Bridal Month – Look 4 – Vintage Make Up

Vintage Wedding imageWhen I meet with brides for their trial and discuss the look they want to achieve for their wedding day, they generally respond with one of two answers; ‘Natural Look’ or a ‘Vintage Look’. For the ‘Vintage Look’ it’s generally because the theme of the day is centred around this, so they will have their make up all tied in with the dress and the hair. I tend to find that this look is popular with brides that are used to wearing a strong lip on an every day basis and like quite a strong make up look. It’s certainly not something that I would recommend a bride try for the first time on her wedding day. Least of all the groom might be a bit surprised when he turns to watch you walking down the aisle. As with all these looks that I have posted this month, there are lots that you can change. I’ve gone for a strong eye and strong lip, but you can always tone either one of them down to what you are comfortable with. With the lip this can be changed to a tone of red lipstick that suits your skin tone or a completely different shade, such as a plum, or burgundy colour if that’s what you feel more comfortable with. However, if you are going for a strong colour on your lips, do be prepared that this takes a little more up keep than if you were simply wearing a gloss.

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Before – no make up

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After – Vintage Look

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After – Vintage Look

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After – Vintage Look

Products used for this look

Products used for this look

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

FACE
Primer – Laura Mercier Primer – applied mainly to the T Zone of the face
BUFF Sheer Glow in Moviestar – 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 all the previous looks, I always use this on my brides
Foundation – MAC Full Coverage Foundation – This is another popular foundation with brides that like a fuller coverage from their foundations. It’s an emolient-based formular that provides opaque coverage. As it’s water-resistant and long-wearing it’s perfect for a wedding. It also doesn’t contain an SPF, so there is no risk of flashback in the photos. I used a Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply this
Concealer – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – simply the best concealer on the market. It doesn’t crease, has great coverage and lasts all day. This was applied under the eyes, down the centre of the nose, through the brow bones, on the cupid’s bow and in the centre of the chin
Contour – NARS Laguna Bronzer – used to contour the hollows of the cheek, along the temples and under the jaw line
Blush – MAC Melba – applied to the apples of the cheeks with a MAC 168 brush and then blended up
Highlighter – MAC Soft &  Gentle – a very small amount applied to the top of the cheek bones and through the brow bone, as this look isn’t really about the highlighting. It’s more of a matte look
Powder – Rimmel Stay Matt Powder – my good old faithful translucent powder, applied to most of the face to create a matte finish

EYES
Brows
– Anastasia Brow Whizz in Ash Blonde Eye
Primer
– MAC Painterly – all over the lids

Eye Shadow – MAC Brule all over the lid, MAC Cork and Kid through the crease and a little bit of Espresso to give some more depth
Eyeliner – MaybellineEyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Black
Mascara – YSL Babydoll
Lashes – KISS Natural

LIPS
Pencil
– MAC Brick pencil to line the lips and fill them in – this will ensure that the lipstick lasts longer

Lipstick – M.A.C Red – apply, then blot with a tissue and re-apply. This will ensure that the lipstick lasts longer.

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment below letting me know if you would go for this look on your wedding day.

Sara.x

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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

After

After

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:

FACE
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

EYES
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

LIPS
Lip Liner – MAC Subculture liner
Lipstick – MAC Speed Dial

Gloss – MACPro Longwear Lipglass 
in Infinitely Likeable

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.

Sara.x

Purple Bridal Look

The second of this month’s bridal looks is using purples which would be ideal for a winter wedding to give that slightly darker look. Whilst a lot of brides tend to go for neutral colours such as browns and golds, its always nice to have other options for brides that want something slightly different. Purple is always a winner for those that have brown, hazel or green eyes, it really makes them pop and you only need to use a hint of colour to transform a look.

Before

Before

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

Soft Purple Smokey Eye

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

FACE
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
Foundation – BUFF HD Foundation – really well buffed into the skin to give a medium to full coverage. This foundation is suitable for all skin types and will leave the skin with a satin finish.
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 – Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel to contour and bronze the cheeks and then a little MAC Harmony just to go over it in the hollows of the cheeks (again layering is key)
Blush – MAC Pinch O’Peach – this is a really nice matt soft pink colour, 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, but kept the cheeks and nose dewy.
Highlighter – Sleek Face Contour Kit – applied to the top of the cheek bones, through the brow bone, down the centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow

