Stay on top of your makeup

Hey there!

How is everyone?  Sorry I haven’t been on here for a couple of weeks, but I have been keeping my facebook page (click here to check it out) daily with all sorts of hair and makeup and beauty goodies, which I hope that you have enjoyed!

Don’t forget to keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter pages as I keep them topical when I am on the move, AND when I am filming. I’ve just finished Holby City again for a couple of weeks so I am back to “normal” hours just at the moment!  I did the hair and makeup at a wonderful wedding at the weekend so the start of May has been pretty awesome so far!

I wanted to chat quite generally today about makeup … and makeup ideas that are all about helping you to define your own personal beauty

The power of makeup

We seem to have embraced a fast paced life style nowadays, right – I don’t know about you guys, but I certainly have.  I’m always on the go and am fighting for every minute I can grab to keep on top of things… work, home and my personal grooming!   I am re-assured though by the amount of women that still manage to make time to make themselves look beautiful!

Is it enough to say that it’s their inner beauty that exudes when they are doing what they love to do??  Or is it because of modern makeup that enhances their natural beauty?  And the fact that it is so readily available is amazing, right!?

With so many makeup tips and ideas at their fingertips, on the internet, professional beauty experts are getting their voices heard EVERYWHERE!  By you all reading this blog is a PERFECT example of just that! So it’s no wonder that women look vigorously young and gorgeous!

There are so many commercial products displayed everywhere and the market has continued to grow and explode with the online availability of products and information.   It’s very easy to get swamped by all the information though… information overload is pretty common, right!  I’m a massive believer in being careful to remember though that all these makeup ideas, products and regimes should be used to enhance what you already have.  In order for YOU to really shine, you have to think about your personal style … your unique way of expressing yourself.  That might mean being understated, or that might mean being overstated.  Whatever is the real YOU, let your face speak… and use your makeup to enhance that

You can enhance your beauty and push it to the edge and you can push your limits if you choose to.  Maximise it with confidence.   Extend your own beauty or go wild with makeup… it’s there for YOUR taking

Everyone has their own unique skin type, pores, shapes, textures etc  but you will find that you should fit loosely into one or more ‘industry category’, and if you need help or inspiration, the Industry will help you to plan a look based on your set ideals along with your own personal physical specifics.  That’s why you select the best style that fits the real you… your natural beauty, a simple pretty face, a classic look, a playful look, a glamorous look, or a seasonal look.  Whatever it is… own it!

Rhianna

Makeup designs, ideas, tips and tricks are released daily, everywhere around the world, to help you to adapt your daily routine and activities.  Celebrity styles are changing almost daily too, but you can keep track of what’s happening no matter where you are!  Whether you are going to work or a party, or a friend’s house, to the supermarket, or to a special event, it is so easy to prepare yourself and your face in advance because you have information and resources at your fingertips.  You just have to put them into action.  Once you get used to it you will no longer struggle on how you want to look… because you already know what your look will be

Try it.  Run with some of the beauty tips and makeup advice that I have put up in my blog over the past few months.  Check out my Facebook page daily for inspirational ideas.  Every week I stick to the same structure for my content, so you know what to expect from me.  For example if LIPS are your thing, then you’ll know that every Tuesday is dedicated to LIPS!   If Nails are your thing, then you’ll know that every Thursday is about Nails. Combine this with other information that you have read and learned.  Then work on it… Be open to suggestions and new ideas and let it help you define your beauty

Have a wonderful week everyone and thank you for taking the time to read this

Makeup Like a Pro x

 

 

Get your Bond Girl look

Get the ‘Bond Girl’ look

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 Girl at home

Have a lovely weekend

Makeup Like A Pro

x

Berenice Marlhoe Skyfall
Carey Lowell Licence To Kill
Halle Berry
Jane Seymour
Maud Adams Octopussy
Kristina Wayborn Octopussy
Miss Moneypenny and Severine
The World is Not Enough
The World is Not Enough
Ursula Andress Dr No
Tanya Roberts View To Kill

 

Valentines Day Makeup Tutorial Dita Von Teese

Learn how to do a Sexy Demure / Vampire Makeup

Dita Von Teese

For this look, think Dita Von Teese Burlesque …

Sultry and sexy and simply sophisticated

This is what you will need:

Liquid Eyeliner
Brow Definer
Light Eyeshadow
Mascara and / or false lashes
Red lipliner
Red Lipstick
Blusher
Contour Powder

Sexy Demure

 

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 !

