NEW COVER SHOOT FEATURING ACTRESS ROSE LESLIE

It was an absolute pleasure working with this lovely lady for the cover of YOU Magazine recently. As we knew it would be more of an autumn winter shoot we went for a focus on the lashes for a few shots and a soft berry lip for the rest. 

Photography: Rachell Smith

Styling: Holly Ounstead

Hair: Alex Price

Makeup; Me

PERFECT LASHES CALLS FOR INDIVIDUAL LASHES 

The Eylure Individual Lashes (Knot free) Mini Pack is a great way to try out adding some natural definition and added volume to your own lashes. I am totally addicted to individual lashes and i’m forever using them for shoots and the red carpet, and I find the knot free style is totally undetectable. This trial pack comes with short, medium and long so it’s a good way to find what length suits your own lash length or you may want to experiment with mixing sizes, as I often add a few medium ones to the outer corners of the eye for an extra flutter. These work perfectly for top and bottom lash lines so you could even experiment with sixties style bottom lashes too. Lashes on the bottom lash line were a big trend at the AW14 shows and there will be a lot of focus on the eyes this season. 

I find the best way to apply them is with a pair of tweezers and some Duo Adhesive and then you can just remove them with any oily based eye makeup remover. Make sure the glue is tacky before yo apply them and its best to place the individual lashes on top of your lash line so they nestle in amongst your own lashes….just look where you want to fill out your lashes or if you have any gaps you need to hide and aim to balnce both eyes with an equal amount of individual lashes for a more even, natural lash look.

BEAUTY BASICS EVERY GAL SHOULD HAVE……

So I have complied a little check list of all the little extras that help make applying makeup a doodle, besides a few good makeup brushes these are items you might not have thought to purchase but you’ll be glad you did!
Muji Thin Cotton Buds - Every Makeup Artist i’ve ever met has these babies in their kit…I go through at least 2 tubs a month! The genius of these is that not only are they thin enough to fit inside the hole of a Bioderma bottle but they are quite firm too, so great for neat eyeliner/lipstick corrections.
Oil Blotting Tissues - These little sheets of oil absorbing paper are perfect for those with oily skin who hate wearing powder, especially great for guys too!
Eyelash Curlers - Investing in a good pair of lash curlers will keep those peepers wide eyed for years to come! Curling your lashes is the one thing you can do that without even adding any makeup instantly lifts the eyes and makes them look bigger and brighter!
A good Pencil Sharpener - There’s nothing worse than a blunt pencil scrathinh its way along your eye’s waterline so get a good sharpener tp prevent this and you’ll notice how much better the makeup applies. (Mine was free with a Clarins eye pencil)
Tweezers - Again a good pair of tweezers will last a life time, and in addition to aiding you keep your eyebrows tidy they also double up as a great tool for applying false lashes. I recommend Tweezerman as they also provide free sharpening. The ones shown above I received as a present for christmas but I love the little Doll Shape.
Muji Stackable Containers/Empty Palettes - These are especially useful if (God Forbid) you break your favourite eyeshadow/Lipstick and knowing it cost you the same as your weekly shop refuse to let it go to waste. Using a stackable screw top container means you can still use it but in a more pigment/loose shadow form.
Disposable Mascara Wands - I use these for grooming eyebrows or if I use brow gel its a good way to ensure my more expensive brow wands don’t get ruined. Also good for Mascara as well. Beauty Express have a wide range of different styles you can see HERE.
A Soft toothbrush - I always keep the ones I get given on long haul flights as these are usually quite soft and make great lip exfoliators when used with lip balm. They also make good eyebrow brushes too!
If you can think of anything to add to the list then feel free to leave in the comments below….

THE LIP PRODUCT ADDICT TAG 

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
-Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in private Party, Black tie and             Entourage
-MAC Pro Longwear in Good To Go
-MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry
-Burberry Lip Glow in Nutmeg No.10  See it being worn in my Burberry Girl Look Makeup Video and Review here: http://youtu.be/wxjTBSKh4ig
-MAC Lip Paints in Red and Orange - available in the MAC PRO Store London.

BURBERRY EYESHADOWS….AMAZING NUDE EYESHADOWS!!!!

So I finally got round to purchasing a couple of pieces from the Burberry Makeup Line and am pleased to report I was not disappointed! Now it goes without saying these are on the pricey side but they are in the luxury end of the cosmetics market and I think if you are looking for an extra special treat for yourself or someone else you won’t be disappointed with this line either. The people this line won’t impress is those who are looking for neon brights and bold hues of colour as Burberry makeup has kept its focus true to what the Burberry brand is all about…the easy going, effortless, London girl. Expect to see great  nudes and natural hues to compliment the complexion without looking ‘too done’. It’s got that heritage feel to it whilst still being totally modern and effortlessly cool! 

