Orange is the new Black

As we all know, Orange, and it’s various forms, is a hot colour for Spring and Summer. It always seems to make an appearance for this time of the year, but this year it’s brighter and sexier than before. It really is a great colour as it flatters all skintones and an orange lippie can do wonders for taking away the focus from tired-looking eyes. But it can be difficult to know how to wear it and what shades to wear to best suit you. Orange can be worn on the eyes, cheeks and lips, so you can just chose one area to concentrate on or totally go for it by using it on all three! Here is a breakdown of what suits the four main skin tones;

FAIR SKIN

Fair

Fair Skin

Fair skin can often looked washed out, so you’re best off choosing oranges that have a more pinky/coral colour to them as this will add warmth and brightness. This will also make the skin instantly pop.

Products for Fair Skin

Products for Fair Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Bobbi Brown Shimmer Finish Lip Colour in Calypso Shimmer
Cheeks – Nars Matte Multiple Stick in Exumas or Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Sunrise
Eyes – MAC Rule eyeshadow

MEDIUM SKIN

Medium Skin

The warm undertones in your skin work with pastels and will make your complexion look more even glowing.

Products for Medium Skin

Products for Medium Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Lip Colour in Incandescente or Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Audacious
Cheeks – Shu Uemura Bouncy Blusher in Orange Quartz
Eyes – Make Up Forever Matte Eyeshadow in Orange Coral

OLIVE SKIN

Olive Skin

Olive Skin

Yellowy undertones really work with a serious punch of bright neon orange, or any colour neon for that matter. Although, with lip products, avoid them if you’re worried about your teeth (they can make stained teeth appear more yellow).

Products for Olive Skin

Products for Olive Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love with Ginger or Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Malibu Punch
Cheeks – MAC Optimistic Orange Creme Blend
Eyes – Inglot Eyeshadow in 51

DARK SKIN

Dark Skin

Dark Skin

For those with dark skin, burnt oranges are the best match, a sort of red-orange hybrid. The zingy tinge will make your complexion look ultra fresh. The colour can be sheer or highly pigmented, both look fresh and modern.

Products for Dark Skin

Products for Dark Skin


Best Products for your Skin Tone:

Lips – Rouge Dior in Trafalgar or Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Maya
Cheeks – Sleek Makeup in Sunrise (it’s a great dupe for Nars Blush in Taj Mahal).
Eyes – Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Vapour, MAC Eye shadow in Orange or Make Up Forever Matte Eye Shadow in Tangerine

Hope this helps you take the steps to wearing this summer’s on trend colour.

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x

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For Pete’s Sake Fashion Show

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I was fortunate enough to be asked to be part of the ‘For Pete’s Sake’ mini fashion show last Thursday. The event was hosted by PIA Galway and was to raise funds for a trust that hopes to provide much needed cancer treatment for Pete, an Oranmore man, aged 40, husband and father of 3, who was suddenly struck with an aggressive cancer last year. Following months of extensive chemotherapy it is now apparent that the only option remaining, is to travel to New York for life saving treatment and medication that is not available here in Ireland.

Hosted by the lovely Denise Manning, the owner of PIA, and Sophie Small, the evening started off with complimentary wine and canapés provided by Delicious Catering and J&C KennyGuests got a chance to mingle, meet people and browse all the gorgeous clothes throughout the boutique before a short introduction from Claire Gannon from the trust and Denise and Sophie from PIA.

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Claire Gannon from For Pete's Sake with Sophie Small and Denise Manning from PIA Boutique

Claire Gannon from For Pete’s Sake with Sophie Small and Denise Manning from PIA Boutique

Giving some hints and tips

Giving some hints and tips

Following that, I got the chance to give my top 3 hints and tips before the fashion show, which featured past and present Miss Galway’s, got underway. We were lucky enough for Leah Tiernan (current Miss Galway), Laura Fox (2013 Miss Galway), Nicola Corcoran (the current Galway Rose), previous Miss Galway Sophie Small and a special guest appearance from Pete’s daughter Molly, to give up their time and model for the show.

