What’s Hot

As a makeup artist, I often work alone. So I was super happy this week to work with Kate in London for Santander. Having a look how another artist works is so insightful, seeing what kit they carry  – its like Christmas, swapping eachothers products and tips of the trade! So I wanted to share with you my most favourite products right now

1.) Muji Fine Stem Cotton Buds – for creating a perfect lip https://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?Sec=17&Sub=70&PID=2469

2.) Dermacolour Fixing Powder – literally the best setting powder Ive ever tried, and comes in a gorgeously big tub. But make sure you open it upside down and catch the product in the lid. https://us.kryolan.com/product/dermacolor-fixing-powder-20-g

3.) Kryolan Lip Rouge Mini Palette in LF – I honestly dont know how Ive managed without this now I have it. The ultimate lipstick  buy. I even like these more than most of my MACs. And they have super staying powers. I think this pallete in  particular lends itself well to bridal looks https://us.kryolan.com/product/lip-rouge-mini-palette-18-colors#LF

4.) Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil – I got a complementary bottle with my BBU pallete. Such a nice alternative to creams and really locks moisture in all day. I can literally feel the days makeup slide off my face http://www.johnlewis.com/bobbi-brown-soothing-cleansing-oil/p231655367?sku=231655367&kpid=231655367&s_kenid=09ff9811-246f-9288-db55-000019e11893&s_kwcid=403×133862&tmad=c&tmcampid=73&kpid=231655367

5.) Lucy Bee Raw Coconut Oil – my life changed when I found this jar of heaven in my in-law’s bathroom… such a great makeup remover and I smell FAB afterwards. I love how pure the product is and I know its only goodness going onto my skin. Check the link to see how versatile this product is https://www.lucybee.co/coconut-oil/raw-coconut-oil/

6.) Soap and Glory Supercat Eyes – On a work trip to london last week, found a rare spare moment to myself to master the winged liner look. Sometimes when I use Gel liners, the look smudges over the day. My friend is the queen of cat eyes and swears by this…weve worked on 12 hour shoots together and her makeup does. not. budge.  And now I do too. http://www.soapandglory.com/products/cosmetics/eyes/supercat

7.) Benefit Gimmie Brow – oh I LOVE this. This beauty is in my kit for all time. It works like a mascara for eyebrows and now goes on all my brides. My brows are transformed after the tiniest bit of product too.  https://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/product/view/gimme-brow

Makeup and Mums 

My daughter is 6 months old. I am parked in the mother and baby bay. And I hear the bright and breezy words – “Oh I thought I recognised you”. I look up and my heart sank, it was my midwife. 

Clearly all of my efforts on my pilgrimage to find my former self had been in vain. My midwife had recognised me because I had just no time to do anything anymore. I looked just as tired and unglamorous the day I did giving birth!!! Being a mum just sucked up all my attention and I forgot/lost interest/had no time for me. I had entered survival mode. Even if I had the luxury of a 5 second shower, my baby had to sit on the bath mat and I had to hold her hand so she didn’t scream the house down. Nope, no time for hair. No time for makeup, and I was quite possibly not even wearing women’s clothes as I had no time to put the washing machine on. 

And it seems this is quite a common scenario for us mums. I am often asked: “what is the one makeup product I need to look better when I’m in a rush and need to pick the kids up from school?” 

Truthfully, there is no universal product out there to fix everything. But for the image conscious out there, Can I suggest instead doing two simple things…

1.) Fix your most problematic area that bugs you the most, 

2.) Play up your best feature that you love the most 

For me, this formula equates to – concealing the discolouration around my eyes, and then whack a bit of mascara on to play up my eyes (which when done up are my favourite feature). Sometimes just having a bit more colour gives some ladies more confidence, so you might want to spend a bit of time a day topping up your tinted body moisturiser, or keeping your nails painted. It’s the little things that make a difference to how we feel about ourselves. 

Most importantly, don’t be hard on yourself. Babies and kids don’t care if you have makeup on and will love you anyway.