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Working as a Makeup Artist After Beauty School

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

After completing a beauty course in Essex, the opportunity to become a makeup artist is both exciting and challenging.

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Your dream career after private beauty school

The choice of jobs after attending beauty school is brilliant: from working in a salon, to working freelance, abroad, or gaining further qualifications to become an expert in your field. Our private beauty school in Essex offers a range of makeup and beauty courses to broaden your career in the industry.

If you decide to take a makeup course at beauty school, one of the dream careers for you may be to become a makeup artist. The great thing about this career is that there are different environments depending what type of makeup you like to do. The arts offer an array of different fields: film, theatre, circus, and television. Then there are magazines, fashion shows, and even personal makeup artists for celebrities!

The appeal of this job is obvious, trying new makeup designs, focusing your talents, and having the opportunity to be involved in some glitz and glamour. If you become established enough with a brand or as a makeup artist, you are able to travel the world as you work, another wonderful way to travel the world after beauty school.

While the benefits and excitement of the job are clear, let’s not undermine the difficulties and challenges that can happen when pursuing this career.

Our private beauty school in Essex offers makeup courses to give you the confidence you need for a career in beauty. Our team in Essex have a range of knowledge and expertise which we can share with you to help you get the career you want after a beauty course.

What Does Being a Makeup Artist Involve?

Being a makeup artist can involve using cosmetics and makeup on one or more persons. You will need to be creative and have a very steady hand, paying attention to detail and understanding exactly what your client wants. Be prepared for long and unsociable hours and to keep up to date with beauty trends. Taking time to practise on yourself and others is also essential.

If you’re working in theatre or film, you will need to learn about the context of the film, the characters, the scenery, and era of the setting. This may involve doing some research and further practice to make sure you get it right.

Another significant thing to consider as a makeup artist is the use of lighting. Understand the importance of how lighting can affect makeup and take this on board when working.

Established makeup artist Monika Blunder says the hardest part is keeping everyone happy and working with different personalities.

What skills Do I Need to Learn at Beauty School?

Attending beauty school and taking a makeup course is the first thing you will need to work towards becoming a makeup artist. Our private beauty school in Essex offers a one or two-day makeup course.

During the course, you will learn how to do makeup professionally, including shading, colouring, and working with different skin tones. If you opt for the two-day course, you can develop your skills further to include hiding blemishes and birthmarks and applying false eyelashes. What’s more, on the second day you will learn about bridal and photographic makeup. This is especially important as knowing the effect of lighting is crucial for a makeup artist.

Our private beauty school in Essex also offers NVQs and VRQs. These are ideal for those who want to study part-time. What’s more, we offer a VRQ in fashion and photographic makeup. This nationally recognised two-day intensive course is a great step towards working as a makeup artist in the industry, and it can teach you valuable skills.

How Much Will I Get Paid?

When you first start off in this type of career, don’t expect a huge paycheck. In fact, as you begin to learn the skills on the job and gain experience within the industry, you probably won’t be paid much. However, the experience you gain will be invaluable.

If you become an established makeup artist and focus your skills to one specific industry, you could find yourself earning £200 a day. However, it can vary dramatically within each industry and job to job.

How Can I Get the Dream Job After Beauty School?

Naturally, you’d love to finish your beauty course and start the job right away, but it’s not that easy. You’ll first need to decide which industry you’d like to work in. For example, if you would like to work in theatre, doing a subsequent course to learn about this type of makeup is great. Alternatively, gaining work experience in the desired field also goes a long way, even if it’s not related to makeup. Beginning to understand how the industry works is also beneficial.

If you can’t jump straight into the industry you want, working in a shop or at a makeup counter enables you to practise on endless customers. If they’re happy with the work you’ve done, you can get testimonials and take photos to add to your portfolio.

Additionally, with the rise of social media, getting yourself onto social media platforms and getting your name out there is another way to try and get your foot in the door. Networking is a great way to hear about jobs and get to know people in the industry who can help you get your foot in the door.

Stay passionate and determined and you will be sure to get your dream job as a makeup artist after beauty school.

Elite Beauty School in Essex can help you take the first step towards becoming a makeup artist. Give us a call today on 01279 755077 to find out which makeup course can work best to get you kick started on your career.

Top Bridal Makeup Tips to Look Stunning on Your Wedding Day

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

On your wedding day you want to look perfect in every single way. Dress, hair, makeup, shoes, accessories! There is so much to think about. We share some advice from our makeup courses and hair courses in Essex, for how to look stunning on your wedding day.