Sexy Demure
Sexy Demure
Sexy Demure
Sexy Demure

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

Sexy Demure

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!

Voila!

Try this beautiful and sexy makeup for your sweet Valentines Days :)

Let me know how you get on

Sexy Demure

Makeup Like A Pro

x

 

 

Valentines Day Makeup Tutorial Sexy Cheerleader

Cheerleader Makeup Tutorial

Hiya guys and girls

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!!

CHEERLEADER!

Cheerleader

For the Sexy Cheerleader, it’s all about your EYES and CHEEKS!  So you’ll need some key “ingredients”

  1. Light Eyeshadow
  2. Dark Eyeshadow
  3. Eyeliner
  4. Mascaraand / or False Lashes
  5. Brow definer
  6. Foundation
  7. Contouring Powder
  8. Blusher
  9. Lipstick
  10. Lip Gloss
  11. GET YOUR POUT READY!

    Start by applying your full coverage foundation.  I use Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance

    YSL 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


    Cheerleader Makeup

    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


    Cheerleader Makeup

    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

    Cheerleader Makeup

    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

    Cheerleader Makeup


    Select the lippie of your choice – I used Lime Lilly lipstick in Pixie with Lip Gloss over the top

    Lime Lily Pallet
    Lime Lily Pallet

So do you think that you might give that Makeup a go??
Let me know what you think!

Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow to find out how to create your own Sexy Vamp Valentines Day Makeup

Thank you for reading
Makeup Like A Pro
x

Valentines Day Makeup LIPS

Lips or lashes?!

Valentines Day Lips

So the battle continues!  It’s Friday and it’s 6 days to Valentines Day.  Did you find the pics of Makeup that’s full on LASH ALERT that I posted up yesterday, useful?  Did you see something that you might like to try yourself?

Over the weekend I will be posting how to do some popular makeup looks … Sultry, Sophisticated, Demure, Cheerleader … that kind of thing so you’ll be able to pick one for your Valentines Day.  Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so that you don’t miss out!

 

But today is all about the LIPS!  Do you remember my post last year “Lip-A-Licious”?  Check it out for some great lip tips.  That’s right … bright lips, shiny lips, matte lips, light lips, dark lips… whatever you fancy wearing, it’s ALL about the lips

Check out the photos below for some lip inspiration and get your thinking cap on over the weekend for what you think you might like to wear this Valentines

Valentines Day Lips
Valentines Day Lips
Valentines Day Lips
Peachy pout
Valentines Day Lips
Gold Shimmer
Valentines Day Lips
Pink Shine
Valentines Day Lips
Multi Magic
Valentines Day Lips
Pink chick
Valentines Day Lips
Sultry Devilish
Valentines Day Lips
Ice Queen
Valentines Day Lips
Blackberry
Valentines Day Lips
Pillow Lips
Valentines Day Lips
Gold Shimmer
Valentines Day Lips
Red Venom
Valentines Day Lips
Red Devil
Valentines Day Lips
Sophisticated rouge
Valentines Day Lips
Red-Orange Beauty
Valentines Day Lips
Naturally Sweet
Valentines Day Lips
Cupids Bow
Valentines Day Lips
Pink Lady
Valentines Day Lips
Blood Orange
Valentines Day Lips
Pink and proud
Valentines Day Lips
Mwa
Valentines Day Lips
Baby Pink
Valentines Day Lips
Glam Pink
Valentines Day Lips
Demure Red

Makeup Transformation

Movie Making Makeup Transformations

Hey guys – can you believe it’s Thursday already!?

