Sunday, 11 November 2012

#4: Face of the Evening

Last night I was out in my hometown for my birthday night out with my nearest and dearest. I had my make up look sorted before I had my outfit sorted - this look is what I like to describe as a Power Brow and Autumnal lip look. Not much emphasis on the eyes, much more focused on the shape of the brow and the colour of the lip.

I ended up wearing a high neck lace dress so this just added to the Vampy look that is ever so popular at the moment!

MAC Natural Radiance Primer
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, Cashew Beige
MAC Pro Longwear concealer, NW25 (under eyes)
MAC Studio Finish concealer (highlighter)
MAC Prep and Prime translucent finishing powder
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, Soft & Gentle
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, Give Me Sun 
MAC Powder Blush, Gingerly

MAC Paintpot, Painterly 
MAC Paint, Bamboom
MAC Eyeshadow, Embark
MAC Kohl Pencil, Coffee
MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara
MAC #20 Lashes
MAC Fluidline, Dipdown (brows)

MAC Lip Pencil, Brick 
MAC Matte Lipstick, Rocker

I love finding out what other people wear for their nights out, so I hope you've enjoyed this post; I now notice I am definitely using my MAC Staff discount to its full advantage seeing as only one product is not MAC, but it just shows how good it is. I absolutely love lots of other make up brands and products though and will be sure to include them too in future to add a little bit of diversity!

Hope you have all had as nice a weekend as I have!

Kate x

Thursday, 1 November 2012

#3: Millie Mackintosh for Nouveau Lashes

Happy November everyone!

Ever since I heard Millie Mackintosh had her own lash designs out, I knew I had to get my hands on them; not only for myself but to also try them out for clients. When applied correctly, false eyelashes can really pull a look together and take it from day to evening in a timeless and classic way.

Millie has created her lashes with Nouveau Lashes, the brand responsible for HD Brows and LVL Lashes - two treatments I absolutely adore to induldge in. Looks like I can add Millie's Lashes to the list of things I am thankful to Nouveau for.

Each lash is named after a part of London and there are 9 lashes in the collection. They are contact lens wearer friendly, and made from 100% natural hair which makes them extremely lightweight on the eyes. The pack contains one pair of lashes, a step by step application guide which is perfect for false lash newbies, a teeny tiny pair of tweezers and a latex free adhesive. They are also dermatalogically tested in the UK, therefore they are perfectly safe for use on the skin.

The lashes that I chose to pick up were the Soho Lashes - beautifully full and wispy lashes which taper out thicker and longer towards the end giving that sexy flirty look on the eyes. These would be perfect for a smokey eye, or personally for me an everyday lash with a slick of liquid liner and a bright lip. I was really struck by how lovely the hair felt and how extremely light they are. The lash band is also great because it's not too thick so it's very easy to disguise.

I found them extremely easy to apply. This is a testament in itself because the day before I trialed these lashes I had the LVL treatment (read about that on my old blog here). I had LVL lashes last year and couldn't get any lashes on for love nor money - it was near impossible. These went on so easily and quickly, so even for novice eyelash appliers I think with a little bit of practice you'd be golden. The tweezers aren't my favourite thing, they take quite alot to tweeze them together, however they'll probably loosen up with use and I think it's a lovely touch putting them in the pack as that is how I always tend to apply my lashes on myself. I find it alot easier applying lashes to clients with my hands, but on myself tweezers work so much better.

I really like the adhesive. I decided to give the whole package a fair trial and use the adhesive instead of my beloved DUO glue. As it is latex free it's brilliant for anyone who suffers from a latex allergy or has sensitive skin in general. Even I sometimes find my eyes smarting thanks to DUO glue, and mine are in no way sensitive. I didn't get this at all with Millie's adhesive, and I even got some in my eye (don't ask), and it had no effect. The most important question is - does it hold the lashes well? The answer - definitely. It's great that it comes in a small vial with a thin rod so the glue goes nowhere but where it needs to go. Totally mess free. It also doesn't have that strange smell that DUO has and that I know alot of people are not keen on.

