The Top Seven Must-have Makeup Brushes

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

Seven Must-have Makeup Brushes - Elite Beauty SchoolNeed some advice on what makeup brush is applicable for certain makeup products? This blog will differentiate the variations and the purposes of all the makeup brushes available to you.

If you want something done properly it’s a no brainer that you need to use the correct tools right? This rule applies to the application of your makeup. It’s easy to neglect using the right equipment and instead stick with any old brush that just ‘does the job’. If you want to start using the right kit you don’t have to spend a fortune (unless you want to of course!) Below is a makeup brush 101 to get you started, based on what I find are the most important brushes that should be found in your makeup bag and why,

Foundation Brush:

The bristles of a foundation brush are firmly packed designed to create a smooth and flawless finish and a tapered tip for fluid application. For better distribution a good technique is to dampen the bristles in warm water and squeeze the access into a tissue or towel, and you’re ready to go. If you struggle to blend in any brush marks, some people find it easier to use your foundation sponge. Here are some application tips on how to apply foundation like a pro!

You can also use this brush with primers, BB creams and tinted moisturisers.

Concealer Brush:

Concealer brushes are normally very soft, small and flat with a rounded or almond-shaped tip and short-bristled with firmly packed fibres. Some people think that it’s easier cover up dark shadows under the eye, but when it comes to targeting spots and blemishes a concealer brush is far more accurate. The small brush reaches down directly into the nooks and crannies, whereas your finger will only reach the tallest surface. Read further how to apply concealer in a professional manner

The brush also has an alternative name of a camouflage brush, camouflaging areas such as broken capillaries and areas of discolouration.

Blusher Brush:

This is a large full-headed circular brush which normally has a rounded edge, but blusher brushes that focus more specifically on contouring will have an angled shaped head (although you can contour just as well with a standard round head).  Because of the plushness of the blusher brush, they normally pick up too much pigment on the first swirl, so to avoid a massive pick smudge on your cheekbone, before applying dab off the excess from the brush onto a tissue.

It’s easy to mistake a blusher brush for a powder brush, and vice versa; a powder brush is a larger beefed up version of a blusher brush, with a softer density.

Angled Eyeliner Brush:

These flat and firm angled brushes are a godsend as they can be used for multiple different things! They perfect for creating that cat eye and Egyptian style flick with a gel liner, or you can turn powder eyeshadow into a liquid colour eyeliner! You can achieve this by dipping your brush (with the powder already on the brush) slightly into some water and then sweep across your inner lid.

This brush is multi-functional as you can also use it as a brow definer with brow gel or powder. The sharp straight edge makes it a perfect defining tool.

Smudge Brush:

A smudger brush pretty much does what it says on the tin. Its sole purpose is soften any sharp lines created by your eyeliner pencil, and instead provides you with a smoky eye look. They smudge in a controlled manner due to the small rounded ball shaped head, with short stubbly fibres that are very densely packed. This is a must have brush if you’re a lover of the dark sultry smokey look!

Eyeshadow Brush:

Eye-shadow brushes are to evenly cover your eyelid with eye-shadow, they can come in various shapes, sizes and with varying fibre density. Although generally they have either a rounded or oval shaped brush head with densely packed but not stiff fibres (like the smudger brush for example). The more densely packed then the more colour pigments it will pick up, meaning a richer intense colour. In terms of the size, you’d normally choose a larger brush if you want to use it for various other powder applying purposes on a targeted area, such as a powder highlighter or setting powder for under-eye concealer.

*If you’d like a more in depth description of the different make-up brushes then get up to speed with the complete makeup brush guide.

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The Multi-Purpose Power of Eyeshadow Primer

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

Eyeshadow Tutorial - Elite School of Beauty TherapyFind out how to use eyeshadow primer to devastating effect with our style guide.

The effectiveness of using a primer is a very controversial matter in the beauty world. I’m going to convince you of its benefits by providing you with the top four reasons why it is a deeply underappreciated make-up product. We spend so much time choosing the best make-up and learning the correct application techniques, so why not go that extra mile and commit to the preparation process? You will really notice the difference.

Primer Explained:

A primer is a creamy emulsion, normally whitish in colour or transparent, which is applied before the base coat. There are four different types of primer; foundation, eye shadow, lipstick and mascara. All of which prepare the surface of your skin ready for you to apply your make-up. This process helps towards improving the quality of coverage, and to lengthen the amount of time that cosmetics last on your skin, eyelids, lashes or lips.

This Soap and Glory eyeshadow primer from Boots is a hot pick. It comes in a transparent or neutral version.

