Always Use Sunscreen

photo credit Darren Black Make-up Victoria Bond, Hair John MacPherson model Charlotte Pallister @ Select

photo credit Darren Black Make-up Victoria Bond, Hair John MacPherson model Charlotte Pallister @ Select

As I have just returned from a lovely trip to Marrakesh I thought I would talk about sun care. As a pale red head I always wear sun cream even in the winter. I wear a lightweight factor fifty or thirty. It doesn’t have to be sunny to cause harm to the skin. Prolonged time in the sun without protection is the number one cause of ageing and can cause skin cancer. If like me you are pale and interesting I would advise minimal time in the sun make the shade your friend. Just think how young you will look!

I just want to set the record straight about high factors in sun care. A high factor does not prevent you from getting a tan what is does mean is that you can stay in the sun thirty, or fifty times longer. Even if I had skin that tanned well I would still be wearing a high factor such as thirty or fifty. Lets face it who wants to age prematurely.

When choosing a sun cream first of all I go by factor the higher the better then I go for formula. A  lightweight cream is best as it won’t overload the skin and you can put make-up over it if required. When I’m choosing suncreams for work I have to make sure they don’t contain zinc as this can cause flash back. Not the best look for fashion or beauty.

Once you have selected your suncream make sure you apply it regularly if you are on holiday. Even if it says its waterproof I would still be cautious and top up. (In the winter in the UK a morning application to the face is fine.) If you do feel yourself burning get out of the sun or cover up. Its not worth the pain or damage and the skin will more than likely peel rather than go brown!

Six of the best.

1.Bioderma spf 50 high protection fluid £14 Lloyds pharmacy great for the face lightweight just sinks in you don’t know it’s there and it doesn’t cause flash back.

2.Bioderma high protection spray spf 50 £7.49 Europara. Suitable for face and body super light weight as above the spray makes it easy to use on holiday. Its also very cheap!

3. Lancaster satin seen oil spf 30 £24 Debenhams. This is an old fav its great on the body on shoots as it gives a gorgeous gleam. its again lightweight and keeps the skin silky smooth.

4. Nivea sun invisible protection SPF 20 £7.40 Boots. A bit of a lower SPF for you. This is really easy to apply it absorbs straight away and its waterproof. with this SPF its great for English summers.

5. Sunleya global anti-age sun care spf 30 £158 http://www.sisley-paris.com. This is my sun tan lotion of choice. It works really well with my skin. I also tend to use this the Bioderma and Lancaster on shoots abroad. The combination of the three work well.

6. Super soin solaire spf30 ‘Youth Protector’ £83 http://www.sisley-paris.com. This is super lovely and so easy to use. I was able to put this on so quickly before the shoot started. It gave me good protection and I felt moisturised.

Hope this helps VB.xx

How To Shape Eye Brows

Eyebrows frame your face. They should not be the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror. If they are then you have probably got them wrong. Firstly I would like to make your life easier don’t over pluck or wax. The eyebrows you are born with is the brow you should keep. Minimal plucking only. I would pluck any hairs in between the brow nobody wants a mono brow and any strays around the natural shape. Also remember brows are sisters not twins. So don’t obsess over slightly different brows.

Generally if you have big gorgeous thick eyebrows like Cara D you will have an eye and face shape that will suit this. So don’t pluck! If like me you have light sparse eyebrows you will probably have red or very blonde hair. You may like me have small eyes. A barely there brow or a bleach brow will make your eyes look bigger. So what I’m trying to say keep the natural shape and just brush and fill where appropriate.

So below I have done a little demo on how I fill eyebrows. I have quite sparse brows so they are more difficult to fill. If you have gorgeous thick brows you will probably just have to brush them up with brow gel and you’re done!

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1. Brush brows up and to the side with brow gel or hairspray and a toothbrush. Thick brows may only need this step. Groom until you are happy with the shape. The brow will go into a natural shape if you keep brushing it up and out.

2. If brows are sparse they may require filling in. I like to use pencils my favourites are Mac Fling, Lingering and stud. I also like the Burberry eyebrow pencils. Always fill in with a pencil lighter than your brow colour for a more natural finish. Make sure the colour you are using is ashy or greyish. I find this works so much better. Use light feathery strokes in the direction of the hair. Groom through for a blended natural finish. No scouse brows please they are horrendous they offend my eyes.

