Barely there #make-up

SA CommercialA 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.

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#Lighting tips for the perfect #makeup application…

Leeds castle wedding photography Dawn and Lee-85The 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.

Maggie Q Nails: Your Kent Wedding

maggieqHi all… I’m not sure if you all know, but earlier this year, the Hollywood actress Maggie Q came into Pinkies salon to have her nails done – and you can read about it here and get discount on nails: Your Kent Wedding

Check out the application below for the Gelish: ‘She’s a Beauty’

Top Tip For Applying #LiquidLiner

Charlotte - Dream PhotographySome of the common mistakes in application of eye liner – liquid, gel and even pencil are wobble lines and smudges. So whether you are applying with pencil or with a brush, all you have to do is make the skin of the eyelid smooth by tightening it… so with the eye closed or nearly closed (if you are doing your own make-up), just gentle pull the skin upwards from under the eyebrow, this way you smoothen the natural creases of the eye lid and you are able to apply a neat line of colour… Depending on your confidence you can applying in one go, and then touch it up, or you can drag it in small sections.

And apply after the eyeshadow other wise you will have to go over it again.

Here’s to a summer with no smudges!