Wedding make-up on myself.

Wedding make-up.

I had the pleasure of attending my niece's wedding yesterday and on myself I decided to opt for a smoky eye look and nude lips.  I was wearing a Topshop green dress and so wanted something a little dramatic to compliment it.

I had prepped and had a bit of a tan with my beloved Sisley fake tan, I then covered any imperfections with my Nars tinted moisturiser and Bobbi Brown foundation stick, I don't tend to use powder as my skin is a little dry.

Under the eyes I used 2 Amazing cosmetics concealers, to hide my under eye shadows then I like to add a bit of my YSL touche eclait.

Brows - I used Anastasia Dip brow pomade and then added a Diego Dalla Palma tinted brow gel to add texture.

I then used a Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow stick to act as a base, on the lid, above crease and under the eye in Sand dune.   I then used a Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quad, (the Sophisticate.)  Using the mid tone on the crease and outer lid, and a little underneath.  The deeper tones blended on the top and also along the top lash line.  I then added a BECCA gel liner along the top lash line.  Finishing with the neutral eyeshadow on the lid and under the brow.  I used a Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara, (top and bottom), then applied some Ardell Demi wispie false eyelashes, adding more mascara. I then used a Bobbi Brown long wear eye pencil in Mahogany and blended a bit into the lash line and tight lined too, blending again at the lash line.

I used a little bit of my Bobbi Brown bronzer in medium along the cheekbones and forehead.  I then added a Bobbi Brown blush in Apricot then highlighted with my Bobbi Brown pink glow highlighter along the top of the cheekbones.

Lips - I used Bobbi Brown lip pencil in Ballet pink then added my Tom Ford lip colour in Blush Nude, keeping the lips matte and finishing with a little bit of a deeper lip pencil by Bobbi Brown - called Bobbi.


Summer makeup look.

Summer make-up.

Phew it's been hot hasn't it! (not that I am complaining of course), we are just not used to it though are we!

A common Summer complaint from my clients are either their make-up vanishes completely or it ends up printing underneath their eyes or creasing in places.  Help is at hand...

I can't stress enough how important skin prep is, it is just as important as applying the right texture for your skin and time of year and how you apply your make-up.

If you have dry skin then try and use products that are hydrating but not too oily, otherwise in the heat, they will just slide off your face.  If you have oily skin then use oil free products, as you already have that oil on your skin you see.

Ok so skin prep - (depending on your skin type of course) - My skin is dry near enough all year round, so I tend to choose products to add moisture and hydrate my skin enough for it to feel comfortable but to not look too shiny or oily.  Always try and make time to skin prep correctly and then your make-up will look better and last longer.

At the moment my skincare routine consists of -

Bobbi Brown cleansing oil, then splashing my face with really cold water, I use the oil to remove my eye make-up too as it is very gentle and prevents scrubbing the delicate eye area or rubbing.  I do a double cleanse in the evening.  In the morning I do a very basic cleanse with Bioderma cleanser.  For evening I use Embryolissse lait creme concentre moisturiser as it is very light and hydrating, and doesn't clog the pores, I also use a Bobbi Brown eye repair balm.  For day wear moisturiser wise I use the Embryolisse but then make sure my foundation or tinted moisturiser has a SPF in.  I also always use my Bobbi Brown eye repair balm, its so rich and doesn't crease, it really works for me.

Twice a week (before bed), I will use Alpha H Liquid Gold, which is a powerful resurfacing treatment, enriched with lots of good stuff including Glycolic acid, which jump starts the exfoliation process...(I've also heard it can help Acne so I need to research this further, as my daughter is suffering from it at the moment.)

Before bed on the other nights I will apply a Sisley fake tan, (its the hydrating skincare one), which was recommended by one of the Make-up artists from Strictly come dancing, Lindsay Bown.  I have tried most of the fake tans and this one you literally don't need much at all, its very natural and doesn't clog your pores and doesn't have that biscuit smell that most fake tans do.

