10 August 2016

Plump it up!

I have never really had any interest in cosmetic procedures, despite working within an industry all consumed by beauty, youth and how you should or shouldn't look.  Remarkably I have remained pretty un-interested.
However, for someone who pledges if money was no object maybe I would dabble in some procedures, but in actual fact I'm clearly not that bothered my features are what makes me, well me!
But recently I had been pondering on my pout...and well lack of it.  Particularly in photos when I smile..the result being a next to nothing top lip and a prominent bottom lip.  Having caught up with a friend who had had her lips done, not that you would've known, I then became more conscious of mine and interested in my options. 
I did my research on what products were used, read countless blogs on personal experiences, what to expect and so on.  Having done so the idea really appealed to me, especially as the filler product used, was a product we naturally produce, Hyaluronic acid not only feature in many of our beauty products..it just can't penetrate the skin.  Hence why it is injected as a filler.  I always had this stigma that fillers were toxic un-natural substances, they are very different to such products as botox a filler known to act as an ageing preventative and diminish wrinkles and silicone, which has been used in the past and had catastrophic effects.

Having received a recommendation and being the type of person, that once I have decided on something it has to happen now!   I was booked and ready to go.  
Above are my usual lips, which actually are a good shape, I literally wanted a little plump to balance them out.
Vicky made me feel very welcome and being a dentist by trade I felt reassured she knew what she was doing.  She asked what my goals were, to which I showed her some realistic lipspiration, she advised  I wouldn't get the same results from session number one, but it was definitely obtainable and I appreciated her honesty.  I maintained that I wanted natural fuller lips, nothing like what is being advertised in the world of fillers these days...each to there own but I knew what I wanted.

We then cracked on with the usual routine questions and a good slathering of topical numbing cream, whilst this worked its magic i chatted away and filled in my consent form.  Which becoming aware that my ability to talk was being some what disrupted by 3 applications of numbing cream...I soon was struggling with normal flowing conversation that indicated to Vicky we were probably good to go.
Using 0.6ml of Juvederm, predominately made up of Hyaluronic acid.  Vicky advised do both top and bottom lips and whatever was left would go into the top to plump them out a bit more.  she started at the top talking me through what she was doing, I like to think I have an alright pain threshold, so this was really nothing little pinches if that. Half way through she gave me a mirror so i could see the difference, which was subtle but enough. 15-20 Mins later and we were done

Admittedly I was feeling a bit duck like, aside from a small bit of redness, no one would know I had just had my lips done.

Above is the results literally after my appointment.  Vicky advised me to stick with the smaller syringe, as and when I was to top up, which ideally would be in 6-12 months.  This 0.6ml syringe creates a more natural look and my lips seem to take well to it.  The procedure costs between £230-£300.  (Break that down by month, it made me feel better about spending the money.)  

There is potential for swelling and bruising so ice and arnica is advised...painkillers are not as this promotes bruising, so if you can bear the dull pain after do so, I seemed ok with a bit of ice packing gradually through the day swelling seemed to diminish, but soon blew up in the evening...see above, i actually grew to like this excessive fullness.

Come the next morning all seemed to settle, a few bruises popped up...a bit the same as when you have a blood test.

After a good week, I am very pleased all seems to have settled down.  The red lips are back on and there is now a significant difference (to me) on my upper lip, especially when I smile.  In about 4-6months I will see how they are getting on and then may have a top up just to give them an extra plump.  I wouldn't want them much bigger then that.  If they get to the stage where people are questioning if I have had work done....I will have gone too far.

I just wanted to be open with you and give you an insight into my experience!


13 January 2016

Now for the detox....

I have turned into the January cliche, and am participating in dry January.  I have come to the conclusion, it is the perfect month to try and keep myself on the straight and narrow.  Everyone is partied out..everyone is recovering financially and physically from the festive season, so why not.  Let's face it in every other month, there is just too much temptation at the ready to set me up for failure.  So I am nominating january for my detox month.  Before christmas I touched on the pre-tox, I have kept the juicing up now, and will continue to do so.

Now is therefore the perfect time to take a rummage through that make-up bag and clear out the cob webs.  As a Make-up artist, I know the importance of keeping kit clean and hygienic.  I clean my brushes after every job thoroughly when I am home, with good ol' fairy liquid, as this is thorough at breaking down any product build up, whilst keeping them squeaky clean when I am on the go and in need of  a quick freshen, I'll use IPA (Isopropyl alcohol) or a brush cleaner.  However whilst your tools may be clean...how does your actual make up/skincare stand in the clean stakes.

