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Good morning and welcome to my second part of the new Benefit Brow range. If you missed my first instalment, scroll down the page and you will see it, I recommend reading that one first.

These fabulous new brow products are on sale 24th June nationwide I’m pleased to tell you all about these incredible new products that haven’t left my pro kit since I first received them.

6, KA-BROW!

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• fills
• Sculpts
• Buildable
• Defines

A cream-gel brow colour that comes with its own brush. Rich in colour, Ka-Brow easily fills, sculpts and defines brows. This product is a buildable, so why not go for a soft and natural-looking brow in the day and build for a night rich look.

To use: Pull out the brush from the cap, glide across the cream-gel and stroke a tiny amount on the brows.

Available in 6 shades.

£18.50

7, READY, SET, BROW!

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• Holds hair in place
• Shapes
• Sets
• 24 hour staying power

An invisible product that not only shapes and sets the brows in place for 24 hours or until washed off but also locks on makeup so that the brows don’t pull a disappearing act. Flake free formula, this easy to apply setting gel is one of my new favourite key products in my kit.

To use: Simply brush onto the brows to set. Wear alone or over other brow products.

£18.50

8, 3D-Browtones

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• Enhancing highlights
• Water-resistant
• 12-hour wear
• Instant colour highlights

A highlighting gel that takes brows to the next dimension! 3D Browtones instantly enhances your natural brow colour with subtle highlights & soft contrast. Wear alone or over other brow products this 12-hour water-resistant, 12-hour wear product highlights your natural brow hair.

To use: Brush onto brow hair, building colour as desired. Use comb tip to define and perfect. The mini-comb tip fits narrowest part of the brow while the spiral bristles for even, mess-proof application.

£18.50

9, HIGH BROW & HIGH BROW GLOW

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• Brow highlighting pencils
• Brighter looking eyes
• Younger-looking eyes
• Lifting

Two pencils; High Brow and High Brow Glow. They instantly highlight the arches for brighter, boosted and younger-looking eyes. A creamy, bendable formula. High Brow is a linen pink shade for a natural looking finish and High Brow Glow is a luminous champagne pink for eye-opening wowness!

To use: Apply the pencil under your brow following the arch and lightly blend.

£17.50

That’s it.. the brand new Benefit brow collection! There is something for everyone, all brow dilemmas are fixed with their amazing new collection. Must have products in mine and many other make-up artist’s pro kits why not join us and wear perfect brows everyday.

Friday, 17 June 2016 14:40

Benefit Cosmetics New Brow Collection

A couple of months ago I was kindly invited to Benefit Cosmetics new good ship on the River Thames at London’s Victoria Embankment. On arrival I was treated to a magic cocktail that changed colour. After sipping the magic potion amongst other makeup artists and beauty bloggers we were all invited through to The Brow Lounge, and like by magic the future of brows unravelled.

Three years ago Benefit embarked on a bold brow mission.. to create a collection that would magically solve each and every brow dilemma.

Skimpy brows – Patchy brows – Barely there brows.. their mission was to instantly disappear all your brow dilemmas.

On sale 24th June nationwide I’m pleased to tell you all about these incredible new products that haven’t left my pro kit since I first received them.

GIMME BROW

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• Volumise
• Tame
• Tint
• Microfibres

A brush-on gel containing tiny microfibers that adhere to the skin and hairs creating NATURAL-LOOKING fullness and definition. Buildable, water-resistant and long-wearing.

To use: Stroke the brush tip along the brow to define the shape. Brush through to blend and build.

Available in 3 shades

£18.50

GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL

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• Brow filling
• Shaping pencil
• Soft colour
• Super easy brows
Everyone is a brow expert with this super easy glide-on colour pencil to create a fast, full natural-looking soft brow.

To use: Glide the pencil along the brow to fill and shape, using a couple of strokesto build the colour. Blend with the spoolie-brush.

Available in 6 shades

£18.50

PRECISELY, MY BROW PENCIL

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• Ultra- fine brow defining pencil
• Brow filling
• Hair-like strokes
• Precise and defined brows
An ultra-fine pencil that fills in the blanks with incredible natural-looking, hair-like strokes. Rich in colour and smudge-proof.

To use: Apply pencil onto brows using light short strokes. Blend with the spoolie-brush.

Available in 6 shades

£18.50

BROWVO! CONDITIONING PRIMER

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• Conditions
• Primes
• Wear under brow makeup
• Fuller-looking brows
• Contains Keratin & Soy proteins to help the brows look thicker, healthier and fuller.

A nutrient-rich primer for fuller looking brows. This magic product works in 2 ways, conditioning the brows to make them look fuller, thicker and healthier and primes allowing the brow makeup to last longer and enhances the colour.

To use: Click the pen once and glide over the brow. Repeat for the other brow and allow to dry. Wear alone or as a primer under other brow products.

£21.50

BROW ZINGS

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• Tame
• Shape
• Includes tweezers
• 12 hour wear

Everything you need to tame and shape the brow. A perfectly paired waz and powder with mini brush and tweezers.

To use: Pluck any stray hairs with the tweezers. Shape and define the brow shape with the soft wax and then fill in with the powder.

Available in 6 shades

£24.50

Keep an eye out for the next 5 brow products from Benefit on my blog soon.

Since being a makeup artist I’ve often found that one of the most popular questions inspiring makeup artists often ask me is how do you do male grooming?? So I thought it was time to let everyone in on my male grooming process; and with the permission from the lovely Vangelis Polydorou semi-finalist from this year’s BBC The Voice I’m happy to show you how.

Almost 9/10 times with male grooming the key is to give him a healthy looking almost invisible makeup look. It’s important that the skin is visible to the eye and not a face full of makeup. Makeup on a man can look artificial if not done correctly.

Follow my steps on how I achieved perfect male grooming on Vangelis:

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Skincare

Skin prepping as with women’s makeup is my KEY element to perfect face makeup. The difference between male and female skin is that males skin contains a lot more oil. As a makeup artist you need to tame and control the oil. You do this by adding a product with water and vitamin B6.

I began with cleansing Vangelis’s gorgeous skin using Nude Skincare; Perfect Cleanse omega cleansing jelly to clean away all impurities. I love that this product is a natural formula and leaves the skin clean and fresh with a natural healthy glow – yes men should have a healthy looking glow too.

Secondly spray on Urban Decay’s B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray. The B6 vitamin in this product absorbs any unwanted oil found in male’s skin. You can also use this miracle bottle anytime throughout the day to refresh his skin or take away any excess oil that may shine through.

Moisturise; never miss this step. As long as you use the right moisturiser you will never add extra unwanted oil to the skin. I use Clarins Men Super Moisture Gel.

Concealer: unlike a woman we don’t want to brighten under the eyes with a concealer, so instead of using a highlighted liquid based concealer use a flat cream. I used the Mac Pro Conceal palette. Remembering how important it is to keep male’s makeup visible, dot on the cream based concealer where you see the deep undertones underneath the eye. It usually looks like a line from the inner corner of the eye stretching underneath. Pat your product in with your fingers. It’s important to leave the natural skin tone right under the eyelashes, so avoid placing concealer in that area. You can apply the concealer underneath the foundation or over as we’re not brightening the area just neutralising the tones.

Foundation: Don’t apply a thick coverage, this will look false. It’s important that you look at a man’s skin differently to a woman’s; you want to keep the different tones in the skin. The forehead may be darker to the cheeks, or the cheeks darker to the nose. It is very important that you see this and use different tones of foundation in the different areas. Applying one colour all over a man’s face will make him look very artificial, too even. When applying, avoid any stubble or facial hair, try applying with a beauty blender as opposed to a brush to give a shearer coverage. Opt for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. I used Mac Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm and Bare Minerals complexion rescue.

Powder: Apply using a big brush. You don’t want to apply a matte flat powder, the aim is to keep the skin healthy and visible. I used Mac blotting powder.

Bronzer: This really depends on the individual. But always remember to use a matte bronzer. Simply sweep over the face to warm up the skin or use as a contour to show off striking cheekbones.

Brows: Depending on the man and the brows, you can get away with a quick comb and set with a clear brow gel. On Vangelis I filled in his brows to make them look slightly darker as he was performing on stage so we wanted them to be visible. I used Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, Gimme brow and brow setter.

Eyelashes: This really depends on the individual and what they like. It’s very common that a male doesn’t like his eyelashes coloured, if not, simply brush clear mascara through them. Again as Vangelis was performing on stage we opted for colour. I used Benefit Cosmetics They’re real tinted primer – a brown tinted eyelash primer.

Lips: Simple, a bit of balm. I used Dr.PawPaw Original balm.

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Any questions, feel free to comment and I’ll answer.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 21:40

Urban Decay’s new Disney range

I’m so so excited about the new Urban Decay collaboration with Disney launching on 5th May. Urban Decay have done numerous collaborations with Disney over the years but this is set to be their best.

Teaming up with Disney’s new film ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ in cinemas May 27th UD bring you a limited edition, pop-up palette with tribute to their favourite characters from the film along with 5 limited edition shades of lipstick to match.

Using the visually stunning film as their inspiration, UD have created 20 new shades of eyeshadows and based them on their 5 favourite characters Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana - The White Queen, Iracebeth - The Red Queen and Time - a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

The eyeshadow palette is arranged into 5 columns by their 5 favourite characters. Simply use the shades in the columns to steal the iconic character looks or mix them up to create countless others.

Each eyeshadow has been made using UD’s ‘Pigment infusion System’ a blend of ingredients that gives every shade it’s velvety texture, rich in colour with serious staying power and bendability. So whether it be the softer shades inspired by Alice’s look in the film or the bold bright shades seen on The Mad Hatter, each eyeshadow will give you the perfect application.

Team your eye makeup looks with one of the 5 favourite character lipsticks and you will have everything you need to recreate your favourite look from the film.

And what’s more the packaging of the products feature a colourful, kaleidoscopic pattern inspired from the film, flowers, butterfly’s and several quotes from the film make these beautiful new products look pretty in anyone’s makeup bag.

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Alice: Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette £45.00

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick £16.00 each

Friday, 22 April 2016 11:46

Get The Charley Monroe Look

The talented designer and our very own Britain’s Top Designer winner Helen Woollams CEO of fashion house ‘Hellavagirl’ dressed previous X Factor Contestant Charley Monroe last weekend for The Essex Entertainment Awards.

