I used to love Stila and bought it up from Space NK but it has become increasingly hard to get Stila so when I bought £11 eyeshadows for £2 and their spf30 tinted moisturizer £22 for only £4 I was elated
The staff have continuously ensured me that all products are in date and some are even current season but personally I would -
- squeeze out a little product to check the consistency making sure it hasn’t dried up or separated!
- Smell the product-the easiest way to tell if the product is perished
- If you are still unsure patch test and keep in your personal make up bag.
I bought 6 pairs of lashes. You can get better deals on lashes when you surf the web but if you have to get them on the high street this is a great place to buy them. I bought up brands like Eyelure, Girls With Attitude and Flutter eyes. They where all around half the price of buying at Boots/Superdrug etc.
I would use a great lash glue like Duo Gluei in preference to the glue that accompanies these lashes.
£16.99 rRRP £32.50
£29.99 RRP £148.00
£12.99 RRP £24.95
For instant feel good, sexiness add a pair of sultry lashes and instantly update your valentines outfit.
Go understated with a little added length and thickness, glamour puss with full thickness and fluttering length or even add a bit of sparkle.
As amazing as coloured, bobble ended, feathery or extreme lashes are keep them for clubbing and avoid them for dates!!
Here are my pick of great buy high street lashes for valentines-
I hate the concept of celebrity endorsed products but I must admit these are briliant; my favourite strip lashes are the “Nicola lashes” they are great! They blend in well the spine is soft and doesn’t lift. the flared corners extend small eyes and give a cat like lift.
The ”Cheryl Lashes” are the worst of the range in my opinion. Quite heavy and they have an unrealistic spiky cut.
Great value/great product I use these on clients regularly.
Shu Uemura is more expensive than most ashes but very well made, you can get several wears out of these strips if you gently washe and take care of them. Easy to apply corner lashes with diamonte detail £15
Full lashes with a gorgeous diamonte strip. Ideal for adding real glamour to a night out
Add a little bit of Femme fatale Made from spiky black lashes overlaid with black lace
Mister Mascara Bedazzled Lash Duo £10 at Boots
Day or evening set or layer the adorned lashes over the more natural set to create super length and thickness.
QVS individul lashes at Asda
If you are a natural chick these are the most natural individuals I have ever tried and great value at only £4.98
For application check out my how-to applying individual lashes
I recently wrote a seasonal how-to which I thought everyone would enjoy coming close to Christmas. I also did the make up for this editorial with amazing photographer and good friend Dave Wise.
Evening make up
It’s that time of year again when grudgingly we watch our tans quickly fade, pile on the woolly layers and wave good bye to the last days of summer but thankfully we have a glitz filled party season to cheer us up. I have created professional step by step evening looks so you can turn heads this autumn.
This look is long lasting understated and elegant; the alluring lashes add instant femininity.
Individual eyelashes Eyelure (£4.80) are a make up artist’s favourite beauty secret. They can be customised to every model to simply add exceptionally natural thickness to lashes or even to create long-lasting fluttering glamour puss lashes. They can last up to 4 weeks and need little or no mascara eradicating the possibility of smudges or chips so perfect for evening beauty
Before you start make sure your lashes are completely clean and oil free.
Select the lashes that will work best on you and thing about the finish you want, natural, glam, flared at the corner….
Choose how long you want the lashes to last, if only for1-2 days Duo lash glue (£8.50) is an outstanding glue for easy application and removal. Or for more of a semi permanent lash (up to 4 weeks) use Eyelure’s individual eyelash glue and remover which is included with the lashes.
Keep the eye you are working on closed throughout application.
With the glue applicator or a fine disposable brush apply the glue from the stem of the lash and spread up the lash a little so the lash has lots of surface area to adhere to your own lashes, be careful not to drown the lash in glue.
Give the lash a few seconds to go tacky.
Start from the corner of the lashes and work towards the middle
Hold the individual eyelash carefully with clean fingers tips in place pressing as close as possible to your lash root.
Open your eye when the glue is dry; do not panic if the eye corners stick at all when you open your eye. Carefully use your nails to pick any pulling glue off. Do be extremely careful through out the application, if any glue goes into the eye follow manufacturers guidelines.
