Monday, 21 February 2011

Artist Tip!

Well, at MAC Im very lucky to surround myself with lovely people. The girls and boys all have such different skills, that watching them and asking them questions allows me to grow and become a better artist.

One artist I have working on the floor with me from time to time, when she can tear herself away from all her celebrity clients (!) is Miss Francesca Neill. Really one of the nicest girls you'll ever meet.. which is a shame really, because with brains behind her (degree in psych) and looks that has her working, herself, in front of the camera- not just behind.. you just would love to hate her. But cant! And to extend her lovely ways she has allowed us a sneak peak into her world to understand what she does and how....

Francesca's has been freelancing as a MUA for 6 years now, and has worked within all areas of makeup over the years, but especially enjoys the TV and Music industry. Here she has built up a list of high profile clients including Craig David, Alesha Dixon and Nadine Coyle. She loves the creativity of the music videos and the impact you can create with powerful makeup. A snippet of her work below..

Alesha Dixon arriving for the 2011 Brit Awards
Another area that has drawn a HUGE amount of attention recently, in the beauty field and to Fran (who is trained in them) is HD Brows.

 "I have always been a complete brow obsessive but never really satisfied with the regular method of either threading, waxing or tweezing, so when i was introduced to HD Brows by the amazing Nilam Patel herself I was ridiculously excited. I went away and did my training and I have never looked at brows in the same way since!!! HD Brows isnt just shaping and tidying -  it is eyebrow artistry!!! This treatment defines your natural beauty through a unique and revolutionary 7 step high definition process. It can transform even the most over plucked brow into its perfect shape, dramatically enhancing your facial features and giving your face the structure you have always wanted. This unique procedure can only be performed by a highly trained and skilled HD Brow stylist." And that skilled stylist in London would be the be the lovely Fran! Below are some before and after pictures of the HD method.

I have been dying to get my brows done in the HD style, as it really does allow you to create a brow which you might not necessarily have. So for me, I really want to thicken and strengthen my brow- all of which Fran can do! So, I have to book in and get them done asap and show you the results. Fran and I have been trying to get together to get them done- soon!
Ok so now to talk about Fran's top 5 makeup products and why....
5 top products

1) Working within tv and music, where a good base is essential and has to withstand intense light heat etc .... I swear by MAC studio fix fluid! Amazing coverage, amazing longevity, amazing finish........ just an amazing product. Also looks great mixed with strobe to give luminous skin! Requires hardly any touch ups but still looks super natural.

2) Being the brow obsessive that i am one of my fav products that can be used on ALL clients without fail is the new HD Brows palette, it has 6 suit everyone matt, neutral shades for brows - but can also be doubled up as shadows and eyeliners. GENIUS!!!! Use a small angled brush ..... 266 from mac is perfect, and ur good to go. 

3) Fluidline ....... Essential product for any makeup bag or kit. Creates the perfectly defined eyeliner that doesnt fade or smudge but can also be smoked out to create a full on sexy sultry smokey eye. Again a fabulously versitile product that u should not be without.

4) Who doesnt love a juicy tube by lancome!!!! Such a great product, fab range of shades. moisturising, glossy, gives beautiful pout. Great shades inline with ss11 trends, soft pastels and also more vibrant shades for the more daring. LOVE..... and they taste good too ;-)

5) Finally ...... MAC skin finish in Soft and Gentle ..... and for darker skin tone gold deposit. Amazing product to manipulate texture..... so even if u have an oily skin and have to opt for a more matte finish.... just sweep a little over the cheek bones, down the nose and the cupids bow ....... and as if by magic .... hello glowy radiant skin. Great cheekbone enhancer.
If you wish to have the HD brows that Fran and all of the top celebrities swear by, give Fran a bell on the details below to book an appointment:
Mob: 07960200202
Hope yourve enjoyed the read!

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