How did she do it???

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You may have noticed that I posted some behind the scenes pictures from a shoot I have recently done.  The model was a beautiful lady named Jess who was super lovely and working with my good photographer friend Andrew Clifton Brown.  Anyway the pictures involved a gorgeous glowy skin, brushed up brows and a bold red lip and I thought I would give a quick breakdown of what I used and in what order so you can create this timeless look in the comfort of your own home.

These were the images


Ok so I started with skin prep, there is no point skipping this step otherweis the make up just will not apply how it should and I am not just talking about a make up wipe.  I am talking clenser, glow tonic and some oil all massaged in to get a beautiful glow before we start.  Also I applied some firming under eye pads whilst I made a start on the eyes.

Eyebrows were just brushed up with SoapBrows

I used a mac paintpot as my eyebase just to even out eyelid colour and give the shadows something to stick too.  I used Viseart eyeshadows in a soft brown and a natural shimmer with a darker brown smudged along the lash line for a bit of definition.  Its a really simple eye look but so effective.  I also added on some strip lashes just to give a bit of lift and drama to the eyes.

The skin was a light veil of House of glamdolls foundation sheered out with the mixology and buffed in.  I also used Daniel Sandler water colour blush in the shade Acid and smashbox cream highlighter.

Now for the lips, we initially started with peaches and cream lip gloss in the shade babe and then when we changed it up to the red lip I used Make up designory lipstick in the shade burlesque.  It looks like an extremely dark in the bullet but as you can see from the image it applies in a really flattering red shade.

That’s it !! No heavy duty contours or tons of products just soft layers of good products.

Hair was super simple curled and brushed out and then scrunched with Bumble and bumble salt spray.

Now lets see yours!

Smashbox Masterclass!!!

So on a fine but brisk April I was uber lucky to be invited to a Smashbox masterclass in their London studio which is based just behind Oxford street.  So after wrapping up a shoot with a uber lovely and polite model I then hopped on a train in to central London.  It was only a 20 min journey so it gave me a nice amount of time to guzzle a much needed cup of tea.

So I will be honest in saying that I had no idea the Smashbox studio was located just behind oxford street on Mortimore street but it is absolutely gorgeous and a working photographic studio too which people can hire out.

So on arrival we were greeted with little fairy cakes and sweets as well as juice and bottles of water which was a lovely touch for someone who has a sweet tooth.


Such lovely refreshments

There was also a vast array of amazing face charts that has been completed by the uber talented  I will be honest in saying these are not you average face charts, they are works of absolute art which artists could take parts of and interpret them.  I especially love the one below with the blue smokey shadow and brown lip which I may try to recreate on myself sometime soon.



So the masterclass its self in a nutshell was a gold pigment on the eye and a bold red lip I cant say I was massively overwhelmed by it as the models skin was already complete before we arrived and I am a massive skin fan so that was a bit of a let down for me.  Still whilst trying to keep positive it did give me chance to pick up some tips and tricks from all the staff in store as well as do a little (ok alot) of shopping.

My Favorite products that I did buy was the cali contour palette, primerizer and primer water, all of which have gone straight in to my kit and I promise to review these soon buts its safe to say I use them on every single shoot.

I do love attending these masterclasses not just due to the class content but it allows me to network and meet people whilst tapping their brains about make up products they love as well as their tips and tricks.

Have you tried any Smashbox products? I thoroughly recommend visiting the studio as the staff are so friendly and its a beautiful light airy space.



Just some of the amazing products