The two eyeshadows I definitely thought deserve a mention are such staple nudes for any makeup bag/kit bag. Sheer Eye Shadows in Almond and Taupe Brown are suit all matte shades that work on any age, any skin tone and can be reworked to create many different makeup looks. The feel of the shadows is nice and buttery smooth and they apply beautifully. The packaging of course is stunning, with a nice weighty feel to it, they also stack magnetically on top of each other and the shadow itself is embossed with the classic burberry check. 

NARS PURE RADIANT TINTED MOISTURIZER 

This time of year when the weather is hot and humid I find myself reaching for the easiest of makeup steps and tinted moisturisers in general tick so many boxes. Not only do you get a nice light coverage but you usually find most good ones also benefit from a high SPF too! The Nars Tinted Moistuizer is such a great all rounder with an SPF of 30, a buildable light coverage, its oil free yet still adds luminosity and feels hydrating. I literally use this with no moisturiser underneath and it just glides on like a dream! The shade range in these is pretty good too! Also it’s great value for money as rather than the usual 30ml of product we seem to be left with nowadays the Nars one is 50mL! 

Have you tired this product?

THE BEAUTY OF BRIGHT PINK BLUSH!!!

One sure fire way of adding life back to dull, tired skin is adding a bright pop of pink blush! Now i’m not talking 80’s style heavy blush but a gentle flush of a pink toned blush can really give life back to the skin, even if its over the top of bronzer it just gives the skin a nice flush of health. 

There’s a pink blush to suit everyone and even when a colour looks intense in the pan, don’t forget you can build up colour slowly so you just get a wash, or a very diluted version of that colour. A great tip if you feel like you’ve gone too far with your blush is just to take a clean cotton pad and gently wipe it over the edges or where you want to dilute it to remove some of the blush evenly. Alternatively you can also use what’s left on your foundation or powder blush just to soften any harsh edges so the colour looks more like its coming from within.

If you have a darker skin tone don’t be afraid to go for a really strong more magenta or plum pink as these look stunning on darker skin tones. If you have a lighter skin tone then opt for a more pale or soft pink.

Above are some of my top pics:

Bourjois Blush 34 Rose D’Or - a nice soft pink with a subtle peach/gold shimmer running through it. This is nice on light to medium skin tones.

Sleek Blush Flamingo - a hot, matte pink. This would be great on medium to darker skin tones.

Gosh Multicolour Blush in 50 Pink Pie - With a mix of pink tones this is great to mix depending on how your skin tone changes throughout the year, so you come back from holiday and have more of a tan just swirl in some of the more intense pink and the plum pink shade.

Nars Blush in Gaiety - This works really nicely on many skin tones, again its more matte in texture but lovely and silky to apply.

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Dollymix also looks great on medium to darker skins or if you want a more statement look on plater skins this does dilute down really beautifully when used lightly. This has a sheer shimmer in it so it naturally highlights the face too.

THE BURBERRY GIRL LOOK AND BURBERRY MAKEUP REVIEW 
This is not a sponsored video, I bought these products with my own money as I wanted to try these products and review them, so all opinions are my own.
As its a review all products are by Burberry and can be found on the Burberry website HERE.
Velvet Foundation Trench No.206
Sheer Concealer in Rosy Beige No.03
Light Glow in Russet Blush No.01
Sheer Eye Shadow in Almond No.06
Sheer Eye Shadow in Taupe Brown No.07
Eye Definer Midnight Ash No.03
Lip Definer Nude Beige No.01
Lip Mist Field Rose No.213
Lip Glow Nutmeg No.10

VICHY DERMABLEND TOTAL BODY CORRECTIVE FOUNDATION 16HR

One thing is for sure, being a makeup artist carrying a heavy suitcase around means I am constantly finding new scrapes and bruises on my legs from lugging that heavy thing up and down stairs! If you too are looking to cover anything from pigmentation to scars to bruises look no further! Vichy DermaBlend have launched a body makeup version as an extension of the DermaBlend range. I have always loved the DermaBlend  range especially their regular foundations and concealers and their ability to cover anything and really last! This body makeup comes in three shades Light, Medium and Dark and at 100ml it’s sure to last you a long time too! The coverage is very good but it still can be blended to look natural. In addition to MAC Face and Body this is fast becoming one of my favourite body coverups for shoots especially when I’m faced with covering bruises and scrapes and need something with a high coverage that will last the entire shoot.

Have you tried the Vichy DermaBlend line?

MAX FACTOR SKIN LUMINIZER FOUNDATION

The Skin Luminizer Foundation is one of the latest foundations from Max Factor which promises to deliver a glowing complexion that’s lightweight, hydrating and brightening. So does it deliver?????

I was sent three shades so I ended up mixing 50 and 80 to get the right shade for me and overall I was quite impressed with this offering from Max Factor. Just one pump was enough to do my whole face and I found this applied best when used with a foundation brush like the Zoeva 102 Face Brush as it helped work the product into the skin. A flat top kabuki brush would also work well I think with this formula, as I would say its in-between a liquid and cream. The glow is perfect for day to evening and it’s nice and subtle so no trace of shimmer or glitter! It just leaves a nice soft vale of coverage that is just the right side of glowing!