I’ve decided to start a series of blogs on your makeup bag necessities. It’s been something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now and now that I have my wonderful assistant Orlaith on board we have time to great a list of my favourite, proven and essential products for your make up collections.
Hi Beauty Fans!
I have some news from the lovely folks at Benefit Cosmetics for you. They have organised a University Tour all to support Women’s Aid.
They will have a bright pink “Benebus” that will tour across Ireland to the major colleges in the lead up to Mother’s day and International Women’s day. They will be visiting Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast.
On each campus they will hold female focused events during the day on site and in the evening ticketed events in the students’ union bars to raise money for Women’s Aid. The events will be light-hearted, with games, competitions and make-uppers, touching on issues highly pertinent to young women, abusive relationships and domestic abuse, self-esteem etc. to name a few. During the evening event a Women’s Aid representative will give a short presentation on their 2in2u campaign. (http://www.womensaid.ie/
For more information on the events you can check out their blog: http://blog.benefitcosmetics.
Let me know if you plan to attend any of the events, I love events that are not only fun, but also for a good cause.
Lots of love,
There seems to be alot of confusion about make-up primers out there, so I thought I would give the low down on my favourite primers that are in my professional kit and what way I use them.
Primers for OILY Skin:
I love Shu Uemura’s UV Mousse, it is perfect on my slightly oily skin and ensures that my make-up does not budge all day. Mr. Shu Uemura always had aspirations to create a product convenient to use in a texture that is new to cosmetics. He described his primer as “a light make-up as transparent as they air”. Well he certainly is that! Unlike any other primers I have tried on the market, this primer is the perfect consistency for oily skin types. The mousse is lightweight and glides easily on the skin. The mattifying properties quickly get to work as the light veil dries on your skin, sucking up any excess oil for long-lasting flawless beauty. It also contains factor 30, which means your skin will be protected from the aging properties of the sun. You can purchase this at Brown Thomas.
I also love the Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, again it is great for oily skin, but this one isn’t as drying to the skin so is great for people with combination skin too. If your symptoms are visible pores, unwanted shine, and an overall makeup meltdown, then Korres has the remedy for you. This clinically proven, universally nude Pomegranate Mattifying Primer blends to an invisible matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing skintone and texture, and preparing skin for smooth makeup application and long-lasting wear. The 94% natural, non-comedogenic formula is water-based so it allows the skin to breathe and never clogs pores. The formula is loaded with antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract to help tighten pores, willow bark extract to balance skin, witch hazel water to mattify and tighten while removing excess oil and dirt, and rice starch to absorb excess surface oil and soften skin.You can purchase Korres products at Beauty Boutique, however at the time of writing this, they didn’t have this particular primer in stock.
Primers for NORMAL TO COMBINATION Skin:
People with this kind of skin type have a much wider range of products to choose from. I love Benefit’s Pore Professional. It is phenomenal at covering large pores, especially around the nose area. It has smoothing, slightly mattifying ingredients that create the perfect base on which to apply your foundation. I find this is great applied lightly on the skin with a foundation brush, this will help to prolong the life of your makeup. My favourite aspect of this primer is that it can be applied over your foundation too. If there are any areas that you still don’t look 100% smooth, you can use this as you would polyfiller! It is lightly tinted, so you can apply it invisibly over your foundation and it will help to diffuse any uneveness.
Primers for DRY Skin:
You have to be super careful with dry skin when applying make-up. If you aren’t you can end up with a cakey, flakey mess. The most important thing is to ensure that the skin is well prepped with the correct skin care. Once the skin is moisturised there are a few primers that work well for dryer skin types. MAC Fix+ Spray is one. It is an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. It can be used under makeup as a light primer, that hydrates and plumps, the skin literally drinks it up! It can also be used over your make-up to ensure it lasts all day.
Another fantastic primer for dry skin is the Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer. This primer masks wrinkles and uneven textures in the skin, making the complexion incredibly smooth with a velvety touch. Skin feels soft as if resurfaced.
Primers for SWEATY Skin:
Or should I say, for skin that tends to “perspire” seems a bit more lady like. There are a number of my clients that have difficulty with getting a bit hot under the collar. Especially for special occasions like weddings and when you have to give an important speach. This is a product that I discovered in my Film and Television work, we would apply this before applying prosthetics so that the actors skin didn’t loosen the glue with sweat. My personal favourite is this formula called Sweat Stop by Michael Davy. It doesn’t dry the skin out too much or cause any nasty reactions. Remember, like any other anti-perspirant, this is most effective when used over a couple days.
