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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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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.


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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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

morticia addams makeup
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.


bold eye shadow

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!

check out these eye lashes

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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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!


mac inspired makeup colletion

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


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


Rodial –   Debenhams

Shu Uemura – Harvey Nichols

Tom Ford – Selfridges

Urban Decay – Debenhams


Wild About Beauty – Debenhams


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


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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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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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!


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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