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80s eye makeup coloured mascara beauty trends summer

Summer Beauty Package

 

Here at VV HQ we like to be ahead of the game when it comes to all the latest products and trends on the market. This month we are launching our first ever summer beauty package. Book our team to deliver this extravaganza at your next event to help your guests to stand out from the crowd with the summer seasons latest essential looks.


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80s eye makeup coloured mascara beauty trends summer

I’m sure we weren’t alone when a shudder went down our spine at the news that the beauty trends of the 80s were making a resurgence.


Fortunately, however, the more-is-more era has become slightly more wearable for its 2017 comeback. Corkscrew perms and liberally-applied blush aside, this season we will be focusing on colourful eye makeup looks with brash brights pulled up toward the temple, and co-ordinating coloured mascara applied to the lashes.

Latest glitter trends and metallic lips

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Of course, summer just wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of glitter, but this year it really is having its ‘shining’ moments

From subtle eye makeup looks to full body glitter paints, we have scoured the emerging and existing trends for our firm favourites this season and have plumped for… THE WORKS. Yes, we cheated as we just couldn’t narrow it down, so expect to see glittery under-eye makeup, metallic lips, glistening faux freckles and dazzling glitter hair lines from us this season.

 

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Braid bars

Think braided up-dos and skinny plaits, this seasons hair is all about braids, which is fantastic news for party-goers as it’s a brilliant way to keep hair simultaneously under control and on trend in our unpredictable climate. Whatever your occasion, event or requirement, our talented team has the braided ‘do’ for you.

Our expert professional hair and makeup teams are multi skilled so it only takes one of our team to create these stunning looks for your guests. Email us at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk with some info around your event or campaign to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter chocolate beauty trends

With Easter right around the corner, we only have one thing on our minds here in the Vanity Van HQ and that’s Easter Chocolate! If you’re looking for a way to indulge this Easter without consuming a ton of calories we have discovered some luxury chocolate treats and Easter chocolate beauty trends to tickle your taste-buds.

Easter Chocolate beauty trends

Chocolate Lip Scrub DIY

Our lips are still suffering the effects of winter, and are looking a little parched. Here’s a super quick and easy recipe for a homemade scrub to banish the chapped lips, just in time to make the most of spring lippie shades!

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons Dark Cocoa
1½ cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup grapeseed oil

Simply mix all your ingredients together. To store, pop mixture into small jars (this scrub makes a gorgeous Easter gift too!)

To use:
Apply to your lips and gently rub in a circular motion for about a minute, then either wipe off or lick your lips (just try to resist eating the entire jar)

 

Chocolate Hair Dyenutella hair dye easter chocolate beauty trends

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of a certain well known chocolate spread going viral after a video emerged of it being used as a hair-dye by a hairdresser in Dubai. Obviously, we had to check it out, and it turns out that Nutella truly CAN be used to tint light blonde hair temporarily. If you are after a hazelnut hue (pun intended) to calm a brassy blonde, then this mixture of Nutella and condensed milk, may be for you. However, whilst the oils in Nutella are certainly beneficial to hair, one must wonder if it is worth the hassle and the wastage of a perfectly good snack! We remain undecided on this one!

 

Chocolate Face Mask

We all love to eat it but what about putting chocolate on your skin? I don’t know about you but our team were a little dubious. However, research has shown that flavonoids found in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help improve blood flow to the skin, and improve the skins hydration and complexion!

Home made chocolate face masks are very easy to make just create a paste with 2-3 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder and 2-3 tablespoons of natural yoghurt. The yoghurt contains lactic acid to help unclog pores. Apply this to your face with clean fingertips and let it sit for 10-15 mins before washing off.

Top Tip: for extra hydration, try adding a spoonful of mashed avocado to your mix!

As if we needed any further excuse to slather ourselves in chocolate, head to toe!

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Loving the new henna craze this summer?

The history of Henna

Traditionally Henna is well known in India and the Middle East for occasions such as holidays, birthdays and weddings. Now the trend has spread worldwide. Today henna is being used a lot more for fashion and creative purposes. If you can’t bear to go through the pain of getting permanently inked, henna is a great temporary alternative.White Henna hand designs

Instagram is full of bloggers, beauty entrepreneur’s and celebrities such as Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Vanessa Hudgens and Cody Simpson showing off their new temporary tattoo designs.

