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Professional MakeUp Tips

Most girls cannot get enough of products!! Make up boxes galore. Pretty looking tubes and bottles on the dressing table. But its not always essential to break the bank balance.

Sometimes make up companies can lure you in by their pretty expensive looking packaging.

Don’t be fooled……

  • Choose your make up bag staples carefully. It is possible to spend more on one product and cut back on another which, whilst the price tag is lower, will give exactly the same results!
  • If your budget is limited for example….buy a palette of four wearable shades. The shadows can be applied during the day using the softer shades of brown for example and then the same pallette, the darker shades, can be used intensified for a stronger deeper eye colour!
  • Struggling with an eyeliner? Double up and use the darkest shadow in your palette as a liner, damp a flat brush and go all around the eye.
  • The Bobbi Brown brick is a classic make up “must have” for both professionals and novices. How about a product that gives you a blush of colour, a bronzed cheekbone, a highlighted brow and eye colour for the socket…… all in one classic ‘brick’ – in gorgeous packaging we might add!

Do you always get carried away by clever advertising and end up with an array of bottles and lotions that after three uses have gone off?

  • Why not go for the trial minature bottles where possible – a perfect way to test if that product really does do what it says on the packaging!  Shampoos, hairsprays, hand creams.Go minature. Save your pennies.

We see women every week who don’t know how to use their pretty little boxes of blusher… Liner… Lip plump?!! They sit at the bottom of the make up bag.

Thats where professional makeup tips come in to their own!

We have worked on hundreds of faces. Young, old, celebrities, problematic skin, models, impressionable teenagers!  With every client, our mission is to make sure that just one session with us is a worthy investment!

We guarantee that you will feel transformed, beautified and know exactly which products suit you best!

We hear from time to time of ladies that have had a ‘free make over’ at a beauty counter. (It can put many off for life!!) Whilst we are not saying all the sales assistants on the make up counters are “not that good”, clients have complained that, after the assistant had done her job, they felt they looked almost like drag queens!

Make up should sit effortlessly on the individual and merely enhance ones natural looks – not disguise!

Contact us if you need some professional makeup tips or a one-to-one makeup tutorial – or better still, get a few friends together and share the cost.

Foundation MakeUp

Foundation MakeUp

The essence to gorgeous beautiful make up must start with the base – the foundation!   By choosing the correct shade of foundation and quality most suited to your skintone, you can achieve flawless healthy looking skin.

Too often when a client sits in the make up chair and we hear the familiar comments…..’I never wear foundation….I don’t want it to look too thick….I never choose the right shade!’ etc   The list is endless…….

Ten minutes later they see for themselves how important the correct foundation makeup is as a canvas for their other make up and how gorgeously glowing and bright they now appear.

Don’t even think about applying your blusher without a foundation.  Laying powders onto bare skin can be drying, ageing and the opposite to flawless!

If you want flawless coverage then it starts with the foundation….and no, it needn’t be thick or too orange, too pale, streaky and unnatural.

There is a product to suit everyone. It’s all about trying and testing the foundation makeup which best suits you and your lifestyle!

We love a liquid foundation.  Sheer, illuminating and smooth!  Who doesnt want a natural glow!  There is no need to feel caked. A good quality liquid will cover up the blemishes and leave you with amazing results.

If you are prone to hot flushes or greasy skin then it may be that a mineral make up powder foundation will ease off the shine and stay put for hours!  A creme foundation stick is also a popular choice. Shaped like a lipstick it is creamy in its consistency and hides away neatly in the handbag. Great for busy ladies on the move who need to refresh on the go!  No messy leaky bottles to deal with!

Applying Foundation Makeup

When applying foundation makeup, we recommend a foundation brush.  Its a winner everytime.  The product glides on effortlessly and the brush will be the best ‘make up’ investment you will make!  No more messy fingers and no dirty sponges which can be unhygenic. By using a brush you can build up the product and blend it evenly into the skin.

So how do you choose the right shade?  Test a tiny amount of the product on the jawline. Whilst you shouldnt see an obvious dark line you also can afford to go a shade warmer than your natural skintone. We tend to have slightly more colour on our neck and decollage area.

Foundation makeup is the desert island must have!  We wouldn’t even think about applying blusher without sorting out the client’s skintone first.  So, enhance your natural beauty and achieve gorgeous results with foundation makeup – everytime!!

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 Tutorials

A Make up Tutorial is a lesson in Make Up taught by (in most cases) a Professional Make up Artist.
There is a growing trend on the internet for tutorials whereby anyone can log on and watch an artist creating various different make up looks. Young people especially are fascinated in copying their favourite celebrity .

They will learn from the advice of the artist who will demonstrate how a smokey eye can be achieved, for example, or how to apply fake lashes! The video tutorial will be pre recorded, usually a step by step guide from a blank canvas to the end result!

Make up Tutorials are fast becoming a phenomenon with teenagers on the internet, you tube in particular. Anyone with an interest or love for makeup is posting up video tutorials. Proof you don’t have to be a professional to create an internet following. Thousands of people are simply re-creating their favourite make up looks for the world to see!

There are numerous Make Up Schools whereby students will attend if they want to be a professional make up artist, hair stylist or special effects artist.They will be be given make up tutorials by professional teachers most of whom who have worked in the Beauty television or film industry and can pass on invaluable advice and techniques to their protégés!

So be it on the internet, in a make up guide book or taught to you in person. The Make Up Tutorial will teach and guide you through everything you need to know about Make up. Application tips, beauty product advice, how to distinguish certain features, how to emphasis eyes, how to choose the right shade of foundation, how to make a bride glow!!! The list is endless.

MakeUp Tips

Make Up Tips are useful techniques people can be taught by make up artists, read about in magazines and books or picked up from casual conversations when girlies get together and gossip about all things make up!!

Everyone who is into their Make up usually will have a make up tip(or two!) to share with their friends. Its trial and error! With new beauty products on the market each week everyone will have a different opinion over which face cream makes you look younger, which lipstick gives you the perfect sexy pout and which foundation brand will really hide all our blemishes and flaws!

There are common make up tips you read about in most fashion magazines. Use a foundation brush when applying the product, apply fake lashes over existing lashes for bigger eyes and fluttering long lashes, exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush so they stay soft! and so it goes on!

Its amazing how Celebrities can have such an influence over someones choice of make up or belief of a new make up tip! If a celebrity speaks to a journalist about their top make up tip of how they make their skin glow……or rather how their make up artist makes it glow, you can guarantee a large percentage of people will believe it and go and purchase the make up stated!

Make up tips and tricks will always be updated , fresh new ideas surface everyday as well as the good old fashioned tips in our grandmothers eras! We can all teach people a new make up tip….and most probably claim it as our own!!!!

If you want to make it a career there are numerous make up schools out there where you can be learning tips all day long and inspire other make up lovers in the world with new advice.A whole wealth of make up knowledge can be yours.Enjoy learning more make up tips!