I hope you have found this post helpful and if you have any questions about any particular primers out there, do get in touch as I have pretty much tried every product out there and experienced every kind of skin difficulty in the course of my work.
Hope to hear from you soon. Lots of love,
So last week I did a post about what skincare I brought with me on my holidays. Well this is just a little update to that post. Here is what make-up I brought with me. I didn’t actually bring that much as I knew I would be buying heaps of make-up in Sephora and Rickys. You will have to come back later this week for more on that, think I went a little overboard!!
MAC Brule – A great neutral base for any eye look
MAC Taupe – I love this colour to as a base on the socket
MAC Mulch – I use this on the outer corners of my eye, it has a little shimmer, so is really easy to blend
MAC Brun – I use this for more intensity when I want it really smokey, also use in underneath the bottom lash line
Georgio Armani Eyes to Kill No.24 – This is a FANTASTIC eyeshadow that can be used on its own. It creates a gorgeous intense smokey eye, with gold shimmer, really easy to blend and just does not budge! I wore it for a themed 1920s night, when we went to a Speak Easy in San Francisco called Bourbon & Branch, you should check it out if you are ever in San Fran!
Bodyshop Cubes – These are my everyday go to staple, great used dry, but can be used wet too, for a more intense finish.
Bodyshop Navy Blue Eyeliner Pencil – Great for day or night and can be smudged out with the handy blender.
MAC Blacktrack – This is a fail safe, I can’t live without my black gel liner, perfect for flicks that wont budge.
Mabelline Falsies Mascara – Busy trialing this mascara for a blog post, its actually really good.
MAC Painterly Paint Pot – This is the only thing that stops my eyeshadow creasing.
Active Cosmetics False Eyelashes – For when I am really dressing up.
BECCA Vendela Lipstick – I love wearing this during the day time as it is a lovely sheer rose colour, also it hydrates my lips and smells like cocoa butter, seriously good enough to eat!
Rouge d’Armani Lipstick 400 – The most beautiful velvet creamy demi matt red lipstick. I wore this for my 1920s look pared with the smokey eye.
Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Be Famous – Fantastic when you want a pop of colour during the day time, really freshens up your whole look
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation – The gel formula means that it blends really well, also gives me a radiant finish without making me shiny looking, although I do need to powder it during the day.
MAC Pro Studio Finish Concealer in Orange and NW15 – I have quite dark circle, used in conjunction with each other, they work miracles!
MAC Blot Powder – Perfect for mattifying my skin on a hot day.
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish – If you find you need a little extra coverage this is great on top of your foundation.
Clarins Colour Accents – I do light contouring with this silky powder, can be used as a blusher too.
Benefit Coralista – I love the colour of this blusher, but it really doesn’t last! I just brought it with to try and finish it, seems to last forever.
Royal & Langnickel Silk Pro Foundation Brush – Nice and big, so can be used for body make-up too
No.7 Eyeshadow Blending Brush – The short handles are great for popping in my handbag, soft anf fluffy for blending
Crown Brush Eyeliner Brush – Use this for filling in my eyebrows with eyeshadow
Bodyshop Eyeshadow Brush – To apply the eyeshadow
Art & Hobby Shop Paint Brush – For applying gel liner, find they are alot more longwearing than make-up brushes
So I think that was quite a restrained amount of make-up to bring on holidays. What do you think? Would you bring as much, the same or alot more? Love to hear from you.
Lots of love,
As a professional make-up artist I have pretty much tried most products and make-up out there, but when it comes to my own make-up I actually like to keep it very simple. The products above are what you can usually find me wearing on a daily basis, so actually not all that much.
This summer I have been mainly rocking a fresh glowing look. The reason being, even if there is no sunshine, I am going to bloody well exude light!! So to get said glow, I reach for my YSL Touche Éclat Foundation. This is a relative newby to the block and I have to say I love it! This is one of the very few foundations that I have actually bought for myself this year. I am usually sent alot of products to try for the blog and my beauty writing, so I often end up trying out lots of different foundations and go from one to the other. I was working when they did the launch for this bad boy, but I went down to Brown Thomas for my complimentary 7-Day sample (which is available to everyone by the way, so just ask!). I tried it out for a few days and got lots of compliments, so I knew I was on to a winner.