Eyeshadow Primer Vs Base:

There is very little difference between a base and a primer, the basic principle is still to prep your eyelid for make-up. However, a base is normally a lot thicker in consistency, with the sole purpose being to ‘base’ your skin with either a white or neutral coloured layer – very much like applying a base coat when painting a wall. This white base acts as a colour intensifier, making the colour a lot richer; as some powder eyeshadows come out a lot lighter than planned when applied. This results in people over layering the eyeshadow, which has an adverse effect on the quality of appearance (less is more).

One to try is this NYX 2 in 1 base and primer product, which both intensifies colour and provides a smooth canvas for the application of eyeshadow.

Top 4 Benefits of Primers:

1. Prepares the Eyelid

Primer creates a smooth surface which makes it a lot easier to apply eyeshadow. It also creates a good blending canvas, especially when applying shadow up to the eyebrows, and helps your eyeshadow to stay firmly in place.

2. Evens out Skin Tone

Primer is great for covering up discoloured skin on the eyelids. This means it is very helpful for people who have the heredity problem, as it covers and lightens the darkened areas. Also, if you have particularly veiny eyelids, which are a very common, primer is so effective in covering them.

3. Colour Intensifier

Whereas a base, due to its thick white consistency, intensifies colour by acting as a white canvas, the primer works with the eyeshadow and makes the colour pigments look brighter and more vibrant. This is a great solution for people who have darker skin tones

4. Reduces Creasing and Smudging

With summer approaching, some people avoid putting make-up on purely because it will either end up down your face or huge creases will appear on your lids. Reapplying is the only way to keep it looking neat and fresh, which can become tedious. This is where primer can act as a fixative, preventing the creases and smudges that either heat or general eye movements can cause.

Application Method:

Simply place a small amount on your finger and smooth onto your eyelid with your fingers. Thoroughly cover the whole area where you’ll be applying your eyeshadow and get as close to your lashes as possible. Then get your concealer brush and blend in further, just to ensure there are no lumps and bumps. Leave to dry for about five minutes then you’re ready to start applying your eyeshadow!

Elite School of Beauty offers fully accredited make-up courses. To know more about this offer, visit our makeup course training page, the Facebook page or contact Clare Weyers directly on this number 01279 755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk

Clip-in Extensions: Keeping Hair Looking Strong, Healthy and Beautiful

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

Worried about the ‘shelf-life’ of your hair extensions? Concerned about the potential damage your extensions could do to your own hair? Stick to these top tips for styling and hair care to keep both your extensions and natural hair in beautiful condition from root (or clip) to tip!

Clip-in hair extensions are a relatively cheap and easy way to mix up your daily hair styling routine. They can be used to add length and volume to your existing hair with minimal effort; just clip in and away you go!

There are two types of hair extensions you can buy – human hair or synthetic. While synthetic hair extensions are cheaper, you are far more limited with what you can do with them as far as styling goes. Synthetic extensions will melt if exposed to heat, so straighteners and curling irons are out! You won’t be able to dye them either and some of the cheaper ones can have a nasty plastic shine to them. Add to this the fact that synthetic extensions will probably only last a maximum of 3 months, and you begin to understand why they are so cheap.

Human hair extensions are by far the better option, especially if you plan on using them on a regular basis. Yes, you will pay a higher premium for human hair, but as they say, you get what you pay for. Human hair extensions will blend much more seamlessly with your own hair and will look much more natural. You will also be able to style them and care for them as you would your own hair and, depending on how often they are worn and styled, can last from six months to a year or more.

Clip-in 101

Clip-in hair extensions can offer the same advantages as permanent hair extensions without the commitment. Permanent extensions require weaving, glueing or braiding which takes time (and money) and usually last between three to six months. With clip-in extensions, however, you can easily attach and remove the extensions yourself in a few minutes, leaving you free to change up your style whenever you feel like it.

Clip-in hair extensions won’t damage your own hair and, as you can remove them at any time, you are free to give your head and scalp a rest whenever you like. Most clip-in extensions are made up of multiple wefts (woven hair) that you attach to your own hair via small clips or combs that have been securely glued or sewn into the weft. Glam Time Hair Extensions offer more in depth ‘how-to’ instructions and insider tips in their ‘Clip-In Guide’ here.

Daily Styling

The beauty of clip-in extensions made from human hair is that you can style them with anything that you’d normally use on your own hair. But before you whip out your straighteners or curling tongs, remember to use a heat protector spray! Just like your own hair, your extensions can be damaged by too much heat so always protect before your style and remember, ‘the less heat the better’.

You are free to use hairspray, mousse and other styling products when you’re wearing your clip-in extensions too, but anything you put on will stay on until you next wash your extensions or brush them through (if you’re using brush out hairspray for example).

