This week I held a one on one makeup lesson for Florence Sunnen. This was our first session together so we started from the basics.
We covered how to create flawless skin without using heavy foundation. Contouring, highlighting, soft definition for the eyes and how to make your lips look fuller.
Here's a photo of Florence with foundation on, I haven't applied concealer under her eyes as I find it better to conceal after eye shadow to prevent the drop down sticking to the under eye area.
- Massaged in complete comfort cream
- Fast Response- eye cream
- Lip conditioner
- Prep & Prime- skin
- Face and body- foundation, in N1
- Select cover-up, in NW20
- Mineralize skinfinish- in Light
- Harmony- blush (used as a contour, for more advice see my previous lesson blog)
- coygirl- blush
- pearl- cream colour base (highlighter on high plans of her face)
Here's a photo of Florence at the end of our lesson.
- Sublime nature- paint (base for eye shadow to keep it on all day)
- Vex- eyeshadow
- Copperplate- Eye shadow
- Industry- eye liner (soft, water proof)
- False lash- mascara
- Omega- eye shadow ( applied with an angel brush)
- Soar- lip liner
- Patisserie- lipstick
Florence was an amazing student really listening to what I was telling her, I'm looking forward to our next lesson where we're going to be more daring as she loves experimenting with her makeup.
Please Note: All of the products listed are from MAC.
Just got back from London Fashion Week; I've worked with some amazing makeup artists. I feel as if every time I'm there I learn so much, and come back feeling very inspired.
I've attached link's to a few of the shows I did the makeup for...
Maria Comparetto was the key makeup artist. Helen Harrall was on this show which was a lovely surprise as I'd only just worked with her on a programme for Sky and ITV:
Key makeup artist James O'Riley:
Key makeup artist Sara Byworth:
I worked with photographer Yvette Bessels who's based in Leamington spa for 'The new vintage clothing company'.
In this post I've included before and after shots of the three models used.
Please feel free to contact me if you want to know what products I used on this shoot.
(June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975)
Dancer, singer, and actress.
Josephine Baker was a truly inspirational woman. She broke down barriers and fought through prejudice.
Baker dropped out of school at the age of 12 and lived as a street child in the slums of St. Louis, but that didn’t stop her travelling to France to progress her career.
She was the first female African American to star in a major motion picture and she became a world-famous entertainer, even posing for the artist Picasso.
Ernest Hemingway called her "… the most sensational woman anyone ever saw."
Baker is still influential in the fashion world today.
Here are some examples from Tush Magazine - Photographer Ellen von Unwerth, hairstyling from Christoph Hasenbein and make-up from Loni Baur.
My face chart inspired by Josephine Baker
- Blacktrack fluidline blended over lid
- Press Carbon eye shadow on top
- Blend out edges with Wedge eye shadow
- Smolder kohl in waterline
- Zoomlash masscara
- Bleach out brows with Studio finish concealer with a mascara wand
- Espresso eye shadow
- Blacktrack fluidline to make the brows defined
- Studiotech foundation
- Studio finish concealer
- Careblend powder
- Nightmoth lip pencil
- Viva Glam 1 lipstick
I represented MAC at the V&A Yohji Yamamoto show. Amazing MAC senior make-up artist Debbie F and Cher W were on the team, Cher was the key make-up artist. The show featured looks from Yohji's Spring/Summer 2011 collection, including the menswear which was inspired by the V&A's vast textile archives. The show used real-life couples as models. All of the team were so lovely.
The look was paled out skin, natural eye's and red lips for the ladies. Male grooming for the men.
- Curl lashes, mascara on top lashes if needed
- Soft definition for brows using cool eye shadow , clear brow gel
- Face and Body, their natural skin tone mixed with white Face and Body
- Studio finish concealer
- Invisible powder
- Harmony blusher for a contour
- Cherry lip liner
- Ruby woo lipstick
Please Note: All of the products used were from MAC
Summers' here and this year the bronzed goddess look is back in the limelight, influenced by the makeup trend terracopper, and the guilty pleasure that is The Only Way Is Essex.
In this post I will cover some examples of bronze icons and my tips for tanning techniques.
I think its better to fake it then bake it so here are my top tips for tanning.
