Month: March 2014

Flawless Makeup? Airbrush it.. Yourself!

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If you haven’t heard of High Definition (HD) Airbrush Makeup yet – you’re missing a trick!
If you’re getting married and your makeup artist hasn’t told you about airbrushing your makeup for your day – ask them why!!

HD airbrushed makeup gives beautiful, flawless coverage that, with a silicone based foundation, lasts ALL day.  Just fabulous for brides for their wedding day makeup!

Airbrushing makeup has been around for a while and HD airbrushed makeup is one of those essential skills that makeup artists, who want to work in TV and film have to get qualified in.  The results are so good.  For all the films and music videos I do, and always for a bride on her wedding day, I’ll airbrush makeup on.  I also use it for male makeup too, because it’s so light and doesn’t make them look like they’re wearing makeup.

So what a great result – Airbase Make-Up have brought out an airbrushing system that ANYONE can use – at home!!

There are lots of companies on the market that provide airbrushing equipment and makeup, but I already use Airbase Make-Up professionally, so I got in contact with the company to have a look at their new system and find out how it works – I thought I’d share my experiences with you in this blog.

Airbase Make-Up say the new system that they have designed is for everyone (the retail market), and anyone can use it, at home, every day!  Anyone?  Every day?  Let’s see how easy it really is…..

The Kit Arrives
It’s here – I unbox it all carefully and check everything off against the list of contents.Airbase Kit Unpacked

Mirrored Vanity Unit with LED lit mirror
Airbrush Compressor
High Definition Airbrush
3 x 10ml silicone based Foundation, Blush or Bronze *
30ml Thinner & Cleaner

* I have two foundations and a bronzer.

But I’m missing the Mini Eye Shadow Palette and the Perfecting Primer, so I contact Airbase Make-Up and they both arrive in the post for me the next day – Super quick service!

Assembling The Airbrush
It really is straightforward – providing you READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!Airbase Kit Assembled

The kit comes with a Step by Step guide on how to assemble the airbrush.  It’s also got very clear pictures, so I follow them as they detail and it’s going OK so far.

I now have the nozzle on the airbrush, it’s tightened as I’m guided to do, the product cup is in place, ready for the foundation to go into and the airbrush hose is now attached to the back.  It looks like the picture – always a good start!

So I’m finished and I’m ready to start using it now!

Using The Airbrush
I’ve removed the protective temporary cover from the mirror, and plugged the unit in.  The power cable could do with being a little longer, but as the mirror in the lid of the case angles right back, I can plug it in where convenient.  There’s a switch at the top for the five very bright LED lights on each side of the mirror.

Now it’s time to get the foundation into the airbrush – back to the step by step guide – and I’m following it to the letter.

I shake the foundation bottle then put about 6 drops into the holder on the side of the airbrush.  It’s quite thick and nothing comes out when I turn the power on and test spray against a tissue.  Back to the instructions!
Airbase Test Spray
On the back is a Trouble Shooting section – and the first point is one called ‘No Product Flow’ – as soon as I look at the things to check for, I don’t think there’s enough foundation there as well as it looks too thick, so I dilute with a little bit of the Thinner and Cleaner and add a little more foundation too.

Let’s try again!

Bingo, it works and the foundation sprays out onto the tissue!

I practice for a bit on the tissue to get the flow right so I don’t get too much product in one area, and now’s time to give it a go on my face!


Come back for part 2 – Airbrushing HD Foundation

Lining Up Perfectly

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Did you see my recent beauty feature on five liquid pen liners I reviewed for Meade Magazine this month?
If you missed it – you can read the full article here:

I looked at four main brands – Nars – Eyeliner Stylo £19, Ten Image – Stiletto Eyeliner £18 (from Seventa Image in the UK), Makeup Store – Liquid Eyeliner £13 & BarryM (and reviewed two from Barry M – Liquid Eyeliner £4.79 & Blink Precision Eyeliner £4.79). Here are a couple of them:

Ten Image Stiletto EyelinerNars Eyeliner Stylo



Fresh Faced & Flawless

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Have you seen the new Fresh Faced range of foundations, powders and concealers from Miners Cosmetics?Miners Fresh Faced Foundations

I wrote abut their new products for Meade Magazine this month – you can read it here:


The foundations retail at £4.99, concealers at £2.99 each and powders are £3.99 each – all available from and quality pharmaciesMiners Fresh Faced Powder

Miners FF Concealers



Sharing my Knowledge

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So whilst I have my own Blog and write up about products and experiences on my website here, I am now also contributing  to Meade Magazine and you can read more of my beauty features there too.

