True Blue – How To Wear It Well

Make a bold summer statement with lovely hues of blues and greens, be bold, be brave…..

1.       Pale skinned girls should keep blue to a minimum. Start with neutral base and lip then apply a gold eye shadow to the lid; fill the upper and lower waterline with a black kohl pencil, then apply a dark metallic blue or deep dark aqua marine underneath the lash line. For a more dramatic evening look, don’t be afraid to too bring the blue deep underneath the lash line.
2.  Aqua marine is a great colour to enhance a tan, so this is a great holiday look. Apply a basic brown matte eye shadow to the socket line; then follow with a strong metallic aqua marine on the lid, really layer the colour up. For extra intensity fill the water line with a metallic brown eye liner, Mac Teddy is perfect. Then use a metallic brown under the lash line and blend well. Follow with lots of black mascara; a bit of bronzer on the cheek’s, nose and fore head. Finish with a slick of clear lipstick.

3.  Bold block colours look great on dark skinned girls; Mac liquidlast liner in blue horizon is perfect for creating a Dolce Vita flick. Make sure you take the colour right down to the top lash line and look down to create a good shape. This can take a bit of practice…. Finish with a strip lash, lots of mascara and a chocolate lip gloss.

4.  For a bold evening look; that isn’t too over the top, try Estee Lauders new pure collection by Tom Pecheux. Apply the navy eye shadow to the entire lid, into the socket and the lower lash line. Then use the black eye shadow at the corner of the eye and then along the top line. Fill in the waterline with a navy pencil and finish with lots of black mascara. This is a great alternative to the Smokey eye and is straight of the catwalks.

5.       For those of you who are scared of colour, keep it really simple. Line your waterline with Mac minted eye liner. Then add some cream blush to the apples of the cheek, Bobbi Brown pot rouge in tan is perfect. Finish with a slick of sheer fuchsia lip gloss.


Ashes to Ashes

I was  really disappointed that Ashes to ashes ended on Friday I love it, eighties clothes, make up a fab sound track and of course the well known phrase that was cleverly turned round by the Tories ‘Lets fire up the quattro’ I think they must have paid a lot for that car as it featured in nearly every episode I was devastated to see it destroyed! My only criticism is I didn’t quite get it….  the ending it was bizarre!

I loved Alex played by Keeley Hawes so in honour of this great character I have created a modern 80’s look…

How to get the look.

My model had great skin so I opted to use a sheer foundation Mac Face and body did the job perfectly any problem areas such as the under eye, around the nose and chin I used Bobbi Browns creamy concealer, making sure it was well blended.

I added a bit of the concealer to the eye lid then blended then set with a Mac Translucent powder my reason for this is I know I will be working with powdered eyeshadow and it needs a good base to work well on.

The Eyes- First of all I lined the waterline of the eye top and bottom with a Black Kohl pencil buy Bourjois make sure you get right into the tear duct to make the eye liner look finished. To create the super blended eye lid you will need a good blending brush a Mac 224 is perfect and several different coloured eye shadows I used from Mac Arena, Gold mine and Tempting and Mahogany from Bobbi Brown. Experiment with creating this look try to keep the darker colours  in the socket line for a more dramatic look.

I finished the eye by curling the lashes and adding a coat of Max Factor lash extension effect mascara,  inserting individual eyelashes and finishing with another coat of mascara to blend and finish.

Cheeks are quite minimal just a bit of Mac powder blush in Prism under the cheek bone for definition.

The lip is strong so a good lip brush is essential to get a good straight line I always use a Shu Uemura lip brush as its easy to use and gives a lovely shape to the lips. The lip colour I have used is Morange by Mac.

To finish I added a bit of Mac mineralize powder to the under eye as I find this to be a great finishing powder. To set the rest of the make up I swept a translucent powder all over the face.

How to Apply Fake Lashes

I thought after yesterdays little shoot it would be nice to give my top tips for applying fake lashes.

1. first of all apply your make up as usual the lash should be one of the last steps in your routine.

2. Make sure you have curled and mascara’d your lashes I find this makes applying eyelashes much easier.

3. Use a good quality glue  Duo in clear is the best it holds all day and is easily removed.

4. Remove the lash from the packet some are easier to remove than others, Once removed the lash can be a bit straight if so wrap it around a pencil or make up brush to get the curved shape required to fit the eye.

5. Measure the eyelash against the eye as it may need trimming always trim from the outside although yesterday some of the lashes had details on the outside of the eye, so use your common sense!!

6. Place a small amount of Duo on the back of the hand and leave for a minute, then take the end of a small make up brush and coat the top of the strip in glue (don’t over do it) waft the lash about a bit then apply using tweezers. Just drop the lash into the lash line and wiggle until its in place. Make sure both of the ends are secured!

7. If using individual lashes which is my preferred lash dip the small tip of the lash into the glue and insert where necessary between mascara’d lashes, for a cat eye look just apply to the outside corner of the lashes, for a more fuller feathery look apply to the whole eye. Remember towards the inner part of the eye you may want to use shorter inserts.

8. Once all lashes are fixed apply a coat of mascara to fully blend the lashes together again with some of the fancy lashes this may not be possible!

9. Don’t forget to mascara the bottom lashes.

10. Pop a little bit of black Bobbi Brown long wear gel eyeliner on the eyelash band to cover it  perfection!

Don’t worry if you can’t do this at first it does take a bit of practice to get it right have fun an experiment with styles and lengths and see what works best for you!

Faking it

Today I was booked to do a little beauty feature for Celebs on Sunday, lovely close ups of the eye with various types of lashes. My favourite had to be the top and bottom lashes by Nicola Roberts for eyelure I didn’t think I would like them but they looked fab on the model. There was a very scary moment when I had to attach some world cup England flag lashes I hope they don’t make it to the final cut…

We also tried out the Elegant touch by Paris Hilton lashes which where quite sweet but they weren’t great to shoot with the eye open. As you would expect from Paris they glittered and sparkled!

I have to say I preferred good old Mac lashes as they where easy to apply and looked great. The ‘fun’ lashes where quite difficult to attach and did take a bit of professional working to get them to look right so I don’t know how the young girls they are targeted at get on with them.

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