Clare Flint – Makeup Artist
Top tips for choosing a makeup artist for your wedding – 22/11/20
After a flurry of wedding bookings today for 2021-22, I thought I would write a blog post on tips for finding the perfect makeup artist for your wedding in your area:
1. Search online for makeup artists in your area. Google searches and social media are always a good starting point. Look at their portfolio or photographs of their work and choose an artist where you feel you connect with their makeup style. For example, if their portfolio is full of super glam and full coverage looks, then this might not be the artist for you if you don’t usually wear a lot of makeup.
2. Always choose a makeup artist that is insured. It is really important that your makeup artist has the correct insurance. If you can’t see it mentioned anywhere on their website or social media page, then ask them to confirm that they have it.
3. Check Google & Facebook reviews; any good makeup artist should have a good selection of reviews that will give you an insight into their personality, reliability and working style.
4. Ensure that you choose a makeup artist that requires you to pay a deposit. This is standard practice amongst professional makeup artists and ensures that your booking is secure in their diary.
5. Speak to the makeup artist on the telephone or via message/email. Do you get a good feeling talking to them? Do you feel like you connect with one another? For some, this can be a very important aspect to booking somebody. I always want my brides to feel like they have another friend present on their wedding morning, as this helps everyone to feel relaxed and enjoy the pampering!
6. Make sure that the makeup artist has information on how they clean and sanitize their equipment. It is so important that your chosen artist follows strict hygiene guidelines (even before Covid-19). For example; a clean set of brushes for each face they are working on, a tidy & clean set up and lots of disposables (to use products like mascara and lip gloss). They may have this information on their website, but if not, don’t be afraid to ask.
7. When contacting your makeup artist for the first time, provide as much information as possible. That way they can quickly give you a quote for the full cost, information about timings on the day and what to expect from your bridal trial. At the same time, don’t be shy in asking any questions or raising any worries you may have.
8. Is your bridal trial included in the price? Some makeup artists offer separate bridal trials so you can decide whether you want to choose them for your wedding day after you have tried the makeup look, while other artists include the bridal trial in the full wedding package. In my opinion a good makeup artist will always make you feel at ease about booking them for your big day.
9. Look for someone that falls inline with your budget. But remember, when booking a professional makeup artist for your wedding day, you are paying for their knowledge, experience, insurance and professionalism, as well as time spent chatting on the phone or by email to make sure everything is perfect for you. Also things like mood boards (for makeup ideas tailored to you) as well as their time and travel.
10. A good makeup artist should have a wide range of products in their kit. They should be ready for all eventualities and be able to cater to global skintones (from the fairest to the deepest) all skin types (products for dry, oily, sensitive, dehydrated and normal/combo skin) plus all ages. Most makeup artists are super proud of their pro kits and will always be happy to tell you what products/brands they carry.
I hope you have found that helpful and it helps you find your perfect makeup artist.
GLOW UP: Makeup products to brighten up your skin – 08/11/20
We all know that a great skincare routine can help your skin feel fresh, smooth and radiant. Using targeted products plus a good application of a hydrating moisturiser will be your foundation to getting great looking skin but if you are looking for an extra glow then one of these products might be for you.
As a makeup artist I love to build up liquids and creams to get a gorgeous finish to the skin and I reach for my favourite liquid highlighters/ illuminators a lot as they really can be so versatile. I have even added a radiance primer on here too as it a cult product and really is as lovely as all the great reviews suggest!
These products can be mixed with your moisturiser and foundation, they can be applied all over your face for an ethereal glow and worn on their own or under foundation, they can be patted over foundation on your cheek bones to add a stronger glow.
No matter what your budget, you too can get on the glow train!
Here is a list of my favourite go to products:
Charlotte Tilbury – Hollywood Flawless Filter
This is at the top of my list because, quite frankly, it is a great product. It comes in 7 shades from fair to dark and works for the majority of skin tones. It has the versatility of a primer, the intense glow of a highlighter and gives your skin a filtered finish.
