Lots of clients got in touch when I wrote about summer skin back in May – take a look if you haven’t already: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/05/30/summer-skin-my-top-tips/ and wanted to hear more beauty advice about skin. With the heatwave well and truly on, if you’re planning on getting and keeping great skin this summer, take a look at my top summer skin tips that I find make a huge difference, especially when I’m working long hours in the hot weather…
Less is more
A good moisturiser with SPF is ideal for the summer – it protects your skin from the sun and lets it breathe a bit. Try a BB or CC cream if you prefer to go for light coverage or need a more polished look for work.
Water and fruit instead of sugary snacks
Drink lots of water. Plump and hydrated skin is healthier, looks amazing and creates a much easier base to apply make up! You’ll also find that a little make-up goes a long way for a lighter made-up look. And eating fruit and veggies helps to keep your skin plump too – so get a breakfast smoothie in first thing for all your skin-boosting vitamins or pack one with you so you’ve got some skin-boosting vitamins on the way to a shoot.
Get an exercise glow
If you’re skin is sweating then it stays clearer, healthier and you get a natural, youthful glow – do anything you like – yoga, Pilates, jogging, spinning classes, running on set in between camera flashes to powder away shiny noses – anything – as long as it gets your blood pumping! Remember to cleanse your skin after a work-out and before applying make-up!
All-over body scrub
There are some great charcoal-based beauty products available right now which cleanse and exfoliate at the same time – cleaning make-up and sun cream off thoroughly helps keep your skin blemish-free. I like the one-minute self-heating mask from Bioré for a budget-friendly quick fix. Don’t stop at your face though – you can get an exfoliating glove and give your entire body a going over while you’re there and apply loads of moisturiser afterwards for baby soft skin from head to toe.
Sleep and moisturisers
Get an early night or two and just be amazed at the difference it makes to your skin and your eyes the next morning! Your moisturizer will also have a bit more time to nourish your skin while you’re sleeping. Promise yourself to be in bed and asleep before 10pm just twice a week, especially if you are up early for a shoot the following morning!
Give it a try and let me know if you feel a difference …
You can also check out my post on bringing out natural beauty here: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/06/28/natural-beauty/
What about you- what tips do you share with your clients for healthy, glowing summer skin? I’d love to hear them!
We all have features that we want to highlight and features that we would rather not draw attention to! As a beauty specialist and make-up artist, it’s my job to make my clients feel good and bring out the best in their features and their confidence.
…I do this by applying the right amount of make up in the right place and sometimes, less is definitely more! Anyone who takes a look at my hot pink gel nails will see what a fan I am of bright and bold colours – I love experimenting with colour and do encourage my clients to try out new looks, especially if they have a shorter, new hair style, or brighter hair colour that means they can get away with stronger make-up. But I do encourage my clients to try make-up that brings out their natural beauty, and that really does mean something different for everyone. Smaller, close-set eyes need different make-up to larger, wide set eyes.
I might use a different tone of red for ‘statement lips’ on thinner lips than the tone I would use on fuller lips. I might use a coral tone on darker skin and a pink blush on paler skin to get a naturally flushed look. Dark smoky eyes might be perfect for some clients but totally wash out another client’s complexion. Finding the right base to match the skin tone and the right tone of natural blusher can bring wonders to reviving any complexion, for a natural and flawless look that works well for the daytime and can easily be vamped up for an evening party look.
The result is a polished complexion without looking heavily made-up. These are tricks that no woman can do without! Check out my free e-books here https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/free-beauty-e-books/ to get these no-make-up-make-up looks and find out how to bring out the best features in any face. I’d love to see the results – how have you worked your make-up magic to bring out the best in your clients?
Lashes and nails really add that extra something to every outfit and just give a more polished final look, whether it’s for a bride or a prom or a day at the beach.
Check out the difference a simple lash- lift makes.
Lifting even the shortest lashes it just opens up the eyes and gives a natural look that can be boosted with a volumizing or lengthening mascara and a precision brush to separate each lash and really make the most of even those tiniest in-between lashes! It is the absolutely perfect for honey-mooning beach days and just waking up with a more natural look and less make-up fuss! Lash lifts are simple and such a worthwhile little luxury and take next to no time at all so are definitely worth adding to any bridal package you are offering your clients, along with brow grooming and the wedding manicure and pedicure no bride can do without…
When it comes to the perfect combination of nails to take any bride from her wedding day through to a two-week honeymoon,
I absolutely adore this combo.
