Okay... Let me just begin by addressing my absence to everyone that is wonderful enough to read and support my little Blog. I am very sorry that I haven't posted in so long! I'm not going to pretend I've been so incredibly busy that I couldn't spare a minute, I've just not had too much motivation to write. However I'm determined to change that now, I love writing, I love all things beauty and I'm incredibly keen to get back on track with my blogging!
Now even though I say I've not been crazy busy I will give myself a bit of credit as in the time I have been AWOL I have in fact completed my Level 3 in Makeup Artistry at The Makeup Academy in Liverpool! The time I spent completing the course and earning my qualification was one of the most rewarding experiences, I learnt so much! I was even lucky enough to take part in the Urban Hair Fashion Show in which I had only 40 minutes to make two models catwalk ready!
I thought today whilst I'm getting back into the swing of blogging, I would share with you just some of the looks I created whilst completing the course.
Just as a final point before I start this post, I need to mention Jane Clappison at The Makeup Academy in Liverpool. Jane was an incredible teacher and has helped me gain so much confidence. I would highly recommend that anyone looking for the perfect place to get a qualification in makeup take a look at the course here.
I hope you will all continue to read my posts and I'm sorry I have neglected this Blog.
So, there were six main looks this course taught me. The first was one of my two favourites and it was the Commercial look.
Commercial looks are all about dewy/glowy skin, It's the sort of look you would wear in the Summer. Before we began practicing the look we had a look at the classic Kim Kardashian makeup look, the contoured and highlighted skin we've all come to associate with her. The photographs above were my first attempt (Right & Bottom) and my Assessment Work (Left & Middle).
My tips for perfecting the Commercial Look would be to AWAYS moisturise the skin first. I love to put the Cover FX drops on the skin before I apply foundation, that really gives the skin an intense glow that come from under the Foundation, this of course makes you look healthy and Summery! Ah I do miss the Summer...
When it comes to foundation, the one we used the most in class was the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation. These foundations are stunning, they are so light weight on the skin and gives such a natural finish. They are not full coverage at all but for me that's okay as I've never liked heavy foundations. Eye Shadow should be limited as the main focus NEEDS to be the skin, maybe put a light matte brown into the crease and a little bit of shimmer on the lid but even that could be considered too much. the most time consuming part of this look I found was contouring. I properly mastered the art of cream contour when completing my course! The contour should be heavy, use both cream and powder. The lips can be left alone, a little bit of lip balm will do, also remember to highlight all the high points of the skin. The last big tip I would give is to keep the brows natural! Both my models above had perfect brows so that did help me a lot, but keeping them true to the natural shape and fluffy,I would say is an essential part of this look.
Before I started at The Makeup Academy my makeup was probably more on the heavy side, not so much when it came to my skin but with Eyebrows and Eyeshadow. I was also in the lazy habit of not blending my contour out as well as I should have been. With just one lesson I had done a complete 180. I started to embrace my natural brows and calmed down a little when it came to eye makeup, my absolute favourite part of my makeup is now doing my skin, I see how much I have changed just by looking at pictures from a year ago compared to now!
The second look was Catwalk. I did my Commercial Assessment and Catwalk Assessment on the same day so the Commercial look acted as a base for the Catwalk. This look was all about the eyes, I contoured just a little bit more and darkened the brows ever so slightly but most of the assessment was spent creating a beautiful eye look.
When it comes to makeup my strong point is Eyeshadow, I'm fairly good at blending so I wasn't particularly worried about this. The look above was a 'halo eye' I used a combination I love which is Bronze & Gold. There aren't many tips I could give other than to take your time when it comes to blending, put only a little bit of product onto the brush and wipe off any excess. When it comes to makeup less is most definitely more!
Bridal was lots of fun until it came to False Lashes... I very rarely apply Lashes as I think they look silly and heavy on me but I was told that it was an essential part of the Bridal look to apply them. Practice makes perfect really, in this look they probably weren't as good as I would have liked but when I used them again they were so much better! The look itself was really pretty. My beautiful model Nadia has amazing cheekbones, I absolutely loved contouring her skin!
