Saturday, 26 October 2013


Hi all,

Just a quick one today.
So Halloween is coming up.
I LOOOOOOVEEEEEE halloween. I love doing the scary/crazy make-up.
At the moment i'm really in to the big creepy smiles.
So I'm going to post some great inspirational pics that i've found to give you some halloween make-up ideas.
Also i'm doing kids face painting in the studio for Halloween which includes a photo for each child to take home with a spooky back drop. Like my page on facebook to get more details.

These are all images i have found on facebook and deviant art.
Soo in love with these looks.

Let me know what you think.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Make-Up Kits Everything you need to know

Hi again,

As you know i'm a qualified make-up artist. So this post is about make-up kits.
Everything you need, how to clean it, how to organise it and how to pack it.

Firstly: Must Haves

We will start with cleaning products and disposables before i get to make-up.

You need a make-up steriliser! MAKE THIS YOUR BEST FRIEND.
I use beauty so clean. You can spray it onto creams, powders, lipsticks, pencils and pigments.
It does not change the colour, texture or damage the product in anyway it just cleans it.
It's a little pricey but so worth it, because the last thing you want is to get something nasty in your kit and have to throw everything out.

Setting Spray. I use this on brides more than shoots as you can touch up on shoots and you can't do that at weddings unless you invited. I use one by Ben Nye, it's meant to be complete waterproof but i haven't tested in under water but i'm happy with it. When brides cry there make-up it still there so it does the job.

Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser. Skin is a major thing, probably the most important part. If you don't prep it and make it look the best it can then why bother doing the rest! I use products aimed at sensitive skin as you never know who you'll get in your chair. And for this reason I also recommend buying exfoliating pads and blotting sheets. It doesn't really matter what kind just get cheap ones that work for you, also get baby wipes as some clients/model show up caked in make-up and with cleanser you'll be there all day! So use the baby wipes then cleanse, tone and moisturise. You also want an intense moisturiser for people with dry skin. I use Weleda Skin Food. This is like a face mask that you don't take off, you can see results instantly and it's cheap. It's natural and great for sensitive skins and it's great for men and calming down irritable skin. LOOOOVVVVEEEE WELEDA!!!!

Now lets talk about disposables.
You need mascara wands, disposable lip brushes and lip gloss wands.
That's the most major rule you must abide by. Say your client had conjunctivitis, you use a mascara wand on the client then put it back in the tube. You just spread it to your mascara which goes in you kit therefore there is now conjunctivitis in your kit. NOW YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. Lips brushes and lip gloss wands i rarely use i prefer an actual brush but they are for emergency's for example some one had a cold soar. Also you need sponges just in case i again rarely use but you never know.

Next nails. Always bring a nail file, nail polish remover and a basic french manicure set. You never know when you'll need it, also hand cream. You don't want to do your shoot, get home and look through the photos and find chipped nail polish.

Also you need power puffs, sharpeners, tissues, cotton pads, cotton buds for obvious reason.

Primers: You want a matte one and a dewy one. I use the matte and satin primer from Illamasqua but Laura Mercier make greats primers too. I also use Illamasqua Hydra Veil. You will love it. I also use prep and prime eye by Mac, keeps your shadow in place allllllll day! Also prep and prim lip by mac love this. I also use lip scrubs by Lush in case they have crackled lips and Vaseline. Vaseline has a million uses always keep this stocked.

Eyeshadows: I make my own palettes. I use Z palettes, i pry all my eyeshadows out of there boxes and place them in this. Much easier. You don't need every colour in the world. Limit yourself to 3 palettes, one for brights, one for shimmers and one for naturals. Then mix!

Lipsticks: I melt all my lipsticks. I know this sounds mad but there is a valid reason. I have at least 40 lipsticks. Unless i remember the name of every single lipstick and remember which shade it is i have to manually check until i find the right shade. This is time consuming as i have to open all the tubes until i get to the one i want. So i melt all my lipsticks down and put them in clear round pots that stack on top of each other. I can see through them therefore time saving and this makes them so much easier to pack as they take up less space. I use a knife (sterilized) to cut the lipsticks out the tubes and then put them in a metal spoon and melt them over a candle. I also do this with cream foundations.

