It’s all about Summery nails right now. And I love nothing more than to sport a beautiful French Polish, as it never fails to make to your nails look fresh & well manicured.
But why not add a hint of summer to your French mani?
Here, I hand painted Blue flowers on top of my shellac to make them look extra special! And it’s become super popular with my clients the past couple of summers.
I prefer to use good old Acrylic paint to create my designs. Many of the paints sold on the market specifically aimed at nail art seem to be too wishy-washy, and you need density when creating ‘one stroke’designs. Otherwise, when you blend the two colours together to create petals the paint can become see-through, so you then end up having to layer the paint a number of times to gain a good opacity.
Plus once acrylic is in place & it’s sealed in it just doesn’t move.
Checkout my Maleficent tutorial, it’s now up on my channel!
All products and details are listed in the description bar. You can see some of the footage of my headpiece being finished off after makeup application.
Today I am Angelina Jolie, lol..
I filmed my Maleficent tutorial, and I took these quick snaps on my phone before I put on the headpiece & outfit.
Amazing how lenses & sculpting can change your entire face.
The tutorial will go up this week on my channel. If you haven’t subscribed already, then please do check it out; www.youtube.com/smiles2310
Here is a brief breakdown of how I created this makeup look on my client, Dilara, today;
*Cleanse skin with Bioderma ‘Sensitive’.
*Apply ‘Matte Veil’ by Illamasqua down the centre of the face.
*Then ‘Hydra Veil’ by Illamasqua over the rest of the face.
*Prime eyelid using Kryolan Primer.
*Neturalise the eyelid with Sephora concealer, this will act as a base for the eyeshadow.
*First eyeshadow to apply over the mobile eyelid is ‘Dark Horse’ from Urban Decay Naked 1.
*Over that is ‘Smog’ also from the Naked 1 palette.
*Smoke outwards & upwards using a blending brush, softening through the socket.
*On the inner 1/3 of mobile lid apply ‘St.Topaz’ (Gold) by Coastal Scents.
*Apply ‘Shroom’ by MAC on the inner corner of the eyes for added highlight.
*On the outer corner of the mobile lid apply ‘Black Bear’ eyeshadow by Louise Young.
*Blend lightly at the edge creating more of a smokey eye.
*Through the socket of the eyes apply some matte bronzer or a warm Brown colour.
*Use Bobbi Brown ‘Ink Black’ gel liner on the waterline.
*Clean away fall-down (loose eyeshadow) from under the eyes.
*Highlight & contour using a foundation that’s two shades lighter & two shades darker than your skin tone.
*To do this, use a beauty blender & stipple a foundation that matches your skin tone over the rest of your face as well as the highlight & contour.
*Under lower lashes apply the same eyeshadows as used on top lid.
*Smoke out using a pencil brush.
*Define brows & use a concealer to create a clean defined line under the brows.
*Line top lid using the Black gel liner from Bobbi Brown, and wing it out.
*Apply mascara & lashes - top & bottom.
*Use a Peachy coloured Blush on your cheekbones (Juicy Moods by Kryolan)
*Add some highlight by TheBalm to the highest part of your cheekbone.
*Line lips using ‘StripDown’ by MAC.
*Apply ‘Cherish’ lipstick by MAC.
*Set the foundation down the centre of the face using translucent powder.
Today I received a package from Coastal Scents with some new products to test out.
And the first thing I pulled out was something I initially thought had gone mouldy, but upon closer inspection I realised it was African Black Soap - phew! Lol…
For many years, Ghanaians have pressed and used this 100% natural African Black Soap, as it has been known to help to with issues such as acne, oily skin, blemishes, and other skin problems.
As well as the above, African Black Soap is also known for soothing skin irritations and conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
It removes makeup, dirt, and oil while leaving the skin super clean, creating a healthy fresh glow.
I gave it a go for the first time today, and my face feels very smooth like it’s had a deep clean and been exfoliated.
I’ll see how I get on with it and update you in a few weeks.
A little behind the scenes video of when I was booked by the Expendables production team for the premier at Cannes.
I did hair and makeup for the headline DJ act for the party at Gotha nightclub.
The key features to my Maleficent makeup tutorial are coming along nicely!
I’ve completed the horns and headpiece, I’ve made the prosthetic cheekbones, and now my contact lenses have arrived!
Just need to sort out what I’ll wear and then I’ll film this bad boy! :)
To see this tutorial when it goes up, please subscribe to my channel; www.youtube.com/smiles2310
Want to rock the Feline Cat-Eye Eyeliner look???
Then check out my tutorial on how to do so…
All the products used are listed in the description bar.
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This was my beautiful bride from this morning!
Melissa opted for a smokey eye for her big day. And I think she looks stunning.
This is pre-hair completion.
A break down of what I used;
* Bioderma Sensitive Cleanser
* Illamasqua Matte Veil
* Kryolan eye primer
* Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
* Estée Lauder Maximum Coverage Concealer
* Urban Decay Sin eyeshadow over the entire lid
* Urban Decay Virgin eyeshadow on inner corner
* Louise Young Essential Eyes palette to contour the lid above & below
* Cream Face-liner pencil by Kryolan, on the waterline
* Eyelur False Lashes
* Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Blonde to define the brows
* Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer
* Highlighter by TheBalm
* Pink Cream Blusher by Boutique
* Lipstick Estée Lauder Envy in Desirable