Saturday, 28 May 2011

Before/After: Skin Blotchiness & A Dusky Glamour Look!

It's been a while since I've done another Before/After. Apologies for that. It's been manic with work but here's one that I thought would be really interesting! Let me introduce you to Isabel.
Isabel is a very pretty girl who unfortunately loves sport and is not very good with sunscreen so as a result her skin was dry, blotchy and dehydrated. As a makeup artist, I have to address such problems before tackling the makeup. So I reach for products in my skincare bag that I know will add moisture and calm the skin down. The brief was a very natural look that is fresh and yet womanly. Reminiscent of the Bond Girls, I wanted to do a look that didn't look over made up and to keep Isabel looking young and fresh but yet polished, smolderingly-sexy and refined!

How to get rid of all that redness? Without any hesitation, I reached for La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP and spent about 10 minutes massaging the redness out of the skin followed by a generous application of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Hydrating Lighter Lotion. While massaging I told Isabel to take in deep breathes of the incredibly scented EH lotion. The combination of these 2 moisturisers worked miracles to hydrate her skin and with the massage, we got her skin glowing!

The rest of the face was kept equally simple with contouring using bronzers and taupes. The brows were then defined and lashes had 3 coats of mascara. What do you think? Quite a transformation I think right? Blotchy young girl to Dusky Sexy Siren!
Skin Prep: Bioderma Crealine H2O, La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP, Emma Hardie Amazing Face hydrating Lighter Lotion.
Face: Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation, YSL Touche Eclat.
Eyes: MAC Taupe, Shiseido Bronzer, Madina Shiny Stick in 100, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils in Noir Radical.
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil in Seal Brown No 2, MAC Brow Set in Clear.
Cheeks: Armani Cream Blush No 2, Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper No 03, Shiseido Bronzer in Light.
Lips: Lanolips Ointment 101, TopShop Creme Lipcolour in Tawny, Madina Shiny Stick in 100.
Powder: YSL Poudre Sur Mesure in Sand No 2.

Thoughts? I love this look, it's effortless but yet so gorgeous and wearable. Once again, comments most welcome and any questions about application techniques will gladly be answered.

31 comments:

  1. Kenneth, your 'no make-up' face rocks. It's absolutely perfect.

    She'll regret skipping sunscreen in 10 years though - hope you sent her away with some Alpha-H!

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  2. @Grace: Haha thanks Grace! Yup! i had a proper go at her for not looking after her skin while massaging her and gave her some AH to take away actually! Thank you once again for your kind comment! xx

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  3. She looks amazing Kenneth, you have such skill at making skin look fabulous! You've used the two brow products that I use daily I see. I've been using Soft Copper too this week. I shall have to have a go at re-creating this beautiful look. Many thanks as ever for allowing us a peak at your work :D
    Jane x

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  4. That is amazing! You are a total nightmare, my lust list increases with every post you write! Can't believe you made her skin look so flawless!

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  5. @ModestyBrown: Ahh thanks Jane, you're very kind! Glad to see that I'm on the right track with the products, yup they're great huh? Thanks again for reading and making such lovely supportive comments! x

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  6. @Debbie: Thanks Debz! Haha sorry for that. It's a job hazard what with all these amazing products. But seriously you're amazing the way you do makeup too! Thank you for the comment! xx

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  7. Wow..what a transformation! Love that look Kenneth.

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  8. She looks 'absolutely flawless' her skin looks fabulous. I wish these young lovelies would think ahead and look after their skin though. Jude xx @jadlgw

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  9. @britishbeautyblogger: Thanks Jane! Glad you like, shall we do this on you next time I see you? xx

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  10. @Jude: I know Jude, I was never that great when I was their age too so hopefully they'll learn. Thank you for making the time to read this and comment. It's much appreciated. x

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  11. A very beautiful girl. I'd be interested to see how the skin looked after the massage but before the make up!