Pencils: I put these in a brush roll, again saves time and space. Make sure your pencils are always sharpened before and after each use.

Foundation: I use Illamasqua Skin Base. I love this, my clients love this and i've never had any complaints. I now have every shade but I started off with 6 shades as you can mix them. Always get a variation of shades ranging from lightest to darkest as you can mix them yourself. This is great for a beginner as you don't always have the funds at the start to buy every shade.

Concealers: I use a Kryolan palette it's easy and small so takes up no space in my kit.

Extras: I have an aquacolour and supracolour palette from screenface. You never know when they will come in handy and great for mixing colours. I have a loose setting powder and a pressed setting podwer both in white and a yellowish shade. These are must haves.

This is just a starter, i have a million other bits and bobs in my kits for specialized shoots and i'll explain that in another post in the future.

Ask me anything,


Friday, 11 October 2013

Eyelash Extensions Review

Hey everyone,

I wanted to do a post about eyelash extensions. I have been doing them since November last year.
There's a lot of bad gossip about lash extensions and I wanted to put a stop to that.
I learnt with Marvel Lash. In a one day course. I do not believe one day is enough time to learn eyelash extensions and Marvel Lash are not a good company. However, I did learn the basic technique. There glue is like water, and after doing a few sets on my friends I found this out. They were falling off in a matter of hours! I contacted the person who taught me who said it was my fault! It wasn't.

I then decided to watch Youtube videos and i discovered I wasn't doing anything wrong which is what I thought anyway as I was doing what I was shown to do. I then looked at salongeek (forum for beauty) and saw terrible reviews for marvel lash. I found out that Marvel Lash miss important steps, like using a primer and a sealant! I then looked in to other brands and found that flirties have great reviews for there sealant and primer. I also went looking around for new glue. The next glue i tried was by LCN and I found it better than Marvel Lash however it looked terrible. It was so thick and gloopy and you would see it on the lash which your not meant to. it would take ages to dry and it clumped.

Thank god for my sister. My sisters friend has has eyelash extensions for years and and her specialist uses AH Frances glue. It's amazing. I went with the one for sensitive people as this will suit everyone and saves me by both glues and worrying I won't use them both up in the use by date time frame. It's so sticky, drys quick and doesn't clump. Finding the perfect glue is soooooo important, but just because this one works for me doesn't mean this will for you. Shop around and find different reviews and read up on what people like to use. 