Hope you’ve all had a great week.  I’ve not been filming for once so I’ve had a chance to respond to all of your emails / requests / questions so thank you for those and WELCOME to all you newbies!!!  Please keep sharing and spreading the word

Have you all seen the feature film Chopper?  As part of Transformation Thursday I wanted to talk to you about Actors and their transformations for on screen performances and the lengths that they / makeup will go to make them into someone / something else that’s outside their own “ordinary”

Eric Bana

The film tells an intense story of Mark “Chopper” Read and Bana gains weight and loses muscle mass to play the part of Mark Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison

Eric Bana as Chopper

Aside from the non-physical effort Bana had to put into “become” Mark Read, there were obvious physical transformations that needed to happen – a hair cut, facial hair, tattoos and weight gain are just a few of the obvious things that he changed!  And what a transformation

 
I’m not sure whether it’s because I work for a living in transforming people in some way or another on a daily basis, but I become fascinated by transformations.  Whether they are on The Big Screen scale, or introducing someone to a new lipstick colour that they would never have picked on their own

Here are some more transformations for you to feast your eyes on

DONT FORGET …

There is endless scope for creativity to play a part in our lives on a daily basis but too often people get caught up in day to day “stuff” and forget to inject a bit of art into their day.  The idea of Transformation Thursday is to give you a little nudge (if you need one!!) to remind you that there are boundaries out there desperate to be pushed!  So go and give them a nudge – see what happens

Take a little step out of your normal makeup routine and see if people notice … do people look differently at you?  Do you act differently?

Do something different today …
Make Up Like A Pro

x

Colour! Part 5: Makeup … By Make Up Like A Pro

Welcome back to Part 5 – the FINAL Part! – to Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of colour

This week I have not only introduced colour to you from a makeup perspective but I have also told you the colours that you should be wearing to complement your eyes in the best possible way!  Do you feel more confident with that knowledge?

I’ve explained the Colour Wheel and its role in Colour Theory.  I’ve explained colour terminology to you so that you are better equipped to explain to other people what you might want and you should be able to make recommendations to your friends now when they ask your opinion or even ask your advice!  Even better!

Yesterday I told you what colours you should be wearing to best show off your natural eye colour and today I said that I would make some product recommendations to you.  And that’s exactly what I am going to do.  I have tried and tested each of the products below so be assured that when I make my comments, they are based on experiences that I have had with each.  This is by no means an exhaustive list of products, nor is it a review “across the board”.  By that I mean that below is a list of products and brands that I personally use as part of my Makeup Kit.  I have a huge variety of products and various brands and some are better than others (as you would expect) and I have creamed some off of the top layer of my collection that I am going to talk to you about.  As my blog expands and grows and I carry out more product reviews, I will be doing more specific recommendations on new products.  For Part 5 of my week of Colour, I want to talk to you about SOME of the makeup that I like to use

Today will give you an idea as to some of the better colours that are out there and available to you

Pigments

When I review an eye shadow / eyeliner/ pigment I am basing the strength of my recommendation on its pigment strength (how vibrant the colour is) and how easy it is to apply.  The idea of Part 5 is not for me to be giving you a lesson on how to apply your eye makeup, but it is for me to give you an idea on some of the good eye makeup products out there that will give you the strong coverage that you deserve!  There are a lot out there that look great in the pallet but fade away to nothing… and that’s no good for anyone!  I will be writing articles on makeup application techniques so make sure that you sign up so that you don’t miss out on any of these coming up!

If you want your eye shadow to remain vibrant and last the day, it’s vital that you apply a primer to your eyelid before you begin your makeup.  They are so easy to get hold of and if you don’t want to shop around in-store trying to find one, then have a look online.  Just a few brands that do them … Benefit Lemon-Aid, Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Cream-colour base, Lancome Aquatique Waterproof base, Clinique Touch Base, Mary Kay Eye Primer… and the list goes on!

So let’s get to the nitty gritty … Eye Shadows and Eye Makeup that are worth the money and the effort!  MAC offers a fantastic variety of eye shadows, each with guaranteed strong pigmentation.  I use a lot of MAC eye shadows in my Kit because of their pigment strength and because they come in a fabulous pallet meaning I can have 15 colours easily laid out in front of me!

