Spring 2016 Make up Trends

As a make up artist in Manchester it’s important that I’m always aware of up-coming make up trends, and with Spring just around the corner it’s great to see there are already some fantastic products available to help you achieve that post-winter glam.

I just love telling anyone that’ll listen what’s hot when it comes to cosmetics, so I’ve put together a few key Spring 2016 make up looks that I’ve seen on the cat walk and been using on my clients. I’ve also included a few product recommendations to suit every budget.

You don't need a make up bag bursting with products in spring.

You don’t need a makeup bag bursting with products in spring.

This time two years ago, it was all about pastel shades, but this Spring the most important thing is creating a dewy flawless base. Less make up products are needed because you want your make up to look fresh and youthful, you can use less layers and thinner textures. Must haves are luminous foundations, layered lip textures and . Here’s my top 3 looks that all have different focuses and that are easy to recreate.

Spring make up look #1 – Layered Textured Lips

It’s time to get artistic using various lip products, matt lipstick are out and lip oils are in, many brands have bought out there own version however my favourite is YSL ‘Volupte Tint-In-Oil (£23.50) because it contains argan oil making them extremely hydrating, also the packaging is very girlie and eye catching. First dot a small amount of lipstick onto your lips and smudge it in with your finger, creating a long lasting stain. Place a dot of the lip oil in the centre of your mouth, this will make your lips look fuller and youthful.

There’s a shade for everyone, I always have 1 & 4 to hand.

Spring make up look #2 – Bronzed Skin

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You can create the illusion that you have been on a two week holiday using the power of make up.

Chanel cat walk models make up emphasis was on perfectly bronzed skin, you can apply Daniel Sandler Water colour ‘Rivieria’ (£15.00) to contour your cheeks and apply across your forehead and nose for a naturally sun kissed glow. The creamy formula makes it easier to correct mistakes and its perfect if your skin has become drier in the winter months. The model’s skin was dewy and appeared flawless, to achieve this you could try Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous silk’ (£35.50) it’s oil free so won’t clog your pores and is a medium coverage foundation, to achieve a full coverage buff with a foundation brush.

Spring make up look #3 – Metallic Blue and Green Eyes

Blue eye shadow complements brown and hazel eyes beautifully.

Blue eye shadow complements brown and hazel eyes beautifully.

Eyes were full impact on the Spring 2016 catwalks with metallic green and blue tones coming through to create a unique smoky eyes. You can create an amazing result using a cream eye shadow such as YSL ‘Full Metal’ eye shadow in ‘9 or 10’ (£21). The synthetic eye shadow brush is easy to use to apply it to your eye lids and along your lower lash line, add a lighter shade in the corner of your eye to brighten your eye.  If you like a matt make up base, a popular one is ‘Dior skin Forever fusion fluid (£32). As this make up look focuses on the eyes, I’d recommend a nude lip gloss, which won’t distract from them.

Spring is a fantastic time to throw away any products that you haven’t used for years or that are past there sell by date, as a general rule you should change your mascara every 6 months, foundations after one year and eye shadows can be kept for up to two years. There are many more makeup trends and tips available online at Vogue Beauty.

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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Blur Makeup Products Are Hot Right Now

You’ve already heard about CC and BB creams, well know there’s a new beauty craze on the market, introducing ‘Blur’.

What are Blur Products?

The idea is that by using a blur primer, cream or powder you can blur imperfections, pores and fine lines. Unlike CC and BB creams they are clear in texture and usually contain vitamins, light reflecting particles and anti ageing ingredients.

How To Apply Blur Products

Complete your daily skin care regime and use your blur product underneath your foundation

Which Blur Product is For You?

As a bridal make up artist in Manchester I’ve been using blur products for a while. In the past I’ve had to go to trade shows to buy products that I could mix to create a blur product, not any more! Last month I added these two babies to my makeup kit, I’ve been using them on my clients ever since and they have loved the results.

My favourite is the YSL ‘Touche Eclat Blur Primer’ (£29.50) as it’s a gel texture and has the same liquid gold that’s in the Touche Eclat foundation.

Try blur, the new products that smooth and perfect your skin before and after foundation.

Try this blur primer to smooth and perfect your skin before your favourite foundation.

My second recent purchase was the Charlotte Tilbury super luxe micro fine soft powder (£33) it contains nano particles that blur away lines and imperfections. You can buff it on on top of your skin for a bright, illuminating finish, I picked this one as it doesn’t cake or look dry. Also an added bonus is that it comes in a gorgeous gold compact and is available in three shades, fair, medium and dark.

