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Why choose Russian volume eyelash extensions?

Posted on 2 May, 2016 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)

These are carefully hand made fans whether it be 2D, 4D, 6D etc, and are placed individually to each individual natural lash.  This type of treatment requires advanced skill, and attention to detail and this technique being so challenging should only be done by a Master Lash Artist.  It takes approximately 2/3 hours to apply a set of these lashes, depending on the look you want to achieve.  Beautifully hand made fans are applied one by one 100's of times to create a stunning set of voluminous lashes.  It is certainly not easy to make these fans, and does require a lot of patience which is how I've earned my Master title in Lash Artistry.  The look you can achieve is truly beautiful and the best part is that these eyelash extensions have a much better staying power.  The bond of the glue to the lash holds better because the lashes are so fine, so you will find your lashes still looking almost perfect after 3 weeks. All that is needed is replacing the fans which have grown out as well as applying new fans to your new natural lashes that have grown through since your last appointment.  Speaking of maintenance, if you'd like to keep your lashes ongoing, maintenance should be done within 3 weeks in order to keep them neat and uniformed so that they are always looking perfect, and if you want a break you can have them soaked off within 15 minutes.  Never attempt to soak off your own lashes, I've heard many horror stories about clients being told they can remove their lashes with baby oil and yes you must not get oil on your lashes because it causes the glue to break down but this is not enough to soak off your lashes correctly. 

There is also a misconception that Russian volume lashes are overly dramatic and over bearing but if you go to the correct Lash technician, you will be advised of the length curl, volume and styling of the lashes that will suit YOUR individual needs and the look you want to create.  I have a lot of clients with dramatic volume but also many that have natural looking volume eyelash extensions.  If you are someone who likes big dramatic lashes, you can certainly have them providing your natural lashes can handle the look you want.  You will be advised of what kind of weight your lashes can handle.  In a nutshell, the more strong natural lashes you have, the more dramatic you can go.  

I also want to address that if applied correctly using minimal amount of glue, and your natural lashes are separated properly by a qualified and experienced Lash Technician, they will not ruin your natural lashes. If you do not pick or pull your lashes out and have them removed professionally, you will see that your lashes will be in the same condition they were in before you had the extensions on.  My clients lashes are still in the same condition as they were when they started.  Hair does naturally get thinner over the years but extensions have been adapted to hold the correct weight for the lashes that you have. The eyelash industry is constantly growing and has come a very long way in the last 3 years, techniques are constantly being updated as to not ruin the natural lashes.  Some technicians don't update their skills and therefor are unaware as to how to provide a service with current practises.  This results in some of the horror stories you may have heard.  I love being a Master of what I do therefor find it is very important to update my skills and have even re trained so that I can learn new skills  from numerous teachers that I follow.  It is very important to do your homework when choosing your Lash Artist, making sure they are fully qualified and insured to firstly provide the treatment they are offering and also check that they have pictures of their work along with client testimonials. 

I hope this blog has answered your questions about Russian volume lashes and put your mind at ease when considering whether to have them or not, feel free to contact me directly if you would like any further advise.  

Happy Bank Holiday
SAHAR LASH | Artistry

www.saharmakeup.com

Why should you have your makeup applied professionally?

Posted on 2 May, 2016 at 9:07 Comments comments (1)
Why have your makeup professionally applied for a special occasion?   Depending on the occasion most people want to make sure their hair and makeup is applied in a way that lasts the whole day/evening and not worry about how it will look in pictures or under certain lighting.   

There are many occasions and events that a person may have their makeup professionally applied but why is it important to have someone who has the knowledge and expertise apply it for you?  

Firstly I want to talk about the skin.  Many people cannot identify their skins colour/undertone.  It is very important to get this right in order for your skin to have a natural colour finish and as if you are not wearing foundation at all. The colour of the foundation must match your skins undertone on your face and neck.  If the incorrect shade or undertone is chosen then this can result in very unflattering photographs.   

It is also important to recognize your skin type as this will determine what sort of skin care you must be using and what prep products should be used underneath your makeup.  Once the correct skin care has been used, you can them determine what kind of finish you are after in terms of coverage and whether you’d like a dewy or matte finish.  (I would generally stick with a matte finish if you were to be photographed.) For instance, if your skin type is fairly oily, you may opt for a matt finish, as you will not want to look too oily in your photographs.  If your skin type is fairly dry, you may want a slightly dewier finish but a powder must be applied to set and hold the foundation and also prevent your skin from looking too shiny.   

Why is colour and lighting important?   It is very important that your makeup artist knows what occasion you are having your makeup applied for.  This is because certain colours/tones will look completely different under different lighting.  Some colours are very flattering in daylight and others are more flattering for evening events (where the lighting in most venues is warmer.)   

Makeup should ideally be applied under natural daylight, but as we only get a certain amount of hours daylight in a day, the alternative would be to use a daylight lamp and avoid any shadows that will give an uneven finish.   