I’d definitely recommend following them – you can get the latest on fashion, beauty, music….. and lots more!

Mehron UK meets Paris Fashion Week

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Sometimes, you get the most amazing opportunities that you can’t miss – Paris Fashion Week for 2014/2015 was one of mine!  I got invited to go to Paris Fashion Week and be on the makeup team for the Carlotta Actis Barone AW 2014-15 show!!!  And what better way to do this, but by working as Lead Makeup Artist for Carlotta and bringing her together with the fabulous professional makeup company, MehronLongest Catwalk

I love Paris, I love fashion and I love makeup!

Carlotta’s collections are the expression of her artistic and socially orientated background.

The Designer – Carlotta Actis Barone
She was born and raised in Italy, the daughter of a visual artist and a published author, where she grew up in a very creative environment, stimulated and encouraged to cultivate her creative interests in literature and the arts.  Carlotta then moved to London and graduated with honours from Central Saint Martins.  After this she then gained experience working for designers and houses such as Stella McCartney, Balmain and BCBG Max Azria among others; building her knowledge and working towards establishing her own brand, which she launched at London Fashion Week in September 2010.  She has since featured in Vogue and continues to build a strong name for herself.

Carlotta had a definite idea of what she wanted to compliment her latest collection – her style is very unique, with a strong signature, which relates extremely modern matters whilst also drawing on influences from the past. Her garments are tasteful and bold, conveying statements and messages through intricate shapes, slogans and symbols. As she says herself, Carlotta likes to give to her clothes a voice of their own, so the wearer is not only a representation of femininity but also the carrier of a message.

The Collection
Carlotta Actis Barone’s AW14-15 Collection reaffirms her signature Steam Punk Feel.

‘Futuristic Retro’ is the key element that revisits the exploration of a survivor of the nuclear apocalypse. She reuses natural elements of the past such as signature wools and silks and crafts studs and chains into the reconstruction of the garments, incorporating the silhouette into a modern day warrior through the reinvention of shape.

Variations of wools create an innovative balance of both volume and structural patterns, which effortlessly wrap the body without restriction. Textured knitwear and distressed t-shirts embody a contemporary perspective of a war’s survivor as she wears them proudly while rising back from the ashes like a phoenix.

Unconventional textures are blended together with dusk shades of black and charcoals that contrast against a palette of vivid auburn and rich burgundy. Bold plated studs inject radiant silver and gold against the garments neutral colour palette, representing it as armour as a defence for the woman.

The Makeup
In advance of the show, I worked behind the scenes with Carlotta and Mehron UK to finalise and create the makeup look to meet the expectations she had.

My brief – “For the makeup, Carlotta’s girls’ skin is to look fresh, flawless and youthful.  Mehron PFW 14 face chartThe models are wearing the typical “Steam Punk gears” as accessories, on the face almost appearing as though they got attached to the skin from the explosion.  For the makeup colours they need to perfectly match the black and burgundy palette of the collection itself, with more focus on the eyes other then the lips.  To finish off the warrior mood they have metallic colours underlining the eyes to lighten up the whole look.  The hair is glamorously braided, but messy at the same time.”

