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Easy Halloween Skull using Ultra Wear Foundation Sticks!

With Halloween nearly upon us I thought I would share with you a Halloween look using only 5 different types of products and no fake blood needed!
This look would be perfect for anyone who hasn’t got any ‘special effects make-up’ at home, so needs to use their everyday make-up bag to achieve a Halloween look!

Products I used:
– Lancome Foundation Sticks in shades 005, 032, 055 & 16
– Lancome Le Crayon Kohl (Noir) – Black Pencil
– Lancome Mr Big Permanent Marker (Noir)
– Lancome Grandiose Liner (Noir) – Black Liquid Liner
– Lancome Grandiose Mascara – Black Mascara
– Lancome Black Eyeshadow from Hypnose Eyeshadow Palette (Brun Adore)

  1. I prepped my skin using Lancome’s Advanced Genifique with Light Pearl Eye Serum and a little bit of Absolue Precious Cells Day Cream, after cleansing and toning.
  2. I then moved on to the main base colour using the Lancome Ultra Wear Foundation stick all over which matched my skin tone (005). I applied this using the short handled angled brush also by Lancome and worked it onto the skin achieving a medium coverage, with no concealer.
  3. Next I used the Lancome Foundation Stick in shade 032, and mapped out the ‘Skull’ shape by creating sunken in cheek bones and forehead. I used a small flat brush to apply and blended this into the skin using downward striped motions, so no harsh edges were noticeable and the colour faded from 032 to 005 seamlessly.
  4. Then I used shade 055 in the same Lancome  Ultra Wear Stick and went over this shape further to create more depth. I applied the 055 to my jaw line and created the shape of the heavy angry brows. A good tip to create this effect is to frown normally and run a thin brush in between the frown line wrinkles and then relax the face and blend following the shape you have already created using a small fluffy brush with light pressure.
  5. Once I had finished adding depth with 055, I moved on to the darkest shade to create more depth by using shade 16. I used a very light hand for this and a fluffy brush I found taking the product on to the brush for the stick worked better than using the stick straight onto the skin, as I lost precision when I tried it straight from the stick.
  6. At this point I moved onto creating the dark eyes and the mouth. I started by applying Lancome’s Le Crayon Kohl Pencil in Black to the top and bottom waterlines of both eyes. I then followed my own natural eye socket shape by feeling for the socket bone around my eye and created the suitable shape. Le Crayon Kohl Pencil worked perfectly as it glided over the foundation so easily and didn’t pull or drag my skin when I applied it.
    I then used the same pencil to map the lines around the mouth area which you can see pictured.
  7. I then swapped the kohl pencil for the Mr Big Permanent Marker again by Lancome to colour in the circles around the eyes, for speed and depth. I’m sure you are aware if you have had a play using the Mr Big Permanent Marker, you will have experience the Marker does have a tendency to stick, so to help prevent this I used a black eye shadow from one of the Hypnose Palette eye shadows and ran this all over the area I had applied the Marker, to prevent it sticking and moving and to make it a darker black.
  8. I finished the eyes of by applying a few coats of one of my favourite Lancome Mascara’s; Grandiose, on to my top and bottom lashes.
  9. I applied the Mr Big Marker to my nose as well to create the shape and used a little bit of the Lancome Grandiose Liner neaten and create a precise sharper finish.
  10. I felt at the point the rest of the make-up looked a little bit ‘too clean’ so I used a very light hand with the kohl pencil and created small thin wobbly lines to create a vein type look to some areas of the face and used my ring finger to blend it into the skin to soften the look.

Let me know if you give this a go, or link below your own Halloween tutorials I’d love to see them!

 

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Best Luxe Matte Liquid Lips EVER?

Liquid Lips are in and have been for ages now and believe me, they’re not going anywhere soon in a hurry!
So let me introduce you to my collection of these Lancome Matte Shakers, the investment that will have you covered from A to B.