- You would have heard this before but exfoliating is key, I like modern friction from origins, the grainy texture really removes dead skin cells without too much work. Do this 24 hours before you tan.
- I always use surgical rubber gloves to apply the tan, this will stop the palms of your hands going orange.
- When tanning your hands put product onto a cotton pad then glide over them, making sure to work between the fingers.
- Gradual tanners are great for fair skin.
- If your tanning product is too dark, try mixing in some of your body moisturiser.
- St Tropez mousse is really easy to blend and doesn't have a strong odor.
- For the ultimate tan, lotions go darker and last longer on your skin. I use Fake Bake - Xtreme.
- Run an ice cube over your face before tanning as this will close your pores.
- Fake tan before bed as the product will develop on your skin overnight, though you will want to have dark bedding as the tan will transfer, much to my fiancé's annoyance.
- Exfoliate 3 days after tanning to prevent your tan coming off patchy.
Terra – Copper
Think ‘Makeup through the eyes of a 1970’s makeup artist’...
Caramels and Honeys...
Perfectly placed sculpting using monochromatic shades….
Believable bronzed tones.... Natural and not ‘Tan-tastic’...
Lush, warm, sculpted...
Its un-done perfection!
“It’s about using one bronzer – definitely one without sparkle, like our new mineralize Bronzer – with three brushes! Take a 116 to contour the cheeks, a 224 tapered blending to shade the eye and a 219 pencil brush to line the eyes with a soft shadow near the lash line. Add a dash of lip balm and you’re good to go.” – Gordon Espinet
“It’s very chic, giving dimensions to the face with a very soft illusion of toffees and warm browns – it’s about putting definition into the face without it looking overly makeup-py” – Lisa Butler
- Medium Dark, Medium Deep and
- Dark Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
- Gold Pigment
- Give me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (available 2011)
- Goldon Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
- Shadowy PRO Sculpting Powder
- Tan Pigment
- Cream Colour Base in Mid-Tone Sepia
- Cream Colour Base in Bronze
- Cream Colour Base in Bamboo
- Cream Colour Base in Luna
- Lust Lipglass
- Freckletone Lipstick
- Chai Lipglass
- Teddy Eye Kohl
Natalie Jane Mitchell and I held a make-up lesson for students at Swindon college on the trends. In this post It includes bits from what we covered with them in our hand-out.
For this demo I took my influence from the Terra-Copper trend. First I did the demo without filling in the model's brows then added them to demonstrate how to make the look very wearable. Natalie and I went through our tips and techniques for creating these looks and how to work in a backstage environment. Then we got the students to pair up and create a look inspired by the 4 spring summer trends and went round giving them feedback; they did an amazing job showing us they'd really listened to the brief and demonstrated their fantastic make-up skills.
Here are some of the products I used:
- Gold Pigment
- Give me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to blend through the socket
- Smolder eye liner
- clear lipglass taped on top
- Face and body foundation
- Give me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural used as a contour
- pearl C.C.B
- studio finish concealer
- clear lipglass
Ice – Dream
Super feminine with an Avant Garde feel...
Chalky washes of pastel shades- LILAC, LEMON, PISTACHIO, MARSHMALLOW and DUCK..
More ‘Barbarella’ than mother of the bride...
Pretty but with a punk edge!
The modern pastel is all about technology and technique – its to do with changing up the texture with a gloss or a super matte finish... it really taps in to the feeling that this is very much an artistic, brave and experimental season” – Nadine Luke
- Blonde Ash Studio Finish Skin Corrector
- Lite Brite Cream shadow (available 2011)
- Swell Baby Eye Shadow (available 2011)
- Woodwinked Eye Shadow
- Shell Cream Colour Base
- Derailed Cream Shadow Quad (available 2011)
- Morange Lipstick
- Paintstick in Pure White
- Paintstick in Landscape Green
- Paintstick in Process Magenta
- Paintstick in Rich Purple
- Strobe Cream
- Peaches Powder Blush
- Juxt Eye Shadow
- Vanilla Pigment
- Myth Lipstick
I did a lesson with Natalie Jane Mitchell for make-up students at Swindon college on the trends. In this post It includes bits from what we covered with them in our hand-out.