*Expert tip* You may find that your extensions respond quicker to heat styling tools than normal hair, so be extra cautious not to apply too much heat!

Extension Care

To keep your clip-in extensions looking as great as the day you bought them, it’s important to have a regular care routine in place, especially if you use a lot of hair products and heat styling appliances.

How to brush your clip-in hair extensions

You should always try to keep your clip-in hair extensions as tidy and tangle free as possible when not in use. After removing your extensions use a soft bristled brush to remove any knots, tangles or product build up. Hold your extensions by the weft or the clip and brush downward from the top weft to the ends. Never brush your hair extensions when they are wet!

How to wash your clip-in hair extensions

Unlike your own hair, your extensions won’t be getting lots of lovely natural oils and nutrients from your scalp to help keep them nourished. It’s for this reason that you should avoid washing your clip-in extensions too often, generally washing every four to six weeks should suffice.

Before washing your extensions, give them a quick brush to remove any big knots or tangles. If you have multiple clip-in extensions, it is best to wash them separately to avoid any unwanted tangle incidents! Fill a sink or bath with warm water and wet your extensions, holding them securely by the clip/weft. Depending on your preferences, you can either add the shampoo to the water and swirl your extensions in the soapy mixture, or massage a small amount of shampoo into your extensions in a downward motion and then rinse in the water.

*Expert tip* Use a shampoo with low or no sulphates to wash your extensions. Sulphates will dry out your hair extensions and could lead to a loss of colour. For more information about why sulphates and hair extensions don’t mix, check out this blog post by Babe Hair Extensions.

How to condition your clip-in hair extensions

To help lock in moisture give your extensions a second rinse under cold running water before conditioning. Squeeze out any excess water and apply conditioner to the hair. You can massage the conditioner into the hair using your fingers or gently comb through with a spacious wired comb – DON’T use a brush!

You can leave the conditioner to work for an hour if you wish or rinse out straight away. Squeeze out any excess water and lay your extensions out on a clean dry towel. Spray with some leave in conditioner or serum and allow them to dry naturally where possible.

How to dry & store your clip-in hair extensions

Allowing your hair extensions to dry naturally is always the best option, but if you’re strapped for time you can blow dry them, just remember to use a heat protector before you do! Once your extensions are completely dry, give them a brush to get rid of any knots or tangles from washing and store neatly away. Always make sure your hair extensions are bone dry before you store them to avoid any nasty musty smells or mildew incidents!

*Expert tip* Never store your extensions in plastic bags or packaging! If you want to pack them away use cotton or any breathable material. Alternatively just tie a couple of hairbands loosely around the extensions to keep them neat and store alongside your other hair styling products.


Elite School of Beauty offers a fully accredited level 3 course in hair extension services. To know more about this offer, visit our hairdressing course training page, the Facebook page or contact Clare Weyers directly by telephone on 01279 755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk.

3 Top Tips for Beautifully Strong & Healthy Nails

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

nail treatment tipsTired of weak nails that split, peel and break? Do you dream of having beautifully strong, healthy nails that you can grow easily and be proud to have on show? Add these 3 top tips to your daily beauty routine and live the dream!

We rely on our hands more than we might think to give a good first impression. Neat, healthy and well cared for hands and nails are an essential aspect of a complete and well turned-out appearance. It is no wonder then that most of us strive and long for strong, beautiful looking nails that we can be proud of.

There is a lot of advice out there about the best way to achieve this, so much so that it can become a minefield. But fear not! Beautiful, healthy looking nails are possible and relatively easy to achieve with a bit of thought, care and attention.

Here are my top 3 tips for beautifully strong and healthy nails.

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

A good daily moisturising routine is essential for keeping our skin healthy as well as looking and feeling great. While many of us use face creams and body lotions as second nature, often our hands can become neglected.

Hand cream and moisturisers are great for your nails. Regular use can help reduce the risk of nail breakages as your nails begin to retain the moisture from the cream. For maximum benefit, try to use hand cream morning and night, concentrating on massaging it into the cuticle area as much as possible. Moisturiser will naturally target the cuticle area, but massaging will help to stimulate the blood supply and encourage healthy nail growth.

Adopt Good Filing Technique

Filing your nails is an essential part of healthy nail care and maintenance. However, many people may not realise that knowing and using the proper filing technique can significantly reduce the risk of nail breakages. Here are some top tips for perfect filing:

  1. Never use a sawing motion when filing nails as this causes heat which will cause the free edge to weaken, split and peel. Instead, use long flowing movements in one direction only.
  2. Never use a metal file! Metal files are coarsely grained and harsh; don’t be tempted into using rough grain files to cut down filing time. For natural nails a fine grain file or emery board between 40-100 grit is ideal. Any files above 100 grit are intended for use on fake nails, i.e. acrylic, gel or fibreglass.
  3. If you have very long nails, then always clip them down to the basic desired shape before filing. Clipping the nail makes your filing process easier and helps to prevent splitting.