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Where to Purchase: Debenhams, Boots, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Browns, Selfridges, Harrods, http://www.lancome.co.uk

Price: £19.50

Amount of Shades Available: 7 Shades Available

  • 270 Beige Vintage
  • 272 Energy Peach
  • 186 Magic Orange
  • 189 Red’y in 5
  • 374 Kiss Me Cherie
  • 378 Pink Power
  • 379 Yummy Pink (I’ve got the Pink Power 378, Magic Orange 186, Kiss Me Cherie 374 & Yummy Pink 379)
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L-R: KISS ME CHERIE, PINK POWER, YUMMY PINK, MAGIC ORANGE

Product Description from Lancome
Ready to shake-up the rules of matte?
Our innovative new Matte Shaker liquid lipstick formula has an intense colour payoff. The liquid formula turns matte after a few minutes for a beautifully matte result.
Matte Shaker leaves behind a gorgeous lip stained look too, for lips that want to stay bold.
Choose from seven vivid colours in opaque and highly-pigmented matte lipstick shades that glide on so comfortably you can barely feel them.
Thanks to the liquid matte lipstick formula, enriched with silicone oils, you can say goodbye to stickiness and that dry feel and enjoy intense coverage with a lightweight second-skin feel.
The water-in-oil emulsion is non-migrating and non-transfer, designed to keep your lips looking luscious.
And with a ultra-precise lip cushion applicator, it couldn’t be easier to apply.
Finish your look with precision perfection – find your contouring colour match with our new Le Lip Liner collection.
Be mad. Be matte. Be you!

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L-R: KISS ME CHERIE, PINK POWER, YUMMY PINK, MAGIC ORANGE

Amount of Product?
6.2mls

The Packaging?
The packaging is lovely in my opinion, really fun and really cute. You are bound to get a lot of questions from your friends as soon as you pull this out of your make-up bag for a on-the-go top up.
The Lancome shakers are designed to look like mini cocktail shakers, however these are made from plastic, so there wont be any spillages in the bag from these!
I love how the black glossy lid, is a clear visual to distinguish the different texture to the Juicy Shakers also buy Lancome.

 

What is the applicator like?
There’s no other lip product on the market to date which has this unique cushion applicator, except from Lancome’s own Juicy Shakers!
Its quite a wide domed cushion, with a point which allows for quick application and accuracy. It’s surprisingly so easy to use despite my first initial ‘that’s going to go everywhere’ thoughts, I think this is due to the pointed applicator and the outter shaker style lid, it allows for a firm grip and easy to manoeuvre.

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Does the product bleed/ run?
Not at all! This product is the best liquid lip I’ve found for colour pay off and for staying put. Due to its incredibly light ‘wet’ texture, it definitely covers the lip as a second skin effect, there fore does not bleed. Those of you who were familiar with Lancome’s old L’absolu Velvets, they had the tendency to bleed, due to the thick creamy texture however these stay put, meaning you can eat and drink in confidence. Perfect for date night!

How long does the product stay on for?
These last all day! I usually put these on around 8 am in the morning and usually get home around 6pm and they haven’t budge all day and they look just as good as when I initially left the house. I do like to give a quick top up after I’ve eaten, even though I could get away without (Bonus!) I think its just habit for me. I usually have to use my Bifacil eye make-up remover to get the bulk off before bed. These truly have the most amazing staying power.

Is the product suitable for dry lips?
Yes! I thought these may dry my lips out, however they don’t, again I feel this is because of the feather light texture. If you have really dry lips you can always apply a bit of lip balm before applying the shakers, the Renergie lip balm works perfectly for this I’ve found as its a nice light lip balm so doesn’t interfere the matte shakers, colour pay off or texture.

