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Hotlox Photoshoot with Orla Keogh

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Behind the Scenes Hotlox Mermaid Hair Shoot

Hello again!

As you might have noticed from facebook I have been working with Hotlox Hair Extensions alot lately. Here are some behind the scenes shots of one of the looks we did. Orlaigh had got mermaid hair extensions (blue and purple pastel) which I think are so cool! Read More

Product Spotlight: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick

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YSL Lipstick Review

Hello again!

So it is time to talk about this lovely little gem I was sent the other day. It is no secret that I absolutely love lippies. The reason I now know for certain that I am a little obsessed is this: I found the following four lipsticks and three glosses in my handbag. In my car I found three lipglosses in my cup holder and two lipsticks in the side panel of my car. Then I have my stash beside my bed and then I have my professional kit, which had last count had over 100 lipsticks in it…heaven forbid one might have the urge to top up one’s lippy and can’t find a lip product!!

I was quite delighted to receive this baby in the post the other day. I just adore the packaging, so intricate, the detailing on it make me not want to use it and keep it as a collectors item. Alas too late for that I broke the no.1 rule as learned from the comic geek on The Simpsons…don’t open it 🙂

As you know I am a huge fan of products that smell nice. It is one of the first things I do when trying something new, I apply  a swatch to my hand and then I smell it! I was really pleased with the smell of this lipstick, it is fruity, much like their lipglosses which I love.

I was sent the N°7 Rose Infinite which is a rosy pink colour which looks alot darker in the pan then it actually is. he coverage of the lipstick is quite sheer yet buildable, so it is the perfect product to bring with you and top up in the evening for more drama. It is nice and moisturising and keeps your lips looking luscious and they feel great too!

This Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick will be available from counters nationwide from mid-March, with a RRP of €31.50

If you happen to try this yourself, let me know what you think. I thoroughly enjoy a good makeup chat. Until then!

Lots of love,

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Beauty Lowdown: How to Prepare Skin for Makeup

By | Beauty Lowdown, Dermalogica, Human Kind, Lancome, Merumaya, Uncatagorized, YSL | No Comments

Clean Skin Makeup
So I notice that there are alot of people a bit confused when it comes to getting their skin ready for make-up. Everything that you use under your make-up will affect the longevity of the make-up and the way that it sits on the skin. Last week I did a post about primers, well now I would like to delve a little deeper than that and talk about skincare, potions and lotions.

Cleansers

Merumaya Skin Care

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I always recommend you start with a clean base. So if you are going out at night-time and have been wearing makeup all day in the office, I would highly recommend doing a cleanse. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a full cleansing regime, but you would at least like to get rid of the oil and pollution build up from the day.

Toners

dermalogica toners

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If your cleanser is creamy or oil based then it is imperative that you use a toner. If you don’t do this step, then the very oil that has cleaned your face will remove the make-up that you will apply on top of it. You will see your foundation slide or simply it won’t sit perfectly on the skin.

Serums

Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

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Now I think that serums are great for those of you that have incredibly dry skin, but it is a step that I would skip during the day for those of you with oily complexions. They are very hydrating and plumping, but can create funny issues for make-up. Serum will actually make the foundation congeal if not applied correctly. I saw this happen first hand. I popped into YSL one time for an impromptu make-up application. The make-up artist applied the YSL Youth Liberator and the YSL Touch Eclat Foundation. When I looked at my skin I was surprised to see big clumps of the foundation had curdled on my face. I had actually been using that foundation for a few weeks before that, so I knew that it was ok on my skin, I am 100% sure that it was caused by the serum. On another occasion I had a client who described her make-up sliding off her face in a slimy mess and when I pried, I discovered that on that occasion alot of serum had been applied prior to make-up application too. If you are going to use a serum you need to apply it sparingly and then allow time for it to dry before applying your foundation. So what I would usually do is apply the skincare products, then apply the eye make-up,   by the time you get to do the foundation the serums and moisturisers would have plenty of time to soak in properly.

Moisturisers

Human Kind Skincare

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Make sure you go for a moisturiser that is suitable to your skin type. If your skin is too de-hydrated, no foundation will look good, it will just get absorbed by your thirsty skin and leave it looking patchy, cakey and at worst cracked looking. If you have dry skin, you need to use a nice creamy moisturiser, but I also highly recommend a serum or a moisture booster underneath this. If on the other hand you have incredibly oily skin, make sure you use a mattifying moisturiser, this will hydrate your skin, but will also help to prevent oily breakouts later in the day.

After you have finished these steps you can then have a look at my Primer Lowdown: What are the best primers for your skintype.

I hope you have found this information useful, let me know if you have any questions.

Lots of love,

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Colour Matched and Loving It!

By | Amazing Cosmetics, Clinique, Cover FX, Dior, Guerlain, Hourglass, Korres, Laura Mercier, Make-up Forever, Nars, Pantone, Perricone, Philosophy, Shiseido, Smashbox, Too Face, Too Faced, Uncatagorized, YSL | 6 Comments

PantoneIQ1

So you probably remember a couple of weeks ago, that I was telling you about a nifty little tool that Sephora/Pantone had release, you can see that post here. While I was on holidays I decided to pop into a Sephora store to discover if this little device, that promised so much lived up my expectations.