Blur makeup powder

Blur makeup powder

You can read more details on these products on the Selfidges website.

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Top 5 Bridal Makeup Tips For Oily Skin

The wedding season is fast approaching, I’ve been a busy bee this month with bridal makeup trial bookings. Alot of clients book me because they want there makeup base to be completely flawless on there wedding day. Some of my clients have an oily skin type, which is a particular concern because often shine can appear or pores can be enlarged. As a bridal make up in Manchester
I believe it’s really important to absorb shine without taking out the light and radiance from the skin.

Top 5 tips to create make up longevity for a bride with oily skin

1. Apply oil free skin care and make up products, its important to not add extra oil to your skin

Laura Mecier is one brand of oil free primer

Laura Mecier is one brand of oil free primer 

4. Prep with a primer to absorb excess oil and ensure your foundation won’t slide off

3. Avoid cream blushers as they may not show up or sit on your skin as well as powder blushers

If you have oily skin avoid blishers with shimmer

Avoid blushers with which shimmer

4. Don’t apply a highlighter to your nose, chin or upper lip, instead focus on your cheek bones and temple

5. Remember to finish with a pressed matt powder and keep it to hand, pay extra attention to your t-zone

Finally the only other thing I’d recommend is that you book a makeup trial in the morning so you can see if the makeup lasts through out the day. Whether your a bride this year or next year I hope you have a very happy wedding day!

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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M.A.C Cinderella Inspired Makeup Collection Coming Soon….

M.A.C cosmetics have collaborated with Disney to produce a brand new spring makeup collection. This time they have been inspired by the very beautiful Disney Princess, Cinderella herself!images-2

They have created a six peice makeup collection, that has pretty pastel blue and gold packaging. You just need to wait a bit longer until it’s launched on the 13th March 2015. As a makeup artist in Manchester I’m eager to give you a sneak preview of the products.

M.A.C Cinderella Collection Fit For A Princess

New Spring Cinderella Makeup Coming Soon...

New spring makeup coming soon…

The colour collection features, 2 nude/pink shades of lipstick, a 6 peice matt eye shadows palette including versatile shades of taupe, silver and plum, deep black mascara, gel eyeliner and a stunning peach highlighter for added radiance.

Finally it wouldn’t be complete without 3 pots of glitter, I love the plum pigment called ‘Evil Stepmother’ All the makeup has fantasy names such as ‘Happily Ever After’ ‘Glass Slipper’ which give them an extra quirky feature. The Lipglass is £16, which is reasonable priced and hard to resist whether you’re a disney fan or not!

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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Top 3 Makeup Gift Ideas This Christmas

Like lots of other bargain hunters I braved the shops on Black Friday to buy my Christmas presents, as a makeup artist in Manchester my friends and family love receiving makeup from me that I recommend and know they wouldn’t choose for themselves. Here are a few of the products I bought which might help you if your stuck for what to buy your loved ones.

Top 3 Makeup Christmas Gift Ideas

1: YSL Limited Edition Wild Collection Touche Eclat # 1

Every girl needs a bit of help this party season and this product does the business, it’s brilliant at hiding dark shadows and you can use it to add light to your face on your chin, cheek bones and cupid bow. The packaging is beautiful, the Touche Eclat shade 1 (£25) I bought is the lightest universal shade however others are available if you have an olive skin tone.

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2: Creme De La Mer Limited Edition Illuminating Powder

I had to buy this Illuminating Powder (£70) it’s infused with illuminating gemstones, shimmering pearls and pigments that provides all complexions with a healthy luminous glow. I love how it’s pressed instead of loose so great for anyone on the go, my friend has dry skin so this will suit her skin type, however someone with an oily complexion would prefer a matte powder to hide unwanted shine.

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3: Nars Limited Edition Holiday Lipstick

My little sister is a lipstick fiend, she has got hundreds of shades but I couldn’t disappoint her and not add to her collection this Christmas. Nars have 3 limited edition lipsticks available I went for ‘Deadly Catch’ (£19.50) it’s a deep red and I know she will love it as she always focuses her makeup on her lips instead of her eyes.

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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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Strictly Come Dancing Halloween Makeup Predictions

I’m really looking forward to Strictly Come Dancing’s Halloween show on Saturday 1st November. It’s my favourite episode of the series as the makeup, costumes and performances are always amazing. If you haven’t seen a Strictly Halloween episode then you can watch them again on you tube, well worth a look!