For a visual demonstration of good filing technique check out this YouTube video.

*Expert tip* While filing can be used to create some cool looking nail shapes like the ‘Almond’, ‘Stiletto’ or ‘Ballerina’, these shapes can also weaken the nail and make them more susceptible to breaks. If you want to file your nails this way, then be even more careful with your filing technique and be sure to moisturise regularly to encourage that healthy nail growth!

Get The Right Nutrients For Your Nails

The way your nails look and feel can be greatly affected by what you eat. Making good food choices can have great benefits for the health of your nails and surrounding skin, keeping them strong and looking great. Eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables alongside drinking plenty of water means your body can absorb the nutrients that your nails (as well as your skin and hair) need for healthy growth.

Nails are made of keratin, a protein, making a protein rich diet invaluable for strong healthy nails. Meat (or meat substitutes like tofu), eggs, beans, pulses and fish are all great sources of protein. Fish (in particular oily fish like salmon and tuna) is also a great source of omega-3 essential fats, another key nutrient for keeping nails strong and healthy. Other foods containing omega-3 that are great for helping keep nails strong and split-free include walnuts, almonds and flax seeds.

For more information and nutritional tips to improve the overall health of your nails check out ‘Eat your way to stronger, healthy nails’ by Dr. Joey Shulman, author of ‘The Natural Makeover Diet’.

Elite School of Beauty offers fully accredited nail treatment courses. To know more about this offer, visit our nail treatment course training page, the Facebook page or contact Clare Weyers directly by telephone on 01279 755077. You can also email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk.

 

Beautiful Hairstyles for the Bride to Be

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

bridal hairstyles - makeup courses in EssexWe all dream of our big day, and whilst the seating arrangements and the menu are very crucial, for us girls, nothing is more important than making ourselves look and feel utterly beautiful. Choosing the right dress can be a challenging and time consuming event for some of us, and I’ve found that hair and makeup can sometimes be pushed aside right till the last minute.

Below I have curated a small list of a few of my favourite hairstyles, for various lengths, that I think look gorgeous for the bride to be to get you started on your search. The list is far from exhaustive but hopefully it will inspire you and get you thinking, there’s nothing worse than having a few champagnes the morning of, panicking over up do’s or down do’s!

Short Hair:

The Sleek Angled Bob  is perfect if you want to go down the route of pure simplicity and elegance. This is easy to do if your hair is longer as you can cut it to style. However if your hair is a lot shorter it is paramount that you establish this as the style you want way in advance to give your hair time to grow.

The simplicity of this style allows you to really go to town on your hair accessories and jewelry. The bridal bird cage hair net coincides so well with this look; it adds class and detail in a subtle manner.

Take a look at Bride.com for a more hairstyle examples for short hair.

Mid-Length Hair:

The Low Voluminous Up-do is one of my all-time favourites, followed closely by the Curly Bun and Side French Braid. Both are very similar, yet the low voluminous bun has a more straight sleek look, with the bouffant adding a very sixties dramatic look. This style once again is very simple yet elegant.

The curly bun and side French braid typically represents a girly girl who loves detail and intricacy. The curls give a very soft feminine look, especially when delicately framing the face. A tiara sits perfectly with this style, or flowers, depending on your preference.

Take a look at a wider range of bridal styles suitable for medium length hair.

Long Hair:

The Large Elegant Bun is striking and bold and signifies confidence and drama. You’ll need long hair to truly depict this look as the larger the bun the better. You can either choose to accessories this with some bold statement earrings or soften the look by adding a flower or any accessories that uniquely represents you.

The Side Wavy Down-do is the epitome of prettiness and femininity. Sweeping the long mass of curls over one shoulder exposes one side of you neck, which looks elegant and classy, definitely one to go for if you love your curls!

Need more inspiration? Take a look at more bridal hairstyles that are perfect for long locks!

Additionally, if you need inspiration for your brides maids take a look at Bridal Guide for an exhaustive list of beautiful hairstyles for any hair length. You’re bound to find the perfect style for you.

 

Elite School of Beauty offers Level 3 Bridal Hair Styling courses. To know more about this offer, visit our hairdressing course page, the Facebook page or contact Clare Weyers directly on this number 01279 755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk

Beauty Basics: How to Create Luscious Lashes

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

eyelashes makeup courses essexWe rely on our eyelashes to give us a sexy, glamorous look, whether it’s during the day or come night time. We rely on our lashes to enhance and make us look beautiful, but sometimes we forget how to utilise them properly, as well as how to care for them.

