I am very pleased to announce that I have been nominated by one of my lovely customers for the English Hair and Beauty Awards in the category of Makeup Specialist. The awards aim to reward those in the beauty industry who help to make the world a more beautiful place.
This eye primer from Too Faced is very similar to Urban Decays Primer Potion and I have really only started using it to see if there was a marked improvement over the Urban Decay offering. The idea behind an eye primer is to stop your eye shadow from creasing and to intensify it’s colour.
There is very little difference between the two products, my only gripe with the Too Faced Primer is that you need to shake the tube and manipulate it a bit before you use it or it can separate a little (although this only seemed to happen when I first received it through the post and the tube was very cold, once it had warmed up it was fine). The price of this primer is £17. On the whole I like this primer, it does what it says it’s going to do and makes your eyeshadow look brighter without changing the colour and makes all your hard work applying your eye makeup last all day. It is slightly coloured and evens out the eye lids a little which also helps. I am intrinsically lazy and always use a primer before I apply eye shadow, I just don’t see the point in struggling to blend eye colours on a slightly greasy eye lid, where the shadow sticks to one part and not to another, this eye primer does add a little time to your makeup routine but pays dividends by the fact that you don’t have to worry about your eye makeup mysteriously disappearing throughout the day, once it’s on, it’s on.
Here are some of my favourite looks from last nights Bafta’s. Kristin Scott-Thomas always seems to get it right, I’m not sure whether it is because she is so naturally beautiful or whether it is because she follows a French look, but no-one else seems to do elegant as well as she does, her red lip looks absolutely gorgeous. Another red lip was worn by one of the new Bond Girls (can’t remember her name I’m afriad), worn with soft eyes it gives a beautiful old school Hollywood look, I also love the nude lip worn by the other Bond Girl (don’t know her name either!) with lovely smokey eyes.
Rosamund Pike is so gorgeous I’m sure she could turn up in bin bag with no makeup and still look fabulous!
I am a fully fledged foundation junkie, if your foundation is right it will compliment the rest of your makeup, if it is wrong … well we’ve all seen the results and they ain’t pretty!
I have just added a number of Nars Sheer Glow foundations to my collection (I love them so much and will be buying more soon), they give a lovely glowy look to the skin, not shiny or too dewy just really healthy and gorgeous. They give a medium coverage and let your own skin shine through but without the imperfections. I love them.
You may have to drop quite a few hints, but think how gorgeous you’re going to look after one of our famous Makeup Lessons or Expert Applications. Gift Certificates can be bought for either a makeup application for a special occasion (or for a romantic meal for two!), or for a Makeup Lesson, so that you can look gorgeous every day. I will guide your lovely men to buy the perfect gift for you this Valentine’s Day and make it super easy for him to treat you.
I am extremely pleased to announce that The MakeUp Clinic now takes card payments. Next time you want to look gorgeous don’t panic if you haven’t got any cash or can’t remember how to write a cheque (I had to write one the other day and almost forgot how to do my own signature!), as we are all powered up and ready to take payment with our new fancy card machine. As well as taking payments here at the clinic our machine is fully portable and you can also be used if I come to you or over the telephone.
Here is a photo of the Gorgeous Gabby, whose makeup I did for a special night out over Christmas. I used the Charlotte Tilbury palette Dolce Vita for her eyes with a sprinkling of my old favourite Illamasqua Beguile to add a subtle sparkle over the top. Gabby’s own lashes are so volumous and fabulous that I didn’t need to use any fake lashes, I had serious lash envy! For her base I used MAC studio fix foundation over primer and Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow, a little Nars creamy concealer where necessary (which wasn’t much), Chanel bronzer, Illamasqua cream blush in Sleek and a light dusting of loose powder to fix the look without looking powdery. A nude lip finished it all off. Because Gabby is so naturally beautiful I wanted to make her look glamorous whilst not hiding her face under masses of makeup. Incidentally, Gabby is not only gorgeous to look at she is also an extremely lovely person too!
Anyone lucky enough to have received one of my lovely new cards through their letterboxes recently and booking a MakeUp Lesson or MakeUp Application before Christmas will receive a free Concealer Brush. The brush I am giving away is the same one I use on all my clients and is my favourite of all the concealer brushes I own (I have a frightening large brush collection!) All you have to do is give me a call or email and then bring the card with you.
Here at The MakeUp Clinic I have been very busy (almost feeling like one of Father Christmas’s Elves) sending out gift vouchers to some very lucky women. Husbands, friends, sisters and mothers have all been treating someone special in their lives. There is still time to order your voucher, if you’re not sure what to buy, give me a call and I can advise. Gift vouchers start at £25 for our simplest makeup application rising to £80 for a full makeup lesson. If you would prefer to buy a voucher with a value so that the lady herself can choose whether to have her makeup applied for a special event or have a lesson I can arrange that too. I will guarantee that she will really enjoy her experience at The MakeUp Clinic.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of giving a makeup lesson to Lucy Plevin of My Style Companion. Lucy is a Personal Stylist whose mission is to make ordinary women look fabulous and feel great regardless of their shape, size or budget. She was a really good model and student and has generously offered a discount to The MakeUp Clinics’ customers of £25 off any products or services from www.mystylecompanion.com by using the discount code JW8C4XCQD1. Lucy does personal styling, wardrobe consultations and personal shopping, she really knows her stuff, is very down to earth, personable and a pleasure to spend time with.