Sephora Pantone Setup

I was promptly seated in a special station that was set up, just for the the Colour Matching Service. The Beauty Associate, showed me all the tools and promptly explained what everything did. I unfortunately don’t have any pictures of the scanner, because we lost our camera, but luckily I had also taken a couple with my phone. There was this uber cool scanner and also this chart, which had all the various skin tones and shades listed on it. Just like we know, it ranges from Pink, Neutral to Yellow.

Sephora Color IQ: Pantone Skin Tone Grid

So she did three scans on my face. One on my forehead, one around the nose and then one on the jawline. The machine computes these three colours and then gives you one tone that will balance out the darker and lighter tones making you look even skinned and flawless! Well that is the hope.

After this they emailed me my matches, which you can see below:

 

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation 125
$27.00
Make-up Forever Matt Velvet MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation
$42.00
Philosophy Hope Tinted Moisturiser Philosophy Hope In A Tinted Moisturizer™
$32.00
Veil Foundation Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free SPF 15 NO. 1.5 NUDE
$36.00
Laura Mercier Powder Foundation Laura Mercier Foundation Powder NO. 4
$60.00
Dior Skin Nude Dior Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Wear Make-up Light Beige
$40.00
Korres Mineral Foundation Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation 03 Medium Beige
$22.00
Shiseido Foundation Shiseido Advanced Hydro-Liquid Compact Refill SPF 15 I 20
$28.00
Cover FX Waterbased Foundation Cover FX Natural FX Water Based Foundation SPF 15 E 30
$10.50 – $30.00
Shisheido Pore Refining Foundation Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation SPF 16 B20 NAT LIGHT BEIGE
$40.00
Too Faced Cosmetics Too Faced Amazing Face SPF 15 Foundation Powder WARM HONEY
$38.50
Shisheido Compact Make-up Shiseido The Makeup Perfect Smoothing Compact Foundation SPF 15 I 20
$32.00
Amazing Cosmetics Foundation Amazing Cosmetics Velvet Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation Tan Golden
$9.00 – $31.00
YSL Teint Resistant Foundation Yves Saint Laurent TEINT RESIST – Long Wear Endless Comfort Transfer Resistant Foundation SPF10 5 PEACH
$36.00
Cover FX Mineral Foundation Cover FX Mineral FX Pure Mineral Foundation SPF 15 E40
$55.00
Cover FX Mineral FX Pure Mineral Foundation SPF 15 E60
$37.00
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Cosmetics Velvet Mineral® Liquid Custom Finish Foundation SPF 15 Medium Golden
$37.00
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation COSMECEUTICALS
$47.00
Smashbox Foundation Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation SPF 15 FAIR F2
$55.00
Diorskin Nude Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15 23 Peach
$38.00 – $39.00
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation NARS Sheer Glow Foundation MEDIUM2 SANTA FE
$48.00
Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25 Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25 Rosy Beige
$42.00
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup Ivory
$49.00
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 02 Beige Clair
$27.00
NARS Sheer Matte Foundation NARS Sheer Matte Foundation – SANTA FE
$58.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Instant Radiance Foundation SEPHORA COLLECTION Instant Radiance Foundation medium 26 peach
$42.00
Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 agent 04
$19.50 – $43.00
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 light
$36.00
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15 Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15 Light
$34.00
Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20  shade 02
$44.00
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Nude
$36.00
LORAC ProtecTINT™ SPF 30 - Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer LORAC ProtecTINT™ SPF 30 – Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer IN THE BUFF
$32.00
Philosophy Hope In A Tinted Moisturizer™ Philosophy Hope In A Tinted Moisturizer™ Light
$39.00
Philosophy Hope In A Tinted Moisturizer™ Philosophy Hope In A Tinted Moisturizer™ Medium
$39.00

After all that, I bought a foundation not on the list! I just like to be difficult 🙂 I went for a foundation that hasn’t been listed with this tool yet, I will do a review on that later.

I think that it is a fantastic tool for the consumer to get a foundation that matches their skin tone. I for one have bought enough of the wrong shades throughout the years and I am a trained make-up artist! What about you?

What do you think of this tool, would you like to see it in Ireland? I have read online that Boots now has something similar, has anyone tried that? I am interested to learn more about it. As you can see from the extensive list above, the Sephora tool recommends lots of different brands, textures and forms of foundations. This makes it a far superior tool compared to the No.7 one. It would be great to see a department store like Brown Thomas or Debenhams developing a tool like this.

Let me know what you think.

Lots of Love,

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Holidays! – Part 2

By | Active Lashes, Armani, Becca, Benefit, Body Shop, Clarins, Crown Brush, MAC Cosmetics, Maybelline, No.7, Rimmel, Royal & Langnickel, Uncatagorized, YSL | One Comment

Make-up for my holidays

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!!