With festival season on our doorstep, many festival goers are turning to henna to complete their look and help them to stand out from the crowd. The Vanity Van Team can bring these techniques to your next event or campaign and help your guests to stand out from the crowd too!white Henna hand designs

Henna is a paste made out of crushed leaves from guess what? A plant called henna! The henna plant is found and grown in South Asian and North African countries. Once the paste is applied to skin and left for a few hours, it then leaves a stain to the skin which can last from 7 to 14 days. White henna is applied in the same way and for Golden henna once you have applied the paste, brush a layer of mehron powder over the pattern and brush off the excess to create that metallic look.

The current henna trend

We have recently been drawn to the beautiful white and gold henna trend, a beauty bloggers favourite, which looks great with a tan and summer outfits.

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White henna look gives a delicate finish, as if lace has been applied to the skin. This trend started in the Middle East where brides opted for white, instead of the traditional brown. To attend your summer events in style, team your white henna look with a white outfit and a pale coloured pastel nail varnish.

Golden henna

Also known as a metallic henna. This look is very elegant and feminine. This trend has come from Dubai, from a renowned Japanese jewellery designer Nobuhiko Akatsuka. Golden henna will give you a fabulous shine at the special events you have planned.

 

Henna painting techniques and their significance

When people get their very first henna, they tend to start off with a more universal design until they find one more tailored to them. Designs such as butterflies, flowers, mandalas, YingYang and stars are among the more common designs.

While henna has become an art, there are hidden meanings behind certain designs and where on the body it is. Dependent on where you get the henna, it can hold a significance. For instance, having a design on your hand signifies an offering from you to the world, while, on the back of your hand signifies protection.

 

How to book

We can provide make up artists to deliver these fantastic treatments into any event or campaign anywhere in the UK drop us a line at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk to discuss the details.

Our New Year ’s beauty resolutions

The Festive Season is finally finished, and we have over-eaten, over-partied and over-spent! You are no doubt feeling sluggish and a little bloated, not to mention lacking in sleep, so here are our new year beauty resolutions suggestions for getting back to your perky and beautiful selves in no time.

Get back on track

The first step to looking good is caring for your skin and body. We know we always give this advice (and we know it’s a bit dull), but it’s true! As soon as you can this, get back on track with all those healthy habits you’ve let slip over the festive season. Drink eight glasses of water a day, get regular sleep, eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and exercise at least three times a week. We know it’s hard to fit all that in, but do your best. It makes a big difference.

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Consider a detox

Detoxing can help your body to eliminate waste material and toxins. Your body has a natural detoxification process, but many people believe that additional detox methods are beneficial at particular times, such as after overeating, drinking too much alcohol, unhealthy foods, times of highdetox new year resolution stress and recovering from winter colds. (We might have managed most of those recently…) There are lots of different detox regimes available so do your research and choose something that has a good reputation and suits your needs. Remember, detox is not a quick fix after some guilty over-indulgence, but should be a way of building long term healthier habits.

 

Have a good tidy up – be ruthless! 

Go through your makeup and beauty products, and be honest. How old are they? When is the last time you used them? If you haven’t used something for three months, be ruthless and throw it away. make up detox new year resolutionTired and old makeup is never going to look good, and active ingredients can go off, meaning you might be relying on UV and other protection that you aren’t actually getting. Clean your makeup brushes too, so they can work their best for you (be honest, have you ever actually done this?!). A little shampoo or spray brush cleaner is all you need and pat them dry with tissue.

Refresh your look

The new year is a great time to shake things up with a new look. It’s easy to get stuck in the same makeup regime, and not realise all the fabulous new looks and products that are out there. Browse through magazines and shops, get some quick free makeovers at beauty counters, and experiment a little. Our skin, hair and clothes change over time, so make sure your make up is keeping up and complimenting you too. A good start is to find a foundation, powder, blusher, lipstick and mascara that are good for every day wear. Then you can add more products as you find them, depending on the look you are going for.

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Help is at hand

Remember, you can always book Vanity Van for some new year relaxation and pampering, especially if you haven’t had time to thank your hard working staff for their commitment over the holiday season. We can tailor our treatments for hair, nails and beauty to suit your style and event. Email bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or call us on 07825 875210

The essential New Years Eve beauty bible

New Year’s Eve is the last big party of the year, and here at Vanity Van we believe in going out with a bang! (Well, any excuse…) The party look for 2015 is definitely leaning towards the dramatic, so get ready for bold lips, daring eyes and statement jewellery. Here are our top tips for your fabulous New Year’s party look.