Organic/ Vegan and everything in between....
We all know the secret of getting that flawless makeup is through a consistent skincare routine and a balanced diet filled with leafy greens and other fresh ingredient....blah blah.  Now, I am not going to start preaching that organic is the one and only way forward, as I know of many brands that do the trick and they are not how do I say totally "au natural", also everyone is different as is their skin.  What may work for one person, may not work for another.  Life is trial and error and so is beauty.  However, It can't be too bad to try organic natural products, here are a few of my brand suggestions that may even be good enough to stick into you morning green juice.

I am a big fan of MV Skincare, and have mentioned them in previous posts.   The products are packed full or organic essential oils,  I particularly love the pure jojoba oil, which can be used as a great skin prepping moisturiser, alone or added to you usual moisturiser for an extra boost, or as a great end of day makeup remover.  Also not a well known fact, but Jojoba oil is similar to that of the skins natural oil Sebum, handy ehh.  Founder Sharon McGlinchey set off producing her brand to aid those with skin sensitivities, such as eczema and Rosacea.  With that in mind it is clear the thinking behind her products is to nourish and enable the skin to perform efficiently the way it should.

Sunday Riley- techno teamed botanics
Another great range doing the rounds is Sunday Riley, with the idea that botanical can work alongside  advanced chemistry.  With her face oils being the most popular, there is one to suit everyone whether you like your oil thicker or lighter.  However, all her products have been tailored to allow them to be layered up or used alone.   If these products are good enough for prepping models for the catwalk at Fashion week as they have been, they are definitely good enough for us mere mortals.  Alongside her range of skincare she has a Make-up range, so once your done achieving glowing skin, spruce yourself up.

W3ll People -100% natural
A brand that brings a former Nars consultant together with a dermatologist, the brand is about simplicity, free from toxins- you know those things known as parabens, fillers and propylene glycol, basically most of the ingredients that you don't have a clue what they are on your product .The  list can go on.  W3ll people ingredients are good and green, while still allowing products to perform to their best ability, allowing you, to rest assure your skin will look great on the outside, whilst feeling good on the inside.
Take a look at their Realist invisible setting pwdr- you only need to take a look at the ingredients list to know what goes into this.

Ilia- good for you and effective
Founder Sasha Plavsic, had in mind that the skin is our largest organ and so set about producing products that not only worked with our skin but helped nurture it, which enhancing it's potential.  She did this with with products filled with 85% of organic bio-active ingredients.  Therefore giving us an organic product that is both good for the skin and does exactly what it is meant to.
Check out her multi sticks, suitable for cheeks, lips and eyes. I'm loving shade I put a spell on you, a warm peachy coral shade.

Inika- No to naughties!
Take a look on their site and you can see how at one with nature they are, they are even gluten free...gluten free makeup?! who knew.  They are vocal about what they don't use in their products and proud to shout about what they do use.  They claim their products to be as natural as you and I.  Bestsellers include their light reflecting highlighting creme and certified organic perfection concealer.

Just a few brands out of an army, of what seems to be a make-up cleanup revolution, it seems the conversion of our everyday makeup to purer, detoxed, feel good products is definitely on the up.  Giving your make-up bag a out with the old, in with then new fresh fix.

4 December 2015

Try a Pre-Tox...

You heard right, a Pre-tox.  This is my getting ready for the festive season.  I am not talking about a fad juice session, more an extra boost to support the immune system.  Save the detox for after the chrimbo/NYE damage!

I'd been asking myself why my complexion was dull and tired, my energy low.  I merely put it down to my early starts, and the fact winter is coming.  However, that did not explain my rubbish nails situation, they were literally breaking off at the drop of a hat.  Meaning in my line of work, they stood no chance, my hands are constantly in use and constantly being washed.
Now I love fruit and veg, and therefore try to incorporate it within most, if not all meals.  So why are those powerful nutrients, not finding there way to the required places in my body?

Then I remembered my juice diet fad, which worked wonders for my complexion, nails and immune system.  My energy was good, it may not have lost me the pounds I was hoping for, but i certainly looked well, inside and out.

So this time I am using a morning Nutri-bullet/Green juice, as an addition to my diet accompanied by a hot water and lemon.  I am not talking a mass pint of juice,  I have a small juice mostly made up of green leafy veg, such as Kale or spinach, half an apple or Pear, add herbs such as parsley, Ginger etc and slice of avocado for some good fats.   Make up whatever combination you want, but maybe read up on your needs and choose mixes that lean to aid these issues.

