#Nails and #Lips

SnapseedI am all for matching lips and nails… sometimes this can look over the top though…

Contrasting is a great way to do lips and nails in the same colour:

  1. You can do a lighter shade on the nails, and add one accent nail, perhaps with glitter too.
  2. You can go matt on the nails and glossy on the lips, but with the same colour.
  3. If you are going for a really dark nail colour, then it is best to come down a shade or two for the lips, to avoid looking too gothic, or making the lips look too skinny.
  4. You can choose super shiny or glitter nails, with a matt lipstick in the same colour.
  5. Some colours just looked right paired with nails and lips, and this is a bright red, or a neutral/nude colour.

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

#Esimbi Fashion Show and Gala during #LFW2017

I was head make-up artist at the first year anniversary of the social enterprise #Esimbi during London Fashion Week in February… the look was almost a Jennifer Lopez inspired high shine complexion, and a really sultry black smokey eye.

More about Esimbi, and you can support the social enterprise by buying one on the limited edition candles from Pick n Melt.

The gala welcomed guests across industries, as well as a number of celebrities, and fashionistas including Andy Abraham, Anita Dobson, singer LL, celebrity session hairstylist Vicki Lord, actress Helen Baker, and LDNC. People travelled from Europe and Congo to attend this event at the prestigious One Whitehall Place in London.

Music from DJ efe-J, Henna, a photo-booth, drinks and cupcakes added fun elements to the fundraising event, but Tina’s speech highlighted the seriousness behind the issues in Congo for young people trying to make a life for themselves and away from the crime and street culture. Tina broke down in tears at the support from everyone including those who had provided luxury raffle prizes and goody bag gifts from the guests… Balmain Hair Couture Styling Kit, an Upcycling book from Designer Max McMurdo, Hypnotherapy sessions with Malminder Gill, yoga discount from Laurent Roure, Simply Be You jewellery, Pro Diva Hair straighteners, Dilly and Wolf, Cantu, Orange Rabbit Cakes, and bespoke luxury candles from Pick n Melt.

Tina has raised more funds and awareness for Esimbi, which was set-up primarily to provide vocational training with secured employment (via an Apprenticeship Project and an Apprenticeship Resource Hub) to young adults in the UK and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is achieved by collaborating with its alliance charities.

3 #makeup tips for #wintersun vacations

The start of the year is a popular time for people to flee from the frosty weather and head for some winter sun… But it is important to keep your skin in mind and make-up options too… here are three tips:

  1. Wear a light tinted moisturiser with SPF15 at least… This will protect your skin, but still allow you to get a little kiss from the winter sun.
  2. Drink heaps of water – the likelihood is you will be having some cocktails by the pool, so ensure you keep your skin hydrated with a hydrating moisturiser at night, and by drinking lots of water in the day.
  3. Opt for a less is more look, with a little bit of bronzer to complement your tan, clear waterproof mascara that will not run down your face during splashing in the pool and a nourishing lip balm with SPF15 to stop your lips from getting dried out or burnt.

If you are heading away this month, have a wonderful time and be sure to grab some fab duty free make-up at the airport.

3 Things to Focus on in #January

Calling all salon owners out there… January can be a little quiet on the customer front, so here are three tips:

  1. Contact regulars and give them offers for treatments throughout January.
  2. Embrace the quiet days and brush up on your own make-up skills or do a CPD course on a new treatment or business subject such as social media or customer service.
  3. Consider opening longer hours in December and over the new year, when times are super busy, and maybe enjoy a January vacation, and refresh ready for the rest of the year.

Good luck and Happy New Year

 

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.

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

Red sparkle of course!