#IamChiChi Advert SS2017

Here is the advert I worked on, and some stills from the shoot with the Supporting Artists’ make-up…. the key was to bring out the beauty, without upstaging the four main models. Being an additional make-up artist onset means being very busy and working long hours, but it is worth it when you get to see the final efforts of all the team come together.

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Trying something new! I’ve just discovered these Hydrolats from @BaseFormula

As a makeup artist you tend to have your tried and tested, reliable products that are perfect for any shoot or bridal booking… I also love trying the new ranges available on the market and updating my bag of beauty tricks with new inspirational beauty products.

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I’ve just tried out these Hydrolats from Base Formula in Rose Otto and Orange Flower. I love the fact that they are in a pump-action spray and totally plant and flower-based. The Orange Flower one smells amazing and when I sprayed it onto my skin it felt like a refreshing and revitalising mist. The neroli fragrance is quite calming but uplifting too, especially on aching flip-flopped feet coming into Summer. It’s in my bag and ready for my next early morning!

The Rose Otto Hydrolat feels quite moisturising and light. The rose fragrance is comforting and although it is distinctive, it is not at all overpowering. I like to use this one in the evening, either a quick spritz on my skin, or as a refreshing body mist after my shower or as a room spray. I love the fact that these aromatherapy sprays are natural and can be used with other natural products and creams. I don’t know about you, but I do love a bit of every day luxury and these sprays feel like a mini-holiday after a few hours on set. I will certainly be recommended these for brides to pack in their honeymoon case too.

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Here is a link to the range of Hydrolats https://www.baseformula.com/hydrolats from Base Formula if you’d like to know more about them. I’m looking forward to trying out the lavender and chamomile ones too!

All about that base: 5 Top Tips for getting your #foundation just right!

Coming into spring and summer it’s time to rethink foundation… There are lots of products to choose from, so it’s important to find one which is right for your skin

  1. Longer days usually means more sunshine and more outdoor-photo shoots, so I always make sure I have products with a good sun protection factor. SPF 15 to 30 is good for a foundation. I also sometimes make sure the moisturiser I apply underneath has at least SPF 15.
  2. I like to keep it light but with good coverage. A base that lets the skins natural beauty shine through but stays put throughout shooting is really important, especially in the summer when the heat makes us feel like we’re melting! If you regularly catch my blog, you’ll know I’m a big fan of an Airbase airbrushing foundation.
  3. If I’m creating a no-makeup make-up look, then I some times also like loose mineral powder with light reflecting particles to give a soft-focus finish which works well with light, powder blusher or bronzer for some sun-kissed definition. This is perfect for an outdoor summer shoot or wedding, when there is lots of natural daylight. Just be sure to blend any cream concealer carefully for a flawless, natural look.
  4. Primers can be great but watch out for any that lighten the makeup and alter the colour tone to make it look ghostly under camera lighting or flashes – a no-go at a shoot and on your wedding day.
  5. I usually do a quick colour check along the jawline and sometimes on the inside of the wrist, where the skin tone is paler, just to check that the colour tones match and blend well. It’s a tried and tested trick – but one of the best!

#Burlesque #Inspiration on set with @theDebraLamb

I love this inspiration from the Debra Lamb interview shoot I was recently on. Debra shared so many insights about her experiences in the acting business. If you haven’t already, check out the pics and listen to the interview here: INTERVIEW with Debra Lamb.

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I especially like this hair and make-up look for Debra. It’s strong and feminine and really suits the modern Baroque inspired bodice and black and white fishtail gown she is wearing by Belinda – (known for her designs for Vivienne Westwood) on this shoot.

For Debra’s make-up;

Debar Lamb wearing Belinda Burlesque

  • I started with a flawless airbrushing foundation and lightly worked in some bronzer along her cheekbones to add some drama and definition that is perfect for this look.
  • I balanced Debra’s iconic berry lip colour with smoky eyes in a warm brown on her eyelids and worked a darker shade into the sockets.
  • I used a dark liner and black mascara along the lower and upper lashes, which give a smouldering effect. I actually like this warm brownish amber tone for darker eyes but it works really well on green and blue eyes too.
  • Debra’s hair is long so I have created tousled, dropped out curls using tongs – dry shampoo and spray is a must to get this really natural, sultry wave. The trick here, is not to brush the hair but to work with its natural movement. I clipped the sides back for one of the looks, which really highlights Debra’s cheekbones and draws attention to her dark eyes.

Have you tried this look on your clients? I’d love to see the results!

