27/10/2014

THE BEST WAY TO MAKE YOUR LASHES GROW


A couple of years ago I wrote this post about the amazing M2 Beaute Eyelash Activating Serum and since then there has been a influx of similar lash enhancers that claim to make your eyelashes grow. My lashes aren't particularly short or sparse and I hadn't tried any others since the M2 Beaute but since I stopped using it my lashes kind of went back to the length they were before. I started using Rapid Lash about a month ago and within a week I noticed a massive difference. I immediately stopped using it nightly and I probably only use it once a week, maybe twice, and my lashes look great; if they were any longer they would be too long, as it they reach my eyebrows when I curl them.

I do think these topical treatments only work as long as you use them, which is something to consider with upkeep. The directions advise use nightly before going to bed but as soon as you're happy with the length I think you can dial that back just to upkeep, which also makes a tube last a lot longer and becomes much more cost effective.

Personally I think the Rapid Lash is fantastic, I had serious results in a super fast time. I will say I did also try the Rapid Brow at the same time and that had no effect on my brows at all, but I have tried many things over the years to grow my brows with little effect (I think the hair follicles no longer exist) so I wasn't surprised I had no brow luck. I know there are quite a few of these lash products on the market, please let me know in the comments which ones, if any, you've had success with or not. I had excellent success with both Rapid Lash and M2 Beaute, they were both brilliant but also wildly different in price; M2 Beauty is £125 while Rapid Lash is a much more agreeable £39.99.

You can also try castor oil as a natural option to grow your eyelashes and eyebrows. This is easily found in your local pharmacy for very cheap and you apply the oil to the base of your lashes and brows with a cotton bud. This does tend to go in your eye and, whilst not harmful, is not particularly pleasant. It does work, but definitely not as well or as fast as the serums.

In America you can find Rapid Lash here.

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23/10/2014

10 THINGS TO DO FOR GREAT SKIN

Can everyone have great skin? Absolutely, yes!! I am asked this question so often and in so many different variations.. "My skin looks so bad, what can I do?" "Your skin looks amazing, what do you use?" "How can I make my skin look better? etc…etc..


Makeup by me in Marie Claire UK

I firmly believe it doesn't matter what makeup you put on someone as long as the foundation is good, and by foundation I mean the base layer not the makeup. Everything starts with the skin, if you don't have good skin as a base to do your makeup it doesn't matter how expensive your makeup is it will look rubbish, and on the flip side of that statement if you have fantastic skin you can use the cheapest products you can find in Boots or Target and it will look amazing. Everything is and always is all about the skin. Knowing this, it's important to spend time on your skin care but also know that everyone can have great skin, there is no reason why you can't. Granted some people are luckier than others, often by miles it can seem and then when you see that person who was born with perfect skin only uses soap and water it can seem so unfair. You may never have that perfect skin but you can get a hell of a lot closer as long as you put the effort in. When I talk about effort I mean a multitude of things that all need to be done together, doing just one won't work. This is my Get Great Skin Bible that everyone should follow, it's not rocket science or particularly hard work but it will work.

1. Water: Drinking 2 litres a day, every day, can change a face entirely. Wrinkles and lines disappear, skin tone evens out, skin smoothens and gets firmer, spots and marks disappear. It's the best natural facelift you can get and it's really not that difficult, you just pee a lot.

2. Food: Clean, un-processed food changes your life as well your face but I'm not going to preach about that (check my Instagram for clean food inspo). We are what we eat should be common sense.

3. Sleep: You know yourself how rough and older you look when you have 3 hours sleep a night. The body needs sleep to recover itself, including your face!


4. Skin Care: There is no perfect range, what works for one person may not work for another. It's trial and error and finding the one that works best for you, which may not necessarily be the most expensive there is. If something isn't working for you stop using it and get something else! If, when you look in the mirror your skin doesn't look great, don't keep buying the same products you've always used, change them. Search out natural products with no chemicals, you will be amazed the difference these can make.