MAC

For powder finish eye shadows, Honesty is a pewtered bronze, Embark is an intense reddish-brown and Folie is a reddish-plum brown and they are all fantastic if you are after a dense woody tone. They are all Browns that work very well when teemed with other complementary shades.  They are very versatile colours great for an earthy finish

One of my favourite combinations is to use Teddy eye Kohl with any of the above colours, which is especially beautiful on a light blue eye!  It makes the blue really stand out… think back to the colour wheel and yesterday’s Part 4 on colours for blue eyes

Orb is a soft peachy-beige with a satin finish.  It’s a versatile natural colour and is used well to cover an entire lid.  When it’s combined with some darker socket line shading for a bit of definition, Orb will complement most other eye colours – it’s a great generic kit essential

Scene, which is a muted blue-grey, works very well with Nehru (muted bluish-black) or Carbon (intense black) to add intensity and depth to a smoky eye

MAC

MAC Paint Pots are a highly pigmented eye colour that go on creamy but dry to an intense vibrant finish.  This advertises itself to enable you to create seamless coverage without weight or caking… and they do just that!

 

MAC pigments are a highly concentrated loose colour powder containing ingredients that help it adhere to the skin.  The great thing about these is that they can be used to give a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.  They can be applied dry for the subtle effect or wet for an intense effect.  If you’re looking for a pink with a punch, then try Fuscia… you won’t be disappointed!

 

For colour intensity too, you can’t go wrong with Illamasqua’s powder shadows.  They come in a wide range of shades so you will be sure to find one that you like!  For a water-resistant, highly pigmented finish, try their cream pigments.  They blend on beautifully and are very crease resistant!  If you’re looking for a Blue with a kick, try their Pigment in Alluvium …it’s a hot metallic, high shine pigment that can be used on its own or with an eye shadow.  Or go all out and try their liquid metal… it’s STUNNING.  It comes in a small pot and is such a rich and highly pigmented metallic cream.  Fantastic on eye lids that you want to stand out more than the average eye shadow

Illamasqua

Bobbi Brown is up there in the top league when it comes to eye shadows too.  They’re available in a wide range of colours which are easily applied and blended.   Because they are so easily blended together, using a three colour combination works incredibly well.  Pick a neutral shade for your entire lid, such as Ivory, with a Taupe in the socket line and punch something like a Rich Brown into your lash line for definition.  Voila!  Guaranteed hotness J

Bobbi Brown

I can’t complete Part 5 without mentioning Nars or Shu Uemura either.  Nars Duo Eye shadows are fantastic in so many ways – firstly you get 2 shadows so your creative licence instantly shoots up compared to if you were working with a single colour!  Secondly the pigments are enough to create depth and are easily blended so working the two colours together is no chore at all.  With over 50 Duo colour combinations at your ready, your only job is to decide which one(s) to go for!

Shu Uemura’s pressed eye shadows are another favourite. They truly do blend effortlessly for ideal coverage and control.   If you’re looking for a green, Medium Olive is stunning.  Team it with their Drawing Pencils and try Khaki… they are waterproof so they don’t run away half way through the day, but they can be blended soon after they are applied.  A trick that I like to use, is to take an eyeliner and treat is as a primer so effectively you are creating a colour base with your liner.  When you layer up your eye shadow colour over the top, any shadow / pigment etc. that is applied will not only stick to the pencil, which means that the colour will last, but the additional pigment really creates more colour depth.  A favourite day time effect of mine is to use MAC’s eye Kohl in Teddy over my entire lid, a bronze eye shadow over the top on the inside corner of my eye and then a darker shadow, such as Embark in the socket line.   This colour blending is limitless so when you start getting to grips with some of the colours that are available out there for you to buy you will find that only your imagination is your limit

NARS

One of the things that really allows me to do my job well is knowing my own kit so I can push the boundaries and possibilities with all of the products that I use.  I am a huge believer in you all using the same principle with your own personal makeup bags.  I also use “cross-branding” too … and by that I mean I might mix a MAC eye shadow with a Nars eye shadow … there’s no harm in doing that.  The same principle applies too for foundations.  You are well within your “right” to mix away (as long as they have the same base, for instance, that they are both water based foundations).  Just as I would mix bases to match to my clients skin tone, I do the same with eye colour.  If your end result is to have a strong colour on your eye then the more that you layer up your colour, the more punch your colour will have on your eye!  Does that make sense?  I hope so!