3. apply more brow gel lightly to hold in place.

4. Keep it natural you will look so much better!

5. If you have over plucked try to grow them back its actually less work no more plucking!

I find tweezerman tweezers are the best for removing strays. If you want to wax Nair Argan Oil has just launched an ultra precision roll on eyebrow wax that is fab! Easy to use and leaves skin super soft.

Hope this helps!

VB.xx

How To Apply Concealer.

Photo credit Cameron James Wilson. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren.

Photo credit Cameron James Wilson. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren.

So if you have read my other posts you now should have a fabulous new skin care regime and a new foundation. You should also be able to apply the foundation! so once you have a nice base the next step is to conceal. I have several different concealers in my kit depending on skin type, age and colour. I will list my favourites later.

Most people need a little bit extra on top of foundation/tinted moisturiser/bare skin. If I have a model with amazing skin I may only use concealer where it’s needed. Always remember don’t cover good skin! For those with more mature skin the more make-up you wear the older you will look.

Under eye

This is the number one place that nearly everybody needs a bit of help. If the darkness is really bad a colour corrector maybe needed as a first step. on white skin with dark purplish marks apply a light peach. Bobbi Brown does great creamy colour correctors. I use a Mac 224 brush to softly buffer in the concealer so it becomes part of the skin. I use this method for all under eye concealing. If you have black or Asian skin a orange or mustard yellow corrector with help with darkness. Once you have applied a colour corrector then move onto a normal concealer. (you may not need to colour correct just conceal) In order to knock out dark circles the concealer must be two shades lighter than your foundation/skin colour. This will brighten and lift the eye area and also start the contouring process. I always conceal in a triangle shape from the start of the eye to the end. But I don’t take the concealer right up to the lash line as this can bring the eye down. I do add a bit to the inner corner. if the eye still isn’t popping I may add a bit of Touch Eclat or Mac mineralise powder for extra ping. I then waft a tiny amount of powder over to set. Do not go too light on the under eye as this will look ridiculous and glow on pictures!

Nose, Chin, Forehead.

Using the same 224 brush but different concealer I usually use Laura Mercier secret concealer. I cover any redness if any on nose, chin and forehead. Using the same gentle buffering method. You should see perfect skin not product! This should be roughly the same colour as your foundation.

Spots

We all get them from time to time some of us all the time! if you do have an issue with them I always recommend going to see a dermatologist and getting your hormone levels checked at the Doctors. Bad skin shouldn’t be suffered! So I  like to use either the Laura Mercier that I mentioned above or a Mac pro long wear. I use the same buffering method as above with the 224. I find using a concealer one shade lighter than the foundation the best it seems to knock out the redness and blend in better. I may pat, pat with the brush until it looks right. Of course you can do nothing about covering raised spot. I do believe you can have them injected with hydrocortisone to get rid! But i think thats extreme!

If you wanted to make your nose look smaller a line of concealer down the bridge of the nose could do this. Just make sure you blend well. This can also be done on the chin and forehead. I will cover contouring and highlighting in another post!

Anything else I don’t like the look of I just waft the magic 224 over it!

My Top Five Concealers

1. Mac Pro Longwear concealer £17 maccosmetics.co.uk This is my fav I use it on shoots all the time. It has great coverage, longevity and colour. Its great on young skin not so great on more mature skin.

2. Laura Mercier camouflage concealer £26.50 Space Nk. This comes with a colour corrector on one side and the concealer on the other so very handy. This concealer is slightly dryer but also works well on the face and under the eye. If applied correctly i.e. buffered in it works well on young and old skin. This is a good buy as its a good all rounder.

3 Bobbi Brown Creamy concealer £19 This is great on more mature skin but again it needs to be buffered in to get the best from it. Its also good on tattoo’s.

4. Estee Lauder Maximum Cover £26.55 Debenhams This is a real favourite in fashion and at the shows. Its actually a foundation but a full coverage one. but used as a concealer especially on good skin it looks incredible. The camera loves it! I personally use this on my under eye, around my nose and chin.

5. YSL Touche Eclat £25 House of Fraser. I use this as a highlighter or if the under eye needs a bit of extra ping. Used on its own to conceal its very weak. This one needs to be part of a team for maximum effect. I would use this on top of cheek bones, down bridge of the nose, bow of lip sides of forehead and under eye.

Hope this helps!

