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Glitter Freckles

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Makeup Lessons

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 5:26 AM Comments comments (106)
Did you know I also do makeup lessons? 

After 7 years working on my own skills and perfecting them I decided last year to share my knowledge and let all you lovely people in on my secrets. 

Some things that can be covered in my classes are, 

  • Different styles of smokey eyes 
  • Natural eye makeup 
  • Blending techniques 
  • How to do winged liner - made easy, I promise!
  • Eyebrow shaping with makeup 
  • Lash application (because sometimes those little buggers just won't stick, I'll show you how to perfect apply them, everytime)
  • The perfect base - I'll show you you don't have to wear a million layers of foundation for a flawless base, it's all in the technique 
  • Dewy highlighed skin/ Strobing 
  • Contouring made easy and how not to end up looking stripey 

These are just a few things that can be covered in the lessons, but what makes my classes different are that they are all completely bespoke and tailored to you! 

You learn exactly what you want to learn. My lessons are perfect for anyone, whether you want to learn how to do your own makeup for holidays/nights out or are looking to change your career and venture out into the big bad world of makeup! 

My lessons range from 1 hour all the way through to full days. 
If you want more information or you'd like to book your lesson call or text me on 07842717603

What is strobing?

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 8:27 AM Comments comments (106)
For longer than I care to remember we've had images of people contouring themselves to within an inch of their lives, often totally unnecessarily. 

You've added all the super dark contour and super light highlight then you just blend it all away so you can't even see it anymore...... yeah, makes sense. 

I'm certainly not a hater of contour, I bloody love it, done correctly it adds shape, defines and just generally makes my face look on bloody fleek! Done badly though..... the results are somewhat horrendous. 

So now we have a 'new' technique which has made waves across the net and got everyone 'buzzing' this new technique is called 'Strobing' 

Right, let me put this straight, strobing is just simply highlighting, just using a fancy new term. It adds light, brightness and an ethereal look, rather than using shadows to create shape strobing is using light to bounce off those features and accentuate them. 

Let me repeat this IS NOT new, as a makeup artist I play with light and shadow all day, if someone sits in my chair with cheekbones to die for already whats the point in adding a shit tonne of contour when their cheekbones are already causing me to feel bad about my face.... I add light instead, I create a subtle pop of brightness that bounces off those marvelous cheekbones. 

Strobing aka highlighting should be done on the high points of your face, instead of using a light coloured concealer or foundation try using an actual highlighter with light particles (I like BECCA shimming skin perfector, NARS illuminating highlighters and Muliples) 

For a really intense glow I like to layer cream/liquid products and powder, so cream or liquid first then powder over. 

Once again, I say it all the time - have fun with it and experiment! Don't throw your contour palettes out just yet but maybe shove them to the back of the drawer for a while and embrace strobing for the summer.  

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eyeshadow palette

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 7:47 AM Comments comments (102)
I recently picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette after reading rave reviews online and drooling over all her palettes on her website! 

I'm a try before I buy kinda girl, but with the nearest Selfridges in Manchester I decided to bite the bullet and place my order online. 

Firstly, this palette is so luxurious and would look AMAZING on any dressing table - but down to the nitty gritty, the eyeshadows themselves. 

The colours are very pigmented, a little dream boat to blend with great staying power. I decided on the Dolce Vita palette as I use these brown/gold shades so much on my clients and I know I will get full use from it. 

I'm not going to go indepth with the shades, as you have a pair of eyes and can see them for yourself..... however the colour bottom left is amazing, its so sparkly and pretty. I've been using this shade alot over gold smokey eyes to add a little sparkle, rather than apply it with a brush I use my ring finger and press the sparkle straight onto the lid for maximum twinkly, sparkly, jazziness!  

At £38 this little palette is worth spending your hard earned pennies on, the colours are very 'useable' so versatile and it's little bit of gorgeousness to add to your collection, which, lets face it is always welcome! 

Here are two eye makeups I have done using this palette, as you can see you can keep it as natural or as sultry and smokey as you like! 

Happy Blending....


Halloween 2014

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 7:11 AM Comments comments (0)
Another Halloween has been and gone *sob* 

I love Halloween, it's a chance for me to get creative and for a few days only do more than just smokey eyes! Of course there was a few 'normal' makeups this weekend too, so work was very varied, which I absolutely loved! Here are the photo's.. 

I'm all about that base......

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 7:24 AM Comments comments (2)
It's very, very rare that I do any eye makeup without using a base first, I believe that a good solid base is key for longevity. 

I ALWAYS use a primer too, my chosen primer is the Urban Decay primer potion (original) then no matter what shade my client wants I always have a base colour to match. 

I believe layering is absolutely essential for making sure that eye makeup doesn't budge, which is partly a reason most people will book in with a professional makeup artist, as they know their makeup will last so much longer than if they were to do it themselves. 

My routine with eye makeup is 

  • Prep (clean area thoroughly) 
  • Prime 
  • Cream shadow 
  • Powder shadow 

My favourite cream shadows to use are Makeup Forever's Aqua cream, here are a few of my Aqua cream collection, they are the little round pots on the right ( I have around 10 now) 


Another one of my favourite base's for black smokey eyes is Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre in shade Mirifique - I actually don't know what I would do without this product! It's a complete game changer in terms of making life so much easier when trying to achieve that perfect black smokey eye. It also has a gorgeous glitter effect! Here is a eye makeup I did using Illusion D'Ombre. 