With that sentiment, I am going to draw my Week on Colour to a close.  I really hope that you have enjoyed reading this as much as I have loved writing every word down.  I hope that you now understand how useful colour can be in allowing you to create whatever look you desire!  The only limitations to Makeup are either lack of imagination or lack of knowledge of some basic principles, such as The Colour Theory.  I’m not saying that you need to learn every single word that I have told you, but you should have an idea about the wide range of endless possibilities that colour has and the ways that can impact how you create your own make-up designs

Never stop experimenting and you will never stop creating

MAC
Artwork by MAC

Thank you for reading and I look forward to doing it all again, very soon J

By Make Up Like A Pro

x

 

 

 

 

 

COLOUR! Part 4 – Eye colours and The Colour Wheel

Welcome to Part 4 of Make Up Like A Pro’s week on colour!

By now you should be quite comfortable with the various terminology that is used to describe colour and the impact that colour has on every aspect of makeup, from a basic “beauty” makeup, to a casualty makeup

Knowing how colour works to turn on certain sensors in a person’s mind as well as knowing how it works on the face and body is a key part in understanding makeup in its entirety.  By learning the various aspects of colour theory you will uncover just how powerful colour is and this knowledge will assist you in getting the best possible results out of your makeup

I explained the reflectiveness of colour yesterday and the direct effect that it has on products such as eye shadows, blushers etc.  They each come in a “colour wheel” of colours that can be, amongst other things, metallic, shimmery, matte, shiny, sheer, and glossy

Makeup colour is often correlated to the colour of clothing that you choose – you only need to have a look at the front covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan to see examples of this!  Depending on the style of the shoot, the models always look their absolute best – polished and preened – and the makeup is always perfect.  The colour tones will complement each other, the reflectiveness will suit their skin tone and the “whole package” will be incredibly pleasing to the eye

Would you like to be able to re-create your own front cover magazine image on yourself?  I will impart some very useful pieces of information that will allow you to accomplish just that.  Stay tuned and read on!

It’s vital to consider your eye colour when deciding on what shade of eye makeup to go for.  Do you remember Tuesdays post when I talked about complementary colours and the effect that they have on each other?  Matching your eye shadow to your eye colour often gives a very monochromatic look which is why complementary colouring is so popular.  The most common aim when selecting any eye shadow colour is to enhance your natural eye colour

Read on as I unveil the best colours for you!  You will find product recommendations tomorrow, but today I will be talking specifically about makeup colours and eye colours.  Before you read on, cast your mind back to the colour wheel and see where your eye colour sits amongst the other colours …

Blue eyes

Part 4 Blue Eyes

Blue is a primary colour and sits next to green and purple on the colour wheel.  Orange is directly opposite it and is therefore its complimentary colour.  Cast your mind back again to yesterday’s post and the relationship that colours have with each other.  Blue and green and blue and purple are harmonising colours – they share a pigment and blend easily into each other.  If you opt for a purple or green eye shadow and have blue eyes, the result will be soft.  Blues can help blue eyes pop out if it’s the darker blue and used in moderation. Opting for a dark blue tone helps to bring out the natural blue tones in your eyes

If you are looking to enhance the blue of your eyes, they you need to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel … like gold’s, oranges, coppers and browns.  To make them really stand out, go for darker shades of brown, blacks and charcoal.  If you choose a dark brown with a copper tone, you will find that your blue becomes much more prominent

Part 4 Bronze eyeshadow on Blue eyes

 

For a fun twist, wear a fuscia or orange on the lid with a touch of brown in the socket line.  This keeps your makeup “wearable” but it livens it up a little J  If you are keen on using blue and want to enhance the blue without being too overdone, then why not try a blue eyeliner in your waterline

Brown, camel, taupe, light purple, lavender, silver and grey are all great colours for eye liners and will really complement your true colour.  Grey, silver, violet or lavender are all good tones too!

If you are picking up the pace in your eyes with the colours that you choose, make sure you tone down your lips.  Try out a peachy brown or a pinky brown colour (it depends on your skin tone) and try something matte. Keep your cheeks natural too

Brown eyes

Part 4 Brown Eyes

Brown is a tertiary colour and is created by mixing other colours together.  Makeup that would work best for brown eyes will therefore depend on whether the brown is more of a reddish-brown or more of a greenish-brown (if you create brown by mixing red and green together that is).  Traditionally the colour wheel is set up so that the colours along the outside become more neutral as you move towards the centre, so essentially more brownish.  As I mentioned above, there isn’t a pure brown, as it is a combination of colours. So every brown would have a place somewhere in the interior circles of the colour wheel. To find its compliment you simply go to the brown that is across from it on the colour wheel. So a reddish-brown is the compliment of a greenish brown.  Another way to think of brown is it having a split compliment, for example it always has two opposites which are made up of the two colours that were mixed together to make it!  So, if you mix yellow and purple together to make the brown, then yellow and purple would BOTH be its “opposites”