Your makeup artist should also be well educated when it comes to colour theory, as this is a makeup artist’s most powerful tool in creating a masterpiece.  Using colour theory will not only help the artist select the correct eye/cheek/lip colours but will also bring out certain features that you would like to enhance.  For example, if you have blue eyes, then coral or warm golden eye shadows or even coral lip colours will make your blue eyes pop.  This is because blue and orange are complimentary colours.     

What brands should a makeup artist be using?  This various from artist to artist.  There are many brands out there with great quality products ie MAC Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Illamasqua, Nars, Laura Mercier, Armani etc My list literally could go on.  I have particular favorites from different brands.  This is all personal opinion and choice.  There are no particular rules when it comes to the products.  An eye pencil could be used as a lip pencil and so on.  (There will however be some products that won’t be recommended for certain areas of the face.)   

On the other hand there are also brands that are not particularly good in my opinion, as some brands bring out eye shadows etc that are not very pigmented resulting in wishy washy eye shadow or products that simply don’t last.  I’m not going to name and shame, but you get the picture.    

Speaking of products that last, your makeup artist should also know of and own products that will keep your makeup lasting all day/evening.  There will be certain things that an artist cannot avoid, ie if you have very oily skin and start to shine then you would need to carry a blot powder with you and lets face it lip colours just don’t stay either, so it would be a good idea to carry a lip colour with you.  However, there are great primers available to enhance the longevity of eye makeup and skin products and to be honest this is what my clients are concerned with the most.   

Blending and Application   
This is my favourite part! 
Blend, blend and more blending… 
Blending is key when creating a look.  Nobody wants harsh lines and colours slapped on their faces for a special occasion especially not a bride.  Less is always more when applying makeup.  You don’t want to go straight in with harsh or dark colours.  The best way is to build and build, to create a softly blended eye no matter how soft or dark and smokey you want to go.  This applies to all different occasions.  When applying any colour, whether it is lip colour, eye shadow or blusher, the best way to apply any of these products is to always start with a little on your brush, tapping off the excess and building slowly.   

In conclusion, if you have an important occasion to attend and want your makeup to look immaculate, you will need to follow the above.  If you are not aware of the above information, it is best you hire a professional makeup artist who can take control and give you a flawless and beautiful look.  It is also quite relaxing and stress free knowing that someone else knows exactly what to do whilst you sit back and get pampered.   

Thank you for reading,   
Have a great day x

My most commonly asked beauty and makeup questions

Posted on 10 July, 2014 at 10:41 Comments comments (0)
How do I/should I clean my makeup brushes?   

 The answer is absoloutly YES! Its quite common that I come across some people that don’t cleanse their makeup brushes however it is very important that you do! Bacteria harbours on brushes and every time you use a brush it transfers bacteria too and from your products, to your brushes and your face.  This is what can commonly cause spots.    

 You can purchase a brush cleanser from most Cosmetic companies; the one that I use is MAC’s Brush Cleanser, its very gentle on the hairs of your makeup brush and is a quick fix to sanitise your brush of any bacteria.  It also removes colour on the brush from foundations/eyeshadows etc so that the next time you apply a different coloured product (on the eyes for example) you are not getting an altered colour from the previous colour on your brush.   
 
 I would also recommend shampooing your brushes once a week.  Use a mild shampoo to gently wash away the colour and bacteria and leave flat to dry over night.  It will take a few hours to dry so please be aware that you are not washing your brushes before needing them.  

 Clean brushes will also give you a much softer and flawless finish to your makeup.  Happy Cleansing!   


  How do I get my lipstick to last and stop it from bleeding?  There are many different textures to lipsticks these days ranging from Matte, Satin, Cream to lustre and so on..   The lipstick with the best staying power would have to be Matte in texture.  It is great for its colour rich finish and is less likely to bleed.  No shine whatsoever.   

 Satin Textures have a semi matte finish still with an intense colour, but if you have the drier lip and still want intense colour, I would recommend a cream lipstick.  The colour is still also intense but adds more moisture to the lip.    

  Then we have the lustre lipstick, which gives a lovely glossy finish with sheer colour. Great for daytime wear or the not so big lovers of bold colours.   

 I would always recommend prepping your lips by gently exfoliating with a toothbrush in the morning, adding lip treatment to condition your lips, you may also use a lip prep and prime and lastly lining the lips with a lip pencil to avoid bleeding from bolder colours like reds/purples etc.    


  How can I make my lips look fuller?  You can do this by using a neutral/nude lip pencil and over draw the lips helping them to appear fuller in size.  Use a neutral shade lipstick and gloss to plump up the lips also.  Lighter colours will give the illusion of a fuller lip.   This rule also applies with the opposite, matt and darker shades make the lip appear thinner.   


  How do I make my eyes appear bigger with eye makeup?  There are many different ways you can apply eye makeup, depending on the look you are trying to achieve and the natural shape of the eye however, as a general rule and for a natural way to create the illusion of a bigger eye, you would use light shades on the lid. Highlighter is your friend to achieve this look.  After applying your eye colour, you can also apply a dash of highlighter on the middle of the lid and the inner corner of the eye along with a white eyeliner on the inner water line of the eye.  If you like to line under the eyes, then stick to applying it below the water line.  