Ok so make-up - I opted for the fake tan as I was getting fed up of my make-up looking too shiny in the summer and I also wanted to wear less makeup on my skin, e.g, foundation and concealer.  The fake tan works a dream as it evens out my skin and its a bit quicker to look human for me every morning! So this would have been applied the night before, so is acting in place of my foundation.  However, saying that, I don't like to not have sun protection on during the day, so I opt for a Pure radiant tinted moisturiser by Nars, which is perfect as it is so light and natural, it has a SPF of 30.

Next, I do have a bit of scarring from blemishes and under eye darkness, so I will use 2 shades of concealer.  I have tried LOADS, so the only ones that work for me and the ones that don't crease are by Amazing cosmetics as they are water resistant.  I will apply the darkest shade on any uneven areas and then the lightest underneath my eye area, blend, and then apply the darkest on the top, blend and then reapply. Lastly I will apply a Touche eclait highlighter just along any dark areas and then blend again, only using a minimal amount.

Brows next - I use Anastasia Beverley hills dip brow pomade in Soft brown with a Louise Young LY31, drawing on little fine hairs to replace my stupidity when I was younger and wanted a Kate Moss Biba look!  I then use a Diego Dalla Palma tinted volumizing brow fixer in Medium to recreate the illusion of brow hairs.

I don't think that powder eyeshadows are good for summer, especially if you don't use an eye base beforehand, so I always opt for cream eyeshadows.  Again, I have tried lots.  I either opt for Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow stick in Sand dune, (on the lid and blend away to brow, slightly under the eye), or NARS cream eyeshadow stick in Hollywoodland.  I then curl my lashes.

Eye definer wise - I use an E06 angled brush by Sigma with a BECCA gel liner in Belle Epoque, this is drawn on along my top lashes with a slight flick at the edges.

I then use a Max Factor 2000 calorie black mascara, only on my top lashes, wait for it to dry and then encourage them to curl up by pushing my fingers up against the underneath of the lashes, whilst they are drying, then reapply the mascara.

I then sometimes use a bronzer - I am loving the Cover FX one at the moment in Sunkissed, (along the forehead, under cheekbones, under my jowls! and along the nose and chin.)  Blush wise - as I have a tan my favourite is Apricot by Bobbi Brown.  I then use a NARS Super orgasm illuminator along the top of the cheekbones.

Lips - I love my Rodial lip pencil in Nude, then my favourite lip colour is Blush Nude by Tom Ford, I will then define my lips slightly with a Bobbi Brown lip pencil in Bobbi.  Sometimes I finish with a bit of lip gloss by Bobbi Brown, either Buff, Bellini or Bare sparkle.

So that's it! seems a lot, but actually, it only takes me about half an hour and i'm good to go, and look presentable for the day.  My make-up doesn't usually need re-touching at all throughout the day and doesn't crease at all.

Thanks for reading!xx


Alisha, Prom make-up.

Prom make-up...

Its not often I post photos of my daughter, but I just had to recently! It was her Prom day recently and I was just so proud of her, I wanted to show her off to the world!

It is a well-known fact, that at this age, teenagers can suffer with bad skin and a few spots here and there.  Alisha has completely mastered the art of concealing her little blemishes.  She has a great skincare routine, but despite all of this, she still gets spots.  She also takes good care of what she eats and she drinks plenty of water.

At the moment she is trying out various creams from the Drs, but I know it is just her hormones, and the blemishes will go.  However, in the meantime, we have a secret weapon...make-up!

Alisha has very pale skin, in fact even paler than porcelain, her shade is the Alabaster from the Bobbi Brown range. She also has very oily skin, typical of her age.  She really has to look after her skin. She has been using Dermalogica, but to be honest, it still hasn't sorted it out.

Moisturiser wise - depending on her skin, she uses an oil-free one from Dermalogica or if her skin is dry, she uses Embryolisse Lait creme concentre.

For her prom, Alisha wanted her make-up very natural.  Thank goodness she is not a heavy make-up kinda girl, (I've taught her well.)  We went for a natural foundation, (of course!), she is not into the spray tan thing either, I always try and persuade girls to go for their own skin colour and embrace it, rather than go against it.

