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Bride and tonic Make-up artist and competition news.

I am honoured to be London based, Best British blog - Bride and Tonic's regular Make-up artist contributor.  Here is my first blog post, I hope you like it -

There's lots of tips about what you need to know about hiring a Pro Make-up artist - it could save you a lot of time, heartache and money!

Also, to tip you off about a Mother's day competition I will be running shortly.  As you are subscribed to my emails you get to know about this first.  If you would like to nominate someone to win a Make-up lesson with me, (whether it be for your friend, Mum, Grandmother or neighbour even), please email me on with details of why you would like to do so and why you think they should win.  (Please note, this will not be done on Mother's day, but at a mutually convenient time.  Once announced the lesson needs to be done within 3 months of winning.  This is non-transferrable to any other service, i.e, wedding make-up.)  Deadline for entries is the 31st of March.

Just to also let you know, bookings are now being taken for 2020, (limited availability) and also for 2021 so it is never too early to book!


Make-up by Tina Brocklebank

Make-up by Tina Brocklebank



Good luck!x



Tina Brocklebank Make-up artist.

My day make-up faves...

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 -
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.

Irina - natural make-up.

Less is more?

I was inspired to blog today, after working with a lovely lady who travelled from Hull to have a make-up lesson with me.

During her initial telephone enquiry she was very concerned about her make-up, skin and wanted to have a "make-up overhaul". She had been thinking about coming to see me for quite a while. She didn't really wear foundation and just wore a little bit of pencil underneath her eyes.

Irina's concerns included -

Is her 80's make-up outdated now?
What should she be using for skincare and make-up?
How could she make her sparse brows, (from over-tweezing) look better?
What is going on with the Instagram style make-up?
Should she be contouring?
How come girls as young as 14 are going to school wearing false eyelashes?!
Why do girls these days want to look suggestive and older than they are?/why do they wear so much make-up?
Why is everyone getting fillers in their face and botox? even at a young age?
Why doesn't anyone actually look like their photo anymore?/why do they lie and use filters?

It is a very common conversation I seem to have with a lot of my clients, and the only answer I come up with is social media and the pressure to conform and look a certain way, especially for the younger generation.

Most of my clients come to me, as they like the fact that my work is very versatile but also that I specialise in a "natural" looking make-up style. Something which I am very proud of and I guess, that sets me apart and goes in my favour, as I refuse to conform.

To me, real make-up for real women/girls should be there only to enhance what they naturally have, not to mask or to dramatically alter their face, e.g, like contouring can do, or applying too much make-up. (I don't mean to offend.)

Don't get me wrong, I love to experiment with make-up for shoots and creative projects, but I think that real make-up has kind of gone out of fashion it seems. It seems more is more! Make-up companies are cashing in on this!

For day make-up I love classic and natural make-up, for me, it's what I believe in and what I think that most girls and women look better and real wearing. "Make-up that looks like you, but better" - a quote from Bobbi Brown, which I still use today.

I simply don't see the point of dramatically altering someone's face, to make them look like they are wearing a thick mask of make-up with dark brows and dark eyeshadow, with dark lipstick and blush and lots of contour and highlight. That only suggests that that person's face has something wrong with it that needs masking or altering surely? And why do people think they have to do these things?...Social media! (No harm done I know.)

I suppose I am quite lucky in the fact that my 18 year old daughter doesn't wear a lot of make-up, (admittedly, she does wear foundation, but she certainly doesn't like wearing it, as she has acne.) But she has the best skincare routine and uses non-comedogenic make-up. Her aim is to just wear moisturiser and a little bit of make-up, perhaps a touch of concealer for any little blemishes, brow gel, mascara and a little bit of lip balm. That is it. She is not into the whole Instagram style make-up trend. (I suppose I have had a hand in that.) She wants to look like herself still, (thank goodness!)

Now, each to their own and all that but I just wished that the internet didn't exist sometimes, (or at least didn't have all of these images/videos.) You know the ones, the ones where theres a girl there, dripping foundation onto her skin and then bouncing a make-up sponge, then tapping her finger on her cheekbone, pouting, looking so pensive!....It's all a bit overwhelming I feel. I think it certainly feeds any insecurities and therefore unfortunately makes people compare themselves to unreal images and make-up trends that just do not do anything for a face...apart from drag queens of course. I do love a drag queen make-up...on drag queens!

