Saturday, 31 January 2015

Happy Valentines! My favourite bridal looks for the 2015 season of love! (pic heavy!)

As the wedding and engagement season slowly starts to dawn on us, I thought I would put together I quick post on the looks I am loving the most for 2015. From the fashionista bride, to the nature lover, from an alternative to traditional Asian bridal makeup right through to easy destination wedding looks that you can create yourself with a few handy tips from your favourite YouTube gurus (my personal favourite is Pixiwoo's channel).

So scroll through and let inspiration strike you! I am taking your little perfectly concealed noses out of the bridal magazines and hand picking the most up to date make-up looks from the catwalk, editorials and the red carpet.

 Happy Valentines Day and Congratulations!

If you would like to inquire about booking me for your 2015/16 wedding (or just have questions around pricing and availability) please email me from My Website ASAP as I am almost full already!



Simple Elegance

This is perfect for a bride who wants a no fuss, natural wedding makeup that will not only look great on her photo's but also stay classy until the end of time.




One of my own images shot by Bruce Smith



The Fashionista Bride

Take a leaf from the makeup on the red carpet at your wedding and be right on trend with this beautiful pop of colour on the lips. This is a simple way of making you stand out for all the right reasons. From bold orange as seen on Reese to a bright pinky coral like Solange. Glamorous makeup but still young and fresh.








The Natural Beauty

This is for beautiful brides who want a no fuss, uncomplicated wedding make up. Bare skin that allows your own radiance and beauty so shine through. Great for beach weddings when you only need a slick of lipbalm and sunscreen.






The Vintage Vixen

Perfect for all of you vintage loving future brides but also a great alternative for Asian brides if you aren't feeling the more traditional colourful bridal makeups. Why not take some inspiration from Priyanka Chopra and Janelle Monae and go for a vintage inspired look on your wedding day? This timeless red lip can easily be paired up with stronger eyes later on in the evening too.








The Alternative Angel

If you cant think of anything worse than wearing natural or conventional bridal makeup or being bare faced on your big day, then this look is for you. Dark eyes and bold lips make a dramatic statement. This is a makeup that will ensure all eyes are on you as you walk down the aisle on your big day.  Team with false lashes for an extra glamorous look.








The Later in Life Lovely

Its becoming more and more common for women to wait to marry until later in our lives now as we prioritise our careers and lifestyle's over weddings and families. These makeup looks are timeless, classic and best of all simple. Perfect bridal makeup for a more mature bride.



50's (Yes both Julianne Moore and Angela Bassett are in their 50's!)


40's
Tyra Banks and Julia Roberts.








What is your personal favourite look? What are you planning for your big day and who is your artist? Comment below and feel free to ask questions!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Why I Have Been Missing in Action! #INSPO Magazine

I've had a few messages and emails this week about people wanting me to post more so firstly I apologise and secondly I am going to let you in on what I have been doing with all of my time!

I have not only been setting up a model agency, La Moda Models but I have also been working as a beauty editor/event coordinator/general everything on a new magazine that will launch in the north west in September. 

It's called #INSPO Magazine and I don't think I have ever been more proud of something in my life!

I have been working on it with my friend (and editor in chief!) Jurga Skeiryte.

We need some help to make sure we can print enough copies so have a look at the video in our crowd funding campaign and give as little as £1 to help us!

This is going to be such a great platform for the creatives in the north west who currently dont have anywhere to shine! Especially in Liverpool which is dominated by tacky events such as "Liverpool Fashion Week" and the likes.

Here are a few sneaky behind the scenes images so you can see the quality of the content we have been producing! Shhhh dont tell anyone.


 These two shots are from a feature Kerryn Grady (see her work here) is writing on the incredibly talented fashion graduates in Manchester! Featuring Rio from my agency!





 The next lot of beautiful images are from the main beauty editorial shot by Bruce Smith. They focus on four different autumn/winter makeup trends told around an old fashioned love story. The models are Abigail from La Moda and Christopher from Impact. Keep an eye out for the magazine launch to see some beautiful body painting by Kelly Ann Garrigan who owns the awesome Pin Up Parlour.




This story features local designers and high street to show how modern office wear doesnt have to be "girly" or boring! Shot by Amy Faith in the gorgeous Palm Sugar cocktail bar, which will also be the backdrop to our launch party! Jess is from La Moda models and that beautiful hair was created by Nathan at Vidal Sassoon.








All makeup by yours truly!

If you care about REAL fashion professionals and are sick and tired of Liverpool being made out to be a joke please donate and share! If you want a free, quality magazine then donate! If you want to see the true potential of Liverpool and the north west shine then donate! This will also make my dream come true and eventually provide regular work for freelancers across the north west.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/inspo-fashion-beauty-magazine/x/8146984

And if you think "fashion" doesn't apply to you then have a little listen to this:

Monday, 3 March 2014

My Favourite 2014 Oscar Looks!