It comes in quite a thick formula and can be applied by the doe foot applicator it comes with, a brush or your fingers.
My favourite way to use this product is to mix it in with my longer lasting, matte foundations and this means i still get the long wear but also the glow I crave. I also find that it doesn’t draw attention to my pores or fine lines which is great.
MAC – Strobe cream
This is a great product to add a subtle glow to your skin and is a firm favourite in my kit.
This is a real quick fix for your skin as it hydrates, refreshes and brightens your skin. It comes in four shades which are all equally subtle and work well with different skin tones. It contains iridescent particles that adds luminosity to dull skin.
Strobe cream definitely has a more moisturiser feel to it and can be applied with your fingers or a brush.
Mix it with more matte foundations to a soft glow or apply straight to your skin before foundation. I tend to gravitate to this product on the days I’m not wearing makeup as it has not glitter or metallic sheen to it.
Glossier – Futuredew
I really enjoy the minimalism of Glossier products and this was a hit on a recent order I received.
This product comes under the skincare category and is a oil/serum hybrid that give a glass like finish to the skin. I find applying with my fingers works really well.
If you are looking for a product to make your skin look dewy, this could be the product for you.
Even though this contains really nourishing oils, my skin doesn’t feel at all greasy and I was pleasantly surprised at how long it lasted on my skin. This product is great for a no makeup or minimal makeup day, heavy makeup would just cancel out that gorgeous glow!
Danessa Myricks – Illuminating Veil
If you follow me on instagram you will know that I love Danessa Myricks products. As a working makeup artist she knows what is good and what is amazing, this product is the latter!
Illuminating Veils are a long wearing creamy highlighter that can be used on face and body. Apply straight to skin, mix with foundation for an ethereal glow or tap on the high points of your face for an added sheen. The colour range is fantastic (I would expect nothing else from Danessa) and will suit global complexions.
Sweep on the product with a flat brush onto targeted areas or all over if you want a full face glow. This wears really well and isn’t greasy/oily at all.
Laura Mercier – Pure Canvas Primer- illuminating
The Laura Mercier Illuminating primer is a go too for a lot of people as it imparts a healthy glow onto the skin. It contains Micronized pearls that help to reflect light and refreshed dull, tired looking skin.
This is a great primer for people that want a healthy glow but want to keep their skin low key and healthy looking. It just comes in one shade but as it is a primer it should suit most skintones, although for people with a deeper skintones you may want to test it first.
I have used this for a long time in my personal kit and it wears well under the majority of my foundations. I apply this product with my fingers on to clean, well moisturised skin.
It always feels comfortable and hydrating on my skin.
Benefit – Watts Up Cream to powder highlighter
This a a gorgeous soft focus cream to powder highlighter. It comes in stick form that twists up to apply. It does come with a little applicator on one end but I find tapping on the product with my fingers gets the best application as the product has chance to warm up slightly.
Apply to the high points of the face for a subtle glow.
It comes in a delicate champagne shade that is great for fair, light and light/ medium skintones. I feel like this product would not work well on deeper skintones (if they released more shades i would carry it in my kit as it really is so pretty)
Mac – Cream Colour Base
Cream Colour Base is a fantastic product that I always carry in my pro kit. It comes in five shades and imparts a sheer, dewy effect on the skin. It is a cream formula that can be used to create different effects on the skin.
I carry three shades in my kit- Shell, Hush and Improper Copper. I feel like there would be a shade to suit most skintones.
This product works well patted on with fingers and leaves a beautiful sheen to the skin, i like to layer it over my cream blushers to add an extra glow. The innovative formula allows it to be applied onto bare skin and some of the shades can be added to eyelids and lips.
This is a much loved product in my kit and I feel it works well on all skin types.
Have you tried any of these products? What glow products do you like? I would love to know .
Reviewed: Charlotte Tilbury ‘Bejewelled Eyes To Hypnotise’ eye palette – 25/10/20
After spending the last few years using Charlotte Tilbury products I was yet to purchase and try her eyeshadow formula. Charlotte Tilbury adverts always give the idea of being your own, glowing supermodel and quite frankly, I felt it was time to unleash mine!
