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MUD Makeup Remover Towelettes

I have had a little bit of a love affair the past 6 weeks or so with a disposable makeup remover towelettes from MUD, Makeup Designory who seriously have the worlds best face wipes. A packet of 40 will cost you R248.00 which is not cheap by face wipe standards but they are so worth the money. Absolute no purchase regret here for me. In fact I want to buy MORE!! I bought these with my MUD haul that I purchased around August sometime and I have just used my last wipe on the weekend. I am already itching to get my hands on another packet because although I don’t always use face wipes to remove my makeup, these are the best for removing heavy eye makeup and waterproof mascara.

MUD MAKEUP REMOVER TOWELETTES

The toweletes are not only huge, I mean, one on its own is big enough to remove an entire face of makeup (face, eyes and lips = there is enough room to wipe on ONE cloth, not like other brands where the toweletes are small and you need 2 -3) but also they are incredibly soothing on the skin. Leaving behind a beautiful cool and refreshing sensation on your barefaced skin.

The packaging is a resealable packet which towards the end of my face wipes life decided that sticking back together was a mission but I managed to always keep something on top of the packet to ensure that it didn’t pop open. doing this made sure that until the very last face wipe was used that the towelettes remained moist and ready to tackle makeup. These were not only a life saver when I was travelling overseas but they were a pleasure to use in the hot Tuscan weather and left you feeling utterly refreshed which makes me think that these will no doubt be needed for a refreshing summer skin.

For a showroom near you please check the MUD website. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @MUDsouthafrica and Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest news about MUD!!

xo flea143

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5 Hot Spring/Summer 2013 Makeup Trends That are Perfect for the Holidays!

The  holiday season is the time of the year when most people have the most parties and functions to attend … which for us girls translates into more excuses to get dolled up and try the latest trends,fashions and beauty looks!  And  since there are so many bold and beautiful Spring/Summer 2013 makeup trends that would be perfect to wear to the parties and outings this the festive season, I thought I would share five of the hottest ones right now!Smile

1) Bright Coloured Matte Lips

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Bold, bright coloured lip colours are the perfect way to dress up any outfit which makes them perfect for the festive season!  The way to wear the look and be on trend now is to keep your lip colour matte … which means leave the lip-gloss at home, and keep your lip colours shimmer free! Scarlet red and neon shades like fuchsia and coral are colours that are hot right now! This trend is perfect for both day and night functions … During the day keep your eye makeup ‘barely there’ with just some mascara and maybe pearl coloured eye shadow (if you must have eye shadow), keeping the focus on your lips.  For a night out you can go all out with smoky eye in a neutral colour like gray, brown or black. Personally I love the neon lip shades for summer and these lipsticks are what I use to get the look.

2) Sparkly and Mettalic Eyeshadow

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If you’re a fan of glitter and shimmer then no fear, just keep it on your eyelids and you will be on trend! Metallic and shimmery smoky eye makeup is absolutely perfect for a night out! If you use neutral coloured eye shadow to get the look pair it with the bold coloured matte lips mentioned above and you’re good to go! If you’re going with a more fun colour like the aqua blue in the picture above then stick to a nude lip colour and keep the focus  on your eyes.  This Stila eye shadow palette is perfect to create some smoldering metallic looks for a night out during the holiday season! Smile

3) 60’s Inspired Makeup

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Bold eyeliner, eyelashes and eyebrows paired with matte skin and nude or red lips is what makes this sexy all eyes on my eyes look! This is another look that’s perfect for a night out and because it’s usually done with neutral or nude eye shadow shades it ends up having that sexy but sophisticated look which is perfect for the office party! Here’s how to take the look from the‘Runway to the Real way’. Smile

4) Colourful eye makeup

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Pops of colourful eye makeup in the form of eye shadow, eyeliner and even mascara is a huge trend for summer and can be perfect for day or night holiday events!  Pink, aqua blues and green are some of the most trending makeup colours at the moment. Although these looks from the runways don’t look very wearable there are lots of wearable ways you can wear the trend …  For day time a hint of aqua blue or pink eye shadow just swept across the lid with some mascara or just a line of aqua blue or green liner on the lower lid would be perfect. For night time you just have to add some liquid eye liner and maybe a bold lip and your good to go! You can see how I wear aqua eye shadow for a summery daytime look here.Smile

5) Very Dramatic Lashes

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Dramatic lashes are always trending in my books, but the kind of lashes that are trending now are extremely long, extremely full, and obviously fake … While this look can really bring  out your eyes  and make anyone look gorgeous,  it’s probably best left to be worn at night if you are going with fake lashes.  This is how I get my everyday dramatic lash look sans the fake lashes.