For the Essex awards we opted for one her Helen’s signature pieces from her A/W16 collection The Birds. Helen then designed and made a bespoke shoulder piece to attach to the dress.

I decided to create a makeup look that was quite glam but remembering that it also needed to be quirky to match Charley’s style. So after prepping Charley’s skin with my favourite skincare products from Nude, Clarins and Dr.Paw Paw I created the perfect look.

I went for flawless skin with a strong bronze contour and highlight, defined brows, a gold sparkling glitter eye over a smoky green and brown winged base and a black eyeliner flick as long as the winged out eye makeup. This added that quirkiness in the look. I then added lots of thickening mascara and a slightly winged pair of false lashes.

I finished the look with the most beautiful shade of red lipstick and pencil from the new GWEN STEFANI range by Urban Decay.

I did a slight wave in her hair pinned to one side and applied long stiletto nails painted in the same shade of red as her lipstick and added gold leaf to match some of the embellishments in the shoulder piece that Helen had made.

Charley looked incredible and guess what? She WON!

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Get Charley’s look:

Skincare

Nude Skincare: Perfect Cleanse, Youth Oil
Caudalie: Beauty Elixir
Clarins: Daily Energising Moisturiser, Beauty Flash Balm, Instant smooth perfecting touch
Benefit: Pore Professional Primer and Don’t Stray eye primer
Dr. Paw Paw: Original balm
Becca: Shimmering Skin Perfector in shade pearl

Makeup

Mehron UK: Celebre pro HD foundation
Mac Cosmetics: Mineralize SkinFinish natural, Mineralize Skinfinish soft and gentle, Glitter in gold and Gel eyeliner.
Benefit Cosmetics: Zing Brows, Gimme Brow and Hoola Bronzer
Chanel: Blusher in shade Rose Glacier
Bare Minerals: BareSkin complete coverage concealer
Urban Decay: Naked 1 Palette, Perversion black mascara, Gwen Stefani pencil and lipstick in shade wonderland.
Mink and Co Lashes: In smoke
Skin prepping is a massive must have for me before doing any makeup application.

Thursday, 10 March 2016 13:43

My new Perfect Cleanse

It's official I have found my perfect cleanser.. Oh wait, it's meant to be for my professional kit to use on my clients before makeup application.. Hmmm I'll get another.

Last night I tested the Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly by Nude Skincare for the very first time, and I'm so glad I did. I really tested this product to the max, having a full face of makeup on with gel eyeliner and waterproof mascara this product needed to be pretty special to remove all that...

I squeezed the tiniest amount out of the light mauve tube onto my fingertips, a gel type jelly and spread onto my fingertips on my right hand.. I could see this tiniest amount of product suddenly expanding into what I can describe as a silky gel serum oil. I started to massage this jelly formula into my skin then BAM.. I added water to my face as you do and this jelly/serum/oil texture turned into a soft creamy milk..this tiniest amount of product covered my whole face and eyes and I felt the heavy makeup underneath melting away. I must of spent a good 3 minutes massaging my face because the product just felt so damn good on my skin!

I rinsed away with warm water and NOT to my shock all my heavy makeup had been removed. My skin was clear and felt so smooth, it didn't feel tight just soft and fresh. I quickly added some moisturiser and headed straight onto the Internet to do some research on this product.

What I found out was just as amazing...

My Perfect cleanse is rooted in so much nutrition for the skin. Containing sunflower oil, which is rich in omegas 6 & 9 it nourishes and protects the skin while gently removing dirt & impurities while the Great Burdock root Extract moisturisers the dry areas and purifies the oily areas. There's even Annato seed extract added in to strengthen and shield the skin from daily stressors.

There's so much more in this product that is fabulous for our skin as well as not containing any harmful substances.

We need good nutrients for our body why not have it for our skin also!!

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Love this product.

Available from Spacenk.com  or SpaceNk stores for £32 for a 100ml bottle

Sunday, 31 January 2016 13:07

The Magic of Dr. PAW PAW

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DR. PAW PAW is a product that I cannot live without in my pro kit and also my handbag. My skin becomes dry, dehydrated and tired with cracked lips very easily due to the lack of sleep and long working days. Luckily for me my long working days see me playing with makeup and beauty products and whilst doing so I found this amazing product.

Having first used it in Marbella borrowed from a fellow makeup artist working alongside me, I used the original balm on the eyelids to create a glossy eye. The normal go to glosses and balms couldn’t cope with the heat and just melted away. Dr Paw Paw saved my makeup look that day.

When arriving back in the UK I soon purchased the original balm and now I use it not only on myself everyday but also on all my models and clients.

I was soon quick to discover that this magic balm was in fact like magic. The ingredients are natural with the main one being Pawpaw, followed by Olive oil and Aloe Vera Oil, blended together they create a miracle soothing and healing balm.

I use the balm on my lips daily and re apply as needed throughout the day. The balm leaves them soft and well moisturised without any stickiness or cracking from the product. Once a week I also coat my face with a film of the original balm in the evening. I let the balm soak into my skin just as you would a moisturiser. The benefits show the following morning when I wake up with soft glowing skin.

As well as using the balm on myself, all my wonderful clients also benefit. Before any makeup application I prep the skin and lips. I always use Dr Paw Paw to prep the lips. This ensures the perfect soft lips required before I go on to apply lip colour. I also use the original balm to set eyebrows. Apply a small dot of product onto a clean mascara wand or eyebrow comb and simply stroke the product through the brows for perfect in place brows all day.

A new technique that I tried last week and absolutely loved was using the pink peach tinted balm as a blusher. I’m a big fan of cream based products over powder and was rather excited to see the fantastic results of the balm. So not only did my client have a pop of beautiful colour on her cheeks but I also knew that her skin was benefiting from the added moisture that Dr Paw Paw balms give.

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Photographer & retoucher: Deborah Selwood
Model: Eve
Makeup Artist: Nikki Tipping

There’s so many ways to use this fantastic multi use balm, here’s just a few;

• Lip Balm
• Hair Smoother
• Moisturiser
• To soothe skin irritation
• Make-up finisher/primer
• Nappy Cream
• Blusher
• Lip tint
• Eyeshadow tint
• Glossy eye look

Available in a handy 25ml tube for 6.95 in 3 varieties you can’t go wrong in this small investment.

Check them out today www.drpawpaw.com 

Monday, 04 January 2016 09:49

2015 Beauty Highlights

I would like to start the new year by sharing one of my most enjoyable highlights from last year.....Enjoy and don't forget to pop back next week to read all about my favourite beauty products entering 2016 with me.

In July 2015 I had the pleasure to travel to Florence Italy, to provide makeup and hair for an editorial shoot.

The concept of the shoot was to experience the unknown streets of Florence and experience it from the eyes of a local girl going about her day to day life and day dreaming about her dreams. This local girl, played by Charli, is able to keep her dreams alive of being a royal princess as well as showing her everyday life as she cycles down the street, takes a ride in her chariot or visits in a local park.

The era was not to be present day but a mixture of 50s, 40s and 20s. This was achieved by mixing up wardrobe, hair and make-up looks from the different eras to create our final look.

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Products used:

Bioderma - Sensible Cleansing Water

Clarins - Daily Energizer cream, Beauty Flash Balm, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Dr Paw Paw - Original Balm

MehronUk - Celebré Pro HD Foundation and brow powder

Sleek Make-up contour, blusher and highlighter palette in light

Dior - Reviver Palette

Mac - Pigment

Clinique - High length mascara

 

The Team:

Model: Charli Meredith

Wardrobe: Charli Meredith and Albert Martincich

Hair and Make-up: Nikki Tipping

 

This Editorial was alos published in Dark Beauty Magazine and Dreamingless Magazine.

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Pop princess Rhianna yesterday launched her brand new agency Fr8me with managing partner Benoit Demouy in Los Angeles. The LA based agency’s mission is to style artists for booking commercials, editorial shoots, ad campaigns and red-carpet appearances.

Rihanna spoke “Hair, makeup and styling play an important role in creativity. I am very involved with that part of my process, so this agency was an organic thing for me to do”.

The agency have already lined up Rihanna's makeup artist Mylah Morales, wardrobe stylist Jason Bolden and celebrity hair stylists Patricia Morales and Marcia Hamilton. It is not yet known which other artists will be signed up or which celebrity clients the agency plan to work with, but Rihanna's new business venture is big talk in LA and looks to be a success.

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Go Rhi-Rhi!

Friday, 06 November 2015 14:43

Hot Hair Trends This Winter

The days are getting cooler, the dark nights are already here, we wrap up in big jumpers, coats, scarfs and hats but don't let that stop you from looking beautiful. Look forward to the new season by trying out some of the new hottest hair trends. From a classic French twist with a modern update, low ponytails or my personal key hair trend bohemian waves there's something pretty for everyone this new season.

The Low Ponytail

Messy or sleek, side or straight, the low ponytail is big this season. The trick to the trend is to wear it very low. Choose a messy low ponytail for the daytime and by night opt for a sleek sophisticated look wither straight or to the side. If you're wearing one of winters hot metallic eye makeup trends why not wrap some metal around the ponytail.

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French Twist

A classic French twist with a difference is massive this season after seeing it on the catwalk with both Chanel and Tom Ford amongst others. The key to the trend is to make the twist looser and younger. Make it much messier or try adding waves to the hair first, hold the twist with statement pins or ribbon.

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Bohemian Waves

My key hair trend is exactly this. Beautiful long, thick, textured kinky waves that simply look like you plaited your hair wet and let it air dry; and why not do exactly that? If you don't want to leave your hair to dry in plaits simply spray some sea salt spray into damp hair before drying

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Friday, 23 October 2015 11:15

Perfect Eye Makeup with Dior

This weekend I am heading up the hair and makeup team at the annual Mahogany Bridal show taking place at The Grand Connaught Rooms in central London. Brides to be swam in from across the UK to attend this event that not only caters for the tradition bride but also the fashion conscious bride looking for a one off unique gown. The fashion show is always a special moment for guests as they witness the luxurious gowns in the flesh. My job is to make sure that the models showcasing these unique designer gowns look as beautiful as the gown itself.

