Sigma makeup brushes – a quality investment buy…

I’ve recently been really drawn to Sigma as a brand.  I love their individual eyeshadows, especially the colour Grasp – which is this gorgeous tone between apricot and pink that works really well just above the eye crease on an Indian/Asian complexions.  I’ve also been looking to expand my professional makeup brushes (I know, still don’t have quite enough…)  I have to say I am completely won over by my new Sigma eye brush kit and use them possibly more often than my MAC and Bobbi Brown sets at the moment!  They are really light weight and very precise, which is great for me as I like to work in detail on a small scale to get a flawless look.

I would highly recommend Sigma as a great overall brand for makeup and brushes – it’s great for teenagers or those new to makeup, as they have a vast selection of vibrant colours at good prices x


Move over contouring, it’s all about strobing…

Once upon a time, the world seemed to be going contour crazy.  Popularised by reality star Kim Kardashian, there seemed to be no end to this trend – with makeup brands producing their version of the ultimate ‘contour kit’ along with Youtube having every possible tutorial on the subject, you would be forgiven for thinking that you’d been doing your foundation and bronzer wrong all these years.  But it wasn’t long until the contour bubble would burst.  So with Kim announcing that she is now ‘over’ contouring, what’s the new era?  ‘Nontouring,’ as Kim calls it, is essentially less makeup and her new favourite weapon is…strobe cream.

I’ve personally been a fan of strobing rather than contouring for a few years now.  Seeing contouring for the fad it is – I’ve always found that with my bridal clients they just want to look like themselves, but with a flawless complexion they just wouldn’t normally have time to perfect every morning.  Rather than be a super modern bride following every single trend in that year, that will ultimately date their photographs in years to come.

Strobe cream works to give you that healthy sheen to the skin, especially on the upper cheekbones.  It boosts dull, tired skin so I tend to also use it under the eyes and around the mouth and chin area.  The one from MAC contains botanicals, vitamins and green tea to really brighten and clarify.  I wouldn’t be without it in my kit x



What is in a name…MAC cosmetics name & brief history

The first thing I get asked by my clients when I pull out a MAC item from my kit, is what does M.A.C actually stands for?  And it literally just means make-up cosmetics.

You might be interested to know that MAC actually has it’s origins in Toronto, but you’d be forgiven by thinking that it came from somewhere like New York.  Makeup artist & photographer Frank Toskan teemed up with beauty salon owner Frank Angleo to make a product line with a difference.  Frustrated by the lack of colours that would work well with photography, they developed a studio line that would fulfil their professional needs.  and thus MAC was born.  Made from their kitchen, they sold the products out of Angleo’s salon and soon word spread of this new genius makeup line.

Package-wise, it stood out too: it was chic utility. Everything came in black pots rather than compacts. One of the most popular new offerings was an intense matte red lipstick that was used on a photo shoot with a New York cabaret star named Madonna, later photographed wearing a M·A·C T-shirt, the revolution was on. While other major makeup brands were predominantly skincare companies, M·A·C chose instead to establish itself as the ultimate colour authority.

Which it still is today x


How I work, my design process for bridal makeup

Quite often I arrive at a client’s house for a makeup trial and either the bride has no idea of what they would like, or they have a really extensive mood board with lots of overlapping ideas.  It’s then my job to gently coax out a more structured format to see into that mind set to design a bespoke look that the bride will be comfortable with, but most importantly, utterly over the moon with.

I then begin with what I like to consider drawing on canvas, working out colours and tuning into the different layers of the skin’s complexion.  The makeup trial is like my first draft almost, as once I’m basically happy with the main elements and after discussing with the client what she likes/doesn’t like from the makeup I then note these down and take it back to my office – where again I’ll be working on it with actual watercolours & canvas.  As I find this helps me get behind the makeup to understand it even more.  Making the wedding day my actual final look.

So after the makeup trial I never actually stop thinking/working for my client until the wedding day x