All about that base: 5 Top Tips for getting your #foundation just right!

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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Mix and Match your #Gelish and #Minx #Nails #Toes #Fingernails

Minx toes and Gelish Dip and Buff with tips to extend the natural nails… I love the contrast of colour with the metallic on-trend toes…

Minx toes

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Cheer up your Raining #Summer with…

Okay, so there has been this little grey cloud over the UK since the whole #Remain and #Leave, all of that on top of the #Juneshowers… well, it has been a little gloomy to say the least… and this is even more reason to brighten up your day, and my nature of being a make-up artist and salon owner, I do this with the power of make-up…

Here are five ways I’ve cheered clients up this week – they are all easy ways that you can use make-up to brighten up your day too:

  1. Bring out a smile with some bright lipstick – bright pinks, deep reds and vibrant coral are all on trend this summer 2016.
  2. Add some bronze to the contours of your face… So you can add a summer glow even though the sun is not shining much at the moment.
  3. When it is raining – the sandals are shelved and the shoes and boots come back out – so get your fingernails painted or gelled to add some vibrancy to the rain mac and umbrella. Bright corals and metallics are a must this season.
  4. Apply fake lashes and add lots of mascara, so you can add a sparkle to everyone’s day by showing off your eyes – remember to wear waterproof mascara to avoid smudges down your face when it randomly begins to rain.
  5. If there is no sunshine, it is likely that the sunglasses will be back in the case – so it is the perfect opportunity to add some bright eyeshadow – use a colour that suits your eyes – but be brave and go bright!

Happy summer everyone rain or shine!

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