VB.xx

How To Apply Foundation

Photo credit Andres De Lara. Make- up Victoria Bond @ Caren

Photo credit Andres De Lara. Make- up Victoria Bond @ Caren

I’m going to explain how I apply foundation this pretty much works for most skin with a few adjustments. I always make sure I throughly prep the skin I like to do this myself I rarely get assistants to do it. I like to get the feel of the skin and apparently I have healing hands.

This prep is so important you will never get a beautiful base without it! So what do I do?

I. Cleanse of course make sure all make-up and dirt is removed.

2. Facial oil massage I spend at least five minutes manipulating the skin with the facial oil. Models/ Celebrities really appreciate this time and care. The skin loves it and literally comes to life.

3. I then put on a moisturiser the amount depends on the skin and how it’s feeling. Generally you can tell if the skin needs more or less. If you have applied too much moisturiser it will sit on top of the skin. Leave it five mins if its still sitting on top tissue it off.

4. Lip balm the lips.

So now the skin is ready for the base. I will do another post on all the different types of foundation on the market.

I apply foundation with with either a standard foundation brush, a soft rounded brush or my fingers. It depends on what foundation I’m using and the texture of the skin. Its worth experimenting to see which works for you!

Apply small amounts at a time never overload the brush or face with product. Work from the inside out. Try to apply in natural day light or a well lit room.

I will be honest I only really like liquid foundation. The only dry formula foundation I use is the Bobbi Brown sticks and I tend to only use them for grooming and darker skin tones. This is a personal choice as I like super dewy natural looking skin. I try to use very little base and concealer. Never cover good skin! If the skin isn’t good be clever with coverage.

I look at the skin and see where the foundation is needed, covering any redness around the nose on the chin and darkness around the under eye. Sometimes I might cover the whole face with a very light coverage just for colour and finish.

The lighter more liquid foundations such as Mac Face and body are best applied with a standard foundation brush. A slightly thicker liquid foundation such as the Burberry healthy glow works really well with a soft rounded brush. This brush really allows you to buff product into the skin.

Foundation shouldn’t be seen when people look at you they should just see perfect skin. Perfect skin will look great with a light coverage. If its bad follow the same steps but spot conceal in the areas that need it with a soft brush. Mac mineralise powder is really good to finish off bad skin. It smooths over any imperfections and lasts well.

Once the foundation is on I would powder the t zone only with Jurlique rose silk powder. I’m not a big fan of powder as I find it can make the skin look heavy.

I will do another post on concealers and powders shortly.

How to chose the right colour foundation.

Generally department stores have bad lighting so when you go to get colour matched there is usually a yellow light beaming down on you. This can effect your colour matching, but a well trained make-up artist should be aware of this. Always try the foundation on your face. The skin is different colours on the hands and neck. Try three similar colours and see which one disappears and blends into the skin. That’s he one to take! If you are in between colours do go lighter its more flattering. Be aware that the skin will change colour in summer and winter. It’s best to have two different colours for season changes.

I basically like skin to look like skin not over made up!

So as I’m so fussy here are my favs

1. My ulitmate –  Mac face and body £21.50 mac.co.uk. I have used this my whole career I LOVE it. its lightweight, dewy, waterproof, it can be used on the body, the colours are amazing. It works well on anybody particularly good on mature skin it puts life into it.

2. Chanel Vitalumiere £30 chanel.com This has slightly more coverage than face and body but it still has that lovely dewy finish I love. This is popular with celebrities as its luxe and they like the feel of it. This would work well for a wedding or a big event.

3. Mac Pro longwear foundation £25 mac.co.uk I use this on commercials where the base as to last all day and I might not. be able to step in for touch ups.I use the soft round brush to buffer it in.

4. Mac Mineralize moisture foundation £28 mac.co.uk I use this on super perfect skin on camera it looks incredible. Its definitely not for problem skin as it reflects any blemishes.

5. Burberry fresh glow foundation £35 burberry.com. This is new in my kit but I really like it. It has more coverage than my normal foundations but it looks really beautiful with  a heavy moisturiser underneath and buffered in with the round brush. Lovely formula and great colours. It’s quite easy to use and there would be little concealing needed after using it.

Hope this helps VB.xx

Face Masks- Six of the best

Photo credit Lou Denim Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren. Model Annie Budgen @ Milk.

Photo credit Lou Denim Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren. Model Annie Budgen @ Milk.

