Today I had the great pleasure of meeting Net from Warrington Worldwide. Net is a busy working Mum of two with an active social life. She works hard and needed a look that she could apply quickly in the morning whilst getting her children ready for school and not have to worry about during the day. I created a look for her that was professional and groomed whilst still being quick and easy to apply. Net has very beautiful blue eyes and I was very keen to show them off with her new makeup so I replaced her current black eyeliner with softer brown eye shadow which made her eyes look bigger and made her makeup look much softer. I used a wash of MAC Groundwork all over her eyelid and then added some Nars eyeshadow in Corduro to intensify the outer corner, a little Urban Decay eyeliner in Demolition (a soft matt brown) completed the look.
For her face we used a blurring and perfecting primer from YSL followed by a Nars foundation, a little concealer, blush and bronzer gave her a fresh, modern long lasting look that she can apply first thing in the morning knowing that the only thing she is going to have to refresh is her lipstick, which was Hot Gossip by MAC.
Because I use makeup from a wide variety of cosmetic companies including MAC, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, YSL, Illamasqua, Jane Iredale and many more, I can cherry pick the best products for each of my clients. The days of going to one counter and feeling pressured into buying a “Look” from them are over. Bespoke makeup chosen especially for you by a skilled and caring makeup artist is what sets The MakeUp Clinic apart.
Well it’s finally here! I know most normal people are moaning about the end of the summer and dreading the long cold winter ahead, but I’m not normal and I don’t care – I love the Autumn and Winter because the makeup opportunities are so much better. Yes I enjoyed just using a bit of Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base (absolutely fantastic bordering on the magical) to give a no makeup makeup look but I can’t wait to get back to a more makeup makeup look if you understand what I mean?
I have been testing out many new products and formulations recently and will review them here. For now however, most of us still have a bit of summer glow to our faces and I shall continue with my Clarins base as mentioned above with some Chanel bronzer and maybe just a simple swipe of MAC paint pot in Groundwork on my eyes and a little bit of Clarins lip gloss until what little colour I have in my face has finally faded. I shall then venture into the wonderful world of black eyeliner, flushed cheeks and strobing. Exciting!
So here are my current makeup favourites while I wait for the Autumn to begin properly.
It has been a while since I posted a new article on the website (I have been extremely busy teaching my lovely ladies how to apply their makeup and transforming brides!), but I had to share this picture of one of my very gorgeous brides with you. Debra came to me for a makeup lesson earlier in the year so that she could learn how to do her own makeup for her wedding and this is the result….!
I don’t think I have ever seen such a happy bride. Whilst I can’t take credit for her makeup on the day of her wedding I am extremely proud to have been able to teach her how to do it herself, I think she looks beautiful.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and making-up Nikki Garnett of Midlife Chic. Midlife Chic is a blog created by Nikki and aimed at women over 40 who have lost a little of their groove and want to get it back. The site is aimed at anyone over 40 who is emerging from the baby years and trying to rediscover the woman they used to be, it is very well written and accessible. Nikki does not expect us all to live in Notting Hill and have a budget to buy designer clothes with. Her suggestions are all very affordable and also very chic. If you are ever in a quandary about what to wear or what to buy Midlife Chic will definitely point you in the right direction.
I went to visit Nikki in her gorgeous home and did her makeup. She has written some lovely things about me in her latest blog post, here is the link www.midlifechic.com
What she didn’t say in her post was what fabulous skin she has or what pretty eyes she is blessed with or how warm and welcoming she was. Her is a photo I took of Nikki after her makeup had been applied. I had a lovely afternoon.
