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Mac spring / summer 2011 Trends- Part 3

Ice – Dream


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Super feminine with an Avant Garde feel...

Chalky washes of pastel shades- LILAC, LEMON, PISTACHIO, MARSHMALLOW and DUCK..

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More ‘Barbarella’ than mother of the bride...

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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

The Kit

  • 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.



Immortal Muse- Sophia Loren


Sophia Loren is the ultimate femme fatale with her iconic feline eyes and fabulous curves, she's entranced men and women for decades.

Born in 1934, she’s graced the big screen for over 50 years, featuring in over 100 films.

Now 76 Loren still sizzles with power and beauty.



My make-up tips for creating Sophia Loren's iconic look.



Loren's eyes are the most important feature of this look. She tended to use matt warm browns to accentuate the shape of her eye and blend with her bronzer look.

Eye shadow-Apply dark warm eye shadow to outer edge (folie- shadow). Then blend over and through the crease with a mid-tone a two shades darker than skin tone (wedge shadow). The mid-tone will blend out the darker shadow creating a seamless appearance.

Liner- I use gel based liner (blacktrack- fluidline) making sure to keep the angle lifted. I tend to follow the line of the bottom lash line. Tip- use cotton bud and (fast response- eye cream) to sharpen line or erase.

Draw a line on the bottom lash line but leave a small gap on the outer corner of the eye as this will make your eye appear more feline and elongated. Then draw a brightening pencil in the waterline (Chromagraphic- Pencil)


Brows- Comb brows up for a fuller shape. But don’t over draw them or make them too dark, try eye shadow with an angle brush (omega- shadow/ 266 # brush). (Clear- brow set) to lock them in place.

Lashes- two pairs of (36# lashes) for full winged lashes that are not too long.



Changed the way women wanted their skin to look. Poles apart from 50's trend for pale matt full coverage foundation. Her skin is sun kissed and contoured with a velvet texture.

(Face and body- foundation), (studio finish-concealer) then set with (mineralize skinfinsh).

Contour using matt shade a few shades darker than skin tone- I use (Harmony- blusher) or for fair skin (kid- eye shadow). Tip- use contour brush (168#) from top of the ear to corner of mouth.



(Sublime Culture- lip liner) buffed all over the lip then (freckletone- lipstick)


Please Note: I have put my favourite products in brackets; all of them are from MAC


Make-up lessons with Naomi – part 2


MUA- Naomi Mckeever / Photographer- Emerson / Model- Kirsty Stone-Wigg



Your foundation choice will depend on your skin type, the coverage you'd like to achieve and the texture you prefer.

A great one for sheer to medium coverage with a slightly luminous look: (mineralize satin finish SPF15 foundation)-(190 foundation brush).

If you like a medium to full coverage but still with a natural satin finish (studio sculpt SPF 15)-(190 foundation brush).

Skin that produces more oil tends to need a matte finish, for a long-wearing medium-full coverage (studio fix fluid SPF 15)-(188 stippling brush).


MUA- Naomi Mckeever / Photographer- Emerson / Model- Kirsty Stone-Wigg



Concealer is usually used for more targeted areas of coverage such as around the eyes and blemishes.

The colour and texture of the concealer depends on the area of use. For coverage round the eyes, colour theory will come into play; if you have a bluish tint in this area then a warmer pink base will counteract the blue (in mac concealers the warmer tones are represented with NW).

(Select moisturecover)-(217 blending brush) is a beautiful concealer for round the eyes and the face as it gives good coverage without looking too heavy; it has a satin-smooth ultra-moisturized finish.

For a matte finish, long wearing concealer (select cover-up)-(217 blending brush) - good to use over eye lids before eye shadow to reduce redness.

Or full coverage for problem areas such as spots- (studio finish SPF 35 concealer).


MUA- Naomi Mckeever / Photographer- Willowstone / Model- Zola



To lock foundation and concealer in place, set them with a powder especially around the eyes to stop them gathering and creasing.

For a dimensional yet natural matte finish that’s not dry or powdery looking (mineralize skinfinish natural).