I used the Bobbi Brown foundation stick, which is a wonderful product, you can use it where needed or all over, (if needed.)  You can use it with fingers, brush or a sponge. It is also very economical too and portable.  It is an essential in my kit, thats for sure.

I used this with a damp Beauty Blender, taking real care over any little blemishes, (I had primed and moisturised with Bobbi Brown vitamin enriched face base.)  I then corrected under her eyes a little and then pin point concealed with a bit of concealer, if needed, in the same shade.  I then used a Vichy loose translucent powder to set her make-up and to stop shine, using a Maggie Hunt powder brush.

Alisha has great, feathery, natural brows, (I am jealous.)  I filled them in with a very light eyeshadow and used Maybelline Brow drama to set and define the hairs.

Eyes - I used Bone cream eyeshadow all over the eye area and then Slate in the crease, outer corner of the lid and slightly under the eye.  I defined with a Black ink gel liner from Bobbi Brown, (avoiding the inner corner, as Alisha hates the bit that sometimes prints underneath the eye.)  I lightly powdered to avoid any smudges too, under the eye.

I applied some natural false eyelashes - Ardell 110 are perfect for this, and then used a Rodial black mascara, which is lovely and carbon black.

I used a creamy pot rouge blush on her cheeks, only a tad, and then highlighted with a MAC iridescent loose powder in Silver dusk, which is gorgeous.  I also used a little on the lid and below the brow.

Lip wise - Alisha only really likes natural, nude shades.  So I applied a lip pencil by Bobbi Brown in Bare all over the lips and then finished with a lip colour by Bobbi Brown in Uber beige.

I was so proud of her on her prom, (as I always am.)  But to see her all dressed up in her amazing dress, (incidentally expertly made my lovely, hugely talented friend, Joanna Leigh Couture in Brigg), and her hair done to perfection, make-up classic and natural, nails painted natural - she looked so elegant and classic.  Very proud indeed.

It was a perfect day and she had an amazing prom.  (Thanks to VW weddings for the camper van hire too and The Wedding and Flower boutique for the gorgeous roses.)

Alisha - Prom dress by Joanna Leigh couture.

Alisha - Prom dress by Joanna Leigh couture. Shoes - Kurt Geiger.  Clutch - Next.  Jewellery - Daniella Draper.

Tina Brocklebank Make-up artist.

Summer make-up.

I have finally got round to telling you what I have been up to since the launch of my new website.  Basically, its been all go with weddings, shoots and make-up lessons.  I have also been busy trying out some new make-up and I am going to be ordering lots of NARS soon as I am now a NARS Pro too, (I am already a Bobbi Brown and MAC Pro.)

With Summer here (ish),I always crave to let my skin breathe after Winter, and to wear less make-up on my skin.  So I have opted for Sisley Self tanning, hydrating facial skincare.  This has worked a treat, (and doesn't smell of biscuits!), it also means I can wear less foundation and it also hydrates my skin, as its always a bit on the dry side.  I like to always take the time to cleanse well every night, (depending on my skin's needs, I like to use either Bioderma solution, No 7 creamy cleanser or Bobbi Brown cleansing oil/balm.)  Once or twice a week I will use Alpha H Liquid gold, this acts to "polish" my skin, (however, I won't use this if I am using a facial tanner, perhaps once a week.)  Moisturiser wise, I love my trusty Bobbi Brown moisturising balm, SPF 25.  (Just to say, I don't believe in spending loads of money on cleansers, as they are not on your face very long! I prefer to spend on moisturisers instead.)

Make-up wise, with me wearing a facial tanner I can use less make-up, (I am usually a deathly shade of pale, with a few blemishes here and there, so I really have to try and even out my skin well cover those pesky spots...not to mention my under eye circles!  Honestly, without make-up I look either ill or exhausted.)