The Look

Brides to be almost always opt for a natural, flattering makeup look that's pretty, elegant, sophisticated and brings out their best features on their special day. It is important as a makeup artist to understand the art of makeup. A woman’s wedding day is one of the most important days of her life, she puts her trust into the makeup artist to make her look her very best for her groom.

My Magic Product

As with any makeup look I do, whether it be a bride, a model an actress I always use one eye palette as a base.

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Dior Eye Reviver

This is one of my favourite products in my pro kit and having only owned it around 6 months I sometimes wonder how I survived without it. It will be the only palette I need at the weekend to create stunning eye makeup added with a highlighting pigment.. The palette is like magic – containing a powder primer, 4 neutral eyeshadows and a cake eyeliner, the luminous neutral shades create a radiance of flawless eye makeup instantly brightening the eyes and making them look wider while creating perfect contouring structure. The results are beautiful.

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Using Dior Eye Reviver and Mac pigment in shade universal mix to centre of the lid only.

Monday, 12 October 2015 16:24

Mac A/W15 Beautiful and Damned Trend

Beautiful and Damned is one of four big makeup trends this coming A/W from Mac Cosmetics.

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The trick with this look is to make it look effortless but to also notice the precision in the lines. Think of a look that was done in the morning but still looks good by the evening, or a DIY job vs refined.

Black is your main colour. You can go creative with a smudged kohl on the eyes or heavy carbon colours of black with a black or berry tone precision lip, or a smudged lip with precision lines around the eyes. Team either look with luminous polished skin and you can’t go wrong.
Remember…. Black, effortless vs precision is the key to mastering one of tis seasons new makeup trend.

Get The Look

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  • Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil – Blackest of black kohl formula
  • Black Chromaline – Pigmented and long-wear gel liner formula
  • Beg For It Into the Well Eye Shadow – Wet/dry carbon black shadow liner
  • Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash – High volume, high definition carbon black mascara
  • Media Lipstick – Satin
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:30

Pat McGrath key make-up looks at NYFW SS16

 This fashion week season is well underway having started in New York and soon to be in London in just a couple of days time. We all know that fashion week season is focused on the clothes being showcased from all the fabulous designers around the globe but a women's guilty pleasure is that we can't help but admire all the makeup looks created on the models each season.

One of the most iconic makeup artists in the world of makeup and present at fashion week every season creating beautifully designed looks whether it be natural to creative is Pat McGrath. Pat McGrath’s name is no secret to anyone in the business, her talent is beyond incredible and each season I look forward to seeing her new makeup designs. Makeup trends soon spread across the globe each season based on the key looks she creates and the new season will be no different.

McGrath’s main focus on all models across all designers she keyed makeup looks for this season at NYFW was to keep the skin soft and dewy. Gleaming, glowing skin with well defined structured brows were key for all models. She then adapted looks to suit each individual designers designs.

For Jenny Peckham, McGrath chose to use a turquoise eyeliner in a shape to suit the individual models eyes, she then teamed up with either a nude or bold red lip.

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At Diane Von Furstenburg, she chose shades of turquoise and blue-greens to create a jewel toned eye again keeping the lips nude teamed with the gleaming skin.

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Victoria Beckham’s models were kept a little more simple concentrating on the glowing skin teamed with either a nude lip or a pop of orange-red lips.

While at Givenchy she changed the direction slightly by adding a wash of mauve shadow around all of the eye. And keeping the brows light.

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Not only were pastel shades of turquoise, green and blue used on the eyes in Pat McGrath’s designs it seemed to be everywhere supported with a nude or orange tone red lip.

So now you're ahead of one of the makeup trends at NYFW SS16 why not head down to the makeup counters and try some shades for yourself.

 

Saturday, 05 September 2015 12:12

London Pacific Fashion Collective Shoot

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Last week I had the pleasure of leading hair and makeup for a special project. London Pacific Fashion Collective. LPFC is a company set up by Ana Lavekau. Ana features and managers 5 top emerging fashion designers from the South Pacific in London. With designs from New Zealand to Fiji and Ana’s very own label Reload Tribal LPFC brings you a wide range of clothing styles from steampunk fashion, blanket dresses to tribal swimwear.

Ana teamed up with myself, head of photography Ioana Mitroi and luscious models from across the UK to bring you a selection of studio fashion images promoting the LPFC designs in time for their show at London Fashion Week this season with Fashions Finest. I also brought in my friend and fellow MUA from LA, Dinah Raphaelle.

Makeup and hair needed to fit in with the style of the designs without being overpowering as the main focus of the shoot was to promote the designers unique styles.

Each makeup look was different, but simple. Fresh clean flawless skin, a popping eye or lip which I adapted throughout the day depending on the designs. I kept the hair similar on all girls with a loose bouncy curl/wave and the boys looked neatly groomed.

LPFC can be seen at this years London Fashion Week with Fashions Finest on 19th September for a solo show teaser and full collections on 20th September.

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Director: Ana Lavekau
Photographer: Ioana Mitroi
Hair and makeup: Nikki Tipping & Dinah Raphaelle
Female models: Takeinivula Jewel, Angelina Kali, Ioana Rischitor, Ngawai Kristina Rose Ward.
Male models: Markus Roberts-Clarke, John Alexander and Alex La.

Thursday, 20 August 2015 09:21

Poker straight hair is hotting up once again

That’s right, poker straight hair flattened with straightening irons is once again coming back with a bang as we head into the autumn season and GHD which stands for ‘good hair day’ are ahead of the game by introducing their new platinum series of hair straighteners.

Straight hair is one of the most wished for features by thousands of women across the globe along with fighting the frizz and shiny luscious locks. GHD have created a new miracle straightener that promises to tackle all.

The platinum series promises to deliver the ultimate styling results with a healthier, stronger and shiner finish by being made with tri zone technology of three senses in each plate to ensure that the temperature of the straightener is maintained across the entire plate from root to tip. With a maximum temperature of 180 degrees these new irons promise to reduce hair breakage by over 50 percent and increasing shine by 20 percent.

GHD have certainly delivered with their new series of straighteners ready for the new autumn hair trend…

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Follow my tips for perfect healthy poker straight locks

• When straightening the hair always make sure you have given the hair plenty of moisture by applying a leave in conditioner after washing like Tigi Bed Head Ego Boost.

• Before straightening apply a heat protection product from roots to ends like GHD Heat Protect.

• Section the hair into 4 quarters, and take small sections from each quarter as you work the straighteners through.

• Use a small comb as you glide the straighteners through the hair, this not only tackles any knots but also helps in creating the smooth poker straight effect.

• When straightening, leave 2cm at the roots untouched from the straighteners, this will leave volume to your locks.

• Always leave 1cm at the ends untouched to help avoid split ends.

• Finish with a moisture hair serum.

GHD Platinum series available in black, white and baby pink for 165 from www.ghdhair.com

Friday, 14 August 2015 22:54

Strobing - This Seasons Big Makeup Trend

Strobing is the talk of the beauty industry this season and it's fast becoming a popular trend for the catwalk.. But what is strobing?

Essentially, strobing is an advanced form of highlighting with no contour to compliment it. We use the technique to make the skin appear fresh, natural and healthy.

So how is it different to highlighting?...

When we highlight the skin whether it be teamed with a darker contour or not, we have more going on in the makeup look. That may be eye makeup, a lip colour or a strong contour. Strobing, is highlighting with no other distractions within the makeup look. It is the main focus and is instantly the technique our eyes are drawn to when looking at the face.

The technique…

The technique to strobing is adding a highlighting cream or powder to the highest points of the face.. Above the eyebrows, the forehead, top of the cheek bones, nose and above the upper lip. My favourite way is by using highlighting creams.

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My must have product…

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector £33.00

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Friday, 12 June 2015 21:33

Tama Ra Soiree Makeup Look

Last Saturday saw myself and my talented team working our magic at the 2nd edition of Tama Ra Soiree. The event is held every first Saturday of the month in the heart of London at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury.

Guests are treated to a night of music, art and live entertainment with an all you can eat Caribbean buffet – yummy!

Fashions Finest teamed up with with CEO Of Tama Ra Soiree Hazel Jordan to bring a showcase of fashion at the event. Each event features a different designer with their latest collections modelled by models in a catwalk showcase around the grand luxurious event room.

My job is to design a suitable makeup and hair look to match the designer that month and their wonderful collection.

Last Saturday we had the pleasure of working with Helen Woolams of Hellavagirl and her sequinned collection. Glitz, glam and glamour are just a few words that spring to mind when thinking of Helen’s collection.

To match her designs I knew I had to create a look that was as equally stunning as her glorious gowns. GLITTER!!

I chose glitter as the main focus for the makeup. Sparkling colours to match the sparkling sequins in the designs – perfect! I talked to my team about picking colours from the designs and incorporating one colour into the glitter eye makeup. Keeping the rest of the makeup minimal so that the eyes really popped with the dresses, I chose a natural nude lip with lots of gloss to enhance the glamorous look even more. Fresh dewy slightly highlighted skin and a pop of blush is all that was needed for the skin. Hair was kept simple popped back into a bun or pony or left natural.

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KEY PRODUCTS

  • Mehron UK Celebre pro foundation
  • Sleek contour, blush & highlighter
  • Inglot lip colours
  • Mac clear gloss
  • Glitter from brands, Kryolan, Helen E, Stargazer and Beauty UK

HAIR & MUA TEAM

Me, Rose Taylor, Bev k & Rosita Baiamonte

Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:31

S/S 2015 summer make-up trends – TIP 2

I bring you my 2nd hottest summer make-up trend that you can achieve in minutes….

Trend two…. Soften those lips

 

By soften I don't mean keeping those luscious lips of yours soft, but of course that goes without saying.. Always use a lip scrub twice a week and balm daily throughout the day, but what I mean is keep those lipstick colours slightly smudged this season. You want to create a soft focused look on the lips.. Perfectly straight bold lip line is out and slightly smudged long wear looking lips is in.

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Trick

Apply your lipstick how you would normally, don't concentrate on creating the perfect straight line as that's not required for this hot look, instead apply quickly. This may be enough to create the smudged effect or if it's not simply take a cotton bud and roll inwards along the lip line. This will diffuse the edges making them look smoking hot and smudged. Simple.. Now you're ready to show off your beautiful lips in this seasons hottest lip trend.

