I used to work at Space NK head office for almost three years, a place where I found my footing in the beauty industry, making contacts that have resulted in amazing work since. I can’t imagine working in any other industry and am so grateful for my experiences.
I was lucky to befriend the YouTube beauty community too! Wayne Goss was one such YouTuber who I fondly and often went to visit from Paddington to Newport with a bag of goodies. Off the train I got and into a taxi taking me to his beautiful converted church where we made fun videos as friends first and industry colleagues as a second. I would apprehensively donate my face for acne covering, contouring and general silliness. Such fun. Wayne is a real darling and would kindly bestow me with his brushes, palettes and potions before I went home. I still use many of them now and think back to how thrilled I was to receive these generous gifts.
This video came into my suggested YouTube playlist, and it made me really laugh!
Here is a contouring makeup tutorial I filmed with the lovely Wayne Goss a couple of weeks ago. My big takeaway as a makeup artist, watching this back is how REALLY GOOD brushes with an even-pressured, light hand make for the most seamless contouring.
This is not a makeup look I would usually do on myself, as I prefer to keep my base really sheer. That said, I think you will agree the end result is incredibly flawless yet natural looking, tactile skin. Great job Wayne!
A word on modelling in x4 HD… with a completely naked face… in front of Wayne’s 2 million plus subscribers… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it is bloody scary. I have received the loveliest compliments from many lovely people. Thanking everyone of them for being so kind. My cheeks have been burning with embarrassment and bewilderment at these comments. I have also received lots of versions of the same question, along the lines of:
“You had bad skin and now you have great skin, what did you do?”
Finding your perfect nude lip is like finding you perfect foundation, signature scent or “hello there!” bra. It is a life essential. If the following lip products were to be discontinued, you would have to prize them from my cold, dead hands. I always carry one of these on my person, at all times…even when wearing a classic red lipstick, a colour that looks beautiful with my skin tone, still, it makes me anxious, as I often change my mind half way through the day because I worry that my face looks too shouty… strange anxiety for a beauty nut, I know.
This was initially supposed to be a skincare routine post, but I ended up ranting and raving about the Eve Lom cleanser, so much so that I figured it deserved its own exclusive piece – about why it is so good and why I cannot live without it.
This is where makeup turns into magic. The following products work for me to create the illusion of perfect flawless skin that is completely naked.
Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation
When I applied Chantecaille Future Skin foundation for the first time, I was sat at the dining table at home, natural light flooding in. My mom (hi mom!) gasped when she saw the result this foundation gave: “That’s the best foundation you have ever worn!”. Later, I caught her rifling through my makeup bag to test it herself. This foundation is a gel formula, it isn’t matte, and it isn’t glowy, it just looks like an amazing version of your own skin. My shade is nude and it has very flattering apricot undertone. The best method of application is with hands or with a damp beauty blender. My only gripe with this product is the packaging in a glass pot. Sort it out Chantecaille! The foundation wears beautifully all day and although it makes my skin look completely perfect, it can fool people into thinking I am naked-faced. Mwhahaha.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
When I started this blog I decided against harping on about cult products we all know are amazing (like the beauty blender). Forgive me if you are new to beauty, but if you don’t know about this concealer then you must be living under a rock. I use the shade Vanilla under my eyes to brighten and create dimension. It is wonderful. End of.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
This stuff COVERS TATTOOS. The tiny pot of thick tacky multi-tasking concealer/foundation can be blended so easily and does not look dry or cakey. I get quite slap dash with it and still look flawless. Literally blob onto any areas of redness or blemishes and sheer out with a damp beauty blender or fingers. I am shade number 7. This concealer is the best investment as it can be used as a foundation, and will never run out as so little product is needed! Nothing covers like it and I’ve never used a concealer that is so easy to use.
the final result after using these 3 products with a beauty blender, no setting powder, natural light, no flash