The best light to apply make-up based on my industry experience is in as much day light as possible… this gives a true sense of tones and overall coverage needed. I was so interested to read research about women applying their make-up in poor quality light. I thought I’d share it:
Lighting Direct offer make-up friendly lighting and their research shows that despite spending hundreds of pounds on beauty products each year, three in four women (75%) do their makeup in poor lighting:
· 77% of women said they need a better lighting solution
· 71% of women said they checked their makeup in a different room from the one in which they apply it
· 12% ask someone else to check their makeup for them
· Younger respondents are using selfies to check the application of their makeup
· Foundation fails are the most likely outcome of having poor lighting
Kathryn Middleton from Lighting Direct said: “We were surprised to find that so many people do their makeup in the bathroom: aside from the obvious steamy mirror issue, most bathrooms have extremely harsh lighting that can drain colour from the face. It’s much better to try and replicate natural daylight wherever you apply your makeup as then you’ll see your finished ‘result’ in the type light that other people will see you in too.”
Lighting Direct’s tips for getting the perfect makeup lighting
1. Lumens, lumens, lumens – you need bright lighting to see the detail when applying makeup. Choose a lightbulb with around 1350lm (lumens) to provide enough brightness.
2. Step into the daylight – natural light is the best light for applying makeup, so choose bulbs that closely mimic daylight.
3. Use dimmers – if you’re applying makeup for a night out, then using a dimmer helps to ensure that your makeup will look great in a range of different lights.
4. Avoid downlights – downwards directional lights highlight wrinkles, bags, and skin issues making you look – and feel – instantly older, leading to inevitable makeup overcompensation.
5. Side to side – installing lights either side of where you apply your makeup, 90-100cm away from each other, with the radiance focused at eye level, will maximise the absence of shadows.
I recently did the make-up on a model for a designer who create amazing, practical maternity wear for breast feeding mums… the designs are discrete and still really stylish. This got me thinking about how as a working mum in the beauty business, I know I have to make an effort to look good… but when my children were just babies this was more challenging, because you’d rather get an extra few minutes sleeping than worry about applying make-up… so here are five tips for new mums, so they can still feel and look glam…
- Wear stylish shades and just pencil your eyebrows and where bright lipsticks… this look is good for indoors, but perfect for a school run, or a visit to the shops after a night of not a lot of sleep.
- Brighten your complexion with a sun protecting tinted moisturiser, a small application of lipgloss, and one coat of mascara. When we look and feel tired, sometimes less is more. This is great to enhance your pregnant glow, or brighten your look up after the baby is born.
- Invest a couple of hours and a some cash to have individual false lashes applied… these last a few weeks, and you wake up and look like you’ve already applied eye-opening mascara.
- Use dry shampoo, if you don’t have time to wash your hair and pop a simple quiff and ponytail up, this will keep it away from the face and out of the reach of the little ones.
- Get your nails done! We don’t have to look at our own face all the time, but having perfect nails is a great way to lift the feeling of confidence and glamour as we are always looking at them and using them… choose a bright colour like candy pink or vibrant orange.
Getting married in the summer months is a popular choice for people in the UK… there is more likelihood that the sun will shine, and that people will be able to take time off for the wedding, as well as amazing options for outdoor ceremonies, including the beach in Whitstable, which is a stone throw from my salon, Pinkies.
But… yes, there is always a BUT! You must be prepared when it comes to your make-up, and I have given my tips on Your Kent Wedding website, Click here to read the article:
The shoot I did at Cherry Bomb Studio with Dawn-Marie Jones, was filmed by A Different Kind of #Woman Sky show… And here is the footage, my bit is part way through…
It was so much fun getting interviewed by A Different Kind of Woman Sky TV show at the latest photo shoot I worked with photographer Dawn Marie Jones.
Here are a couple of pics from the day at Cherry Bomb Studio in London.
I am so lucky to be able to bring different elements of my work together; from beauty therapist to celebrities and VIPs, to nails and treatments in my salon, to make-up for models and actors on set, and of course all of the lovely brides and bridesmaids I bring out beauty of… But what makes a great bridal make-up artist?
- You have to be prepared for all eventualities… for example a trial may have gone one way, but on the day, the bride may have a break-out, or patches of dry skin, or she may have even changed her lip choice, or bridesmaid choice – a host of things can happen – so be prepared with the right equipment, products, your notes from the trial and more.
- Arrive on time, this is a day that you cannot afford to be late, not only does it look bad on you as a businessperson, but more importantly, if the bride is late and it is your fault then that is not a good thing… so be early, and give yourself plenty of time to apply the perfect make-up for the bride and her bridal party.
- If you are prepared and early then it is likely that you will give off calm vines too – it is so important that the bride doesn’t feel stressed, so if you act frantic around her then this could make her feel nervous and not in safe hands. Stay calm and collected.
- Remember that your bride will have so many things to prepare for during the lead up to her big day, she is not going to want to be chasing her make-up artist to check you are still going to turn up… so do your admin… send regular messages to reassure the bride that you will be there and that you have you need, do last minute checks for changes too… this admin must be relevant – don’t stalk your bride, she has enough to do remember, but keep all communication clear, concise and open – this includes the invoice and paying process.
- Enjoy it – just like any job, if you enjoy working with brides, despite the prep and early starts then this will shine through, and brides want to work with people that are positive, friendly and professional. They also want to be listened to – so ensure you listen to their needs and desires for their big day from the very first point of contact.
I was asked to do the make-up for the Spring-Summer collection of Vicca Bond designer maternity wear. This is for modern mums, and the outfits are statement pieces or dresses that require pretty, but strong and kooky make-up. The hair is very simple and tied back, as this is usually the choice of breast feeding mothers. And whilst this make-up is strong it really is just about the flicks and the lips.
The red lipstick and strong black flicks suit the retro vibe of the collection, but also the oriental feel of some of the pieces. Flicks are quick tricky to get even, and it is important to take your time when applying, these flicks are big and statement, but just with mascara and no false lashes… if you do wish to add lashes then go with them big at the edges to further enhance the eye shape with the liner. I used the natural point of the eyebrow as a guide to for the flick.
This model has big features and can take strong and thick eyebrows… you can use a pencil and feather it, so it doesn’t look so blocked, or an angled brush and shadow allows a controlled application.
Thi sis certainly a look that a mum could do, so she still feels and looks super glam. I’ll share some of the photos from this shoot, when I get them.