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.

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Dress up your look over the Christmas period by adding some sparkle with cosmetic glitter, lip glosses and nail polish.

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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
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Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:50

MAC Cosmetics to collaborate with Charlotte Olympia

MAC Cosmetics announced today that Charlotte Olympia will be the latest designer to collaborate with the cosmetics powerhouse.

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Ellie Goulding the British songstress is to be the new spokes-model for MAC cosmetics. Following in the footsteps of stars like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus. The new collection will be launching in autumn 2016 and will feature various shades of nude "Oi oi SO excited to finally share what I've been working on with @MACcosmetics!!! #MACEllieGoulding drops in Dec/Jan!" the caption for her Instagram post, followed by a close up image of the collection to come.

We all waiting with bathed breath for the new collection to come to a store new us !!!

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:45

MAC and Mia Moretti Collection

Known for their bold colours and quirky collaborations the cosmetic brand will be announced its most recent collaboration

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:59

RiRi Hearts Mac Summer

Following Rihanna's prior collaboration with the beauty brand MAC Cosmetics the wildly popular RiRi Woo lipstick, which sold out in three hours!!

Rihanna has launched her new summer cosmetics collection with MAC, RiRi Hearts Mac Summer. Consisting mostly of colourful lipsticks and shimmery bronzers this collection is sure to live you looking sun kissed and festive look.

In addition to restocking the ravishing red RiRi Woo lipstick (Yes the one that sold out in three hours), the singer has created two additional shades, including the berry-colored Heaux and a lavender RiRi Boy hue.

Rihanna's MAC collection is available exclusively on the MAC Cosmetics.

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What are your thoughts about Rihanna's new line?
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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:39

'International Superstar' Glossybox

The August GLOSSYBOX is themed "International Superstar" and celebrates beauty products from around the world.

As this was my very first Glossybox i was very excited as i waited for it to arrive in the post. My excitement disappeared when i opened my box as most of the items included i personally would not use. However if i can't use them they will make nice gifts for my friends.

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This is what i received today...
  • Vera Valenti eyeshadow palette which can be used to create a gorgeous smokey eye.
  • Alessandro pro white polish which brightens the white part of the nail and prevents any yellow tinting that you may get from wearing dark polish.
  • DHC water-soluble cleansing oil fantastic for removing makeup
  • A set of Impress Manicure nails, super easy to apply and long lasting.
  • Lipcoate, the original lipstick sealer long lasting feather fade and water resistant.
  • Glossybox luminous long lasting lipstick in pink. 
I will be testing out the product over the next month until i get another surprise in the post!

If you have not signed up to Glossybox do it! you may not always get what you want but it makes a nice little monthly treat, which everyone deserves. 
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