Bridal Month – Look 3 – Natural Look with a bright lip

For the 3rd look of this month’s bridal looks, I have used a different model, to give an idea of how colours work on different skin tones and eye colours. As you can see from the pictures, Ruth is blonde with a fairer skin tone and blue eyes compared to Tory, the model for the previous two looks,who has a much darker skin tone and darker features. For that reason, I have gone for a very natural golden colour on the eyes and let Ruth’s gorgeous features do the talking. Just to brighten it up, I have gone for quite a bright pink lip, but you could just as easily tone it down with a nude pink lip colour such as MAC Hue, which is a very popular colour for brides.

Before - no makeup

Before – no makeup

Before - no makeup

Before – no makeup



Soft Golden Eyes

Soft Golden Eyes


Soft Golden Eyes

Soft Golden Eyes

Natural Golden Look

Natural Golden Look

Below is a product list that I used to achieve this look and a little information on how it was applied:

Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – I would always recommend using a primer for bridal make up as it will help the make up last all day (and night)
Buff Make Up Sheer Glow – in Movie Star – this gives a really nice glow to the skin. A small amount applied all over the face with a foundation brush. As you can see from this and the previous two looks, I always use this on my brides
Foundation – BUFF HD Foundation – really well buffed into the skin using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to give a medium to full coverage. This foundation is suitable for all skin types and will leave the skin with a satin finish. Ruth has some pigmentation on her forehead and on the tops of her cheek bones and this covers it really well. It’s also great for bridal or editorial work as it doesn’t have an SPF in it.
Concealer – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – under the eyes, down the centre of the nose, through the brow bone, on the cupid’s bow and in the centre of the chin
Contour – Nars Laguna Bronzer – to softly contour the cheek bones. This look isn’t about contouring, so that is why it’s just done very softly. This bronzer is a great product for fairer skins.
Blush – NYX Rose Garden – this is a really fresh pink colour, with a small amount of golden shimmer through it. It has just been applied to the apples of the cheeks and blended upwards towards the ears
Face Powder – MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – I used this to get slightly more coverage on certain parts of the face, namely over the areas of pigmentation, but kept the cheeks and nose dewy.
Highlighter – MAC Soft and Gentle – applied to the top of the cheek bones, through the brow bone, down the centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow

Base/Primer – MAC Painterly applied all over the lid and up to the brow to give a really even base to work on. This provides a base for the eye shadow to stick to and helps the eye shadow last longer
Eye Shadows – MAC Kid was blended through the crease using a MAC 224 brush to give a little extra definition to the eyes and then applied all over the lid just up to the crease and blended in slightly. MAC Woodwinked was then applied onto the lid and blended through the crease as well. You don’t need very much of this product as it can look too cakey if you have too much on your brush
Eyeliner – MAC eyeshadow in Carbon was applied along the top lashline, as closely to the lashes as possible using a MAC 266 brush. A very small feline flick was then applied to the outer corner of the eye. I then went over this with Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Black using a Louise Young LY24A brush. With whatever product I still had on the 266 brush, this was applied to the very outer edge of the lower lash line
Highlighter – MAC Soft & Gentle through the brow bone
Brows – Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde and MAC Omega eyeshadow
Mascara – Maybelline The Flashies in Black on top and bottom lashes
Lashes – Amazing Shine lashes in no 507

Lip Liner – MAC Subculture liner
Lipstick – MAC Speed Dial

Gloss – MACPro Longwear Lipglass 
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Are you getting married and is this something that you would wear on your wedding day?

Thanks for reading and have an Eggtastic long weekend.


February Favourites

Where is this year going? How is it March already? Well the good news is that hopefully spring is on the way and the weather might actually improve if we all cross our fingers enough! I have been trying out quite a few products this month so here’s what I’ve been loving:

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Academie Bronze Express – Introduced to me via January’s PowderPocket box, this is now a firm favourite of mine. When applied with a tanning mitt it goes on so easily, you can see how much you are applying and therefore layer it up as needs be. There is very little smell from it and I haven’t found it to rub off on clothes, this is probably because it dries extremely quickly, so you will need to work fast with it. Also, I would very much recommend applying this with a tanning mitt rather than with your hands or with rubber gloves. My trusted St Tropez tanning mousse has well and truly been shoved off the shelf to make way for this new addition!
Retail Price – €14.95


Buff Make Up HD Foundation – Whilst not a new brand to the market, it’s a new brand to me and boy am I glad I found it. So much so, it’s sneaked its way into this month’s favourites as well as into my make up kit. I’ve been so impressed with this foundation so far that I’ve already started using it on brides for their trials with really great feedback. It’s definitely not for those of you who like the natural look and aren’t used to wearing much foundation as it’s definitely a full coverage foundation with very good pigmentation, so a little goes a long way. Which is just as well, as you only get 20ml in a bottle as opposed to the standard 30ml you do with most other foundations and it costs €30. Buff claim that it’s suitable for all skin types, although I would be very hesitant to use it on very oily skin as I’m not convinced it would last on the skin. As someone who has combination skin, I can vouch that it lasts very well on my skin type. It leaves a really lovely dewy finish to the skin and given it’s HD formula, it’s ideal for brides and editorial work.
Retail Price – €30