When it comes to Bridal makeup it's pretty much about accentuating your models natural features. As a bride you'll obviously want your partner to recognise you as you walk down the isle but you also want to look beautiful. An absolute essential for brides is to prime the skin and set the skin. A lovely little product all brides should have is the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish. Reapplying this throughout the day will keep adding that beautiful highlight to the skin. The last product I would recommend is the Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy.This lipstick is the perfect Nude and my absolute favourite Lipstick of all time. Even adding a gloss over the Matte Lipstick would be pretty but really this is enough to do the perfect Bridal look.
Okay. Going to be honest, I hated this look. I loved the context side of things. If anyone has been reading my Makeup Through The Decades series, you'll know I love learning things about the history of makeup, and that I already had a pretty good idea on what a classic 1950s look was, but this was so much harder than I ever imagined.
Trying to do winged liner is a big enough struggle when you do it on your own eyes but perfecting it on someone with a different eye shape to you is very hard. Then there is the red lip... Argh you'd never guess lips would be that hard but lining the lips perfectly is something I think I'll struggle with forever. I got pretty stressed over this look but in the end I was fairly happy with how it turned out - The skin was lovely and the lips, as big a struggle as they were looked good in the end. I think my eyes could have been better but all in all it wasn't as bad as I originally thought it was. Looking back now I'm proud of this.
Click the link above to see some of my top tips when it comes to a classic 1950s look!
High Fashion was loads of fun again. It was very similar to Catwalk in the way that it put a big focus on the eyes. Whilst I was completing the course I was lucky enough to take part in the Liverpool Urban Hair Fashion show, so our assessment (Far Right) was actually the makeup we did on the beautiful models for the show. Unfortunately I only have photographs for one of my Models, which is pretty devastating as I loved the eye look I did on my first model, but I'm still incredibly proud of the look I sent her out in.
The photographs on the left show the look I had originally intended to do before we were given a completely different brief. The left look shows what was my go-to Spring eye.
Makeup lovers, me especially, were loving the 'Sunset Eye' this year! This take on my Gorgeous model was the same colours I'd use for the Sunset but with added glitter, it almost looks like a cocktail.
The same tips from my Catwalk look apply here, definitely be careful with the blending but don't be too slow if you need to get your models out on the Catwalk. I like to use a pretty intense highlight so everyone can see the glow. Dark lip colours are definitely high fashion right now but I personally love keeping the lips nude.
Fantasy / Avant Garde
This was without a doubt my favourite look of the whole course, It was also the final look I had to complete. When I saw we'd be doing Fantasy makeup I was so excited, I had so many ideas! After looking on Pintrest and Youtube I decided I was going to do a Mermaid look. My stunning model here, Lauren, was brilliant as she had to literally sit with a stencil (Tangerine Net) on her head as I coloured in her Mermaid Scales but she looked amazing, if I do say so myself.
Looking at her now I can tell how much my confidence improved over the duration of the course, when I first started I could barely contour normally but by this point I was contouring her nose with purple eyeshadow. As this look is Fantasy I can't give many tips but I do want to start a little series of blog posts on Fantasy looks. I will of course go into detail on how I created this along with a few other looks I have since created.
Above is just a look I created for fun, my model Lauren showed me a picture of Kim Kardashian and asked that I recreate it. I tried my hardest to recreate that beautiful under eye glow and dewy highlighted skin. I also brought in that eye combination I love, the bronze and gold eye with I think really made her eye colour pop. The skin is basically very similar to the commercial look and the eyes similar to the Catwalk look. As you've probably seen as you've read through a lot of the looks have elements that are very similar. Here I can't remember what concealer I used but when I was over in America I found the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. This amazing concealer is perfect for creating that under eye glow, I really wish I'd had it when I was doing my Commercial look.