I use Flirties primer and sealant and i was spectacle about using a sealant a lot of people don't and some people think they are a waste of money but i completely disagree. I have noticed that it makes the lashes stay on much longer and stops them from twisting so quickly. When you use long lashes they can twist when they start to grow out. When you stick on a faux lash you want it as close to the root of the lash as possible without touching the skin. When a lash grows out the faux lash moves with it therefore, it is not close to the root anymore this means that now the faux lash is too heavy for the natural lash so they can droop or twist. I have noticed that a sealant gives them that extra strength and holds them upright longer. The primer is a conditioner for the natural lash. It protects the natural lash also which is important as your natural lashes are not used to having the glue on them or the extra weight so you need to look after them.
Now lets talk about prep and technique. I use an oil free eye cleanser to start. Make sure it is oil free  any products with oil on with make the lash extensions come off. I clean the eyes then blot dry. You need to make sure the lashes are dry before placing any faux lashes. I then use eyelash tape and place it over the bottom lashes. Get your client to look up as it's easier for you and more comfortable for them. You want to stick the bottom lashes down as you don't want to put lash extensions on them or get them stuck to the top lashes. I then use gel pads. I place these on top of the tape. This makes it even harder for a bottom lash to slip through but this still can happen. Also the gel pads are for the client. They are relaxing and they are thick so when you rest your tweezers on them the client will hardly feel them and you won't stab them in the face. I then get my client to close there eyes and sometimes you may need to adjust the pads slightly. I then comb the lashes so they all lay straight and apply primer with a disposable mascara wand. I do this every time whether it's infills or a new set ALWAYS! My tweezers are always in barbicide so are clean and sterilized, always wipe before use. Then if this is is for infills i remover any lashes that may have twisted or grown out. I use micro swabs. I dip them in my remover and use one underneath the lash the other above and stoke the faux lash gently until it comes out. DON'T PULL! Then i blot the lashes again and comb again and now they are ready for application. You have to separate the lash and place a faux lash on top of the natural lash. Stroke the faux lash along the natural lash to coat it with glue and drop it on top don't try to hold it in place. Then let it dry before moving on. You can use a air blower to dry quicker if you feel you need to. I then place another lash on the same eye but not next to the one i did. The reason for this is the glue may still be tacky and you don't want to disturb it, it may stick to another lash and that's when you get clumps. You need to makes sure the faux lash is only attached to one natural lash, if its stuck to a few when the faux lash grows out it will come out with all the lashes attached to it and if it's stuck to more than one lash this is when you get gaps and can damage the clients lashes. Don't apply a faux lash to a natural lash that is too short as it's still growing and this can cause it to fall out quicker than it should. After application let them dry for about 10 seconds. Then i check if the client can open their eyes and they aren't stuck to the bottom lashes. If they are use remover as before. I then use sealant and let them dry for a bout 10 seconds again. And that's it.

Then give aftercare:
  • Stay away from hot water and steam for 12-24 hours.
  • Use oil free make-up removers and products around the eye.
  • Don't pull or pick your lashes.
  • You can comb them with a disposable mascara want or brow comb gently.
  • Don't use mascara.
  • Come back for infills 2-3 weeks.
  • Don't use lash curlers.
  • Don't rub/scrub your eyes.

I now want to talk about lashes. I let my client pick there own lashes/look.
There are different curls J, B, C, D.
I only use C or J. C Curls are very curled and dramatic. J Curls are a gradual curl and are more natural looking.
I then have different thicknesses. The ones I use range from 0.10(thinnest), 0.15, 0.20, 0.25(thickest).
I usually use a combination unless someone just wants the one thickness all over.
I then use different lengths. I buy mixed tray lashes that start at about 7mm and go up to 14mm. I then buy a tray of just 15mm as i tend to have more clients for the dramatic look. i use different lengths on every client. I only use 15mm on people with long natural lashes as if the client has short lashes they cannot support a very long lash. 
You can also get W and Y lashes these are great for a person with very sparse lashes or who want as many as they can get.
I use faux mink or silk as i am against animal testing and animal cruelty. Silk i find to be a bit thicker and harder, most people prefer faux mink.
When i started eyelash extensions i charged £10 per set, as i was practicing and this covered my costs only. Now i charge £30 as now i feel my lashes are completely up to scratch and standard and i would have them done myself.
Any questions let me know.


Monday, 7 October 2013

Lush beauty haul/review

Over the last couple of months I have really got into Lush products. I've gone on a bit of a natural hype. I've been very aware of what i'm putting into my body and I want to look after it better. Also I have horrible skin I'm prone to getting spots it's not pretty.

So the first product(s)

Gorilla Perfumes

This is a picture of the new ones, I haven't actually tried these yet (want to).
I'm really in to the old ones and specifically the solid perfumes.

The way you find you signature scent is by doing it with you eyes shut. 
Don't be taken in by the colour as it may not be the scent for you.
The people in the store have a sort of game they play with you
to find your perfect scent. The first time i did this it was 2 days before
my first date in 10 months! I brought a new outfit and a new 
perfume. I played the game a Lust was the one i won (the red one).
This is my go to perfume, I love it so much that i got the actual 
spray bottle. The solid perfumes are very strong which isn't to everyones
tastes but i love strong perfume. And the scent lasts hours i 
can still smell it 6 hours after putting it on. I have since then brough
Tuca Tuca which i also adore. And today i got Breath of God. This 
is a best seller so i thought i'd try it. I also brought today the Dirty body
spray. Dirty started out as one of these fragrances and now is in 
body spray.  I love the smell but i'll keep you posted on this as i haven't tried
this yet.