In order to avoid the mascara applying mishaps through poor application, and instead prevail with beautiful and well looked after lashes, read my step by step guide below.

Vaseline Therapy:

Admittedly Vaseline is considered to be a lip and skin treatment; however your lashes can also reap the benefits of this silky smooth product. Simply put a little on your finger and sweep it evenly in an upward motion over your lashes, apply with your forefinger, no rubbing in as this can cause clumping together of the lashes. I normally apply it before bedtime, as it gives your lashes time to absorb; the next morning when applying your mascara you’ll really notice a difference. You’ll have silky, long and sleek looking lashes, who’d of thought Vaseline could be so multi-purpose!

Eyelash Curlers are Essential:

Curling your eyelashes is essential if you want perfectly sculpted lashes. The eyelash curler creates a gorgeous uplifting edge to your lashes, opening up your eyes making them look stunning, and feminine. Always start this process before applying any mascara, follow this link to read a step by step guide.

*Expert tip* Just like heating up your straighteners or curling iron, warming up your eyelash curler has exactly the same effect, just isn’t as hot of course. Simply aim a hair dryer at them for a few minutes, or run them under a hot tap. This technique works wonders, give it a try!

The Method is in the Application:

When frantically getting ready for work it’s normal to adapt to quick applying techniques, however this can have its consequences. Clumping of the lashes is not a desired look, so allow your mascara to dry for a minute or two before slapping on the next layer. This drying time will mean you’re gradually building up the volume and intensity, rather than reacting off impatience and resulting in clump creation.

Say No to Spider Lashes:

In continuation to the previous point, admittedly, clumpy lashes aren’t always avoidable. This could be due to you using a mascara that isn’t quite right for you, or if you’re simply just having a bad lash day, this is where the eye lash comb comes into play. Once you’ve applied your mascara, use the brush in an upward motion, from bottom to top to remove the unwanted blobs of mascara. Follow these tips for a precise step by step guide.

*Expert tip* Spray a light mist of hairspray over your closed eyes, this acts as a perfect fixative for your eye make-up. You must ensure you spray at a reasonable distance away from your face, perfect!

Preparing and Looking After your Lashes:

When you think of conditioning and priming the last thing you’ll think of is eyelash treatment. You can get conditioners that you can either apply before you go to sleep or 2 in 1 primers with conditioning agents in them for daytime use. We all like convenience and quickness so I suggest you give Rapid Shield a go. It doesn’t only protect and prime, it provides nourishment, whilst creating lustre lashes and shine in the process, this additional yet effortless beauty benefit is something us girls can’t resist! If you like this product, I suggest you then try the Rapid Lash Serum.

Eye Care:

With such busy lifestyles nowadays, even the best of days it can be easy to forget to take off our make-up. This can result in you waking up with panda eyes, but more importantly this can damage your eyes and can result in eye infections, and generally irritated tired looking eyes. Evidently this doesn’t directly impact your lashes, but if you want your lashes to look beautiful, it is just as important that the eyes they’re apart of are just as stunning. So simply keep life easy and leave eye wipes next to your bed and sweep them across your eyes just before you sleep. This will give your eyes a rest; maintaining eye health and resulting in a radiant appearance. Your eyes will wake up fresh and ready for you to apply your daily makeup routine.

Elite School of Beauty offers fully accredited makeup courses. To know more about this offer, visit our makeup course training page, the Facebook page or contact Clare Weyers directly on this number 01279 755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk

How to Master the Perfect Brow: Preparation, Plucking and Styling

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

Creating the perfect eyebrows can take preparation, patience and precision; yet once you master the technique they can truly transform your look. The face framers enhance your features, pulling them together effortlessly whilst making a bold yet elegant beauty statement.

So for all the first timers out there, who are guilty of plucking aimlessly; avoid potential disasters by following these simple steps in order to make the most of your beautiful brows!

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Shape Up.

This is a vital step towards eye brow success; as if it isn’t done properly it will have a knock on effect to the outcome. Firstly, sweep across your brows with an eyebrow brush, this won’t only establish their natural shape but it will help you separate the strays from your brows, as well as flattening them, both of which makes the plucking process, the next step, easier.

Once you’ve done that it is time to mark out the length and the positioning of the arch. The length is all based on your judgment, just remember they are meant to gracefully line your eyes, so more often than not, they start in line with your tear duct. In regards to the tail , have an experiment yet be realistic; the tail should form into a natural point.  Next mark out the structure by placing a dot with an eye brow pencil to form the preliminary length. With the arch, it will form naturally when you lift up the skin above your brows, where it goes into a point mark it with a dot. That’s your first stage complete!

