Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Latest Kit Acquisitions: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Once again thanks to the magic of social media, I was introduced to a new brand, RMS Beauty. Brain child of New York makeup artist Rose Marie Swift, this more than organic range was created to heal and nourish skin the products were used on. The ingredients used are all raw and food grade thus promising the Living and Nourishing qualities. It's a big range so I won't go too heavily into it. I only have one product at the moment and it's surpassed everything I've expected from an organic range!

Living Luminizer
This beautiful radiant illuminator is based in coconut and Castor oil and is so light and illuminating without any stickiness or oiliness. I was dubious but after using it on all my shoots as soon as I got mine, I can safely say it's stunning and will be in my kit till it's finished!

I got mine from Cult Beauty for £30.00 for 4.25g.

To show you how it looks like, I've included photos of a shoot I recently did where I applied it on all the highlight planes of my model's face. Obviously I've exaggerated it as I wanted to really create a dewy sheen. Have a look.
Foundation: Givenchy Teint Couture, Estee Lauder Maximum Cover.
Eyes: Givenchy Magic Kajal in Brun D'Exception, PIXI Silky Eye Pencil in Black Cocoa, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Noir Exces.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: Le Maquillage Foundation in 117, Living Luminizer.
Lips: Sisley Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm, bit of foundation, Living Luminizer.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here's a close up with flash to really show all the highlights!
What do you think? I'm a huge fan already and will be looking into getting more of the range in my kit. Have you tried any from this range? If so, please share your thoughts! 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Latest Kit Acquisitions: Professional Makeup Products & Retailers

It is impossible to count how many cosmetic brands there are out there. As a working makeup artist I come across brands and new products on a daily basis and it is easy to forget about brands that have served you faithfully and loyally over your career. So today I wanted to write about a couple of them and also their retailers. 

I'm not talking about brands that you can get in the beauty halls of department stores, we all know about MAC, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Illamasqua, Givenchy and the list goes on. I'm talking about brands that were introduced to you while you were studying makeup in college. Any makeup artist who's been to makeup school or even if they haven't will know of these brands and I bet will have some form of the products lurking in their kit.

To make it really simple, let's start with the places that sell the products. Many of these places focus on the TV/Film side of makeup artistry but don't let that put you off, if it's good enough for the actresses and actors of our silver screen, it's good enough for everyday use. Within reason of course! 

I'm often in dilemma as to whether I blog for the general public or whether I blog for the MUAs. Then I remember that my blog is about my life and experience as a working MUA, and many of the things I do and use can easily be applied to everyday use for the everyday woman so here goes!

Charles H Fox Ltd
Situated in Covent Garden in London, this stalwart of the makeup industry houses a brand that most of us (MUAs) will remember fondly. German brand Kryolan is still being made and sold till this day. I remember buying my first few pieces of my kit almost 20 years ago, saving up to buy my first SupraColour palette! I went in recently to meet the head of makeup there and to re familiarise myself with the new and improved formulations of the brand and came out with all my favs, all reformulated and performing to today's high standards! 
My fresh new SupraColour palettes. I've had my old ones for more than 15 years and was in need for new ones! I was really pleased to see that the high impact pigments were still there and they even had slightly less dense ones for a people who didn't want that heavy/strong a finish. These grease-based colours are amazing for creating looks where I want really strong and bright results. They also make a great base for shadows to go on top off for even stronger results!

You can look at the whole Kryolan selection here. Good brands to also look at if you visit the shop are Ben Nye and Fardel.

Charles H Fox is located at 22 Tavistock St, London WC2E 7PY.

Guru Makeup Emporium
Run by the fantastic Niki and Aine, who will offer you a cup of tea when you come in, this little gem if located in Fulham and sells a brand that I also adore, Make Up For Ever. I go in whenever I am in need of something from this little french brand, especially their Flash Colour Palettes and their Aqua Colours.
Guru's online website is here and while in there I also check out amazing brands like Stilazzi, Numeric Proof, Paris Berlin and Kett to get stashes of my kit secret weapons!

