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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!


berry stained lips

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.

YSL fusion ink foundation

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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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.

spring makeup trends pink blusher

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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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.


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)


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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BB Creams Vs CC Creams – Which One’s Right For You?

It’s likely you will have heard of and even purchased a BB cream (Blemish or Beauty Balm) and you may have recently discovered CC creams (Colour or Complexion Control). Many cosmetic brands have recently launched CC creams, I’ve seen lots advertised this month. If you’re not clear on what the difference is between them in simply terms,

Definition of BB and CC Creams

BB creams were originally formulated in Germany, as a skincare product that you use on top of your moisturiser every morning after your skin care routine before you apply your foundation. The benefits of using a BB cream is that it contains anti-ageing properties and UV protection. Where as a CC was developed in Korea, they still contain skin care properties, it also helps to correct uneven skin tone or redness. CC creams offer more coverage similar to a tinted moisturiser with more norishing properties. Depending on how much coverage you like, you could use them alone or instead of a primer under your foundation. Now you might be thinking which one if for me?

How To Decide Whether To Buy a BB or CC Cream

Many women who have fair or olive complexions feel that as a BB Cream is available in only a few shades that it’s hard to blend into their skin tone. If you like a natural coverage rather than a heavy foundation it would be better value for money to use a BB Cream. However if you are more concerned about your skin and you have little time to apply your make up in the morning I’d recommend that you use a CC Cream because it has all the benefits of a BB cream, with better coverage to disguise dark spots and imperfections. Because CC Creams are thicker I’d recommend that if you have an oily complextion that a BB cream would be better for you, as it will help to absorb shine.

My favourite BB and CC Creams

As a make up artist in Manchester I have a few in my kit however the one that I use the most and recommend to my clients is Kiehls ‘Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream’ (£23.50) I like it because it contains SPF 50, is suitable for sensitive skin, smells amazing and always blends in well.

If you have never tried one before L’oreal are giving away free samples of their Nude Magique CC Cream. It’s great as you can pick between 3 products, green to neturalise redness, apricot to revive tired skin and mauve to transform dullness. To register and receive your free sample click here.

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Bridal Make Up Artist Trends & Ten Top Tips For Summer 2013

If you’re a bride walking down the aisle in a few months time and you’re not sure what bridal make up to apply for this time of year, think lighter tones and radiant skin. As a bridal make up artist in Manchester, every summer I research products that are on trend for the season. It’s important that you spend time thinking about your bridal make up whether you are booking a bridal make up artist or planning to create your own bridal make up on your wedding day.

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Ten Top Tips For Stunning Summer Bridal Make Up

  1. Hydrate your lips with a lip balm in the skin care routine to give it plenty of time to soak into your lips
  2. Apply a radiance serum underneath your moisturiser for beautiful skin that will glow
  3. Use an oil free primer that that will correct your skin tone, smooth pores and keep your foundation long lasting, Nars ‘Light Optimizing’ (£25) is perfect for the job. Remember a different primer for your eye lids is also essential
  4. Check you have the correct shade of foundation, don’t go for one that is darker than your skin, unless you are planning on having a spray tan before your wedding day. Try Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ (£32) for beautiful even and natural coverage
  5. I prefer to use eyeshadows that have shimmer in them as they look creamy, I tend to stick to matt eyeshadows in winter. When I go to a bridal trial I wouldn’t be without Urban Decay ‘Ammo Palette’ (£23) Apply a lighter tone to the inner corner of the eye to enhance light and lashings of waterproof mascara
  6. Bronzer looks amazing on summer brides, for a naturally sunkissed look Chanel ‘Bronze Universal’ (£31) is a really good buy, the pot is huge so will last you at least 6 months
  7. Replace powder blusher for a cream blusher such as Daniel Sandler ‘Watercolour Creme Rouge Soft Pink’ £15.50, apply using your fingers to the apples of your cheeks and blend out using your thumb
  8. bridal make up artist manchesterUse an illminating powder unless you have especially oily skin this will enhance your dewy completion and look amazing in photographs, an example is Bare Escentials ‘Mineral Veil’ (£20) available with spf 20
  9. Eyebrows should be well groomed and gaps filled in naturally, a powder is the best product to create this effect with a brow brush, Benefit Brow Zing (£23.50)
  10. Finally i believe glossy lips look fabulous on summer brides I always dot a small amount in the centre of the mouth, this doesn’t dislodge all of the lipstick and creates a fuller pout

If you have any questions about bridal make up or products that I haven’t mentioned, let me know! x

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How To Book A Bridal Make Up Artist & Save Money!

For most brides their wedding gown and bridal make up are the most important aspects of how they look on their big day. Whether you have decided to use the services of a bridal make up artist or to create your own make up look there are ways to save money.


6 Tips To Help You Save Money When Booking A Bridal Make Up Artist

It’s key to book a make up artist who is qualified and at the same time you don’t need to spend a fortune.

  1. Ask your bridal make up artist to offer you a discount if you are paying for your bridesmaids make up too
  2. If your make up artist travel costs are expensive you could go to them on the day of the trial or wedding day
  3. Book your make up artist to create your eye make up and lips, reducing time spent on the day
  4. Offer to provide your own make up, this saves the make up artists kit
  5. Contact your local college and see if the tutor could recommend a student
  6. Ask for a discount in return for your wedding photos to be added to their portfolio

Alternatively you could ask for free samples on make up counters or a complimentary make up lesson, this means you would have time to practice and ultimately be confident with your skills on your wedding day.



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Autumn/Winter Makeup Trends 2012

The nights are starting to draw in and summer is nearly over. 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 2012. Here’s a few top make up trends…

1: Focus on defined and full eyebrows

This make up look is all about playing down your eye make up and lips. Really emphasis your brows, use smooth strokes with a brow pencil and deepen the depth of the colour using brow powder. Pay particular attention to the arch of the brow.

2: Smokey Eyes

Always a favourite look of mine, blend a grey eyeshadow across the lower lid and into the corner of the eye. Blend to the outer corner and over the eye socket with a highighter. You can be creative and add extra colour to the eyes using a midnight blue or an emerald green. Be sure to keep blending until you can’t see where the shades of eye shadow meet. Then add a matt nude lipstick and keep your brows natural.

3: Gothic Lips

Create a beautiful flawless make up base, use a concealor brush to be precise when covering any blemishes or pigmentation. Add a deep berry lip colour, creating a stain with a lip brush and apply in the same direction. Use a lip liner the same shade to create structure and make a bold statement.

I could go on and on, those are the key Autumn and Winter 2012 make up trends so I’ll finish there, thanks for reading! x x

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