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The basis of looking good (at any time of year) is good skin. After eating, drinking and partying your way through Christmas, your skin will be as exhausted as you are. Try to spend at least a day or two between Christmas and New Year’s Eve drinking lots of water and getting an early night or two. If you can fit in a quick facial from your favourite salon, so much the better. If not, remember lots of moisturiser at bed time and at least one face mask before your big night out.

 

Bright lips

Bright lips are definitely having their moment with the A list. There will have been plenty of red over Christmas, but for New Year you can play around with colour a little more. Whether you suit corals, pinks or shimmery browns, have fun with it, and go for as bold a colour as you dare (we spotted frosted metallic blue on the red carpet at the Star Wars premiere – love it!)

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Statement eyes

If statement eyes are more your thing, there’s plenty to choose from. Add drama to your standard “smoky” look with jewel-toned shadows (rich purples and violets are popular). Alternatively, go for lashings of mascara teamed with a simple icy shadow (Taylor Swift has perfected this look). This taylor-swiftyear coloured eyeliner is poplar too – try a bright blue or peacock green applied above and below the eye. Remember, if you go for statement eyes as well as lips, you’re in danger of looking over done, so pair dramatic eyes with understated lips.

 

Shapely brows

Don’t forget your brows – they always enhance your look. Have them professionally shaped if you have time; if not do them yourself after a warm shower so that the pores are open and you aren’t dragging at the delicate skin too much. When you’re doing your party makeup, brush your brows, tease out any last minute stragglers, and define them with brow powder.

Glitter time!

What better time to get away with fun nail designs than New Year’s Eve? We love this time of year as an excuse to get a bit of shimmer out, and this year gold is the clear winner. Whether it’s glittery tips, a metallic sheen or a full on sparkly black to gold ombré manicure, we say go for it.

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Statement jewels

And finally, give your jewellery some thought this year. An unadorned round neckline creates the ideal setup for a big statement necklace. A strappy dress and tousled up-do suits dangling earrings with lots of movement. Pair bold symmetrical earrings with a sleek shiny bob. Just remember, keep the focus on either earrings or a necklace. Too much of both and you’ll end up looking like your Christmas tree…

Statement necklace for new year's eve

Help is at hand

If you feel the need for professional pampering, or want to treat your staff to the latest party looks, you can always book Vanity Van to bring New Year’s Eve glam to your event. It’s a great way to thank hard working staff, or to wow guests and clients. We can tailor our treatments for hair, nails and beauty to suit your style and event. Email bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or call us on 07825 875210

Get the perfect look this Christmas

We love Christmas! It’s a great excuse to play with different looks and try out the latest glam hair and makeup. Here are some of our favourite festive ideas to get you looking gorgeous for the party season:

Look after your skin…

First things first: cold weather, plenty of booze and partying till dawn can wreak havoc on your skin. If you want a glowing complexion throughout the Christmas party season, invest in a really good facial. Choose one that focuses on gently removing dead and sluggish skin, and then gives your skin some deep rehydration and moisturising treatments. It’s a stress-busting treat for you, and your grateful skin will be nurtured and ready for the party onslaught.

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Stay hydrated….

Keep your skin and body hydrated, and don’t forget your beauty regime no matter how tired or tipsy you are. Drink a glass of water now and again when you’re out drinking, and never go to bed with your make up still on. Always cleanse and tone, and invest in a really good oil based moisturiser for your face.

Statement red lips…

Nothing says Christmas party like red lipstick. This winter is all about dark statement lips, from festive reds to the deepest black cherry hues. Be as dark and dramatic as you dare (and use a good lip liner to avoid that smudged clown look after a few drinks…)

 

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Glitter extravaganza…

If there is ever a time of year when you can get away with glitter, it’s Christmas – and we love to add a bit of sparkle to the season. Luckily this year there are plenty of products around to help you find that extra shine. For a fun but sophisticated look, choose just one place to add some sparkles (you don’t want to end up looking like a Christmas tree). Choose from snow globe nail varnish, shimmering lip gloss and gold tips for your eye lashes – some of our favourites from this season.

