What to look for in a Beauty Service Provider

Last Wednesday evening I hosted my first Instagramlive Question and Answer session.  This medium is nice to reach you guys more intimately and interact in real time so I will be doing one every other week. I had a great time so thank you guys who tuned in and spent some time with me. For those of you that couldn’t join us please see the full recorded video and an outline of what was covered below.

I chose this topic because I always have clients who come in and have had less than satisfactory service not just with other makeup or lash artists but in the beauty industry as a whole. When I asked ore questions sometimes it could have been avoided by asking certain questions.

For any provider in the beauty industry you should always:
1. Look at their work … see it on friends , social media, website or portfolio.
2. Find out their policies … cancellations, touch ups, allergy or other problem solving.
3. Where are they located ? Is the environment safe, comfortable and clean?
4. What are their views on ensuring the health and safety of the medium working on i.e. the natural lash, hair, nail or skin
5. Do you like their attitude and demeanor?

With regard to my specific area of expertise the questions you should ask are as follows:

Hiring a Makeup Artist
– What are your qualifications?
– What makeup products do you use?
– What if you get sick and can’t do my makeup?
– Are there extra costs , travel , touch up etc ?
– Do you do house calls ?
– How much experience do you have ?
– Can I see see your portfolio?

Hiring an Eyelash Extension artist
– Are you licensed ?
– Where did you do your training ?
– How long have you been applying extensions ?
– Can I see your work ?
– What brand of adhesive and extensions do you use ?
– do you recommend for post application maintenance ?

VIEW FULL LENGTH VIDEO HERE 

How’s about some makeup trends?

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 8.51.45 PMAs some of you know I am the SHE Caribbean Magazine Beauty Consultant. It was my honor to be the Makeup Artist on the Spring issue’s cover. The cover featured none other than St. Lucia’s First Lady, Mrs. Raquel DuBoulay Chastanet.

As such my article dealt with how I incorporated the current Spring 2017 makeup trends into the cover and feature article looks.  Its not too late to try these trends before the US Summer hits in full force and changes up worldwide makeup preferences again.  Be sure to check out the SHE Caribbean Magazine website to download the full magazine to any electronic device

Enjoy the article

“Lights, Camera COVER !!!” – How I incorporated some spring 2017 makeup trends during our cover shoot.

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Work is a blessing and a joy. It was my pleasure and privilege to have worked with St. Lucian First Lady, Mrs Raquel Du Boulay-Chastanet for this issue’s cover.

Since the 2017 spring trends have been in circulation, I decided to make this issue’s cover looks up to date by employing the ones I found most appealing.

FRESH FACE FORWARD

No makeup makeup is back !!!! Alicia Keys was the first to embrace this whole heartedly in 2016 and it has become a trend for 2017. The New York Fashion week was full of fresh faced models walking the runways.
Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 9.00.39 PMTo achieve this look on Raquel I first used CoverFX MATTIFYING PRIMER to prep the skin. To give a very understated contouring of the face I applied LA GIRL PRO CONCEAL shades under the foundation. NEUTRAGENA HEALTHY SKIN LIQUID MAKEUP was then used to blend the contour products.

THE BLUSH BOMB

In traditional vocabulary “Draping” is a verb used to describe the action of arranging cloth. Makeup gurus however, have a way of creating their own vocab, so in 2017 be in the know and use this verb to refer to blush application. The technique is basically contouring using blush.

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The technique worked very well on Raquel as I was able to enhance the no makeup look with a pronounced flush of blush color. It was very flattering on her paler skin and showed up well on camera. The MORPHE COSMETICS 9N Blush palette was so convenient as there are a range of beautiful colors to choose from.
The draping was enhanced with some golden highlights from the ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS “THAT GLOW” GLOW KIT.

PUCKER UP

We all loved the matte lip in 2016. Say goodbye ladies, the new trend in 2017 …. STAY GLOSSY !!! On a minimalist makeup look, a glossy lip ads depth to the color and the overall look. Colors are vibrant and rich. We are especially loving reds this season.
On our cover model I used a variety of vibrant glossy tones.

