So the weather looks like it is FINALLY turning for the better… YAY! So Spring is on its way which means that you can ditch the heavy colours – the marroons, the dark liners, the LOT… and keep your eyes peeled for the Spring Colour coming… here is a taster of three of the Colour Ranges that you should start looking up
If you don’t want to commit to buying anything just yet, that’s ok, remember you can just head into your local department store and ask for one of the trained counter staff to try some of the colours on you
As it’s the post – Oscars week this week, it only seemed right to give a couple of Red Carpet Tips to you all today
How can you make sure your lipstick lasts all night?
Use a lip liner. The liner acts as an anchor to the lipstick so it adheres and has a clean finish. Using a bit of face primer on the lips can work too and helps to ensure the wear of your color
How do you create your own Red Carpet looks at home?
The best way to recreate the looks from the red carpet into an everyday look is by picking one feature of the look and making it more simple. This helps tone the look down so it isn’t too much at once
Where’s the Rosey Apple of your cheeks?
Smile into the mirror and where the area of your cheeks becomes roundest… that’s your apple
Blend blend blend !!!
Make sure that you blend your blusher into your foundation really well, otherwise on mature skin, this will add unnecessary years to your face
Tap tap tap
When using a powder blusher, load up your brush with colour and ALWAYS tap the brush lightly before applying the colour to your face to knock away any excess pigment … otherwise you risk loading your cheeks with too much strong colour
I saw this article today and thought of you guys Or maybe it’s because I’ve had such a busy week that it caught my attention more than it normally would!? Among the great ironies of female life is that the days when you have the time and energy to apply expert makeup are the days you need it least! You went to bed at a reasonable hour the night before and you wake up well-rested and calm. You performed all three steps of your skin regimen and have no blemishes …
So the days when you wake up late, exhausted, and panicked, are the days when you most desperately need makeup – right! On those days, women face a second irony: foundation, powder, and concealer — the most urgent makeup, the kind you need most after a late night at a place where you don’t have a toothbrush – are hugely inconvenient. They are messy (check out my article with tips on how to apply your makeup on the move) and they require a variety of applicators, and are rarely packaged together for on-the-go use!
Which brings me onto the reason for today’s post …” Enter “Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face Book Portable Complexion Palette, which is the size of one and a half iPhones. The magnet closure snaps open to reveal a large mirror, five types of makeup, and two applicators. Two dense, yellow-toned “secret camouflage” concealers work well for dark circles, while a goopier “secret concealer” hides blemishes. The tinted moisturizer is solid (in the upper left of the palette, above) and is portioned generously enough to use some extra as a sheer foundation. It’s silky to the touch and is applied easily with a finger. Finally, a pressed powder in the upper right comes packed with a sponge applicator to dust and blend the look” NYMag.com
… so are you interested? Sounds ideal – right!? I can say that it is a lovely compaq too and it meets a whole load of on the go requirements
On my way into work or touch ups for a night out after a long day of filming, this paltte is exacly what I need for a quick fix. It’s compact, spill-proof and has a mirror!!!!! Your makeup bus rides will never be so simple
Get ready for some Oscar Winning Makeup Tips coming your way before the ceremony on Sunday
With the release of Skyfall just 3 days away, what better way to spend the weekend than thinking about and looking at some of the gorgeous Bond Girls??
So I finally get to own the DVD! I think it’s even more special because both Ben and myself were a part of it. I can’t believe that it was a year ago that we were filming – it seems like only yesterday What an amazing movie and the Makeup and Hair design was stunning
So feast your eyes on some of the gils below and I’ll talk to you over the weekend about what you need to create your own Bond Girlat home
Mascara and / or false lashes
To start this makeup you need to apply a lighter base than you would normally choose but make sure that you blend it into your neck !
Next, apply your lighter shade eyeshadow over your entire lids upto your socket line
If you feel confident, apply a little socket line shading to add definition which you will see I have done very lightly in the photos
Next, taking your liquid eyeliner, pull your eyelid upwards and outwards to stretch out the skin on your eyelid. This will give you greater control when drawing your eyeline. Then starting from the middle of your eye, draw a line upwards and outwards to the shape that you want
Complete your the other eye to match
TIP! Keep some cotton buds handy and wet the end with water if you make a misteake. Avoid using an oily makeup remover as this will affect your ability to re-apply the liner
Next, apply your mascara or false lashes
Define your brows. If you are dark haired, you will be able to go darker than I have with your brows to match your hair colour but beware all you blonde haired beauties as you will start to look like you have comedy brows if you go too dark!
Next, apply your lip liner and then your chosen red lippie
Lastly, apply your blusher and contour shading. Apply your blusher last because the amount that you put on will be affected by your red lipstick!
Don’t forget your beauty spot if you fancy wearing one!
