Less is definitely more when it comes to creating an effortlessly youthful look. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you achieve a timeless look that brings out the best in your features without looking caked:
- Opt for a moisturising base with SPF that brightens up your complexion and doesn’t clog up pores or draw attention to fine creases around your mouth and eyes. Coming into Spring and Summer, there are some amazing BB and CC creams around that do just the trick and nourish your skin at the same time, for example Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue or you could opt for a light covering or Airbase airbrushing foundation.
- Once you’ve applied your light base and let it set, take a light creamy cover-up (I love erase paste from Benefit for a creamy texture that goes a long way) and apply it sparingly to any shadows or blemishes still visible through your base. A concealer with light reflective pigments is really forgiving for any under-eye shadows too.
- A light shadow on your lids, a neutral beige or a subtle gold is perfect for daytime glamour, then line your upper lashes with a dark precision liner and gently extend the colour along the lower lash line using a brush to give some subtle definition without heavy lines. Apply mascara to lengthen the lashes and widen your eyes.
- Next, add just a dab of blusher or cream rouge on the apples of your cheeks. A creamy rouge blends really easily with your base and gives a youthful dewy finish for your complexion. Choose a light apricot tone or a dusky rose to get a flushed, walk-in-the-fresh-air look.
- A spot of highlighter blended on your cheek bones, the inside corner of your eyes and just under your brows will lift the whole look.
- Finish off with a creamy lipstick in a neutral shade that enhances your natural lip colour, or go for bold with a seasonal red, pink or coral that brightens the complexion and shows that true confidence comes with age – knowing what suits you and having the courage to wear it!
For anyone checking out my site for the first time here are some great places to start:
- Walking up the aisle, the last thing on your mind should be worrying about make-up! A Bridal Make-up trial is an important part of preparing a bride for her big day. Here’s how: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/10/10/what-is-a-bridal-makeup-trial/
- Not forgetting the bridesmaids, so they also look gorgeous while they’re rushing around making sure the Bride’s veil sits right and getting ready to catch the bridal bouquet: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/09/12/amazing-before-and-after-bridesmaid-picture/
- I love this classic Audrey Hepburn style. It’s timeless and works well for bridal make-up and for a sophisticated prom-look or a date with that special someone. Get the look here: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/02/14/get-the-1960s-bridal-look-inspired-by-audreyhepburn-perfect-for-valentinesday/
- Whether it’s long tresses or a short pixie cut, my hair-care tips will keep your hair in glossy shape all year round: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/01/02/new-year-hair-resolutions/
- If you’re in the business of building your beauty business then check out this video for extra inspiration: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/07/04/reaching-goals-takes-hard-work/
- Nails are the ultimate accessory and really add the wow factor to any outfit. Here are some of my high-shine glamour favourites, from classic French to festival neon, these beauties will survive hen parties, snowstorms and honeymooning days at the beach: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/09/18/gelish-dipandbuff-nails-really-do-last-look/
- I love working with olive skin tones, especially this inspiration for shimmer and glow bridal make-up: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/08/05/bridal-make-up-inspiration-for-olive-dark-skin-tones/
- And because the glamour doesn’t end there, here are some tips for glowing honeymoon makeup: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/12/11/ten-tips-for-glowing-honeymoon-makeup-for-yourkentwedding/
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As a makeup artist it’s really important to get hair and make-up that work well together. Here The V Team opted for a wide blunt fringe clip on by Balmain and curls that frame the eyes and cheek bones.
The brows are defined but in a colour that works naturally with light blonde hair… it is good to choose one shade darker than the blonde. You can see I’ve also blended warm golden copper tones on the eyes that really bring out the pale bluey-green colour. And I’ve added an extra lick of mascara on the lower lashes with a soft white eye-pencil along the inner lash-line to really open up the eyes.
Lashes on the top and bottom of the lids also creates a doll-like flutter that works with the fringe and curls.
I’ve applied subtle contouring for a gorgeous flawless soft-focus complexion and a pop of pink glossy colour which is a fun way to round off this modern, retro look.
It was amazing to work on set of the Debra Lamb shoot. It’s so much fun working together with a team of artists, prepping for an interview like we did this time. Photoshoots usually mean an early start and some commuter traffic, and still managing to be on time and friendly to everyone you meet when you get there! That’s why I like to pack my bag the night before and make sure all my brushes and beauty equipment are ready to go when I wake up! I also pack water or a light snack to keep me going till midmorning. Check out some of the pics from the shoot here…
Check out some of the final shots on my Portfolio page by photographer Russell Hand.
Debra’s interview is here… and yes you may hear me laughing with the other crew members in the background – a sure sign of a fab shoot day.
Traditionally Leap Years are the years that women ‘can’ ask their beloved to marry them… because apparently it is only men that doing the asking any other time…
Look ladies… the next leap year is in 2020… Do you want to wait until then? It really is simple… here is advice from a dating coach… Ladies just get down on one knee and do it… but make sure you look your best of course and bring out your natural beauty.
A 1970s’ bride needs shimmer and glam, and a pop of colour all tastefully done, think Diana Ross.
Make-up: Create a blue-grey smoky eye over the lids, bringing the colour beneath the lower lid too. Add gold metallic shadow to create the wow factor and depth and blend it into the smokiness, but keep more colour in the centre of the lid. Dare to wear big flirty lashes and lashings of mascara. Coral lips are a lovely colour for this look and ensure the blush is subtle but tonal with the lip colour. If you want even more disco edge add gloss to the lips and dab gold liquid liner to the lower lid. Remember bridal looks need to be slightly subtler than the original beauty to avoid it looking over the top. But you can go wild with the ultra-glittery nails… metallic work as do deep and earthy shades combined with vibrant pops of colour such as orange.
Hair: The hair is big. This look was achieved by working on the natural afro hair of the model, and teasing out the tight curls. For non-afro hair, use a crimper and keep a centre parting with a flower accessory to achieve an iconic seventies look, perfect for halter neck dresses or big sleeve key hole styles.
Make-up: Kelli Waldock https://kelliwaldock.co.uk
Photographer: Samantha Jones
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.