Or for shine prone skin (blot powder); only 3% colour so great for touch-ups, contains Mica and Silica to absorb excess oils and reduce shine on the skin's surface.

(129 powder/ blush brush)

Please Note: I have put my favourite products in brackets; all of them are from MAC


Mac spring / summer 2011 Trends- Part 2

Pop Classic


Think a burst of colour...

Pushing the limits...


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Fashion on acid...

The glamour of a ‘Red lip’ with an edgier vibe...


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A treatment of Neon to oranges, pinks and magentas...

Beautiful balance of a ‘pop’ of colour placed on a discreetly prepared canvas to avoid the makeup appearing ‘theatrical’. For example leaving out mascara or brows and keeping the skin clean and natural...


mac- ss11- MANISH ARORA- pop classic


Taking a classic look like a precise lip and turning up the intensity by using super saturated block colour.


I worked on the Giles show representing MAC where Miranda Joyce was the key make up artist.

Here's what we used.


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  • Face and Body Foundation – where needed, fresh skin is so important so this look stays modern.


  • MAC Pro Gold Glitter – over the lids, packed on tight at the lash line, applied onto mixing medium lash with a 242 brush.
  • MAC Pro Turquoise or Pro Pink Glitter – applied in the same way all around the gold and up into the brows, applied in a “C” shape beneath the eyes in a free and arty, not perfect, style.
  • Plushblack Plush Lash Mascara – several coats on top and bottom lashes
  • Brows bleached if necessary.



  • Lady Danger Lipstick – softly applied.
  • Clear Lipglass – for a full-on vinyl finish.

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“It’s Bohemian and arty rather that draggy or overly retro – there’s definitely a sense of real decadence and fun behind makeup this season” – Miranda Joyce

The Kit

  • M•A•C Gloss
  • Magenta Lip Pencil
  • Cherry Lip Pencil
  • Crimson PRO Lip Mix
  • Orange PRO Lip Mix
  • Chrome Yellow Eye Shadow
  • 316 lip brush
  • Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil
  • Magenta Madness Pigment
  • Morange Lipstick
  • Lady Danger Lipstick
  • Sushi flower Eye Shadow
  • Waveline Fluidline
  • PRO Turquoise Glitter
  • PRO Pink Glitter

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.

Make-up lessons with Naomi Mckeever – part 1

Please Note: I have put my favourite products in brackets; 


Photographer- willowstone / Model- zola Del-Greco / MUA- Naomi McKeever

Skin Prep

Preparing the skin is key; for radiant skin take the time to really massage your moisturizer in- (MAC complete comfort creme or embryolisse). This will stimulate the blood flow to your face.

Then tap an eye cream round the eyes- (bobbi brown hydrating eye cream). Avoid getting the cream to close to the eye, apply a small amount to the orbital bone all-round. Where the skins thin it will absorb the product where needed.

At this point apply a generous layer of lip conditioner to the lips and leave to marinate- (MAC lip conditioner). This will leave your lips soft and moisturized ready for lip products. If there is a lot of dry skin mix some regular sugar into the lip conditioner, then gently work it into the lips exfoliating off the dead skin then wipe off.

I always use a primer before applying foundation, (smashbox photo finish primer or MAC prep and Prime- skin) as it calms down redness, smooths over texture and keeps your foundation lasting all day.

Photographer- willowstone / Model- zola Del-Greco / MUA- Naomi McKeever

Photographer- willowstone / Model- zola Del-Greco / MUA- Naomi McKeever

Mac spring/ summer 2011 Trends- Part 1

I worked as part of the Mac team for London fashion week S/S 2011.

Mac separated what was done on the catwalks into 4 key make- up trends.

I did a lesson with Natalie Jane Mitchell for make-up students at Swindon college on the trends. In this post I will show what we covered with them in our hand-out.

We weren’t representing MAC for this lesson but this is how we translated the trends.


Mac spring/ summer 2011 Trends

Being brave with makeup, creative and contemporary with classic references. Minimalistic, but striking. Avant Garde but ‘pretty’. Striking but discreetly placed.

Makeup this season is technically bold and daring!

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