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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Shopping Guide For Makeup Brands In Manchester

I know my clients like to be loyal and purchase a product repeatedly once they know it suits them. When I’m working on bridal trials, brides often ask me where they can buy the skin care or makeup that I have used. I thought it would be useful to put together a guide of popular makeup brands in Manchester and which department stores you’ll find them in the City Centre.

 

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A veda – House of Fraser

B are Minerals – House of Fraser, Debenhams, Harvey Nichols

C hanel –House of Fraser, Selfridges, Debenhams, Harvey Nichols

D ior – House of Fraser, Selfridges

E stee Lauder – House of Fraser, SelfridgesDebenhams, Harvey Nichols

Freeze 24 – 7 –  Debenhams

Giorgio Armani – Selfridges

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Illamasque – Selfridges

Jo Malone, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols

Kiehls – House of Fraser, Selfridges

Laura Mercier – Harvey Nichols

Mac Cosmetics – House of Fraser, Selfridges

Nars – Selfridges

Origins – House of Fraser

Philosophy – Debenhams

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Rodial –   Debenhams

Shu Uemura – Harvey Nichols

Tom Ford – Selfridges

Urban Decay – Debenhams

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Wild About Beauty – Debenhams

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Yves Saint Laurent – House of Fraser, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols

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There’s my definitive guide to shopping for makeup in Manchester, if I’ve missed any off that you can think of, please pop it in the comments box and I’ll update the post.

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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Spring Makeup Trends 2014 – Pastel Shades Are Back With A Vengence!

Spring 2014 is nearly here and there are some fantastic products on the high street and online to help you achieve make up looks that are bang on trend this season. Creating a dewy flawless base is essential for this season. Must have products are shimmer blue/nude eye shadows, pastel pink blusher and bronzor.

It’s time to get artistic, glamorous vintage cat eye make up is particularly on trend this season. Go for a gel eyeliner which doesn’t dry as quickly compared to a liquid liner. This means you’ll have more time to warm the product on your hand and work with it to perfect the flick. It’s a good idea to rest your elbow to achieve a steady line as close to your lashes as possible, lift up your eyelid to check for any gaps. To finish neaten up the edges using a cotton bud with a tiny amount of eye makeup remover on the end. There are lots of products available on the market, however as a Makeup Artist in Manchester the one that I use on my clients is Mac Fluid line (£15.00)

Instead  of a classic red lip keep the focus on your eyes and use a nude Dior Rouge Lipstick in ‘Zemire Amber’ (£26.00) Finally create a golden sunkissed finish by dusting Estée Lauder “Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer” (£30.00) onto your forehead, nose and cheekbones.

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For an alternative look why not use cream pastel shades which was beautifully created on the Jenny Packham models. Try Nars Shimmer Eye Shadow in ‘Bombshell’ (£17.00) For a gorgeous dewy skin use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, they also have an oil free version, perfect if you have a combination skin type or just want a lighter texture in the summer months (£33) Then place the focus onto your brows using Benefit Brow Zing (£23.50) To complement the look; define the apples of your  cheekbones with Giorgio Armani Sheer Blusher in ’10’ (£32)

Eyes were full impact on the Spring 2014 catwalks with blue in particular featured by Marc Jacobs. You can create an amazing result using a damp eye shadow brush to apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow in ‘Evidence’ (£14.00)’ Use a second dry eyeshadow brush to blend in circular movements, fade the intensity away and take it just above your eye socket. For an ultra feminine touch apply false lashes using Eylure lashes’110′ (£5.50) Keep the look fresh and bring it together with a pink L’oreal Balmy Gloss in ’Fail For Watermelon’ (£6.99). Add a pop of colour to your cheeks using your finger tips and Chanel Le Blush Creme ‘Inspiration’ (£27.00), which fits perfectly. Blend the colour in with your thumb to ensure there are no harsh edges.

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Spring makeup look by Marc Jacobs 2014

I hope this has inspired you to put aside your berry shades of lipsticks and smokey eye palette, at least until the Autumn!

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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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Tinted Moisturiser vs Foundation – Which is Best For You?

Winter is here bringing with it cold weather as a result you might be suffering with dry skin. The areas that are most likely to be effected is your t-zone and cheeks. It’s a good time to swap your foundation for a tinted moisturiser because they usually contain spf and as they name suggests that are also more moisturising.