Hope you guys liked my post!Smile

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ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR MAKEUP and the MUA

THE ESSENTIAL MAKEUP KIT

First and foremost, makeup should be TIMELESS!  There is no point in sticking to a style just because it’s in right now.  Yes, its important to evolve and catch up with the times, but just like in fashion, some things just never go out of fashion!

May it be that little black dress, flesh toned heels, a stylish handbag, a pearl necklace, crisp white shirt or dress and so forth.

Makeup has pretty much the same principle.  There are just certain styles or applications of makeup that will never fail us.   Just like any other profession, makeup takes practice!  Doesn’t matter how experienced a makeup artist is, there will be times we have to redo a whole look from scratch.

Lets look at the ESSENTIALS of a MAKEUP KIT:

In order to do the right makeup, a MUA needs the right tools in order to do so.  You are only as good as the tools you use!  Brushes being the most important tools for a makeup artist!

*Brushes

Are the most important tools for the MUA!

*Black mascara

To be used with a clean wand or comb on standby.  Have more than 3!  However, if you or your client have very light lashes and brows, opt for a dark brown.  Enhancing is key, not being something you’re not.

*Bicarbonate of soda

Bicarb of soda can be used as a ‘cleaning agent’.  Prep your skin with it once a week as an exfoliant.  Take a teaspoon of the soda and add a cleanser of your choice, most MUA’s love Cetaphil.  Don’t do this if you do chemical peels or you’re sunburnt.  This is just a very easy and non invasive way to exfoliate your skin if you’re a busy gal and need to just get those dead skin cells off your face.

Another great thing about bicarbonate is that you can brush your teeth with it!  Try it, you won’t believe how much ‘dirt’ it takes out of your mouth!  It kills germs and is recommended by dentists.

*Makeup primer

Primers have extra silicone and glycerin, allowing foundation to be applied smoother and more evenly.  Some schools would teach us to use a moisturizer first and follow with the primer.  However, it’s not a mess up if you used one without the other.

*Black pencil

Personally my most important tool for the eye, you can smudge with it, apply into the inner eyeline, the outer to create all sorts of looks!  Please invest in a good quality black pencil, I’ve noticed the cheaper they are, the more likely they are hard and you tend to hurt your skin!  Smoulder from MAC is just fantastic!

*Highlighter

To emphasize certain parts of the face like the brow bones, cheek bones, chin etc.

*Cream blush

Creamy blushes are great if you’re not into powder on your face.  If you don’t like to use too much makeup such as foundation or loose powder, or if you’re simply a teen, a cream blush is the way to go!  It’s definitely for the woman on the run or that makeup minimalist.  Make sure your skin is hydrated though or you’ll be on a blending mission of note.

*Eyelash curlers

If you ‘suffer’ from very straight lashes, then the eyelash curler is a must have.  Just make sure you curl your lashes before applying your mascara, as the mascara can heap up on the rubbers and can actually pull a lash off or two.  Keep it very clean!  It immediately opens your eyes up though.  Keep in clenched for about 5-10 seconds!  There are heated eyelash curlers on the market, which I have and is battery operated.  If you can, get both and see which one you prefer.  If you’re an artist, have both. Some clients are not comfortable with the usual eyelash curler.

*Translucent powder

Right, if you use this, make sure it doesn’t have titanium dioxide, as it will reflect with a camera flash.  The reason why we artists like translucent powder is because we apply a ‘thickish’ amount under the eyes when applying eyeshadow to then easily brush off the eyeshadow fall-out.

*Foundations

More than one tone for YOURSELF!  And obviously A LOT if you’re an artist!  Reason why you yourself should have more than one tone, well that’s because in winter you are lighter than you are in summer.  Plus, in the transition of the seasons, you can mix small amounts of the two for that perfect tone.

