The True Beauty of Makeup? By Make Up Like A Pro

Hey guys and girls. Hope you’ve all had a great week ? Can’t believe it’s 3 weeks till Christmas now! Hope that you’re all enjoying the run up? There’s plenty of festive treats to cast your eye over…including tonnes of beauty ideas for the festive period!

There’s never a shortage of topical articles during the week about makeup, hair, beauty, products, style, celebs… You name it … They’re talking about it. And we all know that the stuff we read can very often be negative and there’s often a negative skew on something that should be either neutral or positive!!I don’t know about you but I get kinda frustrated when that happens.  Did you see my earlier quote today?  About women and makeup?  Click here to check it out because its all along the same theme

A photo caught my eye this week as it caused a bit of a stir on twitter. The attached pic is of 3 gorgeous girls who are Victoria Secrets models. As you’ll see the photo is of each of the models before and after makeup

The True Beauty of Makeup

Now, when I look at that photo my instant reaction is what a GREAT job the makeup artist did at making these models look EVEN BETTER than they already do when they are natural. Their whole hair and makeup styling is stunning and it makes the most of these models BEST features. That’s my goal when I do a ‘beauty makeup’ on my clients. That’s also my goal when I do a makeup on myself! The products and their application can be used to work magic and can literally transform someone. I think of a face without makeup as a blank canvas. Something POSITIVE that I can look at and shape and create colours and depth. Bring out best parts and if necessary, work to conceal other parts. There’s absolutely NO SHAME in doing this and looking at the before and after shots is nothing more than a beautiful piece of live art. Seeing somebody’s reaction when they look at themselves after being transformed is priceless. To show somebody a few tips and tricks that will enhance their best features is incredibly rewarding

I was shocked and saddened though, as a lot of people got, what seemed to me, a morbid personal satisfaction from seeing photos of the models without makeup, and made comments about the girls looking “rough “. There were comments suggesting that the models were somehow not worthy of being gorgeous models as they look “rough” without their makeup. And that “at last we get to see what they REALLY look like” as if the general public have somehow been duped! These women are true beauties with fantastic features… their face and their bodies … and instead of looking at their transformation as something quite incredible, they get ridiculed for looking so different without makeup!

Shocked that people would be so narrow minded!

I guess my resulting feelings after reading those negative comments and wanting to write an article about it is that you should all (if you’re not already that is!) try and see the potential power behind your own brushes, pallets, creams, colours, products … All of it … and embrace the fact that makeup can be used to create a unique transformation in SO many ways

It’s in no way a negative force … A makeup artist to a blank face is like an artist to his canvas …it’s magic waiting to happen!

Hope that you all have a wonderful weekend

Go and create something new today you beautiful people!


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It pays to pay attention!

The importance of keeping on top of things

Sorry I’ve been quiet over the weekend and yesterday but I had an unexpected outing to A&E and it’s left me on crutches! I’m ok and will mend fully but it did get me thinking because of something someone said to me whilst I was in the hospital bed, about keeping yourself “in check” at all times

And that was along the lines of “you never know when you’ll be caught unexpectedly having to expose parts of your body, to strangers…” And if they’re “furry” then you might end up with a rosy blushing face!!

My scenario was that I had to roll my jeans up to allow access to my ankle. For me this was no hardship as my legs had been recently epilated! As part of what makes me “me”, I always keep myself groomed. I take care to keep myself de-furred at all times, and that’s with thanks to my Braun epilator! It allows me to keep my legs smooth at home and on my own terms. I don’t need to wait for an appointment to get them waxed, I can do it exactly when I want in the comfort of my own home! It’s one of the best home vanity purchases I have ever made

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The importance of keeping on top of things!

So on this occasion for me, rolling up my jeans was no chore, and I didn’t have the embarrassing blushing shame that goes with unwaxed, unshaven pins! We have all been there, right?!

