Tina Brocklebank Make-up artist - Day make-up.

My day make-up products and routine...

I don't get a lot of time in the morning for make-up, but saying that, I do make it a priority. I can wake up feeling pretty crappy and frankly, looking it too! So the whole ritual of looking after my skin and applying make-up, for me, is a necessity and if I don't do it, I feel rubbish all day, not to mention look tired, and well, lets face it, ill!!

I like to start by cleansing my skin well and I am using Paula's choice Hydrating cleanser and I really am quite firm with the cleansing! I then like to splash it off with lots of really cold water. I then pat dry, allowing my skin to still be damp. I then use my faithful and trusty Bobbi Brown Extra repair moisturising balm, SPF 25. I love this product as I have really dry skin and using this makes it look fresher and a tad younger if anything else! a lovely glow is given, (which I badly need!) I then use the Bobbi Brown Extra repair eye cream, tapping it in lightly, under the eye area. I have really noticed a difference as I am getting older, (I am now 47). Fine lines and dark shadows are a bug-bear for me! grrrrr.....

Once this is done, (which takes about 5 minutes), I start my make-up.

Depending on how my skin looks and feels, (and how knackered I look!), I chose my foundation according to this.

On the photo, that particular morning I was looking my usual ill unmade up self, so I needed a bit more warmth in my skin, so I go one shade darker with my foundation/tinted moisturiser. Todays ammunition was the Charlotte Tilbury Healthy glow, I use this on top of the Bobbi Brown moisturiser. Its a strange product as when you squeeze the tube, it comes out light grey and then when you blend it into your skin, it morphs into your skin and transforms your skin into a warmer shade, but natural. This is suitable for men and women. (A great product, but no SPF.)

So, once I have a bit of a good base to work with, I then go to work with concealing any blemishes and uneven areas. I use Bobbi Brown Instant full cover concealer in the shade Sand. These concealers are the business! They stay on all day, do not budge and look very natural. I work this in with my fingers, just tapping lightly.

Next I go to work underneath my eye are, (not my favourite part of my face, as I have mentioned!!) I look tired and very dark under here...but I have my secret weapons! (thank goodness!)

I use the same Bobbi Brown Instant concealer but one shade lighter under here, (if I am particularly dark I will use a corrector too, my favourite is by BECCA in Peach.) I keep layering the concealer until as much darkness is gone...so it may take a few layers, but they need to be light. I use my ring finger to blend. Don't forget, this is the deepest part of your face, so naturally, it is going to look darker, (even though I don't remind myself of this!)

OK so next, I work on my brows. When I was in my early twenties, it was fashionable to have a very thin, almost Biba-type brow, (a trend worn by Kate Moss, and of course, I thought at the time, I could carry this look off. Looking back, I looked more like Barbara Cartland.) So to "plump" up my almost non-existent brows, I use Maybelline Brow precise fiber filler, (which is really a brow mascara, which helps to bulk up what hairs you do have there. A clever little product.) Go easy here, you don't want to end up looking Denis Healy. If there are any sparse areas I then use Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip brow pomade in Ash brown with a MyKitco My tiny liner 11 Pro brush. I use the tiniest amount of product and mimic little brow hairs, finishing with some Maybelline Brow drama gel through the brows to set and to add further texture.

Eyes are next - I use a cream product usually as a base, (its called a Primer nowadays.) I apply this with my finger and blend. This ensures longevity if I use a powder eyeshadow and makes sure it doesn't crease. I use Bobbi Brown Long wear cream eyeshadow in Sand dollar or Cream eyeshadow stick in Truffle, I take this right up to the brow.

Next I use my Charlotte Tilbury Instant look in a palette, (Beauty glow.) I use a mixture of the 2 darker eyeshadows and apply to the outer areas of the lid, above the crease and slightly under the eye area. I use a MAC 217 for this. I have seen as I have got older, I "need" more definition and colour. I never really used to wear eyeshadow.

Definition is next, so I use my Maybelline Lasting drama gel eyeliner in Black and I apply with my Maggie Hunt No7 angled brush, (amazing brushes by the way by the wonderful Maggie, who I aim to go and visit early next year.) I start in the middle of the eye first, (top lid), and push it right into the roots of the lashes and underneath, in the top waterline too. At the ends of my lids, I extend the line slightly, to elongate my eyes and to mimic slightly longer lashes at the ends. The line goes right into the inner corners too.

I use about 3 layers of Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara in Black, (curling first with a Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curler.) I always encourage more curl as the mascara is drying, by pushing up the lashes slightly with my sides of my finger!

A little bit of the Charlotte Tilbury highlight is dotted in the inner corners of the eyes and under my brow arches, (which is in the palette.)

To add a bit more warmth, if needed, I use Bobbi Brown Bronzing gel, (Joe Brown.) I am not sure if they are selling this anymore, as I have just checked on their website. But, its a great product. You just pat it on and blend well. I use it on my forehead and on the tops of cheekbones.

