Thank you for your kind messages and comments. I am absolutely in love with our new little man who I can’t believe is almost 6 weeks old already. Barnaby Joseph arrived on 14th March by emergency c section – not quite as we’d expected but he’s absolutely amazing and I’m so proud – he’s such a good little baby.
We’ve been well and truly in the witching hour phase – WTF is that all about?! Any tips? He’s a big fan of white noise (hairdryer works a treat) and if all else fails we stick him in the pram and pound the streets for an hour or so. Thankfully he has the courtesy to fall asleep by the time Homeland or Line of Duty starts!
So, as spring has now sprung, it’s a great time to change up and freshen your makeup. I’ve put together a few looks to try and some product recommendations. So sorry it’s all my face this month (my selfie work is awful) but it’s been more challenging to get out and use other people this month for obvious reasons!
So what’s in trend for Spring/Summer 2017?
There has been some interesting stuff on the catwalks and here’s my quick summary:
Glitter lips – a pretty bold and perhaps not so wearable trend but fun to look at none the less!
Glow- glow is well and truly “in” but it’s leaning towards glossy rather than shimmery highlight and lip gloss is set to be back
Coral – a really wearable trend for both spring and summer
Two tone and ombré lips – combining two different lippy colours and particularly orange seems to be around a lot
Blush – think classic English Rose but with more full on blush
Pop of colour on the eyes – simple but bold, – yellows, pinks, sea green. Try and keep rest of eye and makeup simple and clean
A few quick tips:
Choose cheek and lip colours from the same colour family I.e. Avoid pink and orange together unless you’re attempting the colour clash look
Apply cheek colour on apples of your cheeks and backwards towards the hairline (don’t apply any further inwards than in line with the middle of your eye)
Try applying lipstick with your finger and blotting with a tissue for a less “done” look
So here are three simple looks for spring and the products I used:
I used the same base on all of them which was…
Bobbi Brown Corrector & Laura Mercier secret concealed on top
I skipped proper foundation/base but used the Bobbi Brown Foundation stick on any areas that I wanted to even out
YSL Faux Cils effect mascara (2-3 coats as I love big lashes!) with a little Bobbi Brown longwear eyeliner just under the upper lashes to give a bit more depth (in Black Chocolate)
Cheeks – Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge (Fresh Melon)
Lips – Bobbi Brown Soft Coral with a little of the Fresh Melon patted on top
Cheeks – Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink
Lips – Bobbi brown Pale Petal (with a little of the Pot Rouge patted on top)
NYX, Rimmel and No7 also have a great range of pinks for all skin tones
3. Orange lips:
Bobbi brown bronzer – natural
Bobbi Brown Valencia Orange lipstick
A great one for the evening. You could add a subtle Brown or bronze smokey eye with this look as well
Other nice orange colours from the high street brands are:
NYX – Orange County
Maybelline – Non Stop Orange in their Super Stay 24 hour colour range (which are brilliant for long lasting colour!)
L’Oréal Infallible Chubby Blush stick in Tangerine (use on lips as well as cheeks)
So I hope you found something to inspire your makeup for springtime!
We’ve had a couple of requests for an eyeliner “how to” – would that be useful? Or any other suggestions?
Over and out for this month – great to hear your feedback as always 🙂
A Guest Blog from Elizabeth Spry
Elizabeth is a freelance make-up artist, trained at the London School of Make-up, specialising in Bridal and Special Occasion make-up. She also offers make-up lessons and makeover parties. Based in Cheltenham, she is also about to become a Mum for the first time in 2017 and lives with her husband Ben and working cocker spaniel Humphrey. Aside from make-up, Elizabeth is keen on fitness and the outdoors and has a very serious shopping habit. Her make-up philosophy is easy, natural and hassle free make-up that helps people to be the best version of themselves. She also volunteers for the Look Good Feel Better charity, which helps women being treated for cancer face the day with confidence.