 

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Party eyes…

If it’s fabulous party eyes you’re going for, choose an eye shadow colour that is multi-textured. Smokey eyes are as popular as ever this year, but instead of choosing a basic grey shadow, go for one that has flecks of green, purple or gold. For an up to date look, keep that dark colour between the crease and the lid – never any further up near the brow bone (unless you’re at an 80s party…)

 

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Up dos…

After several seasons of waterfall waves and loose curls, this year Christmas hair is all about the up-do. Buns and top knots are really popular, and this year the look is definitely more chic than casual. Pony tails are featuring strongly too, as are braided crowns – a trend that is likely to continue into 2016. Whatever up do you go for, team it with some cute dainty-but-sparkly hair accessories – this year’s must have.

We can help…

If you feel the need for professional pampering, or want to treat your staff to the latest party looks, you can always book Vanity Van to bring Christmas glam to your event. It’s a great way to thank hard working staff, or to wow guests and clients. We can tailor our treatments for hair, nails and beauty to suit your style and event, so book us in for a memorable festive season. Email bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or call us on 07825 875210

HEV what is it and how do I protect my skin ?

HEV what is it how do I protect my skin ?

The team recently discovered some horrific facts about how your mobile phone, laptop and ipad could be seriously damaging your skin…. So we decided to investigate !

What is HEV Light?

HEV (High Energy Visible) light is a high frequency light that is visible to the human eye. It falls within the blue/violet spectrum. HEV light occurs naturally in sunlight, but we are also exposed to it indoors, as it is created by laptops, mobile phones and other digital screens, as well as LED lights. We know a great deal about the dangers associated with exposure to ultraviolet light, but we are still learning a great deal about the effects of light on skin more generally, and in particular the dangers associated with HEV.   

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What Damage Can Be Caused By HEV?

Recent research has shown that HEV may be just as damaging to the skin as UV light, although in different ways. HEV light can affect how efficiently the skin is working both in relation to its ability to heal, and how effectively it acts as a barrier. It can also cause premature aging and age spots. Unlike UV light, which causes direct damage to your DNA, HEV damages the skin by assisting in the creation of free radicals and oxidative stress. In order to maintain skin’s health, it should be shielded from HEV.

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How can you protect your skin?

An easy way to protect your skin is to look for skincare and beauty products that include Melanin in the list of ingredients. It’s important to note, however, that not all types of Melanin protect against HEV light, so look for a specific statement on the product that it is effective in protecting the skin from HEV light.

The US appear to be ahead of the game in this field. Liposhield® is an ingredient for cosmetics that has been recently developed in the States. It is derived from Melanin and was specifically created to protect skin from damage caused by HEV light. When applied to the skin in, for example, a cream, it sits on the surface and acts as a barrier, preventing HEV light from penetrating the skin. Ensuring your product contains this ingredient is another way of protecting yourself.

Ingredients that work to protect skin from HEV can be found in moisturising creams, anti-aging products, sunscreens and foundation, so it is easy to incorporate their use into your daily routine.

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Products

If you want sun screen, Soap & Glory™ Make Yourself Youthful™ Sunshield Superfluid™ SPF50+ contains a specific HEV protection and is reasonably priced too.

“Skin by Marywynn” has a good range of products containing Liposhield. They are popular in the US, but a little harder to find over here. Their Total Age Corrector and Eye Serum both contain Liposhield which you can layer with their Antioxidant Defense complex for extra free-radical protection.

Vanity Vans Top tips for Winter skin care

Winter skin care

As the weather gets colder, the key to good winter skin care is moisturising. When skin is properly hydrated it’s more efficient at locking moisture in and keeping environmental factors out, preventing chapped and flaky skin. The trick is to stick to a daily routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising, but tailor the products you use to the conditions.

Winter-skincare

Daily routine:

  • Avoid soap and harsh cleansers, and use a gentle foaming cleanser instead.
  • Steer clear of alcohol based toners, which can take too much vital oil out of the skin.
  • Use oil based moisturisers, which create a protective layer on the skin and help retain moisture. (Tip: since these take longer to absorb, it’s better to apply them every evening; it’s for this reason products that are oil based are often sold as “night creams”).