The style of brow you choose is entirely up to you, as different eye shapes and face shapes suit various eye brow types, so be creative!

Time to Tweeze:

So you have now established the shape, I now start the tweezing process by determining the thickness, for example, the width of the brow. Get your pencil draw a line on the lower part, separating the strays from the bulk, I normally do this with the upper part of the brow as well. Once you’ve done this it is visibly clear what strays you need to tweeze out. In regards to the arch, find the dot you made so it can be used as a reference point; remove a row of hairs along the bottom, from your inner brow point to the peak point.

*Top Tip* – To make the experience a little less painful I advise to have a really warm shower just beforehand. I find this alleviates the pain as the heat opens up your pores. Also, while plucking, have a warm damp flannel to hand and keep dabbing it over the brow, it’s soothing but also the warmth dulls the sharp twinges! Here are some other tips for painless plucking for you to try

Fill the Gaps with Style:

Drawing on your eye brows is a no no; I prefer to use the phrase filling in the gaps as the pencil is meant to give your brows a fuller, polished look while defining the shape, not to draw them on! So firstly ensure you have chosen the right shade, then starting from the inside gently glide over your brows towards the outer brow to give definition.

Seal the Deal:

Last but not least, to ensure your hard work doesn’t get ruined as soon as you leave the house, place a thin layer of eyebrow wax over your brow. This wax acts as a fixative, so your precise pencil work doesn’t smudge, and makes your brows maintain a sleek defined look.

Want to learn more beauty tips and tricks? Clare Weyers from Elite School of Beauty is happy to share her advice! Call her now for a chat on this number 01279 755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk.

 

Natural Therapies: How to Make Your Own Homemade Lip Balm

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

Sore cracked lips, for many of us, become the bane of our lives during the harsh winter months. Cold sharp winds can leave us hiding our faces in scarves to shield our lips from further discomfort. However, it’s not just the cold that affects their health; hot weather can also dry out and burn our lips, with dehydration and poor diet also being contributing factors.

diy homemade lip balm

Undeniably, applying lip balm onto your lips during the day does help to create a layer of protection from various weather conditions. Whether you’re somewhere hot on holiday or simply at home dealing with the typically cold UK climate, if your lips aren’t healing as quickly as you’d hoped then you are need of some lip SOS!

If you fancy getting creative and becoming your own lip balm maker, then try something a little different and take a look at these natural ingredients that are ideal for giving your lips overnight intensive therapy.

Honey and Petroleum Jelly:

This method won’t only make your lips lusciously silky and smooth but will be absorbed into your dry lips, restoring and locking in the moisture they’ve lost. Honey is a great form of treatment as its antibacterial properties encourage healing and help to prevent infections developing from cracked lips.

Just before bed-time, rub in a thin layer of pure honey onto your lips, and top it off with another thin layer of petroleum jelly. The jelly acts as a further barrier to keep the honey in place and adds extra moisture. The jelly may even curve the temptation of licking off the tasty honey!

Find a cure in Cucumber:

Cucumbers don’t just go well in a tuna sandwich; they have been associated with beauty regimes for quite a while now, especially to freshen up the eyes and reduce the appearance of bags. Now your lips can also reap the juicy benefits…

Turns out, the vegetable that is 90% water is an ideal preference in supplying moisture to your lips. It contains vitamin C which promotes the production of collagen. Collagen will make the skin tissue within your lips resilient and structured, so that they look healthy, luscious and full.

Lastly, the caffeic acid found in cucumber acts as a great supplier of UV protection. You may be having a great time in the 40 degree heat but your lips won’t be! The caffeic acid is perfect for dehydrated and dry lips that are affected by sun damage.

Simply cut up a couple of slices of raw fresh cucumber, rub your finger around the slice, just like you would a vaseline pot. Then apply the water to your lips, not bad for a vegetable you can pick up cheaply from your local shop.

A must for Mango:

Mangoes aren’t just delightfully tasty and refreshing, but they are also rich in fatty acids. Before this puts you off, these acids make mango butter a perfect emollient for your lips, making them superbly soft and moisturised, not to mention smelling lovely.

Here comes the science: the fats found in mango butter are composed of oleic and stearic acids, which are both hydrophobic and hydrophilic. What does this jargon mean? I hear you say… Simply put, this means that one end attracts water, meaning your lips get the benefits of added moisture, while the other repels, acting as a waterproof shield to protect your lips. Perfect!

All you need to do is slice up a mango and squeeze out the juices into a cup or onto a plate, whichever is easiest, then apply onto your lips with your finger. Easy.

Sugar, Honey and Coconut Oil Paste:

The main crux of this sweet creation is that your lips are undergoing an exfoliating re-vamp to rid any old dry skin cells from the sugar, as well as being healed and smoothed by the honey and nourished by the coconut oil.