Lupita Nyong'o
The theme this year was definitely "less is more"...Most actresses opted for very subtle, understated beauty and barely there looks. While looking for some really detailed pictures of all the glamour, I came across this article on www.bellasugar.com which allows you to zoom in on all the leading ladies! All pictures here are from that article so if you want a warts and all extreme closeup view of the celebrities, then head over to Bella Sugar.


Apart from the Belle of the Ball, Ms Lupita Nyong'o (who will always win my top looks forever as she is so utterly stunning) Here are my three favourite looks from this years Academy Awards in reverse order!


3. Kerry Washington

I love everything about her makeup here. Her skin is flawless, the contour is subtle and blended to perfection and that lip colour was surely mixed just for her! Absolutely cannot fault it.  Kerry's makeup artist, Carola G used a deep burgundy lip colour topped with Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Rich Raisin.



2. Angelina Jolie-Pitt

Now at first Angelina was my top spot. Effortless, Hollywood glamour that just never ages. Then the more I looked at it, the more I wanted just a hint more colour. Literally a teeny splash of blush or pinkier nude on her lip. Its still absolutely flawless and as far as I am concerned she can do no wrong. Get the look with Illamasqua's Neutral palette and Mac Lipglass in C-Thru over Nars Honalulu Honey Lipstick. This look wouldnt be what it is without those incredible lashes, I personally love Eylure's Double Lash in 205



Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand the winner is.......
Dun
Dun
Duuuuuuun



1. Margot Robbie

The beautiful Wolf of Wall Street star dazzled us with her new chocolate brown locks at this years ceremony. Her entire look was a little bit Gothic and therefore totally up my street! Bravo on a brave lip choice and those amazing brows. I have included a picture of her look as a whole, so you can see just how fabulously it all worked together! Give it a try yourself with a mix of Illamasqua's lipsticks in ESP and Underworld and their Brow Cake in Gaze. Add extra shine to your dark tresses with my all time favourite, cant be beaten Tigi Bed Head Headrush Spray








Friday, 10 January 2014

New Beauty Work!

I don't often share shoots on here but I am so happy with this story I cant help myself! I've included all the products I used in case anything catches your eye.

Hope you like!


Skin (in all photos): Dr Organics Manuka Honey Rescue Cream (available at Holland & Barrett), Make Up For Ever HD Corrector in Green, Illamasqua Hydra Veil, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Revlon Skinlights (available at Superdrug), Embryolisse Balm Secours dabbed on high points of the face.

Brows: Make Up For Ever Waterproof Brow Corrector (Available at www.preciousaboutmakeup.com) and Art Deco Eye Brow Filler (Available at Debenhams)

Eyes: Avon Extra Lasting Eye Liner Pen, Make Up For Ever Black Eyeshadow

Lips: Make Up For Ever flash colour in pink, Make Up For Ever blush brushed over in Neon Pink.




Skin and brows as above.

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in 302 Diamond Turquoise, Boots No7 Lash Adapt Mascara.

Lips: Nars Lip Gloss in Wonder.






Skin and Brows as above.

Eyes: Vaseline, Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in 33 Slate Grey (All Make Up For Ever products available at www.preciousaboutmakeup.com)

Lips: A mix of Suedeberry and Red velvet Lime Crime Velvetines. (Available at http://www.love-makeup.co.uk

Credits:

Hair and makeup by me (www.lucymc-makeup.co.uk)
Photography and retouch by Paul Waring (http://www.castmodels.co.uk/#!paul-waring/crbm)
Model is Jess Watkins at Cast Models

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Do you know what you should never do?

You should never ever, ever put makeup on one side of your face, leave the other side bare then take photographs. That is what you should never do.

I decided -as I had had an exponentially long break from blogging - I would return with a bang and do a "half face makeup"...I sat happily working on one side of my face all warm and cosy on the sofa. Surrounded by makeup and cats and good lighting. I was happy. Then came time to take the pictures. 

Ladies and gents: If you ever want to feel both older than your years and extremely shallow all the same time then this is the exercise for you.

I've always been one of "those" people who proudly declare that they don't wear much makeup. After all I have good skin for a 32 year old, my freckles look nice when they aren't covered and I'm generally cool with being bare faced. 

NOT ANY MORE.

I've learnt two valuable lessons from torturing myself this way though. 1. If you don't look like one of the beautiful Chapman sisters then ALWAYS makeup both sides of your face and 2. The time has come for me to make the extra effort and wear makeup. For the good of mankind. 

I am now more thankful than ever for the gift of makeup application. From the bottom of my soul I am grateful as it means I can change my funny looking face.

