Bride of the month

Bride of the month

Hope you are all having a lovely week. I’m back to show you again my bride of the month. I love doing bridal makeups its so different than regular day to day makeups, its much more personal.

I find as a makeup artist you really get to know the bride as a person, which I love. It is very important as I need to create a makeup style to suit their personality. A brides day is the most important day of their life so its so awarding to enjoy the moment with them.

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Tina was a spring 2016 bride, I know this seems like a lifetime ago now as the months have just flew this year. Where has the time gone?. I always wait for brides to send me professional photos of the day to post up a blog ,as it lets me show you the special moments of the day.

 

Tina was the nicest person ever and so calm.

Her makeup was Glowing and flawless. Look at that highlight.

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Foundation was Mac Studio fix fluid and Nars radiant creamy concealer.

The eyes were all Matte tones with lashes and smoked in the waterline to add definition.

 

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Bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses: Embrace Bridal Gorey

Photography : Gibbons Photography

Flowers: Anita Gibbons Flowers by Anita

Jewellery: Thomas sabo

Hair: Sinead Redmond and Sis Doyle

 

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For bridal enquires  please contact Melissaclarkemakeup@gmail.com

Hope you enjoyed and have a lovely day

Melissa xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enhance your eyes with Baby Doll lashes

Enhance your eyes with Baby Doll lashes

Lashes are a must have in my kit when creating makeup looks. They can intensify the eye makeup and can give the illusion of a bigger eye shape.  Lashes come in different lengths, thickness and styles. I have always found it difficult to find the perfect lashes, the brands would lack in a selection of styles or the band of the lash strip were too thick and are difficult to apply to the eyes.

I Have finally  found the most spectacular lashes.  Baby Doll Cosmetics are an Irish company who launched in 2013 at the RDS. They have a wide range of lashes in different lengths and thickness to suit all individuals.  I have been using BAbydoll lashes for about a year now and I still love them as much as day one., the quality of the lashes are amazing they are lightweight and easy to apply.

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The lashes

My favourite are the 870 lashes, they are an average length with a demi wispy effect. The lashes are natural but yet still achieves fullness of the eye.

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If you prefer more length and minimum thickness the 795 are the ones for you. I get asked so many times, what lashes i’m wearing when wearing these beauties, the 795 they are light enough for daytime use. They are perfect if you naturally have thick lashes but need to add that extra length.

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If you like the full dramatic look the 807 are your dream lashes, they have amazing fullness and are super dark, perfect to add definition to the eyes.  Great lashes for party nights out perfect for  a bold make up look.

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You can purchase The lashes at http://www.babydoll.ie/ , hurry up and show off them lashes girls. There is also new lashes just been added to the Babydoll family  704 and 711 super excited to try them. I am wearing 870 lashes in this makeup look.

Flutter them lashes

Melissa xx

 

 

 

All the highlighters you need to know.

Highlighting our faces has become huge in the past year nearly as much as brows. I am a huge fan of highlighting my face, it instantly brightens up my faces and distracts those tired eyes in the morning. I feel so naked without it, I will not go a day without wearing it whether it’s a soft subtle glow or a statement either one I just love them. I have picked a few that I think at least one will suit your style of make-up looks.

Mac Skin finish Soft and Gentle

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I have being using this products for over a year on clients and myself, it’s definitely my go to highlight product.

It is a soft powder with a frost finish. It is a warm tone highlight with peachy and champagne tones with a tint of gold. It applies softer than it looks in the packaging  but in a good way, it’s a perfect hint of shimmer, more of a glow. It’s very easy to apply with its velvet texture , its build-able for night-time,but perfect for day time. It would suit all skin tones.

it comes in approx 6 more shades, perfect topping is also a lovely one to try

overall rating 5 stars €30.00

Sleek contour Palette

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I use this on a daily basis as its so convenient. It is a small compact palette one side is your contouring and the other a highlighter with a mirror.. Super handy to carry around in your bag when im on the go.

The contouring shade is a nice matte cool tone. Its one of my favorite contouring shades, some contouring shades can be too warm which doesn’t give a natural look. The palette comes in light , medium and dark. I personally find the medium and dark a bit more orange but the light is perfect for our Irish skin tones.

The highlighter is very pigmented, it’s a pearl/champagne tone, apply lightly as it can be a bit powdery if that makes sense but lovely when applied.

It is fantastic value for €8.00 euro, its perfect for young girls on a budget  and also as a travel kit in your handbag

Overall rating 3.75 stars

Nars illuminator

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This is a Cream illuminator, it is a multi purpose used product. It’s a pearlised pale pink, a little goes a long way believe me,It is very pigmented.

You will either love or hate this product!!!