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 My favorite was KAT VON D EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK IN BACHELORETTE. This product however, is not very glossy and I used a clear gloss over top. So don’t panic ladies. No need to throw out all those matte lip products

JEEPERS CREEPERS

Those peepers are still on trend with the glitter we loved in 2016. Rose tones are especially popular.

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I used a number of beautiful tones from my MORPHE COSMETICS 35B palette. For shades that didn’t have enough pop URBAN DECAY HEAVY METAL LINERS were a godsend. Apply a little of these glitter liners over top your matte eye shadows and get ready for fire works.

Spring breathes new life into the world around us so bloom where you are planted with these SHE CARIBBEAN adaptations of the latest makeup trends.

 

Do I Stay or Do I Go?

As a Beauty Consultant I am finding that I double as a Psychologist a lot of times. Whether it’s an eyelash extension client, a makeup client or a model at a shoot …. I find myself sometimes listening to or witnessing intimate moments in my clients’ and colleagues’ lives.

I think it’s because our field is so intimate. When you are finding out how best to make your client beautiful it is inevitable that you have to tap into what makes them ultimately happy and so inadvertently unhappy. As part of a team of beauty providers, we are constantly feeding off of each other’s creativity, motivation, inspiration and mood.

This brings me to the inspiration for today’s blog. One of my colleagues has reached a point where they think it’s best to move on. Today was their last day with their team. I felt the emotions. Sadness at leaving, relief at putting an end to a difficult situation, excitement for what is to come. How did they know it was time… How did they decide to stay or to go ?

EVERYTHING IS A CHOICE 

Relationship, work or your favorite shade of Anastasia Liquid Lipstick … it’s a choice. Everyday we wake up and wether we are conscious of it or not , we make a choice. We make a choice to love our spouse, our kids. We make a choice to get dressed and go to work. We make a choice to wear that favorite shade of red lipstick. You may say no , one has to go to work, one has to love one’s family, without makeup one looks terrible so one has to wear it. I have news for you….. we CHOOSE to do these things. You choose to love your family because they are yours and they make you happy. You choose to go to work so you can pay bills, put food on the table. You choose to wear makeup because you don’t want to startle yourself every time you pass a reflective surface. When making the choice becomes a conscious effort however, you need to start asking yourself … Do I stay or do I go?

#ILOVEME 

I believe you cannot love anyone or have passion for anything until you unconditionally love yourself. The situations you are in affect that self love. Is your spouse constantly insulting you and damaging your ego? Is your job forcing you to be the constant bad guy and affect peoples lives negatively ? Is your mascara making you look like arachnophobia 2 is about to be filmed on your face ? You can’t honestly feel self-love in these situations. Ask the question … Do I stay or Do I go ?

YOU FEEL ME ? 

Does your life make a difference ? Does your existence make the world a better place? Do you feel appreciated by your family, friends, employer, clients? Do you feel that you currently make at least one other human being happy ? If you can immediately say yes to this question …. GO !

 

Happy Mothers’ Day … here’s a treat :)

Happy Mothers’ Day to all the Mommies, Aunties, Mommies-to-be … to all females who share their love, time and resources to children, this day was for you.

I spent it editing a little gem for you guys.

Sam Fine is the beauty authority when it comes to women of color. I recorded three of the key tips he shared during his demo at IMATS New York in April. I have started using them in my own personal and professional makeup application. The results are amazing.

Check it out on my YouTube channel. 

 

 

New York New York …..

This post is so long overdue. Its been exactly a month since my trip to The International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in New York. I am finally sitting down to at least share about it. I have so many photos, so much video to edit, so much makeup to use !!!

