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  • cloe-e said: Hey! I just found your page as I was googling CBMA. Have you been to visit yet? I went a few months ago and loved it and have now reserved a place to start there in April. I haven't visited any other schools as my instincts have led me to choose CBMA. I'd love to know what you think of all the schools you visit and which you choose in the end!

    Hi! sorry I have only just got around to replying have been having a mad few weeks! 

    Have had to postpone my visits to later on this year :( how did you find your visit? Im so pleased you have a place there! you will have to let me know how you get on! xxxxx




  • February 6, 2012

    2 years ago





  • Here’s a look I did today using Barry M dazzle dusts. The lid colours were two reds mixed together to soften the intensity of the colour, then an orange was applied to the crease & the lines blended with MAC Ricepaper frost shadow. I wanted to keep the inner corner of the eye as open as possible so I used a pearlescent white shadow & tightlined & waterlined with a black kohl pencil. I wanted her brows to be quite strong so I shaped & filled them with MAC’s brow pencil in Spiked. 

As the eyes were quite heavy, I kept the skin natural using MAC Select foundation in NC25 as the base and added light contouring on the cheekbones. I also kept the lips natural with a slick of nude gloss & it all seemed to pull together quite well!

Enjoy!

    Here’s a look I did today using Barry M dazzle dusts. The lid colours were two reds mixed together to soften the intensity of the colour, then an orange was applied to the crease & the lines blended with MAC Ricepaper frost shadow. I wanted to keep the inner corner of the eye as open as possible so I used a pearlescent white shadow & tightlined & waterlined with a black kohl pencil. I wanted her brows to be quite strong so I shaped & filled them with MAC’s brow pencil in Spiked.

    As the eyes were quite heavy, I kept the skin natural using MAC Select foundation in NC25 as the base and added light contouring on the cheekbones. I also kept the lips natural with a slick of nude gloss & it all seemed to pull together quite well!

    Enjoy!




  • November 17, 2011

    2 years ago








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  • 2 years ago





  • This is the Billie Holiday replica makeup from Tuesdays shoot. The model has incredible skin so I used MAC face&body all over to create an even canvas. On the eyes, I applied MAC Indianwood & Bare Study paintpots and blended them together to provide a seamless lid colour. I lined the top lid with Bobbi Brown gel liner to disguise the backbone of the false lashes applied on top. To highlight I added MAC cream colour base in Shell to the apples of the cheeks,nose,forehead & cupids bow for a fresh dewy look. MAC Sunbasque blush was applied to the cheeks & temples & the lips were finished with a MAC prolongwear lipstick. A bit softer than the original look, but it photographed beautifully!

    This is the Billie Holiday replica makeup from Tuesdays shoot. The model has incredible skin so I used MAC face&body all over to create an even canvas. On the eyes, I applied MAC Indianwood & Bare Study paintpots and blended them together to provide a seamless lid colour. I lined the top lid with Bobbi Brown gel liner to disguise the backbone of the false lashes applied on top. To highlight I added MAC cream colour base in Shell to the apples of the cheeks,nose,forehead & cupids bow for a fresh dewy look. MAC Sunbasque blush was applied to the cheeks & temples & the lips were finished with a MAC prolongwear lipstick. A bit softer than the original look, but it photographed beautifully!




  • 2 years ago





  • Having a play around with the Ben Nye bruise wheel to create a bruised under eye in the middle of the healing process. 

The wheel contains 6 shades and each has a thick,creamy texture which can withstand humidity & water. I have set it with the Ben Nye matte sealing spray which seems to be working well over the top!

    Having a play around with the Ben Nye bruise wheel to create a bruised under eye in the middle of the healing process.

    The wheel contains 6 shades and each has a thick,creamy texture which can withstand humidity & water. I have set it with the Ben Nye matte sealing spray which seems to be working well over the top!




  • November 16, 2011

    2 years ago





  • A quick iPhone shot from the makeup I have just done for the Billie Holiday replica shoot. Will upload the pictures soon!

    A quick iPhone shot from the makeup I have just done for the Billie Holiday replica shoot. Will upload the pictures soon!




  • November 15, 2011

    2 years ago





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Product Focus: Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua 
 
What They Say: 

“A new-generation texture. An unprecedented sensory experience. A unique makeup result. Rapid and easy application. Apply your makeup without thinking about it.”  
The Review:

 I had hesitated about buying this product for a while, as the hype surrounding it sounded too good to be true. Past experiences with Chanel foundations however, have always been fantastic, so I eventually gave in & succumbed to the monochromatic lure of the Chanel stand and headed directly to the testers like there was no tomorrow. Finding my shade was instantaneous-but when buying for a pro kit you don’t get much color choice. The range-like most high end foundations-never seems to stretch above an NW35 in MAC color listings, so you are limited in which skin tones you can work with when using this, which is a shame because it really is a beautiful foundation.
For me, this little star stands a firm middle ground between the Pro- Lumiére (which I found to be perfect for drier, more mature skin textures) and Mat Lumiére (which provides the perfect base for normal-combination skin textures). It creates an incredibly flawless base that looks like your own skin-but perfect. There is never any oxidization when applying this, and I find the easiest method is just to use your hands to warm the product up & then apply to primed skin. 
It has quickly become my go to foundation merely because of the impeccable finish you can create & the soft focus effect that it brings in any light. However-there is SPF 15 in this, which of course, is perfect for popping on in daytime because it provides you with the level of UVA/UVB protection your skin needs. But if used for photography the zinc oxide reacts with camera flash so you get the dreaded “white cast” effect! This for me is an amazing product to work with. The longevity is superb even in humidity & even the oiliest of skins needn’t set with powder. Definitely one for the Christmas list!