Last weekend saw me working my makeup magic backstage at the world famous grand finale ‘Top Model Of Colour’ competition. In its 9th season it promised to be a spectacular event narrowing the large number of applications down to just 14 finalists. All 14 girls were winners in their own right by making it to the final, but only one lucky girl would be crowned Top Model of Colour Season 9 winner, winning a year contract with Mahogany International Model management amongst other prizes.

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The winner… Aramatou

Being a well established event in it's 9th year and being the head hair and makeup artist I meant business. Everything needed to be perfect, these young ladies needed to feel a million dollars when they graced the catwalk in front of the judges and spectators of fashionistas, celebrity's, models, scouts and magazines. My job along with my team was to make that happen.

Working with head stylist Malaika Mwaniki from a moodboard I chose and designed a beautiful look to suit all girls. Using Mehron UK for Treasure House of Makeup I picked out beautiful hues to compliment the girls skin tones making them look and feel like a princess.

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Makeup: Bev K, Rose Taylor, Rosita Baiamonte & Shindy. Hair: Byrony O’dame, Daniela De Cervo & Helen Leonard

KEY PRODUCTS – Mehron UK

  • Célèbre pro cream foundation (base, contour, highlight)
  • HD Loose powder
  • Blusher in shades in Rosewood or Mocha
  • Eyeshadow in shade Cocoa and White
  • Lip cream in shade Cotton Candy
  • Eyeshadow to match brow shade
  • Black eyeliner very natural flick
  • Black mascara
  • Highlighter to compliment each skin tone

For the hair we kept it simple. Pulled off the face into bun so that the girls facial features really popped for all to see.

I take this opportunity to say a massive congratulations to all involved in this years final and pre show photoshoot and a special thank you to my team.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:22

S/S 2015 summer make-up trends – TIP 1

Summer is almost here so what better way to kick the season off by being in the know of the hottest summer makeup trends seen from the top fashion week shows from around the globe back in September 2014.

Being a make-up artist mainly based in fashion Means I love fashion weeks every season every year. I'm very lucky to be able to work at many fashion shows throughout the year around the globe which gives me the perfect opportunity to see the first glimpse of what's predicted to be hot make-up trends in my make-up world for the following seasons.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be bringing you some of the hottest summer make-up trends with my simple easy tricks to achieve the look within minutes.

So, trend one.... Lighten those brows!!

Yep that's right, instead of making your brows perfectly bold this season is all about embracing them and making them as big a statement as ever by doing the complete opposite to what we're all used to. No brows at all! Ok, maybe not no brows unless you're a make-up artist like me wanting to create an out there avant garde look, but lighter the brows the better.

Trick

Instead of filling them in with your darker brow pencils, powder or gels opt for a white eyeshadow. You want to create a look a few shades lighter than your normal brow shade. You also need to conceal.. So if you don't own a concealer invest in one close to your skin tone.
Taking a flat make-up brush, create a mask over the brow hair with your concealer. A thin mask is all you need, you still want to be able to see your hairs, we're not blocking the eyebrow out. Taking a a fluffy eye brush lightly dust over the brows with the white shadow to help disguise them more. Perfect you're all set for this super hot make-up trend.

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Photographer Zoe Michelle

Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:08

Hellavagirl Collaboration: Shoot

A couple of weeks back I was so honoured and proud to finally work with UK designer Hellavagirl. Hellavagirl was created by the talented Helen Woollams, not only a UK designer with her own brand but also an educator in fashion design. Helen showcased her last collection at LFW with Fashions Finest back in February and I have been dying to get my magic make-up brushes out ever since to create a unique avant garde make-up look to match her collection. I was so happy when she agreed.

So the date was set, Sunday 12th April 2015.

We teamed up with London photographer and magazine owner Zoe Michelle. The three of us spent hours discussing how we wanted the shoot to go and how the look of the models was of utmost importance for us to pull of an incredible editorial. After handfuls of applications we chose two models, Shola Nikitta from Dama Model Agency and actress/model Emily Haigh.

The two girls looked very similar, that they could be sisters. Beautiful long blonde tresses of hair which we plaited in small plaits to create a wave almost crimped effect.

I wanted the make-up to be different, a pale face was a priority in my make-up design. This would show off the intensity of the make-up as well as the designs from Hellavagirl.

As Helen was showing some of her new collection for the very first time in this photo shoot I wanted to do her proud. A lot of lace is used in Helens new collection, I thought a perfect look would be to combine the incredible Face.Lace with Helen's designs, what's more Face.Lace have just brought a fabulous new collection out too. The designs were perfect.

The lovely talented Phyllis and her team at Face.Lace sent out some designs for me to use. WOW...was my first word when I opened the package.. the new design 'Salome Mask' £29.95 is the prettiest edition I have seen yet. So that along with designs; 'Salome eye lace' £14, 'Mehndoodle designs 1' £17.95 and 'Beauty sparks illumonet' in shade orchid violet £4.95 were designed into my make-up looks.

I kept the look fairly simple in terms of products, using only a handful of products and 3 colours. The first set was white, black and lilac, the second set was white, black and gold. I created a different look on each model using the same three colours on both in each set. It worked, the images look great and I'm happy to say they are being published in a magazine very soon. But for you lucky readers here is a preview.

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Using:
Illamasqua
Becca Cosmetics
Kryolan
Inglot UK
Face. Lace
Superstar Face paints
Clarins Skin Care
Lush lip care
Tigi Bed Head hair care

Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:49

My French Palette Eye Palette By Lancome

Lancome have launched their new spring eye shadow palette 'My French Palette' and of course being a working make-up artist and loving Lancome products, I had to buy it. The compact contains a harmony of six matte and iridescent pinks ideal for creating a fresh light day smokey eye look along with three intense colour popping shades of greens and a pearly grey to give a bolder but elegant evening look.

What I love about this palette is that the colours are very pigmented and although some are iridescent they are still soft enough to create a beautiful shimmery pretty spring look.

My top tip with this palette for creating the perfect day look is to sweep shade 1 across the whole eyelid up to the brow and create an intensity of different shades across the whole lid, starting with shade 3 blending into shade 4 and then 5 and into the crease.

For that pop of colour, add shade 7 to the inner lid of the eye blending into the middle part of the lid and shade 8 to the outer part of the lid. Sweep shade 9 along the lower lash line. Perfect spring evening look.

The eye colours are presented in a beautiful and elegant silver mirror clasped palette engraved with spring flowers and the Eiffel Tower repressing the city of Paris where Lancome is made.

Lancome

 

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My French Palette by Lancome £42

Sunday, 18 January 2015 13:37

Fashion Ballet Photoshoot

Dance and it's fascination within the fashion world is still going strong. As we saw at New York and Paris fashion week early last year dancers took the stage in ballet inspired costumes designed by iconic designer's including Alexander McQueen. The showcase of designer Katrantzou designs showcased in a ballet dance routine was one of spring 15 London fashion week highlights, and the trend swept throughout the fashion world.

Back in December I joined fashion photographer Ryan James Davies of MonoColour Photography Ltd in the Scottish Highlands with principle Sara- Maria Barton of Ballet West ballet school for our very own fashion ballet photo shoot. I was also there providing make-up services to the students for their Romeo and Juliet video trailer for their upcoming tour around Scotland beginning on the 23rd of this month.

As this was a fashion inspired editorial I wanted to keep the make-up clean, fresh and minimal. I didn't want the audience's eye to be focused on the make-up, but instead on Sara and the beautiful tranquillity in Sara's ballet pose.
 
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Ballet dancer: Sara-Maria Barton, Photographer: Ryan James Davies, Make-up artist: Nikki Tipping

KEY PRODUCTS:
  1. Clarins skin care and primer
  2. Illamasqua skin base foundation
  3. YSL Highlighting concealer
  4. Mehron UK powder for brows
  5. Mehron UK cream blusher
  6. Illamasqua cream highlighter
  7. Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
  8. YSL 'Shocking' mascara
  9. Kryolan lip stain
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:55

Party Make-up Heaven

The party season is soon approaching and so are the new make-up trends. This season it's all about the eyes with nails to match.

Fresh faced dewy highlighted skin teamed up with glammed up shimmer and glitter is this party seasons must have!

My advice is apply your normal foundation mixed with a highlighting cream like Mac Strobe Cream to create a healthy dewy base. Followed by Bobbi Brown Brightening finishing powder to give a quick brightening pick me up to the skin for all those after work parties.

Focus on the eyes keeping the lips nude and glossy. There's so many new luscious eye shimmering palettes out there on the market for this season that a girl is spoilt for choice. So lucky for you I spent the day testing new palettes to give you a list of my favourites...
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1) Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Palette – everything you need to make your eyes stand out. 6 warm shades to create a warm sultry effect with added sparkle and shimmer. £37.50
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2) Lancome Hypnôse Drama Eyes Parisian Lights – limited edition palette of smokey shades of dark and golden. £37
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3) Dior 5 Couleurs eyeshadow – bold colours in matte, satiny, iridescent and ultra-shimmery. £42
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4) Mac glitter - high-level of loose glitter and sparkle effects which can be added to shadows or worn alone to create a more glitter effect. £18
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5) Loreal La Palette Nude Rose – glamourous sophisticated nude eye shades. £ 14.99
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Team your make-up up with the perfect nails to match, I love this set from Mac. Neautral tomes and glitters to match this season party eye make-up. £26
Friday, 21 November 2014 19:41

London Pacific Fashion Show

Back on November 6th another fashion show hit London. The London Pacific Fashion Show. CEO and Fijian designer Ana Luvy launched her first pre London Fashion Week show in a Tiki-themed venue in Fulham showcasing some of the biggest designers from the South Pacific.

Ana had tremendous support and sourced 25 models to help showcase the South Pacific designer's collections. Each collection was very original to its own and each model was given a designer to walk for.

I was lucky to be asked by Ana to be the Make-up designer for the show and brought on board my wonderful 2nd lead MUA Fary Bolorchi as well as 12 make-up students from Kingston College where I teach make-up part time to the HNC Make-up students.

As the designers collections were very different from one another and each model was given a designer to walk for I decided to mix things up a little with the make-up.

