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,