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Here are two of my favourite makeup looks

 

1. Smoky

You would be surprised at how beautiful a romantic smoky eye can look when done professionally for your wedding day makeup!

The smoky eye can be worn soft, medium or dramatic – whatever the mood strikes.

Pair it with false lashes then compliment it with a soft lip and you have a very glamorous wedding day look.

You can create a smoky eye with shades of black/gray, browns/neutrals and even variants of purple. Don’t worry if you don’t know what shade is right for you I will create a beautiful look designed just for you. Consider trying it out for your makeup trial to see how you like it.

There are many variations of a smoky eye, which makes it acceptable to wear all year round:
Darker shades are mainly used in the cooler months (Autumn/winter) or for evening events.
During warmer months soft or even bright colours can be worn.

 

2. The Classic

Think Marilyn Monroe for this one.

For a bride this look is timeless, a pearl or nude base is applied all over the lid and a shading is applied on the crease for subtle contrast. The brow bone is highlighted with an illuminating pigment.

The liner is liquid on the upper lash line, with a small flick at the end, lots of mascara and a cluster of individual lashes at the edge of the eye to create a beautiful feline appearance to the eyes.

 

This is a modern twist on the classic.

Kim Kardashian is a fan of this look and if you are a girl who likes her makeup you are probably a fan too.

I love this look with gold shimmers and bronze or brown colours for shading on the crease, a thick liner on the upper lash line with black liner blending into bronze on the lower lashes with kohl black pencil liner on the waterline and strip lashes.

 

Remember Makeup is art; there are no rules as what should be worn, when or even where.
Whatever look you choose I will create a perfect, unique look, which will make you feel confident and gorgeous on your big day

Believe in your kind of beautiful

 

Tools of the trade

 

The tools you use to apply your makeup are every bit as important as the makeup itself.

You don’t even need two dozen brushes. But you do need a few.

So here’s what you do with the giant, round brush; the small, stiff brush; the soft, flat brush; the tiny little comb and the sponge with the rounded rim.

There are also lots of fancy sponges available, but the single sponge you really need for smoothing and blending your liquid or cream under-eye concealer is one with rounded edges, which make it easy to get around the contours of your face without streaking.

Washing any makeup sponge is a must. A weekly flush with gentle soap or salon quality hair shampoo and water will be enough to keep your sponge in top form and bacteria-free.

For washing your makeup brushes, you can use a good quality salon brand hair shampoo, a brush cleaner, or I use ISO, this is isopropyl alcohol, which you can buy in the chemist, in a little bowl, swish them around and wipe off in some tissue,

 

 

Brushes

You’ll find dozens of brushes out there, in all shapes, sizes and textures. If you’re big into eye makeup, you’ll probably want to use them all!!   Most of us, though, will only use a few:

Foundation Brush

Flat Foundation Brush

This brush is soft and the hairs are very dense and firm, it blends the foundation into the skin very well, it does gives skin a lovely finish. The fact that it is rounded at the top, allows you to get into all the hard to reach areas. It is a great multi tasking brush you can use it to apply primer, foundation, or even your concealer under the eye area. It washes really easily, and is still soft after washing and it

Stippling Brush

This is the one that is flat on top with white tips.  The hairs on the brush are really dense and firm. It is best used with liquid or cream foundations.  It applies foundation beautifully and quickly to the skin. It doesn’t soak up loads of product and just buffs in the foundation beautifully.  I also use this to blend makeup in if I’m contouring.   The down side to this is cleaning takes a bit longer. It doesn’t shed and holds its shape once washed.

Blusher Brush

A blusher brush is most commonly tapered for highlighting the cheeks with blush, the bristles are soft and form a full rounded shape, you can also use a angled brush for your blusher.  Begin at the apples of your cheeks and work towards the ear in small circular movements.

Bronzer Brush

Your bronzer brush can be the same as your blusher brush so long as you clean it after each use, otherwise invest in a separate one, your bronzer brush can be larger than your blusher brush as you don’t have to be as precise.  Apply bronzer to anywhere the sun would hit, the forehead, cheeks nose, and chin

Facial Contour Brush

This is used with a matt bronzer/ shading powder to create dark shadow, this brush is angular with tapered edges, the bristles are compact together and you only need a small amount of powder with this brush

Powder Brush

These are large tapered round brushes or circular flat brushes.

The round brushes are most common, use them to finish your make up by dusting on your translucent powder as an end step.

The flat ones are great if you are using a hd powder to complete your look as you must buff these into your skin otherwise you will have a white flashback in photos. (some spf’s can also cause this)

Concealer Brush

This one is small, with stiffer bristles, to allow for precision in smoothing and blending concealer over under-eye discolorations (and other blemishes). Use this one in firm, dabbing movements, I ale=ways use my finger after to soften the edges, if it is a blemish you are trying to hide.

Eye Shadow Brush

Most applicators included with your eye shadow arent great and can leave streaks, and also  it’s hard to clean. (they’re not bad at smudging eye liner though, so you don’t throw them out.)

