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


Makeup Styling For The Protein Bakery Press Shoot

Hi everyone!

I just sat down with a big mug of tea to update my blog with what I’m up to. I sometimes struggle to sit back and find the time to reflect on my going’s-on and share them but it’s important, especially as I’d love to look back in the future and see how far I’ve progressed.

Today I worked on an exciting project with The Protein Bakery which was organised by Ledigo PR. We had a great team, with @hairbysophie _m on the hair, @jadekaty and @southweather84 on photography and myself creating the makeup look. Then model for the day was the director of The Protein Bakery, Laura Jackson. She thought up the concept in her own kitchen and is now set to sell her products in January 2018, launching in supermarkets and major online companies.

A little bit about the company…

So, how many of you get cravings on a regular basis for cakes, cookies, donuts etc? Especially when you’re on a diet! The Protein Bakery has created a new concept of protein fortified goodies to curb cravings for real (a bog standard protein bar just doesn’t cut it) whilst remaining clean and adding to your daily protein intake. I have sampled the range and I have to say they genuinely taste like your normal baked goods – the Salted Caramel Cookie is unreal! They don’t have that protein after taste that you get with so many protein products.

What I really love about the range is that it appeals to so many people. So many people can feel intimidated by the fitness and protein industry and feel that maybe the usual protein bars and shakes etc we see in stores are aimed at uber-toned, fitness addicts. That’s where The Protein Bakery is different and appeals to EVERYONE whether you’re sculpting your six pack or simply trying to make healthier choices.

Back to the makeup…

We wanted a ‘Nigella’ feel to the look so we kept it all matte and neutrals. I used YSL foundation and brown and nude eyeshadows from Kiko Milano. The brows were filled with light strokes of MAC Spike and brushed with a clear brow gel for a soft, ‘barely done’ look. I didn’t use any contouring or highlighting for this look as I really wanted it to remain fresh and simple, so I simply defined the cheek bones and lifted the skin tone using Dior blusher. The look was finished with some light strip-lashes, Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Penelope Pink and set with Sport FX setting spray. The final look was girly and soft and perfect for the day time but with that extra glam!

Keep an eye out on The Protein Bakery’s Instagram to be the first to get your hands on the products and the chance to win some competitions they have coming up!

Helen x

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full-Coverage BB Cream Review. 

I’ve recently been sent the Jane Iredale BB Cream to test and review, and have used it for the past few weeks to reveal the most honest and clear review of how I found the product. (All opinions are my own, this is an honest review of the product). 

I apply the BB cream first with my MAC foundation brush, then I continue to blend it with the Real Techniques beauty blender. My first thought when I started to apply was HOW AMAZING the coverage is for a BB cream. I’d compare this with MAC studio fix for coverage. The BB creams I usually use have quite a light coverage and aren’t really suitable for me on a daily basis. This however really does have a truly heavy coverage whilst still feeling light on the skin. 

At first, I wasn’t sure the shade was right for me (BB6) as it seemed quite yellow but as it blended in, I realised it was ideal for me and totally brightened up my complexion. I always go for yellow tones on my skin rather than pinks/beige. 

I have reasonably dry skin so a lot of foundations are a no-no for me because they can create dry lines and visible pores. That’s why I’m so happy to have found a hydrating mineral BB cream that allows me to wear a full-coverage look without the negative side effects! 

To put this BB cream to the test, I’ve worn it for a few different daily activities to see how it fairs. 

1: A Day At Work – as you may know, I’m a full-time model so when I’m working I don’t tend to wear my own makeup. However, I do occasionally cover at my parents business which is a children’s day-nursery. I wore this BB cream for the full day to see how it stayed on for a 9-6 shift. The coverage stayed neat, however it had gotten a little patchy on my nose by lunch time and my T-Zone was a little oily. I think this is because it’s so hydrating so I don’t really mind because it’s sort of one or the other for me. I’d rather a quick dab with my beauty blender than the dryness. 

2: A Work-Out – yep, I’m one of those girls who likes a bit of natural makeup on in the gym. I’m not talking eyeliner and contour etc, just a dab of BB Cream and a slick of mascara. And nope, it doesn’t make me work any less harder and nope it (generally) doesn’t end up a patchy mess on my face (have you never heard of setting spray?). So, I’ve been wearing the BB cream for the gym and even after a sweaty, intense workout with my trainer, my face stays pretty much perfect still. 10/10 for a workout foundation because it’s mineral based and won’t clog your pores like a normal foundation! 

3: In The Pool and Sauna – okay this one was more for the blog post, but I did keep it on for a relax in the pool and sauna post-workout. Obviously my face gets wet in this process so it was interesting to come out of the pool and see that although the coverage had massively decreased, it was all even and my face wasn’t patchy at all! 

4: On Holiday – I never use regular Suncream on my face on holiday because it just clogs it up so much. Plus I avoid sun on my face so it always ends up much more pale than my body so I like a light coverage with an SPF. I used this BB cream in Marbella (where everyone is glam so makeup is a must during the day!) and with its SPF 25, it did the job perfectly. 

So, all in all it has been a fantastic product, one that I’ve recommended to all of my friends who’ve gone out and bought it and love it as much as I do! It’s definitely my go-to product now and it’s a total staple in my makeup bag. I was also sent their blusher and lip balm which I use all the time also. The 3 together just create the most lovely, soft makeup look with the delicate pinks and gorgeous textures. 

Let me know how you get on! 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