If you love a full coverage foundation then this may not be for you, although if you do need extra coverage you can apply concealor to any blemishes before hand. I would always use a foundation for an evening event or wedding as the look will be more suitable for photographs.

There are many benefits of using a tinted moisturiser, a few include.

  1. Quicker to apply because it’s sheer,
  2. You can use your fingers, start from your nose and blend out
  3. Cheaper
  4. Will even out your skin tone
  5. Dewy finish gives a great radiant result
  6. Light weight coverage, won’t block pores or look cakey
  7. They come in a tube so less wastage and it’s lighter to carry
  8. Great for young girls who want to wear foundaton but don’t need it yet

There are lots of products available on the market, however as a Makeup Artist in Manchester the one that I use on my clients is Laura Mercier ‘Tinted Mosturiser spf 20’ (£33). This also comes in an oil free formula, perfect if your looking for a matt finish and you have an oily skin type.

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If you’ve never tried one and don’t want to spend a fortune or you’re on a budget Nivea do a great alternative, which also comes in different forumlas for dry skin or normal combination, (£9.99)

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If you are currently using a tinted moisturiser that you’d like to recommend please let me know in the comments, thanks!

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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Jigsaw Halloween Make Up Tips

Halloween is just around the corner, get ready to be artistic and become gory or frighening. There are plenty of zombies, witches and corpse brides around this time of year. As a makeup artist in Manchester I thought I’d go for a different look without prosthetics this year to reduce the expense.

Here’s What You’ll Need For The Jigsaw Look

  1. Eyeshadow and face primer
  2. White watercolour
  3. Black kohl liner
  4. Black liquid liner
  5. Red, white, black and grey eye shadow
  6. Red lipliner and lipstick
  7. Powder or body paint fixer
  8. Tools, sponge, two eyeshadow brushes and a lip brush

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10 Steps To Help You Create This Look

  1. Apply eye primer and face primer to ensure the make up sticks and lasts all night
  2. Use a damp sponge to apply your white water colour, layer it until it’s opague and fill in any patches
  3. Apply black water colour or black eyeliner to both of your eyes on your lid and below your eye. To add depth use black eyeshadow and blend it out with a clean eyeshadow brush
  4. Highlight your brow bone with a white eye shadow
  5. If you have a red eyeshadow blend it on the edges of the black eyshadow and blend a grey shadow down your nose
  6. Apply black mascara and the kohl black liner to your inner and upper water line
  7. To create the swirls first smile in a mirror use the same grey eye shadow to trace a faint line
  8. Then go over it with a red lipliner, you can make it bold as you get more confident, elongate at the outer corner
  9. Draw a black line using a thin liquid liner brush from the corner of your mouth to meet your chin
  10. Set with a translucent powder or fixing spray

If you’re not inspired by this, you could go as a dead doll or Cruella de Ville is one of my favourites, 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 Make Up Trends 2013

Autumn 2013 is here and there are some fantastic products on the high street and online to help you achieve make up looks that are bang on trend this season.

It’s time to get artistic with colourful peacock shades of eye shadows, teal and blue are particularly on trend this season. Opt for Urban Decay shadow in ‘Hijack’ (£12.60) sweep the colour onto your eyelids, blend with a clean dry brush in your eye socket and add a dot of gold eye shadow into the inner corner of your eyes. Keep your lashes natural using Lancome ‘Hypnose Mascara’ (£22). Finally create a golden sunkissed finish by dusting Estée Lauder “Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer” (£21.50) onto your forehead, nose and cheekbones. As a makeup artist in Manchester I’m still paying special attention to eye brows, making sure they are well groomed and well defined, try not to over pluck as full eye brows are here to stay!

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Makeup bases were the main focus with matt complexions and played down blusher featuring on the Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalks. Keep hold of your gel or liquid liners as black vintage flicks are still very much on trend. Bring the look together with a lipstick using Giorgio Armani ‘Rouge D’Armani in Pink 500’ (£25). To finish, go for Chanel Le Blush Creme ‘Inspiration’ (£27), which fits perfectly.

