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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


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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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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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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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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Spring Make Up Trends 2013

Spring 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. Creating a dewy flawless base is essential for this season. Must have products are radiance enhancing foundations, under eye concealors and highlighters. As a make up artist in Manchester it’s important that I’m always aware of up coming make up trends. I love my clients to have knowledge of what’s in for the season too so I have put together a few key make up looks, alongside product suggestions.

It’s time to get artistic, glamorous bright matt lipstick is particularly on trend this season. Opt for a suble Eyeshadow using Daniel Sandle Eye Delight ‘Peach'(£10.25) Sweep the colour onto your eyelids and then blend with a paler nude highlighter eyeshadow to enhance your brow bone. Use a clean dry brush and blend again to make sure there are no harsh lines where the shades start and finish. Then, go for a pink lipstain using Armani Maestro’503’ (£25.00) Finally create a golden sunkissed finish by dusting Estée Lauder ‘Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer’ (£21.50) onto your forehead, nose and cheekbones.

For an alternative look Diane von Furstenberg models make up emphasis was on the lower lash line. Go for a soft kohl so you don’t drag your eye such as Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in ‘Onyx’ (£25.00). Follow on by placing the focus onto your brows using Benefit Brow Zing Shaping Kit (£22.50) To complement the look; define your cheekbones with Bare Minerals Blusher in ‘True’ (£19) and finish with two coats of your favourite mascara.

Eyes were full impact on the Spring 2013 catwalks with metallic silver smoky eyes in particular as featured by Chanel. You can create an amazing result using a cream eye shadow apply Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in ‘Mercury’ (£18). For an ultra feminine touch apply false lashes using Shu Uemura Black Leux (£13) Keep the look fresh and bring it together with a pink lipgloss using Lancome Juicy Tube in ’Marshmallo Electro’ (£15.50). To finish, go for Chanel Powder Blush ‘Rose Cache’ (£30), which fits perfectly.

Fancy a new look for spring, have you been wearing the same make up for years? I can create a look especially for you, whilst spending time offering advice on products/tools, picking out suitable shades and providing expert application hints and tips. To arrange a booking get in touch or call me on 07847 826 824.

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Winter Make Up Trends And Tips Using White Eyeliner

I think you’d agree that we are all used to applying black and brown eyeliners. In the winter season I use a white eyeliner from my kit more and more. Alot of my clients want me to create a wide eyed make up look, to achieve this I apply white eyeliner along their lower and upper water line. Black eyeliner makes eyes look smaller compared to white which does the opposite as it extends from the white of your eye ball. If you don’t have a white eyeliner you could try Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal White Eye Pencil (£2.99).

White Eyeliner Top 5 Tips

  1. Before you apply the eyeliner make sure that you sharpen the pencil for hygeine reasons
  2. Warm it up on the back of your hand so that the end is not sharpe.
  3. It will be easy for you to to line your waterline if you wear contacts as you are used to having something close to your eye.  Rest your elbow and try to look straight in the mirror, take your time and use small strokes
  4. If like me you love enhancing your upper lids with black eyeliner, simply apply the white eyeliner to your lower lash line. Avoid mixing white and black as the effect won’t look clean
  5. Finally smudge it into your tear duct to disguise any redness, especially if you are tired. Easy to do with a cotton bud or a small eye shadow brush.

You could also apply the white eyeliner to the top of your cupid bow to enhance your lips, if you love picking up make up tips or learning how to apply make up like a professional make up artist, why not book an individual make up lesson in Manchester, perfect to ask for as a christmas present or for some pampering in the New Year!

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TV Make Up Artist In Manchester For ITN Mother and Baby Filming

My latest work on set with ITN was great fun, it involved yummy mummys and lots of gorgeous babies! Take a look:

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Makeup Artists To Use Only Ethical Products By 2013

The EU ban on animal testing on makeup is something that I feel very strongly about. In January last year I wrote a post after reading about a new technology, which should help put a stop to companies in the beauty industry testing their product ingredients on animals, to read the full post click here.

Vegan actress Alicia Silverstone has sent a letter to the European Union suggesting they uphold a marketing ban that was set in motion 8 years ago. As from 11 March 2013, no cosmetic product containing an ingredient that has been tested for the purposes of the Directive using animals after this date will be allowed for sale in Europe, irrespective of whether or not an alternative test is available.

As a professional make up artist in Manchester I am conscious of the ingredients that are in the products that I use on my clients and I feel proud that in the UK animal testing has not taken place on both cosmetic products (since 1997) and their ingredients (since 1998) and I hope that the ban is enforced on time.

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