It is a while since I have done a product review, I have been too busy applying makeup to have time to write about it. However, I had to share this product with you because it is so good. Now powder does not sound particularly exciting and indeed it can be argued that it isn’t but it does make your makeup last a lot longer and stop your face from being too shiny. Charlotte Tilbury says of this powder that this is “a super luxe micro-fine powder compact with soft-focus nano particles that blur away lines and imperfections, for effortlessly flawless skin in a silk-cashmere touch-like you’ve never experienced before…” While this is quite a flowery description I have to say that this is probably the best powder I have ever used. Usually I buy products for my kit that sometimes find their way into my own makeup bag (its actually a box, bags are too small!) but this has gone straight into my personal box and I will have to buy another for my kit. It is ultra light, and perfect for setting under eye concealer without looking at all cakey or settling in lines, it perfectly sets your foundation, stopping shine whilst giving you an illuminated finish. In short I love it, its not cheap, £33, and the packaging is plastic as opposed to a heavy metal compact like Dior, but the powder inside is wonderful.
For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of one of my makeup lessons you may not be aware that at the end of the lesson I take some photographs of you looking all gorgeous with your new makeup. I will also do this after a makeup application too if we have time.
Now I don’t profess to be an ace photographer but with the aid of my very good camera and some strategically placed lights I have learnt to take some pretty good shots, most of the images in my gallery were taken by me. I then email the photos to you as a record for you of how lovely you look.
Customer Loyalty Scheme
To reward my customers for their loyalty I have decided to set up a loyalty scheme. With every two hour lesson you will receive a £10 discount voucher off an application worth £40 or a Refresher Lesson worth £40 (to be taken within 3 months). And for every £40 makeup application you will receive £5 discount voucher on another 1 hour application, or a lesson (to be taken within 3 months).
Recommend a Friend
Also, if you recommend The MakeUp Clinic to a friend and she books a two hour lesson you will receive a £10 discount voucher, and if she books an application worth £40 you will receive a £5 discount voucher (both to be taken within 3 months). Don’t forget to tell your friend to mention your recommendation when she books!
This post was going to be all about the new Chanel CC Cream but then I remembered that quite a number of Chanel products had made it into my kit, and personal makeup stash recently that I decided to show you them all. Now before I start these are not cheap products, in fact they are pretty expensive, but then with that logo it is to be expected.
The current obsession with tinted moisturisers and light foundations being named after bra sizes is quite baffling to me and not something I have bought into at all, they are all really light foundations some better than others. I didn’t like the old Chanel CC cream because every time I saw it on somebody I thought their faces looked a bit waxy, not good. Not so the new CC cream from Chanel. It is quite simply, fantastic. It has an incredibly high spf of 50, goes on really easily and makes skin look really healthy and flawless without looking like makeup at all. It has a slightly dewy/luminous finish, I have used it both with and without a primer and I don’t really think you need one, I have even been applying it with my fingers for a super fast morning makeup and it goes on beautifully and lasts all day. I do put a little powder (Les Beiges, see below) on top just to set it (old habits die hard). The colour choice is the same as the foundations so if you are a 30 Beige in the foundation you will be the same in the CC Cream. In short, I love it and will probably be wearing it all Spring/Summer for a lighter alternative to foundation. The only downside is the cost, it is £43, however, a little goes a long way and it is such a good product I am confident that it is one you will finish rather than discard.
The other products from Chanel that have found their way into my affections recently are the Perfection Lumiere Foundation and the Les Beiges powder. The Perfection Lumiere has been around for a while now but after using Vitalumiere for a while and not liking it I had given all Chanel foundations a bit of a swerve. Perfection Lumiere however is very different and gives skin a beautiful airbrushed look, allowing skin to look really perfected without looking over done or cakey at all. When I want to wear “proper” makeup this is the foundation I reach for currently. Les Beiges powder is another product that I have found myself reaching for recently both professionally and personally. Les Beiges is not a flat powder but doesn’t seem to have any shimmer in it either it does however leave the skin with a healthy glow without it looking shiny, again it is rather expensive at £39 but I like it and if I finish it (which I think I will) it won’t have been wasted.
