Precious Tips

Phew…It’s Saturday!

How was everyone’s week? Did you try out any of the ideas I gave you this week?  Staying beautiful naturally?  Keeping your makeup to a minimum?

Looking pretty and polished without a lot of makeup does take practice so don’t get disheartened if you haven’t quite mastered it as you would have hoped… it’s only your first week!  It is one of the most versatile makeup looks though, so if you can grasp it, then you’re already streets ahead.  You can rock it at the office, on a date or for Sunday lunch.  It’s shattering, classic and chic.  The best combination.

So, moving on from the natural look, and all the tips that I gave you to create it, today I am going to give you some special Makeup Artist Tricks and Tips.  They’re to help you get yourself out of a sticky situation if you are caught short.  When I tell you what they are, I think that you will be a little surprised that you have not thought of them yourself!

Precious tips

Here goes …

If you can’t find the perfect lip colour in your makeup bag,  mix a little eye shadow with your lip gloss… this will create your own custom colour!

For a maximum lash curl, heat your eyelash curlers under your hairdryer for about 5-7 seconds … be more cautious when curling though as the metal will be warm!

As part of my kit, there are certain eye colours that need to be mixed with water as it intensifies the colour pigments.  You can try that at home when you wet your eye shadow applicator with a SMALL amount of water.  The colour will POP out and it will remain on your lids for longer too

If you’ve run out of your foundation, don’t despair… mix a small amount of your concealer with moisturiser!  Tip – use an oil free moisturiser as it won’t slide around your face so much

Do you clean your brushes?  You should do.  This will give them a longer life and they will work better for you.  I clean mine after each use. Use a small amount of brush cleaner or shampoo and leave them to dry thoroughly… preferably over night.  To clean your foundation or blusher brush, place a small amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand and before you wet your bristles, rub the brush into your palm and work up a dry lather.  Then rinse the soap out thoroughly with warm water. By lathering it up dry, the soap will mix directly with the makeup on your brush to remove it

If you want to make your nose look smaller, apply your normal foundation as you would to your nose, then use a highlighter down the centre of your nose.  This will lighten the middle and give the illusion of narrowed width

VOILLA!

Make sure you keep these precious tips in mind so keep re-reading this article to remind yourself what they are!

xxx

 

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

 

 

 

 

Silver Beauty

Ok… So I got a specific request asking me to explain how to do the silver glitter eyeshadow photo I posted earlier on my Facebook LIKE page … so here you go!

So you’d need to get hold of the following bits and bobs –

(1) glitter – Barry M is great for a highstreet option or get your hands on some MAC pigments. They come in pots, photo attached

(2) you’ll need a makeup primer for your eye lids to make sure the glitter stays put

(3) liquid eyeliner / gel eyeliner

(4) false lashes for the underneath
(5) false lashes for the top lashes

(6) morticians wax to cover your brows

Here’s how to do it!

(1) firstly you’ll need to “hide” your brows and you can do this quite simply with some morticians wax. Brush your brows through so the hair is flat and apply the wax in the direction of hair growth. If you want some more detail on how to do that, let me know, otherwise ill get on with the rest of it …

(2) apply the eyelid primer with a medium sized eyeshadow brush, covering your eyelids evenly. Apply the primer in the shape that you want the glitter to be… so make sure you apply it above the line of your brow and extend it outside the natural edge of your eye lid. Use the photo as your guide.

(3) decant some of your chosen glitter (so you don’t keep dipping your used brush in the pot) and load up your brush with the glitter. Working from your top lash line upwards, apply the glitter to your lids by “pushing” it into your skin. Create the shape indicated in the photo and be sure to cover the wax completely

Repeat this step as much as necessary to build the depth of colour. You can mix different glitters together if you want, don’t forget!

(4) using any eyeliner brush you are comfortable with, load up your brush with your chosen eyeliner and starting on the top lash line, create a sexy liner shape, complementing the shape of your eye, not forgetting the flick at the edge! Use the photo as your guide again

(5) repeat this on the underneath. Make sure you leave a gap between your bottom lash line and your eyeliner line … Use the photo as your guide. Keep looking at it to remind yourself!

(6) apply lash glue to your set of top lashes and allow it to go slightly tacky. Apply the lashes to your top lids using tweezers of necessary. Do one eye at a time !

tip! You might need to curl your natural lashes before you stick on the false lashes

Apply mascara over the top if necessary / if desired after the lashes are glued

(7) for the underneath lashes – cut one pair of lashes into 4 parts (i.e. cut the right hand lash into 2 pieces and then cut the left hand lash into 2 pieces). Allocate 2 pieces of cut lash to each eye. Turn the lashes down so they are bending into the face (instead of away from the face like the top lashes would sit) and glue them to the underneath of your eye. Glue 2 pieces of lash to the underneath of each eye. Make sure you line the bottom lashes up with the eyeliner shape you have created along your bottom lash line, rather than your natural lash line! That space between your bottom eyelid and the eyeliner line is crucial for this look. Repeat on the other eye!

VOILLA! Eye makeup complete!

Tip !! for the rest of your makeup … You’ll need to have a flawless finish for your face so make sure your foundation or concealer is heavy enough to even out your skin tone completely Use a very natural lip colour and a small amount of natural soft pink blusher

Xxx

LAYER UP your eyes for a Winter Wonder

LAYER UP your Eyes for a Winter Wonder Style

Ok, so I’ve got a tip here which you can either use to get your speed and confidence up, or you can add your artistic flair and get creative with it!

How many times have you longed for the “perfect” liquid eye-line … but you can never quite get them to match? You perfect one eye, try to recreate it on the other, and it somehow, always, changes!? Liquid eyeliner too, is slightly more difficult to budge when it dries

So what are you left with?
A wonky eye line? Desperation?!? Sure, you could blend the HELL out of it and smudge it with eye shadow (that’s a good trick if you are going for a smoky eye) but what if you want a sexy sophisticated single liquid eye line?Here’s the answer… get your old trusted pencil liner, draw on the shape you desire, on both eyes, then go over it with you liquid eye liner… VOILLA! If your pencil line creeps above your liquid line, grab a Q tip and gently blend away the edge, revealing your sleek and perfect liquid line.You now have not one but TWO perfect liquid eye lines! It might be an extra step but it’s guaranteed to save you time in the long run.If you want to get a bit creative then why not try using two different colour eye liners? So instead of using the pencil line only as your guide, why not use it as a base colour for your liquid line and have a two-tone eye-line!

Have fun and share your comments!
xxx