The Bejewelled Eyes To Hypnotise palette is part of her holiday 2020 product drop and is limited edition. It retails for £60.00 for 9.5g of product.
It’s made in Italy.
Recommended use by 18 months
It contains twelve brand new shades that are inspired by the worlds most beautiful gems, including: 3 mattes, 7 metallic shades and 2 (all new) wet look metallic shades that give a crystal glow effect.
First off, the packaging is gorgeous. It’s slimline and weighty with a magnetic snap fastening. It’s a super pretty silver design and contain a nice size mirror – everything you want a holiday palette to be!
On the back of the palette it shows you the three steps for each colour section (prime, enhance and smoke). This just gives you the option to follow the steps that Charlotte likes to follow to get the glowy, smoked out eye looks she is so famous for, but you can mix and match the palette to create what you like. The palette is broken down into four sections each with prime, enhance and smoke shades.
Happy Glow is great for a bit of day time glamour and contains glowing, golden topaz shades. All of these shades are warm in tone.
Prime – Copper Rose Metallic
Enhance – Warm peach matte
Smoke – Warm copper shimmer (new wet look formula)
Love Glow contains rose and ruby shades and it will make a great alternative to a classic smokey eye look. These shades will look great on deeper skin tones.
Prime – Rose Gold shimmer
Enhance – Deep Rose metallic (new formula)
Smoke – Deep Ruby matte
Dream Glow contains warm violet hues. It can be used for a subtle wash of colour across the lids or can make a really pretty, cool toned smokey eye look.
Prime – Violet Champagne shimmer
Enhance – Warm Violet shimmer
Smoke – Metallic Amethyst
Seduce Glow contains chocolate brown and bronze to create deep, molten smokey quartz looks. These shades will work well on all skin tones and build up well together
Prime – Golden bronze metallic
Enhance – Chocolate brown matte
Smoke – Smokey Bronze metallic
So what are my thoughts?
This palette is stunning! In all honesty, I was blown away by the quality of the shadows. The mattes are smooth, easy to blend and easy to build up for more intensity, and are a great formula for makeup beginners. The metallics are again, smooth and creamy feeling (even though they are a powder formula). They apply easily with a flat brush and blend out beautifully, you can also apply with your finger for a smooth application. The pigment is fantastic and the tones are all beautiful. The wet look metallic formula is outstanding. It has the most stunning finish to it and I found that patting it on with your finger gets the best result.
All of shadows wore really well throughout the day with minimal creasing (the eye base I used was Plouise in shade 2) and the colour stayed vibrant.
From both a consumer and pro makeup artist point of view I would highly recommend this palette for its high quality formula. In my opinion the high price point really does reflect the high quality of the shadows.
The only shade I didn’t enjoy using is the prime shade in the Dream Glow section, I felt it didn’t apply as nicely as the other metallics.
I think the shades will suit most complexions and while the ruby shades might seem scary for fairer complexions, it really is very pretty. It will look stunning on medium/deep skin tones.
If you don’t like a metallic sheen on your eyes this may not be the palette for you as it is all about the glow!
I have to say, if this is a indication of what other Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palettes are like, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more releases.
Lets chat Red lipstick, shall we? – 18/10/20
I firmly believe that a good red lipstick really can brighten your day and lift your mood when you wear it. It is a makeup piece that most women have in their makeup bags (although it may not get worn much) but usually comes out for a special occasion to help us feel extra special.
Think of it like a little black dress that goes with everything, it’s great to mix and match and can be worn in a number of ways. A bold, true red is often worn with a crisp black eye liner for a 50’s vibe and just makes everyone look so glam. Team with bold prints, leopard print or polka spots for extra points!
A wash of red in an ultra modern, demi matte texture teamed with glowing skin and lashings of mascara always looks so cool. The less effort it looks like it took, the better! This look always reminds me of hanging out in Camden whilst visiting my brother and swooning over how cool all the girls looked on their way to see all the rock bands!
