Red Lipstick Makeup Look

Hi Everyone,

Quick post today but just wanted to share this look!  It’s been a long time since I have worn a red lip and even longer since I have worn this particular shade!
The lipstick in question is none other than MAC Lady Danger! A fiery Red that isn’t for the faint hearted. This orange toned red can compliment both light and dark skin tones!

However , it’s one of those red’s that if you are self-conscious about yellow teeth or staining I’m afraid this one may enchance that so you might want to steer clear, or just keep your mouth shut ( just kidding lol)!!! 

A little tip to make teeth appear brighter and whiter always opt for a red lipstick with a blue undertone e.g. Mac Cosmetics infamous Ruby Woo or Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored are two great option’s!

I kept the look simple with a sleek high ponytail and a black winged eyeliner. 

For full product list find me on Instagram @lisaralphmakeupartist!!

Hope you enjoyed!
Much love,

Lisa x 

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How to do a Smokey Eye  >>> Carnival Palette 

You know sometimes you buy an eyeshadow palette based on the fact that you love just one particular eyeshadow shade! No, just me?

Don’t get me wrong it help’s if the other shades are devine too, but with this palette the “Bperfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette” in particular the shade HUSTLE sold me in the end. A beautiful khaki green colour with gold reflect’s , I mean what’s not to love?

This full glam look was inspired by HUSTLE and I knew I wanted to use it on the lid of the eye and then smoke it out for a feline/ cateye finish! To begin, I took shades BASIC & ROWDY and  blended them with a Inglot 6ss blending brush through the socket & and outer corner of my eye.

Following on from this using a Flat Shader brush from Blank Canvas Cosmetics I applied HUSTLE  with patting motion’s to the lid.  To get that #felineflick I used my all time favourite #liquidliner from Esscence, I love this because it’s waterproof/ budgeproof and completely black!

Lastly I swept shades BASIC & ROWDY again along the lower lashline,  and lined my waterline with Mac Cosmetics Teddy Kohl pencil.

I can’t wait to use this palette some more! Maybe I’ll try something with the neon / bright colour’s next!!
Hope you enjoyed,

Much Love, 

Lisa x

Soft / Natural Daytime Makeup ♡

I love this makeup look, not too heavy but dolled up at the same time! Sometimes when you are going to an event that start’s early in the day but goes on until the nighttime you want a look that will carry you through without being too OTT.

To begin this eye look I used the Master Palette from LMD/Bperfectcosmetics, to add dept in the socket of the eye and outer 3rd I used shades Scuplt, Coco & Smokey .

Then to add a little sparkle I took the Glamour Glitter Liquid Eyeshadows from Bperfectcosmetics again in Shades Jewelz and Starz and applied them on the lid!

These liquid shadows are so easy to use and a great way of making it look like you have spent ages on your look! All you do is take the wand and apply the glitter to the lid, leaving it a second or two to dry. That’s it! No messing with glitter pot’s, glue and all that jazz.

For my foundation I used Nars Sheer Glow, a medium/ full coverage foundation that photograph’s lovely! I added a little warmth & contour with MakeupForever ProFusion Bronze and then highlighted with Mac Extra Dimension Skin Finish in “Oh Darling ” which is new in my collection and I’m already loving it!

To finish the look I used Inglot Lip Tint in Shade 17, a personal favourite of mine. I think that’s about it for this look! What do you think, would you wear this look? I’d love to hear your thought’s!

Until next time!
Much love, 

Lisa x

Some thing’s to consider when choosing your Wedding Day Lipstick ♡

For some Bride’s, choosing their Wedding Day Lipstick will be their most thought about element of their bridal makeup. 

Often in bridal magazines and on  website’s it will list endless amount’s of lipstick and to be honest it can be extremely overwhelming!

Nine time’s out of ten during a bridal trial, my “bride to be” will request a nude lip. 

While I do love a nude lip, I also feel that sometimes on your wedding day it is nice to have a hint of colour!

