Makeup kit for the Morning After

The Best Makeup Kit for the Morning After

I saw this article today and thought of you guys :)  Or maybe it’s because I’ve had such a busy week that it caught my attention more than it normally would!?  Among the great ironies of female life is that the days when you have the time and energy to apply expert makeup are the days you need it least!  You went to bed at a reasonable hour the night before and you wake up well-rested and calm. You performed all three steps of your skin regimen and have no blemishes …

So the days when you wake up late, exhausted, and panicked, are the days when you most desperately need makeup – right!  On those days, women face a second irony: foundation, powder, and concealer — the most urgent makeup, the kind you need most after a late night at a place where you don’t have a toothbrush – are hugely inconvenient.  They are messy (check out my article with tips on how to apply your makeup on the move) and they require a variety of applicators, and are rarely packaged together for on-the-go use!

Which brings me onto the reason for today’s post …” Enter “Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face Book Portable Complexion Palette, which is the size of one and a half iPhones.  The magnet closure snaps open to reveal a large mirror, five types of makeup, and two applicators.  Two dense, yellow-toned “secret camouflage” concealers work well for dark circles, while a goopier “secret concealer” hides blemishes. The tinted moisturizer is solid (in the upper left of the palette, above) and is portioned generously enough to use some extra as a sheer foundation. It’s silky to the touch and is applied easily with a finger.  Finally, a pressed powder in the upper right comes packed with a sponge applicator to dust and blend the look” NYMag.com

Laura Mercier

… so are you interested?  Sounds ideal – right!?  I can say that it is a lovely compaq too and it meets a whole load of on the go requirements

On my way into work or touch ups for a night out after a long day of filming, this paltte is exacly what I need for a quick fix.  It’s compact, spill-proof and has a mirror!!!!!  Your makeup bus rides will never be so simple :)

Get ready for some Oscar Winning Makeup Tips coming your way before the ceremony on Sunday

Thank you for reading

Makeup Like A Pro

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Best Makeup for Glasses

How to look sexy in glasses!

With Valentines Day fast approaching I’ll be giving you all a helping hand to decide what Makeup you want to choose for your special night :)  Check out my post this morning where I introduced the idea of choosing with LIPS or LASHES to emphasize

Or maybe you want to dress up for your special night?  Or maybe you want to look sexy and need to wear your specs but because you can’t see without them (I need to wear mine!!) you’re worried that they might “ruin” your sexy look  … because they are the real deal …doesn’t mean that you can’t look SMOKING HOT in them…  but maybe you’re not sure how to make your eyes look sexy in them?  DONT WORRY!

Do you remember my post last year which told you how to look sexy in your glasses and which makeup you should choose whether you are Short sighted or Long sighted?

Why don’t you refresh your memory

READ ON

I’ve got a little tip for you all who might wear glasses … Do you wear glasses?

I’ll combine some tips from celeb makeup artist Armand Beasley and show you how to

work with your framed face! What glasses do you wear?If you are short-sighted then your lenses will make your eyes look smaller and if you are long-sighted then your lenses will magnify your eyes, so here are some tips to help you to adjust your makeup to get the best from your specks!

Short-sighted – glasses make your eyes look smaller

To compensate for the lenses making your eyes look smaller, you will have to focus on applying your makeup to make your eyes look bigger! Focus on using a single colour across your lids so there is a single point of focus behind your lenses. Make sure you get a strong depth of colour and make sure that you blend the edges to soften the eye shadow line. Use some white or cream eyeliner on the inside of your eye along your waterline which will make your eyes look bigger and brighter!

Using liquid eyeliner, create a sleek line emphasising the natural shape of your eye and flick it at the outer edge to extend the length of your eye. Make sure you start narrow at your inner lashes then go wider at the outer edge.

Before you apply your mascara, curl your lashes to make your eyes look wider. Mascara is an important part in making your eyes look wider but be careful to use a mascara which won’t build your lashes too much…. Have you ever put too much mascara on your lashes so they constantly hit the lenses every time you blink? How annoying is that?!

Long-sighted – works to Magnify your eyes!

Because the lenses will make your eyes look bigger, you can get away with darker shades on your lids and a dark liner along the inside of your waterline.

When you apply your mascara, take care not to clump it, as your lenses will magnify the clumps! After you apply it, wipe your mascara wand clean and use it to brush through your lashes to help you separate them out.

Think about the rest of your makeup now… because you have darker eyes, go lighter on your cheeks and lips and opt for a more neutral tone for a girlie ultra-feminine look

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Film Effects and Beauty Makeup – which one?

What is a Beauty (aesthetic) Makeup? And what is Effects (prosthetic) makeup?

Morning everybody – how was your weekend?  Fun I hope?!

Smokey Eye

Mine was great.  I had a full glam evening out on Friday night (Ill tell you about the products I used later but here’s a little pic attached) and a chilled out rest of the weekend ready for a busy week ahead!

As it’s Monday, I thought that I’d start the week with a new topic… I thought that I’d talk about the cross over between High-street Makeup and Film Makeup because it’s 2 areas that I am fully involved with on a day to day basis!  I know that a lot of my friends get confused with some of the words that I use to describe the different makeups so I thought that it might make a nice Monday morning read for you all to check out the difference between 2 major makeup areas

As we all know I’m sure, Makeup goes further than making you look good on the outside.  I truly believe that if you embrace its power then it can help you to feel more positive on the inside too.  In terms of positivity, it’s about having added confidence in knowing that you look and feel great.  Looking presentable is just an obvious advantage.  Makeup is a very powerful tool as it can considerably change the way that you look.  Not all makeup will work to enhance your natural features and add beauty.  Aaesthetic makeup, aka beauty makeup will help you to do this, and prosthetic makeup, aka special effects makeup, uses a different approach.  Take a look at the photo of Ric Baker below for example

Makeup Artist Ric Baker
Rick Baker

If you don’t have any beauty makeup and want to buy some then get yourself down to a department store and start testing out some colours and products.  Take a packet of tissues with you too so you can wipe off colours and start again!  Don’t be afraid to use the back of your hand as a pallet too.  When you think of beauty makeup, you are familiar with lipstick, foundation, blusher, mascara, eye shadow… all of the products which are readily available to you – even in some of the major Clothes Stores now

On Thursday last week I talked about Movie Makeup Transformations.  Check out my article if you haven’t already as it will introduce you to some of the most recent Movie Makeups that have involved some form of transformation to take the actor to the character he/she will be playing.  This process often will involve some level of Prosthetic makeup application, which is usually known as “Effects makeup”.  Take a look at some movies, TV shows and theatre shows to get a treat for your eyes in some prosthetic makeup examples – they truly are works of art.  So, it is often applied to create a special / particular / chosen “effect” … not a term you should be using when looking to build up your beauty makeup dialogue!  Sculpting, moulding and casting techniques are used to create advanced cosmetic effects.  Some of the desired effects for the person wearing the makeup might be to age, grow, change shape or even change species through the clever and skilled application of prosthetic makeup techniques.  For instance, the character Mystique in X-Men

Rebecca Romijn as Mistique in X-Men

 

There is more cross over between aesthetic makeup and prosthetic makeup in terms of products used but less of a cross over in the products used to create prosthetic effects and those used to create a beauty makeup!  It might seem obvious but it’s useful to know the terminology and some differences between the two

Megan Fox celebrity Makeup
Megan Fox

 

So if you want that celebrity glowing look everywhere you go, like Megan Fox, don’t miss a trick… take your lippie but girls, make sure that you leave at home your sculpting kit! :)

Makeup Like A Pro

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