*Concealer

EVERYONE needs a concealer.  Can help with discoloration, blemishes, bags and pigmentation etc.

*Contouring creams or shadows

For shading (to build cheekbones)  Not everyone can use them and I wouldn’t suggest the normal lady to use it on a day-to-day basis, but as for you artists, LEARN how to use it!  It makes a huge difference!

*Lip gloss and lipsticks

You should have:  nude lipstick, clear lip gloss, a signature color, tinted lip gloss, a gold shimmery gloss, and of course a red lipstick!  What every you get after all these essentials are bonuses!

*Gold and silver shimmer powder (pigments)

Used to highlight the eyes, cheeks and lips.  They give that glow and can enhance features stunningly!  Gold is more for the warmer tones skins and silver is of course for the more cool-toned skins.

*Powder blush

Use if you have a powdered foundation.  Remember, powder sticks to powder and creams stick to creams!  Lips2lashes MUA Natalie Camara tip!!!  Applies to application of shadows or creams on eyes.

*Cotton pads

You can use cotton pads to apply powder, brush powder off or rest your fingers on the clients face when applying makeup.  Plus, they’re inexpensive and way more hygienic as you just throw them away after use.

*Cotton buds

Removing that ‘mistake’ you made with that eyeliner or mascara.

*Eyeshadows

So you at the testing counter and you see a shadow that you fancy.  Here is a tip, if you wipe your finger over the product and it still looks exactly the same then its great quality.  If it changes or looks slightly lighter, don’t buy it.  It only means it won’t last on your face.  Don’t use products which face from product to finger to face on a client.  Ever!  Invest in better shadows which will last the whole day!

*Tweezers

Some clients need to be pruned!  Although it isn’t really an artists job to do so, advise your client to have her brows shaped by a beautician before coming to you.  But have one, just in case.  Some clients have furry, skin toned and tiny hairs which only make themselves apparent when eyeshadow is applied!  Another tip is to get baby gum numbing gel and apply a bit onto the part you want to tweeze minutes before you do.  This will ‘numb’ the area slightly.  If its good for babies gums, it should be good for a tiny area on your brows.

*Inner white pencil/ white eyeliner

Used to make your eye look larger when applied on the inner eye, makes you look younger and slightly more awake.  Make sure it isn’t waterproof as your inner eye isn’t dry.  The only ‘waterproof’ item you should have is mascara for that bridal application.  Them brides shed tears!

*Eyebrow pencils

Use one that matches you or your clients brows!  A great tip to remember is applying a lighter shade than that of your own in the inner part of your brows, going darker on the outer parts.  This is way more natural looking and doesn’t look so harsh.

*Moisturizer

I absolutely love and adore THE BEAUTY FACTORY’S products!  You just cannot go wrong with a moisturizer from them.  (Woodlands Mall, Pretoria, South Africa)

*Makeup box

I have a MAC makeup box!  Oh how I love it!  Although, I’ll need another box pretty soon.  As an artist, you should never rock up for a job with an unorganized box or have the items thrown in a bag!  Not only does it make you look unprofessional, but you’ll take more time finding the makeup and tools than actually applying it all on your clients face!  #fail

So these are pretty much the ESSENTIALS or BASICS for a makeup artist and of course if you’re just a lover of makeup yourself.  If you are a minimalist regarding makeup, you probably won’t be buying half of these things.  But they do help at the end of the day.  

Stay tuned for more ‘classes and makeup tips’ on our blog as I will be posting more.

MuchLuv♥

Sandylashxx

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Inspiration : Dolce & Gabbana Lip Service

Hey Pouters!

It’s Friday… Friday… Friday!!

In the amazing colour rich adverts for the new Khol Collection for eyes and nails by Dolce & Gabbana, Felicity Jones wears sultry red lips and perfect smokey eyes.

Felicity Jones has said that she has never worn full blow red lips like this, however she thanked her talented makeup artist Pat McGrath for vearing her towards the red lip direction.

I think she looks insanely gorgeous, what do you think?

*missfitzz

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