EYES
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 Yoghurt was applied all over the lid where the Painterly had been applied and blended in. Through the crease MAC Blackberry was then applied using a MAC 217 brush and blended. Using the 239 brush, MAC Blackberry was applied under the lower lashline to give some definition to the eyes.
Eyeliner – Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Black – along the top lash line following the natural shape of the eye and winging it up to create a feline flick.. To make the eyes open up a little I used MAC Naked Liner pencil on the inside of the lower lash line.
Highlighter – MAC Vanilla through the brow bone and on the inside tear duct
Brows – Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
Mascara – Maybelline The Flashies in Black on top and bottom lashes
Lashes – Amazing Shine lashes in no 747-S

LIPS
Lip Liner – MAC Spice Lip Liner
Lipstick – Maybelline Pink Brown
(not available anymore)
Gloss – MAC Deelight

Are you getting married and is this something that you would wear on your wedding day?

Thanks for reading and have a fab week.

Sara.x

March Favourites

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I love Daffodils around the house at this time of year

The daffodils are out, the sun has been making a slightly more regular and welcomed appearance and there’s definitely a spring in everyone’s step, which can only be a good thing. All of a sudden Easter is around the corner and I found myself yet again at the end of another month and late getting my favourites post up, so apologies! Here’s a few things that I have been loving in March:

March Favourites

March Favourites

 

Nars Duo in Sin & Casino

Nars Duo in Sin & Casino

NARS Blushers in Sin – This was one of my products from my “Lust List – Autumn/Winter” post back in November last year and I decided to order it when I needed a couple of NARS foundations for my kit. It’s actually part of a Duo Blusher set which comes with a bronzer in Casino, which is a very similar shade to Laguna. This was ideal for me as I wanted both products and was cheaper than buying both separately. Sin is a really pretty berry/purple colour with a slight golden shimmer through it and it’s a really nice alternative to all my normal pink or peach blushes. Casino is a nice dark brown, again with a slight golden shimmer through it.

 

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in 'Picnic in the Park'

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in ‘Picnic in the Park’

'Picnic in the Park' swatch

‘Picnic in the Park’ swatch

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in ‘Picnic in the Park’ – In March, I treated myself to an online spree and top of my list were some of the items from the Tanya Burr range of lip glosses and nail polishes. I was tempted to purchase the whole lot, but managed to hold myself back and bought First Date, Afternoon Tea, Just Peachy, Champagne Toast and Picnic in the Park. The latter I thought would be my least favourite out of all of them, simply because it’s quite a bright pink colour which doesn’t normally suit me. But I absolutely love it. These lip glosses are super pigmented and are almost a lip stick and gloss in one. You certainly wouldn’t need a lipstick underneath them. When they are first put on, I find them a bit too much, but it’s as if they then calm down a little and settle into the skin. The applicator makes it super easy to apply and the lasting power is amazing. Compared to my MAC glosses they definitely last longer.

 

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Tanya Burr Nail Polish in ‘Bright & Early’

Tanya Burr Nail Polish in ‘Bright & Early’ – As part of the spree I did online I bought four nail polishes from the Tanya Burr range; Bright & Early, Peaches & Cream, Little Duck and Mini Marshmallows. I have been looking for a spring coral colour for a while and ‘Bright & Early’ is the perfect one. As the name suggests, it is quite bright and perfect for Spring/Summer as we all know by now, corals and oranges are always on trend for this time of year. The quality of these products, as with the lip glosses is very good. The brush does carry a lot of product and I don’t think it’s as good as the brushes that you get with the Rimmel nail polishes, but that aside they are lovely polishes. The range of colours is excellent, with 10 different shades there is definitely a polish for every mood.

 

MAC Blush in Harmony

MAC Blush in Harmony

 MAC Harmony Blush – I have fallen back in love with this product. Having started using so many other products for contouring such as NARS Laguna, Sleek Contouring Face Kit and Soleil Tan de Chanel, this has been slightly neglected in my kit and I’d forgotten how good it is. But it has now become a regular product and I quite often like to layer it on top of the Soleil Tan de Chanel for a lasting effect for bridal work.

 

HD Brows at Chez Elaine

HD Brows at Chez Elaine

HD Brows – Chez Elaine (www.chezelaine.com) – We all know that brows are still a big thing, and it looks like that’s not going to change anytime soon. I’ve been going to Chez Elaine in Galway for the last 12 months to grow and re-shape mine and am really happy with them. Elaine Barrett is an absolute expert in HD Brows and even has a whole room dedicated to it in her new gorgeous salon in Galway. She has also been featured on TV3’s Exposé talking about HD Brows. Elaine knows exactly what suits each face shape and how to create the perfect brow. Initially she advised me to use a serum to grow mine, before starting the HD treatment and I’m delighted with the results so far….they are not quite 100% perfect yet, as I still need to grow them a little more in places, but they are still well on their way to being fab.

