June 25, 2012

KIT ESSENTIALS 1: SKINCARE

First in the series of Kit Essentials is Skincare.

As Makeup Artists we all know the value of great skincare for our kits. If the skin is not prepared correctly, then there is little point of appyling a beautiful foundation and all the elements that go with it.

Most Artists on shoots and shows will have a ritual of cleansing and preparing the skin and will often take more time doing this than the actual base itself. The idea is simple-if the skin underneath doesn’t look great, then the Makeup applied on top isn’t going to look great either! Prepped skin is the first fundamental step in achieving the perfect, glowing complexion.

Below some key kit essentials for the skin:

DIOR CLEANSING WATER

This cleanser is great, it instantly removes all traces of makeup and is very gentle on the skin. Leaves the skin looking very fresh and radiant.

MAC GENTLY OFF EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

Excellent for removing waterproof makeup or stubborn long wear products.

DIOR ONE ESSENTIAL SERUM

First step in skincare. Super boosting serum. Instantly boosts radiance in the complexion. Contains Detoxinyl to detox the cells and boost the effectiveness of the skincare applied on top.

EMBROYLISSE CREAM

Beautiful, rich cream that melts into the skin effortlessly. The texture really is amazing and it leaves the skin hydrated, plump and smooth.

MAC CAREBLENDS OIL

This is a great product to cushion the skin and add a boost of hydration. Essential oils also soothe the skin. Great to create a ‘wet’ look to the skin.

DERMALOGICA MICROEXFOLIANT

Excellent to gently remove any rough skin on the lips or face. Greatmassaged into the lips with a little bit of balm. 

DIOR SKINFLASH PRIMER

The ultimate in Primers. Light refelcting and hylauronic acid to plump and boost radiance in the skin.Amazing product.

LUCAS PAW PAW OINTMENT

A cult product amongst Makeup Artists. Non greasy and really moisturising. Excellent on lips as a balm and also on really dry skins as a treatment.

March 14, 2012   1 note

'THE OPIUM DEN' CREATE THE LOOKS: PART TWO

Taken from a shoot inspired by the story of Dorian Grey, where a beautiful young man sells his soul to the devil to remain eternally beautiful…..two looks inspired by the 1920’s era.

Shot by Alice luker: www.aliceluker.co.uk

Shot on location at Blakes Hotel: http://www.blakeshotels.com/

To be featured soon on Ben Trovato blog: www.bentrovatoblog.com

LOOK TWO

1/ Using MAC Mixing Medium and MAC Tan pigment apply a base all over lid.
2/ Apply MAC Blue Brown pigment right through socket line and flick upwards towards outer edge. Then in a triangular shape shade the outer corner of the eye
3/ Using a black gel liner, RMK Ingenious liner in Black 01 or MAC Blacktrack, line the lash line very closely to the eyelashes and flick upwards and outwards. The line should be thicker towards the outer edge and the brush you use is key. Shu Uemura natural brush in 2r sable or MAC 209 are excellent.
4/ Apply Ardel lashes in 101 Demi Black to top lash line.
5/ Using Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation with a brush, apply where needed.
6/ Conceal with MAC Mineralize concealer under eyes.
7/ Use MAC Golden Bronze loose powder to highlight cheekbones or Barry M Dazzledust in Marigold.

8/ Apply a brown nude creamy colour to the lips, Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Crispy Cookie was used with MAC Spice lip pencil.
March 14, 2012   2 notes

'THE OPIUM DEN' CREATE THE LOOKS: PART ONE

Taken from a shoot inspired by the story of Dorian Grey, where a beautiful young man sells his soul to the devil to remain eternally beautiful…..two looks inspired by the 1920’s era.

Shot by Alice luker: www.aliceluker.co.uk

Shot on location at Blakes Hotel: http://www.blakeshotels.com/

To be featured soon on Ben Trovato blog: www.bentrovatoblog.com

LOOK ONE

1/ Begin with the eyes, it will ensure that the base doesn’t become spotted with dark pigment. Mix MAC mixing medium with Blonde Gold Pigment and apply all over lid as a base. 

2/ Apply Bobbi Brown Cognac or any deep red metallic shadow onto lid and blend right upwards into crease and up to brow with a fluffy shadow brush. Then take this colour underneath the eye, the shape you want to create is very rounded with soft, blended, blown out edges. Antiqued by MAC would work well also.

3/In the socket apply MAC dark soul Pigment with a tapered point blending brush. Take this colour very close to the inner eye socket, close to the nose and blend to add a moodiness to the look.  Barry M dazzle dust in Black works well also.