And as an added bonus my toe nails were home-pedicured too, something else that I like to keep on top of. This meant that as my leg was “planked out” in front of me, I could rely on my 5 digits poking out with pride, beautifully painted, from the top of the bandage :)

My boyfriend laughs at me, at the fact that I even think about whether I’ve got hairy legs when I should be worried about whether I’ve broken my ankle! Its not that I’m less worried about the damage I’ve done!!! But I wonder how he’d feel if I didn’t take that sort of thing seriously…He may laugh now but I bet he wouldn’t be laughing if I suddenly stopped keeping myself in check!? We all know that life gets in the way and that the thought of doing some of this stuff at the end of a busy day can be too hard to bear, but for you single ladies out there, that handsome doctor might just be single too :)

So my motto for you guys today is that you never know when you’ll be caught short! With every product imaginable out there on the shelves, readily available for you to buy, you can call on for assistance something which will help you de-fur, smooth, wax, shine and polish you to prevent any potentially embarrassing situations!

This sounds ideal, but I understand fully that it is a bit of a mine field out there when you’re alone, and trying to determine what you can and cannot live without. There can be a massive “product overload” and everyone is trying to sell you “their best product”. It’s a rough ride out there in the beauty arena but I’m here to offer you assistance

That’s why I have introduced the idea of staying on top of your personal grooming today. Stay tuned on here as I will go through some specific, fantastic and easy to use, DIY-at-home products that you can call upon any time of day

Ill give you your very own “must have” recommended list to get yourself out of most “hairy” situations :)

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Friday’s Fever End of the week Makeup … HELP! By Make Up Like A Pro

Friday Fever’s End of the week Makeup…HELP! By Make Up Like A Pro

By this time of the week we are all ready for the weekend to come, right?! Not only is it the end of the week but its also almost the real start of the Festive Season! As its Friday, and you’ve probably got a lot on your mind (with 3 weeks to go before Christmas!) you might have run out of inspirational ideas for your Holiday season glamour?

Weekends before Christmas always involve parties and socialising so you need to keep on top of your Party time makeup and hair looks!

Don’t worry! Make Up Like A Pro has something for you this Friday. We are taking a step back in time, back to the 60’s. Their style and glamour was sky high back then and beehives and eyes were all the focus from the neck upwards. The cat-eyes of that “swinging” decade are back in full force this festive period

Friday Fever's End of the week Makeup...HELP! By Make Up Like A Pro

To swing your way back to those colourful days, gently pull your eyelid taut with your ring finger and using a soft black eyeliner pencil, draw your cat eye line (which will act as your stencil) from the inside corner to the outside edge of your eye

Once you are happy that you have created two matching lines on both eyes, grab your liquid eyeliner. A pen liner is good but so is a gel liner in a pot with a brush like the MAC fluid line pots. Follow your pencil line to re create a stronger cat line that won’t smudge… but make sure that you allow it to dry before you start blinking otherwise it will smudge!

If there’s any clean up to do, grab a Q tip and moisten the end (don’t soak it) and gently brush the desired area away in small strokes in a direction away from your eye

Don’t forget lashings of mascara and / or your false lashes!

TIP: apply flash lashes before you apply your mascara. You can apply your mascara over the top when your lashes are secure

Add a pale / neutral lip tone so you don’t detract away from your feline flicks :)

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“Hot Tip Tuesday” by Make Up Like A Pro

How long does your Makeup last?

Did you enjoy your hot tip last tuesday? Click here to remind yourself!

Ok, so do you guys know that you shouldn’t keep your makeup forever? Or do you think that if it’s kept in a cool dry place and kept closed then you might be able to keep it forever!?  Well, here’s some news for you… let Make Up Like A Pro tell you that makeup expires and it might be sooner than you think or sooner than you’d like! J  As soon as you break the seal on your makeup, the bacteria begins to grow

You have to use your own judgement because makeup companies are not required to post expiration warnings on their labels and you should also be aware of the guidelines that experts recommend

By keeping your makeup cool means that you give the preservatives that help to fight off bacteria, more of a chance to stay intact so that will help your makeup stay fresher for longer

NEVER re-use your makeup after an eye infection as the bacteria will spread and infect anything else that it comes into contact with. That’s another reason to clean your brushes regularly (I clean mine after EVERY use when I’m working).  And if your makeup starts to smell or looks like it changes colour, then get rid of it!