5. Be Smart: You can slap the odd products on or you can make the most of your skin care. Try natural products, do your own facials, exfoliation makes your products work better and never go without moisturiser no matter how oily you think you are: the lack of moisture causes you to produce more oil so you're actually making it worse.


6. Always use an eye cream and SPF, ten or twenty years may seem like a long time away but you will be grateful when you get there.


7. Any product that goes on your face massage it in. Massaging creams in will circulate the blood cells which means oxygen is pumped round easier, meaning your skin will be plumper and you'll look healthier and younger.


8. Any product that goes on your face do the same to your neck. Again, you'll be thankful later!


9. Clean your makeup, tweezers and makeup brushes once a week. If it's going on your face it needs to be clean. Same goes for your pillowcase. 


10. Pills: Sometimes you need medical help and there is nothing wrong with taking it. If you have acne skin you do NOT have to live with it, it amazes me how many people accept living with it when you don't have to. Go to a doctor and ask for Roaccutane, don't let them fob you off with antibiotics because once you stop taking them the acne will come right back. If your GP wont refer you to a dermatologist ask to see another one, by (UK) law they have to give you a referral if you ask. I can't imagine why anyone would choose to live with acne when you don't have to and we are exceptionally lucky to have the NHS in the UK and able to use it. Everyone can have great skin, I promise!


If any one has any other invaluable tips please do share in the comments below.


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05/10/2014

THE BEST AIRBRUSH CONCEALER/HIGHLIGHTER PENS

Just as good as Touche Eclat!

Gone are the YSL Touche Eclat monopoly days, I'm not saying it's not a good product because it is, but there are others that are just as good, if not better. The thing with classics is that other brands take them and make them better. I use highlighter pens all the time, the easy brush on pens are so easy to use and brilliant for lightening shadowy dark areas under and around the eyes, and the red areas beside the nose and round the mouth. They really do lessen signs of fatigue and imperfections by illuminating and perfecting, they look so much better and more natural than concealer or even over concealer if necessary. 

I love these five brands, they're all fantastic and I use them all the time. I use them all as they all have slightly different tones and I need a wide range of shades when I'm working, but for everyone else you can't go wrong with any of them, it's just a matter of finding the right colour for you as they all have varying colour tones and ranges. They're all wonderful.

1. Clinique Airbrush Concealer £19/$20* (3 shades)

2. Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector £25/$34** (4 shades)

3. Liz Earle Light Reflecting Concealer £15.50/$na (4 shades)

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter £23.50/$27.50^ (8 shades)

5. Becca Radiant Skin Creamy Concealer £24/$32^^ (a whopping 24 shades!)


In America you can find them *here, **here, ^here and ^^here.

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28/09/2014

NATURAL* SUN-KISSED ALL YEAR ROUND GLOW

Brilliant choices for natural looking bronzed goddesses

*By natural I mean the natural looking effect they give, and that they're not a powder. Not sure what to call them as a group…non-powder bronzer options maybe? That doesn't slip of the tongue so well. 
A lot of people have a lot of love for bronzers, it really is a great product to give you a bit of colour mimicking what a real tan does..giving a healthy looking sun-kissed glow. But that's when it's done right, it's so easy to do bronzer wrong as we often see on fellow orange, stripy, patchy or muddy looking ladies. These three products are really great ways to get that bronzed I've-spent-a-day-on-the-beach glow without using makeup or fake tan which I hate (smells grows/takes a while to develop/looks fake). I've used all three products personally and I think they are fantastic. Remember these all give a "natural" looking sun-kissed effect, they are not fake tanners and you will not turn Towie overnight (um, good), they are much, much better than that.  

