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How To Keep Your Skin In Tip-Top Shape This Winter

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Trends

Our Guide To Keeping Your Skin Glowing Despite The Weather

Winter can really take its toll on your skin. It is not just the weather outside, central heating can also have a negative effect. The differences in temperature and humidity can dry skin out and leave it looking undesirably red. Here are my best tips for protecting your skin.

beautiful skincare tips - essex beauty schoolMoisturise Your Skin

Instead of using a light lotion like you would in the spring and summer, switch to a heavy, thick moisturiser for winter. If you feel it’s too thick on your skin then pat with a face cloth after you have applied. Another top tip is to add a little face oil to your moisturiser as they have essential oils in. A good face oil can be expensive but you only have to use a few drops and it can make a huge difference to your skin. Don’t forget your hands, slather on a good hand cream and make sure it has an SPF. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean the sun isn’t out. Lips also dry out terribly in winter. So make sure you are carrying a good lip balm.

Forget The Perfume

We all love to indulge in those sweet fragrances, but skip perfume as the alcohol content of perfume can strip moisture further and also irritate skin. You can use essential oils instead as these are alcohol-free and natural. Stick perfume is another great alternative as they do not have any alcohol in.

Shorten The Showers

Hot showers also dry out skin. They may be bliss and an excellent way to warm up but hot showers don’t make for happy skin. Keep them short and don’t bathe more than once a day. Lowering the temperature may not be fun but your skin will thank you. Be careful about the shower products you use on your skin too. Harsh products full of chemicals will just dry it out more and increase sensitivity. Switch to a natural product for the best results.

Interested in beauty and thinking about making a career out of it? We have a wide range of beauty courses in Hertfordshire, no prior experience necessary. Why not come along?

 

Beauty Resolutions Worth Keeping

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Trends


The Beauty Resolutions That Will Leave You Beautiful All Year Long

Winter can really take its toll on your skin. It is not just the weather outside, central heating can also have a negative effect. The differences in temperature and humidity can dry skin out and leave it looking undesirably red. Here are my best tips for protecting your skin

winter beauty tips - london beauty schoolMoisturise Your Skin

Instead of using a light lotion like you would in the spring and summer, switch to a heavy, thick moisturiser for winter. If you feel it’s too thick on your skin then pat with a face cloth after you have applied. Another top tip is to add a little face oil to your moisturiser as they have essential oils in. A good face oil can be expensive but you only have to use a few drops and it can make a huge difference to your skin. Don’t forget your hands, slather on a good hand cream and make sure it has an SPF. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean the sun isn’t out. Lips also dry out terribly in winter. So make sure you are carrying a good lip balm.

Forget The Perfume

We all love to indulge in those sweet fragrances, but skip perfume as the alcohol content of perfume can strip moisture further and also irritate skin. You can use essential oils instead as these are alcohol-free and natural. Stick perfume is another great alternative as they do not have any alcohol in.

Shorten The Showers

Hot showers also dry out skin. They may be bliss and an excellent way to warm up but hot showers don’t make for happy skin. Keep them short and don’t bathe more than once a day. Lowering the temperature may not be fun but your skin will thank you. Be careful about the shower products you use on your skin too. Harsh products full of chemicals will just dry it out more and increase sensitivity. Switch to a natural product for the best results.

Interested in beauty and thinking about making a career out of it? We have a wide range of beauty courses in Hertfordshire, no prior experience necessary. Why not come along?

5 Make-Up Tips to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Make up

Whether you were partying hard the night before or just want to brighten up your look, making your eyes look bigger is the first step to a fresher face.

Want a brighter, fresher looking face? Don’t have hours to spend on make-up perfection? We have compiled five fool proof tips on how you can make your eyes look bigger and more alluring in less than 30 minutes. Yes, it’s that quick!

1. Eye Bags, Be GONE!

Always get a smooth start. De-puffing eye bags is a surefire way to get your eyes looking and feeling more awake.  There are plenty of techniques to ‘de-puff.’ The most important part of the process is to apply something cold to the area, whether it’s the back of a spoon or a slice of cucumber. The cold application will calm any swelling or inflammation in minutes.

Expert Tip: Place a spoon in your fridge and leave it for a few minutes before placing it over your eyes. A quick tip with minimal prep work!

2. Brighten Dark Circles

Unfortunately, the appearance of those tiresome dark circles under your eyes can make you look older and more tired. The good new is that you can hide these circles with some nifty use of a good concealer that works with your skin tone.

Expert Tip: Using the right concealer can be doubly effective as it not only eliminates dark circles but can illuminate the entire eye area. Choose a shade that is lighter and warmer than your skin to lift and brighten up your peepers.

