are expensive so give them a go….

Hydrate

Drinking your daily quota of water helps promote proper blood circulation around the eyes, which means no longer looking like a raccoon. Each person’s hydration levels are different (I drink approx. 2 litres of water a day, some people need less)

Avoid rubbing your eyesGarnier Micellar Water

The friction from rubbing your eyes can cause your skin to darken, so if you’re particularly aggressive with removing your eye makeup, this one change could make all the difference. Use micellar water to remove your makeup, as it is gentle and helps “melt” eye makeup with the least amount of scrubbing. I like to use Garnier Micellar Water Delicate Skin and Eyes and have this at home and also in my Makeup Kit.

Sleep

Lack of sleep, which we are all guilty of, can cause dark circles under your eyes. It can also make you look paler, which might make your dark circles appear darker. Make sure you’re getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

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When you sleep, try an extra pillow under your head to lessen the puffiness of fluid pooling in your lower eyelids.

Cold Compresses

Sometimes dilated blood vessels can darken the area under your eyes. A cold compress can cause the blood vessels to constrict, which may result in a lessening of the dark circles.

Cucumber – woman with cucmbers on her eyesFollowers of natural healing suggest chilling thick slices of cucumbers and then placing the chilled slices on the dark circles for about 10 minutes. Then rinse the area with water. Repeat this treatment daily.

Tea bags – Natural healers suggest soaking two teabags (use caffeinated tea) in warm water, squeezing them out and then chilling the bags in the fridge for an hour. Place a bag on each eye. After five minutes, remove the teabags and rinse the area with cold water. The tea bags can be used multiple times. Keep them fresh in a lunch bag in your fridge.


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Do You Have a Phobia of Lash Curlers?

Updated 2018

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One of the main beauty tools I use and the one which causes the most looks of horror when I approach clients with it in my hand is my eyelash curler! Upon first glance, an eyelash curler looks like something straight out of a medieval nightmare however if used the right way is a necessary makeup tool and completely painless.

Curling the eyelashes is one of those parts of a makeup application that never gets much credit but can produce remarkable results when done correctly. With a proper curl, lashes look longer, thicker, fuller, and the eyes themselves appear larger and more awake.  What more could you ask for???

Like most tools, there is a wide variety of different types, sizes and ways to use an eyelash curler. The standard eyelash curler is held with your thumb and middle finger for a more controlled experience. But there are also heated eyelash curlers that look like wands, and precision (half lash) eyelash curlers that help curl your lashes in small groups allowing for a more precise experience, or easier experience if you have smaller eyes.

How to use an Eyelash Curler

Every makeup artist has their own method of curling lashes, but here is my technique how to properly use eye lash curlers to curl lashes on a client or yourself – time-tested from years of experience.

Always start with clean lashes. Using a curler after applying mascara makes it easier to break or pull out lashes as they can stick to the curler itself.

With your eyes open or looking down at an angle, hold the curler the way you normally hold a pair of scissors and lift your eyelid slightly with your opposite hand. Place the curler at the base or root of your lashes. The flat part at the top of the curler should sit flush with your eyelid.

Once your curler is upright so that the curve faces out and is in place at the root of your lashes, check to see that you have all of the lashes inside the curler. Gently clamp the curler together in a soft pumping motion. Now turn the curler upwards so that the curve of the curler lines up with the curve of your eyelid’s crease. This is the pro secret. It will give you curl, rather than a crimp effect.

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Walk the curler up from the root of the lash all the way to the tip, pressing and gently pumping the eyelash with the same pressure, until you reach the end.

Open the eyelash curler and examine the perfect curl. Repeat if necessary to define your lashes before applying makeup. Then, of course, do the other eye!

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Top Tips

NEVER Heat up your lash curler. It heats up to quickly, making it too easy to burn your fragile skin and lashes. Ouch!

Remember to look at yourself in the mirror, so that you’re not blindly squeezing the curler.

Keep your eyelash curler clean. The one thing I harp on about to every one of my clients is the necessity to keep your eyelash curler clean. This isn’t just for hygiene. That black residue on your curling bumpers does not magically disappear. In fact, that gunk can build up, stick to your lashes and possibly pull them out completely.

Also, if you leave makeup/dirt on the bumper of your eyelash curler, the rubber gets hard and in effect turns your eyelash curler into a pair of scissors!!!  Every time you use your eyelash curler, wipe the bumper clean with a small amount of makeup remover or a baby wipe: this will ensure that you will have lovely curled lashes each time.

Experiment with different types of curlers until you find the one that is right for you. The right fit for you depends on your eye shape. Remember, don’t be scared of eyelash curlers. You are in charge at all times and if you don’t like it, you can stop!

My Favourite Eyelash Curlers

A lot of makeup artists have their favourite lash curlers, myself included. The Shu Uemura and Japonesque pro performance eyelash curlers are probably two of the most popular with professionals. I do love them but one of my current favourite eyelash curlers is the Tweezerman Super Curl Eyelash Curler, as I find that it does give an amazing curl and looks less scary for clients.  If you’re looking for a great cheaper option to use until you get to grips with using lash curlers, the W7 Groovy Curls Eyelash Curler is a great option and also comes in some gorgeous bright colours too.

For Weddings and eyelashes that need a bit more encouragement to curl such as Asian Lashes, I like to use Eyelure’s Heated Eyelash Curler for a curl that lasts all day and also feels lovely on your client’s eyes.

