Monday, 13 October 2014

Quick tips for hot lips with OCC Lip Tars



When it comes to long-lasting pigment, for me nothing beats OCC lip tars. Vegan, long-lasting and the hottest colours for every occasion, I couldn't ask for anything more. They are a staple in my kit, from bridal to pinup, you can mix and layer the colours to create endless possibilities of lip colour!

They work like a concentrated paint, you only need a drop to create incredible results. In fact, one tube can be used to paint an entire body. Here are my quick tips for pro results using these little tubes of magic:

Plump lips with a hydrating balm.

I love to slather Clarins beauty flash balm on lips before applying any makeup to the face. Once the face is complete, I wipe the balm off to reveal soft, plump lips, ready for the OCC experience

Line lips with a natural liner

For bridal or natural editorial, I start with a lip liner that matches the colour of the lip like MAC Spice and fill in the entire lip.For more intense colours, I match the liner to the OCC lip colour.

Use a precision brush

The finer the brush, the more control you will have with adding your layer of OCC lip tar. The lip colours come with their own little brushes, but I tend to use even a finer brush for a more precise finish and blend.

Finishing touches

For a matte look, leave to dry. I like to add a dash of gloss for a plumped effect, or just a hint of white shimmer shadow or pigment like MAC Vanilla pigment for subtle dimension.


Model: Nikki
MUA: williamspromakeup
(c) www.thebodyparade.com




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Monday, 29 September 2014

Vintage pinup makeup made easy!

Want to know how to create a sexy pinup look in minutes? Check out my latest Vintage Pinup tutorial for QC Makeup Academy!





Glowing Marilyn skin

To give more of an in-depth break down, start by really hydrating the skin. Marilyn Monroe knew the secret to youth was dewy, glowing skin and she was known to even use vaseline as a base.

Today, formulations like the Embryollise Lait Concentrate, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and Elemis Pro Radiance Flash Balm are a perfect prelude to vintage skin. Apply a generous amount and really massage into the skin for hydrated, plump skin. An illuminating alternative is the MAC Strobe Cream, which creates an instant lit from within look.






Second skin foundation

Traditionally, pinup vintage foundation was quite thick and full coverage, due to the lighting and filmography of the time. Today with digital cameras and supporting lighting, formulations have changed to become HD-compatible. Formulations from Makeup Forever, Benefit, Armani, Dior, YSL, Chanel and Clarins are just some of my favourtie 'second skin' finishes that blend beautifully without being over the top.

All about the eyes


A simple vintage eye makeup doesn't need to take too much time and effort. A simple neutral wash of colour on the crease, a bone shade on the browbone to lifted and arch and a dash of liner is you need. Master it and it can take barely five minutes.

Siren Lips

For an intense lip colour, cover the entire lip with foundation or concealer, then line with a red lip liner, I love MAC Cherry Red, but alternatively you could try a fiery warm red, or vamp it up with a darker berry or even purple.

The trick is to be as precise as possible. For added impact, add a touch of illuminator to the cupid's bow, then  reverse contour the lip line with an illuminating wand like the YSL Touche Eclat.

Build lip colour with a lip brush,  blot then dust with powder. Repeat until you have a beautiful, matte lip. Add a dash of red eyeshadow on top for a velvet matte finish, or for a more plumper pout, lash on your favourite gloss.







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Monday, 8 September 2014

10 Commandments of healthy hair


Having healthy, long hair actually requires less not more. We are far too harsh on our hair with heat and colour and processing, so when it comes to getting the health of our hair back, here are some tricks of the trade.

1. Ease off on the GHD

As much as I love my heated tools for styling my clients, overusing them everyday can strip the natural moisture from the hair and leave it dry and frizzy. Try using heated tools only sparingly. For instance, if you curl your hair every week, reduce it to once every two weeks. If you blow dry your hair often, try leaving hair to air dry a few times a week. Your hair will love you for it.

2. Protect protect protect

If you must use heated tools, protect your hair with a salon-grade heat protectant. For my clients, I use the ghd protectant spray if I am using my GHD. For more heavy duty bridal curls and styling, I apply mousse evenly throughout the entire length of the hair. Do not use oils before applying heat, as this has a roasting effect and will actually fry your hair. Only apply oils after heat styling to finish and polish.

3. Trim regularly

Trimming hair every six weeks will not only eliminate split ends but will keep your style polished and fresh. If you are growing your hair, having a small 1cm trim every six weeks will keep the split ends from increasing and will help your har grow longer and healthier in the long run

4. Treatment time

Once a week, use an intensive mask on the mid-length and ends. Don't apply on the roots as it will lead to build up over time. If you can handle it, wash it out with ice-cold water, which seals the cuticles and promotes incredible shine. I love Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask for its thick, creamy texture. I have used it for years and it is particularly great for chemically processed hair. 
5. Scalp massage

When shampooing, take the time to really massage your scalp. Regular massage stimulate hair follicles and promotes growth. A great massage brush works wonders too!