Blush is next. I like a dewy look, (more youthful!) so I use a cream product - I love either Bobbi Brown cream blush, (Fresh Melon is so natural!) or Make-up Forever HD cream blush in Flamingo Pink - 215. I only use a tiny amount on the apples of my cheeks and blend towards the outer part of my face.

I use a little bit of the highlighter from the Charlotte Tilbury palette, along the top of my cheekbones sometimes for more glow.

Lips - I always revert to a nude lip. If I go darker or brighter, I just don't feel like me! First I use a pencil all over the lips, (Charlotte Tilbury Lip cheat in Pillow talk or Bobbi Brown Beige.) I then use a lipstick over the top, my current favourite is by Charlotte Tilbury Hot lips, Kim K.W. However, I can't seem to get over Tom Ford Nude blush lipstick, its my absolute favourite. I then lightly define around the lips, in Charlotte Tilbury Lip cheat - Iconic nude.

...and that's me for the day! I can't say bright eyed and bushy tailed but I can say, ready for the day! Feeling, (and without a doubt, looking!!) a better version of myself.

The whole routine takes me about half an hour. Now I now a lot of ladies say, "half an hour?!!" like that's some sort of crime! but I always say; that is the only time you have to yourself the whole day, the only time you do something for yourself, so why not half an hour?! Get up a little bit earlier?! Maybe invest in yourself? Don't feel guilty about it!! We could all stay in bed a bit longer, and I always want to! But the if its a toss between extra minutes in bed and looking and feeling rubbish the whole day, or getting up earlier and looking and feeling ok all day, then you know which I choose! I certainly feel the rewards, and for me, that is what make-up and skincare are about, not just visual, but actually a little bit of therapy and self-love!

Thanks for reading my blog x x x

Halloween make-up by Tina Brocklebank Make-up artist.

Halloween/spider make-up/ramblings...

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

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 - tina@tinabrocklebank.co.uk and I will send you info on how to purchase.)

Hourglass Ambient lighting edit - £65 - www.liberty.co.uk

Hourglass ambient lighting edit.

Hourglass ambient lighting edit.

Dior Addict gloss in Sparkle - £22.50 - www.selfridges.com

Dior Addict gloss

Dior Addict gloss

Nars Steven Klein Fantascene killer shine lipstick in Shame - £20 - www.narscosmetics.co.uk

Nars Lipstick

Nars Lipstick



Bobbi Brown sequin eyeshadow in Constellation - £25 - www.bobbibrown.co.uk

Bobbi Brown sequin eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown sequin eyeshadow

Tom Ford waterproof mascara - £39 - www.harrods.com

Tom Ford mascara

Tom Ford mascara

MAC studio eyegloss in Pearl vanish - £16 - www.maccosmetics.co.uk

MAC studio eye gloss

MAC studio eye gloss

Topshop smoke stick in Treasure rocks - £6.50 - www.topshop.com

Topshop smoke stick

Topshop smoke stick

Happy shopping!x


Tina's top 10 make-up and skincare must-haves...(at the moment!)

1. I love using the Bioderma Sensibio H20 micelle solution, (£15.95). This is great for any skin type so I tend to use this a lot, plus my other fave Bobbi Brown cleansing oil. It is very mild and gentle, (I have been using this on myself too and my daughter, as we have been suffering with spot breakouts, so great for sensitivity too.) It is a cult product, loved by Professional make-up artists world-wide and models, and I can understand why now.

I have been using this for about 2 years now and right from day one I fell in love with the product and I am officially hooked! It is a "micellar lotion" this means it uses micelles which micro-emulsify any impurities whilst maintaining the skin balance. it also has a decongesting active ingredient. This requires no water to rinse, is hypoallergenic, fragrance and alcohol-free, so perfect too for cleaning eye make-up away.

I generally like to use damp cotton wool pads and superficial cleanse first and then do a deeper cleanse to ensure skin is thoroughly clean, prior to any further moisturiser/make-up.

I also think, as this isn't on the skin very long that is is a great price - I don't like spending too much money on cleanser but it does need to be effective and gentle, so this fits the bill perfectly.

Bioderma cleanser

Bioderma cleanser

2. Laura Mercier tinted moisturisers and concealers (£34), - I have fallen in love with these products only just recently, after a trip to Liverpool. They do such a great range of moisturisers, for all skins types. I specifically love the Illuminating tinted moisturiser as it is very sheer and natural, gives great moisturization, stays on all day and gives a lovely, natural glow, its so easy to use too. You just use a small amount and apply to your face, then blend in with your fingers. They have a SPF 20 in too. No wonder these have won awards, they truly are fantastic! I highly recommend the concealers too, I love using the creamier version on myself, as I have quite dark circles so I use secret concealer and then use a tiny amount of the secret camouflage palette where needed. Viola! 5 years younger! (Bobbi Brown concealers are my favourites too and I have them all in my kit too of course!)