They are located at Studio 4 Filmer Mews, 75 Filmer Road, Fulham, London SW6 7JF.

PAM (Precious About Makeup)
Founded by makeup artists Kate and Jan, another treasure trove for the working makeup artists. Again I recently popped in as I haven't been for years and left with some new toys that I can hand to heart say are now firmly in my everyday kit! I'm a huge fan of a little brand called Le Maquillage Professional, their Makeup Mixer is amazing and also their foundation palettes are a delight to use. 
Pam's website is here. They also retail Make Up Forever, AirBase, MUD and Tweezerman to name a few other brands. Once again many of my secret weapons are from here too! The girls working there are also great for a chat and gossip!

They are situated at 6-7 Goldhawk Mews, Shepherds Bush, London W12 8PA.

Cocktail Cosmetics
Someone I met through Twitter and can now call a friend is Julie Burford who runs this amazing little site. I meet up or chat to Julie regularly to catch up on what new brands she is carrying and she keeps me well informed! I admit I am not the most on the ball when it comes to finding out what the new brand is so Julie is someone I go to. My most recent purchase are Z Palettes. It's been on my mind for ages to redo all my palettes and eventually I have. I still have 6 more to do but so far my 3 are serving me superbly well!
You can browse through all of Julie's latest and best selections here. Amazing brands to also consider are OCC and their Lip Tars, Lime Crime, Stilazzi and Sugar Pill Cosmetics.

There are many other brands and also retailers so these are only a few that I have a personal contact with. If you're after a professional finish, maybe it's a good idea to visit these shops and check out their wares. All of the people working in them are great resources of information and might help you achieve that desired finish or look that's always eluded you. Go on, check them out and here's a big cheers to all the independent PRO makeup retailers for supporting us MUAS! X


Editorial Update: Stylist Magazine Beauty Shoot

Hi everyone, a quick post to share my latest shoot to have been published. It was a beauty shoot for Stylist Magazine shot by the talented Jonny Storey, directed by Beauty Director Evie Leatham, hair by Mark Hampton, styling by Nicole Smallwood, nails by Michelle Humphrey and makeup by yours truly! Have a look and let me know what you think!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Dr Organic: Find The Face

Here's something that might be of interest to some of you. I'm quite a fan of organic products especially for clients with sensitivities. So I usually carry a variety of skincare products that are organic and generally non reactive. One such brand is Dr Organic, a large range that focuses on various key ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil & Honey to name a few.

Dr Organic is currently running a competition to Find The Face of it's brand. Someone who embodies the principals of the brand. The winner gets to have a glossy photographic shoot, a luxury weekend for two and an opportunity to win a contract with Premier Model Management. 

So I thought I'd lend a hand in bringing it to the attention of my readers. If you are a fan of organic products, maybe this is for you?

To enter, click here. Good luck everyone, the competition ends on the 12th of October.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Givenchy: Brand Visited: It's All In The Prep & Skin

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'd have noticed my recent surge of love for Givenchy Cosmetics. To the point where I think some might think it borders on obsession. As a MUA, I'm always searching for new formulas and products to help me in my everyday work and my recent reconciliation with the brand has indeed got me rather excited! So why am I so excited? Boils down to 2 things, Textures and Performance. I could go on and on but let me showcase what I think is worth investing in for yourself or if you're a MUA, your kit.

Hydra Sparkling Multiprotective Luminescence Moisturizing Fluid SPF 30
I first came across this gem when working with the Givenchy team and they brought some moisturiser with them and when I used it on the model, I was stunned at how good a moisturiser it was! Why was it good? It's hard to explain but it gave the skin a gorgeous dewiness and a radiance that meant I didn't really need much foundation after. It has a slight luminescence, not shimmer or glitter but it gave skin a gorgeous sheen that reminded me of another brand's Illuminating cream but this was much lighter. The SPF 30 is also an added bonus in my opinion. I've since converted and use this all the time.