Take for example Mac Cosmetics Soar lipliner and Mac Cosmetics Modesty Lipstick as shown in the picture’s. As you can see by the picture’s it isn’t an intense colour but it does add balance and warmth to the overall makeup. Often your lipstick can make your eyes look brighter and teeth look whiter!

Sometimes a nude lipstick won’t add enough contrast in a picture ,especially if the picture is taken from a distance. Of course in the brighter month’s of the year I may use a lighter tone than Modesty but I have found this shade to be a go to on duller day’s.

Also by using Soar lipliner to line the lip it makes the finish of Modesty a touch pinker.

Another thing to consider is the finish of your Lipstick. While a matte finish will always last longer it may not sit as nice on your lip’s as say a satin or creamsheen finish?!

 Sure if you live in a country where the climate is warmer (lucky you) I’d say go with a matte lipstick , you can always add a little gloss for extra shine or dimension.

But if you suffer from dry or flaky lip’s, either spend time on the week’s prior getting your lip’s as smooth as possible. ( Tips – Stay hydrated, use a lip scrub, apply a lip conditioner ( not Vaseline) apply Vaseline as a barrier if outdoor’s in cold weather or in the pool to protect against chlorine) , or simply opt for a satin , creamy finish lipstick.

Lastly don’t be afraid to ask the Makeup Artist’s working on counter, these girl’s know the popular bridal lipstick’s within their brand and will be happy to show you them. Play around, experiment and don’t be afraid of a little colour. You could surprise yourself!

Thanks for reading!

Much love, 

Lisa

Healthy Bronzed Skin Makeup ♡

Hi Ladies!

I hope this post finds you all well! Today I am chatting about this look which is mainly skin focused! As makeup artist I hear a lot that ladies don’t want to look too made up or feel like they are wearing a “mask” of makeup! I too agree,  sometimes you just want to look your best and not like a different person.

When a look is skin focused ,you have to start with a clean base. So first off I deep cleansed and moistured my skin.  I can’t tell you how important hydrated skin is! If you have oily / combination skin you too must moisturise just look out for moisturizers that are “oil free”! Still to this day Dermalogica’s Active Moist is a favourite of mine. 

Now primer, today I used a combination of Mac Strobe Cream, think of this as a moisturiser that leaves a glowy finish on your skin, but be careful don’t use too much as you will be shining like a disco ball after a couple of hours. A little goes a long way. 

For me I have open pores along my t-zone and cheek area, so I used a pea sized amount of Benefits Professional Primer, this will help blur the appearance of pores ( if you have oily skin I would just use this one not the strobe cream).

For foundation I used Mac Studio fix fluid, this has a medium buildable coverage and photograph’s lovely!! It’s important to build this foundation in light layers as if you just “whack” it on it can look too heavy on the skin. I love to use a soft kabuki brush or Beauty Blender sponge to apply.

I don’t take too much foundation around the eye area so concealer is must! One of my personal favourites is Maybelline Fit Me Concealer,  it has good coverage and isn’t too drying ! 

Too set my concealer  and T-zone I used Toofaced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder. This is slightly warm pale yellow in tone so I find it work’s well on me when I have false tanned. It set’s my makeup well and doesn’t create flashback. 

To add that all important sunkissed bronze I used Makeup Forever Pro Fusion Bronze,  I love this bronzer, it has a beautiful texture and when you buff it onto the skin it leaves a lovely  glowy finish. 

For highlight I cheated, I used two! Becca highlight in Champagne Pop a classic for me, it is a soft champagne gold which work’s so well on most skin tones. Also The Balm Maryloumanizer highlight layered overtop as I like how the two tones sit together. ( Fyi two highlighter’s is not necessary if you want to achieve this look I just got carried away)

For blush I mixed Mac Sunbasque and Peaches blush to give a peachy glow and show off the apple of the cheek when smiling.  Blush I think is key to bringing some life and warmth to the face and I couldn’t be without it!

