Tuesdays are now all about your LIPS so make sure you check out Makeup Like A Pro on Facebook and check in on here for all my tips and tricks on keeping your lips fresh…
“Know thy balms” ! Look for hydrating ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E and almond, jojoba or coconut oils
For extra KISSABLE lips… Take a water bottle with you wherever you go. Drinking enough water (the equivalent of at least 9 cups of fluids daily) will keep the body, skin and lips hydrated
Apply your lipstick well and you shouldn’t need many touch-ups during the day. Try regularly exfoliating your lips and keeping them moisturised – this will help to create a smooth finish
Whether you’re using a lip brush or applying straight from the stick, “apply an even layer over the entire lip, starting at one corner of the mouth, and keeping within the natural lines of the lips.” Bobbi Brown
“Always apply the colour to the corners on both top and bottom lips. Then fill in the bottom lip and any missed areas before pressing your lips together to evenly distribute the colour.” Bobbi Brown
Blot your lips on a piece of tissue to soak up excess product and help to set the stain
This is a great behind the scenes interview with Fashion Makeup Artist James Vincent – Fantastic Product and Technique tips and tricks … great article James
James is responsible for the beautiful looks showcased at the International Makeup show, runways around the world and celebs like Lady Gaga and Jane Fonda just to name a few
Q:Can you tell us more about the trends that inspired you for the Ashton Michael Runway?
A: The theme of the collection was “Black Art” so I wanted depth and intensity while keeping it minimal. One of the easiest way to get this was using OCC lip tars because they are so intense in color.
Q: Did you do any highlighting and contouring on the models? If so what products did you use?
A: Yes, I focused on contouring with no highlighting for a more natural look. I used Kevin Aucoin Sculpting powder to achieve this look.
Q: What are your top go-to beauty products?
(1) Kevin Aucoin skin enhancer foundation, which is versatile. You can get sheer coverage from it or build for a full coverage look.
(2) Lip tars are super versatile. You can use them on the eyes, lips and cheeks.
(3) Nars Multiples blush which gives you the right kiss of color to your cheeks.
Photo Credit: Kraseybeauty.com, NARS multiples at Sephora $39
Q: When watching some of your tutorials you speak a lot about how to achieve a great eyebrow. What do you think about the new eyebrow epidemic that’s taking over these beautiful faces?
A: The brows now are more full and fluffier but I do see that people are placing more attention on the eyebrows. You must know your product that you’re using and stay away from the ‘makeup counter’ eyebrow. We don’t see those on the runways so you must try to keep your brows looking modern in a sense.
Q: What is your favorite eyebrow product to use?
A: Anastasia’s brow point, which is great for sketching in your brow and individual hairs.
Photo Credit: Ms. WhipAppeal
James keyed the show “Boy Meets Girl” by Stacey Igel as well. We got to see a new fun look from James that he created with fun colors.
Q: What was your goal with executing the makeup for “Boy Meets Girl”?
A: I wanted it to be fun and flirty with a pop of color, which reflects Stacey Igel.
Q: What is your favorite red lipstick?
A: Well, I love ‘Lady Danger’ and ‘Ruby Woo’ by MAC. I also love Stalker by OCC but I grew up on red colored lipsticks from Revlon, which can do the job as well.
Photo credit: drugstore.com, Revlon Really Red lipstick can be found for under $8 uyour local drug store.
(Everything Girls Love)
I can “high five” his red lippie choices as MAC Ruby Woo and Lady Danger are a staple kit “must have” for me too. Great lippies which I would definately recommend for long lasting vibrant colour middle of the road price lipsticks
What’s your favourite Red lipstick? Have you found one or are you on the contstant look out to find THE red? Tell us below on Facebook!
Are you all looking forward to Valentines Day? Are you all planning something special either with your loved one or with your friends? Do you have your Valentines Day Makeup decided yet?
As I’ve been promising, I have been putting together some makeup ideas for you all
If you keep reading, today you will find out how to do a Cheerleader Makeup … Sound good?
CHECK IT OUT!!
For the Sexy Cheerleader, it’s all about your EYES and CHEEKS! So you’ll need some key “ingredients”
Mascaraand / or False Lashes
GET YOUR POUT READY!
Start by applying your full coverage foundation. I use Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance
Using your chosen “light” eyeshadow apply all over your lid – use an iridescent one / glitter one – I used MAC Forgery and White Frost
Using your chosen “dark” eyeshadow apply socket line shading – I used a mixture of black, brown, burgendy and orange to the depth of colour whilst keeping some vibrance in it! MAC Folie, Sushi Flower with Carbon and Black Tied
Blend your chosen dark eyeshadows upwards and outwards towards your brow bone creating your smokey eye
Define your brows – I used a MAC brow shaper powder but you can use what you like – pencil, powder, whatever you feel comfortable with
Add highlighter to your brow bone
Apply contouring powder under your cheek bones for definition – I use MAC Powder in Taupe
Smile and apply your blusher to the apples of your cheeks – I used Lime Lily Cream Blusher in Princess
If you need to, apply some Bronzer to your forehead, cheeks and bridge of your nose – I use Saint Tropez Bronzer Powder
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
Hows your week been? Really great I hope. I’m not filming this week as I’m doing lots of freelance work instead which feels very strange! I feel out of my regular Film Routine so I’ve been cooking up a stormfor you all on here for stuff coming up over the next few weeks – can’t wait for you all to read it!
