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

A Feisty Friday Quote

“A woman without paint is like food without salt … ”

Does that stir a reaction inside you?!  Do you agree?

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

Mid Week Madness … Date night sex appeal

Morning guys and girls

I don’t know about you but I’ve been washed out at work this week in London – we have been filming all week and the rain just keeps getting heavier!  Even my wellies are filling up!

Not good, so let’s spice things up a bit with a shot of sex appeal through your makeup.  Seeing as it’s mid-week (already?! again?! Have a look here for last weeks midweek article) I thought that I’d do a little mid-week madness and give you an idea for a  date night sultry sexy look that will have your fella weak at the knees … read on …

For that dewy look on your cheeks, keep your foundation application light and only apply where it’s absolutely needed, like around your nose, chin etc, to even out your skin tone.  Then smile into the mirrow and use a cream blusher on the apples of your cheeks

Take your liquid eyeliner and starting at the midpoint of your eye, create a sexy cats eye by flicking the outer line which will open up your “come to bed” eyes :) Apply black mascara to finish off your look

Keep your lips wet with a light pink or coral gloss and you’re ready for a sultry sexy mid week date night!

Make Up Like A Pro

Voilla!

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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

VOILLA!

By Make Up Like A Pro

xxx

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!

Monday Moment by Make Up Like  A Pro

 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!

Ta-daaa!

By Make Up Like A Pro

xxx

 

1970s Disco Fever by Make Up Like A Pro

So a friend of mine is off to a 1970’s party tomorrow night and asked me at Make Up Like A Pro for some tips… I’ve posted back to her on my Facebook LIKE page but I thought that I’d share it with you guys on here, especially as it’s a FRIDAY NIGHT!!  Wooh hoo

1970's VOGUE

Is anyone else going to a 1970’s party this weekend?  If so then share your makeup looks with me on here!

This is what I suggested to my friend though … see what you all think :)

The 70’s was GREAT for the Disco fever… and think Farrah Fawcett for your hair style as that’s pretty easy to mimic and will instantly drop you into the 70’s. See the attached photo and grab yourself some huge fat heated curlers and curl your hair in the direction off of your face in small sections. Carry this on all around your head to create lots of movement. Use hairspray that has some movement in it like Elnette Diamond hold or something similar to create a flexible hold look. You might need something stronger to hold the curl around your face

Farrah Fawcett
For your eyes think COLOUR! Blues and Yellow eye shadows were really popular. See the attached photo and mix it in with some glitter if you want to!Define your cheekbones with a complementary colour – peach or soft pink – (suck your cheeks in to create a hollow to find your cheek bones) and top them with some highlighter to show off your bone structureUse eyeliner over your entire eye lid lash line and kick it out at the edges in a slight cats flick. Finish your eyes off with some false lashes. For your foundation, think clean and dewy with a freshly moisturised look. Go for a light moisturising foundation or an illuminating creamAs your eyes should do most of the talking, make your lips less of a statement. Go for a glossy bright pink as it will make your lips slightly more subtle yet still flirtatious

Oh and don’t forget your nails!  Some women in the 70’s opted for bare nails and others opted for deep brick reds, browns and burgundies
Voilla!
xxx

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

Good morning everybody

So it’s Friday … AT LAST! How are you feeling? Have you had a good week?

I’m not sure about you all but I’ve had a long week this week filming and I’ve been up before 5am each morning and in bed around 11pm so my skin is looking a little tired by this point in the week!  That’s why good makeup and skincare is an essential part of my daily regime

This is what I have been rocking out at 5am each morning !!

Friday HELP!

I needed a little bit of help to put that sparkle back into my eyes… I needed some makeup magic to give me the sparkle … And only took under 3 minutes to do all this …

I patted some MAC cream blush into the apples of my cheeks, dotted some of my trusted and favoured product, Touché Éclat, under my eyes and around the edge of my nose, put my L’oreal million dollar lash mascara on, cleaned up any smudges (it was 5am so the clean up was more than usual!!) and chucked some lip gloss on with a coral hue … When the sun eventually came up, the colour looked looked HOT in the light!I’ve pretty much been doing that every day this week :)
xxx

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.

VOILLA
xxx

Lip-A-Luscious by Make Up Like A Pro

Lip-a-luscious

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
xxx