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Sexy Smokey Eye Make Up

The number one step to exciting smoky eyes is…. naturally enough, eyeliner.

You’ll be able to use either a pencil or a liquid for this technique. We advise a fine-drawn line in preferably a dark colour, following along the top lash line.

Then add a little liner underneath the eye in the outer corner. Unless you’re blessed with gorgeous large eyes, do not ring the eye with liner, as this makes the eyes appear much smaller – not so sexy!.

Remember that lighter colours will produce fullness and highlight an area, while darker colours will create depth.

Start with a medium-tone shadow on the lid, then a dark-toned shadow on the outer corners of the lid.

A fainter shadow could be used directly underneath the brow as a highlighter.

Experiment with different colours and applications – and – here’s a golden tip – take a photo of each result so you can compare and critique at leisure.

Lipstick Revealed

What gremlins could there possibly be in lippie?

Loads is the answer – and the most worrying is Polymenthyl Methacrylate. In basic terms this is a transparent thermoplastic which is used extensively as an alternative to glass – in such things as motorcycle helmet visors, hard contact lenses and dentures.

However, it has been linked with cancer and allergies and it’s something that I’ll be keeping a watchful eye on in the future.

PS Just seen…

In Wiki, someone has asked “What ingredients there are in L’Oreal lipstick?” …. and here’s the answer..

Lanolin oil, sesame seed oil, oleyl erucate, microcrystalline wax, PPG-5 lanolin wax, acetylated lanolin, beeswax, disteardimonium hectorite, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, rose canina fruit oil, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, arginine PCA, BHT, BHA, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, calcium sodium borosilicate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, methyl-2 octynoate, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate. May Contain: Mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, red 7, red 28 lake, yellow 6 lake, red 22 lake, bismuth oxychloride, yellow 5 lake, carmine, blue 1 lake

Dangerous Eye Shadow

Most eyeshadows contain chemicals. Some contain over 20 chemicals! Sure, most are in minute traces and are relatively harmless – but – there are some to be wary of.

The most worrying is Polythylene terephthalate – (what a mouthful). Without being a scientist, it’s difficult to cut through the manufacturer’s hype and establish if you’re using a product that has sinister implications.

Wiki says “Polyethylene terephthalate (sometimes written poly(ethylene terephthalate)), commonly abbreviated PET, PETE, or the obsolete PETP or PET-P), is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibers; beverage, food and other liquid containers; thermoforming applications; and engineering resins often in combination with glass fiber.

Depending on its processing and thermal history, polyethylene terephthalate may exist both as an amorphous (transparent) and as a semi-crystalline material…….”

And from what we’ve read about this, the possible side effects include….link to cancer, infertility and hormonal disruptions…not pleasant for us gals!

We’ll keep this issue on our radar and let you know what we find – meanwhile, if you have any light to throw on this subject, please let us know


Make Up Recommendations

As a working Make Up Artist, I’m asked many times to recommend products. It’s very difficult to say that one product is the best in it’s field and suitable for all – but what I do recommend as the first course of action, is to establish what ingredients are likely to give problems…..

For instance, take shampoos as an example…. the ingredients likely to cause problems such as irritation (especially to the eyes) include Propylene Glycol, Terasodium and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

Google the terms and then make a judgement on whether you are happy to use the product. If you do this with all cosmetic items that you buy, you’ll soon build up a fact file on your own personal “best buy” list.

Make Up Costs

Many of my clients seem to remember the advertising blurb about products – ” It gives flawless skin and lasts for 24 hours” or whatever. They really need to do their research! These advertising guys are simply that – they do a great job in convincing folk to buy – based on (sometimes) total hype. Many, many products do exactly what they say on the tin, but there are also lots that don’t!

My golden rules include – ignore the glossy box – look at the ingredients. Google the ingredients. If OK, then try the product and keep notes on how easy it was to use, how it lasted, how it felt etc.

Then try another (similar) product and again, take notes. You soon build up a core list of make up that suits you and is in the price bracket you’re comfortable with.

Don’t be an ad guys dream!

Make Up Artist – London : More Wedding Day Tips

It is usually advised that the bride have a trial before the big day with the wedding make up artist.

This means they can go through different key make up looks, discuss colour schemes which may be tied in to make up colours and guarantee, most importantly that the Bride is happy with her final wedding day look.

On the day, a wedding make up artist will arrive with a full make up kit. It is common, if there is a big bridal party for the Wedding make up artist to start on the bridesmaids first and then make over the bride in between and maybe re- touch just before the bride leaves for the ceremony.

You want the bride to look as fresh as she can!

Make Up Artist – London : Blushing Bride

A Bride needs to have a natural glow! Have you heard of the saying a ‘Blushing Bride’!? Make sure you have a lovely blusher on the apple of your cheeks.You do not want to look pale.Pink blush or apricot in colour will suit most skin tones.

Eyes need to look beautiful too.Use fake lashes as part of your wedding make up look.This will enhance your lashes making them look luscious and long!