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Spooky Makeup Tutorials for Halloween

Are you hosting or attending a Halloween Party or event? Do you want to have a Halloween Makeup to WOW everyone? If you can’t afford a Makeup Artist to apply your makeup for you, here are a few of my favourite tutorials to help you this Halloween: Easy makeup with a big impact.

Bride of Frankenstein 

Bride of Frankenstein Video makeup tutorial

Halloween Pumpkin

For a makeup look which you can also create with face paints, why not try the creepy Halloween Pumpkin?

Halloween Pumpkin video makeup tutorial

Vampire

Do you want your makeup to be more sexy than face painting? why not become a sexy vampire this Halloween…..

Vampire Makeup video tutorial

No matter what you decide to do with your costume and makeup this Halloween, Have fun and stay safe.

For more inspiration, please visit and follow my Pinterest Board – Halloween Makeup Ideas

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How to apply False Eyelashes like a Makeup Artist

False Eyelashes

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

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

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

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

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

EyeEnvy Corner Lashes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s an easy to follow video by blogger Nikkiajoy


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Makeup Mistakes That Are Ageing You (and How to Fix Them)

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Makeup Mistakes That are Ageing you, and how to fix them

A pinch of color on your cheeks or a rich flattering lipstick shade can easily erase years off your face, but the wrong makeup can do just the opposite.

Woman before and after makeup
Woman before and after makeup

Seemingly harmless blunders, like overdoing barely-there brows or adding too much powder to eliminate shine are just a few of the many surprising reasons why your face is looking tired and older lately. Myself and several makeup artists weigh in on the most common mistakes you’re committing that are aging you, as well as how you can prevent them from hiding your natural glow:

Going Too Light (or Dark) with Concealerdemi-lovato-makeup-fail-white-light-concealer

Concealer is the perfect go-to product for hiding fine lines, blemishes, and dark circles under the eyes however the wrong color can also make you look older instantly. When carrying out makeup lessons I have found that many women are too heavy in the application of under eye concealer and often choose shades that are far too light for them as seen on Demi Lovato below. The aim of a concealer is to conceal and not to highlight as per the picture on the right. Always use a creamy concealer that matches your shade of foundation which will give the result of concealing and correcting in a way that leaves you looking awake and recharged instead exaggerated!

Woman applying concealer

Powder Overload

Powders help in setting your makeup, and eliminating shine, but applying too much of it throughout the day can result in the product settling into fine lines, accentuating wrinkles and sitting on top of your skin making it look strange and dry! as seen below on Nicole Kidman.  If you have oily skin then use a moisture control primer such as MAC’s Oil Control Lotion which is “an oil-free moisturiser that offers lightweight hydration and no-shine oil control”.

Another great product to keep in your bag is you have oily skin are blot papers. They’re great for on-the-go touch-ups as they manage oil without disturbing makeup or clogging skin with layers of product.

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Skipping Creamy Cosmetics

As women mature, the skin on the face and neck becomes dryer, resulting in a loss of radiance. To prolong a youthful appearance, swap your powder foundation for a liquid foundation and maybe try using a cream blush instead of a powder. Powders tend to sit on the skin’s surface, drawing attention to fine lines and wrinkles and the glow from a creamy product gives the appearance of youth.

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Creating Harsh Lines

Everyone knows eyeliner can make eyes appear brighter and more awake, but applying too dark, harsh lines can also accentuate crow’s feet and wrinkles on the delicate eye area. Remember to change from a black to brown/black or brown eyeliner as you get older for a softer (but still dark) look as below. Also, make sure you smudge it out instead of creating a solid line and keep it mostly on the top lid. Your eyes will look defined, but not weighed down. The result is a lift on the upper eye, which always makes you look fresher and younger, however heavy lines under the eyes make them look tired and accentuate lines and wrinkles whilst making the eyes look smaller.

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Extreme EyebrowsExtreme Eyebrows

Not everyone is born with lush, full, perfectly arched eyebrows, and most of us are guilty of over plucking them at some time in our life however filling them in with a too dark colour is a definite no! (As seen below) You can create thicker, more beautiful brows with a pencil or powder, but the key is choosing the perfect shade. The key is to choose one shade lighter than your hair color if you’re brunette and one shade slightly darker if you’re blonde or a redhead. Remember that you’re not drawing on new eyebrows but filling in any gaps you may have, concentrating on the arch and tail end.

Wearing Metallics

Intense metallic and glitter shades on the eye can be challenging for older women. I prefer using shadows with a soft shimmer that makes your eyes twinkle and more youthful rather than emphasising lines.

Over Doing the Blush

Unless your goal is to look like a cartoon version of yourself, (See Drew Barrymore below) go light on blush in a color that flatters your skin tone. When applying blush, smile, and blend directly on the apples of your cheeks and blend out towards your temples. Correctly applied blush can add a youthful glow and take years off a face, but too much in a darker shade or too pale pink can add years onto your face. Those with olive and darker skin tones should choose a warm shade, with those with fair skin must look out for rosy tones.

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If the thought of changing your makeup routine and products as you get older seems daunting, then why not book a makeup lesson to teach you the tip and tricks of the trade in the comfort of your own home? For more info, please visit  – Makeup Lessons

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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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Claire xx


Holiday Makeup Bag Essentials

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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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Claire xx