Pretty bridesmaid makeup by Tina Brocklebank using Charlotte Tilbury at Stubton hall, near Newark.
I tend to keep my day make-up quick, classic and natural. I do try out lots of new products, and mix them up throughout the year, according to my skin, how I feel, time I have and where I am going!
Obviously, skincare is essential, so see my other post about my skincare routine on my Blog.
Here are the products I am using at the moment -
Bobbi Brown Tinted moisturiser
BECCA cosmetics Under eye brightening corrector
Clinique Airbrush concealer and Nars Radiant Creamy concealer
YSL Touché eclait
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip brow pomade
Maybelline Brow drama in dark brown
Charlotte Tilbury Seductive beauty palette
Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara
Bobbi Brown Bronzing gel and Pot rouge in Uber beige (both being discontinued...why do they do that!!?!)
Barry M cosmetics Lip paint in Bare it all
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty light wand
Maybelline Black gel liner
Just an update too about my Loyalty scheme, Make-up lesson promotion - There is still time to book for the £30 off, as long as you buy the lesson before the 21st of December, (£120, as opposed to £150.)
I am still busy with weddings at the moment, travelling all around Lincolnshire and beyond! Limited availability for 2019 and bookings now being taken for 2020.
Thank you for reading my blog,
My day make-up favourites include -
(Skin prep is - Paula's choice Hydrating cleanser, splash of very cold water and then Paula's choice Anti-ageing moisturiser SPF50. Bobbi Brown Extra repair eye cream. I am also using Paula's choice Skin perfecting 2% BHA liquid, Anti-ageing 1% Retinol booster and/or Resist C15 Super Booster.)
Base - Bobbi Brown retouching wand in Light, warmed up with the Bobbi Brown Bronzing gel in Joe Brown. BECCA Peach corrector under the eyes. Bobbi Brown Instant full cover concealers in Sand and Warm Ivory, (little light layers of each, blended well.)
I don't use face powder as my skin is quite dry.
Brows - I first use 2 Maybelline Brow drama brow gels in Medium brown and then dark brown and then use a My Kit co My tiny angle brush with an Anastasia Beverley hills dip brow pomade in Ash brown.
Eyes - I use Truffle cream eyeshadow stick all over the lid and slightly above the crease, as this acts as a primer and prevents creasing and my mascara smudging.
I then use my Charlotte Tilbury Instant look in a palette, Beauty glow. The eyeshadows are so nice. I use with a MAC 217 to blend, along the top lid and underneath slightly. I then use a Black gel liner by Maybelline and use with an angled brush by Maggie Hunt - available here - www.maggiehunt.com/buy-make-up-brushes/
Mascara is Max Factor and is Curl addict 2000 calorie, which I love.
I then use a bit of Bobbi Brown bronzing powder, but use it as a blush in the shade Maui. If I use a cream blush I will use Fresh melon pot rouge by Bobbi Brown.
Lips - I love a nude lip, so I fluctuate between a few! Currently I am into my Charlotte Tilbury Liquid matte lipstick in Charlotte darling, (this acts as a great base for any lipstick to be honest, and makes it last longer.) I then use either Tom Ford Nude blush, Charlotte Tilbury in Kim K.W or my current fave is by L'Oreal and its a Matte liquid lipstick in the shade Babe-In. I then finish with a lip pencil by Charlotte Tilbury in Iconic nude.
I was inspired to create this look as I had some Eldora feather false eyelashes which I had bought a few years back, and I was waiting for the right opportunity to use them!
I used Make-up Forever HD foundation and highlighter. I then used a Rodial contouring powder. Brows were blocked out using Urban Decay Subversion white mascara and concealer by Bobbi Brown using a MAC fan brush. I then used an Urban Decay Naked heat palette. Lips were overdrawn in by using a Make-up Forever Aqua paint in Black. I used 2 sets of feather false lashes, brown and black.
I love getting creative with make-up, it takes me back to when I was in my teens at school, loving Art. I used to sit for hours drawing faces, (especially eyes for some reason!) listening to music.
In my twenties I discovered Body painting whilst I was studying Beauty Therapy, (I was doing a City and Guilds course at North Lindsey college.) I always knew I wanted to get into Make-up artistry, but there wasn't anything happening where I lived in Grimsby, in that line of work. I had done various dead end jobs and felt frustrated.
