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School Run Make-up







I have had a shower then applied moisturiser to my face already.

First use a BB cream or tinted moisturiser to even out your skin tone ( generally quicker to apply than a foundation, but still gives some coverage). Use a eyebrow gel to tidy and fill in any gaps (quicker than a pencil).

Add a tinted lip balm in a soft pink shade to lips and cheeks (blend into cheeks! A quick way of adding colour to the face). Curl eyelashes and add some eyeliner and finish off with mascara to awaken those eyes.

For when your short of time but don't want to look naked!! This look is not super defined or polished but it does the job

Tip!

If you have oily skin swap the bb cream for a oil free tinted moisturiser and the lip balm on cheeks for a powder blush.
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Spring Make-up Palettes



Recently appearing daffodils in my garden can only mean one thing, spring is here! It never fails to put a big smile on my face, especially when you get to see all the new releases of spring make-up palettes.

My favourite I have seen so far this year is the Clarins Garden Escape Palette

The beautiful colours perfectly reflect those earthy and pretty spring tones. These mineral based eyeshadow colours are great to look at and even better to apply. You can wear them either dry or damp, your options are endless.

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Another beautiful option is the Chanel les four ombres

Chanel never fail to impress, with this pretty four colour quad you have endless options of sophisticated matt, powdered, satin, metallic and intense metallic effects.

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Clinique sculptionary cheek contouring palette

Beautiful cheek palette, to give a gorgeous glow to the skin or fake those all important defined cheekbones.

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5 Best Wedding Moisturisers




Winter weather leaves its toll on the skin! Start your skin recovery now, with one of these great moisturisers. These are also a great skin boast and prep before applying your wedding day make-up.

Liz Earle (light)

One of my new favourites, a great all-round moisturiser which is great for combination skin. Light-weight, yet still does enough for those dry areas.

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Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream

An all-time favourite of mine. Best for direr skin types, although can be use sparingly on all skin. Leaves skin wonderfully hydrated, with a gorgeous glow.

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Good for all skin types especially sensitive. This non irritating light-weight cream is still moisturising, it is a perfect base for your wedding make-up.

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Dermalogica Active Moist

A perfect day cream for oily skin. Feels light on the skin whilst helping keep oil under control.

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Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

Best for drier combination skin types. This super creamy lotion helps add moisture and smooth fine lines, while acting as a perfect primer for your make-up application.

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Winter 2014 Make-up Looks




Autumn/Winter 2014 trends.

Lots of warm pink and berry colours filled the runways for the fall season. I have created a few make-up looks that will be on trend and perfect for your winter wedding.

Look 1 Smokey Chocolate (wearable hair up or down)-

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Quite a dark look with the option of also adding a soft pink or chocolate coloured lip. Depending on the time of day you are getting married. This look is great if our getting married later on in the day or if you like strong make-up. I have softened it if your paler by using the soft brown pink lip instead of the chocolate lip. I have also added more drama by adding false eyelashes again depending on the overall look being achieved.

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Look 2 Soft Berry Lip.-

This is a really beautiful look and would suite anyone. It is soft and it really suits an elegant up do. I created this look by using a pale pink and contrasting with a deep purple, feathery mascara and a gorgeous berry lip. I used the dark eye shadow as an eyeliner to add definition but not too much drama.

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Look 3 Glossy metallic -

Metallics were a massive trend on the catwalk. We wanted to keep this look fresh with some subtle shimmer. Great for a daytime look but can be bult up with stronger shine and deeper hues as required. Great for keeping as a subtle look or intensifying the look if your getting married later in the day.
I’ve also added a little extra shimmer on the cheekbones for a really pretty look.

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Look 4 Red Velvet Eyes -

Glossy lips with chocolate red eye shadow. This is perfect for those who love to make their eyes stand out. Add lashes for extra oomph! The deepness of the red will make eye look bigger. A great look for both hair up and down styles.

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My 6th Wedding Anniversary




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Today is my sixth wedding anniversary! So I was just looking through some of my wedding photos and reminiscing about the day and of course my hair and make-up! I was thinking about the long process of doing the wedding make-up myself on the day and feeling rushed to apply my eyeliner and lashes! Being a make-up artist myself I was keen to do my wedding make-up myself as I did not want to “boss around” anyone else. This, on reflection was not such a great idea, the pressure to get it right and the anxious nerves as I saw the time slowly melt away got me into a real panic and it was almost as if I had forgotten everything I knew!

I did manage to snap out of it with enough time to feel happy with my application however if I could re-play the day I would definitely have sort a colleague to lend a helping hand- or brush!

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As for the make-up itself I have to say it is a look that I wore regularly for a time after that day especially on nights out during our honeymoon. I would suggest asking your make-up artist to show you how to do this so you could also re-create your look while your away!

Time moves on and products, tools and trends change and I have also changed the way I apply my make-up and the products used. Thinking about those products used on the day, the key face products no longer exist!

My base consisted of an oil free Bobbi Brown foundation and the Bobbi Brown foundation stick both products have now been updated. An Elizabeth Arden blusher in Pink glow. I believe this has also changed. I had used a small amount of self tan by Clarins and the Bobbi Brown Bronze shimmer brick which I am pleased to say you can still buy these products.

As for my eyes I went for a look that I have just started wearing again! Although with slightly different products.

I used two Mac pigments which were in a Christmas set and limited edition. The Bobbi Brown gel liner in black, YSL false eye lash mascara,Eyelure false eye lashes in 116 and Clinique Eye shaper in Diamond Black. All of which are, I am glad to say, some of my favourite products.