Strictly Come Dancing 2013 saw some truly gruesome costumes and Halloween make up, including:

  • Abbey Clancy – the makeup artist created a white masquerade ball mask and applied red lipstick to compliment it (danced the Rumba to ‘Stay’ with Aljaz)
  • Natalie Gumede – she had red lips and a green shimmery forehead (danced the Viennese Waltz to ‘Devil in Me’ with Artem)
  • Susanna Reid – her smoky eyes had a spooky feel with feather false eye lashes and metallic white eye shadow (danced the Charleston to ‘Bad Moon Rising’ with Kevin)
  • Ashley Taylor-Dawson definitely looked like a monster with a ghostly white face and red eye makeup (he danced the tango to ‘Beautiful Monster’)

As a makeup artist in Manchester I couldn’t help thinking about what the 2014 Strictly Come Dancing contestant’s halloween makeup will look like, so here’s some ideas I’ve come up with (add your suggestions in the comments!):

Mark Wright – Edward Scissorhands

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Caroline Flack – Elphaba from Wicked

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Jake Wood = The Joker

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And my favourite…

Judy Murray as Cruella deville

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We’ll just have to wait and see what the BBC producers come up with, and the Strictly Judges – Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Hall – will choose their favourites. Watch the show and have a frighteningly good Halloween!

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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Flawless Bridal Make Up Tips

Every bride-to-be wants to be sure there make up stays in one place on her wedding day. Between heat, tears, rain, and lots of hugging, it’s easy for your make up to smear and smudge. As a bridal make up artist in Manchester I like to read top tips from other make up artists, Here are Alexa, of The Glam Fairy, top 10 tips for making sure your make up last and looks great in photographs through out your wedding day.

1. You want a great primer with a silicone base. Silicone fills in fine lines and blocks the sebaceous glands from producing oil so using that as an anchor underneath all the make up makes sure it stays put all day.

2. Foundation: The biggest mistake that brides make on their special day is using a foundation that is not light responsive, meaning it is not absorbing and deflecting light in a way that makes you look great for photos.  You need a foundation that mimics the way light bounces on your regular skin so you always want to make sure your make up artist or you do a trial to make sure your foundation doesn’t drop any lighter than your normal skin shade.

3. Neutral shades of eye shadow, no bright colours because you want your look to be elegant

4. Use water resistant mascara

5. Add a little bit more bronzer and blush than you would normally think, because it wears off throughout the day

6. Make sure your eye liner is waterproof. I like M·A·C’s Powerpoint Pencil, it’s amazing!  You have about 60 seconds of playtime until it sets and then it won’t smudge

7. A brides skin should always have a nice fresh glow.  Products like M·A·C Strobe Fluid and M·A·C Mineralize Skin Finish, placed directly on the cheekbone give off a great cheek highlight

8. Prep the skin with a great moisturizer and face mask, keeping the skin in tip top condition is key

9. De-puff and cover dark circles use a concealor that reflects and hydrates your eye area

10. Seal it. Get a sealing spray to set everything and make it stay all day long.  I love Motives 10 Years Younger Spray, Model in a Bottle, Makeup Forever Mist and Fix, and M·A·C Fix Plus spray.  It basically sets all your work and keeps everything from moving.

Alexa Prisco is the owner of “The Glam Fairy”, an on location bridal glamour service specializing in makeup and hair for brides. Her business and personality have been nationally recognized with her new hit show “Jerseylicious” on the Style Network.

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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Morticia Addams Halloween Makeup

Halloween is my favourite time of year, I’ve got a halloween wedding booking this year and I’m ready to transform the bridal party into zombies, witches and corpse brides. As a makeup artist in Manchester I thought I’d go for a different look for myself this year without prosthetics to cut costs. As I’ve got fair skin and long dark hair it made sense to be Morticia Addams.

What You’ll Need To Become Morticia Addams

  1. Eye shadow and face primer to mattify your skin
  2. White watercolour or ultra light Foundation
  3. Black liquid liner and black brow pencil
  4. False eye lashes or lashings of mascara
  5. White, grey and black eye shadow
  6. Red lipliner and plum lipstick
  7. Highlighter and powder
  8. Tools, foundation brush, two eye shadow brushes and a lip brush

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10 Steps To Create The Morticia Addams Look