Myself and my team created steampunk make-up for the designer Star Boy to match the collection. Star Boy was the first and biggest collection to be showcased, so their models walked on the floor wearing red and black bold eye make-up highlighted with a gold bottom lash line to make those eyes pop. Teamed with Burgundy shades of red lips and fresh dewy rosy skin tones. The males wore the traditional steam punk coins to one side of their face.

I wanted the first impact on the catwalk to be different, bold and noticeable followed by fresh faced healthy looking skin.

So the rest of the models were made up with fresh dewy highlighted skin, defined brows and contoured skin. We added a slight wash of shimmer across the lids and neutral shimmer lips to match the fresh dewy highlighted skin look.

The overall night was another great experience in my career as well as giving Kingston College students a great work experience placement.
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Designers:
Star Boy (New Zealand)
Shona Tawhiao (New Zealand)
Jeanine Clarkin (New Zealand)
Hupfeld Hoerder (Fiji)
Kolia (Fiji)
Reload Tribal (Fiji and UK)
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:30

On Set

I'm very lucky to be a Make-up Artist, I don't just get to work on glamorous fashion shows making up beautiful models showcasing some of the best unique designs but I also get to work on film sets and also do one of my favourite areas of my job.... TEACH.

Teaching for me has got to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I get to teach learners all about my passion, develop their skills, and help bring out their inner passion for the same subject that I love. Seeing my students do well and talk openly about make-up gives me goose bumps. I reminisce on my learning days, the plans I had for my future, the nerves I had of taking that big step by moving to London to follow my dream of being a Make-up Artist. I see myself a lot in my students. If I can help them do as well as I am doing In such a short space of time then I know I have done a good job.

So for the past few days I have took 7 of my learners on work experience with me. Where? A film set! I can't tell you all too much about this film just yet, but what I will say is that myself and my team of learners had lots of fun with blood. They worked incredibly hard and I am very proud of them all. The film is released on Boxing Day in the UK and January for the rest of the world.

Of course the incredible MEHRON UK sponsored the film as I was the Make-up designer over the whole film.

Some of the products we used are shown below; lots of blood and gore and of course it's that time of year for Halloween... So come back next week for Halloween make-up looks.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014 19:34

The secret to luscious locks

Being a make-up artist is a fast paced hard job. I'm sure I speak on behalf of all artists when I say we are rushed and pushed to create a look in very little time. I recall working on a film a couple of years ago and being given 20 minutes to create glamorous hair and make-up. Luckily for me I had an assistant who was recently qualified in hair and make-up so the pressure was took off me. My assistant curled the actresses hair while I applied make-up. But I'm not always lucky enough to have an assistant to help out, and I'm not always fortunate to have enough time to style the models or actress hair myself. So what's my secret??

WIGS!!!!!

The word wigs often pops up thoughts in people's minds of theatre, Halloween, costume or someone who has no hair. But wigs in the fashion industry are very big news and a massive helping hand to us hair and make-up artists.

If you think about it, almost all young girls out there use or have used hair extensions, clipping or glueing in fake hair to make their own hair appear longer or fuller so why not use a wig?

Wigs do exactly the same thing. They give you long flowing bouncy girls or super sleek locks. But they also give you much more variation than what a hair extension piece would do. You can completely change your colour, length and style by simply pulling back your own hair into a bobble, popping a wig cap over your head and sitting that wig on top. And by magic your hair and overall look is completely changed!

As a hair and make-up artist working mainly in the fashion industry it is important that I use top quality wigs. If I used something that wasn't great then that would have an affect on my name and reputation and in this business I cannot afford to do that. That's why all my wigs come from the same company. Annabelle's wigs.

Annabelle's wigs is a UK independent online retailer of wigs and hair pieces. They offer full wigs, ¾ wigs, hair pieces, Clip-in hair extensions, clip-in hair pieces and ponys, fringes and accessories. They even have celebrity hair stylist Lino Carbosiero with his exclusive Lino Range that is heat resistant up to 120 degrees.

But what I really love about this company and their wigs is the amazing quality. The hair is super soft, glossy and very natural looking and they last! I can use the same wig over and over again. I can use products to create different affects and textures and the hair still remains in the same perfect condition as it was when I took it out the plastic bag. I wash the wigs after use, especially if Ive used a product medium and simply let them dry on top of a wig stand available from the company and the wig bounces straight back into shape ready to be used again. There is over 300 styles and colours available, they're stylish, affordable and current.

They have a great area on their website called 'get the celebrity look' where they have pieces to match the stars hairstyles. You can choose from Victoria beckham, Cheryl

Cole,Rihanna, Kim Kardashion and many more. As well as that you can also find your colour by using 'colour match wizard'.

These wigs are a must in my kit and have been used on so many jobs. I love them and couldn't work without them. I,m not the only one, I'm seeing more and more make-up and hair artists within the industry The team is super friendly,helpful and interested in your needs.

So there you have it. My secret to gorgeous hair to the match the gorgeous makeup on the beautiful models is by popping on an incredible Annabelle's wig.
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Model: Nadia Nichole, Photographer Deborah Selwood and wig Kerry
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Friday, 19 September 2014 18:32

London Fashion Week S/S15

Wow what a weekend I had!!!!

For another season the famous fashion week hit London along with thousands of celebrities, pro models, designers, photographers, stylists, hair and make-up artists to name a few from a long list of creative talent from around the world. Once again London did not disappoint!!

On Sunday I along with my chosen team; the immense photographer Ryan Davies of Monocolour Photography Ltd and his assistant Richard Snelson attended the most sought after show during LFW for their 8th season.... 'Fashions Finest'. We attended the show as press for 'Vernal Magazine', where some of you may already know I work as Beauty editor and Head Hair and Make-up Artist, but of course I couldn't not write about my experience on my very own blog on the 'Fashions Finest' website.

As we all know Fashions Finest is renowned for discovering new and upcoming talent and giving them the opportunities that they may not yet be able to afford when it comes to participating in the large shows during fashion week season. With this in mind Fashion Finest has become the show to watch every season during London Fashion Week allowing celebrities, buyers, fashionists and press to get the first glimpse of the collections from some of the biggest future fashion names.

Sunday's show was very close to my heart as a designer I met previously at Africa Fashion Week London, and then went on to work as key make-up artist for her look book was showcasing her first collection at her first ever London Fashion Week Show. Izelia opened her show with the talented Leon from Versatile dance crew performing a street dance which perfectly introduced the street vibe of Izelia Fashion. Izelia Fashion's style is all about transforming African prints into contemporary, stylish and flattering wearable styles.
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Photographer Ryan James

Other designers showcased on the Sunday show were; Rhona Anne, I.Kollection, Charon, Koyawo, Dentelle Bleue, Kass Kouture, Sofia Douruari Coutre, Itsy Bitsy Vintage, AfroFashion, Made of Carpet, Farah Fashion Design, Miss Boss Fashion and Wearing Memories.
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Make-up by AOFM Pro, Make-up - Mehron at Treasure House of Make-up, Photographer Ryan James

Being a make-up artist myself, I could not leave without going backstage and talking with the make-up team on the looks they created over the weekend for the Fashions Finest shows. Fashions Finest team up every year for their London Fashion Week show with the renowned make-up school in London AOFM. AOFM, send their graduates from their school on shows like Fashions Finest to give their past students opportunities and the experience to work on big shows during London Fashion Week.

This year they gained the make-up brand 'Mehron' from 'Treasure House of Make-up' as their sponsor for the shows in which they were involved in. I too work with Mehron products on a weekly basis and have also had Fashions Finest shows where I have been the key Make-up artist sponsored by Mehron. Mehron is an incredible brand and many of their products are my go to products in my professional kit. You can find previous blogs right here about Mehron and their amazing products.
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Make-up by AOFM Pro, Make-up - Mehron at Treasure House of Make-up, Photographer Dayo Awe

While speaking with Karla Barchieri a tutor from the AOFM Academy and the key make-up artist over the weekend, she explained how she organised her team and what looks they created over the two days.

Karla had a team of 12 girls, all of who she had taught at the school and decided to split them up into three areas of, make-up, nails and media for AOFM.

On Saturday Karla and her team presented a classic look of defined brows, nude lips with strong contouring on flawless light skin on all female and male models.

Sundays look was fresh natural skin using rosy tones and highlighters that weren't too strong. The brows were still defined but much softer.

Towards the end of the show they adjusted the look making lips stronger and red and intensified the contouring by using extra highlighter.

Overall Sunday was a successful day and enjoyed by so many.

My time at London Fashion Week was incredible as it is always and I cannot wait for next season where I am already booked to work at key shows in New York and of course I am taking pro photographer Ryan Davies and his assistant Richard Snelson with me.
Monday, 04 August 2014 21:39

Swimming Cap Trend

I've been drooling over the Nars Cosmetics Adult Swim collection for weeks, the beautiful pastel shades on the eyes and lips teamed together with a shocking bright swimming cap. In fact myself and one of my photographer friends have been planning on a swimming cap shoot for what seems like forever. We've been bouncing off eachothers ideas and collecting inspiring images to create the perfect series of looks based around a 'swimming cap'. Very soon we will finally be putting weeks of planning into action and shooting what we both know will be an incredible day and shoot. But me being me, and obsessed with make-up and work I had to do a mini taster at a recent shoot with one of my long term model friends Nadia and and the amazing photographer, Yhun Suarez. The look was made up on the spot, no planning went into it, we just went for it and of course, the results were outstanding as they always are when I team up with these two talented creatives. So today I'm going to share all on how I achieved this look. It's not too late to take inspiration and re create your very own.. We still have a good month of summer left...but If we go by the British weather of the last couple of years a good 3 months.
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Model: Nichole Model UK Model, Photographer & Retoucher: Yhun Suarez

1, As always with any make-up job I do I prep the skin. Nadia has amazing flawless skin and is an absolute dream to work on, but that doesn't mean I can skip skin prep. Make-up will never sit on skin that isn't clean or primed as well as if it was. So we began by prepping with 'Bioderma cleansing water', Simple moisturiser and 'Illamasqua Hydra Veil'. On the lips I used Lush sugar scrub and Vaseleine.