Skin care
The next product i swear by is Dark Angels. I use both the soap and the
facial cleanser. The cleanser has a clay like texture.
It's made up of charcoal, sugar, and rhassoul mud. It's great for oily and
spotty skin types (A.K.A MEEEE!) Wet your face 
and rub this on your face. It's a great exfoliator but i feel it's too harsh for
everyday so i use the soap for 2 days then on the 3rd 
day i use the cleanser. This has improved my skin for sure. I wanted the
full trio though, cleanser, toner and moisturiser. The toner
i chose was Eau Roma, it smells incredible and is really soothing and great
for sensitive skin. You need to use a toner after a 
moisturiser for 2 reasons.
1. It closes the pores after cleansing which stops dirt getting into your pores.
2. It balances your skins Ph.
Then moisturise. EVEN IF YOU HAVE OILY SKIN. People think if you have
oily skin you don't need to moisturise. THIS IS A LIE.
Oily skin usually leads to spots these are dry and can damage and scar the skin,
moisturisers will aid your skin in repairing, The
moisturiser i'm trying at the moment is the vanishing cream which is meant to
be great on spots but i'm not sold yet but i have only been 
trying it for a week.

 I'm also trying a spot treatment called grease lightening. But I have only been trying it
for 2 days. I'll keep you posted.

 I'm also using there charity pot body moisturiser. The reason i chose this is because
i forget to moisturise and this one is great even if i just use it every 3 days.

I'm also going to start using there deodorants  so i'll let you know how i'm getting on with that soon.


I love that there make-up can be used as mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner and lip colours all at once.

I also use lip service lip balm, great for dry and cracked lips and i also use the lip scrubs love these.
However i don't like licking them offer as i don't like the taste and they are made from sugar and your
meant to lick them off but i'm not a fan.



I'm Charlotte.
This is not my first blog but i felt my others were out dated so here's a new one.

I'm a make-up artist and beauty therapist with 5 years experience. I have a degree in make-up and hair styling for photography, film and music from Southampotn Solent Uni. I also have diploma in beauty Therapy from Cambridge Regional College. I own my beauty studio called Charlott'e Studio. ( Please like my facebook page.

Make-up and beauty are my life!!!

I'm trained in everything (list below) and this blog will be all about my tips on treatments and looks. Along with beauty hauls and some of my fave products.

Things i'm trained in
  • Body Painting, 
  • Face Painting, 
  • Airbrushing, 
  • Make-up Artistry, 
  • Basic Special Effects Make-up, 
  • Hair Styling, including wigs and beards and basic hair cutting. 
  • Make-up for 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's, 
  • Drag Make-up,  
  • Photography both studio and location, 
  • Make-up and Hair for fashion, film, theatre, TV, catwalk, commercial and editorial, and can edit my own images.
  • Tanning both Spray and Mannual,
  • Eyelash Extensions,
  • Facials,
  • Manicures,
  • Pedicures,
  • Acrylic Nails,
  • Swarovski Crystal Nails,
  • Waxing,
  • Tinting,
  • Lash Perming,
  • Gelish Polish Nails.

I have had training with:
  • Long Road Sixth Form College,
  • Southampton Solent Uni,
  • Cambridge Regional College,
  • Laura Mercier,
  • Illamasqua,
  • Dermalogica,
  • LCN,
  • Ellisons,
  • Sallys Salon Services,
  • Marvel Lash,

I have also worked with different make-up/skin care brands such as:
  • Laura Mercier,
  • Chanel,
  • Illamasqua,
  • Kiehls,
  • Dior,
  • Sisley.

Sorry for all the lists, but this way you can see that i've tried a wide range of products and brands and you can see how much training i have gone through.

Hope you Enjoy