I finished it all with a spritz of Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to lock the look in place.  If you are dry than I would use Mac Fix Plus to soften foundation and powder or you can leave as is!
I hope you enjoy this look, and thank you for reading!

Much love,

Lisa x

Natural Bridal Inspired Makeup | Skin Focused

Well firstly CONGRATULATIONS!! I take it if your reading this you may be engaged to be married, eekk!!

 If not no worries, as this look is perfect for any occasion!

With Bridal Makeup two of the main things to think about is “Will it photograph well” and “Will it last all day”??  Pictured above are products that I have tried and tested many times before and can completely and honestly recommend!

Okay, so even if you never used a primer in your life, your wedding day is not the day to forget it!! One of my favourites is MAC Natural Base Lumiere this product will brighten and illuminate the skin without adding to much glow, making it suitable for both oily/dry skin types.

So call me extra but I use two primers (its your wedding day after all). The second one being BENEFIT The Professional, now if you follow me on Instagram  (username lisaralphmakeupartist ) you will know I am a massive fan of this product. A pea sized amount will smooth over any open pores/ fine lines leaving a flawless base to begin applying your foundation.

Lots of people have their favourite foundation’s and I too chop and change between a couple of fave’s. However one that has never let me down, that lasts all day without developing shine is Estee Lauder Doublewear. Now I think this foundation has got a bad rap in the past, but if you moisturise and prime your skin properly and most of all don’t use too much product this foundation is beautiful, after all it is one of the world’s bestselling foundation’s!!

Today I used my Inglot Undereye concealer which is lovely and lightweight and isn’t too drying. If however you have a darker undereye area Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer has a little more coverage.

I don’t use powder to set the Estee Lauder foundation as it sets to a matte finish itself however I make sure to set my undereye concealer and my t-zone because I have combination skin. For this it has to be MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural my favourite powder ever! A beautiful lightweight powder with a natural matte finish that doesn’t leave the skin feeling cakey or heavy.

So lets talk brows, as a makeup artist I do find its an area where people get a little nervous but trust me a well groomed brow can do wonders for the face especially in pictures!  For the last 3 weeks I have used the Bperfect Brow kit in Chocolate everyday and I am loving it, it adds colour and definition with being overly structured, and the fact that it is Irish is even better!

Now to add some warmth and contour to the face BENEFIT Hoola Bronzer is a serious go-to for me. Great for most skin tones this bronzer isn’t too warm making it perfect for contouring those Victoria Beckham cheekbones.

Blush is personal, some like a lot some like a little..some like pinks some like peaches..a great in between shade is Warm Soul from Mac Cosmetics this will add a just the right amount of colour with a little glow too.

The next product is a new one for me, I was kindly gifted the Cailyn Ireland O! Highlight Palettes 2 weeks ago, and I have used it everyday since. This highlight is great for Bridal and photography as it isn’t too OTT. On your wedding day highlight is a beautiful way to accentuate high cheek bones, cupids bow etc. however because of flash photography refrain from going too mad with the highlight. Less is more on your wedding day!

Lastly lips! Again VERY personal. I recommend trying out different lipsticks & shades up until your wedding day to see what suits you?! A classic combo that I use would be Mac Soar lipliner paired with Mac Brave Lipstick. This combo is a soft pink that provides just the right amount of colour without being too strong. I could spend a lot of time on lip choice and will hopefully blog about this again soon.

Lastly you want to set it all in place for this one of my faves is Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray. Spritz over the entire face to seal the deal.

I quickly want to mention the embellished top that I am wearing as I think it is perfect for a pre-wedding dinner, hen night or day after party! The detail is beautiful and I will add a link here if your interested x

Thanks for reading, and I hope this has given you some help as I know wedding planning is pretty hard core.

