Sparham Make-Up

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You can find behind-the-scenes pictures from the short film I worked on recently at this site. Looking forward to seeing the completed project.

www.punkedupbarbie.com
You have a chance to win a £20 voucher to go towards anything I offer at this fantastic event raising money for a great cause. The shop also stocks some amazing vintage and rockabilly style jewellery, clothes and accessories and also offers period/vintage hair styling and beauty.
Check them out on Facebook too.

www.punkedupbarbie.com

You have a chance to win a £20 voucher to go towards anything I offer at this fantastic event raising money for a great cause. The shop also stocks some amazing vintage and rockabilly style jewellery, clothes and accessories and also offers period/vintage hair styling and beauty.

Check them out on Facebook too.

Make-Up 101: Brush Cleaning

What You Will Need:

:: Baby shampoo
:: Shot glass
:: Towel
:: Sink
:: Desk/table

 Fill the shot glass with some baby shampoo. I choose baby shampoo because it is inexpensive and gentle on the brush hairs. I use a shot glass as this makes it easy to dip the brush head into the shampoo than to keep pouring shampoo onto your hand or each brush.

 Lay a towel out on the floor nearby to place the wet, rinsed brushes on as you clean them.

 Place the shot glass with the shampoo in on the sink and dip each brush into the shampoo. Create a lather by rubbing the brush into the palm of your hand in circular motions, followed by rubbing the lather into the brush hairs with your finger tips to dislodge all the product trapped within the fibres.

 Rinse the brush head under cool water, spreading apart the fibres until all the soap and lifted product is washed away. If you can see product remaining deep in the bristles (blusher, foundation and lip products can be tougher to thoroughly clean off) then repeat the lathering and rinsing process. Make sure no soap remains by squeezing the bristles gentle to make sure they no longer foam.

 Squeeze the excess water from the brush and lay on the towel.

 Once all brushes are washed, place them on a flat surface where the head of th brush is able to hang over the free edge so that, as the brush dries, the brush hairs retain their natural shape.

TIPS:

:: Top up the shot glass with shampoo as and when is needed.


::With eye-liner or lip brushes it can help to dip these brushes into the shampoo in the shot glass and swirl them around in there instead of on your hand. This helps to loosen the product before you rinse and helps with sticky products such as lip gloss which can be harder to remove from the hairs. You may need to do this several times for a thorough clean.


::Do not allow the brush handles to soak in the water as this can loosen and dissolve the glue that keeps the brush handle attached to the brush head and will reduce their life span.


::If you use your brushes on clients then you need to give them a soapy wash at the end of each day of using them. If you need to clean and keep them sterile between many clients during the day then I recommend using an astringent rubbing alcohol made from 70% Isopropyl Alcohol by volume (this can be found in chemists, on-line or some supermarkets). This solution will sterilise the brushes between clients to stop cross contamination occurring. The solution will remove excess product and dries very quickly so it is also time saving.


::If you only use your brushes on yourself then you only need give them a thorough soapy wash once a week or so. It’s always good to wipe wet product off the brushes between uses (for example, gel liner, liquid liner, lipstick or lip-gloss) with a make-up wipe to avoid it drying on the brush and harbouring bacteria and causing product build up which will make it more difficult to apply your product next time.

If you have any questions to anything regarding keeping your brushes well maintained and hygienic, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Enjoy!

Make-Up 101: 50’s Chic

50’s Hen Night Chic for my client.

To create a 50’s look you need 2 key things - black eyeliner and red lipstick!

For this particular look I find that a gel liner is best (the one used here was Fluidline by M.A.C in ‘Black Track’) to allow for ease of manipulation of the product and a smooth and long lasting line which won’t droop down your face like some pencil products can and won’t be too wet like some liquid liners can be.

With cheeks I prefer to use a neutral tone such as brown hues or, for very porcelain skin, a red toned blush. Cream blush creates a dewy, youthful look or you can use a powder blush for an authentic vintage look.

On the lips here I lined and filled in the lips with a lip pencil in order to stop the lipstick bleeding around the lip and also to help it stay put longer. I then applied a coat of Ruby Woo Matte Lipstick from M.A.C. A matte look is best for a fully authentic 50’s look, but to keep up to date or to make your look more youthful, add a touch of clear lip balm over the lipstick. Lip glosses may look too sticky so a bit of Vaseline or a lip balm is perfect.

Blot your lips by putting your pinky finger in your mouth and pulling out to remove the lippy that would touch your teeth!

Add a touch of extra va-va-voom or glamour with some false lashes on the top of the lid - so many places do these very inexpensively, especially Primark where you can get yourself some for a mere £1.00! Leave your lower lids bare from liner or lashes and apply one light coat of mascara to them.

If M.A.C products are out of your price range or you find their boutiques difficult to get to, here are a couple of low price and more accessible alternatives for you:

Eye Liner: Topshop Gel Liner - £6.50

Red Lipstick: Primark - £1.00 / 17 ‘Showcase’ - around £4-5.00

Blush: MUA Cosmetics Bronzer (found in Superdrug) - £1.00

Enjoy!