Weekly routine

  • Replacement of skin cells is slower during winter, so keep up with weekly exfoliation, but go for one that uses fruit acids and enzymes to gently lift away dead skin cells.
  • Don’t scrub at winter sensitised skin, you’ll only do more damage.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen (good quality foundations often include SPF). It may be winter, but there’s still plenty of sun, which can damage and age unprotected skin.
  • A weekly face mask is always a great way to pamper yourself – just remember to swap to one that replenishes and moisturises your skin.
  • Make sure you slaver on a good, oil based body moisturiser. We might be putting our legs away for the winter, but it’s still better to avoid that flaky crocodile skin on your shins…

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Handy tips

  • Carry a good quality chapstick in your handbag. Lips can become sore very quickly on a day out when it’s windy. If you prefer to wear lipstick then choose a lip balm based colour instead of a traditional lipstick.
  • Don’t forget to look after your hands. Wear gloves outside, and moisturise daily.
  • As tempting as it is to sink into a long hot bath, try to keep the temperature down and don’t wallow for too long – hot water is much more dehydrating for the skin than cooler temperatures.

Latest trends for protection skin

If you are short on time then a multi-tasking product is ideal. Our tip for winter is the new Merumaya Everything Everywhere Oil. It’s a light moisturising oil that you can used literally anywhere, and because it’s light it absorbs very quickly. Apply to your face, hands, body, lashes and brows (Tip: mixa drop in with your foundation every morning so you can moisturise while you do your makeup).

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And remember:

If you feel in need of some pampering and professional rehydration, you can always book Vanity Van to bring the facials to your event as a thank you to staff for their hard work or to reward a client for their business. We offer everything from an express to a luxury facial tailoring to suit your skin type and condition and a multitude of other beauty treatments to wow your guests.

Male grooming tips and hints from the Vanity Van team

Male Grooming

Male grooming is as popular as ever, and Vanity Van is always inundated with requests for pampering treatments for men at the events and festivals we attend. Below are some quick grooming tips for the boys:

The Beard Craze

Many have predicted the end of the beard craze, but it’s still going strong! We love good face hair, but remember, it needs proper maintenance. For a sleek look, follow our handy tips:

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  • Invest in a beard wash, which unlike many shampoos will not strip out all your natural oils. Wash it daily, then dry and comb it through for a sharper, less scruffy look. You can buy a beard comb to make this easier, but any sturdy comb will do. Wooden combs are the best.
  • Next, apply a good conditioning beard oil (remember, you don’t need to rinse it out). The more often you do this the softer your beard will be, and it also gives a nice sheen.
  • Do go to a good barber regularly, to maintain condition and shape – and don’t undertake a radical change of style without professional help! You can tidy up split ends and stragglers in between appointments with some good quality beard scissors.

Beard baubles

The hottest looks for 2016 will be the full beard, the tight beard and shadow or stubble. Just make sure you pick a style that suits your face shape and hair style. We hear that beard dyeing will be in too… Love it!  And check out the latest glitter beard and bauble looks for Christmas!glitter-beards_0

 

 

 

Wet shave

  • For smooth-cheeked gents, a luxury wet shave at your local barber is a real treat. You get a smooth, clean cut, a smart finish, and baby soft skin. The best way to recover from a big night out, pep up your skin, or indulge in some relaxation. We highly recommend them.
  • One of our luxury wet shaves includes a facial using hot towels, luxurious shave oils and creams, a massage and cologne. Our clients love them.24 - Luxury wet shaves

Beauty hints and tips

  • Whether you are clean shaven or bearded, it’s still important to maintain smooth healthy skin. To do this, avoid harsher products such as scrubs, or anything that contains alcohol. Daily moisturising is a must. Use an oil based product to form a protective layer if you tend to have dryer flaky skin, or a lighter one if you have oily patches.
  • Use a gentle exfoliator once a week to get rid of dead skin cells and brighten up sluggish skin. Take care around your eye area, and invest in a good eye cream to avoid dark circles.
  • Lots of our male clients book manicures, to keep their hands soft and well maintained. Your hands will crack easily in the cold, if they are frequently in water or if you use them a lot for manual work. Even with office based work your hands can dehydrate and age, so don’t forget to look after them regularly. A full manicure that includes a moisturising arm and hand massage is just the job.
  • Remember to keep hydrated. 8 glasses of water a day is ideal for keeping your skin looking healthy.

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If you fancy pampering your teams this winter you can book any of the above treatments with Vanity Van as a reward for staff in the office for their hard work this year, or to say thank you to clients or customers.  We provide a full range of treatments for men, and have multiple bookings over the winter season from our corporate and retail clients, such as H&M, to provide full pampering sessions for men of all ages.