Tips & Tricks?
Get the product going quicker by shaking your shaker upside down! You will need to shake for every use due to the oil and pigment created in the product, oil has the tendency to separate when left.
Use the applicator in your favour! If you are wanting a bright punchy bold colour, use lots of small light dabbing motions over the lip to build the colour using the pointed end of the applicator.
If you want a sheer, wash of colour or a ‘just bitten’ type of colour, you are best to swipe the cushion applicator over the lip, using the rounded flat side of the cushion. This means not as much pressure is going onto the cushion for the product to release a lot of product.

Closer look at the shades I own…

KISS ME CHERIE

YUMMY PINK

MAGIC ORANGE

PINK POWER

Have you tried the Lancome Matte Shakers? Whats your favourite shade?

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L – R: KISS ME CHERIE, PINK POWER, YUMMY PINK, MAGIC ORANGE

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6 Products to Fake ‘I got 8 Hours of Sleep’

Isn’t this the biggest goal we all wake up to on a morning, in hope we look like we’ve successfully got our healthy 8 hours of sleep each night? Well it is for me.

I wanted to share with you a few of my staple essentials to achieve fake this ‘look’ in hope to making morning’s easier for you.

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  1.  My holy grail serum – Advanced Genifique
    I’m pretty sure you will all be sick of me rambling on and on about this product. So I will keep this short and sweet.
    This serum is the best serum for perking up your skin, giving your skin a healthy luminous glow from deep within. Its helps illuminate and even out your skin making your complexion clearer and brighter, a non sticky or greasy formula. It’s a clear fat absorbing serum, which is measured out with the specialised pipette applicator – 1 drop per use, so you will never over use the product which again I LOVE.
  2. Genifique ‘Light Pearl’ Eye Serum
    I like to refer this little beauty as a sister version of my fave serum ‘Advanced Genifique’. Except with this Light Pearl its only applied to the eye area.
    Its the best eye serum I’ve ever tried and I’m yet to find any thing else quite like this on the market to date, so if you can prove me wrong leave a comment below.
    It’s so unique to the metal ball applicator, this means that the serum goes on very cooling and soothing. This feels amazing on a morning as it really helps to wake you up, also the formula of the serum and the metal ball helps to depuff any tired swollen eyes.
    The serum also helps deminish dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles over time too, see there really is nothing else quite like this!
  3. Eye drops
    These are the best for awakening your tired eyes, brilliant as well if your eyes are feeling irritated and dry!
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  4. Lancome, Hydra Glow Primer
    The Perfect Primer for an extra shot of glowy realness! Brilliant for a drier skin, if you have more oily skin I would stay away from this as a base primer, but you can use this for a subtle highlighter. This is a multi purpose product, so its great for everyone, a small pea sized amount tapped above your base make-up will bring light and healthy sheen to your skin make-up you look radiant and awake.
  5. Teint Miracle Cushion
    This is the best foundation for such a pale skin like mine which gives coverage but doesn’t look thick, cakey or noticeable on the skin. It really is a foundation which mimics a second skin effect. The soft pearlised finish gives a healthy radiant sheen to the skin and makes the skin look bright fresh and awake. You can blend this foundation in easy enough using your finger tips however if you want a fuller finish a brush is always better to get a more flawless finish.
  6. MAC,  Chromagraphic Pencil NC15 (Nude Pencil)
    Now this little pencil is not one to be over looked at all. This makes such a difference and really makes you’re eyes appear bigger, brighter and healthy.
    Its a flesh toned pencil which can be worn on the waterline inside the eye, this neutralises any redness on the inside rim of the eye. Which if you skip this step you will have picture perfect healthy skin with red tired sore looking eyes, especially if you’ve had a sleepless night. Running this on the inside of your eyes with take you less than 10 seconds and will stay put all day!

Let me know your favourite products you reach to when you need a little pick me on a morning!

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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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How to Bubble Eye Liner! The NEW Trend!

Hey Guys!

Today I’m sharing with you a new liner trend, which is a fun cute wearable way to wear liquid liner!

I learnt this new technique recently whilst on my Lancome Make-up Artist Training and was actually surprised at how wearable and fun it looked so thought I would share with you, if you want to spice things up with your liner routine!

