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

Mid Week Madness … ZIT CONTROL by Make Up Like A Pro


I hope that you’ve enjoyed my posts this week.  Don’t forget to check out my Facebook and Twitter pages too as I update those tonnes when I am on the move and out and about with work!

Got a little tip for your mid week morning today …

… When covering spots, using a concealer brush will mean that the tapered bristles will reach the crevices of your blemish much better than your fingers will ! So when you’re applying concealer use your brush in short motions. Don’t blend it like you would your foundation. Set your concealer with a powder (that matches your skin tone) …

Concealer Brush


“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


MONDAY MOMENT “Choosing the Right Makeup Bag” … by Make Up Like A Pro

Good morning everyone!

As it is Monday and I am now officially live with Make Up Like A Pro, I was pondering about what I should talk about to start with.  The posts on here that you might have read from the past few weeks are those from my Facebook “Like” Page which I have transferred over.  But this is the first of my REAL blog info!  As I get going with my blog, you’ll notice that I’ll try as much as I can to follow a format with my posts, so you’ll get an idea about what’s coming up, before I publish it!!

Ok, so today is Monday… what’s in store on a Monday?

Every Monday I’m going to post an article that I’ve written which will be on a specific topic.  It will be crammed full of really useful info just for you and it could be about anything … from choosing the right pair of tweezers … to picking the right makeup bag … J

So, what am I going to talk about today?

Choosing the right Makeup Bag

Choosing the right bag

As a Makeup Artist in Film and TV, people often ask “what part of your kit could you do without”?  My first thought is what product do I need / use / love the most?  And I’ll give them an answer like my MAC prep and prime, for example.

But actually, there’s something that gets forgotten quite often and that is my kit bags!

What I use for home and what I use for work are pretty different though because, bluntly, I need a lot less makeup for myself at home but they are just as important as each other. Predominantly, that is for keeping me and my kit organised.

If you don’t fancy buying a bulky makeup case but you want to keep YOUR makeup “kit” organised, you should opt to buy a makeup bag.  There are so many different shapes, styles and sizes out there for you to choose from and some often pass up as a fashionable handbag which can be a bonus!  However, you need to make sure that whatever you choose, it is portable and convenient.  If your aim is to carry only the basic beauty essentials whilst you’re on the go, then opt for a small to medium sized makeup bag.  You should carry your basics such as eye shadow, lipstick, blusher and powder for touch ups during the day.  Have you thought about choosing one that is see-through so you can get to your products easily?

Your makeup bag will be suited to you and designed to meet your specific needs, which is why it usually carries just the essentials and should fit in your handbag.  The size and design will determine the price you will want to pay too.  You don’t want to over-crowd it and break the zip… and you won’t be able to find anything in it if you cram it too full!


Crammed Full!


One of my most important processes in getting ready for a new Film, is to make sure that my kit is well organised.  This is crucial so that I know where something is at the drop of a hat.  So, for me, selecting a makeup bag that is transparent is an obvious practical choice. For you it might be getting one with separate compartments, which will save you space and it will keep your makeup bag more organised.  Just imagine the hassle of tipping out the contents on a busy train because you can’t find your lippie!  Make sure that you consider the functionality of the bag before you buy it.

Think about where you want the zip to be.  Will your bag open at the top so you can see deep into it, or do you want it to open up around the sides so that you can see more breadth?  Where you will be using it when you’re doing touch ups?  If you’re sitting on a crowded train then think about getting a bag that’s deeper so it won’t spill out of the sides.  On the other hand, if you are sitting at a desk you may prefer to use one that opens up wide, and displays your makeup to you.




Finally, choose a makeup bag that is made from good quality material that won’t easily tear.  Aside from being sturdy, pick a material that is easy to clean! I had a glitter explosion in one of my eye shadow bags last week but because I had a plastic see through case, I washed it and it returned to looking brand new!  Nylon and vinyl makeup bags are often popular choices because of their flexibility and sturdiness and you can also clean them by wiping them easily with a damp cloth.

Glitter Bomb!

Don’t forget that the price and the brand are not always accurate indicators of good quality bags either.  Often you can get a more affordable bag which will be the same quality as a designer one.

Always be critical and wise when selecting your bag and always bear in mind that size, functionality and material are what really matter.  It’s your tool kit at the end of the day and you need it protected.


By Make Up Like A Pro


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

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


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



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!


The NAKED Truth

What the Camera doesn’t tell us

I don’t know about you guys but often on a Sunday if I’m kicking around the house being casual, I’ll happily rock a “no makeup” look.  For me, personally, this means a natural “no make-up, make-up”. So do you believe it when celebs are pictured with “no makeup” on?  Sometimes they really are (you can tell!) and I think that’s fantastic.  Why the hell shouldn’t they be able to?  And they should without the stick that they get for it! Anyway, they are ridiculed by the press a lot of the time, but that’s the press.

But then there are the celebs that do what I do, and wear a little, but in the right places!  This, to the untrained eye, looks like they are fresh faced beauties!  It’s about very careful application of the right products and in the right places!

So let me tell you what I do to achieve this look… Instead of using my foundation all over my face, I use a small pea sized amount in my palm and apply it only to my uneven skin tone areas.  For me this is around the edge of my nose and under my eyes but you might need to include your chin area.  I don’t use any on my cheeks!  I then use a small amount of Yves Saint Laurent, Touche Eclat under my eye to lift them slightly.  If you need to, use a small amount of concealer where needed and ONLY where absolutely necessary.  I always leave my mascara off for the day but feel free to give it a quick swipe through … be very careful to use the mascara only to darken your lashes slightly and subtly though.  It’s up to you if you want to use any cheek colour.  I use a small amount of MAC Pink Swoon on my apples to give a hint of rosiness! Maybe I’ll chuck on a clear gloss but often I leave my lips clean.  If you add a small amount of definition to your brows then you’ll be well on your way to re-creating the “no makeup, makeup”.

If you want to take it a step further, then add a bit of natural contouring (I’ll be writing a few articles on how to do this well and what you should be using to do it) to your cheeks and eyes.  A little bit of natural socket line shading will give you some added definition.



I’ve included these photos below, NOT to name and shame the beauties, but instead to praise the “Power of the Makeup Brush” and the confidence these beauties have in bearing all naturally! Mwa xxx


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!






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