Inner #confidence with a flick of a brush

Inner confidenceMake-up is pretty magical… because not only do I see my clients visually look their best, by enhancing their features or adding contouring or colour… but I see the shine and sparkle of confidence in their eyes after make-up has been applied… check out my before and after gallery for an example of this beaming confidence on my portfolios page. You can see this confidence in two clients photographed too…

So why does make-up make us feel so great?

  1. The physical application can be very calming and give us some well needed attention.
  2. The bronze and blushers make us look like a picture of health, so we feel healthier.
  3. Bringing out natural features with beauty products always reminds us that we have a special feature perhaps that someone has complimented in the past.

 

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Matching #make-up with flowers in the hair

When wearing flowers in the hair, it is important to tie in the colours without looking like you are being too much of a match, as this can look a little tacky.

But if the flowers are autumnal then autumn shades for shadows and lips can work, or if the colours are vibrant, then contrasting shades of the same colour can work, such as bright pink flowers with light pink lipstick.

It is also vital to pick out the right colours… adding green shadows just because the stems of the flowers are green is not really ideal… and with the shoot I did below on model Megan, although the white flower is the statement hair accessory, these tones would wash out Megan’s complexion… so, I picked up on the berry colours with a modern pink lipstick with sheen, an English rose complexion, and the deeper eyeshadow to pick up on the subtle purples, reds and pinks of the smaller flowers.

Lorraine Lucas Photography

Photographer: Lorraine Lucas Hair: V-Team

Your Festive Nail Questions Answered

I need help choosing nails to go with my predictable, but sexy little black dress for a Christmas party, am I best off getting them done in a salon?

The choices of nail treatments, polishes, and gels are more extensive if you go to a salon, and you can include a pre-Christmas pamper too… As well as asking advice from the nail technician and actually seeing the colour wheels and finishes to help you choose.

If you are doing your own nails at home then choose a good quality polish, apply it somewhere ventilated, and ensure you leave enough time for the coats to dry. A salon can do all of this for you, plus Gelish nails applied in a salon can last up to three weeks, as long as you look after them… so wear rubber gloves to wash up the dishes, or better still, leave them for someone else to do.

What are my colour options?

You wouldn’t believe how many colours there are in gels and polishes, and now chrome… and there are plenty of choices in the shops too, but with Christmas, you may want to go festive with a red, or gold, even a white with lots of glitter.

Isn’t red and sparkle a bit predictable?

Yes, it is, but it is Christmas. When else can you get away with amazing red sparkly nails? And with a black dress it does look stunning, because it lifts the whole outfit; whilst the dress choice maybe predictable, the nails make the outfit striking and interesting.

What is perfect for a party, but also Christmas day with my family?

Nail choice really depends on the individual. I have clients that will only wear natural polish or subtle colours, so for characters like these, I’d suggest adding a little sparkle just to lift the look for the party, and because the nails are subtle they will be fine for a day with the family. Other clients love bright colours and would wear nails like this with their family, but to add extra glitz for a party, an accent nail can be decorated with glitter or nail art.

What are the trends for this Christmas?

This year it is all about the #chrome. Rockstar is a favourite for the party season, because it is so sparkly.

I keep seeing loads of hashtags about chrome nails, what are they and are they good for Christmas?

They are the most popular nails at the moment! Chrome nails have a mirror-like finish and look amazing with any outfit, and turn a plain black dress from sober to super sophisticated and on-trend… And they can be applied over gel. The colour of the chrome depends on what colour has been applied beneath.

Is it too much to match lipstick with my nails?

Not at all, I think if you have a popular lipstick colour that you wear then matching the lipstick and nails together looks great, especially for a party and to elevate a plain dress.

Do I need to match toenails and fingernails?

This totally depends on the individual’s choice; I have clients that love matching both, and I have other clients that like to have different colours on their toenails and their fingernails. A popular look is to have the same colour on both fingernails and toenails, and then add sparkle to either to make one or the other more of a statement.

Kelli waldock

What do you think Mrs Claus – yes Santa’s wife – would choose for her festive fingernails?

Red sparkle of course!