RRP £39.00 for 50 ml.

Hydra Sparkling Intensive Moisturizing Flash Luminescence Serum
This light serum with glowy particles leaves skin radiant and packs the skin full of moisture and hydration. I've found that my recent makeup techniques have responded well to skin that is highly saturated with moisture and hydration. Model's have remarked on how cool and comfortable it feels on skin. I think it's a keeper!

RRP £41.00 for 30 ml.

Acti'Mine Colour Correctors
How did I not know these existed?! Marketed as Colour Correctors, I suppose they are what the beauty industry is calling CC Creams now. I have tried many and when I tried these, I was shocked and now cannot imagine work without them. Whatever you expect and want from CC Creams, these are the only ones I have found to deliver. As a MUA I tend to steer away from colour correction products as they usually tend to add another layer of not-doing-much to the skin and usually means bubbling or piling of foundation after. These are so amazing that I have found that I have barely needed to add foundation after! Shocking and bold claims right? I shall show you proof but first some info. 

These come in 6 shades to boost skin luminosity and address all your complexion concerns and range from No. 1 to 6, named as Milk (White), Strawberry (Pink), Kiwi (Green), Plum (Blue), Mango (Apricot) and Peach (Beige). The light cream melts and re-texturises skin to provide what really is the perfect surface to apply makeup. Truly incredible. 

RRP £25.00 for 30 ml.

I used all the above on a shoot recently to see if they really were indispensable in my kit. The model had good skin anyway but due to a cold she did have a few red patches and also dryness round the nose. She also looked a bit tired and blue. So I took a before shot after applying moisturiser and serum and then another after shot after applying just the Colour Correctors. I also did the brows and applied the lips as I was running short of time and needed to get her ready for the shoot. The point is that she has no foundation on but only a bit of concealer to cover a spot and a bit under her eyes to counteract the blueness. Have a look.
Come on, that's quite a heck of a difference without foundation right? Her skin looks like it's glowing from within and perfect. Now before I get a barrage of people saying that her skin is perfect anyway and there was nothing to hide. I will repeat that I am not claiming that you won't need foundation after using Acti'Mine, the point is careful prep using beneficial products will truly help in making skin look it's best without excessive makeup. 

I shall leave it to your discretion on whether you think this will suit you but if you have used any of the above, I would love to hear your comments. 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Insight my Kit: Brushes

After many requests asking me to post about what I use in terms of brushes, I've finally found the time and succumbed. Brushes are integral to any makeup artist and I'd like to point out that what I use for myself doesn't necessarily mean it's suitable for others. But since you asked, here it is!
These are my babies and forms only a portion of my collection. I am what you can crudely refer to as a brush whore! I simply adore them! I collect them as I travel and develop throughout my career. I cannot and will not feature every single brush but here's a selection of what I find myself using day to day on jobs at the moment. There's quite a few so let's start shall we?

Skin/Complexion Brushes
(L-R) MAC 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush, MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush, MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Brush, Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Face Brush, Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer, Shu Uemura 18 Brush, Shu Uemura 14 Synthetic Brush, Shu Uemura 10 Synthetic Brush.

These are what I'd call complexion brushes simply because I use them for foundation or perfecting the complexion. Use to stroke, buff, stipple & polish till your desired finish.

Complexion Colour Brushes
(L-R) MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, Daniel Sandler Waterbrush, Old Lancome Duo Fibre Blush Brush, Shiseido Blush Brush.

I use these to add colour to the face so it includes blush, bronzer, contour and highlighter.

Complexion Finishing Brushes
(L-R) SUQQU Face Brush, Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush, Shu Uemura 17 Powder Brush, Wayne Goss No 2 Powder Brush, Stillazi Large Shadow Brush, Paris-Berlin No 30 Blush Dome.

The selection above I use for overall powdering, polishing and spot application of powder products to the face.

