Apply Makeup properly!

Putting your best face forward?

Putting your best face forward

Following on from my facebook post yesterday about how makeup is perceived, I read another interesting article today which I want to share with you guys. In a study, funded by Procter & Gamble, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute asked participants to rate various looks in terms of competence, likeability, attractiveness and trustworthiness

They found that when faces were shown very quickly, all ratings went up with cosmetics in all different looks
‘The women were judged as more competent, likeable, attractive and trustworthy.’

As the length of time increased that participants were allowed to see the images, participants showed that beauty and competence went up but trustworthiness – or honesty – soon suffered as cosmetic looks got heavier

Putting your best face forward

For all of their positive effects on looking and feeling good, large amounts of make-up soon started to negatively impact on the way people perceived an individual’s honesty

‘Dramatic make-up was no longer an advantage compared to when people saw the photos very quickly.’

As time pressure will affect automatic judgements, the authors pointed out that the results may have a bearing upon the way women should approach photos for ballots, job applications and dating sites

Interesting huh!

I’m (obviously) an advocate of makeup and it’s ability to empower women in a number of different ways but what do you guys think?

Message me with your ideas or post comments below. I got a few great replies from yesterday … A few of you said that you often wear bright lippie if you’re feeling low! That’s good to know! So ladies, if you see someone with bright lippie on, they might just be having a bad day so throw them an extra smile!!

What do you do when you’re feeling low?

Some of you said that your confidence increases when you have spent time making an effort on yourself… Do you think that’s because you know you’ve got your “best face on”?

Let me know!

Look forward to hearing more… And be brave… Post the comments below so we can all read them

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

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Voila!

By Make Up Like A Pro

Xxx

Beauty Blunders! By Make Up Like A Pro

Top Beauty Blunders! By Make Up Like A Pro

I’m taking a slight step away from the format that I would normally take for my posts and daily topics due mainly to the unforeseen circumstance that I found myself in on Friday… My A&E outing… ! I’m staying instead, with my earlier theme of “not always keeping on top of your beauty regime” and I’m going to chat to you about some common Beauty Blunders!

Top Beauty Blunders
Beauty Blunders revealed!

A recent survey was undertaken and published in Hello Magazine online which detailed the top beauty blunders that we have all, I’m sure, been guilty of … in the past …!?!

Looking at old photos, there are plenty of those “back in the day” moments when we were welcoming makeup into our lives for the first time and might have been a little heavy handed and careless when attempting to beautify ourselves!  I am sure that if we are all honest, then we can think of at least one occasion when we didn’t quite cut the mustard with our look J

Thanks to the survey though, it can be revealed what the most offensive makeup mistakes to make actually are! Can you guess what the first one might be?

Eyebrow overboard!  Yes, you might have guessed that going overboard with your eyebrow pencil is a massive NO NO!  Those heavily stencilled in brows made popular by certain WAGS topped the charts of makeup faux pas.  According to the study, it topped over-plucking and monobrows!

A close second in the makeup mishaps was foundation “tide” marks around your chin.  We all know what it’s like to do our makeup in a rush in the morning and the dim light in your bathroom might not provide a true reflection of what you are doing.  But you can guarantee that if you missed your blending opportunity and didn’t notice in the comfort of your own home that you’d failed to blend your foundation down your neck, then you can be assured that in the natural light of day, your quick efforts and their effects, won’t be concealed!

Top Beauty Blunders

Others mishaps included too much makeup, clumpy mascara, lipstick on your teeth, too much blusher and bad roots!  Goodness me, when our potential “failings” are laid out in black and white like that, it might send panic waves out there to you all!

DON’T PANIC!  To avoid all these Make Up Mishaps why not get into the habit of performing a quick final check list of all the potential “problem areas” before you leave your house so that you will never again be faced with the shame of becoming a makeup statistic!?

Starting at the top of your face move down each of your features and perform Make Up Like A Pro’s recommended personal check list:

(This is not an exhaustive list, but it should help you to get you into your own routine and start getting used to what areas you need to be aware of)

  • check your foundation is blended in your hair line (if you’ve taken it that far)
  • check your brows are even and compliment the rest of your makeup
  • see whether your mascara needs a gentle de-clump
  • check whether you have smudged your mascara before it got a chance to dry
  • check that your blusher compliments the rest of your makeup
  • check your teeth are free from lippie
  • check that your foundation blends evenly down your chin line
Top Beauty Blunders

At the end of the day though ladies, Makeup is such a personal choice and whether you favour thick or thin brows, dark or light blusher, dark or pale lips, roots or freshly coloured hair, that is your choice.  This article is intended purely to highlight areas that you might not have perhaps considered before!

Voila!