My advice is if you have a special event and you want that glowing clear complexion, start that juicing asap.  Alongside this follow a good facial cleansing routine, down the water to keep yourself hydrated, if you can't bear cold water in the current climate I sip on hot lemon water throughout the day.  By doing this you are on the road to that long overdue glow.  Since juicing I have had many the compliment on my skin
No filter, although a lil disheveled. 

Although not massively long, this is a record for me!

My nails have grown and remained strong.  Many of my friends and family have been hit with the dreaded lurgy, which I also have been threatened with those tell tell sick signs...however,  come the next day they have been kept at bay and my energy is back to normal.  Stop with excuses, it takes no time at all even at 5am i have time to whizz one of these up, they don't have to be expensive as really what do some apples and a bag of spinach cost.  
Give it a go and thank me later!


12 November 2015

Something away from the "norm"....

We have all seen what can be done in terms of wedding Hair and Make-up, beautiful arrays of style emerge.  However, I am starting to feel that brides sometimes feel, as soon as the word wedding is let out of the box, everything becomes,  well a little too "weddingy".  Requests for wedding make-up/ hair seem to always have to be, well just that, Wedding hair and makeup.  I get a good mixture...the bride that wants to be all out weddingy and then the bride who doesn't want to be weddingy.  Neither are bad at all, but sometimes there is this pressure that just because you happen to be getting married and will be a bride, everything gets very bridal!  
But, what does bridal actually mean?  
We all seem to still have this stigma of very traditional, overdone hair (don't forget that toxic hairspray lacquer) with very traditional, very done makeup to go with it.  
Well, if you are anything like me and think you don't quite fit the bride consensus, rest assured you can still look very much like a bride that suits both your persona and your day.  Being a bride, much like your big day is as much about injecting a bit of you in to every part.  
So here are a few looks I have picked, that may not be the norm as far as wedding looks go, but are very much beautiful in their own right for all occasions.

Subtle 60's
Whatever the occasion the 60's classic Beehive, can be vamped up, relaxed or kept trad.  I particularly like the below image as it's subtle, but still just as much of a statement as its original predecessor.

Grecian Crown
Looking for something a little more styled...but not too much.  What drew me to this style, was the hair accessory originally, I didn't want anything too overly greek goddess.  I found this image and both style and accessory worked perfectly together, creating an elegantly styled undo.

Ethereal dream
Love the idea of romantic, dreamy hair.  The whole idea of this style gives off a naturally swept up style, when we all know behind the scenes a little more work has gone into creating this.  Using floral accessories gives the style a more fairytale feel, but these can be swapped with any accessory pearls, or a draped headdress.

Autumnal floral Hippy
Floral sometimes associated with more with that free love, hippy vibe.  Flowers bring any style together, if the style is looking to formal, flowers lighten it up or if a style just needs a touch of something something, just adding eva some petals of your favourite bloom can make any style come to life.  I chose the image below, as I have found not many brides like to wear there hair down, as doesn't look "weddingy" enough, but add a beautiful floral headdress like the one below and I think you'll pass the bride criteria!

70's Disco/flapper Glamour
Now, I know you think I've gone crazy.  I saw this look and felt it was studio 54/flapper, and why not!  The hair starts sleeked down, going into almost finger waves but then bursts into curls.  I happen to think it would look gorgeous, whether worn retro 70's style alone, or vintage it up, by emphasising the finger waved style, add in a vintage accessory and your flapper style is good to go.

Screen siren
Always loved the sleek, flowing locks seen in hollywood glamour?  Well, why not transfer that look into your special occasion look book.  The long finger waves through the hair look styled, but again in a hassle free way.  This look screams sophistication and elegance.

Styles to suit all occasions.


21 October 2015

I've been shopping..

As a Make-up Artist you'd think my personal make-up bag would be brimming with the next best thing.  Not sure I should admit this but  it's not, I have to say when it comes to my own grooming, lets just say I have a more relaxed approach!  Now, I am not saying I am not clean, I am a 2 shower a day kinder girl don't you know.  When it comes to skin care, my routine is spot on. cleanse, tone, moisturise, done!  Come Friday it is a full on home facial, to me there is nothing better than the feeling of a hot flannel steaming my face and the subtle scent of instance in the background. I just also happen to be a big fan of the bed head hair chic and well my make-up is maybe a little on the simpler side..primer..on a good day, tinted moisturiser, blush and mascara a must...when i have more time signature flicks are added.

