How To Cleanse Effectively.

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

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

Cleansing the skin is a really important, this keeps the skin healthy and sets the stage for make-up. It’s really important to use the right cleanser for the job in hand and according to your skin type. I think the most common mistake is to use a cleanser that is too harsh. or worse than that using wipes! When people tell me they use wipes my whole body recoils in horror! Wipes are ok for  quick cleanse now and again, but used on a regular basis can be damaging to skin and worse still cause wrinkles. So girls if you want to stay youthful put them away for emergencies only.

Do try not to sleep in make-up. Night time is when the body repairs itself. So it’s best to make sure the skin can breath so it can renew. This is also important if you want to keep a fresh youthful complexion.

I also recommend using good quality cotton wool (I like Boots own brand). I always wet mine first so its gentler on the skin.

If you do wear heavy make-up or waterproof mascara I would recommend using an oil based cleanser specifically for eyes. This will just melt away makeup and cause less damage in the delicate eye are.

I will talk about deeper cleansing and exfoliating in another post.

The following cleansers are my personal favourites…

1. Bioderma Sensibibio H20 – £4.50 100ml Lloyds Pharmacy. This was always the make-up artists little secret as you could only buy it in Paris. But now it is widely available in the UK. This is always in my kit I panic if its not! It brilliant it’s gentle I don’t know anybody that is allergic to it. It’s good for all skins but perfect for sensitive or dry skin. Its also non rinse. I find its also great for makeup corrections and sharpening a cat eye flick. The downside its not great at removing big make-ups if I’m doing a beauty shoot I always have a Bobbi Brown make-up remover on hand. (see below)

2. Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Make-up Remover £18 House of Fraser.  So if I’m doing a beauty shoot I will use this to remove the eye makeup. It’s still very gentle but it’s specifically for waterproof or long-wear make-up. Its still safe if you wear contact lenses! So I would recommend having this on hand for big make-ups and if you wear waterproof mascara.

3. Kiehls Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover £11.41 Nordstrom. This is what I personally use to remove my make-up. Its super gentle and it doesn’t sting. I like the creamy formula. My skin always feels clean without a tight sensation.

4. Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water £23 darphin.co.uk. This is another go to cleanser for me. I use this on myself and it is also in my kit. Its again good for sensitive skin. It softens, refreshes and comforts skin. Pricey but worth it! Models always ask what this is as they like the feeling of it on their skin.

Keep it clean girls! VB.x

How To Apply Mascara.

Photo credit Darren Black Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency Hair John MacPherson.

Photo credit Darren Black Make-up Victoria Bond @ Caren Agency Hair John MacPherson.

I’m trying to answer all the questions I’m so frequently asked as a make-up artist. I would also like my blog to become a place where people can come to get good solid advice.

Obviously the above image is editorial and have used a very exaggerated false lash for maximum effect. but I thought it would be a fun image to go alongside this post.

first of all I’m going to explain how to get lovely thick long lashes. I will then recommend my top four. If I recommend a product I either use it on shoots or its a personal favourite. Either way its been road tested and comes up to scratch.

So my steps to fabulous lashes

1. Always make sure you curl them first. This opens up the eye and makes lashes look instantly longer. Try to do this as close to the lash line as possible. Give the curlers a little squeeze and almost pump those lashes up! Shu Uemura eyelash curlers are very good from £15

2. Once the lashes are curled start on the mascara. Make sure the mascara isn’t too old. Try to change it every 3-4 months. This will ensure good results and less chance of getting an eye infection! Try not to pump the wand in and out into much as this lets in air and can dry the mascara out.

3. I like nice thick full lashes so I very rarely wipe any excess mascara on a tissue. But if you want a skinner more natural lash then get rid of the excess. Maybe use brown rather than black and just coat the top lashes.

4. Once you have the magic wand in your hand get working! so for the top lashes make sure you get the mascara right at the roots from there wiggle up in a zig zag motion covering the lashes from root to tip. Do this and repeat several times until you get the desired effect. I always say give them another coat even if you think you have finished.

5. If they do become a bit clumpy then always have a fan brush on hand to comb them through. Wiggle it through the lashes until smooth. Fan brush available from MAC £19.00

6. Some people do the bottom lashes first to prevent the top lashes going onto the eye. I always do the bottom lashes last I just make sure the top lashes are dry before I start the bottom.

7. So for bottom lashes turn the brush vertically and gently move the wand along the lashes coating them from root to tip. You may find you need the fan brush for the bottom lashes. This will help keep them clump free and in the right place.

8. If you do have very straight lashes very carefully re-curl them with the eyelash curlers once the mascara has been applied. be gentle and do this slowly as you don’t want to pull out any lashes.

9. chuck away those falsies who needs them now!

My Top four Mascara’s

1.  Maybelline the colossal go extreme mascara £6.99 Boots  (Boots always seem to have a 3 for 2 offer on) This is my all time favourite mascara its always in my kit. It’s cheap it gives full fat black lashes, it lasts all day and it doesn’t flake. The waterproof doesn’t budge!

2. Mac studio sculpt lash £14.50 I’m really loving the Mac mascara’s at the moment. I used them in Milan last season at the shows. This mascara in particular has an interesting brush that helps to define and create fullness.

3. Burberry bold lash mascara £23 net- a- porter. This is definitely more of a luxury mascara the packaging is super slick and would look good in your hand bag. Not only does the packaging look good the mascara is fantastic it coats the lashes and its easy to build up. It lasts well and doesn’t flake.

4. Dior show black out £24.50 John Lewis. This is an old favourite of mine. But it has been reformulated for a more intense thick black look. A luxury price but worth it!