1. Sisley Sun Glow Gel £47/$90*
I love this product. It's probably the most makeup like out of the three as you apply it like you would a foundation and wash it off. Apply just to the areas you want to highlight or the entire face (the matte version may be better for that). Great for highlighting the décolleté, shoulders cheekbones, nose and forehead on the face, it's a non-greasy gel like cream that smoothes onto skin for a lovely sheer glow; not too orange or bronzy, just right. It gives a sheer even result but you can also mix it with your foundation like I like to do and apply together for a subtle full-face effect. Packed with skin botanical extracts which really hydrate the skin, along with it's reflective golden-copper pigments which capture the light and illuminate, it really looks like you've been on the beach all day. Out of the three this gives the most instant bronzed looking effect.
2. Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster £18/$30**
A completely different way to bronze, This is a very small bottle that you add just a few drops to your regular day and/or night moisturiser and it develops into a light sun-kissed glow. You have to use it with a moisturizer and never alone so you must remember to add it and make it a part of your regular routine. This is great for a gradual natural-looking, sun-kissed tanned result as long as you remember to add the drops to your daily skin-care. Probably the most natural looking result of all.

3. Elemis Total Glow Bronzing moisturiser £29.50/$54***
If you love Elemis products you will love this daily moisturiser with a gradual tanner that moisturisers, enhances radiance and gives a gradual sun-kissed tan. It's a great moisturiser with a whole heap of amazing ingredients that you would expect from Elemis, with the added bonus of gradual tanning. It's quite a heady smell that you either don't mind or hate and it's the only one of the three that smells and feels a bit like a fake tanner. Key ingredients boost luminosity and brightness so you really do get a lovely healthy glow, and like the Clarins Golden Glow Booster it gives very natural looking results. Not ideal if you don't want to change your skin care routine. They also do a really great body lotion version. 

In America you can find them *here and **here and ***here.

Ps. If you want 'Bronzed Goddess" makeup inspo you can watch my bronzed goddess makeup tutorials here and here.

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19/09/2014

FASHION WEEK MAKEUP KIT Q&A WITH MAC SENIOR ARTISTS


Ever wondered how makeup artists prepare for Fashion Week? Since I work mainly in TV fashion week is a completely alien world to me, albeit an intriguing one. MAC sent me a this Q&A with two of their senior artists; Pablo Rodriguez and Gina B and their "Fashion Week in Numbers" list, both of which I found thoroughly interesting. Some good kit tips for makeup artists out there.

Tips for packing a kit? 
@MAC_Pablo_R: 
 • Clean up and clear out. Get rid of anything broken, empty or dried up. List out whatever needs to be replaced. 
•  Scour the M∙A∙C website. Make a second list of everything that I’m missing and need.
•  Create a separate bag for all the new products I’m testing for next season.
•  Contain your potential messes! Keep glitter and pigments in stackable pots, which then go into plastic bags. Safety first!
@MAC_Gina_B:
• Packing a kit is like maintaining a boat: Something always needs your attention! One of my best tips is to empty each foundation bottle into a travel vial. Each vial of Matchmaster Foundation holds 80 pumps of foundation. I carry nine shades. That’s 720 pumps of foundation with me at all times! 


How many M∙A∙C containers do you empty out/depot to create custom palettes for fashion week? 
@MAC_Fabiana_G: 
• 53!

How long does it take to pack your kit? 
@MAC_Pablo_R:
• When I pack my kit properly, it takes all day. Cleaning palettes, decanting and labeling product – it all takes time and precision. This makes it so my kit lasts throughout the whole month of shows. 


Do you pack anything in your kit besides makeup?
@MAC_Pablo_R:
• Extra towels, straws for models wearing bold lips, and Scotch tape to pick up unwanted glitter on a model’s skin.
@MAC_Fabiana_G:
• I bring stencils, sponges for effects, special glue to cover eyebrows, Glycerin (to fake sweat or tears), accessories to mould makeup (such as pieces of jewellery and fabric). Even if some of these items are more commonly used during editorial shoots, it’s always good to be prepared! 


Name one product in your kit that works for every model, no matter their skin tone or type.
@MAC_Pablo_R:
• Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork: Great for contouring fair skin and highlighting dark skin. Everyone wins.


How do you create your Lipstick and Cream Colour Base palettes?
@MAC_Gina_B:
• Scrape your pots clean and fill each section of your palette. Pop into the microwave for a 30 second trip to get them smooth and gorgeous. Voila! 

