by Emma Waldron - 10 months ago
This blog is by Sheena O'Brien a professional makeup artist who has worked on London Fashion Week, with top labels here in Ireland: Marc Jacobs and Moschino to name but a few. She has worked with numerous publications Image Magazine, U Magazine, Stellar and Kiss Magazine , and has worked on many a famous face: Lily Allen, Christiana Aguilera and every Irish model you can think of! Now Sheena is beginning a new venture here on emmawaldron.com as our very own Make-up Expert who will teach us the various tips,tricks and trends to make sure we are always on trend. We are looking forward to hearing what you would like us to do next! So leave your ideas in the comment box below!
Love Emma x
To start with I spent time prepping Emma's skin. First, moisturise the skin. I used La Roche Posay and massaged it into the skin concentrating on any dry areas. Then, apply a layer of M.A.C. Prep And Prime Enhancing Primer in neutralize to the T-Zone to help grab the foundation and help to lock it on.
I applied a foundation from M.A.C. called Pro longwear, a lightweight satin finish foundation with medium buildable coverage. I'm leaving the eye area free from product as I will apply some concealer after the foundation and I don’t want there to be too much product under the eye as it can look too ‘caked.’ Use a flat foundation to apply the foundation as this gives us a lot of precision and a good amount of product on the skin.
I use a lightweight, hydrating concealer such as M.A.C. moisture blend concealer around the eye. Using a shade lighter than the foundation will highlight and brighten the area. Wash the concealer across the eyelid, sweeping it up towards the brow using a loose fluffy brush. This gets rid of any natural discoloration on the eye and gives us a really nice base to work with later when we do eyeshadow.
To seal the foundation use a small powder brush to massage powder onto the skin. Take extra care in areas that tend to get oily such as the T-zone and across the cheeks.
The next step is to contour. Use a bronzer 2/3 shades darker than the natural skin colour. The bronzer needs to sit underneath the cheekbone, so sweep your bronzer from the tip of your ear, under your cheekbone towards the tip of your nose. I also sweep bronzer the forehead for a natural sun kissed look and finish off with a light sweep along your jawline.
The final steps for skin will be to sweep blusher across the apple of the cheek and a sweep of highlighter across the top of the cheekbone to really emphasis and show them off and give gorgeous supermodel skin.
Brows are a really important feature on the face so fill them in with a brow pencil in a colour that corresponds to her natural brow colour. Approach filling in your brows like join the dots- you have to work with what is there and makes the most of the brow’s natural shape and emphasize their good points. Lightly fill in the brow in short, feathery strokes having the front of the brow fullest and gradually tapering off to soft point.
The focus of this look on the eye is the liner. To get a clean sharp line use a gel eye-liner that is waterproof so stays in place and won't smudge or transfer.
The type of brush you use is really important, I like to use a soft, thin angle brush. To do liner on myself I find it easiest to hold a hand mirror and look upwards. Take your liner in sections and aim for the roots of the lashes stamp the liner across the width of your eye. To do the 'wing,' look straight on into a mirror with your eyes open and starting from the last lash extend your liner lifting it very slightly towards the middle of your eye, and then again towards your tear duct.
We are going to finish the look and compliment the liner by curling the lashes and giving them a heavy coating of mascara.
To finish a classic yet contemporary look like Lady Gaga, apply a beautiful red lip.
I'm using a lip liner in Brick from M.A.C.-a classic blue red that suits most skin tones.
Apply the pencil in smooth even strokes to the lip the colour in the lip lightly with the pencil to enhance the satying power of your lipstick.
Finish off with a gorgeous red lipstick- M.A.C. Ruby Woo to a perfect finish to a classic Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie hot red lip!