Beautiful blonde bride in bridal makeup with a bouquet of flowers

A wedding is a magical event, and you want to look beautiful for your special day. There are many ways you can do this, but making decisions can be difficult. The best thing to do is start to plan things in advance. Having plenty of time to try out bridal beauty ideas means that by the time the big day comes around, you’ll know exactly what you want.

If you choose a stylist for your wedding, be sure to be totally honest with them about the hairstyle and/or makeup you would like. You want to make sure that you are 100% happy with your look, so show them photos and ideas you have.

Bridal makeup and hair courses in Essex

Here in Essex we offer a bridal hair course, and a makeup course which teaches makeup for weddings and special occasions. If you work in the beauty industry, they are great course choices and can give you some different career opportunities.

Here our experts in Essex share tips for how to look stunning on your wedding day!

Bridal Hair Tips

Choosing the right hairstyle for your wedding is a big decision. Not only will you be having the do all day, but it will be in all of your photos, so you don’t want to look back and wish it had been different. There are 3 things to consider when thinking about bridal hairstyles:

  1. Style to match your dress – Your hairstyle can vary a lot depending on the dress you choose (Golden rule: always choose your dress first). You want a hairstyle which compliments your dress but doesn’t deter the attention away from it. You’ll also need to think about if you want to wear a hair accessory.
  2. Always be comfortable – This may seem obvious but you want a hairstyle that’s comfortable; you’ll have the same style all day, so you don’t want those bobby pins to start digging in or that plait to be too tight. Just like a dress, you need to be glamorous and also comfortable.
  3. Don’t be too ambitious – Have you always wanted to cut your hair short? or try the rainbow hair craze? I would recommend trying these things after your wedding. You might want a new look for your wedding but if it goes wrong, or doesn’t suit you, it could be difficult to get it looking normal again!

Makeup For Your Wedding Day

Like hairstyles, it’s a great idea to try different looks. Do you want a natural look? maybe bright coloured lips? These are the things you can experiment with before the big day. When trying out different makeup styles, find a top which is the same colour as your dress, so you can see how the colours and tones will match. Here are our top 3 tips for bridal makeup:

  1. Keep it simple –  Like the hair, it’s best not to be too extravagant with your makeup, don’t let too many colours deter away from the dress. You also don’t want to wear lots of makeup as this will show under lighting and in photographs, which you definitely do not want!
  2. Think about dress colour – Remember the golden rule of picking a dress first? You need to know the colour of your dress to think about colours and tones of makeup to compliment it.
  3. Durability of makeup – You’ll be wearing the makeup all day so you need it be durable. Also, remember that you may be prone to crying on your wedding day, so wearing waterproof mascara is a must!

Elite School of Beauty Therapy offer a bridal hair course in Essex, as well as makeup courses which teach bridal and photographic makeup application. It’s a wonderful feeling to make brides look stunning on their special day! So give us a call on 01279 755077 to find out more!


New Year, New You: 7 Reasons You Should Start A Beauty Course in Essex

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

It’s the new year, which means a time to make changes and positively took towards the year ahead. Many of us make new year’s resolutions or goals, making a resolution about your job or career is very common. Often, a big change such as a new career or learning new skills is something we all strive to do in the new year.

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It’s with this attitude that you should start a beauty course in Essex! Whether you already work in the beauty industry or would like to start, there are so many reasons why you should start a beauty course this year. Below are the 7 reasons you should start today and make a real change and difference to your life.


The Beauty Service Industry in the UK is worth over £10 billion. There is no doubt that investing in a beauty course means investing in a career which has a large client base, and won’t be going out of fashion anytime soon!

Career Development

From starting work in a salon or spa, there is room to work your way up as you develop more skills and spend more time offering different treatments. The beauty service industry has many ways to develop, one day you could end up with your own salon, or running a beauty training course, such as Clare Weyers here in Essex. Some beauty treatments such as Reiki can be developed over time, and you are able to become a Reiki Master Practitioner. That’s an exciting title to aspire to!


Working in the beauty industry is not the kind of job where you’re sat at a desk all day. You’re active and meeting people all the time. If you’re a sociable person who enjoys meeting new people then this job is ideal. Many clients will see the same hairdresser or beautician time and time again, building a real relationship.


If you are a creative person, a beauty training course is ideal to let your creativity flow. Courses in nail art or hairdressing allow you to try out new ideas; using colours, styles and working with clients to get the results they want.


The Beauty industry is of course very diverse. You may want to specialise in hairdressing, makeup, nails, body treatment, or perhaps offer a combination of many treatments and become a beauty therapist. There is a wide range of beauty training courses on offer, meaning you can pick the profession which you enjoy the most.