And so, Irina sat in my make-up chair and I taught her each step, from using the right skin prep to the last step of applying a pop of lipstick. I only use a tiny amount of each product, and she looked like herself, and felt so great! Its all about using the right textures, products and techniques to enhance. She left still looking like herself, but she looked a better version of herself? I hope you agree.

Make-up can be such a confidence boost, its a very powerful tool, if used correctly. I just think that there is too much brainwashing going on. I am hoping it will all calm down soon and things will get stripped right back...wouldn't that be great?! Imagine...women/girls feeling like they don't need to post selfies all of the time wearing a lot of make-up, feeling insecure about their looks, waiting for those all "important" likes!! Surely being themselves and looking like themselves is better for their confidence than masking their beauty with a tonne of make-up?

Thanks for reading x

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Super noir winged eyeliner make-up.

Super noir winged liner look...

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.



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.



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.

Make-up by Tina Brocklebank

Make-up lessons galore and a Happy new year to you all!xxx

I have been inundated recently with requests for make-up lessons.  From Mothers who are at their wits ends from their daughters contouring habits, Husbands who have been constantly asked for a make-up lesson with me and also from ladies requiring help with applying their own make-up - we are never taught at school are we!! I believe this should be part of the curriculum!  Make-up is such a powerful tool.

Christmas has been a very busy period for me and I have loved helping all of my lovely clients.  I have also had the pleasure to work with some amazing, professionals recently and this past year.  This has been my busiest year to date.  2016 is nearly booked up and 2017 is looking very busy too.  I really am so grateful and love working with you all.  Thank you all so much for all of your lovely e-mails, comments and for following me on Facebook, etc.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy, healthy new year.

Never underestimate the power of make-up, not only is it good for you in your appearance, but it goes hand in hand with your well-being and confidence.  A slick of lipstick and you can feel better instantly!  Happy new year!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

Make-up by Tina Brocklebank

Make-up lessons...

I work with so many lovely ladies and it really is an honour to be able to help someone look and feel their best, (yes, it sounds cheesy but I mean it!) Its such a confidence boost when not only do you look good, but you FEEL good! the 2 go hand in hand! I know all too well! If I don't wear any make-up, I do feel quite low! make-up is such a powerful tool and when used correctly, it can not only transform your face but your mood too!

Today I worked with Emma, a beautiful lady without make-up granted.  Emma wanted to be shown how to update her make-up, to use the right make-up and how to choose it.  I also took her out of her comfort zone a bit and played with different shades a bit...after all, make-up is there to experiment with!

Its all about making the best of what you have, playing up the good and not focusing on what you don't like - a bit like life in general really!

Here's Emma, looking beautiful before make-up and I believe, even more beautiful after...I think you will agree, she looks fresh, healthy, glowing, natural and more importantly, still like herself...

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Red lips and leopard print

Red lips and leopard print...

With the gloomy weather surely there is light at the end of the tunnel? or in my case, my make-up bag?!  Dark days call for a bright pop of colour so I opted for my trusty MAC lip pencil in High energy today and wrapped up in my Topshop leopard print coat.  If you are going to be wearing a red lip, make sure you get rid of any redness first in your face, (especially around your mouth, nose and chin.)  I must admit, I am more of a nude lippie girl, but I so needed a colour boost, and I felt really nice with a bright lip, plus it stayed on such a long time, (I prepped my lips first with a bit of vaseline, then rolled over a cotton bud to remove any bits that the lipstick may stick to.)  Then applied a bit of carmex lip balm then applied the lip pencil all over the lips, then traced the pencil along the lip line, smiling, but it wasnt prestine.

I used minimal makeup for the rest of my face - I prepped with Emma Hardie moisturiser, then applied Bobbi Brown serum foundation and corrector, I then groomed my brows with an Anastasia Beverley Hills brow pencil, a bit of Louise Young eyeshadow in Chic and Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara.  I then used Cover FX bronzer and then Bobbi Brown shimmer brick and that was it.  A look really out of my comfort zone but perfect for an Autumn gloomy day! (coat from Topshop by the way.)

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