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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Being 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
Model: Meg Lodge
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.
Diamond Face: Narrower forehead, and wider face at cheekbones and jawline with narrow chin.
Oval Face: Obvious cheekbones with a narrow chin and wider forehead.
Heart Face: This shape has a chin that is more pointed than oval, and the forehead is wider than the jawline.
Long Face: the forehead and jaw are equal with the cheekbones and the chin is not as wide.
Another question my clients ask all the time is what eyebrows suit my face shape?
- 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.
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.
Make-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?
- The physical application can be very calming and give us some well needed attention.
- The bronze and blushers make us look like a picture of health, so we feel healthier.
- Bringing out natural features with beauty products always reminds us that we have a special feature perhaps that someone has complimented in the past.