How to Wear Bronzer Beautifully - A Fresh and Natural Day Look
Avoid looking orange and muddy by following my simple tips for finding the right shade of bronzer for your skin tone. Featuring lots of my favourite tips and tricks for a quick and seamless application - achieving a fresh, glowing and natural result is easy!
On my nails is Ciate's Cookies and Cream.
Mother's Day Treats
This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK and over the next 6-8 weeks it will be celebrated all around the world, so I thought I would share some of my favourite gift ideas that are around at the moment. I've picked things from all price points that are perfect for spoiling all of the lovely mums (and Grandmas) out there. New mums may also like to treat themselves!
Under £10.00 & $10.00
I love Burt’s Bees lip balms and this cute little Mini Collection £5.99 ($9.88) in its colourful tin also comes with a hand salve and cuticle cream, perfect for popping into make-up bags or for travelling. I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t love this and find it useful!
My mum, who's a big lipstick lover, has recently taken to using chubby stick style lip pencils. The moisturising, balmy feel and sheer to medium pay off make it easier to wear bright colours without any fuss or fear of feathering and they feel so hydrating on the lips. Revlon Colourburst Balm Stain £7.99 ($8.99) comes in 6-10 (depending where you are in the world) great shades.
My Current Skincare Routine (Updated)
These are the products, key ingredients and techniques that are currently working for me (don’t forget everyone’s skin is different with different concerns/needs). For cheaper alternative products with similar ingredients, see below and don’t forget to check out my previous skincare videos for my skincare philosophy and more cleanser recommendations.
For Eve Lom Cleanser a cheaper alternative is Boots Botanics - 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm
For the Sunday Riley - Start Over Active Eye Cream a good alternative is Una Brennan - Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Dark Circles Eye Cream
To get the look I'm wearing, watch my 'Ultimate Beautifying Makeup Look That Suits Just About Everyone' Here
Lighten Up! It's time for a foundation refresh!
Depending where you are in the world, you may have noticed that for many of us spring is finally here. The mornings are getting lighter, the evenings brighter and the temperature is slowly starting to rise. Time to hit the foundation refresh button! Heavy, cakey foundations have been old hat for several years now, especially since the recent BB revolution – we now have so many more choices when it comes to our make-up base. I always carry a lot of different options in my professional kit but I have noticed that many non make-up artist friends now have a mini ‘foundation wardrobe’ so they can pick and choose what to use depending on the weather, how they’re feeling and how their skin is behaving.
If we think about the kind of make-up we’ve been seeing on the catwalks for the past few seasons there’s been a huge focus on clean, flawless, glowing skin that’s not about layers of heavy foundation but rather about perfecting and beautifying what you’ve got – this is what your spring foundation should do for you.
There are a couple of things to remember when choosing your spring base: firstly, the shade - does it stand up to strong sunlight and look natural? As the lighter days and evenings roll on, the wrong shade of base will be more and more noticeable so if you know you’ve been getting away with wearing the wrong shade these past dark months – now is the time to get it right and face the brighter days with confidence.
The texture – has your skin changed at all recently? You may be feeling a bit dry, battered and in need of some post-winter hydration or you may need extra blemish coverage in certain areas but still want to look fresh faced. Although they have been built up around marketing nonsense, the new generation BB and CC creams are actually pretty good and, gimmicks aside, many have better coverage, skin-boosting ingredients and light textured abilities than the humble tinted moisturiser – of which they are just the next generation.
The Ultimate Beautifying Makeup Look That Suits Just About Everyone!
I had a lot of requests for this makeup look on my Instagram and I can see why, it’s a look that i’ve used throughout my career and it seems to suit pretty much everyone. Easy to do, it’s a great staple to have in your makeup wardrobe! Great for all ages, skin tones and occasions.
I also mentioned my Basic Powder Contouring film, which you can watch here.
The nail polish I am wearing is Mavala's in Black.
My Face Mask Philosophy & Some of My favourite Products
I love a good face mask and rather than use one three times a week, I’ve been known to wear three in one day! In this film I talk about my face mask philosophy and cover some of my favourite products for all skin types. Masks that plump, moisturise, thoroughly clean, absorb oil, add radiance and generally condition the skin. I hope this film encourages you all to love and enjoy face masks as much as I do.
To make your own masks, at home for free, check out my blog post on 'Kitchen Cupboard Beauty' here.
Also in my 'Beauty Regime for Long Haul Flights' film I feature some great hydrating masks.
London Fashion Week A/W14- Alice Temperley and Matthew Williamson
Beauty breakdowns for two more shows I designed make-up for...
The first show of day two was Temperley London. The collection was beautifully ornate, with folk-inspired embroidery with a lot of textures and layers. For the make-up I wanted to do something that would contrast with the collection. The final look was a blue eye with attitude! Graphic, modern and minimalist with a 'boxy' blunt shape.
Here’s how I created the look:
Although the look was all about the eyes, the skin was really the star of the show. To create the fresh faced glow, I started with Bionic Moisturiser and then applied Sunday Riley’s effortless breathable tinted primer all over the face. Next I used their Liquid Light foundation mainly onto the T-zone and for extra coverage and concealing. I finished skin off using concealer in a shade darker than the girls skintone to very subtly contour, working into the skin and blending.
For the electric pop of colour on the eyelid, I used Kryolan’s BL.10 Aquacolour. To create the boxy shape I started a third of the way across and, with the girls looking straight ahead, took the liner straight out bluntly.
Underneath the eyes, I used a vibrant royal blue pigment, letting it drop down a little from the waterline and then blended to create the bottom of the square. I wanted it to be really abstract and not perfect.
Finishing the eyes off by curling the lashes and using The Influencer mascara in Midnight Sapphire, a rich, deep navy blue just on the top lashes completed the eye look.
Brows were kept glossy and groomed with a brow gel.
I used the beautiful (Sunday Riley’s Modern Lip Colour in Mona Lisa) a great Belle de Jour, Catherine Deneuve-y peachy lip. It's a sheer colour so suited all skin tones in the show.
So that was the look - a graphic and young make-up with a minimalist feel.
For a wearable blue liner long, watch my film Beach Makeup Brights Tutorial