Working in the beauty industry isn’t a 9 to 5 job. Many salons and spas are open at different hours, therefore you can schedule appoints which work around you and your lifestyle. What’s more, as your career develops and you gain a client base, you could even become a mobile worker and really fit around your own schedule.

Job Satisfaction

People who work in the beauty industry have a real a passion for the work they do and it leads to high levels of job satisfaction. Hairdressing and beauty salon manages ranked 73rd in job satisfaction out of 300 different careers.

So what are you waiting for? Start a beauty course in Essex today! Call Elite School of Beauty Therapy on 01279 755077, or take a look at our hair and beauty courses on offer. Make 2016 a year to remember for your career!

Bibi Brows: A New Course That Will Teach You How To Give Clients Perfect Eyebrows

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

Elite School of Beauty Therapy in Essex are bringing you an exclusive new course that will teach you how to give your clients the eyebrow makeover of their dreams. This new beauty training course in Essex is a sure way to get clients the best results, with training lasting one or two days depending on experience. Want to find out more? Here’s all you need to know about the new Bibi Brows Course.

Bibi Brows Course Essex

What are Bibi Brows?

The aim is to design the perfect brow to fit somebody’s face, no matter their age, face shape or style. Once you’ve completed our course you’ll be able to give any client a full eyebrow revamp, pulling out at the stops to make them look fabulous.

The treatment involves face shape diagnosis, eyebrow measuring, tinting, waxing, tweezing, trimming, threading and makeup to design a perfect eyebrow shape. Going into depth on the complexities of these different methods will allow you to achieve the perfect brow for any client.

Why are Eyebrow Treatments becoming more popular?

Many celebrities are investing in having work done on their eyebrows. Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows are a hot feature, and celebrities such as Amanda Holden are making their brows stand out more to fit their face. Treatments are going beyond waxing and threading to find new ways to design the whole brow, giving women more confidence in their look.

Online, people are talking about ways in which treatment has transformed their face; expressing the multiple benefits of having a strong brow, and the difference this has made to their appearance.

Why Choose Bibi Brows?

Bibi Brows has been created specifically by Clare Weyers in Essex. As a brand new course, you can be one of the first to learn how to offer this treatment to clients. You can earn up to £25 per session and, with the right skills, your clients will be referring their friends in no time. Whether you are starting out in beauty or want to develop your current skills further, there are courses available for all ability levels.

The course will cover all the necessary skills such as face shape diagnosis, brow make up colours, and brow measuring (plus many more.) In addition, the course will also talk you through the health, safety and hygiene procedures involved, which are equally important for treatment.

People want to improve their eyebrow shape so that they look more youthful, can experiment with a new style, or to balance their facial features. If you want to be one of the first to learn these skills and expand your client base by offering this treatment, then look no further.

To be the first to try this brand new eyebrow treatment course in Essex, call Elite School of Beauty Therapy on 01279 755077 and be sure to find out how you can get £100 off with our special offer.

The Joys And Benefits Of Working In The Beauty Industry

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

beauty therapy courses essexEver thought about working in the beauty industry? According to a 2014 survey, hairdressing and beauty salon managers ranked 73rd out of nearly 300 professions for job satisfaction, with a 7.5 score. Vicars and clergy came out on top with an 8.2 level of satisfaction. However, for those of us who don’t feel our calling is within the church, the beauty industry offers an exciting and fashionable alternative.

The Benefits Of Beauty Training

There are multiple benefits for those that train to work in the beauty industry. It’s a true investment towards a long-term, successful career.

Buzzing Business –  In 2014, the UK saw a 24% rise in turnover in spas and salons combined. This staggering amount reflects the nature of the beauty industry and the high demand for both the products and services.

Location – No matter where you are living in the country, your services will always be required. As mentioned above, the industry is buzzing and with one in three women always applying make-up before leaving the house, you can be assured that wherever you live, people will always want beauty services.

Flexibility – Not all beauty salons are 9 to 5; people require appointments before and after work, or on the weekend. This could fit in perfectly with your lifestyle if you have children to look after or other responsibilities.


The Joys Of The Job

If you don’t want a job sat down all day, enduring long meetings, doing the same thing day in and day out, then this is definitely the industry for you.

Sociable – Even if you’re only with a client for half an hour giving a manicure or waxing, you can have a real chat with somebody and get to know them. You’ll have customers who you’ll see regularly that you’ll really get to know and form a relationship with. You can be involved in weddings, parties, babies being born, so it’s an exciting way to meet new people. As well as clients, you work with a team of people everyday and get to know them as well, you’re not communicating in meetings or emails but face to face.