#Classic #beauty #makeup #How to #tired skin #mature skin #youthful makeup

Less is definitely more when it comes to creating an effortlessly youthful look. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you achieve a timeless look that brings out the best in your features without looking caked:

  1. Opt for a moisturising base with SPF that brightens up your complexion and doesn’t clog up pores or draw attention to fine creases around your mouth and eyes. Coming into Spring and Summer, there are some amazing BB and CC creams around that do just the trick and nourish your skin at the same time, for example Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue or you could opt for a light covering or Airbase airbrushing foundation.
  2. Once you’ve applied your light base and let it set, take a light creamy cover-up (I love erase paste from Benefit for a creamy texture that goes a long way) and apply it sparingly to any shadows or blemishes still visible through your base. A concealer with light reflective pigments is really forgiving for any under-eye shadows too.
  3. A light shadow on your lids, a neutral beige or a subtle gold is perfect for daytime glamour, then line your upper lashes with a dark precision liner and gently extend the colour along the lower lash line using a brush to give some subtle definition without heavy lines. Apply mascara to lengthen the lashes and widen your eyes.
  4. Next, add just a dab of blusher or cream rouge on the apples of your cheeks. A creamy rouge blends really easily with your base and gives a youthful dewy finish for your complexion. Choose a light apricot tone or a dusky rose to get a flushed, walk-in-the-fresh-air look.
  5. A spot of highlighter blended on your cheek bones, the inside corner of your eyes and just under your brows will lift the whole look.
  6. Finish off with a creamy lipstick in a neutral shade that enhances your natural lip colour, or go for bold with a seasonal red, pink or coral that brightens the complexion and shows that true confidence comes with age – knowing what suits you and having the courage to wear it!

 

Have you checked out my whole #beauty and #hair #website yet?

For anyone checking out my site for the first time here are some great places to start:

  1. Walking up the aisle, the last thing on your mind should be worrying about make-up! A Bridal Make-up trial is an important part of preparing a bride for her big day. Here’s how: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/10/10/what-is-a-bridal-makeup-trial/
  1. Not forgetting the bridesmaids, so they also look gorgeous while they’re rushing around making sure the Bride’s veil sits right and getting ready to catch the bridal bouquet: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/09/12/amazing-before-and-after-bridesmaid-picture/
  1. I love this classic Audrey Hepburn style. It’s timeless and works well for bridal make-up and for a sophisticated prom-look or a date with that special someone. Get the look here: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/02/14/get-the-1960s-bridal-look-inspired-by-audreyhepburn-perfect-for-valentinesday/
  1. Whether it’s long tresses or a short pixie cut, my hair-care tips will keep your hair in glossy shape all year round: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/01/02/new-year-hair-resolutions/
  1. If you’re in the business of building your beauty business then check out this video for extra inspiration: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/07/04/reaching-goals-takes-hard-work/
  1. Nails are the ultimate accessory and really add the wow factor to any outfit. Here are some of my high-shine glamour favourites, from classic French to festival neon, these beauties will survive hen parties, snowstorms and honeymooning days at the beach: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/09/18/gelish-dipandbuff-nails-really-do-last-look/ 

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  1. I love working with olive skin tones, especially this inspiration for shimmer and glow bridal make-up: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/08/05/bridal-make-up-inspiration-for-olive-dark-skin-tones/
  1. And because the glamour doesn’t end there, here are some tips for glowing honeymoon makeup: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/12/11/ten-tips-for-glowing-honeymoon-makeup-for-yourkentwedding/

Go on grab a cuppa and check out these links…

#BeautyInspiration

As a makeup artist it’s really important to get hair and make-up that work well together. Here The V Team opted for a wide blunt fringe clip on by Balmain and curls that frame the eyes and cheek bones.

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The brows are defined but in a colour that works naturally with light blonde hair… it is good to choose one shade darker than the blonde. You can see I’ve also blended warm golden copper tones on the eyes that really bring out the pale bluey-green colour. And I’ve added an extra lick of mascara on the lower lashes with a soft white eye-pencil along the inner lash-line to really open up the eyes.

Lashes on the top and bottom of the lids also creates a doll-like flutter that works with the fringe and curls.

I’ve applied subtle contouring for a gorgeous flawless soft-focus complexion and a pop of pink glossy colour which is a fun way to round off this modern, retro look.

Behind the Scenes of the @theDebraLamb Shoot…

It was amazing to work on set of the Debra Lamb shoot. It’s so much fun working together with a team of artists, prepping for an interview like we did this time. Photoshoots usually mean an early start and some commuter traffic, and still managing to be on time and friendly to everyone you meet when you get there! That’s why I like to pack my bag the night before and make sure all my brushes and beauty equipment are ready to go when I wake up! I also pack water or a light snack to keep me going till midmorning. Check out some of the pics from the shoot here…

Check out some of the final shots on my Portfolio page by photographer Russell Hand.

Debra’s interview is here… and yes you may hear me laughing with the other crew members in the background – a sure sign of a fab shoot day.