The Highlighters You NEED.

Now with the Summer months approaching here! I thought you may want to see my favourite highlighting products to help give you that beautiful radiant sheen in the summer months.
I’m not sure about you but I’m a sucker for all things glowy, ‘sheeny’ and radiant looking. I love how they instantly help to make me look I’ve had 12 hours of sleep, I have the worlds best skin and to cheat that I eat my 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Lolz.


Who doesn’t love a good highlight?

Best Highlighting Product for a Skincare Lover:
Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concerntrate

I’m kicking off with more of a skincare care treatment product. This is a serum so you need to use it everyday, the more you use it the more it will benefit your skin. It’s more of a long term permanent investment more than a cheaper quick fix ‘fake it’ product, hence the price tag at £59. BUT it’s so worth it.

Meet Lancome’s Advanced Genifique.

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I’ve been a HUGE fan of this product for about nearly 4 years now and used it almost every day since.
I apply this product every morning after I have applied my toner before my moisturiser. I’ve noticed it has really helped to improve the bright appearance of my skin, by making it looking brighter, fresher, more even toned and clearer. It also makes my skin smoother and softer. It works amazingly on a morning to give that fresh bright glow, without leaving the skin feeling greasy, oily or sticky. Its a clear formula which sinks into the skin straight away not leaving any residue or film. The perfect serum in my opinion!

It also works AMAZINGLY mixing it into a liquid foundation which already gives a nice healthy glow, to double the impact – making the skin look flawless!
Available to purchase here at £59 – £94, depending on preferred size.

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Best Highlight for Dark Skin:
MAC Lustre Drops

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If you were wanting more of a an instant result and have more of an olive to dark skin. If you have a paler skin, I wouldn’t recommend so much, as the gold is incredible gold and ‘orange toned’. The MAC Liquid Lustre Drops in ‘Gold’ are stunning. You only get a small amount of product (18ml) but these are incredibly pigmented. Again you can use these on top of foundation for the high point of the face or mix it into foundation. I prefer to apply onto of the foundation as I feel its more noticeable and using a duo fibre brush I feel works well to gently buff the product into the skin without breaking down the base product, as they are very runny.
Available to purchase here at £18.

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Winning Highlight for Multi-Purpose use:
MAC Strobe

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Another brilliant product by MAC which I cant go on a job without is MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion – original shade.

This stuff is amazing! So multi purpose!
You can either use it as a moisturiser base, before foundation, you can mix it with your foundation to lighten it a tiny bit and add a lovely radiance or you can just apply to the high point of the face. Again like the previous MAC product I think it works best to buff it into the skin lightly with a duo fibre blending brush. You can use your fingers with this product but I’ve find it just gets absolutely everywhere and feels like such a waste.
This product has lasted me 3 years – such an investment as a small amount goes along way as its so pearlised. Now MAC have launched some more shades to there collection to get the perfect colour glow you would like ranging from the original (pink) to red, gold, silver, you really should go into mac and swatch. I love the red toned one – which is surprising as the same does sound scarily awful. Its personal preference but I really recommend checking the strobe cream out if you’re wanting a higher end quick fix highlighter that multi purpose!
– Note: Mines the Lotion, I’m not sure if this is still available to purchase, but the lotion is just a tiny bit thinner than the cream, if you’re confused by the name.
Available here at £25.

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Best Photographic Highlight:
Illamasqua Gleam

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Another kit favourite of mine is the Illamasqua Cream Gleam Highlighters in ‘Aurora’ and they do a darker shade in ‘Supernatural’ which I also have in my kit, which is more of a coppery bronzed shade rather than a yellow toned gold in comparison to the MAC Lustre Drops.
Be aware though that you do need to use these sparingly, as they can go a little bit ‘patchy and bitty’ if you use too much on the skin. But they photograph is seamless, so stunning, a really instagram pop of highlight, so soft, satiny but bright and reflective.
I find they only work by patting onto of base product, I don’t feel like they come through if you were to apply before a base product. In my time of using them also I’ve found they work best being warmed on the back of the hand before being patted onto the skin using my ring finger. I wouldn’t recommend a ‘rubbing’ circular motion to work this into the skin, as with the texture its quite thick to needs to be gently manipulated into the skin. If you go into store I suggest swatching this first before buying, so you can feel the texture if it would work for yourself. To me the texture isn’t completely desireable, but I love it because the results it gives.
Available here at £25.