6. Soften hair ties

Hair ties can pull and break hair, so use soft, cotton hair bands and ties that are designed to prevent hair from pulling. Instead of a pony tail, try a plait or braid and only tie the end of the hair, so the mid-lengths stay protected.

7. Serum time

Argan oil is one of my holy grail products and I've found ever since using it, my hair has become so much more shinier and manageable. I use it as a finishing serum and it can also be mixed with your conditioner for added nourishment.

8. Brush it off

Invest in a good paddle brush that won't pull and break your hair. I love the Moroccanoil Brush brush range for their durability, strength and their gorgeous non-slip handles. These brushes as a must-have in my kit when styling my clients hair.
9. Colour less frequently

Processed hair is always going to be more difficult to keep looking shiny and nourished. Try giving your hair a break from colour, or apply foils or highlights less sparingly. The less you mess with your hair, the healthier it will stay in the long-run.
10. Shampoo wisely

Too frequent washing can strip your hair of natural oils and leave it dry. Twice or three times a week is all you need for a healthy scalp. For colour processed or chemically treated hair, use a sulfate-free shampoo to keep the colour or style for longer.




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Hair and  makeup: williamspromakeup
Model: Leela
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Better than gel polish! Toxin free nail polish by Intensae

A nail polish that is salon quality, toxin free and on trend? Now that is something worth trying!

I absolutely love nail polish, and as a makeup artist, having groomed hands are a must. On top of this, fashion and commercial shoots often demand I have a selection of nail polishes handy to complete a particular look, or touch up model's nails that need to look more camera ready.

So I was particularly intrigued to try the cult brand Intensae, which offers a new range of toxin-free nail polishes, fresh from the UK. 
Shine and opacity
Being an avid fan of OPI, I was incredibly impressed with the way Intensae glide on effortlessly without clumping. Two coats is enough for an opaque look and all my pictures are without a top coat, how shiny are these polishes just on their own?

As long lasting as gel
As my hands get a severe beating as a makeup artist continually washing and sanitising my hands and washing makeup brushes, normally I need to have gel polish as regular polish chips after a day. However I tried Intensae out for durability and they lasted impressively well for over a week without chipping! So bye-bye UV lamp and harsh chemicals, hello to Intensae.

Colour range
There are over 25 shades and the clever creators did a lot of thinking when they come up with these shades, because there is something for every occasion!

I can't wait to show you all of them, but I decided to road test a few shades that I thought were particularly unique. 

Effortlessly cool
The shade '1966' on the left if one of my favourite. So on trend, it goes with everything and makes everyone wonder 'where did you get that colour?' It is great as a winter shade, but I equally love it as a pedicure with a great jungle hot tan.


My holy grail pink
'Youthquaker' has become my holy grail of pink polishes. Think MAC's 'saint germain', with more opacity, shine and brightness. This colour is a must have for travel. It makes your hands look wonderfully expensive and flatters both long and short nails.



Hands that mean business
For the ultimate posh, 'Broken Flowers' makes your hands look like you mean business. It is a mannequin nail with a bit more bite. This manicure goes with that morning latte, it takes you through that meeting and gets your handshake noticed. It makes even the shortest nail worthy of attention.


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Monday, 25 August 2014

#Brushes are a bride's best friend



Weddings are such joyful occasions, and I absolutely love transforming a bride on her special day. But beautifully contoured cheeks, the perfect blush, long-lasting foundation and star quality eyeshadow cannot be achieved without quality brushes.

I have written extensively on vegan friendly makeup brushes, as I truly believe they are now leaps and bounds ahead of natural fibres like goat and squirrel. The Nanshy brushes are perfect for bridal makeup as they have such gorgeous pearl white handles and come in really pretty satin pouches, making them an ideal pamper treat for any bride to be transformed on her special day.

On top of this, they are superb in quality and durability. I always choose dense foundation brush for my kit as they create a far more airbrushed finish when stippling on liquid or mineral foundation. 

No need to carry around my heavy airbrush machine when I am a master of the stipple! So it goes without saying that my favourite brush is the flat buffer foundation brush (fifth from the left), which is always a must-have in my pro makeup kit.

Blush and contour brushes also need to be dense in order to blend a softer, more natural look for brides. I love the weight of the Nanshy fibres, that feel soft, yet also blend product effortlessly.

In terms of quality comparison, the Nanshy range is very similar to Sigma, Crownbrush and also the limited edition QC Makeup Academy brushes. All these brushes are easy to clean, keep their shape and don't shed, which makes them great value for money, especially when I have to clean my brushes every day!

Nanshy have also released a diamond-studded brush belt, which is great for professional makeup artists who want to add a little sparkle to their wedding service. I like the fact it has loads of pockets, especially as I tend to carry two sets of everything for larger numbers of bridal parties.



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