I love a face mask, there is nothing I like more than a nice bubble bath, a glass of wine and a moisture mask. I can just feel the goodness soaking into my skin and restoring it’s radiance.

In terms of work I like the Sisley Express Flower gel mask this can hydrate skin in three minutes. If my model has been travelling a lot or has just finished fashion week this can turn their skin around in a short period of time. On set I wouldn’t have time to have models sat around with thirty minute face masks on!

Different masks do different jobs some clear the skin, some add moisture, radiance, heat, cool whatever your requirement is there is probably a mask to cover it. I tend to just use either radiance or moisture masks as thats the boost my skin usually needs.

Masks I love

1. Sisley Express Flower Gel £60 sisley-paris.com I have mentioned this already this mask gives you instant moisture in three minutes. Perfect for those on the the go.

2. Sisley Black Rose Cream £95 sisley-paris.com This is my absolute favourite I tend to sleep in this and let it absorb overnight. When I wake up my skin feels plump and rejuvenated.

3. Darphin Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask £45 darphin.co.uk. This is instant youth in a tube guaranteed to put the glow back in tired dull skin. Another fav!

4. Kiehls Earth Pore Cleansing masque £21.50 kiehls.co.uk. This masque is for those with oily skin. It matitifies  skin and helps to reduce and refine the look of pores.

5. Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask £15.75 uk.lizearle.com. This is a clay mask which is great for drawing out any impurities leaving the skin balanced and calm.

6. Avocado from 75p at local supermarkets. Mash up a super ripe avocado and pop it on you face just like a normal face mask. This is a cheap and natural moisture mask!

Exfoliation – My Top Tips and Recommendations.

Photo credit Efi Zachou Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency.

Photo credit Efi Zachou Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency.

Good skincare is the key to great skin. There are other factors such as diet, exercise and sleep but I will get to that in later posts. What I am trying to do with my blog is give you the basics and build up from there. Basically if you have good skin and eyebrows make-up will look good on you!

Even with regular cleansing the skin will still have a dead skin build up that needs to be swept away by a good quality exfoliator. Not too gentle and not too harsh. I like to use a Darphin exfoliator I find it has the right level of grit for my face. I recommend exfoliating once week to keep skin clear, bright and smooth. It can also help combat fine lines and reduce the size of pores. It also allows any skin care you are using to work as it’s removed all the impurities from the skins surface.

Tips for using Exfoliators

I usually use a fifty pence piece size of the exfoliant and rub it between my palms. I cover my face and neck avoiding the delicate eye area. I use my hands in circular motions all over my face. I usually do this for a few minutes if it starts to hurt you’ve gone too far! Take some time around the nose and chin!

My Top four Exfoliators

1. Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion £52 darphin.co.uk. This is my personal favourite that I use every week. It is suitable for sensitive skin due to its creamy formula. But also powerful enough to reduce the look of pores, age spots, discolouration and heliport out wrinkles!

2. Sisley Gentle Facial Buffing Cream £49 sisley-paris.com. This lovely exfoliator is good for all types of skin but again good for those with sensitive skin that might be put off from using an exfoliator. It soothes and softens skin making it ready for a mask or a fake tan.

3. Liz Earle gentle face exfoliator £15.75 uk.lizearle.com. This exfoliator is from the lovely Liz Earle range. Made with jojoba beads this gentle yet effective exfoliator buffs away impurities and dead skin cells. It’s not suitable for sensitive skin!

4. Origins Never A Dull Moment £25 origins.co.uk. I love this exfoliator it’s an old favourite of mine! in fact I had forgotten about it. It’s made with fruit extracts that help brighten and radiate skin! It smells gorgeous and it’s suitable for all skin types.

VB.xx

Valentines Day Make-up Ideas

Classic red Lip and flick. Photo credit Catherine Harbour Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency.

Classic Red lip and flick

Soft Smokey Eye and neutral lip

Soft Smokey Eye and neutral lip

Dramatic eye and bright lip

Dramatic eye and bright lip

Photo credit Catherine Harbour. Hair and Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency. model Hannah Cooper @ Next.

With Valentines day fast approaching I thought I would give you some make-up ideas for that special day. I think there is a look here that would suit everybody! Be brave if you normally go for a natural look why not try a red lip. If you normally wear a strong make-up go natural. Shake it up experiment have fun and enjoy make-up! I do!

VB.xx