A greenish-brown on the colour wheel is opposite to a reddish-brown therefore opting for reddish / coppery toned brown will make your green eyes jump out!  If you have reddish-brown eyes on the other hand, then a green or blue-green tone will make your eyes stand out the most.  If you have a lot of yellow in your eyes which is common with brown-eyed beauties, then a purple toned eye shadow will work wonders at bringing out your natural eye colour!

Part 4 Brown Eyes

It is valuable information in being able to discern what kind of brown your eyes are as it will allow you to pair it with appropriate colours!

Green eyes

Part 4 Green eyes

Although green is often associated with envy, there’s no reason that it should get a bad rep!  Green eyes are uniquely beautiful and fun to make up since different eye shadow colours can appear to alter their intensity.  Red and red-violet are opposite green on the colour wheel so opting for a plum or a lilac eye shadow will make your eyes really pop. Silver, blue or green could be too harsh for a green eye, unless you are opting to make a real colour statement!  Neutral tones, deep browns and gold or copper shades will also look stunning on you

As I’ve mentioned above, opposites attract when it comes to the colour wheel.  Bring out green eyes with makeup that is red-based so opt for raisin-coloured eyeliner and a plum eye shadow.  If your green eyes are close-set, separate them by using a lighter pencil, try mauve, from the inner corner to the middle of your eye.  The darker plum tones should be used at the outer edges of the eye.  If your green eyes are droopy, apply the darker purple at the inner eye and use lighter colours toward the outer edges.  And why not try a plum coloured mascara to really kick out the green?!

 

Part 4 Green eyes

Phew!  Are you saturated with colour information overload!?  I hope not. I hope that you now know what colours you should be wearing to best compliment your natural eye colour.  There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup application but there are rules that affect how makeup can be perceived when it is on the skin and “sitting” next to other colours.  The effect that colours have on each other is quite spectacular and I hope that by the end of this Part 4, you will have built up your own catalogue of colour knowledge so that you are more equipped to make well-educated makeup colour choices

So what can I possibly talk about tomorrow?  What is there left to discuss to do with colour?  Don’t fear… tomorrow I will be talking about specific makeup brands and I will be recommending some fantastic makeup that you can try at home

Thank you so much for reading my post today and I welcome you back, in advance, tomorrow :)

Thank you, by Make Up Like A Pro

x

COLOUR! Part 3: Describing colour & the impact it has on your Makeup by Make Up Like A Pro

Welcome back to Part 3 of Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of Colour!

On Monday we explored colour in its broadest sense and I gave you a list of colours and the common emotion often attributed to them.  Yesterday I explained the role of the Colour Wheel and Colour Theory and the impact that it has on Makeup.  Hopefully you are starting to realise the impact that colour has on making Hair and Makeup decisions and that you are getting to grips with a little bit of the science side of it J

Today I am going to talk about how to describe colour using various properties: Hue, shade, tint, tone, brightness and saturation and how you can take advantage of these to create your own makeup effects

The chart below is an example of Tints, Shades and Tones using a Blue Hue

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The Hue is the basic colour group i.e. blue (in this example), green, red etc.

The top layer shows Blue Tints – a Tint is the hue plus white which makes the colour lighter and creates pastel shades

The middle layer shows Blue Shades – a Shade is the hue plus black which makes the colour darker

The bottom layer shows Blue Tones – a Tone is the hue plus grey.  The tonality refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour, for example in black and white photos tones are visible, rather than colour.  For example a light yellow and a light purple would have the same tonality and would therefore look the same in black and white

Brightness, also referred to as “value” describes how light or dark the colour is

Saturation tells us how the colour looks under various lighting.  For example when you do your makeup in the bathroom light and then step outside into the natural light, the makeup hasn’t changed but it looks somehow different.  The changed saturation gives us a different perception of the colours.  The greater the saturation, the more vivid the Hue