Once the lashes are totally dry you can apply the rest of your make up but be extra careful not to pull or rub the lashes out of place.
A flawless base is key when working a naturally gorgeous look and vitally important for every model to be able to achieve in their working lives.
Determine your skin type and ensure you select your skin care according to this. Banish any overly perfumed or abrasive products from your bath room cabinet; don’t over load your skin. (For advice try a Dermalogica skin mapping consultation 0800 591 818 ).
Now your skin is perfectly clean and moisturised a primer is a fantastic product to get a prolonged smooth finish from your foundation. Smooth Laura Mercier’s moisturising primer £26.43 in with finger tips to get a deliciously dewy glow to dry/normal skins or apply L’Oreal studio secrets anti shine mattifying primer (£9.99) This competitively priced primer holds its own to the big dogs and gives a beautifully smooth velvety finish which controls shine for oily skins and keeps your foundation fresh for hours.
Start your make up with your eyes this way any drop from the eye shadow can be wiped away before your foundation is applied.
Lightly sweep Bobbi Brown Bone eye shadow £14 all over the eye from lid to brow as a base, follow with Mac Woodwinked £11 blending over the lid area and blend a lighter shadow to highlight into the inner corner of the eye and to highlight just below the brow area, Mac Shroom £11.
Wipe away any drop and line the eyes tracing neatly around the lash line and blend with a fine eyeliner brush. Chanel long lasting waterproof eyeliner in Espresso.
Wipe away any powder drop with a face wipe and then apply Bobbi Brown Skin foundation (£27.00) with a foundation brush for long wearing buildable coverage that looks like perfect skin. Cover up any visible imperfections with Bobbi Brown touch up stick (£17.00).
Lightly press a little Rimmel Stay Matt Powder over the t-zone to set and bronze outwards from the forehead spread out from the tops of cheeks and dab a tiny small amount on the bridge of the nose. Bronzer gives more believable depth to the face and eradicates any unnatural blankness from the foundation Guerlain Bronzer (£30.00).
To give an instant healthy glow to the apples of the cheeks dust Illamasqua’s powder blush in Chased (£16.00)
Finish with a glossy long lasting lipstick Bobbi Browns Creamy lip Colour in Crystal Pink (£15)
Smokey eyes and pale lips (Annalise)
Again start with the eyes. You will get a lot of noticeable powder drop from a dark smokey look so start with a cream to give extra drama and a good base for shadows to adhere to.
For the eye look I have used Dior 5 Couleurs Designer palette in Smokey design 08. An all in one palette with 4 textured blendable shades and a cream liner with a matt velvety texture which in this case I also used as a base for my shadows.
I spread the cream over the whole of the lid and blended the darkest shadow over the lid and the medium shimmering shade over the centre of the lids and into the corners and traced it around the lower lash line.
Macs smoulder eye kohl pencil (£12.00) was densely penciled into the upper and lower water lines and blended into the lash line using a fine brush to add fierce intensity.
A matt brown powder was blended in to the eye socket area and Bobbi Brown’s Bone Powder (as before) was used to high light under the eyebrows.
I applied 2 coats of mascara combing through from roots to tips as the finishing touch to the eyes Make up Forever’s Smokey Lash Mascara (£14.00)
After combing through the eyebrows I used Laura Mercier’s double ended brow brush (£27.00) and swept through Laura Mercier’s brow defining wax in a light feathering motion where ever the brows looked sparse. As the eyes are so striking do not over do the eyebrows, keep them natural to avoid the look becoming hard.
I applied Iman’s Luminous foundation to Annalise’s skin using a sponge, the oil free formulas and vast selections of colours are perfect for darker skin tones. Cover up any visible imperfections with Bobbi Brown touch up stick (£17.00).
Once the foundation has settled lightly press a little Rimmel Stay Matt Powder over the t-zone with a powder brush to set. Bobbi Brown’s blusher in Tawny (£16.00) was subtly brushed on to the apples of the cheeks to give a healthy flash of warmth.
To create a long lasting pale lip a pencil liner slightly lighter than Annalise’s lips was applied all over the lip area to tone down the lips MAC Naked Rose Cream stick Liner (£10.50). Nars Supervixen Lipgloss (£17.00) was painted neatly over the lips to finish this look.