Eye/Detail Brushes
(L-R) MAC 217 Blending Brush,  MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, MAC 231 Small Shader Brush, MAC 219 Pencil Brush, old MAC Angled Brush, MAC 266 Small Angle Brush, Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, old Shu Uemura Brow Brush.
(L-R) Madina Eye Contour Brush, Laura Mercier Eye Crease Travel Brush, Raphael Brushes for the next 6, Shiseido Eye Shadow Brush, SUQQU Eye Shadow Brush F.

These are some of my most used brushes for detail work on eyes. Some of them are not designed for makeup but I've found to be perfect for my techniques.

Lip Brushes

(L-R) Numeric Proof 120, Ruby & Millie Lip Brush, Shu Uemura Lip Brush.

Of all the lip brushes I always keep coming back to these three. They suit my technique and have served me well for years. 

So there you go, my most used brushes at this current stage in my career. I have lots more to test and many will make it to my daily routine, many will not. I am sure there will be more undiscovered ones. I hope you've enjoyed this post and I'd love to hear your thoughts so please comment! 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Bobbi Brown: Brand Catch Up: A Old Friend Revisited

Anyone around during the 90s, especially the early part of it will be familiar with the brand Bobbi Brown. Queen of the Nudes, Celebrator of Natural Beauty and wearable shades for all skin tones were a few of her many accolades. I started my career during the 90s and Bobbi Brown was a range that I looked to for colours and textures that celebrated the natural beauty in a woman, any woman to be exact. And throughout my career her products have lurked in some form in my huge kit. From her famous Foundation Sticks that carried me throughout  my 90s career to her nude lipsticks, so favoured by every model and celebrity I worked with from Asia to Europe.

I then started working more with colour and soon got distracted by other brands that had bigger and more diversified colour ranges. However her nudes and neutrals always existed in decanted forms in my palettes. So it was such a lovely experience being able to catch up with the lovely Irene and Sophie from the London press office for a much needed recap session. And my my Bobbi Brown has been one busy woman! The core items that catapulted her to fame still exists, much to my relief. I will be honest, I get so busy with work that I seldom make it to shops to see what's new with brands, so I rely heavily on brand catch ups with all the PRs, add on the impossible factor of matching schedules, it's even harder. So without further a do, let's get on with it. There's quite a few things that tickled my fancy and I have cut it down to what applies to me and what I'd like to use in my kit for work.

BB Cream SPF35
I like BB creams but always wondered whether it would be right for a MUA's kit or not. Well I was sceptical but when I tried the Bobbi Brown BB Cream with it's high colour saturation and semi matte finish, I think I might have to give this a proper go. I don't know why I was surprised as this was already a firm favourite with a few friends in the business. Guess I'm just stubborn. Well with good coverage and beautiful colour pigments, I feel I am going to like this a lot. Available in a comprehensive 9 shades, there really should be one for most skin tones.

Tinted Eye Brightener
Now this just seemed like common sense and a clever product. In 10 shades, this light fluid packs quite a lot of coverage to brighten and cover under eye circles. I haven't tested it on a job but when tested on back of my hand, i loved the high coverage and also it felt satiny without the need of powder. Definitely cannot wait to put this to the test!

Brightening Finishing Powder
2 very pretty powder palettes designed to brighten the complexion. To the left Brightening Nudes with slightly more sheen and the right Porcelain Pearl with it's myriad of colour correcting pastels. I would favour Porcelain Pearl as I try not to have too much shimmer or sheen in my products for shoots. Both very soft and fine-milled. And the Sheer Powder Brush is just a dream, with it's soft bristles and it's beautifully-cut shape to powder only where you want to powder. I love it!

Retouching Powders
These soft powders come in 5 shades to help balance any concerns when it comes to colour correction. I am not exactly sure how I would use them yet and when it comes to colour correction, I am usually rather apprehensive but these were super fine so they blended to nothing. I would use the yellow and peach to brighten up black skins. Or I would custom mix specific powders for my subjects. Rather exciting to cannot wait to use this on set. 