What I will be using:
Lancome Visionnaire Yeux 
Lancome Effacernes Concealer
Lancome Loose Powder
Lancome Grandiose Liquid Liner
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Step 1.
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You will need to start by prepping your eye with an eye cream, to ensure the make-up we apply goes on easy therefore it will result in a flawless and professional finish!
For this I am using the Lancome Visionnaire Eye Balm. This is my current eye cream of choice, as I am currently the Visionnaire Day Cream with SPF 20, so I love to match my skincare for maximised results. I’m loving this balm as its a silky light balm texture, with a cooling finish, which isn’t too rich or greasy. It uses hydro-blur technology so evens out the skin tone, texture, minimises any fine lines and reduces the appearance of dark circles and bags. Perfection in a bottle for this liner look!
Remember girls, you only need a grain of rice sized amount of eye cream, less is definitely more!

Step 2.
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Next we want to create a flawless base. So for this I like to use the Lancome Effacernes Concealer. I use this concealer every day to prime my lids. This concealer is Waterproof, so it stays put all day with NO creasing and it gives amazing coverage. Its a liquid concealer with a light cream texture, which gives such a natural result, which is why I love this.
Again I use a rice grain sized amount and apply to my lid using my ring finger in small patting motions. You don’t want to be pulling and rubbing your eye area, as your skin around your eye is so delicate, up to eight times thinner in fact! It is known that using your ring finger applies the least amount of pressure out of all your fingers – apparently!

Step 3.
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With Concealer done its important to set that perfect base with a dusting of powder. My choice of powder today is the Lancome Loose Powder in Translucent. I’m obsessed with a good translucent powder as it doesn’t alter the colour of your base, doesn’t look patchy it just sets your base with a see through veil, gorgeous! To apply this I just use a small fluffy brush.

Step 4.
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Now onto the fun bit! The liner. I’m using the Lancome Grandiose Liquid Liner, as its the best liquid liner I’ve found on the market and trust me I’ve tried everything and I’m super fussy. From a liquid liner I want an intense black pigment, not a off black – whats the point!? I always prefer a matte finish, as I find it looks more intense which Grandiose delivers on! I love a liner which dries fast and doesn’t smudge or run through out the day and again Grandiose doesn’t disappoint on this. Grandiose is built in with a water based formula, which sets with a matte film over which stops the product transferring – Genius! Plus I adore the click handle. Basically you can snap the handle of the liner to a 45 degree angle for ease of application, creating better precision.

Start by creating 1 half circle on the centre of your lid. From this point to another 2 either side. You then need to draw the line out, forming the wing. From this its so important to do a half circle on the bend of the wing to connect. I then was able to do another 2 small half circles on the ‘winged’ part. However this section all depends on your own eye shape and the overall look you want! I suggest working methodically in your head so you can get the shape symmetrical on the other eye.

Step 5.
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Now you have the basic shape, you now need to join up the half circles and neaten up the liner circles too. Once your happy follow steps 1- 5 on the other eye.

Step 6.
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Curl your lashes and finish with your Favourite Mascara. Today I’m using the Lancome Hypnose Drama, Mascara as I love a false lash effect which this mascara gives. It has excellent play time to allow you to build and layer the product up to give you thick full lashes.

Step 7. (Optional)
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I then decided to layer my Grandiose Liners! I decided to outline my edges with the Grandiose Liner in the Sapphire Blue Shade. I love this as I feel it really ties the look together and really defines the shape of the bubbles.

Step 8. (Also Optional)
Finally take a picture and Tweet/ Instagram Tag me your result – I would LOVE to see!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed!

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Meeting Lisa Eldridge! Life Goal Made.

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Well what a MINDBLOWING day. I’m writing this from the train back home from London to Leeds and I genuinely feel like I’m floating on cloud 9 right now, I mean, did that really just happen?