Whether it’s two weeks in Marbella, a week in Malta or a weekend on Canvey Island – this is the perfect neutral nail look that will take you anywhere without having to think about nails for the rest of the trip. The classic French polish is so effortless and stylish and works with a wedding dress or a summer wrap-dress or evening wear. I love this coral tone for toes. The colour really looks perfect with a tan and is subtle enough not to look odd when you’re still building up a tan! It goes perfectly with wedding shoes, summer sandals and flipflops, so it’s my absolute winning nail colour combo for brides that are leaving for their honeymoons directly after the wedding reception.
I found this fun one-minute video showing how hair and beauty has changed in the past 100 years – from 1910 to 2010, I thought you might like it:
I wonder what they’ll film for 2020?!
Check out one of my fav vintage looks.
As a makeup artist you tend to have your tried and tested, reliable products that are perfect for any shoot or bridal booking…
I also love trying the new ranges available on the market and updating my bag of beauty tricks with new inspirational beauty products.
I’ve just tried out these Hydrolats from Base Formula in Rose Otto and Orange Flower.
I love the fact that they are in a pump-action spray and totally plant and flower-based.
The Orange Flower one smells amazing and when I sprayed it onto my skin it felt like a refreshing and revitalising mist.
The neroli fragrance is quite calming but uplifting too, especially on aching flip-flopped feet coming into Summer.
It’s in my bag and ready for my next early morning!
The Rose Otto Hydrolat feels quite moisturising and light.
The rose fragrance is comforting and although it is distinctive, it is not at all overpowering. I like to use this one in the evening, either a quick spritz on my skin, or as a refreshing body mist after my shower or as a room spray.
I love the fact that these aromatherapy sprays are natural and can be used with other natural products and creams.
I don’t know about you, but I do love a bit of every day luxury and these sprays feel like a mini-holiday after a few hours on set.
I will certainly be recommending these for brides to pack in their honeymoon case too.
Here is a link to the range of Hydrolats https://www.baseformula.com/hydrolats from Base Formula if you’d like to know more about them. I’m looking forward to trying out the lavender and chamomile ones too!
Coming into spring and summer it’s time to rethink foundation… There are lots of products to choose from, so it’s important to find one which is right for your skin
- Longer days usually means more sunshine and more outdoor-photo shoots, so I always make sure I have products with a good sun protection factor. SPF 15 to 30 is good for a foundation. I also sometimes make sure the moisturiser I apply underneath has at least SPF 15.
- I like to keep it light but with good coverage. A base that lets the skins natural beauty shine through but stays put throughout shooting is really important, especially in the summer when the heat makes us feel like we’re melting! If you regularly catch my blog, you’ll know I’m a big fan of an Airbase airbrushing foundation.
- If I’m creating a no-makeup make-up look, then I some times also like loose mineral powder with light reflecting particles to give a soft-focus finish which works well with light, powder blusher or bronzer for some sun-kissed definition. This is perfect for an outdoor summer shoot or wedding, when there is lots of natural daylight. Just be sure to blend any cream concealer carefully for a flawless, natural look.
- Primers can be great but watch out for any that lighten the makeup and alter the colour tone to make it look ghostly under camera lighting or flashes – a no-go at a shoot and on your wedding day.
- I usually do a quick colour check along the jawline and sometimes on the inside of the wrist, where the skin tone is paler, just to check that the colour tones match and blend well. It’s a tried and tested trick – but one of the best!
I love this inspiration from the Debra Lamb interview shoot I was recently on. Debra shared so many insights about her experiences in the acting business. If you haven’t already, check out the pics and listen to the interview here: INTERVIEW with Debra Lamb.
I especially like this hair and make-up look for Debra. It’s strong and feminine and really suits the modern Baroque inspired bodice and black and white fishtail gown she is wearing by Belinda – (known for her designs for Vivienne Westwood) on this shoot.
For Debra’s make-up;
- I started with a flawless airbrushing foundation and lightly worked in some bronzer along her cheekbones to add some drama and definition that is perfect for this look.
- I balanced Debra’s iconic berry lip colour with smoky eyes in a warm brown on her eyelids and worked a darker shade into the sockets.
- I used a dark liner and black mascara along the lower and upper lashes, which give a smouldering effect. I actually like this warm brownish amber tone for darker eyes but it works really well on green and blue eyes too.
- Debra’s hair is long so I have created tousled, dropped out curls using tongs – dry shampoo and spray is a must to get this really natural, sultry wave. The trick here, is not to brush the hair but to work with its natural movement. I clipped the sides back for one of the looks, which really highlights Debra’s cheekbones and draws attention to her dark eyes.
Have you tried this look on your clients? I’d love to see the results!