Celebrity MUA Masterclass – Liverpool

Hey everyone!

I can’t remember if I mentioned in any previous posts, but I’ve started a new job 5 weeks ago now, working in business development.

I’m still doing makeup and have a few plans in the pipeline for it so do bare with me!

Today I was a guest at the Celebrity MUA Masterclass after winning 2 complimentary tickets worth £100 each via an Instagram competition they ran. The two artists demo’ing were Gary Cockerel and Alexis Stone – not two names I specifically know but after looking them up I was so excited to see them!

The Demo’s themselves were really interesting and the artists so talented – I picked up some really valuable tips. Unlike some masterclasses I’ve been to, the view and sound we’re really clear no matter where you sat. I was so thankful of that, one I went to you literally could not hear a thing as it was in a busy bar/restaurant with only a curtain between the Masterclass and the actual restaurant! We all ended up chatting as we couldn’t see anything!

The day didn’t go without any glitches but it’s understandable with it being their first event. The heating had broken in the building (not their fault at all!) but it was in the minus’ outside and snowing – far too cold to be sat in a massive, cold, high ceiling building for 6 hours odd!

Katie Price was supposed to be a special guest (I think getting her makeup done by Gary?) which I’m sure a lot of people bought their ticket for this exact purpose – however Katie was not at the event and this wasn’t addressed by the organisers at any point. It didn’t really bother me as I’m not exactly a fan and I didn’t even pay for my ticket anyway but had I paid £100-£120 pounds to see her, I probably would have been quite disgruntled.

If I could suggest some pointers for their next event (I do actually have an events management degree remember!) I would say….

  • They need some signage as it was extremely hard to find the venue. There’s multiple doors to a huge building.
  • Hand out goodie bags on the way out – it’ll stop people leaving early and also we thought we weren’t getting one as they’d stopped putting them on the chairs like they had earlier!
  • Don’t allow guests to come in and out as they please throughout the demos – people were quite rude and disruptive!
  • Extend the time or decrease the amount of demos – the artists were rushed and still went well over an hour over the stated finishing time.

Over all the event was a delight and the demos were so informative. Great choice of artists and despite the cold, the venue was ideal for clear viewing. The goodie bags were fantastic – including Doll Lashes, Unicorn Lashes/lipgloss, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, MAC Pro palette, Peggy Sage concealer and lipliner, ProBlo hair masks, Sample Beauty brushes and some glitter pots! That’s a really fab selection and I can’t wait to use them and let you know how I find them!

I love picking up application tips and product recommendations to make sure I’m constantly learning and bringing my clients the best work I can offer! Every artist continues to learn throughout their career and I think it’s so important to pick up tips from a large variety of different artists as there is endless techniques to pick up on!

If you want any more info please feel free to message me on Instagram @heliemac1 or comment on here!

Hels x

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My Makeup Journey

Hey guys! 

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m starting training as a pro MUA – with today being my first proper lesson. I’ve decided not to take the route of a full time course, for a few different reasons. 

Firstly, I already have a lot of makeup skills and I don’t feel like I need an expensive/intensive 10-20 week course. I’m already trained in AirBase makeup and obviously have my makeup done on shoots all of the time so I’m not starting at scratch. Secondly, I would rather learn tips and techniques from a range of artists because I love how everyone has different ways of doing things. Thirdly, I learn better in this environment and can have attention focussed on me when on a 1-to-1 basis. 

Today I worked with Patrick Baston at Pout Patrol in Bury. Patrick’s work is UNREAL – so flawless and he has such a creative mind, demonstrates on his Instagram. I learned so much from Patrick today and now have a crazy long shopping list of all of the amazing products he recommended! 

I took my sister to model for me and we created a look using some warm tones from various palettes and then mixed it up with the most amazing mermaidy glitter from Topshop (of all places!). The skin was quite dewy with a very heavy coverage and some beautiful contouring and highlighting. We used Armani Luminous silk on the skin, followed by Nars Creamy Concealer. The bronzer of choice was from the Kat Von D palette and we used two highlighters – an amazing gold from the MAC Christmas collection and a dab of a Topshop one just to finish it off (this was also used on the brow bone). 

The brows were created using Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade with a fine brush to create more of a fluffy brow look. MAC feline liner and gel liner was applied into the water line and blended into the lash line using the darker transition shade, and finally blended further out using the lightest transition shade. The look was completed with a nude glossy lip using various products from Rimmel and MAC. 

From today’s lesson, I learned that I can get away with taking the product further up and out on the eye. I’m quite shy with my lines and tend to keep them tight in around the crease when it really does look amazing to drag it up practically to the brow in some areas of the eye. This really helps disguise any hooding of the eye. Also, I picked up some techniques of applying and blending using different brush strokes and angles. 

My reasoning for logging my progress on my blog is so that I can not only show you guys how I’m coming along, but so I can look back and a) remember the tips I’ve learned b) see how my style changes and progresses as I continue my makeup journey. 

The completed look is below with a before and after. No editing or filters, just great light and flawless skin! 


Do you have any must-have makeup products? Or do you have your own little techniques? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @Heliemac1 

Hels x

Soleil Tan De Chanel – Bronzing Makeup Base REVIEW. 

The weather is (kind of) starting to get a little better in the UK now we’re well into May, so I think it’s nice to add some warmth into makeup looks to give a bronzed effect. 

In my last post, I mentioned how I had my makeup done at Chanel for my grad ball. The cost of the makeover is redeemable on purchases so I kept a close eye on what the MUA used, so I could decide which item I fancied taking home. 

I had heard of Soleil Tan De Chanel before and it did intruige me as its a creamy texture, so I was glad when she took it out to use on me. I suffer from quite dry skin if I’m not careful so I have to keep my skin constantly hydrated. Also I love a dewy look rather than matte so powders don’t work too well on my skin. This is a creamy (almost mousse) texture which is quite luxurious on the skin. 

   
 

Although this product is cream, it’s applied with a brush. I used Real Techniques contour brush to apply and finished with Real Techniques buffing brush. There’s so many ways you can use this product which makes it so versatile. Firstly, you can add a thin layer to the entire face before foundation for a subtle glow, you can mix with your foundation to go up a shade, use as a contour or bronzer and finally, as a full body tan on top of body lotion. 

For this look, I used a light layer before my foundation and finished with gentle contouring on my cheek bones, forehead and nose. I just used it really naturally to begin with but you can build this product up for a more dramatic look. 

   
     It feels so soft and dewy on the skin and creates a flawless finish. As I said, it’s so versatile so it’s definitely worth the £32 in my opinion but I’ve heard there’s a dupe by Bourjois so it might be a good option to try that first and see how you get on with a cream before splurging on Chanel. 

I should add that I’ve had Soleil Tan De Chanel in the powder form previously and loved it and it lasted for so long! I have high expectations of how long this will last as it’s used so minimally and is a good sized pot. 

You can purchase at any Chanel counter or online Here

Other products I used:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. 

MAC lip liner in Spice. 

Dior Addict Gloss in Dolly Pink. 

Dreamweave Lash Magnet Mascara. 

Natural brows. 

  

If you have/do use this product – please do let me know in the comments and I’d love to hear any recommendations you have! 

Connect with me on Instagram @heliemac1 

Hels xxx