Help! What products should I pack for my summer holidays?

If I was off on my hols and the airline lost my case, how would I cope with just that little plastic bag of liquids you’re allowed to take on board? I think I would honestly have a meltdown before I realised I could probably pick up my beauty essentials on arrival. Phew! Here’s my top 10 list of summer holiday need-to-pack beauty items (most of them would fit in that little plastic bag, thankfully!):

Sun cream…

This is top of my list of course! Now I know there are lots on the market and it’s tempting to get a lower SPF but stick to at least SPF 30 for the first few days, until your skin has adapted to the sun. Your make-up will probably have SPF built-in but you’re unlikely to reapply your foundation during the course of a day, so it’s best to get a face cream with SPF and to wear a stylish wide-brim sun hat and large glasses for city tours or those days at the beach or by the pool.

BB Cream…

If you’re not ready to brave the beach completely bare-faced then a tinted moisturizer is a great summer solution. There are some great BB and CC creamson the market that give you an even skin tone and contain SPF – like No. 7 at Boots, or Rituals or similar. Be sure to choose something with pigment technology that adjusts to your skin tone, even when you have a bit of a tan!

Highlights…

A highlighter / shimmer stick– this will bring out your sun-kissed glow if you apply a tiny bit and blend on your cheek bones and the bridge of your nose.

Conceal…

Concealer palette– I say palette because you might need a slightly darker shade if you’ve caught the sun…

Waterproofing…

Waterproof mascara and kohl linerare a must! Black or dark brown – don’t leave without them!

Remover…

And where there’s waterproof mascara you need a great eye make-up remover, so you don’t wake up with dreaded panda eyes. If you get stuck here you can always pick up some baby wipes to begin with or use a dab of olive oil!

Balms…

Lip balm with SPF and lippy! Red and pink gloss – go bold! You’re on holiday!

Conditioning…

Leave-in conditioner for a daytime wet-look, and a normal one for when you wash and style your hair. See if you can pick up one with UV protection as it will stop any highlights getting too light and help protect your hair from sun damage.

Nail it…

I normally get my nails ready before my holiday but it’s good to be prepared so I pack a red nail varnish, a clear nail varnish with a hint of pink and gold nail varnish. Those colours just match any outfit and any occasion – classic, stylish and glamourous.

Minx toes

Butter…

Moisturiser (think Body butter) – a thick creamy one to pamper your skin after a day in the sun. Aloe Vera gel is also great and really soothing if you want to nourish your skin first.

Sunburn…

Oh, and I always pack a little tub of ‘Sudocreme’ or a similar zinc-based cream which is a great for a sunburnt nose, blisters or skin irritation (although you’ll find it in the nappy-rash section of the super market!).

Check out my tips for gorgeous honeymoon make-up that works just as well on holiday: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/12/11/ten-tips-for-glowing-honeymoon-makeup-for-yourkentwedding/

I’d love to hear your thoughts on summer holiday beauty essentials! What goes into your holiday make-up kit?

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#Beauty tools: how to keep each item in top shape

When we need to look a million dollars most of us head straight to our make-up bag and start applying. To get the right look we generally need to use a range of beauty tools and any self-respecting glamour puss will have an impressive array of tongs, brushes, sponges and similar to help get it exactly right. Sometimes however, we forget that our make-up tools needs a bit of TLC too. They make us look good and it’s only fair we help keep them in good shape as well. No one wants to preen themselves with tools that aren’t fresh. Here are our top tips on keeping all your beauty accoutrements in good order from how to clean a hairbrush to storage advice for tweezers.

  1. Hairbrushes: Hairbrushes are one of the most important tools in the beauty kit. Hair would get knotty and tangled in no time if we weren’t able to brush and smooth out our locks regularly. Make sure you know how to clean a hairbrush properly otherwise your brush might not be up to the job. For a full guide to learn how to clean a hairbrush see step by step here.
  2. Make-up brushes: Often neglected when it comes to beauty tool maintenance it’s absolutely vital that you clean make-up brushes at least every three months to prevent them building up dirt or bacteria. To do so rinse in warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth making sure to rub only in the natural direction of the fibres.Makeup brushes
  3. Hair dryers and straighteners: Electrical items can be a bit trickier to look after, but just like any other beauty tool they need some regular love. Be sure to have your dryer and straightening tongs checked for electrical safety regularly. Opt for models with in-built turn off mechanisms when they get too hot to help prevent over-heating leading to potential damage.
  4. Tweezers: A neatly plucked brow is important these days and most of us achieve this with a handy pair of tweezers. To keep yours in good nick always store it in a cool dry place. It’s often tempting to leave tweezers in your toothbrush holder, however these tend to be damp which can cause rust and blunting. A cupboard or dedicated holder bag is a much better option.

Those are our top tips when it comes to ensuring your beauty tools remain in tip top condition throughout their life. While we might not often think about the maintenance of these useful little things, a bit of effort now and then will keep your beloved hairbrushes, make-up sponges and tweezers working well long term.

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Ten Tips for Glowing Honeymoon Makeup for #YourKentWedding

honeymoon makeupBeing a bridal make-up artist, one of the questions I get all of the time is about make-up for the honeymoon – so here are my ten tops tips for getting that glowing honeymoon look… Check out the full article I work with the tips on Your Kent Wedding.

Hair and Make-up Artist: www.kelliwaldock.co.uk
Photographer: www.dreamphotography2012.co.uk
Model: Meg Lodge

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How do I know what #shape my #face is?

I love working with clients at my salon on a daily basis, as well as brides and commercial shoots because I always get asked interesting questions that I often take for granted…

Here are some ways you can assess which face shape you have…

Square faces have quite short foreheads and short chins and quite equal in proportion.

Round faces have softer features, but short forehead and chin too.

Rectangle faces are similar to square shapes, but with more length from temple to jawline.

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Diamond Face: Narrower forehead, and wider face at cheekbones and jawline with narrow chin.

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Oval Face: Obvious cheekbones with a narrow chin and wider forehead.

Photo by Samantha Jones

Heart Face: This shape has a chin that is more pointed than oval, and the forehead is wider than the jawline.

 

 

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Long Face: the forehead and jaw are equal with the cheekbones and the chin is not as wide.

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What #eyebrows suit my #faceshape?

Another question my clients ask all the time is what eyebrows suit my face shape?

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  • An oval face suits a low soft arch.
  • A round face can carry a higher arch to counteract some of the roundness.
  • A long face suits straight brows that sit lower and thicker to give the illusion of a shorter face.
  • A square face suits an angled or ticked arch with the point centre of the overall eye shape.
  • A heart shape face looks good with a more defined arch than a soft arch.
  • A diamond shape face looks fab with a strong angled tick.

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#Flawless make-up cannot be naked…

When it comes to having flawless foundation, in order for it to not look flat or caked, it is very important that it is blended down the neck and over the jawline… this is why airbrushing foundations are effective, because the airbrush application ensures an even coverage that starts as light and can build up to the desired finish. If you apply foundation and stop there and leaving it ‘naked’, adding no bronze, contouring or blusher, then the finished look can be unnatural, caked or flat.

Foundation is brilliant in that it covers blemishes and evens out skin tone, but it also covers natural colours and can disguise bone structure. It provides a canvas for the makeup to be applied, which means shine, contouring, bronze and blusher.

SO REMEMBER TO DRESS YOUR FLAWLESS FOUNDATION WITH BLUSH, BRONZE AND SHINE TO CREATE YOUR FINAL LOOK.

beforeandafter Kelli Waldock

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