What’s the one product you lose every season?
@MAC_Pablo_R:
• Sharpeners! Where do they go!? Sometimes, my kit feels like the Bermuda Triangle.


If you could only take five items with you to Fashion Week, what would they be?
@MAC_Pablo_R:
• Select Cover Up, Fluidline in Blacktrack, Eye Brows in Lingering, Ruby Woo Lipstick and Blot Powder.
@MAC_Fabiana_G:
• Prep + Prime Fix +, Face and Body Foundation, Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Cream Colour Base in Shell and Lip Conditioner. 

How do you mark your “territory” backstage?
@MAC_Fabiana_G:
• Backstage is no-man’s-land. No one is safe! To claim my work station, I use an old M∙A∙C towel that almost nobody has anymore. I also label all of my palettes, and my brushes each have a green mark on them. Besides that, I know my kids! 


What is your pre-show ritual/routine?
@MAC_Fabiana_G:
• I hang upside down for 10 minutes.


Describe your pre-fashion week feelings in three words.
@MAC_Fabiana_G:
• May I pick four and create a quote? “Go with the flow.”


Fashion Week Makeup In Numbers
  • Number of shows in major Fashion Week cities that M∙A∙C will support backstage: 208
  • Number of Eye Liners and Eye Pencils ordered for Artists’ kits: 1,233 
  • Number of Permanent Lipsticks, Lipglasses, Lipmixes, Lip Erase and Conditioners ordered for Artists’ kits: 576 
  • Number of Mascara Wands and Tubes ordered for Artists’ kits: 3,776 
  • Number of Lashes ordered for Artists’ kits: 844 


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16/09/2014

MAKEUP-ARTIST CONTEST & GIVEAWAY!

Ok guys, I'm going for a different approach for this giveaway; I have 4 big bags of products to give away from this massive lot of goodies below. 2 bags are for the many makeup artists amongst you and two are for any of my other lovely readers.



BUT I want to see something from you first:

GIVEAWAY 1 FOR MAKEUP ARTISTS: 
Upload a photo of your favourite piece of work- beauty, sfx, character, whatever you want to show me, but show me your best and tag @anniemakeup #anniemakeupcontest on either twitter or instagram. 

RULES:
1. It must be your own work
2. You must tag @anniemakeup and #anniemakeupcontest on twitter or instagram

GIVEAWAY 2 FOR EVERYONE ELSE:
Upload a photo of your favourite makeup, hair or beauty product and tag @anniemakeup #anniemakeupgiveaway on either twitter or instagram and tell me why it's so great.

RULES:
1. You must tag @anniemakeup and #anniemakeupgiveaway

Deadline for both: September 29th/ Four winners announced September 30th. 
OPEN WORLDWIDE, SHOW ME YOUR STUFF!

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14/09/2014

L'OREAL SUPERFINE LINER - BEST BLACK EYELINER EVER!


Very quick post, just wanted to share with you a new really good find. If you like a black line this is the one. If you were scared of liquid or felt liners before, could never get a straight or thin enough line or it kept going wonky or too thick THIS IS THE LINER FOR YOU. It is so easy to do a perfect line, I think it's something to with the length and the special grip, either way it's the best liner I've ever used. Also, very important it doesn't smudge, transfer or wear away- it lasts all day. Ticks every box and does it the best out of all the others I've tried. Cheap too, bonus. Let me know if you've tried it or if you swear by any others.

In America you can find it here.

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10/09/2014

THINGS I'VE LEARNT AS A MAKEUP ARTIST EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW

Me at work

1. Spend money on good brushes
It's a fact of life you get what you pay for and the same goes for makeup brushes, your brushes are your tools and the better the tool the better the application. There isn't a makeup artist who would disagree that you can do great makeup with good brushes and cheap makeup, but you can't do good makeup with expensive makeup and cheap brushes. From Wayne Goss to Suqqu (my favourites) there are varying price points of great brushes. Buy the best you can afford, they are an investment that will last you a lifetime and your makeup will look better and last longer.