3. Curl and Apply Mascara

Curling your lashes will instantly make your eyes look bigger. Remember to pinch close the roots for the full effect, as clamping on the middle of your lashes will just result in bent lashes. To maximise the effect, apply lengthening mascara on your top lash.

Expert Tip: Do not over coat your lashes with mascara if you want to look fresh and awake. Worried about spidery lashes? Remove clumps by combing your lashes with a lash comb. If you don’t own a lash comb, you can wipe excess mascara on a tissue before applying.

4. Lighten the Waterline

Applying a light eye liner on the waterline can make your eyes appear brighter. Avoid dark eyeliners, as these can create shadows which have the opposite effect of making your eyes look smaller.

Expert Tip: Use eyeliner that has a creamy flesh-coloured tone instead of a white one. Flesh coloured eyeliners looks more natural than white eyeliners.

5. Highlight the Inner Corners

Ever wonder how models create those stunning, natural looking photographs without a filter or tonnes of makeup? It is because they know how to catch the light – or at least fake it. Applying a pearly highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes can create the appearance of wider, more open eyes. Look for highlighters that would compliment your skin tone for a natural look.

Expert Tip: Can’t decide what highlighter to use? Rosy cream highlighters are perfect for those of us with rosy pink undertones. Golden shades compliment yellow and olive undertones really well.

Looking to learn more make-up tips and tricks? Elite School of Beauty have a range of make-up courses available for all skill levels. Call us now for more details.

How to Take Care of Your Hair During Winter

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Hairdressing

We all know that the cold winter air can create havoc for our hair. Taking care of your locks properly can save you from dull, lifeless hair.

Even if you love your hair, it doesn’t always love you the way you want it to. As the season changes, so does your hair routine. When it comes to winter, that cold wind means we need to lock in as much moisture as we can and work hard to avoid frizzy hair.

Keep your hair healthy with these simple winter hair care tips:

Moisturise

In winter, the chilly weather can dry out your hair. It is essential to deep condition your hair on a weekly basis. Look for products that could lock in moisture and consider using leave in conditioners to keep your hair really well hydrated. If you suffer from dry hair in the colder months, conditioning hair masks and treatments are an excellent extra.

Get Rid of Static

Static in your hair can prevent you from holding up a decent hairstyle. You can remove static and that extra frizz by using a hair serum. Hair serum coats the hair with a protective layer that prevents the loss of moisture, lots of moisture, less static. When taming your mane is needed,  Instead of using a hairbrush, use a comb. Hairbrushes can create friction, thus creating static.

No Heat

Avoid washing your hair with hot water, as well as limiting the use of those straighteners and curling tongs. Heat can take away the natural sheen from your hair. If you really must use heated hair styling tools, it’s vital to use a good leave in conditioner and set the styling tool on a low heat.

Keep Your Hair Covered

Keep your hair covered with a scarf, a hat or a hood. Covering up your hair will reduce exposure to the cold air and avoid windburn on those blustery days. If you’re worried about the dreaded ‘hat hair,’ wearing a loose beanie hat or a shawl over your hair is the best solution. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for stylish winter hats.

Don’t Go out with Wet Hair

Going out with a wet hair can cause your hair go crunchy and brittle. Squeeze excess water out from your hair with a towel. Then use a diffuser for approximately five minutes. This will prevent your locks from going stiff and leave them naturally soft and flowing.

Trim Hair Regularly

Trimming your hair can help get rid of dry ends and makes your hair look healthier and feel stronger. Cut between ¼ and ⅔ of an inch each time you have a trim. For most people, a trim will be needed every 8 to 10 weeks.

Want to know more hair care and hair styling tips? Elite School of Beauty offers hair and beauty courses in Hertfordshire and Essex. Interested? Join us now!

 

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Hot Hairstyle Trends for Autumn 2014

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Hairdressing

Changing your make-up for Autumn is an essential part of the annual beauty calendar, and so is finding a chic new hairstyle to match.

Not sure what you should be doing with your hair this Autumn? We’ve made a list of the hottest new hairstyle trends for Autumn 2014 to help you choose the best chop this season.

The Angled Bob

In the Summer, blunt cuts on long hair were everywhere. Now that Autumn is rolling in, it’s time to slash through that cut just above the shoulders to create a modern, dramatic bob. This hairstyle works best with a side parting, and sleeker, straighter hair.

Style Tip: If you’re not one of the lucky few with naturally straight hair, get hold of some heat protection spray and glide a flat iron through the hair to get that simply straight style.