Well that's it for this post! As I said earlier please do head on over to The Makeup Academy website to find out more about the Level 3 Course. Also if you have a bit of time do read my first post in my Makeup Through The Decades series. I promise I won't take a year to post my next blog post and I apologise again for being neglectful!
Until Next Time,
Before I begin, I apologise for not putting up a post last week! I was extremely busy visiting family and holiday shopping and left myself no time to sit down and write! Next week I'm going to Tenerife and therefore no blog post next week either but once I'm home I'll not only have a few makeup tutorial coming up but my first travel blog so hopefully that'll make up for my missed posts!
Now, this week I have my 1960s look for you, originally I'd wanted to recreate Audrey Hepburn's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' look but with the exception of the eyebrows and the lips, the look was very similar to the 1950s so I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something completely different!
One of the biggest fashion icons of the 1960s was the beautiful model Lesley Lawson (née Hornby) better known as Twiggy! Twiggy is best known for her 'mod' high fashion, with her black and white eyes and signature long lashes her look completely contrasts with the natural look the hippies went for. For my 1950s look I recreated Hollywood glam but for the 60s I'm taking all my inspiration from London were the 'Mod look' was born. Whist the look made it's proper debut around 1964, it wasn't until 1966 that the look peaked after a sixteen year old Twiggy was named "The Face of '66". Now I understand this makeup is unlikely to become your every day look, it's very different and definitely not for everyone (including myself) but this was lots of fun to recreate and if you don't I at least hope you enjoy learning a bit about makeup in the 1960s.
FACE & EYEBROWS
If you've read my previous posts you'll have probably guessed I used my Nivea Soft moisturising cream as a primer, but before I applied that I used a face mask. I purchased Dirty Works - The Ultimate Detox Mud Mask from Sainsbury's very recently and oh my gosh I love it! Whilst I've never had too many issues with my skin, face masks tend to just irritate me a little so when I saw this mask at an incredibly affordable price I just decided I may as well give it a try. The mask smells great, It isn't irritating in even the slightest and it leaves my face feeling so soft, I also read that the Dirty Works products are amazing dupes for Soap and Glory products so I'll have to give a few more a try. So once my face mask was washed off and my moisturiser was on I primed my eyes with my Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover & Conceal Palette in light. I decided to do my eyebrows before my foundation today because they're my least favourite part and I like to get them out the way. Throughout the 60's Twiggy had very light brows with a small arch, I couldn't really do much to my brows because myself and Twiggy have a very different shape and mine are much darker. I used my Brow Archery pencil to fill my brows in and tried to make the beginning of the brow a bit rounder, I then used a brown eye shadow on top of the pencil. Brow pencil was extremely popular throughout the 60s like it had been in the 50s so if you're hoping to achieve a 60s brow I would suggest using a pencil. Once my brows were done I went in with a light foundation, I recently bought the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in 1.5 and it is simply amazing. I love this foundation as much as my Nars Sheer Glow, it's full coverage but doesn't feel particularly heavy on my skin and it blends so easily.
The eyes need to be the main focus of the look so if you want to recreate this look take extra care when doing them. Beginning with my already primed eyes, I took the matte white shadow from my Morphe Palette and brushed that all over my lid and onto my brow bone. I then took the black shadow from the palette and softly added it to my crease, black eye shadow is so difficult to work with so if you're recreating this look I strongly recommend you don't put too much on to your brush. When you blend out the black, add a little bit more black each time and blend upwards ever so slightly but DO NOT bring it onto your brow bone or your lid. If there is a little bit of fall out that's okay just go back in with the white shadow. Twiggy would use either a white shadow or a baby blue shadow on her lid so if you're feeling brave use a blue! The next bit is difficult to explain but taking a black eyeliner, (I used the Maybelline Master Drama eyeliner pencil) draw a black line following your crease line. Go back in with a black eye shadow and make that line look as defined and round as you possibly can, I hope I've explained that well enough but if not take a look at the pictures of Twiggy and you'll probably notice the strong black crease line, this is what you want to try and achieve. Taking a black gel liner I lined my upper lash line, I then used the same gel liner to create the signature 'Twiggy Lashes'. Starting from just under the waterline I drew little lines to give the illusion of long lower lashes, once again be very careful when you're doing this or you'll end up with black eyeliner everywhere. I then took a white eyeliner onto my waterline to make my eyes look even bigger. I know I said on my last post that I hated fake lashes and believe me I really do but there was no way I could do a Twiggy look without making my lashes look huge! Having gone out yesterday and bought the Lengthening Eyelure lashes in 155 I applied them to my lash line then followed up with my L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara.