These colour descriptions all help to affect how the makeup I put on someone’s face will look on-screen.  For a Makeup Artist, there are various things that will impact how a makeup will look, such as the type of lighting used, the colour of the costume that is being worn and how the set (the area that we shoot in) is coloured and the reflective value of it

A little nugget of information that is vital to my job that I want to impart to you is that when you do a makeup in front of a mirror and it looks one way, when you get it on camera it may not be what is seen.  This is the same for you guys as I mentioned earlier, that when you do your makeup in front of your bathroom mirror it might look different to when you step outside into the natural light.  Just as I might have to make minor tweaks which are part of my job, you might need to make your own tweaks to yourself … such as taking down the amount of blusher that you have just applied to give a more natural feel in the natural light

With this in mind, have you ever thought about why you might notice certain colours more than others?  I am going to introduce some more colour terms that you will find useful when you are looking at, and describing your own makeup.

Warm colours and colours that are higher in value often get noticed first.  For example colours pertaining to red and yellow are considered to be warm and a bright red (a higher value, brighter red) will stand out and therefore get noticed by the eye much more quickly than a darker red

Cool colours and colours that are low in value are said to recede.  Blues and purples are cool colours and meet the eye more slowly than warm colours.  A dark blue which is less bright than a light blue would appear to recede from the eye

So now you are more familiar with how to describe colours, can you see how you might use this when it comes to applying your makeup?  Very often, the careful application of makeup means that we trick the eye by creating effects.  Look at the before and after photo below of Kim Kardashian

 

The photo is a fantastic example of exactly how this is done … by using the technique of contouring which uses highlighting and shading.  You can see that the darker areas under her cheekbones create depth and a darker or cooler colour is used here to create these areas of recession.  Alternatively, you can see the areas of highlighting on her cheekbones which create the illusion that the cheekbones are more prominent.  You can see in the “after” photo how her cheekbones look more prominent… through the use of careful highlighting techniques :)

As a rule of thumb which will be useful for you guys, to highlight or draw attention to a feature, use a warm colour or one that is high in value.  To create a shadow, or depth, use a cool colour or one that is low in value

Looking at the photo of Kim, you can see the very well-crafted contours and depth that she has created by using the basic colour theory!  There is nothing to stop you from doing this yourself. I will be writing a specific article on the Art of Shading and Contouring so make sure that you stay tuned.  Sign up to Make Up Like A Pro to receive notification of all my new posts so that you don’t miss out on anything!

The final element of colour theory that I want to mention today is colour reflectiveness and there are six common types of reflectiveness to be aware of.  Not all of these will be relevant in the application of Makeup, but you should be aware of the terms

Matte – this means that there is no shine so it can be opaque or translucent
Shiny – things that are shiny will have a gloss look
Metallic – these are highly reflective, bright and not see-through
Opaque – these are not see-through
Translucent – these are lightly fogged and barely see-through
Transparent – these are see-through such as glass

Can you think of some makeup-specific colour reflectiveness examples?  A matte lipstick would have a very different finish to a shiny lipstick.  Metallic eye shadows look great on some people but not on others, so being aware that there is a difference in those is crucial! A clear matte nail varnish for instance, looks great on a man as it does not have a shiny finish

So, after today’s article, does colour mean even more to you now?  Can you look at your face and start to notice the areas that you might want to highlight and those areas that you might want to darken?  I hope that you feel like you have more tools to be able to go ahead on your own and start to think about that

I will be giving you examples of some great makeup specifically for highlighting and shading so make sure you stay tuned!

Come back tomorrow as I finish with Part 4 and Part 5 of my week dedicated entirely to colour where I make recommendations as to what colours you should be wearing …

Thank you for reading

Make Up Like A Pro
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COLOUR! Part 2 – The Colour Wheel and Makeup working together by Make Up Like A Pro

Welcome back to Part 2 of Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of Colour

I hope that you found yesterday’s post useful.  Have a look here to re-cap in case you have forgotten what you learnt yesterday J

Have you started to think about how colour affects your own style choices every day?  Try and keep colour at the forefront of your mind this week and see whether you start to think differently about it

 

Today, I am going to explore in depth the Colour Wheel and the role of colour theory in makeup artistry.  It is one of the principal foundations of everything that I do.  I have to be able to recognise my client’s skin tone, as well as being able to apply corrective makeup.  I need to be able to enhance or complement my clients natural colouring by looking at their skin and applying my colour theory knowledge.  As part of my casualty makeup skill base, I need to be able to match colour on prosthetic pieces which involves blending away the edges and matching to the skin tone. Check out the casualty makeup below that I have blended and colour matched to the required skin tone.  Not only does my job rely on technique, it also relies on colour matching too!