4/ Line the Inner rim of the eye with a intense carbon liner, the best on the market at the minute has to be Feline by MAC

5/ Apply Lashings of Maybelline Great lash in blackest black on bottom and top lashes. Follow with wearefaux lashes in bewitching: www.wearefaux.com.

6/ Apply MAC Strobe all over face using extra on high points such as cheekbones. Follow with a sheer foundation such as MAC Face and Body or Armani Luminous Silk. Conceal well under eyes and in any additional areas where needed to cover redness.

7/ Use MAC Silver dusk to highlight cheekbones, centre of nose and cupids bow and contour with Bronzer or any dark toned blusher. Soleil Tan de Chanel was used here underneath the cheekbones to bring out the contours of the face.

8/Use a rich creamy lip colour such as MAC Dare You to finish and line to enhance with MAC Vino or Maybelline Colour Sensational Plum liner.

March 2, 2012

CHENMAN FOR MAC

Chenman for MAC launched nationally yesterday with a collection inspired by the photographers fascination with love and water. Gaining respect in the fashion and photography world through her avant-garde images, given a beauty and individuality with her work in post-production, Chenman is one of the biggest creative talents of the 21st century.

For this collection she collaborated with the legendary Terry Barber, Head of Makeup Artistry for MAC UK to create a sensual, playful and courageous collection that represents the many beauties of Chinese women today.

Terry Barber also collaborated on 12 covers for ID magazine to celebrate the Chinese New Year in the avant-garde style Chenman is well known for. See the video of Chenman and Terry in action creating these beautiful looks:

http://i-donline.com/magazine/the-whatever-the-weather-issue/the-year-of-the-dragon/

To see Chenman’s work: www.chenmaner.com

Chenman Collection must haves:

All these products are limited edition so grab them quick before they go!

February 29, 2012

CREATE THE LOOK: MATTHEW WILLIAMSON A/W 2012

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

Sarah Lucero for Stila was the key artist on the Matthew Willamson show @ LFW A/W 2012. Stila made an amazing return to the UK again this January and were welcomed back with open arms. Their amazing range of products have gained a loyal following by both Makeup professionals and consumers alike.

POWDEREDUP talked to Martin Carter, Stila UK Artist who worked on the show. He shared the backstage knowledge on creating this beautiful look….

1/ Use One Stop to brighten and even out the skin tone.

2/ To give a perfect dewy finish use perfecting concealer with moisturiser under eyes and to conceal any redness in the skin.

3/ Use Dune eyeshadow all over lid to give a matte finish

stila dune shadow

4/ Apply Major lash mascara on tips of lashes to give them a ‘tinted’ look.

major lash mascara

5/ Contour the cheeks using Convertible Colour in Camellia, also dab on lips to give a matt finish.

convertible colour

6/ Gently dab All Over Shimmer on top of cheekbones to give maximum dewiness and texture to the skin.

all over shimmer 

February 29, 2012   1 note

A/W 2012 MAKEUP TREND REPORTS

THE ‘NO MAKEUP MAKEUP’

Refreshing for this season was the ‘barely there’ ‘no makeup, makeup’. Seen on Calvin Klein, Felder Felder, Giles, Mark Fast, Marios Schwab, Matthew Williamson and Missoni. Makeup was stripped back to basics and at the most models wore a hint of colour on the apples of the cheeks to give a fresh winter glow.

GILES A/W 2012

LIPSTICK LOVERS

At Basso and Brooke, Bebe, Corrie Nielsen, Jonathan Saunders, Nicole Fahri, Thakoon and PPQ models wore varying shades of bright reds and plums to create a statement lip, more typical of the A/W season. Textures varied from opaque to sheer, yet still classic, beautiful, timeless and given a modern twist with little or no makeup around the eyes. 

SMOKED UP CITIES

Autumn/Winter Makeup Trends wouldn’t be complete without an array of smokey eyes to adorn the catwalks. Burberry, Blumarine, Derek Lam and Todd Lynn did this softly but richly with burnt rusty coppers, rich earthy browns, smoked teal and washes of grey. Over at Christian Blanken, Marc Jacobs and Versace smokey eyes were cranked up a notch with a darker, opaque finish.

BURBERRY A/W 2012

GOTHIC BEAUTIES

Alice and OIivia, Aminaka Wilmont, Badgely Mischika and Gucci, gave their models a gothic, hauntingly beautiful edge. Dark berry toned colours enveloped the lips with stains and texture. Eyes were smoked up and blown out with layers of purples, blacks and accentuated with flecks of gold for a decadent edge.

AMINAKA WILMONT A/W 2012


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