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Top Budget Highlight under £5: 
MUA ‘Undress Your Skin’ Powder Highlight

I am obsessed with these, if you dont own at least one, where have you been. You need to go purchase one and thank me later. You can thank me for introducing you to a super duper cheap life changing powder which will give you compliments to the high heavens every time you wear it.
I own the Iridescent Gold, Pink Shimmer & Peach Shimmer. Hands down all are flawless and beautiful for the price, they give intense colour pay off and such a beautiful sheen on the skin. Apply so easy and are so buildable, they dont apply patchy nor do they looks too cheap or too sparkly with huge chunks of glitter.
My first one was the pink shimmer, and I get SO MANY compliments I cant even tell you when I wear this. I wore this to work once, and after 45 minutes the girl went on her break to go and buy it as  she couldn’t stop staring at the glow haha! Its also been referred to as a ‘unicorn’ highlight too, its incredible. You will love.

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Thank you,




Face of The Day


Today I thought I would share with you my make-up of the day…


Base: MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion

Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ‘2’ Mixed with Body Shop Ligtening Drops

Concealer: Lancome Effarcernes Concealer ’01’

Powder: Illamasqua Loose Powder ‘010’

Cheeks: Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette, MAC ‘Melba/ Harmony’ Powder Blush, MAC ‘Soft and Gentle’ Mineralize Highlight Powder

Eye Shadow: MAC Paint Pot ‘Painterly’, MAC ‘Saddle’, ‘Dark Brew’ ‘Dance in the Dark’, E/S from MAC Warm Toned Palette, ‘Hustle’ and ‘Half Baked’ from Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette.

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner & MAC ‘NC15’ Pencil

Mascara: YSL Shocking Mascara ‘Black’

Brows: Illamasqua Brow Gel ‘Awe’

Lips: Kiko Cosmetics Lip Liner ‘301’, MAC Lipstick ‘Angel’.


Professional Make-up Artist Discounts

Now I have finished at university, I have started to plan and think about applying for brand pro discount cards (instead of student), as now I will be working more regularly in the industry.
I thought this would be beneficial to those professional make-up artists in the UK who maybe in the same position as myself, with just recently coming out of education and starting freelance.
Although industry professionals are very lucky and extremely grateful that these programmes have been put in place for us, to receive generous discount it can be a daunting, time consuming experience at the same time. Making sure you have the right identification for the card can be a confusing experience, as well as keeping up to date on new brands joining the band wagon and offering these schemes. You can end up feeling a little lost in where to start.
Hopefully some confusion can be ironed out below!

Please see below a list of brands, with a link of more information with details on who you apply/ send the form to.
Some US readers may also find these helpful, as I have also included US only links for you 😉

What PRO ID will I need?
Depending on what brand you are applying for will change, for what type of Professional ID they will require and the number of different copies they will need. You need to read the requirements for each brand carefully.
What material is classed as Professional ID?
Material can be your Professional Qualifications/ Certificates, Website, Business Cards,  Tear/ Editorial Sheets, Staff Cards, Other Make-up Discount Cards and Production Company Call Sheets, low budget productions also count.
What is a Union Card?
A popular union card is the BECTU card. You pay a small amount of money each month to be part of the union and in return you receive a card which you can use to easily show you are a working industry professional.
What is a Tear Sheet/ Editorial Page?
A tear or editorial page is an image of page out of a recent publication which has the full credited team along the bottom, including yourself on make-up.
What material is classed as Professional ID?
Material can be your Professional Qualifications/ Certificates, Website, Business Cards,  Staff Cards, Other Make-up Discount Cards and Production Company Call Sheets, low budget productions also count.
How do I prove I am an Agency Represented Make-up Artist?
The best way to prove this would be to link your page/ profile on your agents website along with the correct information for the company to contact your agent personally to verify any information if needed.
Now onto the exciting bit. The brands who I’ve found offer generous discount to working make-up artists:
1. NARS Cosmetics UK 25-40%
2. MAC Cosmetics UK 15-35%
Apply Here:
3. BOBBI BROWN Cosmetics 20-35%
Apply Here:
4. Urban Decay (US ONLY) 40%
7. Daniel Sandler (UK ONLY) upto 20% 
Download the appropriate form here:
8. CROWNPRO (CrownBrush) discount told upon request
Apply Here:
10. Smashbox PRO (US & CANADA ONLY)discount told upon request
11. Cocktail Cosmetics 10-20%
(Ardell, Bdellium Tools, Brushguard, Cozzette,  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Shadowshields, Ben Nye, Yaby Cosmetics,  XL Z Palette)
Apply Here:
12. Love Make-up 20%
(Kevyn Aucoin, Viseart, Ellis Faas, OCC, Amazing Cosmetics, Bdellium Tools, Pro Chart, Japonesque,  Ardell Lashes, Shadow Shields, The Brush Guard,  DUO Lash, Cozzette vegan brushes,  London Brush Company, OCC Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Monda Studio, Sigma, JT Makeup Studio & Louise Young.)
Apply Here:
13. Make-up Artist Magazineoptional level of discount
14. Stila Pro upto 30%
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15. My Kit Co. 15-20%
Tier 1 (Agency Represented MUA’s) 20% on individual items
Tier 2 (Non Agency Represented MUA’s) 15% on individual items
16. Charlotte Tilbury 30%
Thank you for reading, let me know if this has been helpful!