Once the eyes were all done, I took my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer and tried to erase the black bags under my eyes and cover any discolouration on my face. I then followed up with my Rimmel Stay Matte powder all over to set my foundation and concealer. Taking my Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette I used the darkest brown to contour my face. Twiggy always had incredibly defined cheekbones in every photo shoot she did, looking at the pictures it looks as though she used a darker blush to contour as there seems to be a pinker tone Instead of a bronzed contour. I didn't use blush to contour but I added a very light pink on top of the bronzer and as a blush. I then went back in with the same bronzer from Makeup Revolution to contour my nose and under my lips, if you look at the photographs of Twiggy there is an obvious contour above her chin to give the look of 'pouty lips'. I finished off with a pink lipstick, I used my Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 630 (Coral Britannia) but I didn't line my lips because all my liners are much too dark, and it just didn't seem as though it were necessary for this look.
And that is it for this Twiggy inspired look! I'm undecided on whether or not my next post in this series should be another 1960s look (possibly inspired by the Hippies or maybe the Audrey Hepburn look I originally planned) or if I should go straight on to the 70s. the 'Twiggy Look' isn't for everyone but it has been a lot of fun to recreate so do give it a go yourselves. As I said at the beginning, I'm off on holiday next week so the next makeup tutorial will probably be one I wear whilst I'm abroad and something a little bit more me. As well as that keep a look out for my Tenerife Travel Blog, I really hope you enjoyed this post and you learnt a few things!
I'll talk to you all soon!
I've always been obsessed with 'The Hollywood Golden Age', I enjoy knowing things about celebrities in general but when it comes to the Film stars of the 1920s to the 1960s, there is something so much more interesting about them than the celebrities today. A lot of the big stars of that time are known for having tragic stories and interesting scandals linked with their names, I'm very much guilty of reading about behind the scenes gossip and watching a lot of documentaries about that era.
Around the time I started to fall in love with makeup I remember I stumbled across a 2 part video series made by YouTuber Lisa Eldridge. In the series, Eldridge visits the home of historian and author Madeleine Marsh and together the pair take a look at some vintage makeup and the history behind it. I remember when I first viewed the series back in 2013 I was absolutely fascinated with the history behind the makeup and how looks have developed over the decades. Very recently the second part of the series (which you can watch here) was recommended to me through YouTube and I found myself watching the video again three years after I originally had! I was inspired by Lisa Eldridge to create my own little blog series on makeup through the decades so that is exactly what I'm going to do! The first post in this series is a look at makeup in the 1950s as well as my own mini tutorial on a classic pin up look.
I really hope you learn a lot through this series, enjoy!
Having been extremely difficult to get a hold off throughout the 1940s, makeup was to make a huge comeback in the 50s. It was throughout this wonderful decade that makeup was to enter it's 'Golden Age', this is exactly why I chose to start my series here. Some of the biggest stars of the decade included Elizabeth Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day but perhaps the biggest starlet of the 1950s was Marilyn Monroe. Monroe had a close relationship with her makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder and together the pair created the iconic 'Marilyn look'. I did a lot of research into Marilyn's makeup secrets as well as looking at the classic pin up girl look and tried to create as close to a historically accurate makeup tutorial as I could.