And on that note I shall leave you with the results. Sorry about me.





And what I usually look like with lip balm and concealer




Sunday, 7 April 2013

Festival Beauty!

British festival season kicks off soon and with this in mind I thought I would give tips, tricks and product recommendations that have always seen me through 3-5 days of living in a field, drinking too much cider, with no showers yet still managing to look ok on the obligatory "look! we are having more fun than you!" photos that follow.

A couple of years ago my lovely fellow artist and all around gorgeous human, Aly Hazlewood asked me to do a review of some festival beauty products over on her wonderful blog The Truth About Beauty so take a look at this too. Her blog is wonderful so give her a follow and join in the conversations on her comment sections.

The Prep Work


There are so many things you can do in the build up to festival time to minimise what you have to do while you are partying away. Low maintenance everything will help you stay feeling fresh and look your best leaving plenty of time for hedonistic wonderment. I only get about 15/20 hours sleep the entire 5 days of Glasto and the last thing I want to do upon waking is worry about how I look.

Wax your hairy bits. 


This includes getting your eyebrows threaded or shaped a few days before you go. Shaving will do nothing because within a day or two you will need to do it again and for anyone who has tried shaving their legs with moisturiser in a tent, they will tell you it is not a good idea. Especially as (if you are like me) your blood alcohol level will never be at a safe enough level to brandish a razor. NEVER. My favourites are Nad's Hair Removal Gel and good old Nair. Both available at Boots or Superdrug!

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!


By getting your skin in tip top condition before you go and party, it will not only hold a tan better but it will also hold up better without being exfoliated every day. Normally you slough off all your dead skin cells in the shower of a morning but you won't have this luxury at a festival so the better condition its in before you go, the better you will look throughout the weekend/week.

Tanning


If you don't like being the pale and interesting type like me, then about a week before you go get your tan done PROFESSIONALLY. I cannot stress the importance of going to a good, well recommended salon enough. Its the difference between looking like Giselle vs Snooki. Good salons don't charge the earth for spray tans anymore and its worth spending a few extra pounds to not have orange palms and streaky legs.

Hair Care


As with your skin, the better the condition your hair the better it will stand up (not literally we hope!) against the elements. A good hair mask or treatment at your salon will keep the ends frizz free and make long hair less likely to tangle.

Nails


Paint your nails a dark or very opaque colour before you go. There is nothing more upsetting that seeing the amount of grime that gets trapped under there from mud and dust and general festival mucky shenanigans. Shellac colours done by a salon are great for festivals as they wont chip and your nails will look fabulous the entire time!

Tinting


Get your eyelashes and eyebrows tinted before you go so you dont need to carry any eyebrow pencils or mascara. This step is a time saving must! If you prefer you can do it yourself at home with Eylure's Dylash Kit available at Superdrug. Super easy to use with no mess or fuss. Get a friend to help if you feel a bit shaky!

The Festival


Ok, so now you are bronzed, smooth and utterly Venus like. You have your cute dresses, designer wellies and a special flower garland for your hair. What needs to go in the teeny tiny makeup bag you can fit in your rucksack?

1. Sunscreen


This is SO important. Even when its cloudy the high summer sun can burn you to a crisp without you even realising. I always take a spray lotion as you can apply it to your hard to reach bits when you are off exploring by yourself. Take a look at the Superdrug Solait range. Affordable non-sticky sun protection.



2. Dry Shampoo


This stuff is always my saviour. Spray some in the first morning you notice your roots looking a little greasy and it will sort your hair right out. I had always used Batiste until I discovered Klorane's version and now I am a convert. Its available for £3.10 from John Lewis amongst others!

3. Baby Wipes


Any kind, any price. I take two packs with me and use them for EVERYTHING. Cleansing my face, all over wash of a morning, cleaning my hands, cleaning the loo before you sit down etc etc. 

3. Tinted Moisturiser


Multi use products will save the day (and space) at festival time. After cleansing your face you can pop a tinted moisturiser on with no hassle and get a nice even complexion and soft skin all at once. My personal favourite is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. Its beautiful. You can build it up for more coverage if you need it and it lasts and lasts and lasts. Plus it has a decent SPF so no festival red noses! Available at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool and online at John Lewis. Another favourite is the recently revived (I cannot even put into words how happy I am at this) Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights. Beautiful shimmery shades that give a nice even cover plus light reflecting particles to make skin shine with radiance. For anyone needing heavy duty cover but still wants a multi-use product go for Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. Its pricey but my dears, you will thank me for introducing this into your life. A tiny grain of rice size blob will do your entire face. It will conceal and smooth and plump out your skin making it look totally flawless from morning until you pass out on your air bed/in a field/up at the stone circle.

