You're a makeup artist! What might this wild beast be you ask? Well in my day to day work, I meet many a wild beast. No way you say but bear with me and I shall explain. Picture this, you're 16 years old, constantly told you're gorgeous but you need to stay skinny and you are constantly having your hair pulled and styled, squeezing into shoes that are too small and too high, whizzed round from premier to interview, it'd drive anyone crazy! So i present to you the angry beast!
Jokes aside, everyday I work with people who are stressed and overworked, be it model, actress or celebrity. I am by no means saying that their jobs are more stressful than yours or mine but it is definitely part of my job to ensure I calm, beautify and make my client feel the best they can. There's only so much makeup can do so i pride myself for my ability to give a good face massage!
On every job, I always try to start with a good 15 minute facial massage. There's 2 reasons why I do this. To calm and make my client feel relaxed and hence enjoy their experience more and also a good massage will bring blood to the surface of the skin and enhance circulation. This in result will aid getting rid of bloating, water retention and also tone the muscles in the face! And to achieve all this, I have a multitude of items that I carry in my kit in various combinations depending on the job. I'll introduce you to my artillery shall I? Some of these items I have been using for years and some I have recently been introduced to and have since become must-haves! One last thing before I go ahead, to all skeptics, I just say don't underestimate the power of smell!
Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle: A gorgeous blend of West Indian Bay & Myrrh.
Diptyque Tubereuse: Favoured by a certain supermodel hence good enough for her, good enough for me!
Alpha-H Sooth & Calming Cleansing Gel: A gorgeous light oil-gel with plenty of 'slide' that allows for thorough gentle cleansing and face massage.
Alpha-H Harmony Infusion: A soothing botanical spray to hydrate and calm the senses.
Sisley Eau Floral: A beautiful floral hydrating spray that's amazing for hydration, calming and refreshing makeup throughout the day.
Aromatherapy Associates Refining Face Oil: An absolutely intoxicating blend of lavender, ylang ylang & rose to refine and balance skin before makeup.
Aromatherapy Associates Nourishing Face Oil: A beautiful blend of sandalwood, rose & evening primrose oil for dry, dehydrated skins.
For the oils, I would warm between hands and do a lymphatic drainage massage on the face after cleansing and before moisturising.
Origins Peace of Mind: A life saver almost with it's amazingly reassuring blend of rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus & rose. Perfect massaged onto earlobes, back of neck for nervous tensed celebs!
Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil: Tranquiliser I now call it! I don't do baths but when this incredibly powerful oil is dabbed on pulse points, the magical blend of sandalwood, chamomile and vetivert strips all stress and anxiety away to leave you sighing with calmness.
So that's my special 'smelly' kit to calm the most disturbed and difficult of clients! I'm not saying it's 100% but I defy anyone to get all grumpy when I'm massaging you and cocooning you with lovely smells & fragrances. Sometimes all it takes to make someone feel and look better is a bit of TLC and a reassuring, safe, sweet smelling environment! Try it!Tweet