I have been skipping on the foundation, (yippee!), and using Amazing cosmetics concealer, (well 2 - one on my skin and the lighter shade under my eyes.)  I find this is a great concealer, as it doesn't crease and stays on, it also doesn't look shiny.  If I am particularly dark under my eyes I will use a Bobbi Brown corrector first, then apply the lighter shade of concealer on the top.

Brows - I have been trying to go for the fuller brow look, as I was clever enough to tweeze my brows to an inch of their lives when I was at college, (damn you Kate Moss and your Biba look!)  I use a small, slanted brush from Louise Young cosmetics and use an Anastasia Beverley Hills dip brow pomade, to create the illusion of hairs, I then go over with a Diego Dalla Palma brow gel, its amazing and has a dinky little brush too.  I am not a fan of the "Insta brow" look, I mean, who has ombre brows?!! I like to keep make-up real and its all gone a bit too drag don't you agree?!

Eyeshadow wise - I have been using cream eyeshadows, and love the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow sticks.  These are really quick and easy to blend, and usually I use just the one shade.  Next I have been using a MAC Pro long wear pencil along my lash line, (tight lining too), and then creating a slight flick at the outer corners.  I curl my lashes with Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curlers and then apply a Chanel mascara, (usually just to the top lashes, if I am not doing a smoky eye.)  I let each coat dry before adding more.  Lashes are my thing.

Next I apply a Bobbi Brown pot rouge, I love the shade Fresh melon as its really natural and also gives that lovely dewy look, I sometimes set this with a powder blush, (Apricot is nice, again by Bobbi Brown.)  Highlighter next, I love the Bobbi Brown one in Pink glow, Daniel Sandler highlighter or a creamy highlighter from BECCA.

I very rarely use bronzer, but my favourite is either Cover FX or Bobbi Brown, and I'm not a fan of contouring, I prefer to highlight instead.

Lip wise, I always use a lip pencil first, I use a Nude pencil by Rodial, (all over my lips), then I love either Charlotte Tilbury "Bitch perfect" (love the name!), or Tom Ford "Blush Nude."  Sometimes I keep it matte, but if I fancy a bit of a gloss then I use either a MAC dazzle glass gloss or Bobbi Brown in Buff.

Bookings wise - I have bookings every weekend now until October! (I am so rock and roll aren't I.)  So, lots of early nights for me and early starts, but it goes with the job, and it doesn't bother me at all.

I also have been taking bookings up to 2018 now, next year is looking very busy too.  I have taken some very long distance bookings on, its always nice to see different venues.

Please contact me to check availability at your earliest convenience, as I have had to turn away a lot of clients lately, as I am already fully booked.

Thanks for reading.  I am aiming to blog at least once a month, so please bear with me.  Thanks for all of your lovely feedback

(PS, please excuse the selfies, I am not a huge fan, but it does demonstrate what make-up I am using!)


Bobbi Brown haul

Bobbi Brown haul


Sisley Self tanning

I have been on the look out for a good fake tan product that doesn't look like I have been oompa lumpa'd and also one that doesn't cause spots! I was recommended this product by the lovely Lindsay Bown, (Make-up artist for Strictly come dancing, etc.)  Yes, pricey at £83.50 but I was prepared to pay a bit more to be happier with the results.

At first I was disappointed with the size of the bottle, but like Lindsay had said, you only need a small amount. So in hindsight, this will last for ages.

It smells lovely and has a fluid texture, so great to apply and this will ensure streaks are kept at bay.

Within 2 hours I didn't notice that much of a difference, but on the 2nd application, I looked sun kissed and very natural, so I didn't have to wear foundation - great!  This product is so great at evening your skin out.  This also has the added benefit of not making your skin smell of biscuits! which most fake tans seem to have.

The lotion is quickly absorbed and feels very hydrating too.  A great product if you don't want to wear much make-up to create that even sun kissed look. It always gives me a lift when I have a bit of a glow.

I will definitely be buying more of this, (but in the meantime, I will use very sparingly!)


Tina (smoky eye day look.)

I often get asked how long it takes me to do my make-up, (it depends on what time I have and what I need that day!)