Buff Make Up Sheer Glo – Another purchase from Buff Make Up from when I did one of their workshops at the beginning of February with the amazing Tara O’Farrell. This is a liquid highlighter that gives the skin an instant useful glow. Applied after primer and before foundation it helps to give that gorgeous dewy effect. As with the HD Foundation, it can be used on all skin types especially dry and mature skin. I don’t use this during the day, simply because I don’t feel the necessity for it and simply don’t have the time to add another product into my routine. However, I’m using it with brides and clients as well as on night’s out.
Retail Price – €32

Lancome artliner

Lancôme Artliner – This has totally changed my make up look in the last month and I pretty much use it everyday. I always used to use a liquid eyeliner when I was younger but then as a makeup artist always got used to using a gel eyeliners. Anyway, I’ve rediscovered the benefits of the liquid ones and this is a fantastic product. It’s one of those products that when you mention it to people they say ‘Oh yeah, I use that, it’s brilliant’. I even found it in my mum’s makeup bag this weekend as a daily essential of hers!!! The foam tip is the perfect size to create a feline flick and makes it quick enough to build it up if desired, it glides on easily and is very long lasting.
Retail Price – €28


Blank Canvas F22 HD Dome Face Brush – Again, a new discovery to me thanks to my January PowderPocket box, this brush really impressed me and was great to use with my Buff Foundation. It’s part of their HD Face Collection and can be used for foundation, blush or contour application and with either liquid, cream, powder or mineral foundations. It’s made of synthetic fibres which makes it easy to clean as well. If you’re on the hunt for some good quality make up brushes and don’t want to break the bank in the process, its definitely worth checking out as they are really reasonably priced. I will definitely be making some more purchases…next on my wish list is the F20 Flat Buffer Brush.
Retail Price – €13.99


Revlon Lip Butters – I treated myself to a couple of these last month and previously mentioned them in a post (click here). My favourite is Tutti Frutti which I wear all the time, a soft coral, peach colour. As they are similar to a lip balm but with colour and good pigmentation, they do not dry the lips, in fact they are quite hydrating. You can simply dab it on with your finger to give a subtle sheen of colour or build it up to almost a lipstick. Currently available in 21 shades.
Retail Price – €11.20

I’ve really enjoyed testing and discovering lots of new products this month and I’ve had lots of queries for weddings and bridal make up this month, so lots keeping me busy. What products have you been loving this month?

Thanks for reading.

Autumn/Winter 13 Make up trends

As we head into Autumn, you can definitely feel the air changing….that calls for a revamp of our make up. Make up for Autumn/Winter 13 definitely brings with it a touch of glamour. Here’s what’s hot for Autumn/Winter 13…..


This trend is staying around, so if you haven’t started growing yours, now is the time. They don’t necessarily need to be bushy, just keep them well groomed. A great way to do this is by using a brow gel to set them in place.  MAC do a great clear gel which is a permanent fixture in my kit and you can also get a less expensive version from Rimmel or Maybelline. Using the brushes on these helps tame the brows and gets the hairs to grow upwards.

MAC Clear brow GelMaybelline Clear Brow Gel

If you think you need some extra definition on the brows, then you can do this with a powder or pencil product. For blondes I’d recommend using MAC;s eyeshadow in Omega or their eyebrow pencil in Fling. For brunettes, MAC’s Lingering pencil is great and they also have a huge variety of brown shades, so they’ll definitely be one to suit your brows. Definitely try to stick to the exact colour, or even one shade lighter than your natural brows. If you’re feeling a bit flash with your cash, try Anastasia Beverly Hills range of brow products which can be purchased at and they are currently offering free worldwide shipping for orders over £25.


Wine stained lips are definitely a big trend for the coming seasons and it’s all about being matte. So apply your lip colour/lip stain and then blot away any excess. You can even put a light covering of face powder over your lips. Colour wise, it’s the typical wine, berry and rich colours your would associate with this time of the year. I’m totally lusting after the Tom Ford range of lipsticks that are in the shops, actually, I tell a lie, it’s not just the lipsticks I’m lusting after, it’s the whole collection. Oh a girl can dream.

Tom Ford lipsticks

However, this year there are more options in terms of the texture of the product that you use, from Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, a lip stain, lipstick or a lip tar.

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We’re finally seeing a move from the “no make-up” dewy-skinned look that has dominated catwalk beauty for a long time to a shift towards groomed, velvety skin carefully prepped with foundation before being dusted with a liberal coat of powder to set it. Apparently make-up artists spent five times as long on the skin than the rest of the make-up at the fashion shows toachieve the perfect matte satin skin. For a high street option, I would opt for L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation, which will help you achieve a healthy glow without too much shine.


Eyeliner will always be on trend in some form or another. This season it’s in the form of thin, black, sometimes barely-there liner.  There is also a noticeable nod to the ’60s with extravagant feline flick.


Dark & Dramatic Eyes
The focus for this season’s dark eyes is on a smudged, sexy look, with extra details like glitter and metallics. Just remember to keep the lip bare.

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I hope this helps you find a look that suits you. Make up, like your wardrobe should change a few times a year to suit your skin colour and colours appropriate for the season. There are some absolutely amazing new collections for this season, so go on, treat yourself to something!

Sara. x