Try this beautiful and sexy makeup for your sweet Valentines Days
Are you all looking forward to Valentines Day? Are you all planning something special either with your loved one or with your friends? Do you have your Valentines Day Makeup decided yet?
As I’ve been promising, I have been putting together some makeup ideas for you all
If you keep reading, today you will find out how to do a Cheerleader Makeup … Sound good?
CHECK IT OUT!!
For the Sexy Cheerleader, it’s all about your EYES and CHEEKS! So you’ll need some key “ingredients”
Mascaraand / or False Lashes
GET YOUR POUT READY!
Start by applying your full coverage foundation. I use Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance
Using your chosen “light” eyeshadow apply all over your lid – use an iridescent one / glitter one – I used MAC Forgery and White Frost
Using your chosen “dark” eyeshadow apply socket line shading – I used a mixture of black, brown, burgendy and orange to the depth of colour whilst keeping some vibrance in it! MAC Folie, Sushi Flower with Carbon and Black Tied
Blend your chosen dark eyeshadows upwards and outwards towards your brow bone creating your smokey eye
Define your brows – I used a MAC brow shaper powder but you can use what you like – pencil, powder, whatever you feel comfortable with
Add highlighter to your brow bone
Apply contouring powder under your cheek bones for definition – I use MAC Powder in Taupe
Smile and apply your blusher to the apples of your cheeks – I used Lime Lily Cream Blusher in Princess
If you need to, apply some Bronzer to your forehead, cheeks and bridge of your nose – I use Saint Tropez Bronzer Powder
Hows your week been? Really great I hope. I’m not filming this week as I’m doing lots of freelance work instead which feels very strange! I feel out of my regular Film Routine so I’ve been cooking up a stormfor you all on here for stuff coming up over the next few weeks – can’t wait for you all to read it!
So … ONE week today is Valentines Day!
I hope that you are all looking forward to it whether you are with a partner or not because I tell you something, it’s a GREAT excuse to get glammed up Mid-Week! Or if you need an excuse to try a new makeup or buy yourself some new lashes or a new lippie, then VALENTINES DAY is your day!!!
I’m going to be showing you some great ideas and some great TIPS for your Valentines Day Makeup’s but before I do, you need to decide what your focus will be …
Lashes / Eyes
Both – True, you could do both, but as a rule of thumb, the overall look tends to be more powerful if you pick ONE as your statement feature
Here are a few photos for you to get your juices flowing this morning and to help you decide what to go for …
If you take a look at these beauties and think about them for today, I’ll come back tomorrow and hit you with some LIP Action so you can see what you might prefer to rock out next Thursday …
Have you all seen photos of Beyonce at The Super Bowl performing with Destinys Child yesterday?
Her appearance was a SHOW-STOPPING success! OMG that girl has got it all … style, moves, the lot!
Did you all see her Hair and Makeup …
Stunning foundation and use of highlighters on her forehead and under her eyes (as normal, to give her that famous Dewy highlighted look) a natural gloss stain on her lips, brows to DIE for and a gold smokey eye to match her nails. Oh and don’t foget contouring!
Simply follow my steps for a 30 second Smokey Eye then Try MAC Old Gold Pigment or MAC Gold Lemon Pigment … and simply mix with MAC mixing medium to create a line of solid gold and apply generously across your top lash line
She sported nailes that were FIT for her Super Bowl Superstardom! Together with those fierce leather gloves … BOOM! Think the Glam-Sporty look really worked. You might not have nailed her dance moves down yet but you sure as hell can replicate those nails! Minx Nail design … go on ladies … you know you wanna! She went for the straight-up Gold and Matte Gold Chevron Minx on her own digits
… Oh yeah … And those backing dancers nails!
Celebrity nail stylist Lisa Logan tells US weekly how touched town and says “As soon as I arrived at he hotel, I began working on creating super long nail tips covered with the Gold and Matte Gold Chevron Minx that would be worn by the backup dancers. The process was very time consuming because the nails were going to be used in the holographic segment where it looks like Beyonce has multiple arms, so all the dancers had to be wearing the same design. And, because the nails were so long, I needed to use two Minx templates to cover each tip.” Thanks for your tips Lisa!
Are you going to re-create your own Beyonce look??
I’ve been chatting to a lot of people on various forums this morning about Makeup and Beauty and Hair and anything like that really that I love and am passionate about! And someone asked a really great question about Hollywood actresses of the past – the sort of 1940’s , 40’s, 50’s and 60’s eras. The point to her forum question what that she was suprised that the Hollywood actresses of the day looked so much younger than they actually were and she wanted to know of any tips / tricks / trade secrets that they would have / might have used to create their Hollywood Glamour and maintain their Hollywood youth!