To complement the designs, and to ensure the fresh, flawless look for Carlotta’s models, I chose Celebre Pro HD Makeup and Celebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing powder to set the foundation.  I then selected the makeup colours that matched Carlotta’s collection colour palette, for the eyes and lips.  To create the look, we applied a soft, smudged line on the top and lower lids using Black E.Y.E. Liner Pencil, then we applied a generous coating of Celebre Precious Gem Powder in Tigers Eye from the corner of the eye to the center of the bottom lashes – to link with the gold in the collection and brighten the eye.  Katrina Stamp Mehron UKE.Y.E Power in Black Onyx was smudged from the lid of the eye, corner to center, and blended with CHEEK Powder in Bold Red.  The red was to be more prominent than the black and the two colours were blended to the underneath outer corner of the eye.  For the cheeks I selected  CHEEK Powder in Rosewood or Mocha, depending upon the model’s skin colouring.  It was meant to be striking and therefore the blush started from the temples, blending down, but avoiding the apples of the cheeks.  And finally for the lips we blended L.I.P Cream in Chocolate with Velvet Rose (being a last minute change to the look), and topped it with Glosstone PRO in Crystal Clear.  To complete the look, Steampunk style bronze and gold pieces were added to the right hand side of the face from forehead to cheek, and fabulous black studded false nails, created by Sarah Wright Nail Design were applied to each model.

To showcase the collection, Carlotta held a Street Show. Carlotta Actis Barone Olivier Rostan “This was a huge publicity event for the designer and her collection,” said Lauren Thompson of Mehron UK.  “The show’s head MUA Katrina Stamp spoke with many members of the Paris media, including Grazia French Magazine.”

The Makeup Team
Katrina Stamp – Lead MUA
Valbona (Bobbi) Bicker
Christelle Pellecuer
Nikki Tipping

Paris Fashion Week Team Carlotta Cassandra MayersMehron NYC said “We LOVE the designs and the makeup that highlighted them.”
You can read Mehron‘s own blog about this for Paris Fashion Week 2014 here –

Moisturise AND Protect Your Face

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Spring has arrived!

We’ve finally seen the back of those long bleak winter months …  Daffodils, Snowdrops, blossom, new buds on the trees, everything starting to come back to life after the rain and cold and the clocks going forward.  And then there’s that wonderful feeling of warm sunshine on your face.  Is it just me, or does life seem so much better when the sun comes out and the days get longer? – After all who doesn’t love warm days and long summer evenings?  I know I do!

But just because the sun isn’t shining and the skies are rainy and grey, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your skin.
You should always use a good moisturiser on your face with a high SPF and UVA protection in it!  It really is so important to use this throughout the year and not just in the summer months.  So, if you haven’t done so before, it’s not too late!  Now’s the time to make absolutely sure you have one to hand and use it to protect your skin for the sun’s harmful rays.  It’s so vital to prevent sun damage from happening to your skin, and certainly to your face; no one wants leathery looking skin, wrinkles and age spots, skin cancers and pre cancers have far more serious implications.

There are some fabulous moisturisers available now for all skin types – Tinted, oil free, mattyfing, hypo allergenic.  Ensure you buy what you need to suit your skin type best.  But more than anything, get one that offers you a high SPF content, one ideally that contains an SPF of more than SPF30.Glo Therapeutics SPF 40 Facial Moisturizer

Glo Therapeutics – RRP £27
This moisturiser contains peptides for anti aging benefits and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Initially white, it turns clear after application and has a high SPF40 protection.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 – RRP £28
This oil-free tinted SPF30 moisturiser is dermatologist tested and fragrance free.  It’s available in 11 colours for a perfect tint and helps reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. Nars Tinted SPF30 MoisturiserNars say it’s infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. It contains Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralize skin for a softer, smoother, and brighter natural glow.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Day Cream with SPF 30 and Advanced UVA protection – RRP £12.99
This power moisturiser helps help reduce the appearance of premature skin ageing, by making skin feel firmer and making wrinkles appear reduced.  revitalift-spf-30-day-cream-v3But most importantly, it shields your skin against harmful UVA rays that can pass through cloud and even glass, the No1 cause of premature ageing.   It’s enriched with L’Oreal’s highest concentrate of Pro-Retinol A + Elasti-Flex

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+
(50ml) – RRP £27
This non whitening light weight moisturiser helps prevent premature ageing and is suitable for all skin types.  Alpha H SPF50It leaves a matte finish and is perfect as an under base for makeup, providing effective protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Kiehls Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50 – £31Keihls Ultra Light Moisturiser
A fabulous oil-free, ultra light moisturiser with a high level of sun filters(Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl Xl) to provide the skin with effective UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen protection. This gentle lotion is also suitable for sensitive skin.