For an alternative classic red carpet look, which never tires and always looks fabulous, keep the eyes natural using Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in ‘Beige Rose’ (£5.99) To complement the look smudge a black kohl eyeliner across your lower lash line with lashings of mascara. Place the focus onto your lips, go for it with stained berry lips using Bobbi Brown ‘Rose Berry’ (£19) and to finish define your cheekbones with Bare Minerals Blusher in ‘True’ (£19)

If you love following fashion designer’s makeup trends and would like more hints and tips Vogue is a great source, you’ll find the link here.

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Makeup Tips To Help You Pull Off A Bright Lip This Summer

If you fancy a new makeup look this summer an easy way is to go for a bright shade. Your skin tone will determine which shade of lipstick will suit you, for instance if you have a warm skin tone try a bright shade of coral and if you have a fair skin tone buy a bright shade of pink. It’s lovely to see a bright lip on a client, not everyone feels confident wearing a red lipstick but you’ll definitely be able to find the right shade of coral or pink for you. To get an idea of how the colour will look place it on your hand and hold it up to your lips.

If your busy and don’t have a lot of time to spend on your makeup in the morning or if your going on holiday and want to spend more time in the sun, apply a long lasting lipstick to your lips. It will brighten up your face and some clients say that they feel more alive as soon as they have their lipstick on!

There are some great products on the market, you don’t have to spend a fortune as a makeup artist in Manchester I have a kit full of different lipstick however two of my favourites are Giorgio Armani ‘Lip Maestro’ £25 and Loreal ‘GlamShine Stain Splash’ £7.99.

 

 

Top 5 tips;

  1. To get used to wearing the bright colours, apply it with your finger first to gradually build up the colour. Then once you’re used to it apply more with a lip brush as it will allow you to perfect the shape in the corners and around your cupid bow better
  2. Hydrate your lips with plenty of lip balm to avoid the lipstick flaking, you could also exfoliate your lips using your tooth brush in the morning
  3. If you prefer your mouth to look fuller apply a dot of lipgloss to the centre of your mouth, remember that it won’t last quite as long if you go for glossy lips so you will need to touch it up
  4. To ensure the lip colour ties in with your makeup look go for a blusher the same colour as your lip. A pink blusher with a coral lip will detract and won’t work as well as a peach tone on your cheeks
  5. To avoid any lipstick transferring to your teeth blot with a tissue or place your index finger in your mouth and move it around for a couple of seconds

Go on girls be bold!

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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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Make Up Artist Tester Warnings & Advise When Shopping For Make Up!

I read a story this week about a waitress who has claimed that she contracted herpes from a MAC lipstick endorsed by Rihanna at one of the singer’s concerts. Starkeema Greenidge, 28, developed mouth sores after a MAC Cosmetics representative applied the ‘RiRi Woo’ lipstick on her at a pop-up counter as she attended a show in Brooklyn, New York.According to Greenidge, when she asked if the lipstick tester was clean, the woman replied, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” Two days later, Greenidge developed a cold sore on her lip and her doctor diagnosed it as herpes. She is now suing MAC, which launched Rihanna’s lipstick in May, after she suffered emotional distress and a loss of earnings.

Make Up Tester Warnings

There are potential dangers of trying make up testers because they can become contaminated with bacteria and viruses which can cause you to potentially contract infections, break outs or herpes. As a Make Up Artist in Manchester I know how important hygeine is, I always use antibacterial wash and brush cleaner in front of a client to reassure them that my brushes are clean. I wouldn’t use a lipstick from the bullet and I always use two disposible mascara wands to avoid dippling and lipgloss applicators at all times. I shop in department stores and always want to try a product before I apply it to check the pigment quality and the shade. However I wouldn’t apply a lipstick or eyeliner without seeing it sanatised first and the eyeliner sharpened. I would also advise that you never test a product if the counter looks dirty or if you had just seen a customer apply it.

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5 Tips On How To Play It Safe Before Trying A Make Up Tester

  1. When I worked a make up counter we used to scrape the top of the lipstick off every night, check for signs of this
  2. Powders and eye shadows are least likely to become contaminated because there not moist, you can still brush the top layer off lightly with a tissue for peace of mind.
  3. Shop in the morning as the counter and products will have been cleaned the night before and there won’t have been lots of people touching it,
  4. Unless you’re getting a shade match for foundation/concealor I recommend that you test the product on the back of your hand
  5. Ensure the make up artist uses a hand sanitiser before applying any products with their fingers,
  6. Avoid testing skincare products if they don’t have a lid and ask for a sample so you can try it at home.
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