So I headed back to BT’s to buy the full size and of course I forgot to bring the sample with me. I had already been colour matched and it was perfect for me. All I could remember was that I was a B something and I thought it might be B20, but I wasn’t sure. I know what a bad memory I have so I thought it would be better that I book in for a make-over and get colour matched again, just to be sure so I could definitely get the correct colour. Plus I was meeting friends later and wasn’t going to have time to go home. Well what a mistake that was. The lady that I was booked in with was really nice person and I feel bad even writing this, but she clearly didn’t have a great knowledge of the products that she was using. She piled on some serum that they were promoting, which felt really heavy on my skin, when the foundation went to top of this, it actually congealed on my face. She was happy to leave it like that, I had to ask her to please take it off as I had lumps of congealed foundation on my face. I got her to re-apply the foundation without the serum and then it was fine. She went on to finish off the make-up, keeping it really natural. I found that overall the make-up application was a bit messy and unpolished. It is hard to say, perhaps if I was a normal customer I would have been happy. Anyway long story short I went home to discover that I looked really pale. I had a look at the sample I had and it was a B40 and the colour I had just bought was a B20. So now I had a new foundation for the kit! I didn’t realise in BTs because the lighting is so bad, you can’t really tell colours properly, which is really frustrating and must be so hard for the make-up artists to do their work properly! I eventually managed to get back into town and get the right colour for me and this is what I use as part of my everyday look. Phew! A bit long-winded there :-).
Under my eyes I use a mixture of the MAC Moisture cover undereye concealer and the Benefit Highbeam, to really brighten it up. I don’t have alot of Benefit products in my professional kit, but I like them personally because of the pretty packaging and the funny names…not a great reason to buy make-up I know, but I am a girl after all!
I love this Posietint cheek stain by Benefit, it gives me a very soft flush of colour to the cheaks and really lasts. If I am feeling like being a bit more dramatic I will sometimes layer up some Coralista blusher over this. I have kind of gone off powders for the summer, preferring to just set my foundation and blusher with a light wash of translucent powder from Mineral Hygienics. It doesn’t give a matt finish, still allowing the luminosity to show through which I love.
I then fill in my brows using a mix of the browns from this Models Own eyeshadow palette. I find that it is too loose and messy to use as an eyeshadow, but it is great for adding definition and colour to my brows, which I have to do every day, even when I am pairing back my make-up. I then put on a lick of Maybelline Falsies mascara top and bottom and I am good to go!
Pretty low maintenance for a make-up artist ay? What is your daily make-up routine? Would you wear alot of make-up or are you no fuss? Do you find it hard to get the correct colour foundation? I would love to hear about other people’s experiences when shopping for make-up.
All the best,
1.) Cameron Diaz knows how to pull of simple sophistication.Photo courtesy of celebrity-gossip.net
Normally known for her healthy sunkissed skin, due to her active sporty lifestyle it seems like either she hasn’t been on holidays for a while or she is slathering on the sunscreen. I am loving her gorgeous opalescent skin tone. Keeping it very natural apart from a flash of red lippy, this look screams Hollywood sophistication. If you would like to replicate this look I would recommend the following key products:
Foundation: Vitalumiere from Chanel
Lipstick: Ruby Woo from MACImage courtesy of nowmagazine.co.uk
Eyeshadow: Ivory Opulence from Lancome
Eyeliner: Double Wear Black from Estee LauderImage courtesy of icnetwork.co.uk
Blush: Benetint by Benefit
Mascara: High Impact Curling Mascara by Clinique
2.) Ginnifer Goodwin
- Photo courtesy of cdn.buzznet.com
Ginnifer is also working a classic look with a striking winged black eyeliner. This look really suits her pixie haircut and gives her a youthful fresh feel. She has kept lips nude which helps to keep us focused on her eyes and that gorgeous Royal Blue dress. If you would like to replicate this look I would recommend the following key products:
Foundation: Diorskin Nude from Dior
Eyeliner: Black Gel Eyeliner by MAC
Lipstick: Belle de Jour by NARS
3.) January Jones
Strong eyebrows frame January’s features perfectly, I really like her lush berry lip colour which shows off her radiant smile. I read an interview with her Make-Up Artist Rachel Goodwin, who breaks down the look on talkingmakeup.com, which I will share with you here:
Beauty Inspiration & The Look: “January’s Golden Globes makeup was all about taking a fresh approach to the classic red lip.”
Beauty Tip: “I used Le Blanc de Chanel under her base to create luminous ‘glowing from the inside’ porcelain skin, then treated her lips with Chanel Hydramax + Active Lip Treatment before applying Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Paris – a gorgeous garnet red from a new lipstick line launching in March. I painted the finest black line on her upper lid with Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner in Noir and shaded under her eyes with Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Graphite in the outer corners. I finished her look by layering lots of different false eyelashes then added Exceptionnel de Chanel Noir Obscur Mascara over the top for an intense black lash line.”