Lisa Eldridge is what just happened. Queen Lisa. Goddess Lisa. THE Ms L. E. THE LISA ELDRIDGE. Here’s what happened…

The morning started off with a 7.40am train from Leeds to London and a 15 minute tube ride to the beautiful part of London that is Sloane Square, my destination being the spectacular Peter Jones Store.

I ended up arriving in plenty of time, however I was more than happy to be an extra pair of hands to help everyone set up for the important day.
The event took place in the Sloane Room, when I arrived everyone was busy getting on with individual jobs. Jobs included organising the goodie bags for the guests, helping with refreshments, to glamming up fellow Lancôme members ready for the event and lastly  helping to set up the gorgeous make-up stations. The station set ups which would be used by the Lancôme Make-up Artist Team after the Q&A with Lisa Eldridge, included skincare which ranged from Bifacil, Micellaire Water, Advanced Genifique, Light Pearl and a range of moisturisers. Make-up displayed included the La Base Pro Primer, L’absolu Rouge Lipsticks, Matte Shakers, Lip Liners, Cushion Blush Subtils, and range of powders from Belle de Teint to Teint Idole Powder and to make the experience a memorable one newly launched Tresor La Nuit was today’s Perfume of choice to be used.
I had the pleasure of freshening up Emily’s make-up who is the Head of Pr in Social Media. Emily explained she didn’t want a lot so we agreed on mainly base product with a nice pop of colour on the lips. We used Ultra Wear Foundation (04), with a slight dusting of Teint Idole Powder through her T-Zone, to add colour back to her cheeks I went for a light wash of Cushion Blush Subtil (022) and we finished off with L’absolu Rouge Lipstick in shade Isabella (189). After helping where needed, I took the opportunity to grab a few pictures of the make-up stations and overall event. This time felt like the calm before the storm. The decor looked beautiful, very elegant, feminine and classic, as it does on every Lancôme event. I think we can all agree Lancôme definitely knows how to host an event… not biased by any means!

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At this point I was handed my ‘press’ card, which excited me, from this point onwards you can just call me a mini Alexandra Steinherr (lol!).

Once fellow guests arrived, it was the time we had all been waiting for. We were incredibly lucky to have the gorgeous bubbly Canadian Youtuber Estee Lalonde interviewing Lisa.

Estee was brilliant! Viewing her Instagram story, she explained how nervous she was as it was the first time she had ever interviewed and you had no idea, it was flawless, very effortless. She confidently asked Lisa lots of questions about her love of makeup, her earliest memories and building her career and a name for herself from the age of 13. I had previously thought about some questions I would ask Lisa and Estée pretty much got Lisa to answer all of them, see she was a real natural!

It was so inspiring to hear Lisa talking about how she interprets everyday life into her work, as this is what inspires her. Whether it is two contrasting objects together or tones of colours she sees that she likes together. She has a photographic memory, which she takes inspiration from.  As well as this Lisa shares the same love of iconic film stars such as Bridget Bardot and Marlene Dietrich.

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A burning question which a lot of people were dying to know, was what’s Lisa’s predictions on the upcoming trends? She believes minimal fresh skin, colour blocking and doubling up colour is a new trend which will take off this year, which is very interesting to know.

Lisa spoke about how her own personal makeup inspirations have shifted slightly. Previously the Korean/ Japanese girls inspired her a lot, with the bright pop of colours on the lips and pale skin. But now she’s attracted to the West Coast, L.A. vibes, entering into Spring Summer.
As a Lancôme Make-up artist I often see so many new exciting products that appeal to me on social media by Lancôme but never actually launch in the UK and I know a lot of people share my frustration. Hearing Lisa speak about the struggles and pressures of being a Creative Director for such a global beauty brand, was so interesting and really opened up my mind. Lisa explained how all countries around the globe, have such high expectations, with different interpretations of what beauty is to them, so creating products which can be sold globally can be hard to appeal to everyone. Lisa referred to her love of L’absolu Rouge Lipstick at this point and how her 84 chosen shades of Lipstick was a global launch, because there are colours that apply to all of these different markets, so everyone’s a winner. Her chosen L’absolu Rouge lip today was 393 – ‘Rose Rose’.