I used quite a bit of dark liner to define my eyes so I kept my lips neutral with a Bobbi Brown creamy lip colour in Crystal Pink. This shade has now been discontinued however my new favourite is a Mac lipstick in Fan Fare.

My hair was kept quite simple as I prefer wearing my hair down. I just wanted it swept off of my face a little. A colleague of mine added hair extensions(my hair was only just past my shoulders then) and pinned the sides back. She added a few very loose waves some and my tiara to complete the look.
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Wedding Hairstyles 2014



Wedding Hair 2014


Sorry for the delay in posts! Has been a great, fun and busy year so far and just thought it was about time to post some stuff! Here is a quick slideshow of some of my work from the last couple of months.

I am currently involved in allot of projects, including getting a whole wedding hair video series together and rejigging allot of my website! Check out my newly updated product reviews page to learn the best make-up products to use for your big day!






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Bridget Wedding




A big congratulations to Bridget who got married last Saturday and thank you for your daughter in laws kind words.

“Thank you lots and lots for making all us women look so fantastic on Saturday – we were all called beauties by everyone throughout the day (enough to give us rather large egos).”


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Igne Wedding




A big thanks to Igne for sending through some great pictures of her wedding, along with some kind words.

“My bridesmaids looked beautiful and I got lots of compliments on my hair and make up. Several of the guests thought that my son and daughter (30 and 28!) were my brother and sister, so you obviously weaved some magic!!”

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Spring Wedding Makeup Ideas



Are you getting married this spring? You may want to inject a little colour into your bridal face. Here are a couple of colourful wedding make-up looks that will be really in-trend for this spring wedding season.

This coral look is a great look for the bride.

My skin was looking grey and dull, so I used Dermalogica gentle cream exfoliant to get rid of the dead skin and leave it glowing and looking fresh. I then applied Bobbi Brown’s Hydration Cream, in areas that needed some added moisture. A small amount of Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation all over my face.

I then applied a neutral eye base over the skin of my eyes and drew a thin line of eyeliner, followed by two coats of mascara. I used a Clinique Chubby Stick in a coral shade to add brightness to the lips.

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A great idea for spring bridesmaids is to colour match their eyes with their dress, or the colour scheme of the wedding day. Below I have used the Urban Decay NYU palette to colour to the eyes, I roughly drew a line to get it into the lashes and then smoothed and blended with a brush afterwards. Keep the lips looking soft with a nude or soft pink, depending on the colour of your lips and skin tone.

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Soft Curls Half-Up


Here is a great wedding hairstyle for 2014, if you don’t plan on wearing a wedding veil.

Mid length hair, styled soft curls, height in preparation to hold a tiara, soft curls twisted for detailed back.

Tools Used: Wella Performace hair spray. Babyliss pro curling tongs, Kirby grips, bristle brush.

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Loose French Braid Updo


Pretty up-do with loose French plait. Styled with curls.

Tools: Kirby grips, Elnett flexible hold hairspray, bristle brush.

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Giorgio Armani Foundation



Thought I would do a pretty eyes/lips make-up look but to really show a few examples of different types of foundations. Going to use a few from the ones I mentioned in my ‘Five Best Foundation’ blog.

I am going to make a video with the different foundations in but I thought I would just take a few pictures first of all.

Today I will be testing - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

1) Start with a clean, moisturised face.

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2) Was feeling a little pale so thought I would just add a little colour by using St Tropez wash off face tan. Just a little to perk up the skin!

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3) I've now applied the foundation all over my face and blended with the Mac foundation brush. I used a little extra coverage on my breakout. I also used Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer to cover my under eye circles!

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4) Added a little highlighter to my cheeks by using Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer and some colour with Nars blush in Orgasm.

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5) I used Nars eye shadow duo Belissimo to define my eyes for a soft but defined look. Then blended with a Mac 217 brush.

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6) I finished the look with a slick of pink gloss. I used Stila lip glaze in Passion Fruit.

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I wanted to show the foundation as it is. It is very beautiful and gives a candlelit glow to the skin. If you like this finish but have a slightly oily t-zone finish the look with a little velvet powder.

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The Five Best Foundations






There are many factors involved in finding the best foundation and though may manly depend on your skin type, in general I would say these are the 5 best foundations on the market.

1) Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Creamy texture, with easily build able coverage. I really like these as they are really easy to blend and you can find the perfect shade for nearly every skin tone.

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2) MAC Face and Body Foundation

Super lightweight and long lasting foundation and an excellent choice for the hotter month as it is non-oily. Best used for a natural make-up look, due to those lightweight capabilities.

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3) Clinique Even Better

This foundation offers great coverage, but still with a duet effect. Could also be used for slightly oily skin tones. One of my true favourites as it manages to brighten up even the dullest of skin.

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4) Channel Perfection Lumiere

Offering a good level of coverage with an added creamy glow. This is a tried and tested product and makes skin look picture perfect. Not the best choice for people with really oily skin, or those susceptible to breakouts.

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5) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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Want that lightweight super glow? This foundation is really light on the skin and adds that dewy texture that many crave.
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Lipstick Changes


Simple ways to change your look - Lips

Keeping all your make-up the same but changing one element, can alter your finished look completely. In this post I am going to be exploring the effect that lip colour has on your overall make-up feel.

This could be an endless list! Yet here are a few examples of what can be achieved.

1) Bare (no lip colour)
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2) Nude (MAC Pure Zen)

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3) Natural Pink ( MAC Fan Fare)

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4) Coral (MAC Coral Bliss)

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5) Red
(D&G 130)

Red wedding lip option

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