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M.A.C Marge Simpson Inspired Makeup Coming Soon….

To celebrate M.A.C cosmetics 25th anniversary they have collaborated with The Simpsons to produce a brand new makeup collection this autumn. The long running sitcom has being produced and shown on TV since 1989, M.A.C have been inspired by the very yelllow Mrs Simpson herself.
They have created a ten peice makeup collection so If you have always wanted to create her makeup look you can now! You just need to wait a bit longer until it’s launched online on the 28th August 2014 or available in department stores this September. As a makeup artist in Manchester I’m super excited to give you a sneak preview of some of the products, the packaging is amazing and there’s a picture of the leading lady on each one.

The colour collection features, 2 palettes of 4 shades of matt eye shadows including pink and blues or yellow and greens, matt bright pink and coral blushers, 4 luminous lip glosses and finally it wouldn’t be complete without a pair of long and defined false lashes!


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It’s limited edition so I’m sure it’s going to sell out as quick as Homer eating a doughnut, Here’s what “Marge” “has to say” about the products, according to a press release “They’re all so great, but I must say that Lisa’s Spikes really works well with my skin tone and of course, Beehive Blue complements my hair perfectly.”

By Emmalene Sophia

Emmalene is a professional makeup artist based in Didsbury, South Manchester. She provides makeup for brides, wedding guests, TV, photoshoots and special occasions, you can find her at Google+, Twitter or Facebook. To book Emmalene, click here.

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Christmas Party Season Makeup & 5 Great Gift Ideas

The party season is not far away, if you’ve got your outfit sorted and want some new makeup there are some fabulous products on the market. Whether your looking for a dramatic look or just something to help you stand out here’s a few ideas, I hope you love them too!

1. bareMinerals Ready Face & Body Luminizer (£35) this will give you a gorgeous radiant glow. Apply to your cheek bones, brow bone or cupid bow to add light to your makeup look and definition to your features


2. Ombres Matelassees de Chanel, palette of five eyeshadows shades ‘Charming’ (£48) excellent pigment and easy to blend. Mixture of shiny and matte textures that you can apply wet or dry as an eyeliner or a smokey eye effect.


3. Lancome ‘Hypnose Classic Mascara’ (£22) you can use two coats and it will never clump. To apply place the wand at the root of your lashes and zig zag up for maximum impact at the root and length right through to the end of your lashes.  The set is a brilliant gift for friends with the eye makeup remover and eyeliner for free.


4, Laura Mercier White Magic Collection Creme Smooth Lip Colour in ‘Flamingo’ (£20) rich colour, with added vitamin E and light weight texture that you can build up


5. Dior Grand Bal Collection Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (£20) beautiful packaging and 4 stunning shades



All of these products are available to buy on the high street or if your looking for an exclusive beauty gift browse the Selfridges website for even more inspiration, Happy Christmas!

By Emmalene Sophia

Emmalene is a professional makeup artist based in Didsbury, South Manchester. She provides makeup for brides, wedding guests, TV, photoshoots and special occasions, you can find her at Google+Twitter or Facebook. To book Emmalene, click here.







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Tom Ford Make Up Launch For Men Coming Soon….!

Fashion Designer Tom Ford launched his make up products in Manchester’s Selfridges stores in September 2011. Since then the products have been so successful that he has decided to launch skin care and make up especially for men!

The collection will be available to buy in the Autumn and will include ‘nine multifunctional skin-care and grooming products, including a cleanser, moisturiser, eye cream, purifying mud mask, concealor and bronzing gel’

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Tom Ford thinks ‘beauty is a potent way for a woman to transform herself, makeup, skincare & fragrance have the potential to enable a real woman to become as glamorous & as inspirational as she can possibly be’

As a make up artist in Manchester I regularly apply make up to perfect mens skin tones, hide redness with tinted moisturiser, cover blemishes with concealor, powder to absorb oily skin, non glossy lip balm and warm up the skin tone with bronzor for photo shoots. I think it’s great when men take pride in there appearance, I know myself and my clients feel much more confident when wearing make up so it’s only fair men should have the option too. Personally I’d be a bit concerened if my husband came home with smokey eyes, I wouldn’t have a problem with him wearing bronzer and I know for a fact he’s pinched my concealor in the past.

Tom Ford isn’t alone as the market’s growing bigger, it’s now more socially acceptable for men to wear foundation and eyeliner. YSL launched an unfragranced ‘Touche Eclat’ for men in 2008, Illamasqua products are designed for both men and women, then earlier this year Marc Jacobs teamed with Sephora to create a range of unisex products.

If you’re interested in Mens gromming you’ll love this demonstration by LA based M.A.C. Make Up Artist – John. He recommends products and offers tips while he creates a natural make up look on himself. To view the video click here.

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Bridal Makeup And Eyelash Extensions Aftercare

Wedding season is here and i’ve been busy with bridal makeup trial bookings. I’ve been asked alot recently about eyelash extensions and how to care for them so I thought i’d write a short peice with some usedul tips…..

Eyelash extensions are applied in salons by specially trained therapists. Individual synthetic lashes are carefully bonded to your existing lashes. They last around 8 weeks and will naturally drop out, you can go back to the salon to replace the ones you have lost.

  1. For the first 24 hours after getting lash extensions, the adhesive is still setting – so don’t touch them or get them wet
  2. Be gentle, avoid rubbing your eyes, you may pull out your natural lashes
  3. If you use make up products around your eyes ensure there oil-free.
  4. Don’t perm or curl your lashes and avoid mascara as this will shortern the life
  5. Keep your eye area clean to prevent eye infection

If possible try to get a friend or family memeber to recommend a therapist and have a patch test completed a minimum of 24 hours before.  For more advice check out BABTAC.

