I had a request from my Facebook page to do a blog post on hiding bags under the eyes.
Why have I got bags? There are three reasons
- Genes; if your parents have them you may inherit them! Thanks mum and dad, all I wanted was a pony
- When you’re young, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, a diet full of salty foods and water retention can also lead to bags. If your bags are gone by lunchtime then it is probably fluid retention. You may want to use an extra pillow at night to elevate your head to reduce the swelling
- As you get older, bags under your eyes will become a more permanent fixture. It’s a natural part of aging and something we all have to come to terms with sooner or later. The reason is simple: We all have fat in our faces, and it’s held in place by ligaments and muscles. As we get older, those ligaments and muscles weaken, and everything starts to sag — making the fat more visible
So apart from cosmetic surgery what else can we do? Well we reach for the makeup bag.
The rule of thumb is to conceal the shadow that the bag creates, rather than the actual bag itself.
This is how I would approach hiding bags underneath the eyes
1. Prep the skin with a primer
2. Apply foundation over entire face (including the eye bag)
3. With a cream concealer, a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, place/dot along in the shadow/crease of the bag. Blend outwards and upwards towards the outer corner of your eye, towards the temple
4. Place a dot of concealer in the inner corner of your eye and blend this downwards, (this will highlight this area and draw attention away from the bag. See my last post about highlight and contouring
5. Dust a highlighter along your cheekbone (not bag), again brushing outwards and upwards towards the outer corner of the eye, towards your temples
6. Put some lip gloss on and away you go.
Hope you find this blog post helpful? Please let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page if you have any requests for more makeup tips
At different times of our lives we have different skincare needs and concerns. This post talks about what skincare you need to use at particular points in your life. I have given advice for different age groups starting from your 20s through to 50 plus. Prevention is the key so if you can start early building the foundations, but its never too late to help aid and feed your skin.
Its nerve-wracking and a bit daunting, all eyes will be on you, how will you photograph? I get asked by my makeup brides to be how do I react in front of the camera? Is there any photographs I should ask to be captured on my wedding day? Within this post I ask two wedding photographers their tips on capturing the best images for your wedding day, I also share my tips for photographs to be taken and what images to have.
A beautiful intimate rustic inspired wedding with the emphasis firmly on love. Lauren had her wedding at Lillibrooke Manor & Barns in Maidenhead, Berkshire. With the help of talented family members helped saved the bride and groom money, the day was filled with lots of personal touches and creativity.
The wedding morning, it is an exciting part of the day but can also be quite stressful especially for the bride. I have been a bridal makeup artist for some years and have seen time and time again the must haves that are forgotten. I have compiled a list of the essentials needed to make your morning streamline and stress free. By simply having this kit on hand means it is one less thing to panic or worry about should anything happen. You may never need this bag of tricks but just knowing its there will be a weight off your mind
The morning of the wedding can be a daunting prospect for a bride to be. I get asked lots by my bridal makeup clients about the morning from what to expect, what to do and the running order. During the bridal makeup trial I share my experience and provide the bride with lots of useful hints and tips in order to have a stress free morning. Within this post I have listed some tips and points to consider to help enable you to get the maximum enjoyment and provide you with a great start to your very special day
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The beauty industry is big business and we are bombarded with scientific words that are meant to help our skin concerns - but what do they actually mean? I have listed a few buzz words in the current skin care arena to help explain what the buzz words mean and what they mean to you.
I was kindly nominated for the 2018 Wedding Industry Awards for another year running by my bridal clients. After the awards ceremony whereby I was a runner up I was sent the comments from my brides who voted for me. The voting consists of questions about contacting me, responsiveness, how the trial went, how I was on the actual wedding day, how the look fared etc. I was sent the feedback from two of the questions set by the TWIA judging panel. Please read some of the amazing comments from my brides - thank you for letting me part of your wonderful days, I do love being part of your wedding and helping you look your most gorgeous self on one of the most important days of your life.
I have recently moved from Hertfordshire to Hampshire and wanted to let you know my new local wedding venues that are close to me in the Hampshire Surrey area. From rustic barn venues to castles and stately homes; there's a venue to suit all tastes and requirements. My closest venues under 10 miles from me are;
Froyle Park 3 miles
Gilbert White & Oates Collection 3.5 miles
Bury Court Barn 4 miles
Northbrook House 7 miles
Frensham Heights 7 miles
Cain Manor 7 miles
Farnham House Hotel 8 miles
Audleys Wood Hotel 8 miles
Wedding makeup trials are the start of a brides journey to find the right makeup artist for her big day. In this blog post I wanted to show photographs taken from a bridal makeup trial. I take before and after photographs during the trial to show the bride what can be achieved. I also like to be totally honest in my services and using a digital camera with a lighting system shows up 'everything' however if the makeup looks good this close up and under bright lighting, you can ensure your makeup will look beautiful on your big day.