2. Wash your brushes
It sounds obvious but I'm always amazed how few people wash their brushes. You are applying products to your face with brushes that you then dip back into your products, that's a lot of  bacteria collecting and transferring from face to product, back to face again, repeated every day. I'm not suggesting you clean your brushes on a daily basis, I clean mine after every use because I use them on different faces but if you're using your brushes daily you should really be washing them around once a week. Whether you use alcohol, a brush shampoo like London Brush Company's or baby shampoo it doesn't matter, just wash them. 

3. Get great skin
Great makeup starts with great skin, there is no denying this. There is only so much foundation and concealer will do, no matter how expensive it is. The truth is truly beautiful makeup will only look beautiful on good skin and if you don't see positive effects from you skincare within a few weeks, change it and keep searching until you find one that works for you. Everyone's skin is different and what works for one may not work for another, so don't waste money on products that aren't making your skin look incredible, move on to another great brand, there are a lot out there.

4. Ignore trends that don't suit you
Cat eye flicks, orange lipstick, contouring.. go nuts experimenting but, just like fashion with clothes, ignore trends if they don't suit you. Know your face shape and know what makes the best of your features and stick to them. A simple even skintone, groomed brows and a healthy glow will always be beautiful on everyone, classics are classics for a reason.

5. Makeup can change your entire mood
It doesn't matter how you do your makeup or what makeup you wear if it makes you feel good. After 13 years working as a makeup artist I am constantly amazed not only how different I can make someone look with makeup but also how different someone can feel. For myself, I don't feel right until i've pencilled in and thickened my eyebrows, I become an entirely more able and confident person. Whether it's a cat eye, lipstick or a perfect base, what ever makes you feel confident and the best version of you is a fantastic thing to have, embrace it as that's the best thing ever about makeup.

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07/09/2014

AERIN PRETTY BRONZE ILLUMINATING POWDER - THE PERFECT BRONZER FOR PALER SKIN



Two and a half years ago at the beginning of this blog one of the first posts I wrote were The Pale Skin Base Basics and Makeup Looks & Tips for Pale Skin; both still relevant with great tips and advice for ladies with paler complexions so definitely check them out if you're interested. Finding a good base and bronzer for pale skin can be really tough, although 2 years on foundation colour choices has massively improved and it's a lot easier to find very light and dark bases. Bronzers maybe not so much. This Aerin bronzer is the perfect bronzer I've found for paler skins, it's very light and natural looking, you can build the colour slowly, it's the perfect choice to warm up your skin and not look orangey, dirty or stripey. Anyone who is usually scared of bronzer should definitely give this a try. The colour is really soft and gives a hint of glow, like the glow you get from a day in the sun, totally understated as a bronzer should be. Really stunning product.


*In America you can find it here


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02/09/2014

MEET THE ARTISTS - ROBIN SIEGEL

Robin Siegel's resume reads like a a who's who list of Hollywood; from Julia Roberts, Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone and Jodie Foster to Felicity Huffman, and to name just a  handful, nearly every major star has had their makeup done by Robin. Her work with one celebrity or another has been in every major publication, on numerous red carpets and many an advertising campaign. Robin's TV work includes heaps of hit shows and Makeup Department Head positions on huge shows like Beverley Hills 90210 (1 season), Veronicas Closet (3 seasons) and Friends (9 seasons), as well as personal makeup artist to Lisa Kdurow and Jennifer Aniston on many other projects and films. Currently working as personal makeup artist to Mary McDonnell on Major Crimes, Robin took some time to tell me about her career and, of course, some of her favourite products.
Snapshot of Robin's career