The Modern Mullet

When we say mullet, we’re not talking about Bowie these days. This season’s mullet is choppy, but swept-behind-the-ears for a more stylish look. This hairstyle is perfect for soft waves and is mostly maintenance free.

Style Tip: Scrunch with mousse and dry through with a blow dryer to help waves have more definition.

Long Mermaid Waves

It may not be Summer anymore, but if you’ve been holding onto your luscious long locks, then you’re in luck. Plenty of ladies are opting for beach style waves that cascade right down to their hips. Though this style can be hard to maintain in the cold weather, it will definitely look great with a woollen beanie hat.

Style Tip: Apply volumising mousse to wet hair and tossle through. A curling iron can be used to add some extra curls around the face.

The Glossy Ponytail

Whether your hair is super smooth or artfully scrunched, a ponytail is a perfect off-of-the-face style for Autumn. Precise partings are a vital part of the ponytail look this season, and so is keeping your hair well-conditioned as the colder weather comes in. Use a fine-tooth comb to achieve an extreme parting. When the ponytail is tied, wrap an extra strand of hair around it to hide the elastic.

Style Tip: The glossy ponytail really showcases the face, so it’s a good hairstyle to wear with bold eyeshadow colour flashes.

The Textured Braid

Braids have been all the rage this year and the Autumn season isn’t an exception. Ruffled plaits look intricate, but they’re relatively simple to do as long as your know which strands of hair to weave. If you’re unsure, this DIY tutorial for a textured fishtail braid will help hone your plaiting skills.

Style Tip: Scrunch your hair with volumising spray and dry with a diffuser for the best ruffled results.

Want to learn how to create the perfect Autumn hairstyles and more? Elite School of Beauty Therapy have a range of hairdressing and hair styling courses available for all skill levels. Why not come along?

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3 Autumn Make-Up Trends that are in Vogue

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Make up

Get make-up looking like it’s straight out of Vogue with these three Autumnal trends.

The Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion shows were dominated by three very striking make-up trends this year. Though the natural look remains on the cards for the coming season, intense flashes of colour, metallics, and graphic eyeliner are set to liven things up.

Colour Flashes

Sapphire, azure, cerulean, indigo and electric blue shades are back for autumn thanks to Christian Dior. If you can keep the rest of your make-up low key, then a swipe of blue eyeshadow across the lids can be both bold and enchanting. A light application of glitter adds a magical finish to the look.

Top Tips for Blue Make-Up: Keep your blues to the upper lid with just a thin line under the lower lashes to highlight the eyes. If you have blue eyes, be careful not to match the colours up exactly or the focus will be taken away from the dramatic colouring.

Precious Metals

Metallic make-up was all over the New York fashion shows with luscious gold eyeliner at Badgley Mischka, shimmering silver shadow at Donna Karan and beautiful bronze lips at Rodarte. Precious metal tones can be completely mesmerizing. James Kaliardos, lips make-up artist at the Rodarte show, calls precious metal colours “fairy-tale makeup.”

Top Tips for Metallic Make-Up: Metal shades can be a bit intimidating if you’re not used to them. Start of with toned down golds and bronzes that will compliment your skin tone. When you’re ready for silver, try using your usual black eyeliner and glamming it up with a silver shadow along the outer edges of your eyes.

Graphic Black Liner

Fashion shows always reveal incredibly innovative eyeliner art and Autumn 2014 has been no exception. Eyeliner experts are amping up the lines to give the impression of an artist’s brush stroke to the liner. Lanvin was all about stippled black liner, while Dries Van Noten went for graphic black blocks.

Top Tips for Graphic Black Eyeliner: Don’t be afraid experiment. No one gets their graphic eyeliner style right without practice, so you’ve got to just go for it. There are plenty of more avant-garde looks making waves, but I think that minimal liner can be just as edgy. Try an outward flick to create a feline look.

Want to get your make-up looking like it’s straight out of Vogue? Our hair and make-up courses in Hertfordshire are the ideal way to learn, no prior experience necessary. Our make-up course covers professional techniques including colour correction, shading and highlighting.

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How to Keep Cosmetics Clean and Your Skin Clear

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Make up

woman holding make up brushesClare from Elite School of Beauty gives her top tips on how to keep cosmetics clean to avoid acne and skin breakouts.

Ever have breakouts on your face and not know why? It’s might be down to your make-up. As your cosmetics age, bacteria and mould will set in. Wiping that bad bacteria all over your face when you moisturise, blush and apply could lead to breakouts and even infections. Avoid skincare disasters by sanitising your make-up and keeping your cosmetics clean.