Diversity – As well as having different clients every day, your daily routine will also vary. Depending on your speciality means you will be doing something different everyday. Hairstyles vary for individuals, make up choices differ for complexions, and nail choices must match outfits and personalities. The variety keeps the job new and interesting on a daily basis.

Helping Clients – Clients have a real need for a brand new hairstyle, fabulous looking nails, or ultimate relaxation through Reiki healing, and they’ll be deeply thankful when you fulfil that need. All the treatments you give clients will help them in one way or another. Boosting confidence, de-stressing or just being someone to chat to, you make them feel good about themselves and how they look. You can feel happy in the knowledge that the service and product you are offering will help your clients.


Elite School Of Beauty Therapy offer a variety of beauty training in Essex. Ranging from hairdressing, nails, waxing and reiki courses, plus many more. Call Clare Weyers on 01279 755077 to find out more or read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about what the course can offer you and your career.


5 Makeup Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

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

makeup beauty tips essexMakeup tips to improve your application technique.

Not Removing Makeup Before Bed

This is a big no-no. Makeup settles in your pores, causing them to block and expand. If you are too tired to complete your evening cleaning routine, keep a bag of cleansing wipes next to your bed. That way you can remove any makeup before you go to to sleep.

Using Too Much Bronzer

Bronzer should be carefully blended to give you that sun-kissed look, so don’t over apply it to your face. Instead, blend a subtle bronzer into the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, chin and forehead.

Applying Too Much Foundation

We all want a perfectly even skin tone, but applying too much foundation not only stops your pores from breathing, but it can make you look as if you are wearing a mask. Instead apply the foundation to your t-zone area and slowly blend it into the rest of your face. Remember that less is always more.

Wearing The Wrong Shade Of Foundation

We have all done this at one point or another, but this is something that is easily fixed. When buying foundation, don’t test the shade on your hand. If you know that you will be wearing bronzer, apply a foundation that is a little darker than your natural skin tone. Remember that your skin colour changes seasonally, so having a foundation for both the winter and summer months will get the best results. To find the perfect foundation tone for your bronzer, try asking an assistant at the counter, they always know best.

Only Applying To Your Face

Your face doesn’t stop at your chin but, as far as makeup is concerned, continues down to your neck. It is important to remember this rule when applying foundation otherwise you run the risk of forming a makeup line that frames your chin. Instead, when applying foundation to your face, continue to blend past your chin line, down your neck and behind the earlobes. If you find that your neck is slightly lighter than your face, use a little bronzer to match the skin tone.

Elite School of Beauty Therapy offers a fully accredited makeup training courses . To learn more about this offer, visit our makeup course training page, contact Clare Weyers directly on 01279755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk

The Top Five Reasons You Should Get Eyelash Extensions

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

Eyelash Extensions TutorialWould you like effortlessly gorgeous eyelashes, without the fuss of having to apply daily falsies or worrying about how clumpy your mascara is?

Let’s face it, we girls want to look good, whether we’re facing a day at the office or a night on the tiles. I think I speak for most when I say that having killer lashes is one of the essentials of a good beauty routine. If done right, our lashes make us look alert, fresh and feminine. With our busy schedules we’d all like one less thing to worry about when applying our makeup, so I’m going to give you the top five reasons why you should give eyelash extensions a go; you won’t regret it!

1. The convenience factor:

Most women don’t have the time or patience to apply fake eyelashes every day, not to mention that even the most ardent makeup wearers can forget to apply mascara when they roll out of bed in a rush! The dream is to wake up and naturally be ready to walk out of the door. This dream can come true with eyelash extensions. They look great 24/7 and are one less thing to worry about in the morning!

2. Avoid makeup disasters:

Even the most professional makeup appliers can have bad days, especially if they are in a rush. Being just a little impatient and not waiting in between layers can leave you with clumpy spider lashes. Additionally, false eyelashes don’t always co-operate, they sometimes have a tendency to not stick properly, or they come unstuck during the day, which can be super embarrassing This is where eyelash extensions come to the rescue; you’ll have peace of mind from morning to night.

3. Natural looking fuller lashes:

It’s no secret that women crave long luscious lashes, and it’s also no secret that some women aren’t blessed with these naturally. So if your eyelashes have slowly thinned with maturity, or you’ve never really had the voluminous eyelashes some people are born with, then now you can! What is good about eyelash extensions is that they look so beautifully natural and add instant thickness. You’ll love the transformation and it will be our little secret.