For applying the base / main colour, go for the small/medium slightly rounded brush with medium-firm bristles, and try to apply with the flat of the brush not the tip.

Next is a small contour brush, this is for the darker colour for shading on the eye lid, use the top of the bristles with this brush and small circles, or strokes

For under the brow you can use either another small/ medium flat brush or clean off your original brush and pop on a lighter eyeshadow or a highlighting shimmer, use a dot of this on the inner corner of your eye also.

Last is a blending brush, these have longer softer bristles, use this brush without any eyeshaow on it and blend the different coloured shadow together in circular motions.

Eyeliner brushes are great, they are either very small with a rounded tip or flat and angled, use these to apply liquid or gel liner.  If you are going for a smokey look you can use a round rubber tipped brush to blend in your kohl pencil.

Always double tap your eyeshadow brush on your hand so the excess product won’t fall down your face, a tip I often use is to apply transluncent powder under the lower lashes, so if any eyeshaow falls onto the face you can easily brush it off at the end.

 

Eyebrow Brush

To apply eyebrow powder use a small angled brush and apply in feather like strokes, either on its own or with an eyebrow pencil.  Unruly eyebrows can ruin the look of an otherwise perfectly made-up face. An eyebrow brush is small and hard; its bristles will smooth any stray hairs into place, you can use wax to keep them in place or clear mascara, or if you’re stuck, apply a small bit of hairspray to the brush and brush them into place.

Brushes are definitely the bulk of your toolkit, but you’ll probably need two more pieces of equipment.

 

Curlers, Combs and Wands

To finish off your look you’ll end on your Eyelashes. Even for women who don’t wear much makeup, mascara is usually one of their can’t-do-withouts.

There are loads of different types of wands out there specialising in volume or length. For most though, the wand that comes with the mascara is just fine, just remember to replace them about every three months, and do not pump your mascara.

Last but not least are eyelash curlers and an eyelash comb.

The curler looks scary, but as long as you use it before applying mascara, it won’t hurt you. (If you apply mascara first, the curler could end up pulling out lashes.) You just clamp it onto your lashes, close, and hold for a few seconds. Then apply the mascara. A handy tip is to heat them up with your hairdryer first, just test them on your hand first to be sure they’re not too hot.

The comb is the final touch, and it’s a big one. Mascara clumps are nasty. Eyelash combs are tiny little guys, and they often come paired with an eyebrow brush. You just pull it gently through your lashes to both separate and remove clumps. It’s the flourish that finishes the look.

By the time you have finished your make up with quality tools, you will be most likely a convert and absolutly gorgeous of course! Good tools are a good investment. Knowing what you need and which tool works best will change the way you look at makeup.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, and play with your looks, Makeup is an art have fun with it.

Be your own kind of beautiful

Steps for Applying Strip Eyelashes

There are so many different types of lashes on the market now, it’s hard to choose which are the best for you.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different ones. Unfortunately with lashes you get what you pay for.  The cheaper ones look great in the pack, but when you apply them the strip itself can be quite stiff and difficult to manipulate onto your lid.  I always recommend the eyelure brand, they come in all different lengths and thickness, and your sure to find ones that suit. The strip is nice and flexible so they are easier to apply and the glue is better than most other brands.

If you want to invest in a separate glue I recommend ‘Duo’ Glue you can but this in Gainforts Beauty store or Salon services, for about €15.

Step 1: Measure and cut the lash

Strip eyelashes are one size fits all. They’re made to be longer than you’ll need, so you have to cut them to the right length. To get the perfect length for your lids, hold the strip lash up to your eyelid as if you’re about to apply it to determine how much to cut off. Then use scissors to trim it to the right size. Make sure you trim the same end off both lashes, as some will have a fuller outer end, so either trim the inner part or the outer part of both.

Step 2: Apply Adhesive

Place a small, thin ribbon of eyelash glue or eyelash adhesive along the band of the lash. Wait until it becomes tacky (not drippy). To make sure you don’t use too much adhesive, use a toothpick or a hair clip to apply the glue to the strip lash.

While this is drying use the point of the hairclip and apply a small amount of glue to your lash line, this will bond the lashes to your lid, making them more secure.

Step 3: Apply the Lash

Begin, with the lashes held in the middle with your tweezers, apply the middle of the lash strip to the middle of your lash line and drop it into place.

Use tweezers or a toothpick to help nudge it into place and press it to the lid with your finger until it sticks.

Next look down into a mirror and use your fingers or tweezers, whichever is more comfortable and press both edges onto the outer and inner lid, hold this or a few seconds until it adheres.

Now pinch the lashes onto your own lashes so they stick together.

The last step is to use a black eyeliner and run it over the top of the lash strip to cover any band of the lashes, that can be seen

 

 

Beauty Myths

1. Test foundation on the back of your hand.
Your hands have been exposed to more sun exposure so are usually darker than your face.
The best way is to draw stripes of foundation on the jaw line, then examine them in natural light.