Wash and Dry Your Hands Before Applying Make-up

The first step to preventing bacteria from spreading in your cosmetics is to make sure your hands are clean before you apply your make-up each morning. Make-up can be contaminated by the oils, bacteria and germs that can be found on your skin and hands. It’s important to wash your hands in warm water with soap and dry on a clean towel before applying your make-up, especially if you use your fingers to do so.

Wash Make-up Brushes After Use

After use, wash all of your make-up brushes and applicators. The secret to successfully washing them is to use a mixture that is half water and half baby shampoo. Dip the brushes into the solution and massage the bristles to ensure that they are cleaned all the way through. Rinse the brushes under warm water and lay on a towel to air dry.

Wipe Off the Top Layer of Powder Products

Every time you use blushes, foundation or any other powdered make-up product, you need to wipe off the top layer. Unwanted bacteria can stick onto dry products easily, which means a cleaning routine is really important. Wiping the top layer will get rid of any oils that might have settled there and prevent them from being transferred to your skin.

Don’t Use Mascara that’s More than 6 Weeks Old

I’m sure we’re all guilty of this one, but using old mascara could cause eye infections and sties on your eyelids. Mascara develops bacteria just like all other cosmetics and when you apply it to your eyelashes, you’re spreading the bacteria dangerously close to the eye itself. Better safe than sorry, throw it out after six weeks.

Sanitise All Make-up Products

It’s essential that we all routinely sanitise our make-up products too. Get yourself a little spray bottle and fill it with undiluted rubbing alcohol. Spray the alcohol directly onto make-up a few times and be sure to completely coat the products. The alcohol will dry and evaporate quickly, so it won’t cause any damage to your powders, creams or liquids, but it will ensure that they’re germ-free.

Elite School of Beauty specialise in make up courses in Hertfordshire. If you want to learn more about the art of make-up and how to properly clean your products, Elite School of Beauty’s one or two day make-up courses might be for you.

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3 Chic Summer Styles from Top Haircare Professionals

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Hairdressing

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The three biggest names in hairdressing, Thom Priano, Garren and Howard McLaren, have shared their secrets for chic hairstyles this summer. Their joint venture, Rogue and Company, (R+Co) is a labour of love which embraces both stylist-driven and stylist-friendly hairdressing.

They’ve put together a simple but enticing summer style tutorial which includes three hairstyles that will ensure you stay ahead of the curve whatever the occasion.

The Polished Ponytail

On those hot summer days, a polished ponytail is the perfect way to look stylish whilst keeping hair off the back of your neck.

McLaren says that “Prepping hair is so important if you want it to last throughout the day.” This means choosing the right shampoo and conditioner to make sure your locks shine and blow drying your hair straight to create a fuller look.

High ponytails are essential for women wanting to accentuate their cheekbones by giving their face a little lift. Low ponytails, on the other hand, create a sleeker and more modern impression.

The Heatless Wave

Garren is renowned for his minimalist styles. Creating waves is an excellent way to achieve a luxurious, free-flowing style.

Like McLaren, he reinforces the importance of using a good shampoo and conditioner. He follows up with a thickening spray on the roots. He says that this helps “you get volume at the scalp and luxuriousness at the ends. If you flip your hair, you get even more volume.”

Whilst the hair is still damp, gather it into a bunch and twist into a messy bun. Leave it to dry naturally and you’ll find that the hair sets into gorgeous waves with barely any effort.

The Dapper Gent

Here’s a little something for the stylish man this summer. Priano says that “the first step to shiny hair and the only styling products you need to use” are Moon Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. Add a little wax afterwards for hold extra hold and a cheeky bit of gloss.

Priano advises using Conformist Hair Paste for hair that’s 1 to 2.5 inches long and ruffling the hair. If your hair requires extra shine and texture, opt for Continental Glossing Wax instead.

Want to Learn how to Recreate these Three Chic Summer Styles?

Elite School of Beauty offer courses in women’s’ and men’s hairdressing, as well as barbering and bridal hair. To read about all of the new courses available, visit our new courses section.

7 Reasons to Go to Beauty School

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Hairdressing

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Hair and beauty courses are a fabulous way to start a career in the cosmetology industry. Whether you want to work in a local nail salon, start your own massage business, or travel the world as a hairdresser, beauty school can help you make your dreams become reality.

Still unsure about going to beauty school? These seven reasons won’t fail to convince you that beauty school is right for you.

Learn a New Skill

Beauty school is a place to learn what you want to learn. Explore alternative education and gain new skills whilst doing what you love. Here at Elite School of Beauty, we offer accredited courses, that allow you to obtain National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Diplomas in your chosen field of hair or beauty. Our newest courses include bridal hair, hair extensions and barbering. If hair isn’t your thing, how about nail art or maybe even Swedish massage? There’s plenty of new skills to try your hand at!