4. Eyelash extensions are exceptionally versatile:

You really are spoiled for choice when you’re choosing what style of eyelashes to have done as they accommodate for every style. Whether you want some extra length, extra volume, lashes containing synthetic fibres or lashes made from silk and mink, you’ll have so many options you’ll want to try them all! The main benefit of this is that you can personalise your lashes to fit your own style. If your signature makeup style is the smoky-eyed look, then you can go for lashes that are complimentary. Alternatively, if you like going au naturel then simple lashes are perfect for you.

5. They can be cost effective:

Initially, the cost of having eyelash extensions done may put you off, as they can range from £80 to £120 depending on where you go, lasting a maximum of about two months. But what people don’t realise is that you actually make a huge saving! You won’t need to fork out on trying the new mascaras, you won’t need to buy eyelash curlers and not to mention the massive saving from not buying false eyelashes regularly, which we all know aren’t cheap!

**Here is a great article from Huffington post answering some commonly asked questions about eyelash extensions that people often want to know before heading to the salon.

Elite School of Beauty Therapy offers a fully accredited one day Eyelash Extension course.To know more about this offer, visit our Facebook page,contact Clare Weyers directly on 01279755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk

Go Classic: How to Achieve the Vintage Make-up look

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

Taylor Swift vintage makeup look

 Do you want to pull a Taylor Swift and achieve that ‘red lip classic thing that you like’?  Then look no further.

The traditional classic look has been around for generations, from the iconic Marilyn Monroe’s trademark rouge lippy, to being reborn with the modern day icon Taylor Swift. Below I have put together a list of the top six credentials you need to achieve this vintage yet modern look. The style prides itself with a sleek and classy elegance, with simplicity being the key element. Be inspired and give it a go!

Matte Finish Foundation:

The first part of the process is creating the perfect base to build up on, and that requires flawless matte skin. It is important to ensure you have the correct shade for your skin colour, as applying the wrong shade can have a massive effect on the results, click here to find out more.

The first step is to moisturise your face, followed by a layer or primer for a longer lasting finish. Alternatively you can purchase a BB cream containing foundation, which moisturises and primes all in one. A good time saver! After you have prepped, add concealer to areas of discolouration, whether they’re blemishes or dark shadows under the eyes, and then apply your foundation. Your method of application is paramount in the finishing products; you can read a guide to help you successfully apply foundation for the best results!

Red Lipstick:

Red lips are an essential ingredient for achieving the classic look. They create a bold, kick-ass look combined with class and splendour in one effortless swoop. Regardless of your skin tone, whether you represent an ivory tone, or deep beige, you can rock a crimson colour. There are dozens of shades to choose from within the red colour palette that enhance certain skin tones. Unsure if you’re a cherry or cranberry? A complexion guide can help you see which red is right for you.

What is brilliant about red lips is that they are so versatile. As well as a classic look, they also go hand in hand with rock chick, geek chic and even when you’re in casual attire, you can vamp up your look with a burst of colour.

Cat Eye Eyeliner:

Add instant drama and character to your eyes with the fun and quirky eyeliner flick. Gel eye liners are the most effective as they tend to have a bolder colour, are easier to apply and create a sharper more accurate line. Pay tribute to Audrey Hepburn’s style and make your eyes look beautifully large and cute! There are many different techniques you can try, from experimenting with the thickness of the line or the type of flick, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Because this classic look primarily focuses on simplicity, the only dash of colour you need is on your lips, no colour eye shadow is needed. Unless you want to gently sweep a pale cream shade across your lids to hide any discolouration or veins; remember to use eyelid primer to ensure longer lasting finish!

*Top Tip*: I think it looks best if you avoid using eyeliner on your lower lids. You’ve already gone bold on top, so by keeping the eyeliner to a minimum you can achieve bold and classy rather than a grungy ‘overdone’ look.

Black Mascara:

Now it’s time to add lashings of black mascara to your lashes to finish the process. Thick butterfly lashes add a flirtatious sexiness to your look, creating mystery and femininity. You can achieve this by gradually building up 2 or 3 layers, waiting a couple of minutes in between each layer so that the last to dry. This is an important part of the application process as it helps prevent clumps of mascara from accumulating… never a good look!

Alternatively, you can try false eyelashes to get that extra wow factor!

Classic Hairstyles:

In order to achieve the ultimate classic look, you need to ensure your locks are just as glamorous as your makeup. Here are some great classic looks that you must try!

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

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.

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 01279755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk

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!

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