Skin prep is very important to me, so making sure I use the right moisturiser for my skin, (depending on the time of year and my skins needs.)  As I am getting older, my skin is more dry and I feel like I need a bit of a glow! so I always opt for something to give me that, I love my Bobbi Brown Moisturising balm, I then use a Hydrating eye cream.

I mix the balm with a Bobbi Brown CC cream, (as I feel the tinted balm is too heavy for me and the CC cream on its own isn't moisturising enough.)  I then conceal any blemishes, (how is it I still get them at my age!?!) and uneven areas with a Bobbi Brown foundation stick.

I have under eye darkness, so I correct this with 2 shades of concealer, (the darkest first), by Amazing cosmetics, (believe me, I have tried most things and this product really works and does not budge/crease.)  I then use a tiny amount of YSL touch eclait, if I am particularly dark.

Brows next, mine are a bit sparse, so I have to fill them in with an eyeshadow, I use Saddle by Bobbi Brown, (really lightly, as I am not a fan of the whole Instabrow thing, or Instamakeup thing for that matter!) I then define a little with a Pur Minerals brow pencil and set and enhance any brow hairs using Diego Dalla Palma brow gel.

I love using cream eyeshadows as they stay put and don't crease, again, Bobbi Brown are my fave.  For this look I used Vanilla cream eyeshadow stick.  I then used Taupe on the lid and below the eye.  I then used my Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate eye palette, to create a smokey eye.  I added a bit more definition with a gel liner, (this one is from BECCA.)  I then used my Chanel mascara, top and bottom.

Cheeks next - I love my Bobbi Brown pot rouge at the moment in Fresh melon, very natural.  Then a sweep of my Daniel Sandler Radiant sheen on my cheekbones.

Lips to finish - I used Rodial lip pencil in Nude and then finished with my Charlotte Tilbury lip colour in Bitch perfect.

Photo - Merika Green.

Wedding make-up artist of the year 2016 for East Midlands.

For those of you following me on Facebook, etc, you will know I entered The Wedding Industry awards and won the Wedding make-up artist of the year award for the East Midlands region.  This week I took a trip to London where the nationals were held, at the Cafe de Paris in Leicester square - it was a great experience.  I did not manage to win but receiving the feedback and amazing comments from all of my lovely clients made me realise, I am already a winner.

Right outside our hotel we were also lucky enough to see there was the premiere going on for The Revenant.  We saw Tom Hardy and Leonardo Dicaprio - very exciting!

Thank you all so much for taking the time to vote for me and for all of your lovely messages of support - it means the world to me.  Upwards and onwards!!xxx

me applying - Jess Petrie photography

Christmas wish list 2015...

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!....there's so much on offer out there, make-up wise for us, it can all get a little bit crazy to decide what to put on our Christmas list or to buy those make-up lovers in your life. Here I have tracked down a few beauties, plus of course, I am offering my very popular Make-up lesson/session vouchers (£150 for an hour session. You will receive a bespoke session in my make-up studio in Healing, skin preparation, make-up application, false eyelashes, before and after photograph, a personalised face chart/product list, and a make-up procedure sheet. E-mail me - and I will send you info on how to purchase.)

Hourglass Ambient lighting edit - £65 -

Hourglass ambient lighting edit.

Hourglass ambient lighting edit.

Dior Addict gloss in Sparkle - £22.50 -

Dior Addict gloss

Dior Addict gloss

Nars Steven Klein Fantascene killer shine lipstick in Shame - £20 -

Nars Lipstick

Nars Lipstick



Bobbi Brown sequin eyeshadow in Constellation - £25 -

Bobbi Brown sequin eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown sequin eyeshadow

Tom Ford waterproof mascara - £39 -

Tom Ford mascara

Tom Ford mascara

MAC studio eyegloss in Pearl vanish - £16 -

MAC studio eye gloss

MAC studio eye gloss

Topshop smoke stick in Treasure rocks - £6.50 -

Topshop smoke stick

Topshop smoke stick

Happy shopping!x


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