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Makeup Tip of the Day – Wide Set Eyes



To make wide set eyes appear closer together, blend medium to dark coloured shadow in the inner corner of the eyes.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Asian Eyes

When blending eyeshadow through the crease of a shallow eye lid, have the person look down rather than close so you can see the natural shadow of the socket line.

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Summer Wedding Makeup

There are as many different wedding makeup varieties as there are brides. In my experience most women want to look like an improved version of themselves, rather than someone their future husband can’t recognize.

Here are my top tips for a gorgeous bride:

1. Skincare is everything. A good skincare regime leading up to the day should include a weekly exfoliator, and daily serum that helps keep skin smooth, hydrated and glowing.

2. Foundation to even out skin tone and a good concealer to cover imperfections is of course a must-have. As with any makeup the perfect base lays the ground work for the entire look. Armani foundations look flawless and photograph beautifully.

3. Weddings are long days and makeup needs to stay put. A primer for under the foundation as well as under eyeshadow will keep the makeup looking fresh and flawless with minimal touch-ups. Waterproof products like mascara, and eyeliner are also essential.

YSL Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator/Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate/Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer/Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation/NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer/YSL Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eyeowder  Pencil /Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Palette/Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Mascara/Tom Ford Bronzing Powder/Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Concealer Palette

Any makeup artist will agree a good collection of concealer and colour correctors is an absolute must-have in your kit. A variety of warm and cool shades in a cream texture are incredibly versatile for use as foundation, concealer, and for contouring.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Lashes

Colour over a clear lash band with black eyeliner, before applying to the eye for a seamless application.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Fingers for Lipstick

Add natural looking colour to the lips by pressing lipstick into the lips with your finger.

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Tip of the Day – Red Lips


Years ago I attended a master class by Parisian makeup artist Topolino. He created some incredible looks, including one with red chesire cat style lip. I will never forget him tilting the models chin up to get a better perspective on the symmetry of the lip. When you look at the lip shape straight you can’t always see where you need to make adjustments. When you tilt the persons chin up you immediately see where you need to balance.

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Tip of the Day: Dental Floss Liquid Liner

Tom Pecheux decided that dental floss has more than one use. At Anthony Vaccarello FW14 dental floss was painted with liquid eyeliner, and pressed against the eye lids in 3 places to create abstract looking lines.

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Tip of the Day: Liquid Eye Liner

For perfect liquid eyeliner use an angled brush dipped in makeup remover to fix mistakes instead of a cotton swab.

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What I Wore: Winter Wedding

Last week I attended my brother-in-laws wedding. I wore a fuchsia AQ/AQ dress with a black McQueen jacket. For my makeup I chose a bronze smoky eye with dark brown pencil, and brown Shu Uemura Farfallina lashes. I used MAC Blunt blush to shade under my cheekbone and YSL Touche Eclat to highlight under my eyes and on the top of my cheekbones. Rimmel Lasting Matte Lipstick in 102 completed my look for the day.

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