     

    Product Focus: Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua

     

    What They Say:

    A new-generation texture. An unprecedented sensory experience. A unique makeup result. Rapid and easy application. Apply your makeup without thinking about it.”
     

    The Review:

     I had hesitated about buying this product for a while, as the hype surrounding it sounded too good to be true. Past experiences with Chanel foundations however, have always been fantastic, so I eventually gave in & succumbed to the monochromatic lure of the Chanel stand and headed directly to the testers like there was no tomorrow. Finding my shade was instantaneous-but when buying for a pro kit you don’t get much color choice. The range-like most high end foundations-never seems to stretch above an NW35 in MAC color listings, so you are limited in which skin tones you can work with when using this, which is a shame because it really is a beautiful foundation.

    For me, this little star stands a firm middle ground between the Pro- Lumiére (which I found to be perfect for drier, more mature skin textures) and Mat Lumiére (which provides the perfect base for normal-combination skin textures). It creates an incredibly flawless base that looks like your own skin-but perfect. There is never any oxidization when applying this, and I find the easiest method is just to use your hands to warm the product up & then apply to primed skin.

    It has quickly become my go to foundation merely because of the impeccable finish you can create & the soft focus effect that it brings in any light. However-there is SPF 15 in this, which of course, is perfect for popping on in daytime because it provides you with the level of UVA/UVB protection your skin needs. But if used for photography the zinc oxide reacts with camera flash so you get the dreaded “white cast” effect! This for me is an amazing product to work with. The longevity is superb even in humidity & even the oiliest of skins needn’t set with powder. Definitely one for the Christmas list!




  • 2 years ago





  • Artistry Academies

    December is now shaping up to be an incredibly exciting month for me. After quite a bit of extensive research & investigation I have finally narrowed down my choice of schools for next year. My passion & hobby has always been makeup, be it high fashion,theatrical or editorial. But over the past year or so I have developed a keen interest in prosthetic application to create advanced cosmetic effects with sculpting,molding & casting techniques. So, my choice of schooling has been veering towards those with both high standards & quality of work .

    My first meetings will be on 14thDecember, which will be tours of each school & speaking with students,tutors & artists at Delamar Academy & The London Makeup School.

    The Delamar Academy boasts to be the only make-up school in the UK to have trained the winners of 2 Academy Awards, a BAFTA, an International Indian Film Academy Award and 2 Emmy Awards.They are the only independent make-up training academy to have its courses validated by a University, thereby ensuring a very high standard of quality. They are based in Ealing Studios which is only a 25 minute train journey from my home in Reading so I won’t be too far away & it will be easy for me to pop home to see my parents as I can guarantee I will get homesick!

    The London Makeup School have all of their courses taught by leading industry professionals (not to mention their brush kits are all Illamasqua!) . They specialise in tailoring courses to each individuals needs & help to structure your style to develop & further your future career. I like that they recognise individuality, as every makeup artist has their own unique style & take on each aspect of their profession.

    The following week on the 20th I am visiting The CBM Academy & The London School of Beauty & Makeup.I will be going to these with my parents who are both keen to see the CMBA Academy because of its extensive course variation & excellent student aftercare programme.

    The CBM Academy CBM Academy is a school founded by Academy & BAFTA Award - winning make-up artist and hair designer Christine Blundell. For 20 years of working in films as diverse as Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy, Marc Foster’s Finding Never Land, Fernando Meirelles’ Constant Gardener, Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. They limit their class sizes to 14 pupils which they say is to ensure maximum student/tutor exposure. All products in the artistry kit are from MAC, which is one of my favorite brands of makeup to work with.

    The London School of Beauty & Make-up has long been revered as the number one school in Europeto learn high fashion make-up techniques. The course kit includes products from Mac, Shu Uemura, Shiseido, Chanel, Nars, Estée Lauder, Benefit and Bobbi Brown (heaven!) Their courses promote emphasis towards practical sessions with the minimum of theoretical work. This gives the student more hands on experience so they can improve their skills. Understanding the originality of each artist is key, & they engage several make-up artists with different opinions and ways of working into each lesson.

    I am unbelievably excited to be visiting such prestigious Academies & schools but I think the decision making will be difficult. The two that are my first choice would be the Delamar Academy or The CBM Academy. Following that my second choices are the London School of beauty & makeup & The London Makeup School due to the lack of prosthetic tuition. So, hopefully my decision will be made in the New Year & I will have final dates & information to share with you all! I will also hopefully be taking pictures/videos when touring each of the schools to give you some idea of the goings on & my thoughts on them!




  • November 11, 2011

    2 years ago





  • Bonjour,Hola,Hello,Guten Tag!

    Hello everyone! 

    So, I have decided to start afresh-(clean slate & all that jazz) with a brand new blog-specifically aimed towards makeup application & technique, product reviews & prosthetic application. 

    I will be doing my first shoot next Tuesday for my Academy portfolio, so I will be posting pictures & writing up a step by step feature look for richer skin tones. I will be recreating this Billie Holiday look on model Sabrina McCoy. The look will feature bold lips combined with dewy skin,light contouring & strong brows & I am very excited to get stuck in.

    So stick around, it’s going to get good! xo




  • November 10, 2011

    2 years ago







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