Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My MUA Training | Louise Constad

Happy December everyone! I can't believe how fast this year has come round and just how much it has changed for me. I am now a qualified Makeup Artist and although this is only the beginning, I'm so pleased I took a risk for a completely new venture and it's paying off.

I'm sure I will miss things off so may add to this post as and when I remember different points.

Day 1 - Base

So day 1 was completely about the base, foundation. We learnt how to colour match our clients and the correct way of applying foundation. I was most worried about colour matching but using our kit foundation which was Mac Face and Body, it was very easy. We were also told the importance of keeping up with fashion and makeup trends, I then subscribed to a yearly Vogue subscription!

Day 2 - Eyes

The entire day was based around eyes, with a few chats in between about the importance of marketing, building your clients along with your website and business cards. I found this very useful and absorbed everything she said instantly. We then got round to practising eyes, this part I found the most stressful. Louise makes it look so easy to do any winged eyeliner and a smokey eye look. I found it very useful and spent that evening practising for the following few days ahead. The poor models had their eyes wiped and re-applied, thank goodness for makeup remover.

Day 3 - Lips & Contouring

I thought this was going to be the easiest day, boy was I wrong! Having done both on myself daily, it's so much difficult to apply this on other people and learn where the best place to apply bronzer is on the client. Lipstick is by far my favourite makeup so I loved putting this into practice with the perfect red lips. We learnt more about our CV and invoicing as well as where to get our latest fashion news.

Makeup by Paula

Day 4 - Nails

On day 4 we put everything that we'd learnt the previous days into practice and had to do it all under 30 minutes which was difficult! We were then introduced to Louise's agent, Mandy Coakley Represents, who told us about what they do and how they help MUA's with their career as well as hair stylists, stylists etc. In the afternoon we then had some words of wisdom from Lauren from http://www.thebeautyhabit.co.uk/, who was lovely to catch up with again, and she told us a lot of good tips to get us started.

Day 5 - Photoshoot Day

This was the scariest day. The night before I spent getting prepped and organising my kit so that I could be productive the next day. The models were from M&P who were all stunning and so professional, which made our job a lot easier! Hair was done by the fabulous Lisa Laudat and fellow student Kieron Lavine. Photographer was Vincenzo Aiello.
The day flew so fast and I found that I wasn't as nervous on the day as I thought! The entire course was an amazing experience and one I won't forget in a hurry! It was a very intense week but I loved it.


I 100% recommend Louise's course and if you are also thinking about doing one, her website link is here. The week long course currently costs £1250 and well worth it. This includes the kit that you need to start your first job, plus all the years knowledge and experience that Louise can give you.

If you have any questions about the course then please feel free to send me a message and I'll be happy to answer them. For more pictures please see Louise's blog too here.

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Top 5 Favourites

Hurrah, my website is now launched for my freelance Makeup Artist work, which was done by my boyfriend over at http://www.oliver-ashley.co.uk. I am 100% happy with it and will be adding to it as and when I get more images. If you or anybody you know requires a Makeup Artist, then please feel free to contact me http://www.makeup-by-paula.co.uk.


Lately I've been obsessed with brows a little bit, I'm on the hunt for the perfect brow product but recently I found some pretty good ones!

The Brow Drama by Maybelline is a dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow (but not as good may I add), you simply swipe the small, rounded brush and comb it through. Although the colour is a pretty good match for me, Medium Brown, the consistency means it doesn't quite stay all day like the Benefit Gimme Brow does. It's a good dupe for a fraction of the price and I much prefer the brush of the Maybelline Brow Drama. For a mere £4.99, I'll happily re-purchase.

Another winner from Maybelline is the Master Shape Brow Pencil. Not just a regular brow pencil, again it's matched to my colour in Soft Brown. The spooley on the end is really good too and it's a great size, I've used so much in a couple of weeks so I could see this being a regular monthly occurrence! This is £2.99 (currently £2) and available on Asos so it's too easy to buy!

Next up is a recently mentioned favourite, Nars Laguna Bronzer. One I put off buying for so long, until my birthday came and of course decided to treat myself. A gorgeous colour to make me look more alive and sun kissed, it's going to be one I use for a long time!

I used Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer for so long but since I'm so fickle, I moved on to something else for no reason other than to test out new foundations. I completely forgot about it until recently when I rediscovered my love for it. Here is my old blog post featuring it from 2012. Both products are amazing and I still wish the concealer was able to be purchased separately. It makes me look so healthy and flawless, I love it.

Last but not least is the Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Eau de Toilette. If you're a long time reader then you will already know my huge love for The Body Shop. I have bought pretty much all of their range and continue to find new things that I like. When my friend Sara told me about their new Christmas range when it launched in Denmark, I knew I'd love it instantly. After a quick sniff in one of their stores I bought it to add to my ever growing collection..The below picture evidently shows my love. If you want to purchase it before Christmas is over, you can do here.


Let me know what you think about my picks, what are your current favourite beauty products?

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Vanilla Ice Cream Fragrance

Vanilla Ice Cream* - The Library of Fragrance - £15 Boots or 2 for £25 here.
Hey everyone, long time no post! If you follow me on Twitter/Instagram then you may already know that I have been in London for the past week or so doing a makeup course to become a makeup artist, I have now completed this and am officially a freelance makeup artist, yippee!

I trained at Louise Constad's Beauty Queens Workshops for an intensive 5 day course, since I don't live too close to London I very kindly stayed with a relative. I will do a whole post about it soon as it was the most amazing experience, and one I will never regret doing!

Today I wanted to share with you about my favourite new fragrance brand. I love fragrance and anybody that knows me well knows that I am a bit of a hoarder of perfume. I was recently sent the Vanilla Ice Cream perfume from The Library of Fragrance and I had already had a sniff in Boots so knew how amazing it was, but boy does it smell gorgeous. There are currently 28 scents available in Boots and they are on offer for 2 for £25, so they'd be a great Christmas present idea!

If you like caramel, cocoa and vanilla sort of scents, this one is for you. The idea of The Library of Fragrance is that all of the scents are single notes, ideal to combine scents to create your own personal fragrance. There is a huge variety of fragrance and I urge you all to check out their website here as there is truly one for everyone. From grass to snow, they're such unique scents that I've not seen done before.

I believe that Demeter Fragrance is sold around Europe so check them out and let me know which unusual scent is your favourite?

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