By Make Up Like A Pro

Thursday’s Transformation by Make Up Like A Pro

“Transformation Thursday” by Make Up Like A Pro

Hey everybody how’s your week been? I’ve had a great week filming again… We are 3 weeks into the film now and it’s going FABULOUSLY!

Filming actually got me thinking about today’s post. Every day we all go through some form of transformation whether it’s putting on a suit for a smart office job, or putting on a bright red lipstick as part of a uniform. I’m sure that we all do something on a daily basis that we wouldn’t necessarily do on our relaxing, days off

Often in the work that I do as a hair and makeup artist, I am making some form of transformation on a client. This might involve a new hair style or putting on a wig to show a character. Or a temporary tattoo(s) to be added to help to create a character story. Hair and makeup plus character clothing all go together into the mix to build this characterThis happens in real life just as it does in The Movies too in the way you choose to look on a day-to-day basis

Something caught my eye as I was catching up on makeup news this morning and that was Actor Jared Leto’s recent transformation for his new film. He caused a bit of a stir at the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday. The red carpet looked on in shock as he took to the runway with NO EYEBROWS. Yeah that’s right, nada, zilch, nil…none.  Not a hair in sight!

Transformation Thursday

Now, with all the hype at the moment about the importance of a “strong brow”, do we think that his hair and makeup artist thought to push the current trending norm away and create a storm with his brow-less face?! In a word, no! Jared Leto is currently filming new film, The Dallas Buyer’s Club starring Matthew McConaughey, as a gaunt AIDS patient. Leto’s character is a transsexual. He has undergone a huge transformation as part of his on-screen character creation

Leto told Entertainment Tonight that his eyebrows aren’t the only thing that has required a transformation, “I waxed my entire body, including my eyebrows. I’ve lost a lot of weight because I’m playing a young person with AIDS. It’s been challenging but really inspiring too.” He adds, “It’s a lot of work to be a pretty little girl. I have a newfound respect for women in general.”

Transformation Thursday

Transformations are part of daily life and should be embraced with open arms!

Why don’t you make a transformation yourself today. Use a different colour lippie… Tie a hair tie in your hair that you wouldn’t normally do. Paint your nails red! Any day of the week, you can create your own little Hollywood scenario and walk down your own red carpet

But maybe don’t shave off your eyebrows :)

By Make Up Like A Pro

“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

VOILLA!

By Make Up Like A Pro

xxx

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
All Day Makeup
VOILLA
xxx

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

xxx

BLUE blue eyes

Face it – NAKED

So it seems that I was on the money with my post about a no makeup, makeup at the weekend!

It was all the talk backstage at NY fashion week for the Spring 2013 trends.  Some other trends included nude lips, buff nails, deep side partings and … wait for it … FLAWLESS faces!

Face it, naked

Let’s be honest though, a flawless face is more of a way of life isn’t it.  It’s about finding the best techniques that work for you.

I think that you guys should rock that look at least once a week from now on which will get your confidence up at wearing “less is more”.   If it is new for you then of course it will take some getting used to, but give it a go!

If you are keen on doing nothing and going natural, then running a brush through your hair and applying a small amount of lip gloss can make all the difference… the difference between sleek and shabby!

Go face naked!

xxx

Stray HAIRS

Hey guys and girls

Hope you’re all  having a great weekend!

I am … I’ve found myself DIY’ing on my Saturday night in :) I’m flying out Monday for work so making the most of a quiet weekend!

So I’ve been shabby-chic’ing my 2nd hand 1940’s wardrobe (I’ll post a photo when it’s finished!) and something magic happened.  My boyfriend Ben and I are happily painting away and we got to THAT point … when your brushes start shedding their hairs and stick to whatever they’re touching?  That happened!  My hairs from the brush were shedding all over my beautifully painted wardrobe!

I know you’re probably thinking “where is she giong with this” … bear with me

I’m used to this kind of issue daily through work … it’s not uncommon for a foundation brush to shed the odd hair on a clients face … I’m sure we have all been there, whether it’s on your face or someone elses?  So when that happens, what do you do?

Do you use your phat finger to try and lift the hair, whilst removing half your foundation with it? Do you lick your finger and try and “out-stick” the hair? Wiping your saliva all over your (hopefully not anyone elses!) face?

If you don’t know how to remove it and you want to learn a little trick then keep reading!

So looking at my shabby-chic’ing wardrobe and all its straggler hairs, my boyfriend looked at me, a little in awe if I’m honest, as I gently manouvered my paint brush under the hair, lifted the end a little away from the surface, and freed it gently from the paint!

He had envisaged phat-fingering the hairs off and I’m sure covering himself in the process!  He was amazed that such a simple trick would remove such an irritant!

It is at that point that I thought “I have to share this with you guys…. and check whether you are using that technique to remove your straggler hairs that shed from your foundation brush” … so are you?

If not, then start doing it!  You will never have to try and prod with your fingers any more!

xxx