How to: Fill in Brows with Gel

Whats a brow gel?
A brow gel is usually a cream or gel formulated product which comes in a small pot to be used on the brows. The gels usually tend to be very pigmented in a variety of colours, meaning a little bit goes a very long way, perfect!

Brow gels are brilliant for their staying power, some are formulated to be water and smudge resistant, so will last all day even if you do suffer with oily skin or work up a lil sweat throughout the day! Once on they give a matte finish and set in place, but if you prefer you can always layer your favourite brow powder on top for extra hold and definition.

Products I have used:
– Lancôme Effacernes Longue Ternes concealer   (01)
– Illamasqua Brow Gel (Awe)
– Illamasqua Angled Brush


How I fill in my brows, 5 simple steps…

I start by applying my complexion make-up to my face and eyes. For this look I have used Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in shade 005 and Lancome Effacernes Longue Ternes Concealer in shade 01. I then set this in place using Lancome Colour Ideal Powder (now discontinued). I find applying my base first makes filling my brows easy as it looks neater, and its easier to work the gel onto of the foundation as it goes on smoother.
Next I like to brush my eyebrows through using a spoolie brush. The one in the picture above I am using an old Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil, as I really like the brush on the end. The grooves are very small and work well in coming any product out of my brows. This step is key!
Then I move onto using the brow gel. The gel I have used above is the Illamasqua Brow Gel in shade ‘Awe’ which is a taupe brown colour, making it the perfect shade for me. I find the perfect brush for this is the Illamasqua angled brush, as its the thinnest angled brush I’ve found and works perfectly for me.
I like to scoop a small amount of the gel onto the back of my hand. I find this way the product becomes more pliable and applies smoother, due to it being warmed up on the back of my hand opposed to being used straight from a cold pot.
I start by drawing the line underneath my brow and follow my brows natural shape and feather it out towards the end, so the brow looks more natural and tapered. .
Then I move onto using the same technique to draw the upper half of my brow. Again, I follow my brows natural shape to fill the brow in. At this point I focus on filling in the brow by 2/3’s, the middle & outer section. I tend to not focus on the start of my brow at this stage.
Finally, at this stage I do not put any more product on to my brush. I use whatever is left on the brush and feather this product into the start of my brow. I don’t have much brow hair here, so I do need to particularly careful, as I don’t want it to look too ‘blocky’ and harsh.


What gel products do you swear by? – Let me know!


Final Images: Double Trouble!

Exciting news!

I’ve got some more images back from one of my Final Major Project Shoots! 😀

This time they are from Chris Harvey with the shoot with twins; Tiffany and Taliah Sanderson.

Here are the images below:

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Hope you like the images! 🙂

Ruth x

Final Images: Le Roni Headpieces


So I have a few exciting pictures I want to share with you from the recent I organised as part of my final major project at university.

These are the images from this behind the scenes post, please click here.

I worked with Chloe Anne Charnock, Amber from Boss Model Management and Le Roni Head Pieces from London.

I had set  Chloe a challenge with this creative make-up I did on the day, as its not her usual  typical style she is used to photographing and retouching, but she definitely worked her magic perfectly and I am so pleased with the results!

Here are a few images from the shoot:


If you would like to see more images from this shoot please go and check out my Instagram Page and Facebook Page where I will be uploading all images too shortly.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Ruth x

Chloe –
Le Roni Head Pieces –
Amber –

BTS: Steve & Nicole

On Thursday I did another shoot with Steve, this time we were working with the lovely Nicole from Nemesis Models.
The purpose of the shoot was for my final major project, we experimented with different lighting and using different materials to change the lighting and the effects they had. Although some of the pictures below dont really show us experimenting – as it needed both of my hands haha!


Excited to see the final images from this shoot and Steve’s edits!

Thanks for reading,