I completed my first body painting when I was about 20, and I was hooked and knew I had to go further afield to chase my passion and dream of becoming a Make-up artist.
When I completed my course there, I was 22 years old, (I'm 47 now but don't tell anyone.) I applied to The London college of Fashion, and I was over the moon when I was asked to go to an interview. I turned up, very nervous but confident I could do it. (Wearing the latest fashion helped! Black flared trousers and high, platform heels! Goodness knows how I managed to not fall over.)
I was so happy when I received the letter to say I had been successful in gaining a place on the H.N.D, 2 year fashion styling course for Hair and make-up. I started the course when I was 23 years old. I loved it. I had gained accommodation in Hampstead, (funded by my lovely parents! My Dad was working in Bahrain.) Lots of famous people lived there, I even saw George Michael one day!)
Make-up artistry then, was SO very different to what it is now of course. It was a relatively unheard of career to be in, and I was told, that to expect not much help upon graduating, as most seasoned Make-up artists were not going to assist in furthering any of our careers, as they had spent decades trying to climb the ladder themselves.
Our tutors were very experienced, respected Make-up artists who had worked on numerous high profile jobs and celebrities. I was in awe. Especially when I met Sheelagh Wells, (she was the Dr Who Make-up artist, amongst many other things.) I wanted to get into being a Fashion make-up artist or be a Make-up designer for T.V.
I loved being in London. It was of course, very different to the small town I lived in. I loved the vibe, hustle and bustle and diversity that it provided. It helped so much with the creative process. I was very lucky that my parents supported me through the whole of my time in London, so I owe them everything.
Whilst studying I got to work on lots of different fashion shows at London Fashion week, St Martins Graduate fashion week and we even put on our own London college of Fashion body painting show, where we were given a brief and had to design our own body painting and then apply it to our model to be shown on the catwalk one evening. The body painting took nearly all day! but once on the catwalk, it was so exciting and a very proud moment to see mine, and all of my college friend's works of art. It was a very special time for me. Polly Osmond was in my group, (check her out.)
Upon graduating, when I was 25 I moved to Nottingham to be nearer home, (after being majorly let down by my dream job in Manchester. I had applied to be a Make-up artist for Granada T.V. I had got to the 2nd stage but was just pipped at the post...I was devastasted to say the least.)
I didn't want to move back home as there wasn't any opportunities for me. I gained representation with numerous Model agencies, (who represent Make-up artists), and find work for you nationally, on lots of different commercial and editorial projects. I absolutely loved it. I worked with lots of professional photographers and models and brands such as Loaded magazine, Marks and Spencer, Boots, Vision express, etc. I also worked in Theatre and T.V and even at The Royal Opera house. It was hard work and entailed lots of travelling and waiting for pay, (3-4 months after the job usually!) But I loved it, and it was all worth it, as you gained the valuable prints most of the time, from the photographers, so you could build your portfolio up.
I also was trained in London by the new brand, Bobbi Brown and went to work for them in their first store in Nottingham. I totally understood and fell in love with the whole ethos of Bobbi Brown and loved working for the brand and using the products, which I still use today. I still adore the Make-up artist Bobbi Brown too. "Less is more." However, I am very sad that she isn't part of the brand anymore.
Without going into too much detail, I fell ill and had to move back home. When I was 30 years old I had my beautiful daughter, Alisha, (who is now 17 years old.) I sorely missed doing my make-up, but I loved being a Mum and as soon as Alisha was able to pick up a brush or pencil, we sat for hours sketching, cutting and generally making a mess most days. One day I even let her paint her own face and the whole of her body with paint, she loved it!
Alisha is an incredible artist, (I am not just saying that, but she is.) Some days I could be found visiting Alisha's nursery painting the faces of the whole of the class! I was in my element! Unpaid, but I just loved anything to do with make-up and art and I needed my art fix somehow!
When Alisha was about 3 years old, I began dabbling into offering make-up for brides for weddings. I still had all of my make-up kit and there were no other Make-up artists in the area or even advertising in The Yellow pages! (I am showing my age now!!) The internet was in its early stages, and it was a lifeline for me, as it meant I could then order professional make-up for my kit. It provided a whole new window in to the world for me.
I also dabbled with teaching and passed a teaching course. I taught make-up for a year or two, but I got fed up with it as it was too basic.