Blending edges and colour matching

There are a number of colour models but I am going to talk about the colour model RED YELLOW BLUE (RYB) which is used traditionally in art, and the importance of understanding the colour wheel in mixing colours.  It’s not only vital to know what colours look good together when doing a makeup, but it’s also crucial for me to understand what colours cancel each other out too.  For instance if I am required to cover up a tattoo, putting a flesh coloured pigment straight onto the ink is not always enough to knock out the blue of the ink, so picking a colour that will cancel out the blue ink first, then matching the skin colour is a process that I might need to go through

Check out the photos below of the process that I had to go through to conceal a standard tattoo – please note that the photos have NOT been airbrushed.  The concealing of the tattoo has been done entirely through the use of makeup!

Tattoo part 1
Tattoo Part 2
Tattoo Part 3
Tattoo Part 4

Using the same theory to conceal redness under the eye, it is common to use a green makeup initially to knock out the red hue then apply a skin tone on top to match the natural skin colour.  I’ll talk about how that all works below so carry on reading!

The Colour Wheel

This is a fundamental way of looking at how to mix colours together and being able to get the results you require means that you need to get to grips with their relationships with each other.  Below is a list of all the various colour categories that you should be familiar with and how they relate to each other

The Colour Wheel

Primary colours: Red, Yellow and Blue – All other colours on the colour wheel can be made my mixing primary colours together.  You cannot mix any two colours together to make a primary colour and when they are mixed together, they make grey

Secondary colours: Orange, Green and Purple – You create secondary colours by mixing together equal parts of any two primary colours. I.e. red and blue will give you purple (violet)

Tertiary colours: Red-Purple, Red-Orange, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Blue-Purple, Yellow-Orange – You can create these by mixing equal parts of a secondary colour and a primary colour together

Complementary colours:  Another concept that is very important when it comes to colour and makeup are complementary colours.  These colours are directly opposite each other on the Colour Wheel.  The aspect I LOVE about these colours is that when you place them side by side, they make both colours appear brighter which gives a strong contrast.  Can you see why this might be a vital piece of knowledge when choosing which eye shadow to wear?  As a very general rule, you usually want the base colour of your eye shadow to be complementary to your eye colour.  Also useful for hairdressing, using a purple shampoo will knock out the yellow from blonde hair, making it more ashen

Quaternary colours: These are made by mixing two of the secondary colours together , resulting in a brown colour.  These colours are particularly important when it comes to describing our underlying skin tones.  An olive brown skin tone which is green + purple has a blue bias and an orange + greenish brown has a yellow bias and will often be referred to golden or sallow.  A purple + orange brown has a red bias and will often be described as ruddy or warm.  All of these underlying tones will affect which makeup will work best on each

Earthy / neutral tones: black, browns and greys: These are created by either mixing all three primary colours with any two secondary colours or mix all the primary and secondary colours together

Harmonising colours: For example blue and green, these colours share a pigment and blend easily into each other

So by categorising colours into their relevant areas, we can see each of their relationships with each other and by mixing different proportions, we can create any colour that we want!

The Colour Wheel

My aim for you all today, is to understand that you can mix any colours together, and understand what happens to them when you do.  I also want you to get your head around how colours mix together so that you can understand that we are able to match any foundation to any skin tone; we are able to conceal any colour with the right combination of colours, to achieve the required and desired finish

So, that is all that I am going to give you today … I think that’s enough to digest before tomorrow!  Can you see that there is much, much more to do with colours than simply getting the mix correct?

How a makeup ends up looking on camera is affected by a whole host of other influencing factors.  I am going to cover this tomorrow along with some other really useful colour theory and the rest of the week I am going to get to the stuff that you have all been waiting for … which colours you should be wearing!!

Stay tuned and see you back here tomorrow!

By Make Up Like A Pro

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