Summer Skin – my top tips

I found this article about a crazy burning man festival in Nevada – a far cry from our summer muddy Glastonbury and Hylands Park!

It got me thinking about keeping our summer skin gorgeous and healthy.

I love a good sun tan as much as the next girl but a little bit of sun goes a long way.

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As a beauty, hair and make-up expert it’s my job to make skin look amazing, but it’s always good to advise clients to look after what they’ve got so I can help them make the best of it!

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Regular facials and hydrating face masks always help, of course. These are the top tips I give to clients to help keep their summer skin in top shape in between our beauty visits:

  1. I recommend a moisturising base that is suited to your skin and the important part – make sure it has an SPF of 15 or SFP 30. Let it soak in before you apply foundation – also with SPF of course!
  2. You might use an after-sun to help nourish your skin after a day at the beach, but that might be too much for your face. Try something with a soothing aloe vera in it and put lashings of moisturiser (without SPF!) on before you go to bed. Or you can try argan oil-based products or just the argan oil which is also brilliant for your body and hair!
  3. Leave it a day before you get exfoliating – our skin is much more sensitive after a bout in the sun and you don’t want to damage it, so wash with a really gentle and creamy but thorough, foaming face wash to get rid of all the sun lotion. Then a splash of cold water before toning.
  4. This is less about make-up but definitely about beauty – a stylish sun hat always helps, and water- drink lots of it for plump, hydrated skin that make-up just loves!
  5. Lastly, try Environ for amazing results… I do these treatments at my salon and it gives a brighter, more youthful skin appearance.

What advice do you give to your regular clients when you notice they could give their skin a bit more TLC? I’d love to hear your comments…

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Short hair rescue! Three styles for any occasion…

As someone who likes to wear my hair quite long, I do enjoy the challenge of styling short hair and definitely understand that in-between stage, where it’s not quite long enough to tie back but also not short enough to look cool without loads of product!

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As a hair and makeup stylist, it’s always good to have a few tried and tested tricks to save anyone from a bad hair day – especially when a wig or a hat is not an option!

The trick is for a short cut that you may be growing out: get it trimmed regularly so that it grows back strong and without breaking or those dreaded split-ends.

Here are some of my top tips that are perfect for just about any occasion:

  1. Experiment with colour. The great thing about trying a new colour on short hair is that you can grow it out quickly if you get bored and if you’re waiting for your hair to grow from a pixie crop into a bob. I’d recommend a few highlights for added texture to start with. There are some great wash-out hair chalk products and temporary colour mousses on the market for anyone who likes the idea of a dramatic colour change without the commitment.
  2. Beach waves look great on short hair, just below the ear lobes. Tie the hair into sections, take a small strand and create an ‘S’ shape curve in the middle of it or high up, leaving the end straight. I love this trick because you can get the perfect curl by using a curling tong ora straightening iron. This works best on hair that has not been washed for a day or hair that has texturising product on it. If your hair client has freshly-washed hair, not to worry! You can add some spray before you get curling. Twist the curl with your fingers to help it keep its shape for that perfect surf-babe swish.
  3. With short hair it’s easy to get away with a gelled-back look. I recommend this on hot days where you can skip the gel altogether and go for a wet-look leave-in conditioner or nourishing oil to help a short cut recover from heat treatment and styling.

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When is Meghan Markle’s wedding? – only one more sleep to go before we see her hair and makeup…

Like me, I expect you are also looking forward to seeing Meghan Markle’s makeup and hair at the royal wedding tomorrow – I’m just imagining what it’s like behind the scenes…

All the hair and makeup, giggling and champagne.

I wonder if the Queen joins the bride-to-be and the bridesmaids for a tipple?

I am definitely wondering what Meghan will be wearing but I am also looking forward to seeing her make up choices…

Meghan has a golden, olive skin tone and can carry off really bold colours and make-up looks – tropical turquoise and yellow would really suit her skin tone.

Although Meghan has been seen to wear bold red lippy, I don’t think she will opt for red, or turquoise on her big day! I found this throw-back video of Ms Markle retouching her make-up in the back of an Uber with her Go-to make-up expert Bobbi Brown and it’s a great typical example of what really works for Meghan.

Like any bride, all eyes will be on Meghan and I’m expecting her to stick to her classic make-up look for her big day.

We usually see Meghan in the press with a warm brown smoky-eye which really emphasises her intense dark eyes and she highlights her cheekbones and around her eyes using a shimmer.

She is usually photographed wearing a pink blush and pinkish coral lipstick and she has an all-year round glow, which is helped along with some gentle bronzing. For her big day, I expect Meghan will have a more prominent pink blush and go more natural on the eyes and lips, with big lashes.

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This would totally be in keeping with Meghan’s classic make up choices and really complement any ivory wedding gown. She may even add a hint of bronze shimmer along her collar bone and shoulders if she opts for an off-shoulder wedding gown.

As for Meghan’s bridal hair, I’m wondering if she is going to wear soft curls, or the classic messy bun, with her hair knotted at the nape of her neck and a few soft strands to frame her face…

Let’s wait and see – not long before we catch a glimpse of the Royal Bride – I’m wondering whether Meghan will get a chance to touch her makeup in a Royal Carriage when she’s on her way to her way to St. George’s Chapel for the ceremony!

Here’s that Youtube video I mentioned earlier…

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Check out my Meghan look here on Bride Magazine too.

Having a Ball – glamourous #makeup for the big event

What an absolutely amazing time I had with these lovely ladies – I had the pleasure of doing their glamourous hair and make-up for a ball in aid of the National Autistic Society, an event being covered by OK! Magazine.

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I love this inspirational make-up. The shimmering highlighter and bold liner and lips is a modern classic, that complements the dark ruched gown.

I’ve gone for a smoky-lids, a lighter shimmer on the inside of the eye and fan-out-lashes for totally wow-hypnotic eyes.

I created a softer look too, which totally suits pale gold gown. I used a warm pink blush that complements her porcelain skin tone and a black liquid precision liner along the top lashes to emphasize her bright blue eyes.

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Both looks work well with under all the camera flashes. Can’t wait to hear all about it, hope you ladies both had an amazing time for a really worthwhile cause!

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