Simply heat the coconut oil to room temperature, stir regularly so you get rid of any hot air pockets. Mix the sugar in well until you achieve  a good consistency and the sugar is distributed evenly. Finally stir in the honey and you’re ready to go. The amount of ingredients you choose is your own preference, so have a little experiment. This one is great to make a large batch of and keep in a little pot next to your bed.

Alternatively, use the same method but replace the coconut oil with olive oil for another creative exfoliating combination. If you’re in a real rush, just pucker up and dab a thin layer of extra virgin oil onto your lips. This ancient natural beauty secret will help prevent dryness and possible chapping. Like all the examples, use at night for the extra intensive conditioning.

Sebum:

This method may not seem as pleasant or as tempting as the others previously mentioned, however our own natural oil, called sebum, acts as the perfect moisturiser and replenishing agent. Not to mention it is the cheapest and easiest (yet not always the most desirable) method.

Hair and skincare products focus on emulating the effects that sebum has, so why not go straight to the source. If you’re sat on the train or the bus, or walking to work and forgot your balm, quickly run your finger along the lower nostril and around the sides of your nose, then sweep your fingers over your lips. Yes, you’ll feel weird throughout the process yet you’ll be surprised! Your natural oil will lock in the moisture and waterproof your lips, go you.

Eat Foods Rich in Vitamin B:

It’s all well and good in curing sore and dry lips, but it is also a bonus if you can prevent them to begin with. B complex vitamins are supporters of healthy skin, so when you feel soreness, dryness or chapping brewing, make sure you stock up on vitamin B. Whether it is in the form of supplements, or even better, by consuming plenty of dairy products, eggs, green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and lean meats.

Want to learn more beauty tips and tricks? Clare Weyers from Elite School of Beauty is happy to share her advice! Call her now for a chat on this number 01279 755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk.

 

Treat your Hair this New Year with Natural Oils

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

Washing, drying and brushing, especially in these harsh winter months can leave your hair dry, brittle and even more unmanageable than ever before! If this sounds like you, then instead of hiding underneath your woolly hat, maybe it’s time to be creative and take your hair conditioning routine up a notch by using these lovely oils… the added bonus: they’re all natural and chemical free!

haircare tips - essex hairstyle coursesAll of these products can be used as pure oil, but conveniently a lot of hair products such as Herbal Essences, Ultimate Blends and OGX already contain these oils. So whether you want to include these oils within your regular hair washing routine or you want a one off pure oil treatment, below are some popular as well as some weird and wonderful oils I recommend you try!

Coconut Oil

If you want soft, luscious and shiny hair, coconut oil will provide just that. Instead of only creating the cosmetic appearance of health, it actually does boost hair and scalp health and repairs your damaged hair. It also contains antimicrobial which controls the fungus causing dandruff, so if you are prone to dandruff this could be your magic cure!

Inecto Pure Coconut Oil Hair Repair Treatment is one of my favourites. You apply the treatment after you’ve washed and towel dried your hair, leave in for 5 minutes then rinse. Perfect if you want a fortnightly deep treatment.

Coconut Oil Hair Shine takes a more solid form yet turns into a silky balm within your fingertips; this is a leave in balm that you apply onto dry hair.

Argan Oil

Argan oil has become increasingly popular with many products now containing this must try liquid gold! It contains copious amounts of Vitamin E, which itself contains natural antioxidants, which help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair. It has also been associated with hair regrowth. Apart from the health benefits, it nourishes repairs and eliminates frizz.

This is the Argan Oil I advise you try, an added bonus is that you’ll have gorgeous smelling locks, and there are claims that it reduces drying time. If you have thick hair it gives you even more reason to give it a try!

Pomegranate Seed Oil

As well as being beautifully scented, pomegranate oil has many advantages and benefits for any hair type, cosmetically, as well as assisting in your hair’s health. The oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants so increases hair growth, balances the PH level of your scalp to avoid greasiness. Furthermore, it soothes frizzy and curly hair by moisturising the scalp and detangling stubborn hair. Pomegranate seed oil also restores and hydrates the hair follicles providing extreme conditioning and shine to the hair.

Percy & Reed do gorgeous Pomegranate seed oil for your hair that is definitely one to add to your list to try.

Olive and Avocado Oil Cream

This oil is often overshadowed by the more well-known oils, however Olive and Avocado oil is superb for dry frizzy hair, and works especially well for tackling those dreaded split ends! So if you are a guilty of frequently using hot appliances on your hair and want to try something a little different, try this oil cream from Reihls. It works wonders.