Very slowly and with a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I began building up my business from nothing. Brides loved it and I also began offering Make-up lessons. Women loved that too! I saw a niche and just went for it, slowly developing my reputation.
That was 15 years ago now, and I am so proud of myself that I have built up my business from nothing and have earned an excellent reputation not only locally, but nationally too. My career started 27 years ago...where does the time go?!
I wasn't from a wealthy background as such, and it has been very difficult for me in that respect. I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but I always say, that I was too stubborn and passionate to give up on my dream, merely because of just where I live and wasn't going to let anything hold me back. I have proven that it isn't where you are from, it is where you are at and as long as you have the passion, determination and drive to do something, it will come. Some days I didn't believe it would.
Most of my weekends now are taken up with wedding work and during the week, I offer make-up lessons and of course, my make-up trials for weddings and shoots. It is tough, juggling everything but I love my work and helping people. Its such a lovely feeling to look into a lady's eyes after doing her make-up and she is so happy or has happy tears in her eyes, as I have helped her not only look amazing, but feel it too. Then of course I get a lovely big hug too! What is there not to love?! I have clients all over the U.K and I get to visit lots of beautiful venues.
Yes, I don't have the creative opportunities that I initially wanted and craved when I was younger, things and people change with time, but I am working for myself, with lovely people and doing what I love, earning a living in beautiful Lincolnshire, using the best products in the area and travelling all over the U.K, working on the happiest days of people's lives, I consider myself very lucky! Most of my student friends are not even working as Make-up artists now, its a very tough industry to be in, but I am pleased that I started when I did. I would hate to be starting out now.
To satisfy that creative yearning, I often fulfil that by applying weird and wonderful make-up on myself or models. The most recent one was for Halloween. I love this time of year and I was inspired so I went for it!It takes 3-4 hours to get it just right, I am a perfectionist. I love the feedback that everyone gives me after posting my work, even if it is for wedding work or the more theatrical type of make-up. I put my all into every job I do, with the same passion and precision.
Watch this space for more competitions and make-up looks! Thank you for reading my blog and for all of your lovely comments and support, it really means a lot to me. x
I love working on weddings and make-up lessons, but my first love is fashion/editorial make-up. I was trained at The London College of Fashion and graduated with a H.N.D in 1995. I loved my time there and met some amazing people.
Here I used some RCMA Liquid tears mixed with Mehron gold metallic powder. I also used my new Urban Decay Naked heat eyeshadow palette and on the lips, a liquid lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury in Charlotte darling.
I can't wait for Halloween, and I have lots of ideas...I can't wait to get messy! watch this space x
Summer is here at last! I have just arrived back from a lovely holiday in Ibiza. When I go on holiday I like to wear minimal make-up, especially if I am in a hot climate. As long as I have my SPF 50 on I am quite happy during the day.
Here are my essentials which I took with me -
P20 spray, (which is an SPF 30.) I also took an SPF 50 dry mist spray from Amber solaire. For evening I love using my Bobbi Brown moisturising balm SPF 25, (on my face.) Lip balm by Burts Bees.
Brows - Maybelline brow drama and Anastasia Beverley hills dip brow pomade used with a My Kit co Pro Tiny angle brush, (my brows are shocking without these products!)
Charlotte Tilbury Instant look in a palette - Beauty glow. (However, I use a long wear cream eyeshadow first by Bobbi Brown in Sand dollar.)
Maybelline gel liner in Black and Max Factor 2000 calorie, curl addict mascara in Black.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing gel - Joe Brown.
Daniel Sandler Radiant sheen palette as a highlight.
Lip colours - Tom Ford Nude blush/Charlotte Tilbury Bitch perfect or Valentine.
Make-up fixer - Ben Nye final seal.
Here's the make-up I used for the Super noir winged liner look, (inspired by the Pixiwoos tutorial of the same name.)
Skin prep - Bobbi Brown moisturising balm SPF 25, extra repair eye balm then Sisley Double tenseur serum.
Foundation - (spritzed first with MAC fix +) Sisley Anti-aging foundation in Beige linen and Bobbi Brown foundation stick in Beige.
Concealer - Amazing cosmetics concealer in Light golden and Medium beige then lightly over the top YSL touche eclait.
Brows - Diego dalla palma brow gel No 23 and then Anastasia Beverly hills Dipbrow pomade in Ash brown.