I think it suits the fairer skin types. It can be applied in different ways, under the foundation, over your foundation or mixed with it. I personally prefer under my foundation on the cheekbones as it gives a natural look.When applied over your foundation especially if you are not good with blending (i also recommend a brush to apply ) it can look unnatural but if you love the Kim k trend you will love it. I love strong contouring and highlighting but that’s not everyone’s taste

Using a small amount with a good blending brush this product will look soft and pearlised, especially under your foundation it is beautiful on brides.

Orgasm is another shade which is more of a peachy colour which is more of a natural look that would blend better into skin tones  which is also a must have. Price is approx €30 which is a bit expensive I would rate it higher if price was slightly cheaper.

overall rating 3.5 stars

mac hush

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Hush is a creme based product. It is a warm toned  highlight with a peachy frost finish. It is a multi use product which can be used on the cheeks, lips and eyes which does what it says unlike some multi used products out there. It is light not sticky or oily on the skin, its glides on easy and is easy to blend as it takes about 30 secs to fully dry. Although it says a frost finish I would say more of a sheen but it’s build-able which I do love about this products. Retails at €20 which is think is very good

overall rating 5 stars

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I always forget about this product in my kit, when I use it I remember how amazing it is. It comes in a decent size pot and basic packaging, it  will last you forever as you literally one need the bare amount. It is labelled as a multi use product can be used on cheekbones ,eyes and brow bone. It is very pigmented and is a soft dust texture. It gives a gorgeous golden glow but apply sparingly and blend blend,blend.It reflects the light beautifully when applied correctly. Retails at €18 which will last a lifetime worth a buy.

overall rating 5 stars

swatches in two different lights

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  1. Mac soft and gentle
  2. sleek contour palette
  3. Nars
  4. Mac hush
  5. Inglot shimmer dust

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Hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave comments below

Mel x

My favourite 5 products right now

I love trying out new products. I fall in and out of love with different products all the time.
So at the moment these are my favorite products right now.

  • L’oreal infallible foundation.
    This foundation is long-lasting with a matte finish it has a nice healthy glow with I love as it doesn’t leave the skin with a caked look. It has a thick consistency which only a small amount Is needed. It medium  coverage which is buildable.
    It retails at approximately €14 euro which Is a bargain
    Overall rating 9/10

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Mac fix +
This is a multi use product. It can be used as part of a skin care/ makeup regime. It is a spritz enriched with vitamins and minerals which will refresh your face with a beautiful fragrance. I love to spritz my face first thing in the morning, it instantly wakes me up and gets rids of my tired eyes
I use it before I apply my makeup, it comes out in an even spray that covers the face which is thumbs up for me noting worse than your face feeling like a glass of water has been thrown over you. I also give my face a spritz after my makeup and  throughout the day . It will refresh and hydrate the skin and  also help set  my makeup.
It can be used on makeup pigments to help apply to the eye. It helps bond the product to the eye for a long-lasting finish. It also enhances the pigment in pressed eyeshadow for a more vibrant look. Approx €20

over rating 9/10

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  • Inglot Black Gel Liner

This is the best product ever, and i think no other liner will ever beat it.. its amazing! Dries in 60 seconds and is smudge proof. Its a nice creamy consistancy with a high coverage.only nightmare it’s so hard to remove which is a veryminor problem as long as it stays all day and night . Retails at €15 in inglot stores

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  • Mac Hush

Another multi purpose product. A cream based product available in a range of colours. Can be applied to bare skin, over moisturiser, on top of foundation and powder. It can be use as a highlighter on cheek bones, brow bone  or can be used lightly all over face underneath foundation for a healthy glow.I apply mine with my finger but can also be applied with a sponge. Can be build up for more intensity.

over all rating 8/10

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  •  Sleek palette in Matte V2

I love the sleek palettes ,  i have a few different one but my favorite is the I divine in ultra matte v2. The colours in this are amazing. I find with some matte colours they are hard to build up and the colour can be washy on the eyes but the pigments in this palettes are strong and easy to build up. I love the plum colour in this palette beautiful for the winter season and best of all is €9.99 which is fantastic for such a good quality products with 12 shadows. Bargain or what! Can be purchased online or now are available in Sam Mccauleys stores. Perfect stocking fillers.

overall rating 10/10

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Inglot Body Sparkles

Perfect for the christmas season, add a bit of sparkle to your eyes for that christmas party, night out with friends.I have a few and cant wait to start using them more. exciting. Available in a range of Colours €15 also a great stocking filler.

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Loreal Million lashes so couture

Brilliant product, long-lasting, lengthens lashes and thickens. I find loreal mascara have the best range and qualities of mascara on the market at great prices. The million lashes range is fantastic and i also love the false lash flutter.

overall rating 8/10

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Here is a look i created on myself with the products above

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Mel xx