For a more editorial look, I always love pairing a stained red lip with a wash of colour on the eyes. For myself, I tend to gravitate towards a bright pink on the lids and a touch of red patted on to the lips using my ring finger. This type of look always makes me feel confident and it is a lot more wearable than it sounds!
A red lipstick can come in so many shades and I think that is what scares a lot of people when trying to buy one. There are a few tried and true ways to determine what shade of lipstick might suit you and this is my favourite;
If you are unsure of your skin tone, have a look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they appear to be greenish in colour, you will typically have a warm skin tone. Warm skin tones look great in reds that contain coral, orange, gold, brown or copper in them.
If they appear more blueish in colour, you will typically have a cool skin tone. Cool skin tones look great in reds that contain pink, blue or plum in them, plus these shades are great at making your teeth appear brighter and whiter!
If they seem to have a mixture of green and blue you may be a neutral skin tone. A neutral skin tone can get away with most shades, it just depends on how brave you are feeling!
It is also really important to think about the depth of colour you choose for your lipstick. For example a lipstick that is quite light in colour and sheer in texture will look great on someone with fair skin and cool undertones but that same lipstick wouldn’t show up as much on someone with deep skin and golden undertones, they would need a richer shade with more depth to have the same impact.
We all can feel like popping on a bright lipstick can be scary and finding your perfect tone can be tricky, the best thing to do is to try some on when you are wearing either very little or more neutral makeup.
I truly believe that the right lipstick will brighten your whole face and instantly make you feel happy. Most people will instantly know that they love a lipstick when they put it on.
Here is a list of my current favourite red lipsticks that I grab for time and time again:
Charlotte Tilbury – Hot lips Lipstick
Shade: Carina’s Love
It is a matte formula that is very comfortable on my lips. It is a medium toned, bright red.
MAC Cosmetics – Matte Lipstick
Shade: Russian Red
This is a really great shade. It is blue toned and very intense when applied straight from the bullet. If you aren’t feeling quite so brave, why not try patting a little on with your ring finger and wearing it as a stain until you get used to it. It is a matte formula.
Revlon – Super Lustrous Lipstick
Shade: Fire and Ice
This is such an iconic shade. Originally made in 1952, it is still a best seller. It has a creamy formulation, with orange/coral undertones.
Lisa Eldridge – True Velvet Lipstick
Shade: Velvet Ribbon
Lisa’s lipsticks have quickly gained a cult following. They come in wearable, modern shades and Velvet Ribbon is a must have. This formulation is gorgeous; matte but creamy and hydrating on the lips. It is a neutral/blue red and suits everyone!
NARS Cosmetics – Velvet Matte Lipstick
Shade: Dragon Girl
This velvet matte lipstick is like a chubby liner. It’s easy to apply, long lasting and is a vivid red. Great for all skin tones
Maybelline – Super Stay Matte Ink
Shade: Pioneer (20)
Price: £9.99 (currently 2 for £12 at Superdrug)
These liquid lipsticks are my favourite formula, long lasting but still hydrating. Never dry looking, with a great shade range they are well worth checking out. Pioneer is a classic, bright red and I love it!
Have you got a favourite Red lipstick? Let me know what it is!
Have a great week!
New Eye Liners For Autumn – 11/10/20
The weather is getting chilly, the nights are drawing in and the leaves are starting to fall off the trees. Here is a big hooray for Autumn!
I usually manage to get to July time before I start thinking about doing autumn makeup looks. However, as most of the glossy magazines are usually a month ahead (think ELLE, Marie Clare, Vogue) I always head to the beauty sections to discover the new trends that are filtering down to the consumers. Pinterest is also a great way to find fresh makeup trends you love and want to try for the new season.
There is no doubting that a subtle black winged liner teamed with a true red lip will always be a classic look for a lot of people, but why not use this time of year to switch things up a bit? With new releases now dropping constantly (all pointing towards the warmer autumn tones) now is a great time to think about trying a new autumnal shade on your eyes.