This is not the case when looking after my clients, that I have time for.  I take pride in my work and it makes me happy to both create a great looks, whilst boosting someones confidence, and when my work is done and that shines though, my job is done.  That's not to say I turn up looking like a scraggly mess, I like to think my appearance is professional, just not overpowering.  As it is as important to look the part, as it is to be able to do the job.  I don't feel the need to wear the contents of my kit, I sometimes find in most cases that can be intimidating and a little off putting to a client.  I have certainly felt this way upon visiting some big brand make-up counters/stores, and I'm a professional myself, so what must is be like for a customer, sometimes less is more.

Anyway, having had a couple of hours to spare, I took myself make-up shopping...I might also add I am not really a fan of shopping, I know what kind of excuse of a girl am I,  it just usually ends in tantrums, which I could do without.  I gave it a go on this occasion, the make-up bag has been crying out for a refresh and I had a few select items I had been putting off purchasing for a while now.

I needed a new primer, and as far as base went a number of people had been steering me towards Becca.  So, I was pretty sure I was on to a winner.  Not only are Becca's products well presented, they are not over packaged, so much that you lose out on product.  Some brands you get little amounts of the actual product and a mass of unnecessary packaging.  I also vouched for a setting powder, I love a setting powder, just nothing too overbearing I like light, but that does the job.

                         Becca Backlight Priming Filter 
                   Becca Perfect skin mineral foundation-Shell

Finally, I needed to try the Nars concealer.  I am a tinted moisturiser girl.  Therefore concealer is a must especially for that odd blemish and if I am looking a little worse for wear under the eyes..which with my 5am starts, is more often than not...humph.
Great little concealer this is!  A little goes a long way, the texture is creamy but easily covers, without creating that overly made up look, the finish is very natural.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer-Custard

Let me just say...the proof was in the pudding my little splurge paid off.  After a day of working, and not one to usually wear makeup to the gym.  On this occasion I had remnants on.  I was stopped my my PT, post work out, I might add. To be told how great my skin looked, I was chuffed with that.  So if that was not enough to make you join me by adding these beauties to your kit I don't know what will.


6 August 2015

Life as a makeup artist!

So, I have been inspired of late.  This is not to bitch about my job. I love my job, when I do it... "When you do it?" I hear you ask.

Well I'd like to set a few things straight when it comes being a Freelancer.  Especially in this case a Freelance Hair and Make-up Artist.  Because apparently I have the best, most glamourous and easy job ever.  I mean what can be better than being your own boss, picking your hours willy nilly, schmoozing with all the right fancy people, getting chauffeured from job to job, Tonnes of freebies and sipping on champagne cocktails when I am not actually being "Bussssyyy" working.  Wow! your right that job sounds amazing.... Where can I get it, cause trust me it is not mine.  

There is a hell of a lot of competition out there and jobs are snapped up, artists are fighting for work.  It is tough to get out there and make a success of yourself, whilst remaining afloat financially.  For years, too many years!  I worked a full time job that almost paid for me, to do my freelance job.  I then grew a pair and quit my soul destroying office job, to take the plunge to go fully freelance.  Scary?  Yes scary.  Did I know when my next pay day would be?...No!  Did I make the right choice?..Definitely, my mental health and stress levels are much happier.  Everything in life takes time, you just have to be persistent and not give up.  I am still telling myself, and that's coming from someone with the patience of a nat!

First things first "The Kit". Yes that massive case you can often see me, on a good day sashaying down the street rolling it effortlessly beside me.  Oh, but on a bad day dragging it like i'm hauling a case of rocks and stopping in intervals to shout/kick at it.
So anyway the contents of the kit, this has been collected over time.  You don't just buy a kit, time goes in to selecting/ hoarding products that work best in your eyes, as a professional and some that aren't always needed, but you swear that, on a rainy day it will be needed so hold on to, just in case.  So to clarify, no the kit has not been given to me, I pay for everything that goes into it.
Ever thought, on purchasing that Dior foundation, wow that's a bit pricey?  Yeah try purchasing 5 or more, to cater to the nation.  Kits take time to build, and everything is hand selected personally.  So, if you were thinking about plucking my Cosmetic A La Carte lipgloss out of it, please refrain.  As, no!  I won't be getting 5 free ones thrown at me to replace it.  Borrow anything from the kit, but pleas put it back after.
There are many a day I feel like letting my kit roll on to the tracks, never to be seen again, at the same time I wouldn't be without it.  That case holds my livelihood, tools of the trade, without it I would be pretty stumped in terms of work.
On the plus side, one silver lining is the case does come in handy when there is no free seats on the train at the end of a loonnning day.

