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:
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).
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).
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
I was the key makeup artist for both these shows. The designers gave me a brief for what make up looks they wanted.
Hannah Dulcie wanted an edgy but sexy smoky eye. As Rihanna is a big fan of their underwear they wanted me to use her as an influence.
For this look we used-
- blacktrack fluidline- blended all over the eye
- mineralize skinfinish- in a few shades darker to diffuse the blacktrack
- vanilla- pigment as a highlight
- clear lipglass- applied over the lid to give it an oil stick, gloss back finish
- Keeping the skin understated but flawless focusing on accentuating the contours of the face
- sculpt foundation- as it gives your skin a polished, satiny, sheen but still covers imperfection
- contour- mineralize skinfinish in a few shades darker
- highlight- vanilla pigment mixed with lip conditioner
keeping the focus on the eyes we erased the lips using:
- studio finish concealer- in a warm shade then pat lip condition on top to keep the lips looking plump.
Mimi Noor wanted a fresh look.
So I gave the models a youthful glow with Rosie stained lips and checks.
Naturally contoured using-
- Kid eye shadow- though the crease of the eye
- Vanilla pigment
- Face and body foundation- takes down redness without masking models natural beauty
- Cheeks-Posie cream blusher- applied to the apples of the cheeks
- Highlight- vanilla pigment mixed with lip conditioner
- Speak louder lipstick- pushed into lips with fingers to keep the edges soft and stained
I selected a group of amazing makeup artist to assist me-
Amelia- Jane Wilkey
Massive thanks to them, they were fantastic and carried out the looks perfectly!
And a huge thanks to Hannah Dulcie, Mimi Noor the photographer Emerson, PR- Sarah Lye and everyone else involved.
Think a burst of colour...
Pushing the limits...
Fashion on acid...
The glamour of a ‘Red lip’ with an edgier vibe...
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...
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.
- 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.
“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
- 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.
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!