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It was interesting to hear her favourite international SPF product is the Precious Cells sunscreen with SPF 50, which Lisa can’t stress the importance of using an SPF to prevent ageing, this is definitely one product I will be keeping my eyes out for on my travels!

Lisa shared with us her desert island product when asked by Estée and how she feels the same with majority of women it has to be a base product and is no longer mascara. Lisa’s would be the upcoming camouflage cream, as she suffered with acne as a teen and has never out grown out of the use of a good concealer.
On the topic of concealer, it was interesting to hear as a Lancôme make-up artist that customers were mainly asking a lot of concealer based questions, which opened up my mind as to how the desert island product really has changed, which comes as no surprise I guess, due to the selfie ready environment we live in today!

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Lisa’s secret to perfecting the skin on all her clients and models is the use of her special mixing techniques of products to get the perfect formula for the individual. Whether it be mixing eye cream with concealer, serum with foundation, bb cream with concealer. The possibilities are endless and at the base of it all I found a new passion for concealer myself and how it really is a beauty product that may not get enough praise.

Another product recommendation from Lisa was the Grandiose mascara for sparse lashes. She couldn’t stress enough that massaging the products into the roots of the lash is key, up until the point where it almost becomes unbearable for her client, before dragging to the end of lashes and zigzagging up, a super handy tip that really does work, trust me – I’ve already put this tip into action!

I loved hearing about Lisa’s story and advice about her freelance career. Hearing how she got to assist the ever so talented Mary Greenwell was so fascinating! Lisa was told when she went to see Marys agent at Premier she didnt need to assist as her work was already amazing, however Lisa felt she was lacking the knowledge of working as a team, acting as a make-up artist on a ‘proper’ shoot. She said she felt up until that point she had just done her own thing, but know wanted to step it up and be in the best professional position she could possibly be!- How inspiring? Even when she was told by one of the Worlds BEST make-up agencies Premier she was good enough, it wasn’t enough she wanted more. This lady never settles, which I LOVE.

There was also there Lancome Make-up Team working on the day, offering attendee’s a make-up service, from the products provided on the stations. Many opted for a complexion make over using the much loved Ultra Wear foundation, whilst others opted for a pop of fun, with lip art using the fun bright new Matte Shakers!

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I finished the day on an absolute high meeting Lisa, grabbing a photo with Lisa! LIFE GOAL MADE. Lisa even complimented me on my make-up. LIFE GOAL MADE 1000x OVER.
I was also gifted with Lisa’s ‘Facepaint’ Book (which I was thrilled to be taking home), by the lovely Charlotte Wood, who invited me to the whole event.
Charlotte also works for Lancome and is a talented make-up artist, you can check out her work on instagram, her handle is ‘@charlottewood.mua’.

I had such a memorable day and felt so honoured to be a part of the special day for Lancome!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this? Have you met Lisa before? Did you attend the event? Let me know below!

Thank you,

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One2One with Lyndsey Harrison!

Hello!

So this post is following on from my most recent post which can be found here!

If you’ve not read that post to give you a little round up I’ve been following Lyndsey Harrison’s work since studying at Leeds City College, studying my BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts. Roughly that must be about 6 years ago now (2011) which is mind blowing.
I first discovered Lyndsey’s work after she was mentioned by Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo) in a Youtube Video. When researching Lyndsey’s work, encouraged by Sam, I then discovered she was working Behind The Scenes of TOWIE, glamming up the girls for their on screen appearances. Being a lover of the glam make-up and TOWIE, it was a non brainer that I became a follower of Lyndsey’s work and spoke to her a few times over the years.
Lyndsey now works daily with Celebrities such as Charlotte Crosby, Denise Van Outen, Lydia Bright, Sam and Billie Faiers to name a few!