Speaking of long days!  The hours tend to sometimes be absolutely fine, sometimes really long and beginning in the early hours.  While your still tucked up in bed I am en route to where I need to be, when your finishing at 5 and heading home.  I am still perfecting a look, heading off to do a trial or generally on hand set.  Work can be very anti-social at times, both with the hours and with the fact you can tend to work solo a lot of the time, no christmas parties for me, on the other hand I can be working within a really great creative team, where we all know we are doing what we love, making it even more enjoyable  and apparent how lucky we are to be doing what we are, both good at and loving!
Do I miss my weekends?  Yes sometimes. A lot of my work happens on the weekend, as well as within the week.  Gone are the days where I am "living for the weekend".  In fact i'm not really sure where to place my weekend, days off happen sporadically.  Sometimes never to be seen in weeks, but then can be so quiet your almost willing to be working again.  Besides, sometimes weekends just get frittered away, so it makes sense to work if I can and then I appreciate the time off I do get.

"In the office"
Even my days off turn into working days, as usually this time will allow me to catchup on invoicing, accounts, blogging, emailing....It goes on.  Perks of my office life, when the suns out the office becomes much more fun, it almost makes you feel guilty for being able to work in such free conditions.
  That's why when the work is rolling in I may be busy, tired and wanting a break.  I will never knock it, when you are self employed it is a blessing and a great feeling to be working, no matter how much you want a break, when those quiet times hit, along with it comes panic.  I instantly panic that all work has dried up and I am doomed.  Then before you know it another busy period comes around and the whole cycle repeats itself.

Now about those "Freebies".  Everything has a price, I do get the odd freebie.  This usually goes straight in my kit and to have received this "freebie" in the first place I would've had to have done something to warrant it.  Usually in the form of a review.  Which is absolutely fine by me, however involves time and research, as I don't like giving great reviews to just anyone or anything, unless it really warrants it.  You then sometimes have to ensure you get the right contact to even make the review and even then your request to review can be completely ignores.  Everyone is a blogger/ critic these days, so even in a profession such as mine, I still have to stand in line with the rest of the mere mortals.

Discount cards and subscriptions.  Yeah I am lucky enough to have a few, however bear in mind I did the time and worked the job to gain that invoice, that proves I'm a pro.  I spent 3 years working my socks of to get my degree that shows I earned my stripes.  Oh!  No, silly, you don't just walk into a brand and get handed a discount card, you need various copies of paperwork stating you are actually working in the industry and actually be worthy of it, not to mention your do have to pay a subscription fee for it too!

Getting around town, I am not chauffeured anywhere!  I either drive, which can sometimes involve a temperamental sat nav, taking me right to my destination or leading to on set road rage, when it takes me off the grid.  The other option, would be London Transport.  Which yes, I like the millions know TFL has its moments.  However, when it's me and the Kit you suddenly realise how many stairs there are on the underground and how much a day of work for me also turns into a day of working out.  I definitely get my steps in on the plus side.

 Travelling allows you to take in the sites, and become a little more familiar with your home turf.  Also you get very good at eating on the go....

Hills! this.......with "The Kit".  Thank god it was a lovely, sunny, cool day!

Come rain or shine!  It has been particularly hot of late, after my case workout here, there and everywhere, on hot days the trick is to always position yourself behind a window, so the air blows in your face as the train moves forward...instant cooling.  On rainy days there is just no helping yourself, as I found out last week when it poured.  On trying to find a clients venue, I had case in one hand, google maps in the other, the result no hands for umbrella = soggy me and a soggy I-phone.  I would merely settle for an in between temperature, where by I can arrive at my clients looking normal instead of  a sweaty mess or wet weekend.

Advertising and all those extra costs.  Of course to get your name out there you need to invest in yourself, unless you are particularly lucky and word of mouth has done wonders.  Any artist in the know, will be sensible enough to have a good business card, a place where by people can see examples of your work, background and contact details.  Everyone loves a recommendation, people like to know you are reliable and good at what you do.  Even if you get that word of mouth, potential clients still want to visualise what you can do.  Get a site set up, make yourself stand out, be professional.  I recently refreshed everything, new business cards, new site and even added advertising to my car!


