One-Day Make-up Course

SAM_0031In my quest to become a fabulous Make-up Artist I have created a list of things to do and courses to attend. The first on my list was a one-day course based in Glasgow. I attended it in September and have mixed feelings.

I was the only student there, which seemed good, and my sister came with me as my model so I wasn’t nervous about poking the model in the eye with the mascara as I knew she would have to forgive me as I’m her sister!! But it seemed a little too basic. Maybe I know more than I think I do, or maybe I was expecting too much from a day course, I don’t know. The tutor was lovely I did feel better about blending eyeshadows and applying mascara, and I got to try products I can’t afford to buy myself, so it was worth it on those accounts (and I got a certificate, Yay Me! :-) ) .

On a whole I think it was a good experience as it made me feel a bit better about doing the make-up for my sisters wedding, but the next courses on my list are longer ones that sound more in-depth or ones that have case studies to do before you pass.

Have you been on a 1-day make-up course, how did it go?

Travelling With Make-up

Greg and I are currently travelling in the Czech Republic. We’ve been here since just before Christmas so this post is a bit belated (sorry). As I said, we’re doing the travel thing staying in cheap hotels and random hostels and have limited luggage, therefore, limited space for non-essentials. So, guess what had to be left at home…yep, my make-up! Well, I did get to fit a small bag with a few items into the backpack so I can’t complain too much. Besides, it’s meant I’ve had to be a bit more inventive when trying to create any specific looks, so there is an upside ;-)

Our first night in Prague I decided that after 27 hours of buses and coaches I wanted a nice hot shower (it reached warm!) and to doll myself up a bit so that I no longer looked like I hadn’t slept for 2 days. I didn’t do anything fancy as we were just going to the hotel bar for pizza, but I had a bit of fun with what I had, just to help me feel human again after our long travels.

So basically I:

SAM_0042Used CoverGirl primer and foundation, mostly around my t-zone and blended out.

Collection 2000 brightener blended into my inner eye, under my eyes and down the sides of my nose.

For my cheeks I used my Colourworks cheek brightener (it was a gift,not great quality but I really like its effect). I put it onto the apples of my cheels and then worked it up my cheekbones. It has a lovely soft pink colour with just a hint of sparkle.

I dabbed a bit of a No17 lip gloss onto my lips but it was far too pale for me (I should have brought a different one really), so I blotted my lips with a tissue until I was left with just a very subtle shimmer.

I brought 2 Collection 2000 Trios with me, one in purple and one in blue. This night I used the purple trio. It has a white which I put all over my lid up to the brow, and then simply swept the light purple over my lid close to my lashes sweeping it out and up towards the end of my eyebrow for a bit of shape (and for the fun of it).

SAM_0144This was done with my tiny little set of travel brushes made up from an ELF travel set and a Body Shop travel set. I’ll let you know how well they hold up at the end of this leg of our travels (in a week or two).

I kept it really simple and subtle, but fun enough to make me feel much better :-)

Face Charts

If you’re having trouble finding plain and designed face charts then this is the article for you!

I’ve been looking all over the internet for plain face charts and have come up with a couple of links for everyone. There are many designs of face charts, these are imply some that I found that are printable.

For plain face charts that you can design your own looks on try or www.seventeen,com/hair-skin-makeup/special/makeup-faces-0607-2 enlarge the image and print.

The official M.A.C face charts are not on normal paper but apparently watercolour paper is a good choice to print them on as it works well with make-up.

For face charts with designs on them you can go to and go into “Artistry”, then down to “M.A.C Looks”, choose from the many different types of looks and print.