So … ONE week today is Valentines Day!
I hope that you are all looking forward to it whether you are with a partner or not because I tell you something, it’s a GREAT excuse to get glammed up Mid-Week! Or if you need an excuse to try a new makeup or buy yourself some new lashes or a new lippie, then VALENTINES DAY is your day!!!
I’m going to be showing you some great ideas and some great TIPS for your Valentines Day Makeup’s but before I do, you need to decide what your focus will be …
Lashes / Eyes
Both – True, you could do both, but as a rule of thumb, the overall look tends to be more powerful if you pick ONE as your statement feature
Here are a few photos for you to get your juices flowing this morning and to help you decide what to go for …
If you take a look at these beauties and think about them for today, I’ll come back tomorrow and hit you with some LIP Action so you can see what you might prefer to rock out next Thursday …
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
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
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
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 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
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 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!
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!
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?!
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
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
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 …
Hey everybody and welcome to Colour Part 1 – The Importance of colour and what it means to us all
If you have checked out Make Up Like A Pro’sFacebook Like Page and my Twitter account this morning you will see that I am changing my plan slightly this week in what I’m going to write about. I am going to dedicate an entire week to COLOUR and the importance and effect and impact that it has on Makeup and Beauty
You may be thinking, what led me to decide to dedicate an entire week to COLOUR? The fact that I am asked, more than anything else “what colour should I wear to make my eyes stand out?” You may also be wondering what on earth I could talk about all week to do with colour!? I think you will be surprised when we get to Friday and you realise how much you have learned!
There are so many tricks and nuances that go with creating a beautiful makeup look but before you start creating anything, any makeup artist worth talking to will tell you about the importance of colour and the colour wheel. Understanding how colour works is a very important step when going about makeup application. When going for a beauty makeup or a makeup to help your eye colour and skin tone stand out, generally speaking you want the base colour of your eye shadow to be complementary to your eye colour and skin tone pigment
Did you know that colour involves some of the most complicated things on Earth; light and the human eye and brain? So to work successfully with colour, you require both emotion and knowledge
Think of some scenarios when you might need to know about colour …
Deciding what eye shadow to wear to make your eyes stand out?
Deciding what blusher will best suit your skin tone?
Deciding what foundation colour you need?
Giving advice to a friend on what lipstick she should wear?
Trying to conceal dark circles under your eyes?
Looking to cover up a tattoo temporarily?
Deciding the best makeup to wear with a specific outfit colour?
As a makeup artist I need to know about colour and how it affects a whole load of different things. For instance I need to know about a client’s skin undertone so I can select the correct colour based foundation. If a client asks me what colour they should wear on their eyes I need to tell them the importance of using complementary colours and I need to be able to suggest some shades they should try
I’m sorry to have to break this to you, but if you want to get to grips with best way to enhance all your naturally gorgeous parts, then you need to get your head around colour!
Colour is an emotionally based additive which means that you can use it in your makeup to express your mood and highlight your style. Its power potential is HUGE!
DON’T PANIC though as I will talk and walk you through the most important parts over the course of this week
Before we get too technical about colour and its components, I want to first get your head around the different types of emotions that colour might evoke and where you might commonly see these colours in the makeup world
RED: a great addition to lipsticks and nails, red symbolises energy and action and is often associated with sex, power and heat ORANGES: fantastic tones to use in your cheeks and lips, oranges symbolise the sun and warmth and is often associated with vitality and assertiveness YELLOW: a great source of colour for highlights in your hair and on your skin, yellow symbolises power and life and is often associated with gold’s and Ancient times BLUE: often used on nails and eyes, blue is known for peace and coolness and is commonly associated with water and health GREEN: often used on nails and eyes, green symbolises the green growth of plants and nature and is associated with the renewal of life PURPLE: popularly used for eyes and lips, purple symbolises royalty and romance and is a colour that often arouses your sense of smell PINK: so commonly used on lips and cheeks, pink is one of the most feminine of colours and provides a sense of sweetness and an image of purity
So do you see the importance of colour and how it impacts your daily style choices? By the end of this week, my aim is to arm you with both specific AND generic information about colour so that you are able to make informed choices and judgements on what to wear that will make the most of yourself
After a gentle introduction today into the importance of colour and what it means to us all, tomorrow I will be telling you about the Colour Wheel and its components and how the Colour Wheel helps us to determine the best colours to choose every day
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
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