After I have applied any cream shadow I always set it using a similar shade of powder shadow, this is key to ensure there is no creasing and as I said earlier it's all about the layering process which is so important for longevity. 

Obviously there is thousands of cream shadows on the market, and I'm sure I haven't tried so many great ones which are out there! But I'm making it my mission to try as many as possible - but for now my beloved Makeup Forever Aqua Cream's are my firm favourite which I would encourage everyone to try, along with Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre they have around 8 different shades which I intend to add to my collection! 

Happy layering! 

Makeup Brain

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM Comments comments (0)
I haven't blogged properly for a while, I've had no time and I've been up the wall with my new move. As most of you know I have moved from my studio on Slater Street to Rodney Street. They do say the two most stressful things you go through in life are death and moving house. Technically I didn't move house, but I had sooo much stuff in my studio it was like a mini house move! 

As well as boxing all my things up (numerous car/van journeys) I also threw away so much stuff, which made my hoarder mum have a mini panic attack, I also had to leave the studio as I had found it, which was a boring, soulless shell! After lots of sweat (and nearly a few tears) I said goodbye to Slater Studios at the end of September. 

Basically for the past few months with the stress of the move dangling over my head like a dark cloud I developed makeup brain. Makeup brain is exactly like new mum's baby brain, but instead of waking up every two hours to feed the baby I was waking in a cold sweat every night at 4am shouting random MAC lippy shades out! My head was a cloudy mess of glitter dust and blogging has been the last thought in my mind. 

But with everything almost sorted out I am ready to start again, I thoroughly enjoy writing and have done since I was a kid, I don't know if I am any good at it or even if anyone even reads my little posts, but it makes me happy so I'll continue! 

I've got a few post's I've been wanting to write for a while, and now my head is completely glitter dust free and the makeup brain has thankfully done one, I can get cracking on. 

Addicted To Pretty's New Makeup Home

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM Comments comments (490)
As a lot of you know I'm moving makeup homes! I'm moving from Slater Street to Rodney Street. I will now be based at 72 Rodney Street & in with the girls at Nirvana Aesthetics. It's literally a 5 minute stroll from Slater Street so still very central. 

It will be only me doing makeup as Clare has flown the makeup nest and set up in Southampton for Uni, so appointments are very limited. I only have one pair of hands and as you all know I don't like rushing my appointments as I like to take my time and spend a full 45 minutes primping and preening you to perfection! 

I would suggest you book your appointments well in advance, just to ensure you get your appointment booked before some other eager beaver books your desired time slot! 

Hope to see all my regular clients (and hopefully lots of new faces) at my new makeup home! Don't forget to check out the girls at Nirvana Aesthetics on Facebook/Twitter. Sophie is well known for her amazing HD brows and Caroline (PureRise) is making a name for herself as Liverpool's leading lady in the revolutionary None Surgical breast enhancement

Are Kylie Jenner's lips more famous than her?

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM Comments comments (100)
It's been the question on everyone's lips (no pun intended) has she or hasn't she? 
At 17 (just turned) I would think that would be a little early to start fiddling with your looks, especially since you haven't stopped growing Yes, of course massive lips aren't going to sprout like boobs over night but still, to get your lips done at 16 is rather questionable. 

Everyone has been talking about these lips of hers. Does she use some magical concoction of lipstick and liner perfectly to cheat that full pout, what shades of lipstick is she using, frantically trying to find out who done her makeup to see if they give clues on her lip products. 

I'm no cosmetic surgery expert but I do consider myself quite knowledgeable about makeup, as soon as I saw her lips I knew more than just clever makeup was at work. 

Then I saw this ..... 

She deleted the pic as quickly as she uploaded it, but it was already on my instagram news feed.  As you can see, no lipliner, no lippy, just big fish lips! 
So here's the evidence. There's no clever makeup tricks, no special lipliner or lipstick, no camera trickery, just plain old lip fillers. 

Now I would appreciate it if everyone could stop going on about her bloody lips! 

Brides Abroad Makeup Master Class

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM Comments comments (101)

Congratulations if you are currently getting ready to hop on a plane and jet off to a sunnier climates for your up and coming nuptials! There are lots of amazing pro's about getting married abroad, the weather for one, your photo's will look amazing & a lovely holiday for your nearest and dearest while they celebrate your big day. 

But one thing I am hearing time and time again from brides planning their wedding abroad is they are so worried about booking a makeup artist abroad incase they hate their makeup as often there is no time for a trial or they aren't confident enough in doing their own makeup for their big day. 

So I've come up with a special master class for brides who are getting married abroad. 
The class will cover things like; 

  • Looking  into your own makeup bag to see what you will be taking away with you
  • Making a list of products you might like to buy, including brushes. 
  • Showing you how to create your chosen look on yourself, with my tips and tricks to help you perfect it with minimal stress. 
  • Teaching you how to correctly apply false lashes. 
  • Eyeliner techniques and tips 
  • Creating a flawless look that will last all day and night

Of course all of these Bridal Abroad Makeup Master Classes are completely bespoke and tailored to your specific needs, so the above list it just an example. Perhaps you want to perfect that dewy skin look to perfection or want to master the art of rocking that perfect red lip on your wedding day that will last well past the first kiss. 
This is the perfect opportunity for you to pick up some new skills and relax on your big day with the knowledge you will be able to do your makeup without any stress!

Lessons will be 2 hours and are priced at £85. 
For more details or to book please email [email protected]