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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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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.


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.


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.


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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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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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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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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Jemma Kidd Masterclass@Home – Bridal Make Up Lessons

The national wedding show is back at the Birmingham NEC from the 16th-18th March. I’ll be on the Jemma Kidd stand offering plenty of make up tips for brides to be and promoting the jemma Kidd Masterclass@home lessons, which are a lot of fun for hen/bridal parties. As a bridal make up artist in Manchester i’m really looking forward to attending. I hope i’ll get to meet lots of brides from the north.

Learn how to create glamorous bridal make up with Jemma Kidd Masterclass@home

There will be over 250 exhibitors in one room show casing wedding dresses, accessories and cars. I’m sure the atmosphere will be amazing and wouldn’t it be incredible to have your big day planned in one day! For more information or to buy tickets click here.


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Bridal Makeup Trends 2012

I believe the key to creating perfect wedding make up is having a fantastic make up arist with amazing listening skills. Communication is really important when it comes to interpretating a brides vision of how the bridal make up should look on their big day!

Wedding make up doesn’t have to be a classic brown/gold eyeshadow and pink lip stick. As a bridal make up artist in Manchester I think beauty trends should always be incorporated into the look. Vintage retro 1940’s and 50’s make up has made a come back, think (Audrey Hepburn) red lips and liquid liner look stunning in wedding photographs.

If your a spring bride, pastel shades look gorgeous and create a romantic make up look. For a winter wedding I love to create soft smokey eyes with berry lip shades. Experiment with your make up artist during your bridal make up trial and let them know if you want them to change even the smallest thing. Your bridal make up could also be inspired by shades in your jewellery or wedding dress!

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Top 5 Make Up Tips To Transform Yourself Into A Corpse Bride This Halloween!

Halloween is coming up and apart from during wedding season it’s the best time to be a make up artist in Manchester. I love creating gastly ghosts, gruesome ghouls and weird witchy make up looks for my clients. The corpse bride is my favourite character, it’s reasonable cheap to create, so here’s my top 5 tips to transform yourself!

  1. First use a face primer to smooth out your skin, this will ensure your make up stays on all evening
  2. You will need a white face paint, apply it with a damp sponge starting from the nose, work outwards
  3. Go for it with dramatic eye make up using a black eye shadow, sweep across your eyelid, blend up to your socket and lower lash line with a clean brush using circular motions. Apply two coats of mascara or false eyelashes if you prefer
  4. It’s fun to make fake blood using smooth peanut butter, corn syrup and two drops of red food colouring. Mix until it looks congealed and drip it around your mouth or if you don’t have time apply a bold red lipstick
  5. Finally define your brows with a dark eye shadow using short movements to fill in any gaps and enhance the shape. Dust translucent powder all over your face/neck to matify and create longevity
    Happy Haunting! x

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