2, I then moved onto the base. It was a hot summers day when we shot this so I didn't want to cover Nadia in massive amount of thick foundation that would simply melt. I opted for 'Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion' foundation. I absolutely love this foundation, it's light and feels like silk on your skin. But there is a knack to how to use it and it's not suitable for everyone. It's oil based so it needs oil to make it really work. A good primer is essential else you'll find it will stick to dry patches. I would only use this on oily or combination skin with a good primer. If you get it right the results are incredible. I applied with my fingers and a beauty blender to finish off. I then covered any dark circles under Nadia's eyes with 'Illamasqua Skin base lift concealer' An absolute essential product in my kit!

3, Next I filled in Nadia's brows with an eyeshadow from the 'Mehron Instense palette' to give the eye, shape ready for the eyeshadow application. Unlike the Nars campaign I opted for a dark sultry sexy eye on Nadia so that the bright coloured swimming cap would really pop out in the image. I used the incredible 'Precious Gem Powder in shade Black Onyx'. I did a full wash of colour and blended out very slightly over the crease. I then highlighted the inner corners to make her eyes look bigger with 'Bourjois Light 01 eyeshadow'. Applied lashings of 'Mehron Black mascara' and finished off with some winged out long lashes.

4, Next it was time to contour and highlight Nadia's face. I decided to go for a bronze look only, to work well with the swimming cap theme. I contoured underneath her cheek bones with 'illamasqua Bronzer' and then above the bronzer with 'Bare minerals Pure Radiance' powder. I finished off by highlighting with the lighter shade of bronzer from the Illamsqua palette. I then highlighted the key areas of the nose, chin and forehead again with the lighter shade of bronzer.

5, To finish the look I wanted popping colour lips to match the swimming cap. So, as I do regularly I pulled out my facepaints to work that bright popping green lip. I use 'Superstar Facepaints from The Facepainting shop in Essex'.

On went a wig cap followed by the bright green swimming cap from 'speedo' and there we had it. My first Swimming cap look.

In retouching Yhun added an image he took whilst out in the Philippines of a beautiful beach and our look came alive. Hope you like the results.

Make-up & Skin Prep:
Bioderma Cleansing Water £9.99
Simple Moisturiser £3.99
Lush Lip Scrub £5.50
Vaseline £1
Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation £39.00
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer £17.50
Mehron Intense Palette £51.00
Mehron Precious Gem Powder £5.71
Bourjois Light 01 eyeshadow £6.99
Mehron Mascara £7.10
Illamasqua Bronzing duo £26.00
Bare Minerals Pure Radiance £19.00
Superstar Facepaint £3.83
Saturday, 12 July 2014 01:02

festival Face.Lace

Some of you may of seen or heard of Face.Lace before, especially if you were recently at Glastonbury where the new festival Face.Lace designs were a genius alternative to hiring an avant garde Make-Up artist and were made to stay on through the mud, sweat and tears. But for those who've not, rest assured as I'm about to tell all on these amazing creations.

So what is Face.Lace and where has it come from?

Face.Lace was founded by the Make-up Artist Phyliss Cohen, famous for her intricate designs and staggeringly bold fashion feats. Phyliss has a huge portfolio including advertisement, magazines and even designed tattoo designs for Jean-Paul Gaultier. She was often asked by many "How can I do make-up like you?" With that in mind, she took her previous illustration background and MA fine art degree along with her passion, talent and drive and produced the incredible brand Face.Lace.

Face.Lace comes in many designs and colours and are vinyl shaped cut out adhesives. They can be applied to anywhere on your body but most commonly on the face for a quick avant garde look looking like you've spent hours perfecting that design or hiring your own personal Make-up Artist. Because they are stick on adhesives they are non-smudge and ready to wear. Your natural look can change in a minute by simply peeling off the designs on the sheet and sticking to your face giving you that mind blowing look in minutes.

There is a large range of designs from the original designs of 'Masks' and 'Demi-Veils' which are designed to cover half of the face or eyes, medium designs names 'Mehndoodles' and smaller 'eye laces and doodles'. For true creatives Face.Lace also do 'play sheets' and 'beauty sparks' which are small shapes of coloured super shiny mirror finished foils. Then there's the new 'brow lace' which Make-Up Artist's love, me being one of them! These designs can be mixed up and added to the other designs to create something really unique and magical.

What's more if you really want to create your own custom design just contact Face.Lace through their website and they will create your own bespoke design.

I simply love Face.Lace and it is always a product that is in my kit. I was very lucky to of met the very talented creator Phyills and her team at this year's IMATS in London. Phyliss then went on to do a presentation on the main stage where hundreds of her fans sat and watched her create her magic.

You can buy or inquire about Face.Lace on their website www.face-lace.com

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Face.Lace Beauty Sparks and Festival Eyes £4.95 and £9.95
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Face.Lace Rocco Playsheet in white and Eye Lace Swirlyqueue £15.95 each
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Face.Lace Lace brows in Gun Metal Silver and Dappled Gold £4.95 each
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Face.Lace Whiplush Brow Lace and Dresserenity Brow Lace £16.95
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 18:49

The Make-up Artist's magic tool

If you follow my work or any other make-up artist's work then it's no secret how much us make-up artists love our brushes. A make-up brush to a make-up artist is a magic tool. I'm always asked on make-up jobs why I have so many brushes and I can honestly say that every single brush I own has a purpose. Without the right brush you couldn't acheive a certain look that you may be trying to create. For instance, how would you acheive the perfect cat eye eyeliner trend with a pot of gel eyeliner with out the right brush? Even the most experienced famous make-up artist's in the world would find it difficult.

So today i'm going to give you some info on some amazing new brushes from one of my favourute brush brands that are now nicely sitting in my expanding brush collection waiting to be used.

Crown Brush are by far one of my favourite brush brands. I have so many of their brushes in my kit and they never fail to dissapoint me. They have been manufacturing brushes for over 20 years and the quality, price and customer satisfaction is second to none. They offer many different ranges ensuring that everyone can find their perfect brush.

One of my favourite ranges is The Infinity Range.

The brush hair is so soft and feels silky smooth on your skin. The hair is made of vegan soft synthetic bristles that are designed to create a flawless make-up application. The brushes are perfect for a make-up artist to create high definition work essential for camera work in film, TV and photography or perfect for anyone at home wanting to create a flawless perfect make-up look everyday.

Because the bristles are synthetic they don't soak up the product meaning that your product, whether it be foundation, blusher, eyeshadow, lipstick will last much longer than if you were to use a natural hair brush. Overall verdict = the perfect brush range!!
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Infinity C453 £12.99 (angle blusher brush)
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Infinity C450 £16.99 (Foundation brush)
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Infinity C456 £5.99 (Pointed blender)
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Infinity C460 £4.99 (Blending fluff brush)
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Infinity C463 £2.99 (Angle liner)
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Infinity C465 £2.99 (Silicone glitter applicator)
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All brushes can be bought online from Crownbrush Uk
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 17:47

Summer Fragrances to die for

Summer is officially upon us and what better way to enjoy the sun feeling and smelling fresh of floral fragrance.

I love fragrance, in fact I'm obsessed my shelf contains over 30 different bottles and I'm forever stocking up on the latest smells. Whilst out shopping at the weekend I took the chance to go and check out the latest and newest smells for summer. Here are my top 5.

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The main ingredients in this fragrance are blackcurrant sorbet, pink grapefruit, tiger orchid and passion flower. The smell is very exotic and fruity. Simply divine and even more so comes in a beautiful coral and snakeskin print looking fab on that shelf.
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I'm a massive fan of the Marc Jacobs fragrances and this one hasn't let me down. Bursts of quince flowers and Iris with crisp red apple makes this fragrance smell delicious.

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Juicy Couture Malibu £34.00 40ml

Get the glamour of Los Angeles with this fresh jasmine and pink passion fruit fragrance making you feel fresh.

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Escada Born in Paradise £35.00 50ml

A beautiful exotic refreshed fruit fragrance made form delicious cocktail ingredients of pineapple, watermelon and guava to refresh.

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Marc Jacobs Daisy £52.00 75ml

The Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So fresh is a lush fruity, floral fragrance that gives a twist to the original daisy by adding a rush of blood orange flourished with exotic tiare.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 22:18

Sunkissed Glow

This past weekend just gone I was very lucky to be part of a talented team of professional models, photographers and hair and make-up artists' on a 2 day shoot in the beautiful resort of Marbella in Spain. The incredible photographer Biggi Ayo who I had previously worked with twice before put the team together a few weeks back and before we knew it the trip creped upon us and we were all soon flying out from various airports around the UK. The weekend was a high impact non-stop working challenge with little sleep, little food, little rest but plenty of make-up, costumes and camera flashes. I think it's fair to say everyone involved wouldn't of had it any other way. We rushed about in a hire car to beach locations, pool and even a private yacht. The images we created were incredible, sunrise, sunset to name a couple. But how did I make my models look like they had been sunbathing for a week? With a delicious sunkissed glow, or how did I hide the fact that they had been awake over 24 hours??

I'll let you in on my secret...

For anyone who already follows me or my work, you will already know how important it is for me to prep any model's skin before make-up application. Spain was no different. Using Biorderma cleansing water and simple moisturiser I cleaned away all dirt and make-up so that the model's skin was clean and fresh. I primed with the amazing Mehron Velvet Serum Primer which I have raved about so much to all you readers previously. A matte primer is essential for the summer to keep away that shine and make your make-up last longer in the heat. Lush lip scrub and Vaseline to the lips as I do on every model.

Foundation

When applying make-up abroad it's important to use the right foundation. You don't want layers and layers of a thick cream foundation that will simply melt under the heat, but instead go for a light foundation, tinted moisturiser or simply add moisturiser to your favourite foundation to make it thinner. I used Mac Face and body foundation, a light liquid foundation that glides on naturally but is buildable to achieve the coverage you desire.

Concealer

To hide those tired eyes I used Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer. I love this concealer, it instantly lifts and illuminates the skin perfect for bags and dark circles as well as covering any imperfections. You would never have known the models had had very little sleep.