EYES
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.

LIPS
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

FACE
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.

BRUSHES
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,

 

My Everyday Makeup

By | Benefit, MAC Cosmetics, Maybelline, Mineral Hygienics, Models Own, Uncatagorized, YSL | One Comment

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!

Image Courtesy of Temptalia.com

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,

Emma xx

Behind the scenes Summer Layering Photoshoot

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Fashion Shoot Makeup

I did a shoot the other day and it was an absolute fabulous day, so excuse the poor quality of the pictures, but my phone camera just couldn’t handle the sunshine! I will share the finished photos when they are released. Amber was the model and she is so gorgeous already, we wanted to keep the make-up really simple. As there was alot of skin on show I made sure to really hydrate the skin. I usually use Body Shop’s Strawberry Body Butter, but I recently picked up some in M&S when I was in there recently. I am a huge fan of their tights and salads, a weird combo I know! Well now I can add their body butters to that list too.

On Amber’s face I also really hydrated her skin, but this time with Clinique’s Moisture Surge for Normal/Combination Skin. I love how lightweight and readily absorbed this moisturiser is. Skin just drinks it up and it quenches any thirst meaning it is perfectly prepped for the foundation. She has such great skin with the most beautiful freckles. I lightly evened out her skin tone with MAC Face and Body which created a thin veil allowing her sunkissed skin to glow through.

M.A.C. Face & Body Foundation

For the eyes, I lightly buffed a light peach eyeshadow called Samoa Silk into the contour of the eye and slightly shimmery cream colour called Dazzlelight to soften the edges, both from MAC.

I then lined the eyes with Estee Lauder’s Double Wear stay in place eye pencil in Chocolate which was smudged out and softened. I used my much loved Eyelure 020 False Eyelashes and applied lashings of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Mascara, which is simply THE BEST mascara on the market.

I warmed up her cheeks and décolletage with the Terre Saharienne Collecter bronzer from YSL, the texture is soft and silky. It contains a polymer that works with the skin and helps maintain its moisture level. It also has this gorgeous snake skin print engraved which I nearly wanted to preserve!

Collector terre sahariennen°2

To complete the look I used a little Hush Liptar from OCC Cosmetics dabbed on with my finger to keep it soft and subtle.

Hush Liptar OCC Cosmetics

We had a great days shoot, we were absolutely blessed with the weather. It rained so hard all night that it actually kept me away all night. The day of the shoot wasn’t the best, but as soon as we got to the Farmleigh to shoot, the clouds parted and we were basked in sunshine! Happy days, no need for the wellies that I packed.

Photographer: Therese Ahern @ Fashion Photography Dublin
Stylist: Sarah Williams @ Dublin Fashion Stylist
Model: Amber Jean Rowan @ Morgan the Agency
Hair: Joe Hayes @ Toni & Guy
Makeup: Emma Farrell @ Editorial Makeup

Want to get rid of Undereye Circles?

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Panda Eyes Dark Undereye Circles

I am one of those people that has deep set hooded eyes, as a result the skin underneath the eye area is quite thin. This means that you can see alot of the blood vessels and veins underneath my eye, so it looks quite dark all the time, regardless of how much I sleep. Also I have quite a strong hollowing underneath my eye which in turns adds to the general look of tiredness.

Here is a picture of my eye with no makeup on (scary I know!):

Before bad undereye circles and hollow

There really is nothing I can do about this other than get surgery, there are many skincare products out there and I have tried the lot and they really don’t make much of a difference. This is where being a make-up artist comes in handy, because although I am not able to get rid of them permanently. I am absolutely able to reduce the look of my undereye circles with the magic trickery that is make-up.

The first thing that we have to think about is what colour makes up the bulk of the undereye circle. In my case it is quite blue-purpley in colour (I know it looks quite red in the picture, but I think that is just my camera). We then need to look at the colour wheel to find its opposite colour which will help to cancel out the colour and neutralise it. I bought my colour wheel in the art and hobby shop and always carry it with me when I am working. In my case, I need something that is an orangey yellow.

Makeup Colour Wheel

So I know what colour my products should be, but what kind of products are best? Well I definitely think when working with such discolouration a two pronged attack is best. I use my D62 Kryolan Dermacolor concealer from my Minipalette. It is SUPER pigmented, so means you can cover just about anything. When using it under the eye, be careful it can become quite cakey and accentuate any lines if you are not careful. I find if I mix it with a little bit of eyecream, it thins it out a little and stops it doing this.

Dermacolor Concealer from Kryolan

On top of this then, I use the holy grail of undereye potions. The Touche Éclat in 2.5. For years, I was not a fan of this product as I found the colours quite limited. When they brought out a heap of new colours I decided to give it another try and I was pleasantly surprised. The 2.5 is great as it is the right yellowy/orange to neutralise my discolouration and it also has light reflective particles which bring lightness to the area.

touche eclat n°2.5

Well here is the finished result, just concealer and foundation on. What do you think? What do you use under your eyes?

After YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT undereye circles gone

Emma xx

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