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Vampire Makeup Tutorial

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Finished Vampire makeup


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Finished Vampire makeup

Vampire makeup tutorial by Nicole Lambert

Firstly I prepared the skin with a cleanser toner and moisturiser prior to the makeup application. I then prepared my model with a cape and clipped the hair back away from the face.

I always start with the eye makeup first because if any extra product drops onto the face it is easier to clean up and doesn’t ruin the foundation base. i will apply a small amount of propose in Prague from the sleek vintage romance palate using a small eye shadow brush. Appling all over the lid and blending out towards the eyebrows. Then with the same brush I applied a Christian Dior show mono eye shadow in087 black over the lid, blending out towards the eyebrows and concentrate on getting depth and colour on the lid, flicking outwards away from the eye. Then with a mac super slick liquid eye liner in black I applied a thin line across the top of the lash line, creating a small flick at the end of the outer corner of the eye doing the same for the bottom lashes. Then with a thin eye shadow brush I smoked out the eyeliner with the same black eye shadow, creating a smoked effect. Then for the lashes I applied a thin coat of Estee Lauder sumptuous bold volume lifting mascara in black to the top lashes using a disposable mascara wand. While that was drying I prepared the false lashes using a duo glue and applied to top lashes. (Trim down to size if needed).

I then used a mac eye pencil in duck for the eyebrows, using an angled flat brush to blend inwards and create a nice shape. Then with another small angled brush I applied a small amount of mac concealer in nw15 under the eye brow to give some highlight.

For the face I used a small amount of smash box photo finish primer all over the face with a flat foundation brush, then all over the face I used Dior air flash foundation, I sprayed directly onto the models face also blending with a small stubby foundation brush. Creating a flawless finish. Settling with a mac loose powder. Gently going over with a Dior skin pressed powder in nude tan, applying with a large powder brush. Then for the cheeks I used a mac Sharon Osbourne refresh powder applying with an angled blush brush, also using a small amount of the Dior eye shadow on the top of the cheeks to add a bit of gaunt and spooky to the makeup.

For the lips I used both illamasqua in pristine and mac viva glam Rihanna frost to line the lips and blend them both together.

I then applied a small amount of mould life arterial blood to both sides of the mouth, to give the vampire look.

I will curl the hair with large curling tongs and backcomb to make it look big with lots of volume.

I am creating this vampire look to make it look glam and girly. This makeup is something for the less daring and someone that wants something subtle.

1920’s Makeup Tutorial

Step By Step 1920’s Makeup Tutorial – Makeup artist Charlotte Coop

1. Ensure that the base is prepped well in terms of skin type to ensure a perfect makeup application. Use a medium to full coverage matte foundation in order to replicate the flawless skin that was popular in the 1920’s. Conceal any imperfections as well as the under eye area and set the base with a loose invisible powder.

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2. Comb the eyebrows into an arched, rounded shape – one of the key features of a 1920’s makeup look. Fill in the brows with powder.

3. Prime the eyelids with an eyeshadow primer to avoid the eyeshadows creasing and to achieve maximum colour payoff. To begin, blend a neutral brown shadow (I used ‘Cork’ by MAC) into the crease as the transition shade. Next, take a shimmery purple/grey eyeshadow (I used ‘Mugshot’ from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette) and blend this all over the eyelid and along the lower lash line. To complete the eyeshadow, apply a dark purple eyeshadow (I used ‘Sketch’ by MAC) into the outer V and through the crease to darken the look – blend with a clean blending brush until there are no harsh lines.

4. To complete the 1920’s eye makeup, line the upper lash line with any dark coloured eyeshadow (I used ‘Brun’ by MAC) and smoke this out to darken the look. Apply a black kohl eyeliner to the waterline and tight line, finishing off with plenty of mascara and optional false eyelashes.

5. Now that the eyes are complete, finishing touches can be applied to the base. Clean up the under eye area incase of any fallout from the eyeshadow and then contour the high points of the face (cheekbones and temples) to add dimension to the look. Next apply blusher to the apples of the cheeks – a rosy glow was popular in the 1920’s so a pink or peach colour would be ideal (I used ‘Melba’ by MAC).

6. The final step of the 1920’s makeup look is the lips. A dark lip colour such as purple or burgundy was popular in this time period – I chose a dark vampy purple colour. Firstly line the lips with a lipliner – this is important when working with dark lip colours as it allows us to fill in the lips neatly and stop the dark lip colour from bleeding onto the face. I used ‘Nightmoth’ by MAC and then filled in the lips with YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 39. Once the lipstick has been applied the 1920’s makeup look is complete.

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Makeup for brown eyes and brown hair

Nicole Hatch recently helped us make the first of our hair/eye combination makeup tutorials.

When trying to create a look that suits dark hair and brown eyes, colours to aim for are, bronze, gold, deep purple, black, grey and browns.

A natural glow does add a huge effect to these type of characteristics.

First apply a primer, this will help the make-up last longer and it also helps the application to be applied smoother and more even.

Foundation can then be applied.

i used a light concealer to brighten the eye area and brow line. using a darker shade of contour powder i used this to contour the cheek bone and temple areas, to add definition to the face.

Pigments are great to add highlighting to the face, i used these on the top cheek, upper lip, nose and brow areas. This helps make the features stand out.

Usually i would apply eye make-up first, however the colours were quite light, so could be applied easily over the foundation without any powder dropping.

Apply a lighter shadow across the lid using a flat brush. Then using a round brush contour the darker powder into the socket line and follow around the edge of the eye, leaving the centre lighter. Then blend both colours slightly. Apply mascara to finish the eyes.

I like to use gel eyeliner and i find that i gain a neater finish. using an angled brush, pushing the the eyebrow gently upwards begin to apply the liner from the inner eye corner bringing the flick out. You can apply pencil liner along the water lines if you like.

For the eyebrows i used a brown eye shadow rather than a pencil, as this helps give a natural effect.

I then applied bronzer to the cheeks to give my models skin tone warmth.

Finally I used a deep purple for the lips.

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How to Apply False Lashes

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Professional Makeup Artist Melissa Hardman takes us through our latest makeup tutorial: how to apply false lashes. Melissa is available for a variety of makeup assignments throughout UK

1). Begin by measuring the false lash strip against your eyelid. If the strip appears too long, trim away a couple of the lashes or however many are necessary, before the strip sits comfortably against your own lash line without poking into the corners of your eye. Then do the same with the other lash strip.

2). Next, apply a thin line of eye lash glue to the lash strip and allow the glue to become tacky before applying to your own eyelid. An example of a good quality eye lash glue is ‘Duo”.

3). Place the lash strip on your top lash line so that it sits right next to your natural lashes. By doing this it will prevent a gap from occurring and making you appear to have two lash lines. To check that the lashes are right up against your own, use the wrong end of your tweezers to lightly push them into place.

4). Finally, use a little bit of mascara to blend any of your own stray lashes with the lash strip, this will make them appear more natural.