Friday, 14 July 2017

My Summer Makeup Tips.

Survive the heat like a true Beach Goddess with my Expert Tips!

Less is more. Do not try to layer on too many products such as moisturiser, eye cream, primer and long wear makeup.

A primer suited to your skin type will keep makeup in place. However if your foundation is a good long wearing one why use primer as well? For example Estée Lauder Double Wear is a staple in my kit, for those who like full coverage it simply doesn't budge.  
Like wise MAC Face & Body creates a natural dewy skin that is waterproof. 
My current favourite Primer is by Maybelline, they have some really great products do check them out!
Do opt for products that say long lasting, long wearing or waterproof. Stains will also be a good long wearing choice.

Always use an eye primer as this will even the skin tone before eyeshadow creating a perfect canvas for true eyeshadow colours to show.  This does not happen if you apply a colour directly to the eyelid without a neutral primed eye first. MAC Paint pot in 'Soft Ochre' is my favourite eyebase, it is ideal to apply colours on top of, long wearing and crease proof.
Always layer products a little at a time for extra longevity.  For example apply a little shadow, blend, apply a little more, blend, apply a little more. This will keep colour on much longer than quickly sweeping some powder across the lids.  Same with blusher I will quite often go back to blush at the end of a makeup and add a little more. With lip colour apply a lip pencil all over the lip lightly first then apply colour, blot and apply colour again.

I must give a shout out to Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour long lasting lip colours these stay on great and at a reasonable price, much better than some of the premium brands I have tried.
Always set makeup well with powder.  Use a powder puff for a well set finish and a brush for a lighter touch depending on how oily your skin becomes through the day. I love MAC Blot Powder, it is a staple in my kit and my personal makeup bag, medium dark is a good shade that suits a lot of people.   

Lastly if you really have problems with your makeup wearing off you can invest in a makeup setting spray.  That's a makeup setting spray not a HAIRSPRAY it is never a good idea to do this no matter what you have heard or seen!  Urban Decay offers a range of great ones to choose from.


Friday, 30 June 2017

June Update!

I love the month of June ...the official start of Summer.  Oh how I love long summer days and balmy evenings....bliss!  This month I was lucky enough to work in Spain and had a lovely holiday whilst there too.
I stayed near to Marbella and then further along the coast inland by Lake Viñuela.

I did wedding hair and makeup for beautiful Laura and her bridal party at http://www.cortijodelmarques.com/en/ in Granada.  A beautiful venue in a stunning location.



Gorgeous Laura went for golden natural tones of makeup and bouncy natural curls in her hair.
http://www.marbellamakeup.com



Mother of the bride hairstyling.



Not a bad set up for Bridal preparations!





Finishing touches.



View whilst getting ready, could be worse!









Set in the beautiful Spanish rolling countryside.





I also met with some lovely girls for occasion makeup at https://www.h10hotels.com/en/costa-del-sol-hotels/h10-andalucia-plaza in Puerto Banús.

H20 Hotel



Another day... another set up...







Obligatory holiday snaps...mostly of views, no selfies here!

Heaven..and relax...
http://www.luxurymarbellavilla.co.uk





Marbella Fiesta time!





Lake Viñuela









These goats were being herded behind the swimming pool at our hotel.
http://www.hotelvinuela.com/en/



Lake Viñuela



Then back to Wedding Season in the UK!

Beautiful Bride Sam and one of her Bridesmaids.







Bridal prep at http://www.ashtonlodgecountryhouse.com



Occasion makeup's




Hair & Makeup Trials for upcoming 2017 Brides.

















Available for Weddings, Events, Prom, Black tie, Occasions, Lessons etc...
Hair services are by request only.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

May Update!

Behind the scenes on a Bridal shoot on location in St Albans working with www.hairbyjaydean.com and www.wrappweddings.com








Behind the scenes on some other shoots...





Wedding, Prom and party makeup's!





Mother of the Bride!



Occassion Makeup











Luton Hoo Hotel Event Make-up - Action station!



Wedding Fayre @brickendon Golf Club
www.bggc.org.uk



All Bridal/prom/occasion makeup enquiries via www.nikimakeup.co.uk
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