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Let’s back track a little though. The biggest motivation to leave my job in corporate, was my vision of the life I always wished for. Part of that vision was travel. I jumped at the opportunity to attend IMATS firstly, for the obvious reasons as a professional makeup artist, but, also because it was hosted in New York. I’ve never been …. I was sold!!IMG_6465

As with visiting any new place for the first time, landing in New York was exhilarating. I must say though, New York was different. At first I thought it reminded me of Las Vegas because of the bustle, but the energy was different. There was a constant hum, an incessant buzz of focused energy, business, commerce, even the kids looked about their hustle. I have concluded New York is the cathedral of capitalism. I didn’t mind it at all !!! Capitalize on capitalism I did, and it started with IMATS the day after landing

 

I would advise anyone who loves makeup and makeup artistry to attend IMATS. For a working Make Up Artist you need to go!! The first thing IMATS did for me was rekindle my spark. The passion for artistry was palpable. The first stop was the Anastasia line. It was so long !!! At first my girlfriend Saadiya and I groaned but as soon as we stood at the tail end we made friends with the girls ahead of us and started chatting about products, where each person was from, what our area of specialty was etc. That was how it was all day for two days. Meeting enthusiasts, professionals, students, mothers of mua’s, you name it, once they had anything to do with makeup they were there. Speaking with everyone made me feel like a total sponge soaking up their passion and excitement while I passed on my own. It reminded me why I loved make up and artistry. It cemented why I traveled for a show like that.

Another reason, and a huge one at that to head to IMATS was the pricing. As a professional Make Up Artist, you need to be ready for any client. Getting your kit stocked up is an ongoing process and is expensive. Enter trade shows. Trade shows such a IMATS are heaven sent. All the top brands in one place with huge discounts in some cases. Also they make sure and bring their A-game. All the newest products, limited edition items etc. I don’t need to buy makeup until IMATS 2018 !!!

Education is always a huge feature at trade shows and IMATS was no exception. They brought together a team of A-listers in beauty education. My favorites were Sam Fine on Saturday and Frederick Sanders on Sunday. Sam brought it back to basics and showed first hand how to deliver classic beauty especially for dark skin. Frederick excited me to get back into airbrushing when he worked his magic doing a look from start to finish completely with his airbrush products.

The IMATS weekend was the main reason for travel to New York but why miss out on exploring the Big Apple? I am pleased to say Saads and I mastered the subway… my metro card is still in my wallet. We purchased US sim cards so no wifi, no problem for us! Google maps is now my best friend when traveling.

I used to be that girl who didn’t travel to any place I didn’t have a family member. I don’t know that chic anymore. The more I travel the more adventurous I get. I realize that every city has its quirks and commonalities.

In the words of the late Derek Walcott;

“I read, I travel, I become”.

Work Hard but make sure you Play Harder !!!

The Entrepreneurial journey is one fraught with ups and downs, wins and losses. Along my short and continuing journey I have made a few mistakes but hiring Carissa Daniel, The Business Radical was not one of them.

Carissa hosts a Blog of her own and asked me to guest write a piece on my own experience. I hope you enjoy.


The Online Urban Dictionary defines ENTREPRENEUR as follows:

“Somebody who has the balls to drop their current job, relationships, family, friends to pursue rich dreams. Somebody who wants to be recognized by their community, or even their country. Somebody who views the world differently. An entrepreneur is the person who knows the world is flawed, they know a 9-5 job isn’t fulfilling, they know the educational system is shit. We are the risk takers. We are the ones who want to make it big in life. Our peers will go job hunting with a piece of paper called a “degree” while we’re creating our own jobs. We’re the boss. We’re the one who hire people. We’re the one who starts a business. We are entrepreneurs.”
I read this and felt like I could stand up and beat my entrepreneurial chest !!! Grab the bull by the horns and own it !!! That’s the lifestyle we sell as entrepreneurs. We are in control, we are ouIMG_6486.JPGr own boss, we call the shots. What happens when the boss, shot-caller ,horn-grabber, chest-beater is just plain tired? When business is great but as the business owner you are worn down and overwhelmed by it all? Where does the Urban Dictionary talk about that ? It doesn’t, so let’s.

I worked in corporate from the time I left University. Eventually I knew there was more to life than making some invisible entity money while loosing my precious family time. I quit my job and followed my dream. My dream was this, to make a life that I didn’t have to take a vacation from.To serve and make people happy while making a living. In making this very dream a reality however I get caught up and loose sight of it. Let me however share my tips for making sure the dream is still alive.

Do what you love…
… and you will never work a day in your life. While working for the man, I pursued activities that made me happy and researched ways in which I could make money from them. I sacrificed many evenings after work doing makeup and eyelash extensions for friends until I started getting paid for it. Ureka !!! A possible sustainable business !!!