Because it was such an interesting question, I thought that I would share my response that I gave her, with you
I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing about it
Making someone look a certain way on camera is often the result of a number of processes / procedures / steps but very often it makes use of some very basic principles of makeup application and techniqus
The relationship between light and dark for instance will affect the face in a number of ways. Contouring (which is a common makeup technique used on camera to enhance / create definition) uses the basic principle of light – to make something stand out / be highlighted and dark – to make something recede. You can create the notion of youth and the notion of age by using dark and light in the correct areas of the face – eyes, cheeks, jowls, frown lines … think of all the areas that are prominent on an older face and work out what you need to do to either enhance (to age someone) or reduce (to make youthful – which is often harder and a more complicated process)
Socket line shading outwards and upwards for instance created space to open the eye up by creating a silhouette of shape. Creating an arch in your brow will open up your eyes too. Careful application of eye makeup to an “older” skin can really work wonders at seemingly turning the clock back
Can I suggest that you simplify your makeup bag and have a little experiment with a few products when you have a spare hour or so – take a light powder or foundation and a dark powder and try some shading and highlighting on your face. Check out my Makeup Like A Pro Blog article on how to contour like Kim Kardashian http://makeuplikeapro.info/how-to-do-contouring-makeup-like-kim-kardashian/ – this will give you some great beginner tips on where you can create light and where you can create dark
Movie Stars will use a combination of amazing natural good looks and careful makeup application to create a certain image – Did you know that Mariyln Monroe wore 5 varieties of lipsticks and glosses all at the same time to create that iconic pout? darker reds were used on the outer corners, lighter shades were worn in the middle to offer up added dimension, and she highlighted her cupid’s bow and bottom lip. All this was based around the notion and relationship between light and dark
Hope that helps Check out my Hair and Makeup Blog www.makeuplikeapro.info as there is some great info that you might find useful. Subscribe to it too so you don’t miss out on any new product reviews / news and offers www.makeuplikeapro.info www.lucyfriend.com
What is a Beauty (aesthetic) Makeup? And what is Effects (prosthetic) makeup?
Morning everybody – how was your weekend? Fun I hope?!
Mine was great. I had a full glam evening out on Friday night (Ill tell you about the products I used later but here’s a little pic attached) and a chilled out rest of the weekend ready for a busy week ahead!
As it’s Monday, I thought that I’d start the week with a new topic… I thought that I’d talk about the cross over between High-street Makeup and Film Makeup because it’s 2 areas that I am fully involved with on a day to day basis! I know that a lot of my friends get confused with some of the words that I use to describe the different makeups so I thought that it might make a nice Monday morning read for you all to check out the difference between 2 major makeup areas
As we all know I’m sure, Makeup goes further than making you look good on the outside. I truly believe that if you embrace its power then it can help you to feel more positive on the inside too. In terms of positivity, it’s about having added confidence in knowing that you look and feel great. Looking presentable is just an obvious advantage. Makeup is a very powerful tool as it can considerably change the way that you look. Not all makeup will work to enhance your natural features and add beauty. Aaesthetic makeup, aka beauty makeup will help you to do this, and prosthetic makeup, aka special effects makeup, uses a different approach. Take a look at the photo of Ric Baker below for example
If you don’t have any beauty makeup and want to buy some then get yourself down to a department store and start testing out some colours and products. Take a packet of tissues with you too so you can wipe off colours and start again! Don’t be afraid to use the back of your hand as a pallet too. When you think of beauty makeup, you are familiar with lipstick, foundation, blusher, mascara, eye shadow… all of the products which are readily available to you – even in some of the major Clothes Stores now
On Thursday last week I talked about Movie Makeup Transformations. Check out my article if you haven’t already as it will introduce you to some of the most recent Movie Makeups that have involved some form of transformation to take the actor to the character he/she will be playing. This process often will involve some level of Prosthetic makeup application, which is usually known as “Effects makeup”. Take a look at some movies, TV shows and theatre shows to get a treat for your eyes in some prosthetic makeup examples – they truly are works of art. So, it is often applied to create a special / particular / chosen “effect” … not a term you should be using when looking to build up your beauty makeup dialogue! Sculpting, moulding and casting techniques are used to create advanced cosmetic effects. Some of the desired effects for the person wearing the makeup might be to age, grow, change shape or even change species through the clever and skilled application of prosthetic makeup techniques. For instance, the character Mystique in X-Men
There is more cross over between aesthetic makeup and prosthetic makeup in terms of products used but less of a cross over in the products used to create prosthetic effects and those used to create a beauty makeup! It might seem obvious but it’s useful to know the terminology and some differences between the two
So if you want that celebrity glowing look everywhere you go, like Megan Fox, don’t miss a trick… take your lippie but girls, make sure that you leave at home your sculpting kit!