There is one thing that I would love to be able to walk around with all day and that’s a giant airbrush. Imagine lovelies, no more dark shadows, no more blotches, no more uneven skintone….
Make-Up artist and Love/Lust member Mariam Jensen specialises in the airbrush technique and has made literally hundreds of brides completely flawless for W-day. Mariam is going to share with us how airbrushing works both professionally and in the comfort of your own abode as well as giving us the lowdown on some of her favourite products for eyes and lips.
My favourite bit of a beauty feature? When the expert does exactly that – because they must have tried a lot of stuff right?!
Of course that’s not always a good thing. It just means I want to go out and buy everything they recommend….
*image courtesy of Exhibit Emotions
Mariam Jensen: Airbrush makeup is very different to most retail products on the market. The makeup comes in a wide variety of bases and my personal favourite is silicone – it’s long- lasting and extremely durable. The product is applied with an airbrush that is fed by an air compressor, creating the finest and lightest application of makeup. Try Airbase for a great foundation that can be used with or without airbrush.
The benefit of airbrush makeup is that it delivers lightweight, long-lasting makeup that is able to stand up to the scrutiny of HD for film/TV and also high resolutions in digital photography, making it an ideal choice for brides-to-be. One of the key reasons airbrush makeup looks so natural is because of the small spray patterns from the airbrush itself and the minimal quantity of makeup applied to achieve the desired effect.
Like any makeup, airbrush makeup is best applied by a professional artist and is worth the investment on your wedding day. However, the products can also be used at home to create a flawless make-up look using a good quality foundation brush and can be worn daily without the need for touch ups. For a natural sunkissed glow, add a touch of the Airbase Bronzer to the formula. This product lasts for hours requiring little to no touch up and feels like you’re barefaced. The coverage is fantastic and can be used to conceal acne, uneven complexions and even eczema.
*image courtesy of Edwina Ibbotson Millinery
A Rosy Glow
For gorgeous kissable lips, try a lip stain on your wedding day. I love Jemma Kidd Make Up School Rosy Glow Lip & Cheek Tint. The stain works best on clean lips that are well hydrated. Very easy to use, simply roll on evenly, blot lips together and viola – perfectly tinted, natural pink lips! For more definition try using a lip pencil, I love MAC Whirl which is a pinky nude shade. Then top with a touch of clear gloss or lip balm for some sheen. The best thing about this tinted lip product is that it is kissable yet not sticky like so many lip products often are.
*Image courtesy of Shanna Melville Bridal Couture
Big And Beautiful
Every bride wants big, beautiful eyes on their wedding day and of course, smudge- free make-up. For eye make-up that stands out yet withstands the tears, create a smokey eye using MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork – a gorgeous taupey-brown shade. Use a flat synthetic brush such MAC 249 Large Shader Brush to work the product all over the lid for a wash of colour. This can be worn alone or try layering to add sheen with a shade such as MAC Tan Pigment.
To make the look stronger, apply a deeper shade of eyeshadow in the crease. I love MAC Embark, it’s a deep aubergine-brown shade that adds depth and colour. Take a crease brush, such as MAC 224 and work the product into the crease and blend out and upwards in small circular motions. For added definition, apply a deep black liner in the inner rim and lash line. MAC Powerpoint Pencil in Engraved is a great product as it’s waterproof and wears very well.
Complete the look with a set of No 19 Lashes from Illamasqua – soft and smokey, these lashes are perfect for a wedding makeup look. You can also cut the lashes in half and use them as corner lashes which are much easier to apply and also give a more subtle flare to the eyes. After lashes are on, I would give lashes a light curl with the Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler which helps your own lashes and the false ones to blend and look more natural. Top wish a few coats of a good waterproof mascara such as MAC Blacksplash – this can be put on false eye lashes too and make them look very natural. Finally, blend some more black eye liner in the lash line to disguise the band of the false eye lashes.
*image courtesy of Exhibit Emotions
Airbrush make-up – Airbase
Mac Products – Mac On-line
Jemma Kidd – Space NK
Illamasqua - Debenhams
So then. Off to buy me some of this airbrush magic.
Or maybe I can somehow persuade Mariam to come round and make me look as radiant as one of the models?
Hmmm. Could take some time.
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