Some of the gorgeous looks from the Fashion Show

Some of the gorgeous looks from the Fashion Show

Some of the gorgeous looks from the Fashion Show

Some of the gorgeous looks from the Fashion Show

Nicola Corcoran, Sophie Small, Leah Tiernan and Laura Fox

Nicola Corcoran, Sophie Small, Leah Tiernan and Laura Fox

Following the fashion show, Sene Naoupu from Sene Naoupu Health & Lifestyle Coaching was on hand to provide some hints and tips, which we all found extremely useful! Especially if it’s going to help us look as fab as she does!

Sene Naoupu from Sene Naoupu Health & Lifestyle Coaching giving her top tips

Sene Naoupu from Sene Naoupu Health & Lifestyle Coaching giving her top tips

Chatting to Sinead Carroll from Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Chatting to Sinead Carroll from Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Chatting to Sinead Carroll from Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Chatting to Sinead Carroll from Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Overall it was a lovely evening and I was delighted to be a part of it – I even managed to come away with one of the spot prizes!. I loved providing tips to all the guests on techniques and products for their skin types and how to apply different types of make up. I also got the chance to meet Sinead Caroll from ‘Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog’ and talk about the blogging community here in the West of Ireland.

If you’re looking for a special outfit for a Communion, Christening, or the Galway Races, it’s definitely worth popping into see Denise as she will be only too happy to help you and choose outfits that will suit your body shape and style….she’s absolutely fab!

I hope that the evening managed to raise a good bit of money for the trust.

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x

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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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

Soft Brown Bridal Make Up Look

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Given that wedding season is well under way, I thought it only apt to make April ‘Bridal Month’, so all the looks posted throughout the month will be wedding and bridal related. By no means are these only looks for weddings, but hopefully they will give brides-to-be some inspiration if they are thinking about what they’d like for their big day.

To get the series started, I’ll be kicking off with this week’s post which is a simple look using mostly browns which are very popular for brides given that they suit most eye colours. Whilst it is a fairly simple look, there are quite a few products as I like to layer products enabling them to last longer, which is essential on your wedding day. By all means substitute certain products with more affordable products or feel free to mix up the look by using different colours. There are no rules in make up, just whatever you’re happy with and you feel suits you best.

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Close up of the eyes

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Below is a product list that I used for this look 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 – MAC Face and Body – really well buffed into the skin to give a medium coverage. I have used a medium coverage for this look as I still want it to look natural but with a slightly dewy finish to the skin
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 Peaches – this is a really nice matt warm peach 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 – 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/PrimerMAC 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
Eye ShadowsMAC Brule was applied all over the lid where the Painterly had been applied and blended in. On top of this MAC Pattina was applied right the way over the eye and up through the socket with a MAC 217 brush. Then using a MAC 239 flat brush I applied MAC Mulch from the top lash line and pulled upwards and slightly out to create a bit of a winged out effect. This was blended using the 217 brush and applied again for a more intense look. Then taking an angled brush and MAC Carbon eye shadow, I ran this straight across the lash line, pulling it up very slightly to create a softer line. Using the 239 brush again just to soften it a little. A little of what was left on the brush was then used on the outside of the lower lash line
Eyeliner – Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Black – along the top lash line following the Carbon liner. 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 – a mixture of MAC Espresso and MAC Omega with an angled brush
Mascara – Maybelline The Flashies in Black on top and bottom lashes
Lashes – Individual lashes – this enhances and opens up the eyes whilst still looking natural


LIPS
Lip Liner – MAC Sublime Culture
Lipstick – MAC Hue
Lip Gloss – Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Rebel

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

Thanks for reading and have a fab weekend.

Sara.x

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…..

BOLD BROWS

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.

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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 http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/anastasia-beverly-hills and they are currently offering free worldwide shipping for orders over £25.

DARK AND STAINED LIPS

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.

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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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SKIN

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.

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THE BLACK EYELINER
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.

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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