MANW: How did you start your career and what was the progression it took?
RS: For a couple of years I worked in a salon as a hairstylist and aesthetician. I knew I wanted to be in the beauty industry and realized I was more interested in skincare and make-up. Doing "make up for the movies" inspired me to move to Los Angeles. After going to a make-up school that taught everything from beauty to effects and fantasy I started working on student films, non-union movies and then music videos. Eventually I worked on larger independent movies, some on location; I spent time in Jamaica, St Croix, Baltimore and New York. After being on location for a while I wanted to work more at home in Los Angeles and I was hired to do the pilot for one of the first HBO original series, a comedy called 'Dream On' starring Brian Benben and Wendie Malick. That show lasted 5 or 6 seasons and was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane who also created Friends. Marta and David invited me to work on Friends and Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox asked me to stay. During the first season I was finishing the last season of 'Dream On' so I only had time for a few episodes on Friends, I stayed as Makeup Department Head on Friends for the remaining 9 seasons.

During the time I worked on Friends I did Jennifer Aniston's and Lisa Kudrow's make-up for most of the award shows and other press and red carpet events they attended. It was at this time that I got an agent who still represents me. My agent, Alyssa Regulski, recently opened Grid Agency. Since Friends ended I still sometimes work with both Jennifer and Lisa, I recently did Jennifer Aniston's makeup for Horrible Bosses 2. I did Kyra Sedgwick's make up on The Closer for seasons 4, 5 and 6 and I am currently doing Mary McDonnell's make up on The Closer spinoff - Major Crimes. In between I had the pleasure of working with Ashley Judd on the mini series Missing which filmed in Prague, Croatia and Istanbul for 5 months. In between my film and television jobs I also do make up for celebrities and private clients for red carpet, press and special events.

MANW: Do you have a preference for the type of jobs  and make-ups you like to do, ie: TV characters, red carpets or magazine shoots?

RS: Beauty is still my main focus when it comes to make-up and skin care, I don't have the experience or desire to work with special effects. I designed a couple of fashion shows and worked on several films as a personal make-up artist to Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Felicity Huffman and Diane Keaton but my preference is to do one actress's make-up on a television show, film, event or photo shoot rather than design a whole show.  

MANW: You have worked on some legendary TV shows like Friends and Beverley Hills 90210 and with a huge list of legendary actors such as Sharon Stone, Brad Pitt and Jodie Foster.. can you tell us about some of the stand out moments of your career?

RS: Some of the stand out moments of my career are watching somebody see themselves in the mirror after I finish their make-up and smile at their image, that never gets old for me.  Working with some legendary actors has given me a chance to be in the presence of true artistry and talent. When I see them go from my make-up chair to in front of the camera it can be magical. I love using make-up to reveal the beauty I see in each woman whose make-up I do. I don't necessarily transform them to look different, I try to bring into focus the beauty that is already there.

MANW: You've been in the industry a long time, how do you think it has differed and what advice would you give to new artists starting out? 

RS: The main differences I see in the industry are social media and high definition film.  I recommend that new artists learn, experiment, photograph and post their work. There is also a business to being a make-up artist and I highly recommend that new artists learn that aspect as well. Marietta Carter Narcisse has excellent online classes and seminars that take you beyond the brushes and products.

MANW: What are your top 5 holy grail kit products? 

RS: Some of my favourite makeup products are; Cle de Peau concealer, Makeup Forever Primer, Chanel and Dior liquid and Tom Ford Stick foundations, Chanel Inimitable or Clinique Lash Power mascara, Chanel waterproof eye pencils and eye shadows, MAC fluid line, Tom Ford eye brow pencils and Chanel, Shiseido and Cle de Peau lipsticks and glosses.

For skin care I love Cle de Peau eye baume, La Mer Hydrating Infusion, Murad Perfecting Serum, Dr Hauschka Moisturizing Day Cream and Nerium or Optimera Night cream treatment.

MANW: What's your best make-up artist tip to give women?

RS: Besides blending....look in the mirror and smile!

MANW: Finally, false eyelashes - the longer the better or enough already they look ridiculous?

RS: I love false eyelashes as long as they look like lashes and not a little animal sitting on your eyelid.

For more info on Robin see her agency page here or follow her on Instagram here.

If you liked this interview and would like to read other leading industry makeup artists stories have a look at the rest of the series here.