Get stuck into body painting this festival season

Body painting top tips…

 

  1. Get creativeCome up with a theme and research it online and experiment – practice makes perfect. Confidence in brush strokes comes with experience. 
  2. Copy and practice – Find other peoples pics online and copy them until your picture perfect then start being imaginative and let your creativity go wild.
  3. Use the right tools – Use the correct brushes for the job. Good quality vinyl brushes are the best. You can pick up these up in most arts and crafts shops like the Range or Hobby craft.
  4. Try different techniques – Play around with lace, fish net, powders, feathers, diamantes, make up such as eyeliners, liquid eyeliners, stick on shapes – the world is your oyster. Eyelash glue is great for attaching things to skin in a safe way.
  5. Try different types of application for your base – Bases can be created with dusts, powders, sponging on, stippling with kabuki brushes, mixing liquid combined with powder, make up etc..
  6. Consistency of paint – Use a spray bottle on the paint to get the right wetness and consistency – it’s vital that the sponge is not too wet and that brushes have the right consistency of paint so you can brush with confidence in one stroke. Spray the paint and lather the paint onto the brush – always test on the back of your hand for consistency and use the back of hand to help make sure the brush fibres are pointed and ready to brush.
  7.  Hold your brush correctly – Turn your brushes as you work to fit the purpose, hold it like a pen and change direction to suit the design. Use fingers as balance for a steady hand.
  8. Correcting mistakes – always have baby wipes, cotton buds to correct things and tissues to dry things to hand.
  9. Fixing – use a makeup fixing spray or hair spray to give staying power to your designs
  10. Hygiene – change your brush water frequently, clean your hands and use anti-bacterial gel.
  11. Bindi application – put a little cream or Vaseline on the skin and on the bindi and dip it in the powder. Add extra details and colours using cocktail sticks and get creative with diamantes and similar. Fix with spray for lasting hold.

Essential tools:

  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Sponges
  • Glitter
  • Water spray
  • Water pot
  • Tissues
  • Baby wipes

 Product tips

  • Sponges can be picked up cheaply from supermarkets – baby sponges are great for the right density for application and are very cheap
  • Mehron and Snazaroo are the main paint patty providers. Mehron also do a fantastic range of metallic powders which can be applied dry or with mixing powder for background and finishing effects. Charles Fox also have a great range.
  • Stargazer do an amazing range of thick UV neon paints & glitter dusts. Wolfe do neon palettes.
  • Look for fine glitters if the glitter is the wrong size it will show up too much on the design and not give the right shimmer. Although larger flake glitters are great to create their own effects.

Leopard print

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  • Create a base either using paint and allowing to dry a little or a metallic dust or powder
  • Using a brown paint create random sized splodges
  • Using a black paint and a medium / small sized brush draw two uneven C shapes around the brown splodge
  • Use a white and a small brush to highlight 
  • Dust with glitter 
  • You can use a stencil for this

Tribal

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  • Create a base either using paint and allowing to dry a little or a metallic dust or powder
  • Spray water onto paint and sponge. 
  • Using a flat headed straight brush to create thick bold and straight black edged lines and patterns. 
  • Dust with glitter 
Tips for using stencils
  • Always ensure your base colour if there is one is dry
  • You must get the consistency of the sponge / paint right – too wet a sponge and runny paint and you will end up with a bleed of colour
  • Hold the stencil carefully in place use medical tape to stop it moving
  • Stipple with light movements
  • Finish off with glitter really makes the design pop!
  • Clean the stencil thoroughly with baby wipes after use

Flowers

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  • Using a petal brush – which is one with a full middle and pointed tip, dip into water, dry off a little then soak in the main colour.
  • Make the end slightly wet and pointed and dip the end of brush in water and into a different complimenting colour.  This will give two tone effect
  • Create petals by placing onto the skin in a flower formation
  • Use nib of brush and paint  to create the stigma (middle of flower )
  • Use a small detail brush to create  vines and leaves 
  • Dust with glitter 

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  • Play with products!
  • Use paints and powders to create different looks – this was created by painting black paint and sponging on a metallic powder over the top
  • Flake glitter can create some amazing effects
  • Use colour body sprays and lace, fish net tights or similar to create some insane patterns and scale like effects
  • Characters – recreate your favourite characters from film, cartoon or books. Super heros, wildlife, fantasy, horror the possibilities are endless…

 

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