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As a human being one must keep learning constantly. More so as a service provider in my ever changing industry. I seek out training in places that I have never been and make it a vacation. Who says you can’t combine work with pleasure ?

Take a knee
In the blockbuster movie “After Earth”, Will Smith’s character (Cypher Raige) says to his son, Jaden Smith (Kitai Raige) “Take a Knee” . He uses this quote throughout the movie to center his son and calm him. I try to remember this or some other calming quote when I feel overwhelmed. The first instinct is always to push on and push through the hurdles. Get it done now. It must get done now. I have found that “now” when feeling flustered and overwhelmed is not always best. Take a knee, take a breath, a tea, a coffee or a walk and attack it later with a clear head and light heart.

Mind your business.
A guaranteed source of hypertension is looking at what the other person is doing. Yes we must keep sight of our competition, advancements in the field, price changes etc, but be confident that you and your team know what’s right for your business and your clients. Be sure to be the best at what you do but make sure it’s your best and not someone else.

The journey is the destination
You will fail, you will win, you will laugh, cry, scream… it’s all a part of the beautiful journey we as entrepreneurs, visionaries, chest-beaters, horn-grabbers, shot-callers have embarked on. Be sure to sincerely enjoy your choice and cherish the journey.

We are the privileged few who have chosen this life. Work hard my friend but be sure to play harder

IMATS New York – My waking dream

Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 10.43.38 AMExcitement is an understatement !!!

As I type today I am so excited. This time next week I’ll be neck deep in makeup and artistry ! I will be at the International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS).
What is IMATS ?

The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, or IMATS, is the make-up world’s biggest gathering. Thousands of make-up artists, exhibitors and enthusiasts discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer.

I’m a makeup artist so of course this is great for business as I can learn more and update my kit. I chose a different spin for this blog entry though. This trip represents more than just business. It’s a dream come true.

VAN16_Lianne_Mosely_Ben_Nye_2T6B8928-800x533I did my first makeup artistry training in Trinidad in 2015 with Buntricia Bastian. We were partnered up for the training and my partner was the beautiful, amazing, fit funny Ms Saadiya Nakhuda (Lotus Touch Beauty) who I met previously during Novalash training. We thoroughly enjoyed our training and swore we were going to do more trips like that to learn and shop and enjoy each other’s friendship … our dream was IMATS. So much so we started a whats app group .. “IMATS …. at some point” with another friend. As friendships do we all had different life journeys but I’m pleased to say that 2 years later Saadiya and I are making the trip together.

You want something … make it happen … period.

I’ve dreamed about this trip for 2 years … you know I have a game plan.

THE LIST
Crowd_9R9A1728-800x533At my last count there were 96 exhibitors. That’s a lot and all these booths are set up to entrance and entice you to spend your life savings with them …. it happened to me in Las Vegas at IBS …. I wasn’t ready lol. This time I will be !!! I am almost done with my list. I have painstakingly gone through the IMATS exhibitor list. I’ve short listed the exhibitors that I’m interested in, gone to their websites, and made a list of the individual products I want with prices. When I’m done with this initial list I will then cut it again to my planned budget.
Of course I know some gorgeously painted sales assistant will bogle my mind and make me want to go over my budget … enter Saadiya to drag me away bodily if necessary : )

THE GEAR
Battle-of-the-BrushesI am going to be surrounded by my Idols in makeup. The face definitely has to be beat to pay homage to the makeup GodS, but the outfit will be warm and comfortable. Again learning from experience comfort is everything. In Las Vegas at IBS I wore wedges and was thoroughly exhausted with swollen ankles by the end of the day. Warm layers on top, leggings and flats.

THE HAULAGE
The tiny pots of eyeshadow, tubes of lipstick and pans of powder add up and my shoulders felt unhinged at the end of IBS last July. Large trolley bag. When I arrive in New York the first purchase will be a jumbo shoulder bag that can be rolled and a back up back pack for the extra stuff that cant fit …. yeah we going to shop 🙂

THE SPEND
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FOR THE RECORD
38de5cf9d07648f0da754fcb63790b89Not only am I blessed to have this dream trip come through but somebody actually wants me to share it !!!