  1. Apply eye primer and face primer to ensure the make up sticks and lasts all night
  2. I’m going to use a foundation two shades lighter than my skin tone I’ll buff it in with a foundation for full coverage
  3. Use a silver grey eye shadow to create a smokey look and blend it just past your eye socket
  4. Apply black eyeliner to both of your eyes on your lid and below your eye. To add depth use black eye shadow in the outer corner of your eye and blend it out with a clean eye shadow brush
  5. Highlight your cheek bones with a highlighter, such as Benefit ‘High Beam’ and dust grey eye shadow under your cheek bones and down the side of your nose to make it more pointed and defined
  6. Apply black mascara and kohl black liner to your inner and upper water line to finish the dramatic eye
  7. Then go for it with a red lip liner to enhance your cupid bow, apply all over and mix it with a matt plum lipstick on top
  8. Fill in your eyebrows with a brow pencil to create a rounded shape, follow your brow bone and elongate the length
  9. Set with a translucent powder or fixing spray

If you’re not inspired by this, you could go as Wednesday Addams or Frankenstein’s Bride, Happy Halloween!

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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Autumn/Winter Makeup Trends 2014

The summer is nearly over and it’s time to discover hot makeup looks for Autumn/Winter 2014. As a makeup artist in Manchester I’ve been busy advising clients on how to make subtle changes to their make up looks to be bang on trend for this A/W 2014. Here’s my top three make up trends…

1: Focus On Bold Eye-makeup

This season is all about having fun with colour, shimmering blue and green eye shadow featured on the Dior cat walk. The eye shadow has been winged out and blended away up to the corner of the eye brow. You can fade it easily using a cotton bud. The upper lid was the main focus with no eye shadow underneath the eye. Silver and pink shades of eye shadow are also popular this season, I particularly like the makeup created for the Donna Karen cat walk by Charlotte Tilbury. The number 1 must have product is black eye liner, draw a line inside your waterline using a kohl pencil to define your eyes. I’ve been experimenting with different variations of liquid liner shapes on my upper lid.

 

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Autumn makeup trends 2014

2: Super Lashes

Volumised jet black eye lashes are key this season, apply lashings of mascara to your top and bottom lashes, false eye lashes are also back. This look was created for the Prada cat walk, they have clumped the lashes together to create a doll eye effect, I think it looks fab!
 

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3: Stained Berry Lips

Place a small amount of foundation onto your lips to tone down your natural lip colour. This look isn’t about creating a perfect pout, instead apply a deep berry lip colour to the centre of your lips use your fingers to blend it out to the corner of your lips and into your cupid bow. Dot a small amount of Vasaline in the centre of your lips to keep them hydrated. The below look was created for the Johnathan Sauders catwalk, by  makeup artist Lucia Pieroni. If your not keen on berry shades of lipstick as an alternative go for red!

 

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Those were just a few makeup hints and tips for Autumn and Winter 2014, hope this gave you some inspiration, for more looks check out Vogue Backstage Beauty.

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New Makeup: YSL ‘Fusion Ink Foundation’ – Free 7 day Trials Available Now!

There’s been a buzz in the beauty industry today about a new foundation that YSL are launching on the 20th August 2014 ‘Fusion Ink’. It offers a medium to full coverage, is ideal for anyone who doesn’t like the feel of foundation on their skin, if you like to build up your coverage it’s ideal as it isn’t thick or dry so won’t go cakey. Another big thing going for it is that it contains volatile oils instead of water and powder like most long wear foundations so it only leaves the pigment on your skin.

I read on Money Saving Expert that as part of the Cara Delevingne marketing campaign they were sampling customers until it’s launch date. I headed to Selfridges to pick one up as it’s a larger store they have been allocated more. I was matched to a B10 as I don’t have a yellow or pink undertone the Beige tone suited my skin tone exactly. I tried the foundation this evening and it did feel light weight on my skin, I applied more around my chin and nose where I have more imperfections and I was happy with the result.

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As a makeup artist in Manchester I’ve tested a lot of new foundations and I think this one will be perfect for brides who tend to have a combination/oily skin type. as it is long wearing. It also has has a velvety matte appearance so I wouldn’t need to buff as much powder into the skin to achieve a matte finish. I think it will be a great edition to my kit, and it’s reasonable priced at £30.50. However for any of my clients who prefer a dewy finish or have dry skin I’ll always stick to using Chanel ‘Vitalumiere.’

If you’d like to know a bit more information Vogue have written a review on it, to read it in full head to the site now

Ask the beauty advisor on the counter to demonstrate the shades, the best place to test it is on your  jaw-line, go for the one that disappears into your skin (you might be a slightly warmer shade if you have been on holiday). There are 18 shades available so there will definitely be one that’s right for you and if you love it, pop your name down on the waiting list!

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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