Here’s a guideline indicating the approximate length of time that you should keep each piece of makeup in your makeup bag:

Mascara approximately 3 months
Makeup sponges should be washed after every use and thrown away after 1 month
Oil free foundation approximately 1 year
Cream foundation approximately 1 year
Concealer approximately 12-18 months
Powder approximately 18 months
Blush and Bronzer approximately 18 months
Cream blusher approximately12-18 months
Eyeshadow approximately18 months
Eyeliner approximately 18 months
Liquid eyeliner approximately 6 months
Lipstick and Lipgloss approximately 18 months
Lipliner approximately 1 year
Nail polish approximately 2-3 years


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Monday Moment “Getting Free Makeup” … by Make Up Like A Pro

Good morning everybody!  It’s that time of week again and Make Up Like A Pro Article Monday (click here to check out last weeks article) is HOT off the press with some great tips today for those of you that are Makeup obsessed on how to get yourself FREE MAKEUP!  I know it sounds too good to be true but there is a way if you’re willing to invest a little bit of time.  Getting anything for free is a pretty good feeling, right… As long as no one is being ripped off or is out of pocket in the process!  That’s not the case here so don’t worry

As you can imagine, going Makeup shopping is one of my favourite things.  There’s always new products to try and colours to test out and even a combination of what’s old and what’s new is exciting to test out!  I always make time to have a browse and take a look at what’s hot.  It’s a great way to get inspiration too from other people and different products

So the idea of getting free makeup is exciting, right, especially when you’re out shopping for your favourite makeup brands in store!  Where’s the con? There’s not one.  In the beauty or makeup department in any shopping centre or department store, there are always lines of different makeup brands in the aisles, lined up like a Catwalk!

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 Most of these will have a trained sales assistant who will offer a free demo of their products.  These Makeup trained assistants are normally no other than beauty conscious, makeup loving women, like you!  A free makeup demo is just one of the marketing strategies that cosmetic companies offer to win over customers and sell their latest and greatest products to.  It’s an everyday part of their business.  To sell someone a new product without trying it on them first is more difficult than to sell someone a new product when they have seen it on their skin and they know what it looks (and feels) like.  You shouldn’t feel obliged to buy any of the products that they are showing you there and then as it’s like test driving a car.  You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first so don’t feel the need to buy the makeup just because they have shown you!

Although the demonstrations are aimed at women who want to get to know the product, you can take full advantage of it by getting your makeup done by a professional.  I wouldn’t encourage stopping by on your way to work in the morning because you’re too lazy / tired / hungover / late to put it on yourself, but I would encourage taking advantage of the service available.  I’m a massive believer in learning by watching so by watching how someone is applying your makeup means that you are learning some tricks and tips even without realising it

Getting to know different makeup products can only ever be an advantage as it shows you what is out there and what will suit you.  Why don’t you try going to 7 different beauty kiosks in 1 week and trying out 7 different looks on yourself

Be careful not to enjoy it just because it is free though.  Make sure you pay attention to what they are showing you. Talk to them! The sharing of information and knowledge comes through communicating with each other.  Although the sales assistants will mostly be geared towards selling their product, they will still offer great valuable advice on basic makeup application.  They might tell you some gems of info that you didn’t already know, and you might even find that you don’t like what they do, but hey, it’s something new!  You might learn what colour would best suit your skin, how to apply your makeup properly, what look you should have for a particular time or event and much much more!

Trying out different free makeup demos helps you to judge what makeup products are best for you but it also gives you room to discover new looks that you never imagined would suit you!  If you become a loyal customer to some kiosks, they may offer Free makeovers for special occasions which will give you the opportunity to try out a variety of their products.  Don’t forget that most of the attendants of the beauty kiosks are professional makeup artists or trained by the cosmetics companies to render the best makeup service

So the next time that you visit a beauty kiosk, don’t just limit yourself in just trying out their free trial makeup, but ask for a free makeup demonstration instead!


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Pillow Lips by Make Up Like A Pro

Pillow lips

Pillow Lips

Fancy a Killer Make Up Like A Pro pout? Grab a colourless lip balm with a slight shimmer and apply it to the skin just above your cupids bow. This is under your nose and between the peaks of your top lip!

By removing dark and adding light to that area creates the illusion of space… Which means, in makeup terms, that your lip area looks bigger to the naked eye! Bonus, right!

To make sure you reflect the light on your lips, apply a moisturising lipstick and make sure it’s got a high shine! Matte ones won’t reflect the light.Create light on your bottom lip and add a swipe of shimmer balm on the centre of your lower lip.