Until next time,

Much Love

Lisa x

MAKEUP FAVOURITE ♡ ESTEE LAUDER LIGHT FOUNDATION 

Hi ladies, so today I am sharing my thought’s on one of my favourite foundation’s which is Estee Lauder’s Doublewear LIGHT. It’s one that I find isn’t talked about a lot but I really do like it, I will pop a link HERE

The key word here being “light”. Unlike its fuller coverage sister product “Doublewear” this one has a more light to medium coverage. Which I like, ALOT!

I found this foundation perfect for daytime as it’s not too heavy on the skin but still adds nice coverage to even out the skin tone and lasts all day too!! 

I usually only need just over a pea sized amount, maybe two depending on my skin condition. (If it’s that time of the month ladies, you know?!)

 

My personal favourite brush to apply it is the @blankcanvascosmetics F20 which you can find HERE. It’s kabuki style bristles make it perfect for a seemless blend.

The foundation itself has a lovely matte finish so it doesn’t require a lot of powder especially if you have dry skin, however if your a combination queen like me go ahead and set that t-zone! 
My personal favourite powder to set the foundation has to be @maccosmetics Mineralize Skin Finish. A fab powder that sets the skin to a beautiful semi matte finish. Definitely one of my all time favourite’s again! I usually  get my MAC products instore from Brown Thomas, or online HERE.

Well that’s just about it for this one ladies, I hope some of you find this helpful!! I also would love to hear if anyone else has tried it so please comment below..
Much love,

Lisa x

My most have Hair Tools to keep my Hair Healthy!

 

Hi Everyone, today I going to chat to you about a few hair tools and accessories I use to help keep my hair in the best condition possible.

So first off I have quite thick long hair and I would say it’s quite a dry texture. Now while my hair is thick the hair itself is fine. So I find I prefer to use Volumising Shampoos otherwise my hair can be flat/limp which I hate.

So first up is-

JOICO Shampoo & Conditioner (BODY LUXE) 

I always used to use S & P from the chemist or Supermarket but lately I just found my hair was just lifeless and really bothering me. So my I asked my friend who is a hairdresser is it worth the extra money she said definitely as a lot of the cheaper S&P are filled with bulking agents and silicone that can coat the hair and way it down overtime.

I have been using this range for over a month now and I have really found a difference, one in particular is that my scalp feels healthier as mad as that sounds. After a good scrub in the shower my hair feels so light when dry but still has good body. Also I used to never really condition my hair ( I know how bold am I?) Because it would get greasy so fast but I find with this one it doesn’t!

It smells fab and gives a lovely shine, so I defiantly will continue using it!

The next product is..

THE WET BRUSH

This baby is amazing, having thick hair I have too many memories of my mother “pulling the head of me”  when brushing out my hair,Ouch! This brush has really fine bristles that brush through knots like no other, if I lost this brush I would definitely go out and get another straight away. If you hair thick or unruly hair you need this in your life.

Next up is..

PARLUX 3200 COMPACT

My hairdryer is over 7 years old and it’s still going strong!  Having thick/long hair it takes forever to dry but not with this. These are professional hairdryers but they are so worth the price because they last forever. It have unreal power and also has heat settings and a cool hair button to help close seal/pores. 10/10

Lastly are these..

HAIR BOBBLES

I love these for tieing up my hair, they look a little weird but these guys don’t break or damage the hair when you tie it up. Also one thing I love about these when I sleep at night I like to tie my hair up from my face neck and with these it does not mark or dent my hair when I take it down in the morning which is great!! I don use “normal” hair ties anymore.

*In the pic above I curled my hair with the Babyliss Curling Wand which is available  HERE.

Will that’s it guys, the products and accessories I love at the moment, I will pop links below to where I got mine, thank you all for reading!💋

Joico Shampoo and Conditioner I picked up at Redz Hair Design and Beauty Bar.

The Wet Brush is available HERE.

My Hairdryer you can find here at BEAUTYBAY.

Hair Bobbles can be found in most hair salons and PENNEYS/PRIMARK.