Finally last Saturday I was able to meet Lyndsey in person, as my parents had booked a One to One lesson with her as part of my Christmas Present, it was just down to me to organise it all! So I thought I would share with you a little review/ insight of the day, without giving too much away!

After contacting Lyndsey over email and Lyndsey offering me a selection of varied dates, I opted for a Saturday and Lyndsey’s timing of 1-3pm suited my travelling needs perfectly. As I would be travelling from Leeds – Marlow.
Sorting out payment prior with Lyndsey was so efficient and easy. A bonus was the button on the email which came with the invoice which had the option to ‘send a notification’ after payment had been done, which was super handy!

On Saturday Morning I was greeted by a text from Lyndsey, whilst on my way down and took the opportunity to tell her I would be arriving much earlier than 1pm, due to the Sat Nav taking us a different route to which we had originally planned. Lyndsey offered to start the One2One half an hour earlier, putting me first, which I was so grateful for! To pass the time on Lyndsey suggested I venture down to the High Street, which was an amazing high street – you don’t get these types of highstreet’s up north! I’m talking about your Space NK, Jack Wills, WHSmiths, Zizzi’s plus loads more on a HIGH STREET. Everything you could ever need. After grabbing some Fish and Chips and wandering back to the car it was time to head to the One to One… Eeek!

Lyndsey’s studio is so easy to find with a private car park, it’s so beautiful, so clean and so organised, every girl’s dream. Her studio is decorated with magazine cuttings and beautiful images of her celebrity clients and friends, which made a great inspiring work environment to be in!

Lyndsey made me feel so comfortable, having to do make-up in front of a celebrity make-up artist can be a daunting experience, but don’t let this put you off, Lyndsey’s persona is very calming and laid back which helps to put you at ease and really gets the best out of you. Lyndsey really listened to what I wanted to gain and tailored the lesson to suit, giving industry advice and tips throughout. The 2 hours passed by so quickly!
We decided on a glamorous type make-up which Lyndsey regularly creates on her celeb clients. Lyndsey explained how this would be beneficial for me to learn as I could recreate on clients as well on photo shoots and would be beneficial for me and in my portfolio. In which I agree.
Lyndsey did one half of my face and I mirrored on the other side, after each step. Ideally it would have been great and much easier to have a model to use, however coming down from Leeds and choosing a Saturday Afternoon didn’t leave me much choice!
Putting this aside I still got as much out of it as I thought I would. Using products from my own kit along with my own brushes, was so handy.
I have also come away with knowledge of new products and up to date industry techniques to add to my kit in future.
The freedom and encouragement to take photos throughout is a bonus and a great way to remember the day too!
If you are thinking about booking in with Lyndsey, I would highly recommend even with a First Class Honours Degree in Media Makeup with Special Effects, I still came away learning new techniques with confidence. It really is worth the money!
Below are a few pictures of the make-up!
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Products Used:
– Urban Decay ‘All nighter’ Foundation
– Becca Pistachio Green Colour Corrector & Peach Colour Corrector
– Becca Under Eye Brightener
– Tarte Creaseless Concealer
– MAC Prep & Prime Powder
– MAC Paint Pot ‘Painterley’
– MAC Fluidline Brow GelCreme ‘Dirty Blonde’ & ‘TRUE Brunette’
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit ‘Medium Tan’
– MAC ‘Soft & Gentle’ & ‘Global Glow’ Highlighter
– MAC Fluidline Gel Liner
– MAC Warm Eye Shadow Palette
– Lord and Berry Brown Eyeliner Pencil
– Lancome Hypnose Black Mascara
– Kiko Cosmetics Lip Pencil
– Lord and Berry Skin Lip Gloss
– Doll Lash False Eyelashes
Thank you for reading & thank you again Lyndsey,
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