PRIMING THE FACE
As I've mentioned in previous blog posts when it comes to priming the face I've always used the same product - Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream. Whilst I was doing my research I learnt that Marilyn Monroe used to either prime her face using Vaseline or Nivea moisturiser. She liked her skin to have a youthful glow which she believed she got through covering her face in Vaseline. After I applied my moisturiser I went in and applied my normal foundation - Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc. Luckily for me and my complexion, a lot of the biggest starlets of the time were know for having pale skin some of the best brands for liquid foundations were Max Factor and Elizabeth Arden. I primed my eyes using my Makeup Revolution Concealer and also used this palette to cover any redness and the rather large spot I have on my forehead.
Thin brows had been extremely popular throughout the 20s, 30s and 40s but by the start of the 50s women liked a strong, thick brow with a high arch. Now I've been growing my eyebrows out for a few weeks now so as you can probably see in the picture above there are quite a few sparse areas within my brows but they are getting reasonably thick. Throughout the 50s using pencil to fill in the brows was very popular, so in order to create my 50s brow I used my Soap & Glory brow archery pencil and then went in with a dark brown powder. I blocked off my brow just as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor used to do and tried to give myself a higher arch. The eyes were kept very minimal with very little shadow applied. Usually just one shadow was applied but some of the big names of the time liked to add a little into the crease. Marilyn Monroe used to take a white eye shadow and blend it all the way up to her brow bone and into her inner corners to add more depth, the eye was inspired by Greta Garbo. I chose to do a Marilyn Monroe eye, so I took a white shadow from my Morphe 35b Palette (which as I've mentioned before is difficult to get a hold of but I have found one link) and blended it all over my lid. I then took my favourite matte brown - Cyprus Umber from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and blended it very softly into my crease. During the 1950s, the 'cat eye wing' became extremely popular, so to create my wing I took my Maybelline Master Precise Liner and went over it with a black shadow. I then took a brown liner on my waterline and went back to Cyprus Umber for underneath my lash line. To finish off I took my Lash Sensational Mascara and added this to my lashes of course. I do not like fake eyelashes one bit, I don't enjoy applying the lashes and I don't like the look of them on me! So unlike all the big stars of the time (especially Marilyn Monroe) I chose not to apply fake lashes, but go ahead and apply them if you'd like to! Elizabeth Taylor actually didn't apply fake lashes either, Taylor was born with distichiasis, this is a genetic condition that resulted in an extra set of lashes.
Going in with my Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer under my eyes, I got rid of any fall out from the shadows and tried to cover the little panda eyes I had going on. I didn't use too much powder on my skin cause I wanted to keep that Marilyn Monroe glow, I did however powder under my eyes to set my concealer, to do this I used my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Throughout the 50s pastel pinks were usually applied to the apple of the cheeks. In addition to this, blush was used to shape the face, Marilyn Monroe liked to add a lot of pink to her cheeks so that is exactly what I did. I took my Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Hot Spice and added the pinkest shade to my cheeks, onto my nose (a little trick Marilyn always did) and above my brows.
After I'd finished with blush I took my Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer to lightly contour my nose. Using the same black liner I took for my wing, I recreated Marilyn's mole. The mole isn't essential to a 1950s inspired look but I think it looks pretty and I really wanted to add it.
I finished off my look with the lips - red was the staple lip colour of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield loved the red lip as did a lot of Hollywood's biggest stars. I took my red Maybelline Colour Sensational Liner to line my lips and then went in with my Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Siren in scarlet.
And that is my finished 1950s inspired makeup look, through doing this I definitely realised how many Maybelline products I own!
I was thinking of doing a separate blog post on 1950s pin up hair because there are so many different hairstyles to choose from which I would love to recreate.
I hope you enjoyed this post, next up is the 1960s which I'm so excited to do, I have a feeling it's going to be a long post but for now do try to recreate this 50s look and I definitely recommend you head over to YouTube and watch some of Lisa Eldridge's videos.