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On the beach it's all about that sunkissed glow. We dream of that perfect healthy looking tan and skin. Well, it's so easy to achieve even on the palest of models like our lovely Sophie in Spain. Simply make a glow with Make-up. I began by using Illamasqua bronzing duo sweeping it back and forth under the cheek bone and up over the temple and blending. Once I was happy, I took my Bare minerals pure radiance and simply swept the peach lustre powder over the bronzer across the cheeks only. By doing this you are brightening and enhancing that sunkissed look on the cheeks. I then took my Illamasqua Sculpting powder duo which I tend to use for natural contouring to the face and with the Illamasqua fluff brush I swept the champagne highlighter above the bronzer across the high parts of the cheek bones to create a highlighted illuminate affect.

Using fellow make-up Artist Nafan's Nars Body Glow, I simply spread the oil over Sophie's body to give a rich shimmer natural glow.

I recommend finishing off with coatings of waterproof mascara and either a nude lip or an in season colour like coral or orange. On our shoot I opted for Kryolan's high shine gloss in shade Catwalk and applied Vaseline to the eyelids for a gloss affect.
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Spain Team - all Manchester based

Photographers: Biggi Ayo and Ryan James Davies

Models: Sophie Smith - of PHA models Manchester, Kira Martin - previous Shameless actress, Mamzy Ahmed

Hair and Make-up Artist: Nafan Neil Beanz and myself
Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:08

Gentle skin care in the sun!

The hot summer days are nearly upon us and so is holiday season. I love the sunshine, the light evenings, sunbathing, cocktails sipped by a pool or on a beach while I work on that tan. But we ladies all know how harmful the sun can be on our skin. It's a known fact that sun, sea and chlorine have damaging effects on the skin and can make skin problems become a nightmare.

So whether you're off abroad, to the English coast or simply enjoying the sun in the comfort of your garden or Local Park why not try Biorderma cleansing water.
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This product was created to suit the needs of those who experience skin redness and irritation. ( sensitive skin ) but it perfect for those summer months where everyone's skin is extra dry and sensitive from too much sun. It's an alcohol-free product that soothes and cools as it cleanses the skin. Designed to be used on both skin and eyes it cleanses and removes impurities and dirt while keeping the skin's natural ph balance. It removes all make-up including waterproof mascara.

I always have this product in my professional make-up kit and will be my go to product this coming weekend while working away on a photoshoot in Marbella, Spain. My models skin will instantly feel fresh and perfectly clean with no irritation. I may even use it on myself ;)

This product can be bought at any good local pharmacy.

Come back next week for my tips and behind the scenes images from my Spain trip and how to create that golden goodness look for summer.
Thursday, 22 May 2014 14:51

Colourful Summer Look

Hello Lovilies!

So, last Friday I was lucky enough to work with the incredible London based photographer Zoe Michelle on a colourful shoot. I worked my magic brushes on two lovely models, Alisa in the morning and Larelle in the afternoon. The concept was 'Colourful'.

Various outfits had already been chosen by the models and Larelle's personal stylist and business partner Joelle for the afternoon shoot. They were bright, colourful and powerful. I needed to create a make-up look to fit in with all designs each model would wear as shooting an editorial outside on location at London's Southbank on a busy sunny day would be too hard to keep changing the make-up look.

So I went ahead and created a look on both girls that complemented the outfits. Quick lip colour changes were done but the overall look stayed the same throughout the shoot.

I posted some behind the scenes images on my personal social media platforms and found I got a massive response from one of the looks from my followers asking how I created it.

So today I'm going to tell you all how....

To create a beautiful summer look with colours you need to work with colours that compliment each other and also your model. Look at your model's skin tone, hair colour, eye colour and look at the colour wheel.
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1, I began by using 'Myron Velvet Serum' to even out Lorelle's skin, fill in any lines or problem areas making her skin completely flawless. (not that Lorelle's skin needed filling in- her skin was flawless) but always use a primer no matter how good your skin is as it will make the make-up last longer.

2, Taking 'Myron's HUD Celebre Pro' foundation in shade ME1 and Mac 187 Duo fibre brush stipple on the product over the entire skin including eye lids. Buff the foundation into the skin using the same brush in circular movements.

Then take a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and buff the foundation into the skin even more, I then used a Real Techniques Stippling Brush to buff and polish the skin giving it that flawless finish. Finish off areas around the nose and eyes with a beauty blender.

3, Apply 'Alaska skin base lift concealer' in shade 2 underneath the eyes and corners of the eye.

4, Fill in the eyebrows with powder if required then use 'Ingot Eyebrow wax' to set the powder and hair, comb through with a disposable mascara brush to set into place.

5, Using a 'NYX Jumbo pencil' in shade milk glide the product over the eyelid and blend with your finger.

Take the 'mehron Intense powder pigment palette' using the brush provided in the palette press on the 'yellow spark' colour across the entire eyelid up to the crease line. Blend the colour slightly above the socket with a Mac 217 blending brush.

Taking the Mac 219 pencil brush sweep the shade 'Inferno' across the socket line like a car windscreen motion and down onto the lid on the outer corner of the eye.Go back with the 217 brush and blend.

Then taking a second clean 219 pencil brush sweep shade 'Purple Heat' half way across the socket line and again onto the outer corner of the eye lid. Continue to blend or adding extra colour until you are happy with the result.

Bring the colours to underneath the eye and highlight with 'Bourjois 01 highlight' shadow underneath the brows and tear duck. Finish off with coating of 'Clinques High Impact' black mascara.

6, Using a blusher brush ask your model to pout and place 'Mehron Powder blush' in shade Tropicoral underneath the cheek bones and round to just over the temples.

Taking the 'Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo' shade the key areas of the face, (jawline, sides of forehead and sides of the nose) with 'Bobbi Brown' eye blending brush. Clean the brush and using the same Illamasqua palette use the highlighter and highlight above the cheek bones in a sweeping motion, the centre of the forehead, centre of the chin, down the bridge of the nose and above the top lip (cupids bow).

7, Apply 'Kryolan High Gloss' in shade Apricot to the lips.

8, We finished the look by applying ready made false nails by Sarah Wright in a ombre orange affect.

Mehron make-up can be bought from Treasure House of Make-up
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 17:51

Beach Babe Hair

Summer is just around the corner and so is holiday season. I love nothing more than relaxing on a beach with beautiful golden sands listening to the waves, catching some rays with a cocktail in hand. But we ladies all know how harmful the sun can be to our hair. It's a known fact that sun, sea and chlorine have damaging effects on the hair.

So whether you're off abroad, to the English coast or simply enjoying the sun in the comfort of your garden or Local Park special hair care in the summer is a must!

The Solution???

Mark Hill has brought a holiday hair care range out ideal for the summer months. His expert team have put hair through the toughest conditions to create products that are excellent for protecting the hair through the summer season along with great smelling products.

There are 7 super products in this range that come in mini size bottles ideal for overseas travelling at the check-in desk.

1, Holiday Hair Sunshine Shampoo
A luxurious shampoo to gently cleanse the hair clean keeping moisture locked in to sun stressed-out hair. £1.99
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2, Holiday Hair Sunset Smoother Aftersun Conditioner
A super affective nourishing and repair conditioner for sun-damaged hair. £1.99
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3, Holiday Hair Cover Up Protection Spray
A product to cover up/provide a barrier on the hair and scalp from the sun helping to replenish lost moisture. £5.99
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4, Holiday Hair Sun, Sea, Frizz-free Anti Humidity Spray
A simple spray to not only help protect the hair from the rays but also keeps the hair smooth, frizz free and glossy. £5.99
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5, Holiday Hair Beach to Bar Shampoo
If you don't have time to wash your hair between the day and evening out then this product will get rid of the sand, sea salt and chlorine refreshing your hair and style. £5.99
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6, Holiday Hair Beach Babe Sea Salt Wave Spray
This product instantly revamps or creates soft beach babe waves in your long locks ready for a day at the beach. £5.99
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7, Holiday Hair Summer Loving Protection Serum
This is ideal for adding extra moisture to sun-stressed hair. Use on damp hair and dry hair to define.
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Sunday, 11 May 2014 16:17

Pops of Colour using Mehron

It's no secret that this past few weeks I have been using the make-up brand Mehron from Treasure House of Make-up on a lot of my make-up jobs. I've always been a massive fan of one of the products I am going to tell you about today, but I fell in love whilst using the brand at Paris Fashion Week in March 2014 and even more in love 3 weeks back at Fashions Finest show Renaissance in Nottingham. As well as one of today's products being one of my favourite make-up products EVER their Velvet Serum Primer is now my favourite primer I have ever tried too. Every product I have told you about over the past 3 weeks has come from an honest opinion from a professional freelance make-up artist (myself) and I'll say it again... this brand won't let you down!!!

So today I have to tell you how amazing some of Mehron's eye colours are.

Intense Pro Pigment Palettes - £51.18

WOW these palettes of pigments are as the title says...INTENSE.

They come in 3 different intense palettes of pressed shadow pigments each containing 8 different colours related to the name of the palette. The shadows are matte and so strong and rich in pigment that all you need is one swipe over the palette with a flat brush and when placed on the eye or skin the colour beams straight back at you with an intense wash of colour. The texture feels velvety and to look at it looks silky and matte with a strong pop of colour. All the shades are either bright or deep and rich. I find the variety of shades Mehron have put together in these palettes in the 3 colour combinations all work together so well.

The palettes come in 3 names; EARTH – which I think is perfect colour match for creating a sophisticated look, WIND - to create an edgy look and FIRE - creates a bright look.

They are also available as single shadows ideal if you cannot afford the palettes or would like to test or use only one colour. - £7.31

Metallic Powder and Mixing Liquid – £8.68

This product is incredible! One of my all time favourite products in my kit and has been used over and over. The product is a loose pigment powder with a "molten metal" effect. Nothing like your normal loose pigment shadows, this is something different. The powder is ultra-fine and so easy to use. Can be used dry for an intense powder pigment shadow on the eyes with a metal likeness to do it or it can be mixed with a product from Mehron called 'Mixing Liquid'. Now this is where things get exciting! Have you ever seen a full body paint where the model looks like metal? Well this is the product!!

Simply mix a small amount of mixing liquid with metallic powder and by magic it creates a metallic liquid makeup. Simply apply it over the body or desired area with a brush or sponge or even pop it into an airbrush gun and watch the transformation. I absolutely love this this product! The affects you can create are endless. Whether you want boldness, beautiful, dramatic or that full on metal body paint affect this product is the one to use! Comes in 4 colours of, gold, silver, bronze and copper.