Eyes - Bobbi Brown Sunny beige pressed powder over eye area. Liner - NARS eye paint in Mesopotamia (in waterline too, top and bottom) Brush used - Maggie Hunt NO 7. Mascara - Max Factor 2000 calorie.
Bronzer - Bobbi Brown in Medium.
Blush - Bobbi Brown pot rouge in Fresh Melon
Highlighter - Daniel Sandler Radiant sheen.
Lips - Rodial lip pencil in Nude and Lipcolour - Tom Ford in Blush Nude, then a touch of gloss - Bobbi Brown in Bare sparkle.
Jewellery by Daniella Draper.
Here is my column from the October Lincoln Journal.
If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my post about the "Insta-brow", a look which I am not a fan of.
I have so many requests from Mum's of teenagers, and other ladies, who want a bit of clarity and guidance on this very internet-led trend of over-doing eyebrows.
Experimentation and the resulting trends are all well and good, but I am sorry to say, fuzzy felt is never a good look - actually I am not sorry at all.
Eyebrows are made up of lots of little hairs, some of us have more than others, buts lets get back to brows looking like brows please?!
The 90's have a lot to answer for, namely the complete destruction of our eyebrows - you can thank Kate Moss and crew for that. Fast forward a couple of decades and brows are now the ultimate facial accessory.
But trends are not a new thing. Cleopatra was the pioneer of the bold brow, while medieval ladies turned attention to their domed foreheads by plucking brows. In the Elizabethan era many women dyed their brows with a red tone as a nod to Queen Elizabeth I.
The 1920's saw the needle thin trend. Clara Bow's brows were plucked away and pencilled in thin and straight, extending beyond the corner of the eyes. The 1930's were influenced by Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow - brows had pronounced arches for added drama.
During the 1940's brows became thicker and softer, think Grace Kelly and Lauren Bacall. In the 1950's Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn all had lush, immaculately shaped brows. Sophia Loren shaved off her eyebrows during the 60's and then pencilled them in using short, thin strokes to create a bold but natural look.
The 1970's marked the return of the natural brow - Ali McGraw and Lauren Hutton were the brow role models.
In the 1980's Brooke Shields and Madonna lead the way with busy, natural brows.
The 1990's had brows of all shapes and sizes! Drew Barrymore sported the over-plucked look, as did Pamela Anderson. Kristen McMenamy's career skyrocketed after she shaved off her brows.
Today, the bold brow is back, thanks to Cara Delevingne, we are opting for the more feathery, natural look, (and no fuzzy felt in sight.) With out high brow history now complete, here's my guide to rehab your brows back from the brink...
Use a thin pencil/brow gel to draw on fine strokes of hair, (it is very important to choose a natural shade, look at your hair colour in the nape of your neck and don't be too heavy handed with your product.)
If you are using a gel apply with a Louise Young LY31 brush, its the best. Finish with a brow gel that contains fibres so it looks like you have some natural texture there.
Try using my recommended products and techniques to achieve a natural look - Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Grey - very natural and suits most people as it has a brown undertone. Apply this with an eyebrow brush, finish with a brow gel.
Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow pomade - apply with a Louise Young LY31 brush in light, feathery strokes to create eyebrow hairs. Finish with Volumizing eyebrow fixer by Diego Dalla Palma, (available from Marks and Spencer.)
If you prefer a pencil try a MAC/NARS brow pencil, or make sure when you buy it is quite soft and not too dark for you, always opt for the lighter option. Black should never be an option, even if you have black hair, it looks too harsh.
Good make-up starts with the right base being used beforehand, e.g, there is no point putting makeup on bare skin if you have dry skin and are using an oil free foundation. You need to be aware of what skin type you are, or how your skin is looking, feeling and behaving, the time of the year, the occasion you want the make-up for, then you can make the decision about how to treat it, what to use skincare wise and then use the correct foundation and other products to suit.
When packing up my kit for a wedding or a shoot, I have to have a selection of products in my kit that cater for all types of skin. Ranging from sensitive, to dry to oily, or a combination. I need products I can trust and I know I can use quickly and are reliable, and also work well with what make-up I am going to use on the top to compliment that model's/client's look. I also need it to ensure longevity - as often, I am applying make-up for a special occasion or a shoot, so it needs to look its best, for as long as possible.