laura mercier tinted moisturiser

3. Bobbi Brown skin foundation stick (£29) - As you may know, I am a huge Bobbi Brown fan as I used to work for her back in 1998! and I have used her products ever since. But, this product is fantastic for anyone. It is portable so great and easy for touch-ups, if required, during the day. To apply you can either just swipe where needed directly onto the face, or you can apply with your fingers. You can apply with a damp sponge and build the coverage to your liking. You can even use a brush if you prefer, but its so easy to apply, I just think if you use your fingers it couldn't get any easier than that to get even, beautiful looking skin very quickly! and because it comes in 24 different shades, right from very pale, (pink toned) to very dark, (Espresso), there is a shade for everyone, you don't have to blend these either if you find the correct shade. A must-have product to use on myself and in my make-up kit, (which I have the BBU palette which is brilliant too.)

bobbi brown foundation stick


4. Anastasia dipbrow pomade (£15) - I have been wondering what all the fuss was about so I decided to order myself some of this to try out. I am obsessed with eyebrows anyway and buying new products. I had been using the Anastasia brow wiz pencil but wanted to try something new and I love this range for eyebrow products. I used my Real techniques brow brush for this as its perfect for achieving an easily achieved, natural shape, although Anastasia do have their own brush too which is great. It has a gel-mousse texture, so all you need to do is apply it through brow hairs, in the direction of the hairs, shaping the brow as you go, lightly at first and then go over if required. I found this lasted all day as it is waterproof and smudge-resistant, plus it could double as an eyeliner too! Great natural shades too. I went for Soft brown. I will definitely be ordering more of this. I bought this from www.cultbeauty.co.uk

Anastasia dipbrow


5. MAC pro-pencils (£15) - I love these pencils as they are lovely to work with as they are nice and soft so easy to use and to blend, if required. I love these for eyes and for the lips. They are long wearing and transfer proof so you don't have to worry about re-applying or it smudging everywhere. They add definition and have rich pigment in them, so the colour payoff is just right, no more having to retrace over what you have done to get the correct amount of colour on.

mac pro longwear pencil

6. Sleek lip palettes - (£8.99) - I have loved this brand for a while now, as a lot of make-up artists had raved about it to me, however, I must say the lip palettes are great. They sell them in Tesco and online, so easily bought. The shades available vary from a natural palette, (which I love using on myself, in Ballet.) You can use one shade or you can mix the four shades and textures to customise your own. I find that if you use a lip pencil prior to any lip colour then it will stay on a lot longer. There are 4 textures that range from matte, satin to gloss and are beautiful to work with....(Bobbi Brown lip colours are amazing too 😉 )

sleek lip palette


7. Real Techniques make-up brushes by Samantha Chapman - I have been a huge fan of Sam ever since she started making YouTube tutorials with her sister, Nic, aka Pixiwoo about 6 years ago. Amazingly, talented, inspiring make-up artists. So when they designed and brought out their own make-up brushes then you know these are going to be a success and do the job right! and indeed they do... I even have my daughter, who is nearly 15, hooked on them! You can buy these individually or in core sets and are going down a storm! I love these as they make my job so much easier. They make blending any product so easy. They are handcut, cruelty-free and have taklon bristles. I always recommend these to my clients too.

Real Techniques brushes

8. Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara, (£6.99) - Time and time again I come back to using this mascara and for that price you just cant grumble about it! I do sometimes use this in my makeup kit, in the waterproof version. I love it as it instantly makes any lashes look longer and thicker without clumps. Always in black too as it adds more definition. I also like to use MAC mascaras. Always ensure whilst applying your mascara to apply right to the roots of your lashes, and zig-zag through the lashes, to ensure even coverage of each lash.

max factor 2000 calorie mascara

9. Revlon photo ready cream blush, (£7.99) - I love using cream blush as it looks more natural I think, as it has a lovely dewy look to it once applied. Use your finger to dot a little bit on the apples of your cheeks and then blend up to your hairline. These products are buildable and very silky to work with, very lightweight too. Pinched is my fave. I also love the Bobbi Brown Pot rouge and use these all of the time - I love Powder pink and Calypso coral. You can set these if desired with the same shade in a powder blush, but I often just swipe a little Bobbi Brown shimmer brick over the cheekbones, to compliment the glow...(By the way, I make no apology for the amount of times I talk about Bobbi Brown!!)

pot rouge

10. False eyelashes - Where do I start? I am obsessed with these too and I always recommend these to my clients as they add so much more to the look, whether you like a natural look or a more dramatic look. I always say, "Its not a bad thing to have longer, thicker lashes is it?!" 99.9% of people love them once they try them. They are a lot kinder to your own lashes than individual false lashes, (I am not a fan I am afraid). They also look a lot more natural too and wont damage your own lashes. I love using lashes from MAC, Shu Uemura, Eylure, Red Cherry and Velour, although there are lots of others too! Always use a pencil or liner prior to applying them and then neaten up the line after application. I always use DUO lash adhesive as it is the best too.

My false eyelash drawer

I hope you have enjoyed reading my make-up blog and thank-you for reading it...please feel free to contact me should you have any questions! Tina xxx





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