 

Blank Canvas F20 Brush

Blank Canvas F20 Brush

Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 Flat Buffer Brush – I recently bought a few brushes from Blank Canvas as was keen to try them out as they have been getting rave reviews in the blogging sphere. And the positive reviews are totally deserved! They are fantastic brushes at very reasonable prices. So far, out of the 5 that I bought, I haven’t had any problems with them shedding or leaving hairs on the face etc. I use the F20 brush for applying my liquid foundation which has short, dense synthetic fibres that are really soft on the face and it really does leave a flawless finish to the face. I find that I don’t need as much foundation as with other brushes, which is always a bonus. Foundation is probably the thing I spend the most time on, to really buff it into the skin, and I find that this brush is excellent. I will definitely be buying a couple of these for my kit.

 

Babyliss Boutique Waves

Babyliss Boutique Waves

Babyliss Boutique Soft Waves – As someone that cannot do anything with her hair, this product has been a revolution for me! If you just want a really easy and fairly quick jazz up of the hair, then this is the product. The barrel is quite thick and so it’s great for any of you gals that are blessed with thick, long hair. There are various different heat settings and it even comes with a glove you can wear so as not to burn yourself. As the name suggests, it gives a soft loose wave and with a simple run of the fingers through your hair, you’re done.

So have you been loving any particular products this month? If so, what?

Thanks for reading and have a nice weekend.
Sara.x

Naked 3 Palette Look

It’s started off being a pretty miserable day here in Galway, so I thought what better way to cheer myself up than to do a look using my ‘go to eye shadow palette of the moment’…..the Naked 3 Palette. I got this for Christmas and having never purchased any of it’s predecessors, I’m delighted with this one. Full of rosey gold hues, it wouldn’t be by normal everyday options, but it’s pushed me slightly out of my comfort zone in terms of colour, and I’m liking it!!!

Before you look at any of the images, I must apologise for the quality of the photos, my lighting is not the best. Plus, and it’s a BIG PLUS…..my ‘no make up face’ picture is pretty bad…..I can only apologise. It’s a severe case of pregnancy insomnia for the last 6 months that I think has aged me about 40 years!!!!

So, onto the look and the pictures and products;

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

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Products used for this look

Stages of look

Stages of the look

Final look 1 Final Look 2

Final Look 3

Final Look

 

FACE
Foundation – Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab
Concealer – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
Contour – MAC Blush in Harmony
Highlighter –
Sleek Face Contour Kit Highlighter in Medium
Blush –
MAC Blush in Dame
Powder –
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent

EYES
Eye Shadow Base –
MAC Paintpot in Painterly
Eye Shadows – Strange, Dust, Buzz, Nooner, Mugshot and Blackheart – Strange was used on the inner part of the eye, Dust over the middle and outer half and then Buzz was used through the crease. I also used Nooner through the crease to add some extra definition as Buzz is a shimmer shade and so needed some extra depth to it. Mugshot and Blackheart were then used on the lower lashline.
Eyeliner – 
Lancôme Artliner on the top lashline and MAC Coffee pencil on the lower waterline.
Eyebrows – MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso
Mascara – YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Baby Doll

LIPS
Lipgloss – Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Picnic in the Park – this is fast becoming my favourite lipgloss of the moment.

Do you have this palette? If so, what do you think of it?

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and thanks for reading.

Sara.x

Top 10 Make Up Brushes

As a make up artist, this is one of the things I get asked about all the time. Whilst make up brushes aren’t nearly as exciting as make up itself, having the right tools for the job really will make a difference. It’s worth investing time into thinking about what brushes you will need and making sure you buy the right ones for you, rather than just what you think you should have. Also, invest in ones that aren’t going to shed as you will only end up having to replace them – this doesn’t necessarily mean buying the most expensive. Obviously how many you use on a daily basis will depend on what look you do each day and how many products you apply to your face, which is why I have broken this list into two; essential brushes and additional brushes. I probably have 7 brushes that I would use on a daily basis and then a few extra for other purposes such as a fine liner brush for applying gel eyeliner, as this is not something I do everyday, but maybe when I’m going out.

