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Tried and tested: Face masks that guarantee glowing skin…

As a makeup artist, I value how good skin care can affect your makeup, as well as the effect it can have on your face throughout the day. I take all these things into consideration when prepping a model for a shoot, a bride for her wedding or a client for an event. When I’m in a rush but need to brighten, tighten or exfoliate, the best way to achieve results is by using a facemask. I have trialed a few of my fave masks so that I can share my opinion with you, and give you a quick guide on what to use for specific skin concerns.

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Some people are very strict about using products that are natural, and now you can buy one of my favorite natural skincare brands Jurlique online. It originates from a bio-dynamic farm in South Australia and uses the power of nature to create beautifully scented, extremely effective products. As they have a few different ranges you can choose the natural facemask you need for your skin, from age-defying to hydrating.

Two Jurlique masks I recommend for almost any skin type are the Rose Moisture Plus mask and the Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator. The Rose Moisture mask is so calming and hydrating, you can feel the benefits as soon as you start to layer it on your skin. It is fantastic for relaxing you as the potent rose scent makes you want to lie down and soak it up as if you are at a spa! The drier your skin is the more it will absorb leaving less to clean off, which I prefer to wiping off. So at the end of your relaxing 10 minutes you can press the remnants of the mask into your skin. It leaves skin feeling so supple and soft its indescribable! This is perfect for summer, as the sun and cider tend to dry out your skin.

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The Fruit Enzyme mask on the other hand, is a fantastic natural alternative to any AHA exfoliating mask. It combines natural fruit enzymes and Australian extracts to enhance cell turnover and smooth your skin. The smell isn’t as relaxing as the rose mask, but if it works I don’t mind! Its fantastic on set, I use it on models that have been overworked as it brightens dull skin and only needs 5 minutes. It also leaves no residue. Again this is fantastic for summer if you want a gentle exfoliator that will also hydrate your tan.

Moving on to the one and only Japanese brand Suqqu which is exclusive to Selfridges and is at a higher price bracket than Jurlique, but one of the few brands that does makeup and skincare very well. Not many people know it yet but their Refined Flow Stretch Mask which is inspired by the Suqqu signature Gankin Massage technique, aims to tighten and firm while enhancing your facial contour. It is extremely impressive as it uses AHA-C complex (like the exfoliating mask by Jurlique), yeast and Honeysuckle extracts! Having used it a few times I can tell you it has tightened my skin and leaves my complexion glowing! I absolutely love it. I recommend you try it before bed because you can leave the serum on your face overnight to absorb deeper into your skin, as it can feel sticky and I wouldn’t recommend it before going out unless you have a lot of time. Even then you don’t want to wash away the benefits.

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Last but not least on the highly recommended list comes the raved about Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment. I found this mask, extremely different to most mud masks I’ve tried. To start with it smells like peppermint instead of dirt, which is super appealing! It is also formulated to be easy to put on where some mud masks can be extremely thick and hard to spread, kinda like… well… Mud! It also has a lot of hydrating properties, so as it lifts dirt out it moisturises too. Usually with mud masks, I find I have to basically apply face oil WHILE removing the mud mask otherwise my face is at risk of falling off. Not with this baby; Glamglow have got the right balance between cleansing and hydrating. It left my skin feeling super soft and lifted the dirt out of my pores so with a little squeeze from me they were pure after. This is is perfect for the T-zone area.

Now having spanned the globe, from America to Australia to Asia, I hope you find a mask that will save your face!

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Tried and Tested: Lola Brocha Kabuki Brush / Latest in Beauty

Tried & Tested: Lola Brocha Kabuki Brush

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There are a lot of brushes around these days and I do think using brushes for certain things makes a huge difference between an average makeup look and a completed look. That’s not to say that you need every single brush under the sun! I must admit, there are certain brushes in my kit that I can’t work with out, if I forget them, I have alternatives but it never really feels quite right as they are an extension of my hand. A good brush can make contouring flawless. So when I was asked to review the Lola Brocha Kabuki brush you can imagine my excitement!

First and for most, the packaging is sleek and simple which makes the brush look and feel expensive. Being a Kabuki brush means it can be used to blend very well as it has a domed shape. Its short stem also means that you have more control over the brush head and shape. For example if you need to create a stronger contour or only apply powder under your eye and around your nose; you can squeeze the bristles together to create a thinner shape. Alternatively you can use just the tip of the brush to create a light bronzed shade along your cheekbone. Basically this is a fantastic brush for lots of different things!

The hairs are natural which means they are soft to the touch and shouldn’t be easily damaged. Just be sure to care for your brushes by cleaning them regularly. To do this you can use fairy liquid, shampoo or brush cleaner, it will also protect your skin from breakouts. I absolutely love this brush and think it’s fantastic that it is so accessible; especially now you know how to use it!

NYFW and LFW… So it’s been a couple months since fashion week, lets go through a little recap of whats to come in A/W14. I was assisting Gucci Westman at the New York shows, she is the Global Artist Director of Revlon so the looks above were created using Revlon, which I can highly recommend as a brilliant high street brand.

The end of the year will be seeing lots of eyes! If you are a lip kinda girl, now is the time to start playing around with different eye looks. And no matter what colour or type of eye you have you can create these looks, the key is practice makes perfect. 

There was deconstructed liner, smokey, smudgy, colored you name it we have it. I’ve put together a few of the looks from the season to give you a taster.

Picture 2: The deconstructed liner on the Rag and Bone show; the best way to create this is by drawing a liner thick across the eye lid as you would a normal thick liner and then using an oil free cleanser taking away the bottom outer corner of the liner.

Picture 3: Sasha Luss at Oscar De La Renta; This is a class smokey eye with a clean inner waterline. The colours that we used were browns and greys to create a somewhat 70s smoulder.

Pictures 4,5,6: Marchesa and Holly May Saker; I posted 2 pics of models from the show to show you how it is possible to create part of a 60’s liner on different eyes. Technically draw on bit by bit of liner that complements eye colour following the socket line. Depending on the shape of your eye you can drag it out a bit at the corners or keep it short. The key is to avoid bringing it in too close the bridge of the nose.

Pictures 7,8: Hannah Murray keyed the Topshop show; Here are my two girls with the slightly grunge makeup look. This involves dark kohl liner being smudged in the waterline and underneath the eye and a super clean lid. Making sure that the liner is smudged from corner to corner at the same thickness.

So there you have it! The key to all of this is keep your skin and everything else natural. 

Stephanie G-M x