Amazing !!!

She Caribbean Magazine has asked me to takeover their instagram account and share the day with their followers. Excuse me while I say it again..

Amazing !!!

I am taking this very seriously and am going to clear out the memory in my camera because i will documenting everything !!! Make sure and follow them at @SheCaribbeanMag

THE KNOWLEDGE
bea877d0c7a28cb3ac8276c23c87106aIMATS offers free classes!!! Yes free !! I am taking advantage of this opportunity to pick the brains of industry living legends like ….. dramatic pause ….. Sam Fine

Saturday I chose to sit in on:
The Money Maker: Classic Beauty Make-Up with Kevin James Bennett
Fine: The Basics Of Beauty with Sam Fine

Sunday I have the following to look forward to
Next Generation Of Airbrush with Frederick Sanders
The “Insta-Bride”: Translating Instagram Photos To Marry Reality And Expectations with Megan Garmers

SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
This is the biggest makeup artist and enthusiast mixer ever !!! I will be taking the opportunity to meet other enthusiasts, artists and suppliers to foster new relationships and avenues for expansion and diversification of the business. Also to plain old make new friends !!!

ALL IN MY HEAD
I have my game plan but I am going to take intervals to just really appreciate the fact that I am living my own personal dream. No-one else’s.

I can’t wait to share photos stories tips and tricks with you guys when i get back

Have a great week y’all

 

The “HIGHLIGHT” life

“If you can’t see my highlight from space I’m not wearing enough”

“You’re a crayon, I’m a highlighter. You may color the world, but I make it brighter”

I came across these quotes while I was doing some research for this article and I thought “Yes” I’m on the right track !!”.

I chose to write today about the “Highlight life” because most of my clients are so afraid of trying new things with makeup and top among their fears is face contouring.

Let’s begin by defining the fear. What is commonly called “highlight and contour” is all contouring.

Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 11.16.22 AMThe dictionary definition sums contouring up as to outline or map out. Thats what you do when you contour and highlight. What is commonly referred to as contouring usually refers to mapping out the low lights of the face with a darker colored powder or liquid foundation. Highlighting maps out the high points of the face with a lighter colored liquid or powder foundation. As a professional I admit that this can get complicated and takes a lot of practice.

Enter your trusty highlighter.

WHAT IS A HIGHLIGHTER?

A cream or powder face makeup that attracts light, creating the illusion of brightness and height, hence that lit-from-within look.

ed24b5582e0721e60ebf88e709b05e7aMy personal favorite is from Becca Cosmetics in Topaz. This complements my skin as it has a golden color and I am a brown skin gal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHY ARE WE NOW GOING TO LOVE IT ?

It’s going add depth to the face without the fear of the complicated contouring routine.
The highlighter is usually used in addition to the contour routine but because on its own it works to add dimension a makeup beginner can use it to make their makeup pop and glow. The technique recently became popular and was dubbed “Strobing”

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The photo shows exactly where you apply the highlighter. Tops of the brow, the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and tops of the lips (cupid’s bow). These are the high points of the face and where the light would naturally hit. So we are drawing more light to these points to make them stand out. In doing this we are automatically making the low points of the face seem lower.

VOILA !!!

You just contoured !!!

 

The tools for this are basic. I use my fingers on myself with a light touch and blend. On my clients I use either a fan brush or a blending brush.

My favorite brushes are from MORPHE and I use the M497 Duo Soft Fan Brush or the M332 Fluffy Crease Blending Brush. You can order them online at Morphe Brushes. These brushes are so affordable and high quality its insane.

I hope this article was helpful and you guys go try it out. Write a comment when you do or send me some photos. Happy high life !!!

At your next lash appointment, ask for artistry !

Eat, sleep, lash repeat! Pretty much describes my days with makeup appointments thrown in here and there.

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I started my lash life in October 2012. When I started, the struggle was to offer my clients good looking sets in 2 hours or under. Now I can easily do a basic classic set in an hour once uninterrupted. As my speed, skill, confidence and clientele grew, my focus shifted. I started to really see the differences in eye shapes, facial features and how different lash extensions looked on different people. Thus began my journey into offering Lash Artistry.