Growing Demand for Beauticians

The Health and Beauty industry is still rapidly growing. There is an increased demand for qualified, professional staff who can provide excellent beauty treatments. There are plenty of cosmetology job opportunities world-wide, including working in department stores, on cruise ships, or even as a professional writer for beauty magazines. Trained hairdressers and spa therapists are currently in high demand in salons and spas across the UK and abroad. The possibilities are endless once you have the right credentials.

Create your own Flexible Career

Working a constant 9-to-5 schedule is just not possible, nor desirable, for some people. Beauty courses can be quick and low-cost compared to many other careers, allowing you to join the workforce in no time. As a qualified beautician, you can create your own hours. Choose to work part-time, full-time, mornings, nights, or even weekends depending on your needs. Flexibility at work makes careers in cosmetology popular amongst parents and single parents, and those with other commitments.

Opportunity to Meet Celebrities

As you develop your skills, you’ll find there are lots of opportunities for working in hair and beauty for television, film, music and modelling. If you’ve got solid skills and your own unique flair, you might aspire to work with celebrities. Many stylists start small in local salons and work their way up to big names and high-profile clients.

Find your Artistic Goddess

Taking beauty school courses gives you the chance to find your own artistic goddess. Experiment with different styles and fashions, know what’s on trend and help others achieve the look they desire. Express yourself artistically through hairdressing, make-up and nail art courses. From beautiful bridal hairstyling through to sassy party nail art, all of these beauty courses are art forms in their own right. Beauty school gives you the freedom to be the artist you always dreamed of being.

Do What you Love

In the UK, people working in hair, beauty and holistic therapy are proven to be the happiest workers. Why work in an office when you can be doing what you love and getting paid for it? Careers in cosmetology are rare gems that allow you to combine your expert skills with your own creativity and personality. Many people find beauty-related jobs to be rewarding: not only can they express themselves, but they can help others to feel great about the way they look. You also have valuable time to speak with your clients and hear their stories

Beauty School is for Everyone

Hair and beauty courses at Elite School of Beauty are open to all ages. Whether you’re looking to begin your cosmetology career at sixteen, want to change your job at forty, or want to learn a new skill at sixty, there is a course for you. Here at Elite, we only teach in small groups, so you will be able to find the right class for you no matter what.

Interested in going to Beauty School?

Are you interested in going to beauty school but unsure which course is right for you? Why not browse through our newest courses, which include bridal hair, hair extensions and barbering. There is a full list of courses and training available in our website.

Make up trends for Spring/Summer 2013

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Make up, Trends

Having been in the Beauty industry for nearly 20 years and now teaching every aspect at my Training School Elite School of Beauty Therapy, I wanted to share with you the Hair and Makeup trends for this Spring and summer.

I constantly get asked what colour trends are about throughout the year and it’s my job to keep up to date and current for me to pass onto my students and for them to pass onto their clients. So here goes…….

Firstly we’re going to look at the eyes for the up and coming season. For my first on-trend look it’s all about bright eyes with colours including Duck egg blues, greens, rose petal pink, warm peach and sparkly Lilac giving an amazing eye-catching and smooth glittery look. These looks can be applied all over the eyes or just as a line in the crease of your eyelids. Try keeping your lips nude and your cheeks with just a hint of warmth (A look favoured by Stella McCartney for her models).

Our next looks for the eyes is the classic smoky look, but instead of it all being about grey, apply in the same way but with gold’s, bronzes and silvers. Grey still has its place but by using these alternative colours, it brings a whole fresher feel to this look. Try pulling the eye shadow out in a wing-like shape over the whole eye and maybe add some Diamante’s for a real show stopping look. Despite some people thinking this is just an evening look, try it out in the day and I’ll think you’ll be surprised as to how wearable and flexible this look can be.

Nude make up never seems to go out of fashion and this year is no different! If the bright or smoky eyes aren’t for you then just apply a hint of foundation giving a natural and fresh look with a subtle warm hue of blusher lightly brushed over the cheeks with natural glowing lips to give an amazing illuminating effect that everyone can wear.

Lastly I’m going to talk about lips! This season it’s all about the bright cerise pink, post box red, rose hues applied in crayon form or if you still like a sheer gloss, which works equally as well. Or try teaming delicate grey eye shadow with Aubergine lips for a more glamorous look and one used by Dolce and Gabbana.

Ultimately if you want to go for bright lips then team them with a slightly nuder eye and if you want to go bright eyed then ideally go nude on the lips!

 

Clare Weyers

Elite Beauty School