    Gorgeous look. Obviously I look like this all the time with no help at all... NOT! xx

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  12. @Charlie: Thanks hon! Now why didn't I think of that? Ok I will remember to take a picture of my model post massage, pre makeup. Kinda hard when you're rushing to get it all done. Thanks and in my mind, yes you look like this all the time! XX

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  13. Such a beautiful transformation and also the power of massage! You've reminded me about the Faux Cils, and have me lusting after the EH lotion.

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  14. @Meeta: Thanks Meeta! Yes I love giving massages before makeup if time allows it, even just 5 minutes will make such a difference. Try the EH Lotion, it smells amazing and is great under foundation. Thanks for the comment. x

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  15. Gorgeous makeup Kenneth! Where did you learn your massage? Xx

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  16. @Claire McDonnell: Thanks Claire! That's very kind of you to say. I was lucky enough to assist someone who was once called Hands of God by a magazine! Since then I have developed it by reading up on various techniques really. I'm always learning and evolving my massage techniques. xx

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  17. Whoa! The difference is immense! You achieved an effortless sexy look. Love it!

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  18. You really made those gorgeous lips look sexy and pouty! Love the highlighted cupid's bow.

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  19. Omg the transformation is just insane! Adore this look, a lot! X

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  20. @Strawberry Blonde: Haha glad you approve! I love your reaction! Xx

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  21. Amazing transformation with all the redness disappeared. I love these before and afters. Thank you also for the product list, so helpful.
    Catherine x

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  22. @cmlewis: Hey Catherine, I'll try and keep doing these to show that even models have problems like us normal people. Bear with me as I tend to only post pics of the ones that have problems. Annoyingly many come with perfect skin! Haha. Thanks again for all your support! XX

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  23. Oooh! I actually bought that LRP lotion today!!!! Was hoping it would be good and now I feel justified in my purchase! Almost looking forward to working on someone with red skin now! ha ha! x

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  24. @Rebecca: Hey, you're onto a good one with this cream! I have to teach you the massaging techniques and then you'll really see the difference! Thanks for the comment! X

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  25. Wow, what an amazing transformation - I will definitely have to replicate this look!

    I've been using the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP on my dry legs for months, but never thought of using it on my face (I suppose as it doesn't mention anything about using it for the face in the instruction booklet). Would you recommend it for use on the face of someone with combination skin to combat the blotchy redness/dryness like seen in your picture? One would assume it would be OK as long as I cleansed it off?

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    1. Hi Ciore, I love the Baume Lipikar for it's nourishing and replenishing properties. If you find that your face feels like it needs a little more repleneshing, I personally do not see a harm in using a bit of it. Also if you're trying to combat redness, maybe try the LRP Rosaliac range which is great for dealing with redness issues. Thank you and please let me know how you get on. x

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  26. Hi there! I'd really like to try the Shiseido Refining foundation - could you let me know which shade you use here? In fact, if you take a look at my blogger photo or even on this post: http://www.freshlookbeautyblog.com/2012/01/look-of-day.html#more I don't suppose you'd be able to advise me on a shade? I'm a bit stuck and need a foundation tomorrow, but have no idea whether to go for an Ivory or Beige, 00/020 etc! Thanks so much in advance!

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    1. Hi Hannah, TBH I can't really remember. It was probably one of the Beiges. I tend to favour the neutral beiges more than any other shade. The best thing is to sit with one of the Shiseido MUAs and have them test it on you. That is the most fool proof way. I hope that is useful for you. Good luck and let me know how you get on? X

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  27. Hi, I love how sheer the Shiseido looks and I have to try it. How did you apply it here? is it with thier brush, or fingers or something else? Thanks a million. xx

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  28. Hi Kenneth, I love how sheer but perfect their skin looks with the Shiseido. I am going to go out right now and try it! Did you use the Shiseido brush, or your fingers or another brush? Thanks a million for showing me how this makeup could look. xxx

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    1. Hi, I used my fingers first and then refined the look by buffing it in with a brush. There's no right or wrong way, try both and see how you get on. x

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