4. NARS Multiple


These little wonder sticks have been a staple in my pro kit for years and years. Highly pigmented, easy to use chunky sticks of colour that you can use on your eyes, lips and cheeks. Gives a beautiful monochromatic look to your makeup and is foolproof to apply. They come in 16 shades so you are guaranteed to find your perfect colour. Nars describes them as "* Mistake-proof color; quick and easy to apply * Sheer, natural finish for eyes, cheeks and lips * Enriched with Vitamin E and a├žai oil for antioxidant benefits" Check out my personal favourite shades in Orgasm, Laguna and South Beach. Available at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar and SpaceNK.

5. Lip Balm


Whatever your personal favourite is. Vaseline adds a nice glossy shine over the above mentioned multiple or my own favourite is Embryolisse Essential Dry Skin Balm. You can use it anywhere from dry patches on the cheeks, lips, elbows and cuticles. Its in a teeny handy little tin and comes everywhere with me. I always take a bright lipstick in the season's hottest colour for a bit of night time glamour too.
Available at Love Makeup for £12.50


6. Gas powered travel straighteners


I have short hair that is very, very wavy if it gets wet or exposed to any kind of humidity. If you have long hair these probably won't make much of an impact. They might help tidy it up a little but thats all. On short/fine hair however these are a must have. After the dry shampoo has gone in, running these over the front and back means I can go hat free the entire festival if I want to! For longer hair I recommend hair bands, cute hair accessories and clips for keeping hair looking groomed and gorgeous in all weather.
I use Babyliss straighteners available for a bargainous £20 at Argos!


7. Deodorant/Body Spray


I am loving the new eco cans that Sure have just released. Tiny cans that contain just as much sweat proof protection as the larger cans (or your money back apparently). I love the cotton scent as it keeps you dry and doubles as a body spray ensuring that you smell fresh throughout all of your debauched antics and gig bouncing fun times without the need for carrying your beloved glass encased perfume. Sure Cotton Fresh available at all major supermarkets for around £1.50.

8. Hand Sanitiser 


Pretty sure this is self explanatory...but if not you need this for every single trip to the loos. EVERY SINGLE TRIP. That is all.

9. Tissues


Travel packs of tissues are great for spills, nose blowing (you know who you are and I am not talking about the hayfever afflicted...) and also much needed loo roll because there is NONE. You have to have your own or suffer the very disgusting consequences.

10. Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Mouthwash.


Essential. Buy travel sizes of all your favourites in Asda, Superdrug or Boots.

Please share your tips and favourite festival products in the comments below!

Monday, 4 March 2013

More on Rates and Charging for your Skills...

Carrying on from my post on rates and knowing our worth my friend and wonderful fellow artist based in New York City, Victor Amos wrote the following post on his facebook page the other day and I had to share it. It illustrates exactly the kind of community spirit that needs to exist between artists and why it is so vitally important that we are all on the same page, connected and ready to challenge people that do not want to pay us what we are worth. You can see Victors beautiful work at www.VictorAmos.com and read his very lovely blog by clicking here.

"Session Artists: I'm going to let you all in on a secret, of how to get your money... You ready? Here goes: MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR COMPETITORS. Yep. I know it sounds crazy, but the only way you will earn the money you deserve is to stop trying to COMPETE with the people you should be COOPERATING with. Believe it or not, other hair stylists, makeup artists, nail techs, etc... are your friend. You have no reason to hold any ill feelings against them. In fact, OTHER ARTISTS DECIDE YOUR SALARY! Let me explain to you how this works... you need to befriend as many people, that do what trade you do, as possible, and work together. If producer A calls makeup artist A and asks them for their rate, and makeup artist A says, "$1000", and the producer says, "I can only pay you $600," then you need to tell them, "Can you give me time to check my calendar, and call you right back?" This is your time to think of a list of other makeup artists who are also qualified for the job, and let them know that you have quoted producer A a figure of $1000, and that you will be referring the job to them. Call back producer A and tell him that you are available, but cannot accept the rate, but will be kind enough to give him a few referrals to other artists who may be able to work with him. Do not negotiate. As producer A calls other artists, and he finds the solidarity, eventually, he will have to pay SOMEONE the rate. This is how you keep money in the industry. As long as there is someone out there willing to accept less, you will never be able to ask for what you deserve. This is what agencies do for their artists, and there is no reason that we, as freelancers, cannot stick together and do the same thing. I encourage you to repost this, no matter what your freelance trade, and make an effort to stop working AGAINST your fellow artists, and yet, work together to ensure the prosperity and longevity of our trade as a career, and not a hobby ♥ -Victor"


For more words of wisdom and an insight into the makeup world in NYC go to his facebook page and click "like"...Victor Amos Facebook