Sunday, 24 August 2014

A little word that means so much...

What words do you think about when you think of a Wedding? Love? Happiness? Marriage? Maybe it's new beginnings and building lives together, starting out and planning your adventures together.  I have the pleasure of being part of weddings who have already started on their journeys and their plans involve more than just husband and wife they maybe already have their homes and have gorgeous little ones to share their wedding day with them so along with 'Happiness', 'Love' and 'Marriage' along comes 'Family' to join the party...

2 years ago we celebrated Kirsty & Nicks wedding day a celebration of their beautiful family.    A day to mark all of the love, history and effort that goes into that small but momentous word....Family. From the matching suits & converse worn by Owen & Evan to Morvens pretty boho floral crown and Joselyn's jewelled dress that twinkled in the lights.  The flowers in tea cups & jars made with love by Kirsty the night before her big day, the meaningful soundtrack to the wedding day chosen by Nick, to the handmade bunting and wedding favour hearts made by her mum and the look of pride on her dads face as he walked her down the aisle.  This was a day full of happiness, love and above all, family.  

Gorgeous families like this don't just happen there's hard work and effort involved, kids to get to school on time and bills to pay and it's sometimes it's easy for us to get caught up in it all.  To me anniversaries aren't about the flowers or chocolates or perfume (although accepted gratefully) but maybe they are about reflection and reminiscing and maybe most importantly there to remind us of who's there at the centre of it all. 

Happy Anniversary to a very beautiful person in my life and her very beautiful family xxx

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A quick 5 minute tip on how to master the flawless foundation routine!

Different kinds of foundation brushes call for different application techniques.  Each of these techniques can be used alone but combine the two methods for the most thorough and flawless finish...

Sweep it down- if you have a flat foundation brush it's likely you spend your mornings painting on your product on that's fine but ensure you only use downward strokes to flatten any tiny downy hairs on the face and not brushing them upwards!  Use the tip of your brush to get right in to the corners of the nose and under eye area.   Also be sure to 'mould' your foundation in with your fingers by pressing  your finger tips over your applied product this will get rid of any brush marks and keep it looking natural.

Whisking it round- for using a buffing or kabuki brush.  This is when you use your a round brush in a whisking circular motion to really buff product into your skin.  This is the best method for filling in pores and fine lines.  It's the best way to melt the product into the skin rather than having a layer of product sitting on top of the skin which makes for a longer lasting finish.

Combining these two techniques will ensure you have an even & thorough coverage which is buffed into the skin resulting in a fresh and natural finish.

Enjoy your new flawless face!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

How to do brows...

Here's a quick little something on how to do brows:

1. Brush those babies up with a spoolie (or clean mascara wand)
2. Fill in with a shadow starting from the arch in an outwards direction (I like to use an angled brush)
3. Work your way down the tail of the brow elongating them if you so desire
4. Brush the product lightly through the start of the brow so to keep it natural (an upwards direction is good here)
5. Want to look five years younger? Highlight on top of your brow and blend it in which give you an instant eye lift..perfecto x

Do you have brow traumas?  Ask me a question and I'll do my best to answer catch me on...

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...ohh and excuse my fluffy hair #curlygirlproblems

Monday, 21 July 2014

How to do your own wedding make up...polished & natural.

This is the first of a series in how to do your own wedding make up that I have had featured over on the fabulous Scottish wedding blog Braw Brides it's really important you pop over there for a full description of each step as this is just a quick how to in pictures....easy!  Don't forget you can ask any questions or if you have any requests on catch me on social media x

Friday, 11 July 2014

Quick 5 min lesson for Long Lasting lips!

When the weather is warming up and the sun is shining I generally go for a lighter make up look but do like to make my lips a feature. How do I keep my lipstick long lasting?  Follow this quick tutorial for a long lasting lip...
  • I have already prepped my lips with a lip balm as described in my skincare lesson 
  • I like to start with a base so usually blot my foundation brush over my lips to neutralize my lip colour (this is a good step if you have quite pigmented lips) it only needs the tiniest amount of product to do this I am not advocating concealer lips this also gives a bit of staying power  
  • I start by outlining my lips then filling in all over with the same lip pencil then patting the colour in with a finger this gives the lipstick or gloss you are using something to stick on to
  • I then really pack my lip brush with the lip stick of my choice and work it into the lips all over, back and forth, this (along with the liner) creates a stain on your lips
  • If your lips need a little bit of correction (for example you might want to slightly enhance your top lip or you might need to even out your lip line) go back in and do this with your same lip liner
  • For a professional finish clean up around the edges using your concealer brush (again only a tiny bit of product required)
  • You can then top up the lips with a little bit of lipgloss if you like a glossy look or if you want really long lasting blot by placing a tissue over your lips and pressing (not between the lips) and repeat application
  • If you are into highlight (and you should be after my contour & highlight lesson) don't forget to add a dab of your highlighter to your cupids bow to give you an even poutier finish. 
My favourite lip liners-

1. Rimmel Exaggerate in 063 Eastend Snob (a soft mauve toned pink good for teeth whitening!)
2. MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture or No 7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude (the perfect nudes and a great choice for exaggerating your lipline in a natural way or for using as a base if you don't have a matching liner for your lips)
3.A Clinique chubby stick can be both your liner and lip colour....I prefer the intense range as these have the best colour payoff. 

Have fun! x

Friday, 4 July 2014

Storyboard- Love's Young Dream

This is Love's Young can almost feel the passion and touch the warmth between these two hearts.  Even on your wedding day find the time to just be the two of you.  Take a moment to feel the sun on your face, breath in the warm fresh air and look forward to the rest of your lives together.  

Images by Lush & Co

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

#molmakeuplesson7- How to Contour & Highlight

Ladies as requested here is my quick take on contour and highlight.  It's actually not that complicated honest...

You need two colours of foundation a darker colour (one or two shades darker than your skin tone) this is your contour.  The darker colour is put in the areas of the face we’d like to ‘push back’ so under the cheekbones, under the jawline, down the sides and under tip of the nose and on the outer corners of the forehead.

You also need a lighter colour (one or two shades lighter than your skin tone) this is your highlight.   The lighter colour works by bringing forward the areas you are highlighting so above the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and the centre of the forehead.

I'm using the Maybelline stick foundations in Soft Honey & Classic ivory.  I like a stick foundation as they make the task of contouring quite easy.  Prepare to look a bit odd in between blending!

Now you are ready to blend blend blend! You are going to blend these two colours so you have no lines left starting by blending the darker colours first using a buffing brush (I like the Real Techniques brushes check out my post of the tools you need here) in small circular motions I always start at the hollow of my cheekbone.  

Next you want to blend out the highlight you can use the same brush but you may need a smaller brush for the nose the aim is to blend not so that both colours are merged into one but so there are no harsh edges.

The next step is to  follow up this process with two powders to further enhance the contour and set the make up.  I used a pressed powder over the highlighted areas and a matt bronzer over the contour.   It's not necessary to add blush but I feel naked without it so I always add a sweep of blusher between the contour and highlight on the cheekbone,  add a touch up on the temples and in the summer a touch over my nose.  I go on and conceal under the eyes and any areas that need a bit of extra coverage.  

You can then add extra highlight if you so desire with an an illuminating highlighter such as MAC soft and gentle (which I am using here) or the old faithful touch ├ęclat.  Places I recommend doing this is top of cheekbones, inner corner of eyes, cupids bow, brow bone.  This is one of my tricks to look awake even though I may be really tired!

PS pouting in the mirror while doing all of the above is totally optional but makes the whole process way more fun!

Hope this helps you ladies in the quest to a contoured face let me know how you get on x