Precious Gem Powder –
Mehron's loose pigment powder comes by the name of 'Precious Gem Powder' and wow it really is a precious gem! Very strong pigmented ultra-fine powder that gives an intense affect with a small amount of product. The powders are shimmery and glittery making them idea for that night out or to create a dramatic high fashion or glamorous look. Simply apply dry with a flat brush or can be mixed with the mixing liquid for a wet application making the colour even more intense. Quick, simple and incredible results.

All of these products including the full range of Mehron Make-up can be bought in store or online at Treasure House of Make-up in Stockport. Friendly helpful staff and quick delivery. Perfect for any make-up artist or home use.

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On Sunday I worked on a photo shoot with a photographer I have worked with many times before in Nottingham and a model I had been in contact with for a while over Facebook but had not yet met. As always I planned the hair and make-up looks I wanted to create before arriving at the studio in Nottingham by assessing the models features, skin colouring and hair through images only. I decided to use Mehron Make-up apart from the odd product here and there as I had had such fabulous results the weekend before using the brand at 'Renaissance' where Mehron had been the make-up sponsor. The make-up was provided by Treasure House of Make-up based in Stockport.

For this particular look on my photo shoot on Sunday I decided I wanted to create a classy, sultry beauty look on a red head. I had to make sure the products were right as my model was very fair skinned and anything too dramatic would be too much. I have to admit, that once again Mehron didn't let me down.

After skin prep I began by using 'Mehron's Velvet Finish Primer Serum'. I had previously tested this on my skin and my gosh my skin had never felt so silky smooth. This product is exactly what it says in the title a 'Velvet Serum'. It feels very much like a hair serum, and we all know how amazing hair serum is! It's a rich serum product that glides onto skin very easily leaving the skin looking matte, along with all the benefits of hydrating and protecting the skin and decreasing the appearance of fine lines and working as a primer I can promise you your skin will never feel so good. Being a make-up artist I have tried a lot of primers and I can honestly say from the heart this is the BEST I have ever used. This primer is perfect for dry skin but also perfect for oily as it absorbs oil. I recommend EVERYONE to go out and buy this product, whether you're a make-up artist or someone wanting to use an amazing product at home. This is more than a 10/10 is a 100/10 product. My professional kit and home care routine for myself will never be without this product again. £18.28

I created the base on my model using the 'Mehron Celebre HD Foundation' as spoke about on last week's blog only this time I set with 'Mehron Celebre Pressed Powder'. I absolutely loved the finish of this powder. It is so good at absorbing oil that I didn't have to top up my model's face once throughout the whole shoot from the many hot lights beaming down on her. The finish on her skin felt almost satin and gave an even finish all over. Perfect colour match and so easy to apply. I used a powder brush and swept over her skin giving perfect results. £11.88

I am a massive fan of cream blusher for many reasons. Personally I feel cream products on photo shoots under lights and flashes look better. They set better; they look better and apply better. The 'Mehron cheek cream palette' did not disappoint me. It contains 8 beautiful varied colour tones from warm, cool and rosy hues. I personally use a contour stipple brush (duo fibre) to apply cream blusher. By using this brush little colour is picked up and goes onto the models skin in small dots like an airbrush effect. I then use a clean stipple brush to blend and work that cream into the models skin. The Mehron palette gave incredible results. The product is a rich cream with a strong pigment and only one application of cream on your stipple brush is needed. This palette will last for so long because of the high pigment in the product. The colours will compliment every skin tone. On my model Rosa I used shade Bronze. £36.56

For my model's eye make-up I used an NYX Jumbo pencil in shade bronze and Mac scatter pigments over the top to give a slight glitter pigment affect. I finished off by using 'Mehron' mascara in black. It performed superb. My model's eyelashes were enhanced with no clumps and I think you will agree that those lashes look long! £7.31

To finish off the look I used 'Mehron Lip Night palette' it contains 8 rich colours that come in the form of a lip cream. The Mehron lip creams are an excellent product to apply colour to dry lips as the cream contains a conditioning formula to keep them smooth and supple. The product was so easy to apply and looked incredible. Throughout the shoot I did not need to top up the lips as the staying power of this product was strong. Mehron also do a 'day palette' again 8 different shades. These 2 palettes combined are all you need to have a variety of extreme fashion lip trends. On my model I used 'Oh Chocolate' from the night palette. £36.56

All of this make-up used on my look and the full Mehron professional make-up range can be bought from Treasure House of Make-up in Stockport. You can also order online at Treasure House of Make-up any questions feel free to comment and I shall get back to you.
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Photographer: Rubicon Photography
Model: Rosa Dela
Make-up and Hair: Nikki Tipping
Make-up: Mehron, NYX and Mac 
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:57

Mehron professional makeup

On Saturday evening I was very lucky to be part of Fashions Finest show Renaissance in Nottingham. Deborah St Louis asked me a while back now if I would be interested in leading the creative team backstage. Of course I jumped to the chance. I brought on board 2 make-up artists, 2 make-up assistants, 2 hair stylists and a nail designer. Some of these girls I had previously worked with and knew their high standard of work already, for the others I did a casting where I was spoilt for choice.

I chose my team and began work on creating a look to suit all models and all designers' designs that were being showcased. I have to say, and not being bias at all, that I am very proud of my team. Every single one of them delivered over my expectations making the night backstage a successful stress free relaxed working environment. Well done girls!!

On the night we were very lucky to be sponsored by make-up brand MehronUk. Treasure house of makeup who are based in Stockport are the leading providers for Mehron in the Uk and provided the make-up for the show. They sent along 3 make-up kits for myself and the other 2 fully qualified make-up artist's Nichole Spencer and Charlotte Hearn for us to use. I had previous experience of working with the brand at Paris Fashion week in March 2014 where the make-up team was sponsored by Mehron, again from Treasure House, but for the other girls in my team it was their first experience. Well, all I can say, is it won't be their last!

The girls fell in love with the products, especially the Mehron Celebre HD Foundation and today I'm going to tell you a little about the products. BEWARE, to fall in love too.

Mehron Celebre HD Foundation - £9.14 (single pot)

Mehron claim this foundation is an oil-free and fragrance free cream make-up that delivers satin-smooth, buildable coverage that is non greasy and great for all skin types. My verdict... is that they are absolutely right. This foundation glided onto the models skin so easily. I used my Duo fibre brush to stipple on the product and then buffed the product into the skin as I do on all my foundation applications on models. This is how I create a base or step 1 after skin prep for creating a flawless skin. I was so surprised to see the results. Not only did the foundation work as a foundation base in one application but also as a concealer and 2nd base of foundation application. I gazed at the models skin for a few seconds amazed at how flawless the models skin looked with one application. The creamy texture if needed is buildable allowing you to build coverage to what the particular individual needs or likes. This foundation really does give a perfect flawless result with very little product. It's ideal for fashion runways, HD TV and every day wear and what's more the creamy texture works on all skin types and colours coming in 20 different shades
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Mehron HD loose mineral finishing powder - £10.05

This powder from Mehron gives a perfect matte finish and compliments the Celebre HD foundations perfectly. The powder was very ultra-fine which is a must when working with powder for TV or flash photography. It gave an excellent coverage and staying powder keeping our models shine free all night under the hot lights on the catwalk. It was very easy to apply, simply sweep over the skin with a powder brush.
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Mehron Cheek Powder - £5.48 (single) Palette £36.56

We were lucky enough to have the cheek palette so we could experiment with more than colour. On my design I decided to choose 2 different cheek colours depending on the models skin tone. I'm so glad we had this palette. The colours I chose were 'Rosewood' and 'Mocha'. They complimented the models skin perfectly. The powder was very rich and vibrant in colour which meant very little product was needed. It glided onto the girls skin perfectly, looking silky and smooth with a pop of colour. No dry patches or uneven pigment, just beautiful rosy cheeks. The palette is excellent value for money as very little product is needed. It comes in 8 beautiful shades to match every skin tone.
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Mehron Eye and Cheek 8 colour combo palette - £36.56

This palette is one of my go to palettes in my professional make-up kit. I received this palette whilst working at Paris Fashion Week last month and brought it onto the make-up look at Renaissance. It has 4 incredible cheek powders that I have just talked about including the 2 shades I chose for the make-up look last Saturday, plus 4 very strong eye shadow powders. The pigment in these shadows is so intense that all you need is a small amount to give the eye a full wash of colour. The powders are so velvety and smooth and don't crease. If you've always wanted a face blusher or shadow powder where you get a quick instant pop of colour then this palette really is for you. 1 slight sweep over the colour with a brush is all you need. Excellent value for money...this palette will last and last and last.
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All of this make-up can be bought along with the full range of Mehron professional make-up from Treasure house of make-up in stockport. The team are friendly, welcoming and helpful. You can order online and are guaranteed quick delivery. Come back next week to my blog where you will be able to read about more Mehron products.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:18

How to Waterline your eyes

Waterlining the eye is a hard and tricky technique to do. It involves applying eyeliner to the waterline or inner rim around the eye area that is slightly wet and right next to the lashes. It can be done to the lower rim and the top rim around the eye.

You can use various products to do this technique, I recommend using a pencil eyeliner, especially a Kohl pencil as they are much softer on the eyes and go on more easily. Some people may prefer to use gel, liquid liners or waterproof pencils. Most people like to waterline their eye in black, my recommended product for this and the one I use on all my jobs is MAC Kohl pencil in shade Smoulder. £17

Bright, bold, pastel eyeliners are also great for adding a splash of colour to the eyes in the warmer months whilst nude/white coloured eyeliner will make the eyes appear larger. It is important to always sharpen the pencil before each use and replace regularly to help avoid eye infections.

Simple Steps

Step 1, Gently with your finger pull down the skin underneath your eye exposing the waterline. Take a cotton bud and gently remove any excess moisture to help the eyeliner to sit better.

Step 2, While still pulling down the skin, take your eyeliner and gently run it along the lower waterline. You may feel you need to repeat it a few times to make the colour bolder.

Step 3, Clean any mistakes or slips up with a cotton wool bud.
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