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Valentines Day 2012 Make Up Tips

With Valentines Day less than a week away are you getting in the mood for love? As a make up artist in Manchester i’ve been busy all week preparing make up looks for my clients.

Whether you’ve secured your dream date or not, valentines is the perfect day to try something new. You don’t need to spend hours on your make up in your boudoir. If you fancy a flirty make up look simply apply a pair of false eyelashes, sexy vixen go for a bolder shade of lipstick with plenty of black kohl eyeliner or for a romantic subtle look use gorgeous pastel pink/peach shades of lip gloss and blusher.

Happy Valentines Girls! x

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Exciting Manchester Make Up Night At Selfridges

If you fancy a fantastic girlie night head down to Beauty Editors Night at Selfridges Exchange on Wednesday 12th October 6-9pm. The tickets are £10 and all money raised from the ticket sales will support a great charity Look Good…Feel Better, which offers make up and skincare workshops for female cancer patients.

Beauty journalists will be attending the event to answer any of your beauty questions and you will be able to enjoy a glass of bubbly as well as have a free make over from one of your favourite cosmetic counters.


You’ll also get a chance to see the revamped beauty hall, Have fun! x

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Lippy Ladies – Lead In Make Up Doesn’t Cause Cancer

A family member forwarded an email to me at the weekend which said it was from a Dr. Nahid Neman who works in the Breast Cancer unit at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. The email claimed that some cosmetic brands are selling lipsticks containing lead and it can cause cancer. As a Make up artist in Manchester I thought it was really important to share the information with you as I was shocked at what I read, the email circulating is a prank. There are always rumours that spread claiming deodorant and ingredients in make up can cause cancer and it simple isn’t true.


“The UK has strict laws about the production of cosmetic products. Manufacturers cannot sell a new product to the public before it has been safety tested. An organisation called The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) provides information about regulation of cosmetics in the UK. Lead is banned from all cosmetics, apart from hair dyes” (Cancer Research Uk)

Next time you go shopping for make up and you see an ingredient on a label that concerns you, check out CTPA cosmetic regulations here. x

Lara Stone New Face Of Tom Ford Make Up Collection

I wouldn’t say that I’m loyal when it comes to lipstick as a Make Up Artist in Manchester my make up kit contains tons from Jemma Kidd, No7, Bare Minerals, Chanel to L’oreal. Then theres Tom Ford Lipsticks, I recently picked ‘Pure Pink’ from the Blend Lip Color Collection, £35. I haven’t put it down this weekend, the packaging is beautiful, the shade is very flattering and an added bonus it’s long lasting, hooray!

Tom Ford designed his full colour collection with top British make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury. The advertising campaign features Lara Stone, who wears seventies inspired bold shades of eyeshadow, blusher and nail varnish. Here’s a sneaky pic to tempt you if you haven’t seen it already.

The look is going to be a key autumn trend to follow when the collection launches in September, form an orderly queue ladies! x

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This Months Hottest Make Up Special Offers In Manchester & Online

There are some fantastic make up special offers this month, as a make up artist in Manchester I love a bargain if you do too here are a few of the best deals online and on the high street.

  • Pick up a copy of Red magazine and you get a free Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Silk Touch Lipgloss, there are 3 shades to choose from. The one I have in my kit is Tea Rose, my clients love the texture and the grapefruit flavour
  • Spend £5 in Boots and get a £5 voucher off No7 make up which can also be used with their 3 for 2 offer
  • Order £50 of Bobbi Brown products online and recieve 2 deluxe samples of their Cleansing Oil and Crystal Lip Gloss
  • When you sign up for the Bodyshop email updates you recieve 25% off your next online order and get entered into a competition for a chance to win their Honey Bronze make up collection
  • To celebrate the launch of Bare Minerals ‘Pretty Amazing Lipgloss’  pop into Selfridges Exchange Square for a free lip colour consultation
  • Purchase 2 Lancome products with one to be Skincare and recieve a gift worth £50 which contains 8 products

If I’ve missed out any great offers please let me know and I’ll add them to the list. thanks! x

Suffering From Hayfever = Make Up Nightmare?

If you’re suffering from hay fever, it can be hard to keep your make up in place as a result of symptons such as; sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes. If you’ve got a special occassion/interview/first date coming up and you need your make up to look flawless, dont panic!

I’ve put together a few product suggestions along with some great techniques you can use to create longevity.

  1. Apply an eye base to keep your eye make up in place such as Pixi Eye Bright Primer (£12.50)
  2. Stick to neutral/warm tones, purples and pink tones shades will enhance the redness in your eyes
  3. Use a creamy or liquid eye shadow as it’s less likely to smudge such as Bobbi Brown Long wear (£16.50)
  4. Define your lashes with a Mascara that contains no fibres or fragrance, try No7 Sensitive Eyes(£11.50)
  5. Buff Mineral Foundation and powder onto your skin, it won’t slide off and is brilliant for sensitive skin. I use Bare Minerals Original foundation as it contains 100% minerals (£23)
  6. Carry a pot of vaseline with you to moisturise dry areas around your nose and help prevent pollen from entering your nostils
  7. Pick a bright lipstick to place the focus onto your lips, not your eyes.
  8. Take care when removing your make up in the evening, use gentle fragrance free skin care and soothing eye make up remover.

Did you know some experts recommend eating locally produced honey, to help ward off hay fever symptoms? x

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