What colours am I talking about? Burgundy, plum, copper, burnt orange, bronze and warm toned browns. They all give a nod to the recent change in season and quite frankly, they just look beautiful on all complexions and eye colours. A new pencil eyeliner in a fresh colour can fit nicely into your makeup bag if you usually wear neutrals. A lot of the new formulations around are softer and more gel like, this is great as it gives you some play time if you want to soften and smudge but then once they are set, they stay put!
Here is a list of my current favourite autumn eye liner shades (all different price points, but all are fantastic):
Charlotte Tilbury – Eye Liner
Shade: Walk of No Shame
This a warm berry-russet shade that is smooth and long lasting.
Rimmel – Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner
Shade: Deep wine
A beautiful burgundy shade that looks great with green eyes. For the price point, all the shades in this range are fantastic and are staples in my pro kit.
MAC – Eye kohl
This is an gorgeous intense bronze shade that is great as an eyeliner or smudged on the eyelid as a base for a shimmering bronze smokey eye look.
Urban Decay – Glide On Pencil
A metallic burnt orange shade that is surprisingly wearable and great for when you fancy a change. This liner is vegan too, which is a huge plus.
Glossier – Colourslide Technogel Eye Pencil
Shade: Disaster Class
This is a deep red wine shade that makes me think about mulled wine, roast chestnuts and open log fires. Bliss!
This is a great product to use for any kind of eye look you want, plus i just love the minimalist approach to fresh makeup that Glossier has.
This liner is cruelty free.
Marc Jacobs – Highliner Gel Crayon
Here we have a very warm toned, medium copper with a metallic finish.
These again, have great staying power and a super creamy. https://www.harveynichols.com/brand/marc-jacobs-beauty/707589-highliner-gel-eye-crayon-eyeliner/p3273692/
That’s it, my favourite autumn liner shades!
My first ever blog post – 04/10/20
For those that don’t know me, let me take a minute to introduce myself…
My name is Clare and I’m a 44 year old professional makeup artist, working mainly in the wedding makeup industry. I’ve been freelance for almost 5 years, and have recently set myself the goal of writing a blog! So here is my first ever blog post…
I think we would all agree that Covid-19 has hit us all hard and a lot of people (like myself) are finding it increasingly hard to do what we love. After starting the New Year with the busiest wedding season for me to date, it all came crashing down. Weddings were sadly postponed until 2021 and I have patiently waited for the beauty and wedding industry to get up and running again.
I will be honest, it has been hard. Relying on creating makeup looks on myself for social media can be both time consuming and expensive (especially when you wash it straight off, so you can do another one before it gets dark!).
No matter who I do makeup on, I always make it my mission to understand their makeup needs. I ensure that I listen carefully to their requirements, and my goal is to make them look and feel amazing, whatever the occasion.
Likewise, when I post on social media (I post mainly on my Facebook business page and Instagram) I love to share a good mixture of work. I always ensure that all my tips are easy to follow and helpful to people that aren’t makeup obsessed like myself!
If you follow my Instagram page you will know I’m a little makeup magpie, collecting all of the products that twinkle and catch my eye! I simply love trying new products, new textures, new brands and recommending great products to my lovely followers.
So this brings me to what you can expect from my blog. I will be trying out and recommending products first and foremost. I will be giving an honest opinion and will let you know if I think they are worth parting with your hard earned cash for! I’ll also tell you the best way to apply them to get a pro finish, and I will be giving you tips to help makeup work for you.
Do you have a favourite mascara but it smudges all the time? No, problem, I have a product that will sort that.
Does your makeup always end up looking cakey and dry after lunch? I can help!
Do you fancy trying some false lashes, but don’t know where to start? I have favourites that I purchase again and again for both myself and my pro kit, so can advise.
Do you struggle with what brushes are best to use with particular products? I have tried a lot and have some great recommendations!
I would love it if you joined me on my makeup loving journey, but more importantly, I hope it helps someone fall in love with makeup.
I am super excited to get started!
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