My lovely sister Clare is turning 50 this week and asked me to do her makeup for a special night out to celebrate her birthday (we had a fab night). Before I did her makeup we did a couple of before shots, I hadn’t planned to use them here when I took them, and then after the makeup had been applied we took a few more. These pictures have not been retouched/photoshopped etc. I am not a horrible sister, it was her idea to share the before and after photos, I hope you like them, she has beautiful green eyes but does suffer some redness on her face, once the redness was removed her eyes shine through – I think she looks gorgeous!
Kiko are an Italian brand of makeup, they have shops in Leeds and London but can also be bought online too. Their products are very affordable but not at all cheap with regards to quality and give some of the larger brands a real run for their money. They have literally hundreds of different products and a vast array of colours and this is just a small sample from their very extensive range.
After a few weeks of trying my new Kiko products, some bought in Leeds, some bought online (if you buy online the products are actually shipped from Italy but don’t let that put you off they still took less than a week to arrive), here is what I think of them. I bought the Masterpiece Bronzer in Sienna, the Mosaic Powder, the Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation in colours 05 Light Beige, Neutral 60 and Warm Beige 60, Longlasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06, 07 and 39, Loose Pigment Eyeshadow in 10, Eyebrow Wax fixing pencil, lipsticks in 910 and 911 and finally a tube of 3D Instant Volume lipgloss in 221.
The outstanding product of the lot is the Masterpiece Bronzer, this is a mixture of three shades that gives the skin warmth rather than a tan, at this time of the year it is perfect for warming a pale to medium skin tone without looking at all obvious. Since buying this it has replaced both my Chanel and Benefit Bronzers, a really good product at a really good price, £14.90.
The Mosaic Highlighter in 01 Future Light is another new favourite, it has been compared to Meteorite powder by Guerlain but costs a very reasonable £14.90 as opposed to almost £40 for Guerlain. This is a mixture of lilac, pink, turquoise and gold shades and gives the skin a beautiful luminosity and radiance without being at all sparkly. This has also made it into my personal makeup bag, it is easy to use, just brush it along the top of your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose – gorgeous.
I have been using the Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation for a couple of weeks now, it goes on very easily and even though I had to mix two shades to get a perfect colour match I did really like it. It gives medium coverage with a dewy finish and it only costs £6.90!! However, I don’t think it is as long lasting as some more premium brands (MAC Studio Fix, Nars Sheer Glow, Chanel) and found that by the end of the working day it had had gone a bit powdery, it is still incredible value for money and perfect for a cheap everyday foundation.
I have been using the Long Lasting Eyesticks quite a lot and use them with MAC paint pot in Groundwork for a quick everyday eye. They are a bit too shimmery for my tastes but the number 06 works really nicely and once it is set it does not budge all day. Although there are better eyesticks out there (By Terry £29 and Charlotte Tilbury £19) these are not bad at all for the price, £6.90. The loose pigment eyeshadow is a definite winner, and rivals MAC’s loose pigments, at only £5.90 I will be buying more colours.
Ok, so for £3.90 I wasn’t expecting these lipsticks to compare with MAC, Bobbi Brown etc. and they don’t. However, for £3.90 they weren’t bad at all. They didn’t last as long on the lips as I would have normally expected but they went on quite creamy and if you use a brush and liner etc. I think you would get a better longer lasting result. Unlike the bronzer and highlighter these did not compare to more expensive brands but at £3.90 a go they might be worth a try. The 3D lip gloss performed better, they give a slight tingle to the lips on application, I didn’t notice any particular plumping of my lips but they were super glossy and as long lasting as most lip glosses.
So to conclude I really recommend buying the Bronzer and Highlighter, if you are after a good cheap everyday foundation the Universal Fit foundation is a very good place to start and the eye sticks are good value if you like quite a lot of shine, if you fancy trying a new lipstick but don’t want to pay £15 plus give the lipsticks a go. Oh, I nearly forgot the Eyebrow Wax pencil, it is fabulous, a quick swipe and comb after filling your brows in and voila, perfection, really worth buying, £5.90.