A few people have asked how I bring the beauty out of women that want a natural look. The first thing to remember is that some times it takes more effort to look as though you are barely wearing any make-up, and the key is to get the base just right.
A primer is key for flawless, long lasting foundation… Airbase Airbrushing foundation is great for a gradual build-up of coverage, as is Bare Minerals… by building the product up slowly, you will avoid a caked look.
Keeping eye make-up to a minimal helps the overall look appear nude, so no lashes and brown mascara as opposed to black, and natural shadows rather than colour. A sheer gloss or even lip balm will ensure the look is ultra feminine and natural. A little dewy sheen and light blush to the apples of the cheeks creates a nice flush.
The best light to apply make-up based on my industry experience is in as much day light as possible… this gives a true sense of tones and overall coverage needed. I was so interested to read research about women applying their make-up in poor quality light. I thought I’d share it:
Lighting Direct offer make-up friendly lighting and their research shows that despite spending hundreds of pounds on beauty products each year, three in four women (75%) do their makeup in poor lighting:
· 77% of women said they need a better lighting solution
· 71% of women said they checked their makeup in a different room from the one in which they apply it
· 12% ask someone else to check their makeup for them
· Younger respondents are using selfies to check the application of their makeup
· Foundation fails are the most likely outcome of having poor lighting
Kathryn Middleton from Lighting Direct said: “We were surprised to find that so many people do their makeup in the bathroom: aside from the obvious steamy mirror issue, most bathrooms have extremely harsh lighting that can drain colour from the face. It’s much better to try and replicate natural daylight wherever you apply your makeup as then you’ll see your finished ‘result’ in the type light that other people will see you in too.”
Lighting Direct’s tips for getting the perfect makeup lighting
1. Lumens, lumens, lumens – you need bright lighting to see the detail when applying makeup. Choose a lightbulb with around 1350lm (lumens) to provide enough brightness.
2. Step into the daylight – natural light is the best light for applying makeup, so choose bulbs that closely mimic daylight.
3. Use dimmers – if you’re applying makeup for a night out, then using a dimmer helps to ensure that your makeup will look great in a range of different lights.
4. Avoid downlights – downwards directional lights highlight wrinkles, bags, and skin issues making you look – and feel – instantly older, leading to inevitable makeup overcompensation.
5. Side to side – installing lights either side of where you apply your makeup, 90-100cm away from each other, with the radiance focused at eye level, will maximise the absence of shadows.
Sometimes only lashes will do… especially on a beauty shoot to show off the final make-up look, or on a runway show, when people are viewing a model from a distance.
Ensure that you define your brows if you are opting for massive flirty lashes and statement eye make-up.
Peach, blush and pastel corals are great tones for a spring or summer wedding, and is the perfect choice for a bride who is not a fan of bright pinks, but wants to keep the feminine softness of her chosen wedding colours… this image is great inspiration for a blush wedding… the beautiful bride Clare has opted for these peachy tones with a dewy finish to match the flowers and bridesmaid dresses.
If the answer is a massive YES! and you want massive, amazing lashes… then pop into Pinkies, or contact the team for your Dreamweave Mascara.
This lovely lady popped in to have a makeup trial for a wedding she is invited to. This before and after shows the quality of Airbase Airbrush foundation, as you can see it looks natural, and glowing on the skin and eliminates the signs of ageing, redness and blemishes, leaving a great base for the rest of the makeup… bringing out her lovely, large, sparkly eyes.
I love #bringoutbeauty.
Today I’m at a further training day, and loving the Advanced Nutritional Programme training at #environ. Loving the pregnancy pack, the party pack and the detox pack!
Here are three reasons it is important to further train in your field of expertise:
- It is fun to learn more about what you love.
- It is important to offer your clients more, so they get real expert advice and services, as well as value for money.
- It is so important with an industry such as beauty to do continual professional development so that you stay safe for your clients, and deliver treatments well.