Other perks of this job s variety.  No day is really the same, venues are ever changing.  One day you visiting someones house, the next a studio and the day after that your in the country in the middle of nowhere.  I get easily bored so constantly need to be on the go, busy.  On the other side I can be a creature of habit and I still like to moan about it, this doesn't mean I don't enjoy what I do.  I am only human.  Great clients!  If you want to meet people of all walks of life this jobs allows this.  I am rarely surprised by anything anymore, you learn in this industry quite quickly nothing is that shocking.  Obviously the downside is there are often a lot of really dogs body jobs we have to do.  For Fashion shows for example some of the male models might need to have moisturiser rubbed into there washboard skin....It is a really tough job at times.  I mean the below pic is a prime example of the sort've shoddy jobs we have to do.  In a field, in the sunshine with a half naked not bad looking actor.  It gets tough, but we are professionals and we just plough on for the love of our art!

You may be able to talk the talk, but when the going gets tough, and in this industry it gets really tough.  People want to therefore know you can walk the walk.  I have been doing this for nearly 10 years and in all honesty I still have moments of doubt, you are constantly criticised, challenged, someone dislikes what you've done even dislikes you, you get bad feedback.  At times I have wanted to give up, questioning is it all worth it?  Not everyone is always going to like you, you can't please everyone either, just dust yourself off and keep moving forward.  It is swings and round abouts, one bad week can create a moment of weakness, and then before you know it the following week your back at the top of your game, everyone loves you, your confidence is back up, you receive some amazing praise.  Which is exactly what i got the other week with the thank you note I recently got below.  Just a lovely gesture like this restores your faith that you can both totally do your job and you are most definitely appreciated.

So if this helps convince you that, whilst my job is a massive challenging rollercoaster ride.  I wouldn't be doing anything else!


11 June 2015

The colour Wheel....

Hello hello,
So I know it has been a while, but I have been busy busy what with networking and of course working.  Hear I am though, and what better way to kick start a post then with a spot of retail therapy.

So a while ago I was flukily given some freebies and amongst them was a Gel liner pot, not really thinking much about it as it was a brand I wasn't familiar with, lets just say I am now.  If you need a Gel eyeliner pot that is easy to use, goes on like a dream and stays put for hours on end this is it.  Once this bad boy is on it's on.

I am now aware there is a massive Kiko store based in Oxford circus, however if you don't want to head into town hit it up online.  Which is what I have, keen to see what else they have to offer I went ahead and ordered Luxurious lashes waterproof mascara, Colour corrector Wheel, Smart Lipstick and of course a top up of that Eye liner, which is now a staple for my kit.  So far with all I have been pleasantly surprised.
So who are Kiko?  Kiko Milano, are an Italian brand established and founded in 1997, with the motto of "Be who you want to be" and a line of products to cater any make-up fanatics needs.

The lipsticks are easily applied, go on the colour they are meant to and moisturise your lips while giving off a subtle candy sweet smell, better than that plastic scent.

The mascara has a fibered chunky brush, which both grips lashes to lengthen and adds volume all in one, with that added waterproof protection.

I needed a colour corrector palette as I was all out.  I was sceptical, what with prices as good as these.  I had been impressed with Kiko so far, done my homework and read reviews on this palette.  However, you cannot afford to have a bad colour correcting palette.  I am pleased to say, this is both a neat palette kept in a convenient compact and it does what it says.  For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, when I refer to colour correct, please see below.  I have given a brief breakdown into what colour correcting is and what tones do what.

Kiko Milano Colour corrector wheel shades- Highlighter, Salmon, Green, Neutral and Purple tones as they show on the skin

Just a heads up!

Neutral- For when there is no particular issue and you really only need straight forward concealing.
White-  You need something to stand out use white to highlight.

Orange-  Great for darker skin tones and really dark circles.

Purple- Counteracts any sallow, yellow, dull skin.

Green- Tames redness, great for skin conditions such as Rosacea or that angry pimple.

Yellow- Good for counteracting purplish hues, bruising, or dark circles.

Peach/salmon- Creates radiance and reduces dark circles under the eyes.

Hopefully now before you go caking on that neutral concealer, wondering why those dark rings aren't shifting, as well as they should.  You can take a step back and assess whether their may be more too it.  Another alternative, drink plenty of water, get those zzzz's in and ensure you take on a thorough cleansing routine.

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