989f76a4730769fba5b4a12253505cf7One should always seek to be the best at what one does and so I started “artistry” as a consequence of simply wanting to do the best for my clients. Make them look the best I could, serve them the best I could. As I dabbled more I realized that artistry was also a stepping stone to distinguish myself in the lash game while offering my clients that specialized service.

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It’s just lashes right? Well not really. Anyone can learn to apply lash extensions but it takes dedication, skill and experience to be able to look at someone’s eye shape, consider their lifestyle, personal style and lash health and custom design a set of extensions just for them.

What does this mean though?

When I first started I offered my clients the choice of Cat-Eye or Bambie look. Cat eye meant applying the longer extensions toward the outer corner of the eye to give a narrower eye shape and a sexier cat eye look. The Bambie look opens up smaller eyes by applying the longer extensions toward the centre of the eye. This tricks the onlooker and makes the eye appear wider. As I advanced in my artistry I noticed that one could play with these basic shapes and give so much variation within them … and what fun my clients and I are having now.

At your next appointment be sure to discuss with your extensions what shape would look good on your eye shape vs the look you had in mind. Your extensions can then balance what you want with what you have to work with (your natural lashes and lifestyle).

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I recently discovered that pre-made lash maps are now offered to guide persons when applying the extensions. So if you see them pulling out a lash pad with a bunch of numbers on it, don’t get freaked out.

My hope for the industry in the Caribbean is that my fellow extensionists use these resources and continuous training to up their lash game. My hope for my existing and potential clients is that you play with artistry and allow us to give you an unforgettable experience.

Primpin Aint Easy

Welcome to my WORD PRESS ACCOUNT !!!! Woot Woot ….. I’m writing 🙂

As my first entry I would like to give some advice on Bridal makeup as the season is coming and my beautiful Brides will be in full planning mode. Shamini & Jerry_0986.jpg

Your special day is approaching and you have to decide between hiring a Professional Makeup Artist or letting Aunty Wendy explore her untapped makeup skills. Brides should always remember that the images of this day will be shown off for years. They should look the most beautiful version of themselves.

To achieve that flawless and memorable look here is a glimpse into some of the techniques a professional will use on your wedding day. Try them out yourself as well for special occasions.

Prime Time

Before foundation, primer application is key. A makeup primer is a base for foundation that allows it to go on smoother and last longer. Primers should be matched according the your skin type for best results. Good examples are Benefit The Porefessional and Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Build a Strong Foundation

Your makeup artist will take many factors into consideration when choosing foundations, correct shade, skin type, level of coverage. No matter what foundation selected, however, the key to a flawless finish is application !!
To achieve an airbrushed look the best technique is to use a dense foundation brush and press the liquid, cream or powder foundation into the skin all over the face and neck. The pressing or “stippling” method of application melts the product into the skin preventing creasing and running during the day.

The Eyes Have I

It is advisable to stay away from trends on your wedding day so most Brides request classic, simpler eye makeup. Lash enhancement is a great way to give that finishing touch to any eye look. Nowadays a bride has options and can choose to wear Eyelash Extensions or Regular temporary lash Strips.
Lash extensions are individually applied synthetic fibers attached to the base of each eyelash with surgical glue. Each extension is applied one by one to your own eyelashes. fullsizeoutput_9cLash extensions are great for brides as they last for weeks and are waterproof, comfortable to wear and non-damaging to the natural lash.

Lash strips are a more common option. They are not as long lasting but offer a more affordable and temporary alternative to extensions. They come in different styles and lengths dependent on your desired look.

Love the Skin you’re in

Flawless wedding day makeup starts weeks before the actual wedding day. As we age our skin needs more and more care. Incorporate as much water as possible into your day. Sign up for monthly facials and invest in appropriate, cleansers, toners and moisturisers. The extra care will pay off by providing your artist with a beautiful canvas and your photographer a flawless subject.

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Enjoy your special day and remember what Coco Chanel said – “ Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”

All work seen here by me