5 ESSENTIAL BRUSHES

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Essential brushes: Expert Face Brush, C409, 239, 217, Blush Brush

Real Techniques – Expert Face Brush – There probably isn’t a make up artist or make up enthusiast that doesn’t own a Real Techniques brush in their collection. All the brushes have synthetic bristles, are 100% cruelty free, are much smoother on the skin, really reasonably priced and don’t shed bristles. This particular brush is great for using with either cream or liquid foundations and will help achieve a flawless look. You can pick up most of the Real Techniques brush range in Boots (Ireland), this one is €13.29.

Crown C409 – Angle Definer – There are a huge arrange of these style brushes on the market. I have this one as I find Crown brushes really reasonably priced and good value for money. It can be used for creating really precise lines, and in my case I use it to define and fill my eyebrows, lining the top lashline as well as creating a really fine line close to the bottom lash line, so it’s a multi tasker, which is great in a brush. If you’re looking for a few brushes to start out and don’t want to break the bank, then I would thoroughly recommend checking out http://www.crownbrush.ie/. This brush retails at €4.61.

MAC 239 Eye Shadow Brush – MAC used to be the ‘holy grail’ of make up brushes for me, but when new, better value brands entered the market, I realised that they were quite overpriced and I often find with some of their larger face brushes they shed quite a bit. That said, there are still a few of their brushes that I wouldn’t and couldn’t be without in my kit and personal make up collection. The 239 eye shader brush being one of them. This is a soft, dense brush that can be used with powder or emollient based products and is used to build intense colour on the eyelid. I would use this to apply my base eyeshadow and then blend using the 217 mentioned below. It’s also fab for apply cream eyeshadow to get a really good coverage.

MAC 217 Blending Brush – A blending brush is an absolutely essential brush in your collection, especially if you’re a fan of a smokey eye. Most other make up can be applied with fingers if you really wanted to, but you just can’t achieve good blending without a brush. I have tried blending brushes from a few other brands, but nothing is as good as this one. I have two in my personal collection and too many to count in my kit. Again, as with the 239, it can be used with both powder or cream products. When blending, always try to have a clean brush otherwise it will transfer product onto your eyes where you don’t want it. This one retails for €24 and is available at MAC counters in Brown Thomas.

Real Techniques Blush Brush – This is a slightly generic brush, whilst a blusher brush, it can also be used for face powder, bronzer and contouring, so is a multi tasking brush. And to be honest, you could probably obtain a similar brush from a variety of brands to do the same thing. This is just the one that I have in my collection. As with all RT’s brushes it has synthetic fibres so can be used with cream or powder products. A MAC 129 would do a similar job, but the hairs aren’t synthetic. The Blush Brush retails for €12.99 in Boots (Ireland).

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Additional brushes: CK15, 219, LY24A, 168, Contour Brush

Crownbrush CK15 Oval Fluff – This is a flat brush with natural bristles which I tend to use under the eye to smudge pencil liner or eye shadow. However, as it can also be used to place highlighter under the brow, and placing product into the crease of the eye, it’s a multi-tasker which is handy. This brush is only €2.99 from http://www.crownbrush.ie. An absolute bargain!

MAC 219 Pencil Brush – As I said before about MAC brushes I do have a few key ones in my collection that I wouldn’t be without, and this is another one of them. I tend to use the 219 to put highlighter into the tear duct to brighten the eyes, to smudge liner along the lash lines for a nice smokey effect and as with the above brush it can be used to place product into the crease of the eye before it’s blended. I’m not sure of the price of this one but you can pick it up in Brown Thomas.

Louise Young LY24A Super Fine Liner – I have quite a collection of liner brushes that I use to apply my gel eyeliner to the  roots of the lashes, but this is the one I am currently using. To be honest, there is not much between them but this is the best so far. I’m going to purchase the Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush soon as I think that it will make applying liner easier.

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush – Another multi-tasking brush, this can be used for both contouring the cheek bones and applying blusher to the apples of the cheeks and blending outwards.

Real Techniques Contour Brush – This is a fantastic contour brush and one that I use every day. I use it to apply my beloved ‘Sleek Contour Palette’ under my cheekbones and then the highlighter to above the cheekbones to give my face a little added shape to it. Unfortunately, it is only sold as part of the ‘Core Collection’, which is a bit frustrating, but if you’re starting out, probably worth investing in as you get 4 really handy brushes.

Which are your essential brushes that you couldn’t live without? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

If you’re starting out with your brush collection and are looking for some advice, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll hopefully be able to help you.

Whichever brushes you have, don’t forget to clean them regularly 😉

Thanks for reading.

Sara. x