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Defined lips are on trend … I think they always kinda were, right :)

Do you know how to apply your lip liner for a killer pout? Let me tell you Make Up Like A Pro’s method to get a killer pout

Start at the top of your Cupid’s bow and work downwards and outwards. Then line your bottom lip from corner to corner… Fill your lips in with lip liner then use a complimentary colour lippie to finish the look!Beauti-FULL

Thanksgiving THURSDAY Make Up Like A Pro Style

Give THANKS this Thanksgiving for ALL DAY Makeup and do it Like A Pro!

 For all of you guys that are celebrating Thanksgiving today, you’ll be busy running around cooking in a hot kitchen, cleaning the house… Generally running around like crazy, right?
So your face will be doing that marathon with you! This article gives you some great product ideas that will ensure that your makeup stays put all day with a minimum amount of touch ups throughout your day so you’ll remain picture perfect in every way
Apply a primer before you put your foundation on. This will not only help your makeup stay on longer but it will help your makeup go on more smoothly too.  Double bonus!  Using a primer is one of the key products when I’m doing someone’s makeup…
Mac prep and prime skin base visage is great
MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage
Eyeshadow primers are a must have to stop that dreaded crease along your lids appearing as you get hotter!   They will keep your eyeshadow colour from disappearing and they will stop it from creasing.  It’s a superb  product
Pick a long wear foundation. Some are good for 14 hours! Take a look around and don’t be afraid to  ask the makeup counters for a tester so you can compare a few different ones. I use Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance and it’s stunning
YSL Teint Radiance
Apply your concealer with a brush as it will go on better and stay on better and make sure you set your foundation and concealer with a matte powder!
Have you tried using blotting papers before? They allow you to stay matte without the need to keep powdering, so you won’t get a build up of makeup throughout the day. They will rid your face of any extra oil without budging your makeup
 Try out a some cream eyeshadow and blend it into your crease and socket line and use a water-resistant eyeliner. This will keep your eyes looking freshly lined and so will give the illusion of a fresh-recently-applied makeup!
For lips that just keep on going, line your lips with a lip liner first and then colour in your entire lip with your liner. Then apply your lippie which you will now find will stick firmly on top!
If you follow these priceless recommendations you’ll be well on your way to keeping fresh-faced all day
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“Hot Tip Tuesday” means LIP Tuesday! By Make Up Like A Pro

Hiya guys!

How was your Monday?  Did you enjoy my article yesterday on choosing the right makeup bag?  Did it make you take a look at your makeup bag and have a sort out?!

So now it’s Tuesday and that means Make Up Like A Pro’s TIP TUESDAY!

Today’s tip is about LIPS …

… And it is as simple as this …

“When you are creating your statement lip, try doing your makeup in this order … foundation, concealer, eye brightener, your chosen statement lip colour, eyes then cheeks… By doing it in this order, you are ensuring that you will coordinate your other makeup around your lips and won’t run the risk of looking OTT”

Tip Tuesday means Lip Tuesday


Make your blue eyes BLUE …by Make Up Like A Pro

How to … Make your BLUE eyes BLUER by Make Up Like A Pro

Hey guys

I hope you’re all having a fab weekend! Did you try anything new this weekend? Have you done anything different to your eyes, or your lips or your cheeks? Have you taken any photos that you

could share? If so, then send them to me!So, I thought that I’d dress my own Makeup for the weather today … a crisp, cold, Autumn day where the sun is shining and the tree leaves are turning that gorgeous reddy colour! I did my makeup to match the tones. Have a look at the photo …I have light blue eyes and I wanted to apply a colour to make my eyes stand out as much as possible. So, I looked at the colour wheel and picked a complimentary colour. These are useful when you want to make colours stand out more vibrantly. The colour directly opposite Blue on the colour wheel is Brown / Rust / Orange … those types of tones … so by using these colours together it makes my Blue eyes stand out!

Comment if you like it so far!

These are the products I used to create my eye makeup

MAC “Teddy” eye liner along my top lash line blended softly upwards. TIP – if you apply eyeliner to your eyelid and blend it upwards, then apply your eyeshadow, you will find that the colour from your eyeshadow sticks to your lid more and your shadow won’t budge! It also makes the colour pigment stand out more.

MAC “Bronze” and MAC “Embark” eye shadow blended together in my socket line

Lashings of Black Mascara, I love L’Oreal Volume Millions Mascara in extra Black


BLUE blue eyes