Castor Oil

The principal element of Castor oil is Ricinoleic acid, which is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. This acid is key to preventing hair loss. High levels of Omega oils are also present to help strengthen the hair follicle, and act as a preventative of thinning, splitting hair. Castor oil is suitable for any hair type as it also softens, revitalises and adds shine to your locks.

Babassu and Carrot Oil

When you think of oil for your hair, this one definitely isn’t the first that would come to mind! Unlike the previous examples, the Babassu and Carrot Oil from Naturally Thinking is pure oil shots. This requires you to heat the oil and apply it directly to your hair and scalp. It has a similar effect to the other oils, as it makes your hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Admittedly as a collective, most hair oils have similar effects on your hair; it is all about choosing the correct and most suitable oil for you and your hair type. We all have favourite products, right?

*Expert tip!* When conditioning your hair, whether it is with a cream oil or singularly just oil treatment, to get the most effective outcome, wrap your hair in a warm damp towel whilst you’re waiting to rinse. As this method locks in the moisture, making your hair super soft and silky.

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The Top Seven Make-up Mistakes to Avoid

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

Applying make-up is a part of most women’s daily routine, whether it’s in the morning before the start of the day, a mid-afternoon touch up or re-applying make-up that coincides with evening out attire.

beauty mistakes - essex beauty coursesIt is incredibly easy for people to fall into quick and easy make-up habits that are suitable for their busy lives, unaware that they’re committing some serious make-up blunders! Below are eight of the most common makeup mishaps, followed by simple solutions and product advice, to ensure you’re making the most out of your overall beauty regime.

Primer Perfection

Admittedly, people can be put off using primer, as it is often considered as time consuming and without any visible results. The most commonly asked question when people purchase make-up is: ‘does primer actually make a difference?’ The answer is yes! Applying primer prepares your skin as it smooths and fills any lines that foundation can visibly settle into. Not to mention that it helps to prevent foundation from wearing off throughout the day.

Here are some primers to try!

Skin Savvy

Before you start applying any make-up, even primer, prepare your skin. By this I mean exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise. This removes any impurities and dry flaky skin. If you were to apply make-up without clearing your skin first, any make-up you apply will only sit on top, emphasising them even more. Having an effective skincare regime will make your skin glow naturally, so your make-up enhances rather than you being dependant on it!

 Foundation Failures

It’s safe to say that we have all been guilty of choosing the wrong foundation colour. Whether you test out suitable colours on the back of your hand in Boots, or you’re fair skinned so you think ‘ivory will do’ – that’s where you’re wrong! There are numerous shades that accommodate every skin colour. Ensure you allow yourself time and test the shades on your clean skin and in natural light. Some beauty stores such as Boots even offer consultations to get a true match!

Eyeliner Errors

There are three main errors when applying eyeliner: applying too much on the lower lid, using too much black, and not creating a straight line. Firstly, it is universally assumed that black outlines, especially on the lower lid, and make your eyes look bigger, but this is not the case! Thick black lines under the lower lashes make your eyes look smaller. Not to mention that it is easily smudged, which in turn makes you look tired. Use either a brown eyeliner for a subtle line or a light brown eye shadow. This defines your eyes making them look fresh and awake.

*Expert tip* To achieve a straight line on your upper lid, do not pull at the corner of your eye to apply, as this increases creases. Instead raise your chin with your eyes slightly open. Simple yet effective!

 Line the Lippy

Once again, lining your lips adds extra minutes to your busy schedule, yet it is more than worth it in order to have luscious looking lips. It is essential, especially when applying a dark shade, as the edges of your lips will look wobbly and smudged. So make your lips look well defined and sharp by using a lip liner. One crucial tip: ensure the liner is the same colour as your lipstick shade, especially if you’re using a pale lipstick. The lip liner is meant to be an invisible definer, not a bold visible outline!

Get further tips on applying lip liner here.

Mascara Mishaps

When it comes to applying mascara, people usually think bolder the better, which, depending on the look you’re after, can be the case. However, this doesn’t mean you apply more than two coats to your lashes. Clumpy spider lashes are a beauty no, no. Instead, find a mascara that contains volume enhancing ingredients, to avoid the over applying. This way you’ll have thick black lashes that also look softly defined.

Eye Shadow Excess

When it comes to eyeshadow, more doesn’t mean better. Subtlety is key, even when you’re getting dolled up for a night on the town. Youreye shadow palette may come with six different shades, but only use three maximum for a contoured look like Taylor Swift.  Dark for along the eyelashes to define, medium on the lid as the bulk and the light shade near the eyebrows to highlight. An explosion of colours will only over complicate your look; depending on the occasion, fancy dress would be applicable! During the day one simple shade swept across your lids or a simple colour eyeliner will be effective.

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.