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Promising 8 hours of crease/flake/fade-free performance and in 11 shades, these colour rich sticks feel silky and easy to blend and use. I'm a huge fan of the wetter textures, especially to really get a richly pigmented eye, so these will be perfect to layer with shadows for all those intense eye looks.

So you can see Bobbi Brown has indeed expanded and has managed to keep both consumer and in my humble opinion, more impressively the professional makeup artists happy! Makes me glad that she is still staying true to the roots from which she stems from. I look forward to incorporating all these items into my kit and work. I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried these items. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Editorial Update: Blush Baby!

I'm finally back from my summer holidays! Whilst I was away I got emailed the new images for my new beauty shoot. I loved it and wanted to share it with you guys. The talented Cameron-James Wilson took the shots and we had the very stunning Vika modelling and hair maestro Louis Bryne on coiffure duties. I'm extremely pleased with the results and if I get a chance will do a post of the looks soon.
What do you think? Doesn't Vika look amazing? Glad to be home everyone! x

Monday, 22 July 2013

Before/After: Natural but Not Boring!

Once again pardon the lack of posts, it's been incredibly busy and also London's experiencing some nice weather at last, so I'm spending every spare moment in the sunshine charging up! On a serious note, I've been working non stop and the thought of coming home after a long day's work and doing a post about work isn't the first and foremost on my agenda I will admit!

Anyhow, here's a lovely and pretty look I did recently on a shoot where I was asked to keep it natural but not naked. It's nothing amazing but I would say it's my most done look in my repertoire. It's the kind of look that makes everyone the better enhanced version of themselves. It's natural and the key is to keep everything sheer and to enhance the features. So perfect for a summer's evening when you don't want to wear too much.

I can't remember the model we had but she was beautiful and lovely so let's call her Jo!
Skin Prep: Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Emma Hardie Hydrating Lighter Lotion, Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm.

For the look I didn't want too much shine on the skin. I wanted the makeup to look subdued and diffused. And that affected my prep. As a MUA I once again state the importance of prepping the skin according to how the model's skin is and also how you want the finished look to look. Jo had young slightly greasy skin so I gave her a thin layer of hydrating lotion and then used Sébium as a primer to mattify and keep skin shine-free. Here's the final look with different light.
Foundation: DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Foundation, Clinique Airbrush Concealer.
Eyes: MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy, MAC Blush in Taupe, L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes in Excess Black.
Eyebrows: Tom Ford Brow Pencil in Taupe, Givenchy Mister Eyebrow Fixing Pencil.
Cheeks: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, MAC Blush in Taupe, Highlighter.
Lips: LipLiner, MAC Lipstick in Faux.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here's a look from another angle.

So what do you think? A doable look for the everyday woman? I think so. That's it for now. As soon as my shoots get published, I'll be able to hopefully do more Before/After posts. Thanks everyone!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Before/After: Bronzed Goddess

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or whatever social media platform, you'd probably have unfollowed me by now due to the onslaught of pictures of my recent trip to Ibiza! Hehe well if you haven't you are lovely people for indulging me!

One of the perks of this job is to be able to go away with incredible people to amazing locations to shoot. It's a change and a most refreshing one working in a different climate and country. I've forgotten how beautiful this little Spanish island is! I can't show you the rest of the shoots yet as they are due to come out very soon. I can however show you this one, I think...

So on another hot blazing morning, we set out to another amazing villa perched on the side of a cliff with an infinity pool that flowed towards the horizon. I got so excited and distracted that I forgot to take a before picture of our gorgeous model, Spanish babe Alicia! Before we meet her, have a look at some of the pictures of the villa and also the incredible product that kept Alicia and I sun-safe and moisturised! La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ Oil.
 Right this is a beauty blog of sorts so let's talk about that shall we? I apologise for not having a before but the first look was so natural that I think it will do. I barely used much on Alicia for the first look and it took all of 15 minutes to do!
Skin Prep: Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ Extreme Tinted Fluid, Clinique SPF 35 Targetted Protection Stick.