I think we can all agree that these lashes are pretty amazing! They feel so good on, practically weightless. I know I work for MAC, and I do truly love some of their lashes (#7s, #1s and #20s) but these just have a really natural feel to them. I think it's the fact the hair is natural and sometimes with synthetic hair, you get that tired and heavy feeling when you wear lashes - I promise with these you wouldn't. I'm truly impressed with these and will be using them on clients from here on in. You can buy Millie's Lashes online at and you can search for stockists in your area on Millie's official website - they are retailing for £8.99.

The above picture is me with no other make up on, so I will be sure to take a picture on Monday when I wear them down to London with my best friend for my birthday day out so you can see them in their full glory - follow me on twitter for any more lash related updates as I will be sure to be trying out more of these! @katelambiemua

The amazing salon I have a studio in, Vanity Chic in Shrewsbury, is now stocking Millie's Lashes so any girls that live there get down and get yours now! Why not book in with me for a full face of make up? You get the lashes included in the application & they're yours to keep, perfect for this time of year and the upcoming festive season.

Have any of you tried these lashes? Would love to know what you think of them!

Kate x

Friday, 19 October 2012

#2: Studio Shoot 26.09.2012

On the 26th September, I had a shoot with Andy Watson of DRW Images. I've worked with Andy only a couple of times, but he's an incredibly talented photographer who works the majority of his time at the O2 Academy in Birmingham shooting the various acts who play there, and obviously shooting beautiful girls for edgy & fashionable shoots.

The model we were working with was Ellie Fox, a young model based in London & Wolverhampton. She has a beautiful look - classic, but different and she's the type of model who can pull most looks off.

Andy wanted to create a futuristic look for the shoot - we had discussed looks over emails for a while and I had an idea in my head - blue tones on the eyes, taken right out towards the temple to create an almost 'visor' look with flawless fresh skin and nude blocked out lips. This meant I could not only give Andy what he was looking for but also keep it fashion.

We had two hours to create the look, which gave me enough time to put a beauty look on Ellie first. I had seen a video on Lisa Eldridge's website that guest MUA Charlotte Tilbury had done which inspired me to do this look. It was a look she had created on Kate Moss for a Vogue cover - flawless contoured skin, with a strong red/orange lip and natural eyes.

Look #1

- MAC Face & Body Foundation
- Dermacolor Concealer Palette
- MAC Strobe Cream
- MAC Pro Contour Creams (on eyes and to contour)
- MAC Fashion Nomad LE Lipstick
- Estee Lauder Raspberry Lipstick (in centre of the lips)
- MAC Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil
- MAC Zoom Lash Mascara
Look #2

- Make Up Forever Grease Palette
- MUA Cosmetics eyeshadow palette
- MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
- Dermacolor Concealer Palette on lips
I hope you all found this post interesting and like the photos! The only thing I would change is Ellie's tan lines - you're always learning on shoots!
Check out Andy's Facebook page here & Ellie's Twitter here. I really enjoyed this shoot and will be updating my blog with much more posts like this one.
Kate x

Monday, 1 October 2012

#1: Welcome!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blog, KML Make Up - a place where you can get all your make up fixes in one place. I'm a freelance Make Up Artist and a part time Make Up Artist at MAC Cosmetics and I absolutely adore my job.

I wanted to create this blog to share my tips, work and recent looks with everyone. I get quite a few tweets, messages and even texts off friends asking for advice. Think of this as your make up haven where I can hopefully help you all out with daily cosmetic dilemmas we sometimes face! I am constantly learning and I love to share my findings with other people.

If you would like to check out my old blog, in which I wrote all about my training last year at The School of Make Up in Manchester here is the link - If you're looking to get into the Make Up industry then this could be really helpful to you.

My blog won't be soley makeup based, as I love fashion too and I believe fashion and makeup go hand in hand anyway, especially right now what with all the Fashion Weeks from around the world!

I hope you all enjoy my blog!

Kate x