Thursday, 31 March 2011

DUO shoot-Norway

So, this is me on a ferry in Alesund, Norway for my photoshoot for DUO boots. It has been a great 4 days with another 2 to go. We have been working hard and creating some beautiful images against the simply breathtaking scenery.
I have taken alot of pictures of the make-up looks i have done each day, but won't be posting them until the end of the trip as i have taken them on the photographer Sean Malyon's (http://www.seanmalyon.co.uk/) recky camera which is now officially on my wish list!
After 5 days shooting in the UK (pics of that will also be posted next week) and this part of the shoot i have been able to do do a variety of looks and enjoyed every minute of it!
The shoot is for Autumn/winter so there have been alot of deep berry lips, dark fushias and ofcourse a classic red or two. The difficulties of this shoot have been keeping the make-up looking fresh when on location in the cold tempuratures, varieing the looks slightly for each boot shot if possible (there are over 70 boots to shoot in total) and stopping myself from staring open mouthed at this amazing location when i am supposed to be concentrating on my job!
I will be posting all the looks created for this DUO shoot very soon, so stay in touch!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Red lip V Lip Stain

Last wedding season i had a lot of requests for red lips for vintage style weddings. I personally love a red lip, in my opinion there is no sexier look than fresh flawless skin, your signicture red lip colour and just a touch of mascara. Beautiful.
The red lip, however, is not low maintenance, and so many women who crave to achieve it, just can't hack the feeling of (A) feeling on show and (B) having the fear of it being smudged/on their teeth etc. There is a knack to applying and wearing a red lip but there is another option.
The lip stain is more innocent than a full on red lip, it doesn't shout as loud but it certainly gets the message across. The best lip stain is by the legend that is Laura Mercier available from Space NK, creating a long lasting stain that creates that always craved bee-stung lip.
A lip stain is a hands down winner for bridal, it's more man and white dress friendly and you will feel far more confident than with a full-on red lip if you are new to it that is.
A red lip is something you have to wear with confidence otherwise it just does not work, it feels slightly heavy at first but after a bit of wear your either love it or hate it. Carry on following my blog for advice on how to achieve the perfect red lip.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

On location- Day 2

So, i have settled into the UK part of my location shoot and so far it has involved 5am wake up calls and running underneath an an antique steam train with a smoke machine to create a "Breif Encounter" atmosphere. Yes, if you are a make-up artist on a shoot you do have to muck in sometimes. And now i am watching "The only way is Essex" which i have never seen before (i don't have TV at home, i know, weird) anyway, i literally cannot beleive the make-up! I am literally open mouthed looking at these women. The evenings are a time to kick back and recharge, early nights are a must and if i can i soak my feet in a hot bath, works every time.
Anyway, the looks i have created have been very influenced by the "Breif Encounter" breif, it's all about taking that look and giving it a modern twist. It's been all about making the eyebrows slightly stronger, a graphic liquid line teamed with a natural glossy lip, i am very pleased with the results.
With the hair i have been creating body with heated rollers, a god send on the early starts, taking them out at the last minute and twisting the hair up into a large messy bun and backcombed quiff.
My "can't be without" products on location shoots today are my new MAC dazzleglass in "Bare Necessity" great ontop of a nude lip. My Barry M shimmering eye and lip crayon in  No.5, a must for tired eyes and to create an etherial frosted lip a true high-street gem. Water is a must as you forget to keep hydrated on shoots, Vitimin C to ward off colds, and a good shoot coat. I will fill you in tomorrow.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Natural Bride

So, it's wedding season and the brides are booking in like crazy. I had wedding trials today and one of my clients wore no make-up at all day to day, yet she felt she needed something for her wedding. As she sat in front of me, perfect skin and brooke sheilds-esque eyebrows to die for i could tell she was a little wary of my kit.
I started with MAC tint, and her skin was glowing and even more flawless, but to my surprise she still felt it was too much. I had to take myself back to before i started wearing foundation and how it felt, i understood and i re-cleansed her skin.
I ended up using my all time favourite MAC strobe cream on the high points of her face (cheekbones, nose bone, brow bone) and covering any darkness under the eyes with MAC select cover-up. The result? Fresh and flawless.
I finished the look with a soft gold on the lids, a walnut kohl and black mascara to define the eyes, my fail safe cream blusher in Powder Pink and Naked gloss on the lips both by Bobbi Brown.
She left looking every bit the magazine bride and i rediscovered a couple of my favourite Bridal products i just have to share.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

3 Days to go!

So, i'm starting on the first part of my 10 day location shoot on Sunday and i think i nearly have everything sorted. The first part of the trip is in the UK and after a weekend break we're all off to Alesund in Norway! The UK part is easy as weather conditions will be mild yet unpredictable, but Norway is another story. Location shoots are always a bit tricky. You have to be prepared and organised.
As a make-up artist of over 5 years, i have had to deal with many weather conditions. And no matter how much you prepare you have to actually go through it to know how to deal with it.
Cold weather is one of the hardest to deal with, not only are you cold to the bone and on your feet all day and sometimes into the night it's your job to make the model look like she is feeling her absolute best. These are just some of the products i wouldn't be without in Norway and why:
Avene Thermal Spring Water spray: Cold weather as we all know makes your skin dry and extra sensitive. I always have this to hand, not only to set the make-up but also to keep it looking fresh. It also helps keep me awake before the first coffee break.

Bobbi Brown Extra Moisturiser: I use this to soothe dry chapped skin, and also press it into the base when it starts to look a little dry. It also makes a great hand a body cream in emergencies.
Smiths Rosebud Salve:  A multi use balm for anything from chapped skin to soothing irritation and softening cuticles. I will have this to hand in Norway in order to keep the models lips looking frosted and moisturised. I team this with a baby toothbrush exfoliation each morning to exfoliate the lips.



























Well, with many 5am starts ahead of me, that covers the basics for tonight. But i will fill you all in tomorrow about my other kit essentials and other must-haves for on location shoots.