I found some old images from when I did makeup on Pixie Geldof for the British fashion awards in 2009. She wanted a slightly vampy look, with a 90s influence.
I had such a lovely day on this wedding, everyone was warm and friendly, there was an amazing atmosphere.
For the bride I used warm colours to work with her completion, she wanted an illuminating foundation with flawless coverage so I used MAC studio sculpt. I kept the products long wearing and water resistant because it was a hot day and if she's anything like me there will be plenty of happy tears. She is such a lush person, we still keep in contact now.
I did the makeup for all her lovely bridesmaids. The bride wanted all the makeup to flow, as they were all used to wearing various amounts of makeup. She didn't mind if they had different levels of smokiness around the eye's. The bridesmaid in the photo above never wears makeup so I kept her look very natural.
Contouring and highlighting
You can use contouring and highlighting to sculpt your face.
Starting with contouring; matt products work best as they visually push those areas back to create a shadow affect. MAC Harmony blusher is great for this.
Where you place your contouring depends on your face shape, though most people wouldn't say no to super model cheek bones. For that, start with a 168 angle brush at the top of your ears and blend to the corners of the mouth.
Other areas for contouring and slimming down are the sides of the nose, the temples and around the forehead and under chin.
For highlighting you can use a concealer MAC select moisturecover in a lighter shade than your face, this also gives a natural satin finish when done with a 217 blending brush.
For a more high shine metallic finish use MAC mineralize-soft and gentle or vanilla- pigment with a 227 large fluff brush.
Use it where the light hits your face on the high points and anywhere you want to accentuate, such as top of cheek bones, down the centre of the nose to slim and cupids bow to make lips look pouty.
In this post I'm going to cover what products and techniques I use when doing make-up on men, whether its for TV, Fashion or just everyday use.
The product you select will depend on what the make-up is being used for. When I do male make-up for TV I tend to just use a small amount of concealer in target areas then a MAC mineralize skinfinish powder as it gives a sheer coverage that isn't picked up on HD, then a translucent powder for touch up to absorb oil.
For this Jo Whiley programme on Sky Arts Noel Gallagher, Rickey Wilson and Julian Lennon really didn't want to look like they had make up on, so in this case I had to be very controlled in my product placement. I keep checking on the screen to make sure they don't have any excess shine. When touching up the powder I use a brush that doesn't shed too much hair such as the #188 MAC brush, making sure to miss such areas as the eye lids, as these can become oily and show up on screen. I worked on this programme with another talented make-up artist called Helen Harrall, she did a beautiful job with Jo Whiley's make-up.
The other type of make up would be for photographic use; in this case you can get away with adding more products.
When preparing the skin take the time to really massage your moisturiser in to stimulate the blood flow so the face looks fresh. Work some matte lip conditoner on the lips, so they are hydrated but not shiny. Pat eye cream round the eye area.
Apply a sheer foundation like MAC face and body to even out skin tone.
Then with a small brush go in to any areas of the face that need more coverage with concealler especially round the eyes and nose. I like MAC moisturecover because it gives good coverage but doesn't look heavy. Set with powder. Softly contour with bronzer to warm up the skin and to add some dimension.
I find the best way to define brows without them looking too heavy is to use a MAC #205 - Mascara Fan Brush and combing eye shadow through the hairs. After set with clear brow gel.
The same MAC #205 - Mascara Fan Brush brush works brilliantly to add mascara as it keeping the lashes separated and feathery. If you want to lift the lashes without adding colour use a clear mascara.Before they go to start modelling its worth having a quick powder check to make sure the skin doesn't look oily. Then check on camera to see if anything needs to be added or taken away.
Here are some photos from 'The new vintage clothing company' shoot, where Yvette Bessels was the photographer and I was the make-up artist.
Thought I'd include a picture that Yvette took of the models and I at the end of the shoot.
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.