My absolute favourite has to be my trusty Bobbi Brown vitamin enriched face base - with this product I know it will perform, but if need be, I can also use other products, (e.g, if someone has particularly oily skin, I can use my Ben Nye final seal spray sprayed onto a Beauty Blender with the right foundation and then spray again when I have finished the make-up. I can use the face base if someone has normal/dry skin and I can also use this product if the client has normal/oily skin. It is a primer and moisturiser all-in-one so no need for two products, (plus it smells divine.) It is a good all-rounder and preps the skin ready for foundation/concealer, etc and ensures the skin doesn't look shiny, it also ensures longevity of the products, so I always stock up on this - I get through pots of pots!
If someone has very dry/mature skin - then I will opt for another Bobbi Brown product, (depending on the time of the year again and occasion.) If it is winter and cold and the clients skin is very dry or mature, then I love to use the Moisturising balm SPF 25. You only need a small amount - warm the product between your fingers and press onto the skin. Voila - skin looks hydrated and has a lovely dewy, natural glow. Other suitable products are then applied to compliment this. This also is available in a tint form - I often use this on myself, particularly in the autumn/winter, it gives me a little bit of colour and is very moisturising. However, if used all the time, it can block your pores, so ensure you exfoliate thoroughly and cleanse too.
BECCA resurfacing primer - This is a lovely product and one I know I can rely on if someone has fine lines and large pores. It also ensures longevity of the products. It has glycerin to hydrate and also absorbs oil to prevent any shine, so perfect for a matte look. It is very light to use and does not clog pores, great for all skin types but particularly oily - so great if a hot day.
MAC oil control lotion - I often use this on teenagers, (my daughter loved this product.) It is very lightweight but hydrating but delivers enough reliability to keep you shine free, if desired. It is also non acnegenic, so I tend to use this on a younger skin, or someone who is prone to blemishes or who has very oily skin.
Max Factor Facefinity all day primer - I am not a fan of using a separate product e.g, a primer and then a moisturiser - a good base should consist of both things - to prime and to moisturise. However, this is a good product to use under foundation to mattify and to hold the make-up on longer. It contains micro correctors to keep any shine at bay. It also contains an SPF 20. I often use this if someone has normal/slightly oily skin.
This Works In transit skin defence - Great for sensitive skin, I often use this in the summer months. It also has the benefit of having UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection. It contains hyaluronic acid and calming vitamin E. It is hydrating so good also for a drier skin.
Embryolisse lait creme concentre - A cult product - I know the Pixiwoo sisters often rave about this product. It is enriched with essential fatty acids and vitamins. It is a 3-in-1 lotion. It nourishes any dry areas and is very light and quickly absorbed. I like using this on dry/sensitive skins, but it is a good all-rounder too. It has a velvety finish and "grips" the foundation to ensure longevity. It can also be used as a cleanser, to remove make-up or even as a face mask!
Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream - an essential in my kit to ensure the delicate under eye area keeps hydrated and is prepped before foundation and concealer. Only a small amount is needed.
MAC strobe cream - A great product. Very moisturising. I particularly like to use this product if someone has dull skin as it gives it a boost and it luminises it with iridescent particles. Great to give the skin a bit of radiance. I often mix this product with a foundation too, or even just to pat on the skin on the high points to give a highlight. It is also non acnegenic.
Cover FX moisturiser - a great product if someone has redness as it reduces this and is hydrating, so great on people suffering with rosacea or high colour, also great for sensitive skins.
Urban decay pore perfector - I love to mix this with another moisturiser to ensure any fine lines or open pores are lessened. It ensures a matte finish and is non-greasy, great for dry or oily skins.
I love using make-up fixer sprays - I have used in the past MAC prep and prime fix+ and also Make-up Forever mist and fix, but I love using Ben Nye final seal, I think it is far superior. You can use this to make your make-up water resistant, (drag queens swear by this product so you know you are on to a winner!) It locks in the make-up when sprayed on at the end, or you can use it to set your foundation sprayed on, or used with a Beauty blender. By far the best make-up fixer. Not the best smelling one admittedly, (it smells a bit of mouthwash), but it does work. It can also sting a little too, (make sure your eyes are closed when spraying and don't get it into your eyes.) Great for ladies who are perhaps going through the menopause and for use in the summer months. I also like the Kiko make-up fixer, but tend to always revert back to my trusty Ben Nye.
Thank you for reading x
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