Foundation: Smidgen of DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Foundation, Givenchy Mister Bright, DiorSkin Sculpt Concealer.
Eyes: PIXI Silky Eye Pencil in Black Cocoa, L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes in Excess Black.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, Kryolan Lip N' Cheek in Freesia, Highlighter.
Lips: Highlighter, MAC Lip Conditioner.

There you go, such a simple look that looks amazing and perfect for the summer/beach.

After the first few shots were done, we bumped up the hair and makeup to go into full-on glamazon mode! It didn't take much to transform Alicia into something quite stunning!
Skin: I patted on a little of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Oil, especially on the forehead, tops of the cheekbones and chin. Then buffed in a little foundation, not much, like a drop.
Eyes: PIXI Silky Eye Pencil in Black Cocoa, Makeup Atelier Palette in T24 Urban Grey, MAC Pigment in Antique Gold, Sleek Gold Eyeliner, L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes in Excess Black, tiny drop of oil on the lid.
Eyebrows: Bit more of the Brow Wiz from Anastasia.
Cheeks: Cargo Blush in Laguna.
Lips: Ultimate Lipliner, Givenchy Le Rouge in Beige Mousseline.

And here's a gorgeous close-up.
I used no powder as I felt there wasn't a need. I wanted the skin to look dewy and glowing. What do you think? Pretty hot right? I loved doing this look on Alicia, she was perfect as a Bronzed Goddess!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Editorial Update: L'Oreal Tanning Shoot

Just a quick post to show off (hehe) some new work that I'm really pleased with. On this shoot I had the chance to work with photographer Jenny Brough, Hair Stylist Heath Massi and Tanning Expert James Harknett! What was so fun about the shoot was we were allowed full reign to tan the model, who arrived in full Emo mode! So she was pale pale and pale! I said to James to give her as many coats of body tanning tint as possible. And with careful blending of makeup, much skill from everyone and gorgeous lighting, we had our lovely pale beauty turn into full-on Bronzed Glamazon! I love the pics, have a look!

What do you think? You wouldn't have known she was as fair as can be right?

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Before/After: The English Rose/Aristocrat

On a recent fashion shoot, I was asked to create a look for a label that wanted something quintessentially British. Words such as English Rose, Aristocrat, Country Manors, Effortless, Classy and Natural were shouted out during our morning brief. Well, first thoughts went straight to our dear monarch obviously and then I thought of amazing British models such as  Stella Tenant and Saffron Aldridge. These women carried something quite special in the sense that they weren't just beautiful women, they also had a certain quality. A quality that made you believe that they were just as comfortable strutting the runways of the fashion capitals as they were in a pair of wellies walking on the moors or roaming their country estates. Strong women who were also mothers and were not afraid of getting their hands dirty mucking about with their beautiful children. Hah! I tend to let my mind roam a bit far!

Anyway I met our gorgeous model Alyssa, an American, but she had that same beautiful pale freckly luminous skin and fair colouring as an English rose. So we decided that we wanted a light little liner flicked at the end, just a little one. A flushed cheek like she's been walking in the windy countryside and a slightly stained rose-hued lip. Subtle, very classy and ultimately womanly and beautiful! Meet Alyssa.
Face Prep: Lancome Galatéis Douceur, Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Emma Hardie Lighter Lotion, Emma Hardie Moringa & Rose Treatment Hydrating Lip Balm, Face Primer.

I really wanted to keep Alyssa's skin translucent and sheer as I wanted to see her gorgeous freckles. She had lovely skin anyway except for a bit of redness so I didn't need to use too much product.

Here's the finished look.
Foundation: Kesalan Patharan Liquid Foundation, Givenchy Mister Bright, DiorSkin Sculpt Concealer.
Eyes: Make-Up Atelier 5 Shadow Palette in T24 Urban Grey, Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner, Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme, Clarins Wonder Length Mascara in Black.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in  Brunette, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: Kryolan Lip N' Cheek in Poppy, Highlighter.
Lips: Highlighter, Krolan Lip N' Cheek in Poppy, Givenchy Le Rouge in Grenat Initié, Emma Hardie Lip Balm patted in.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here's another angle and also a close up.

So what do you think? A lightly glamorous look that is natural and also very flattering. A little retro but yet also very modern in texture. I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments please. Hope you like the look!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Latest Kit Acquisitions: Before/After: Fierce Pink and Blush

With all the Spring collections coming out in shops, it is usually unavoidable to get pink in there somewhere. Don't get me wrong, I love the colour pink but when it comes to eyes, it usually scares me a little bit. Don't ask me why I just shy away from it as an everyday eyeshadow colour, I think in the 90s I was told it makes eyes look sore and it's stuck with me ever since! Go figure!

So when Chanel sent their summer collections and I was sent their new Stylo Eyeshadow Pens in Jade Shore, Black Stream and Pink Lagoon, it did send me into a minute little panic. What do I do with shimmery pink?! Well undeterred I was determined to use it and when I did, I was so glad I did! I'm jumping ahead of myself so let me show you the 3 pens I was sent.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow (Fresh Effect Eyeshadow)
Available in 6 colours, these eyeshadow pens twist up and create a gorgeous sheeny wash of colour and according to the model feels cool and like a liquid. So it feel lovely and fresh on the eyelids.

RRP £23.00 available 31st May 2013.

Kryolan Lip N' Cheek

Any MUA will know of Kryolan, the German stalwart of the TV, Film and Theatre makeup world. After their rebranding last year, they have been launching some very ingenious and highly usable products. These Lip n' Cheek colours are exactly what the name says it is. Water-resistant and easy to blend and spread, they come in 11 beautiful shades from naturals to brights. I was quite eager to try them as soon as I got them. 

RRP £16.50 for 10ml and available from Charles Fox.

Right now to the fun bit. I was recently reunited with Maja the gorgeous Dutch beauty I showcased in my Technicolour/Stepford Wife post. She has returned and still as beautiful as last year and might I even say, better! 

Since we were shooting lots of florals and prints, I didn't want her to look too pretty and girly. Add pink eyeshadow (eek!) I was even more adamant in making her look intense and tough. So what did I do? I thought about what I've seen everyday women do to their eye makeup that I find so hard and harsh and I thought overly-lined eyes! Yes! I usually dislike it when women with small eyes line their eyes inside and out with a harsh black. It's counter-productive and make their small eyes even smaller.  So that's what I did to make the pink Chanel pen less girly. It had to work right? 

Meet Maja.
Face Prep: Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Emma Hardie Lighter Lotion, Emma Hardie Moringa & Rose Treatment Lip Balm, Face Primer (a new product that I'm developing that I can't disclose yet).

Now the finished look.

Foundation: Kesalan Patharan Liquid Foundation, Givenchy Mr Light, DiorSkin Sculpt Concealer.

Eyes: Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Pink Lagoon, Givenchy Magic Kajal in Magic Black, Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner, L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess, Highlighter (a new highlighter I'm developing that's amazing, all will be revealed!).
Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil in Seal Brown, SUQQU Eyebrow Liquid Pen in Brown, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: Kryolan Lip N' Cheek in Rose and Freesia, Highlighter (again!) on cheekbones and nose bridge.
Lips: Ultimate Lip Liner (my new product , will reveal asap), Emma Hardie Lip Balm, Highlighter(!).
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here's a shot of Maja with flash and then a close up of the eye to show the shimmer.
What do you think? I think it's still pretty but yet tough and with an edge. I can't wait to use the other colours from both Chanel and Kryolan. As always I'd love to hear what you think, so don't be shy.