 Just remember that darker shades all over the lid will make the eyes appear smaller and lighter shades will open them up.   


  What is the best foundation to use?  Now this really depends on how you want your skin to look after applying your foundation.  It also depends on your skin type.  A drier skin will need moisture and if you want your skin to look nice and dewy then cream foundations usually have a nice creamy texture that will not only add moisture but give your skin a lovely dewy finish.  You can also buy liquid foundations that do the same job.  Liquid tends to be lighter in coverage and cream gives a more medium coverage.  

 If you have fairly oily skin, you may want to go for a matte finish.  You can usually get these foundations in the form of a liquid (or powder in cases of extremely oily skin).  They normally give a medium to fuller coverage, which is great for those with problematic skin wanting a little extra coverage.   

 You also have tinted moisturisers, which are great for those wanting to even out their skin tone with a light finish and added moisture.  This is great for daywear or holiday wear.   

 There are many different brands offering a wide range of foundations and constantly new products being launched.  So get yourself down to your local beauty department and pick up a few testers.    

 I’d also like to add that correct skin care is of key importance in the finished feel and look of your foundation. Make sure that you are using the right skin care products before applying any makeup to your skin.

Why have your makeup professionally applied?

Posted on 10 July, 2014 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)
Why have your makeup professionally applied for a special occasion?   

 Depending on the occasion most people want to make sure their hair and makeup is applied in a way that lasts the whole day/evening and not worry about how it will look in pictures or under certain lighting.   There are many occasions and events that a person may have their makeup professionally applied but why is it important to have someone who has the knowledge and expertise apply it for you?   

 Firstly I want to talk about the skin.  Many people cannot identify their skins colour/undertone.  It is very important to get this right in order for your skin to have a natural colour finish and as if you are not wearing foundation at all. The colour of the foundation must match your skins undertone on your face and neck.  If the incorrect shade or undertone is chosen then this can result in very unflattering photographs.   It is also important to recognize your skin type as this will determine what sort of skin care you must be using and what prep products should be used underneath your makeup.  Once the correct skin care has been used, you can them determine what kind of finish you are after in terms of coverage and whether you’d like a dewy or matte finish.  (I would generally stick with a matte finish if you were to be photographed.) For instance, if your skin type is fairly oily, you may opt for a matt finish, as you will not want to look too oily in your photographs.  If your skin type is fairly dry, you may want a slightly dewier finish but a powder must be applied to set and hold the foundation and also prevent your skin from looking too shiny.   

Why is colour and lighting important?   It is very important that your makeup artist knows what occasion you are having your makeup applied for.  This is because certain colours/tones will look completely different under different lighting.  Some colours are very flattering in daylight and others are more flattering for evening events (where the lighting in most venues is warmer.)   Makeup should ideally be applied under natural daylight, but as we only get a certain amount of hours daylight in a day, the alternative would be to use a daylight lamp and avoid any shadows that will give an uneven finish.   Your makeup artist should also be well educated when it comes to colour theory, as this is a makeup artist’s most powerful tool in creating a masterpiece.  Using colour theory will not only help the artist select the correct eye/cheek/lip colours but will also bring out certain features that you would like to enhance.  For example, if you have green eyes, then purple eye shadows or even lip colours will make your green eyes pop.  This is because green and purple are complimentary colours.     

What brands should a makeup artist be using? This various from artist to artist.  There are many brands out there with great quality products ie MAC Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Illamasqua, Nars, Laura Mercier, Armani etc My list literally could go on.  I have particular favorites from different brands.  This is all personal opinion and choice.  There are no particular rules when it comes to the products.  An eye pencil could be used as a lip pencil and so on.  (There will however be some products that won’t be recommended for certain areas of the face.)   On the other hand there are also brands that do not have particularly great products, such as eye shadows etc that are not very pigmented resulting in wishy washy eye shadow or products that simply don’t last.  I’m not going to name and shame, but you get the picture.    Speaking of products that last, your makeup artist should also know of and own products that will keep your makeup lasting all day/evening.  What he/she uses in their kit is very important.  There will be certain things that an artist cannot avoid, ie if you have very oily skin and start to shine then you would need to carry a blot powder with you and lets face it lip colours just don’t stay as long as we’d like them too either, so it would be a good idea to carry a lip colour with you.  However, there are great primers available to enhance the longevity of eye makeup and skin products and to be honest this is what my clients are concerned with the most.  

Blending and Application   This is my favorite part! Blend, blend and more blending… 

 Blending is key when creating a look.  Nobody wants harsh lines and colours slapped on their faces for a special occasion especially not a bride.  Less is always more when applying makeup.  You don’t want to go straight in with harsh or dark colours.  The best way is to build and build, to create a softly blended eye no matter how soft or dark and smokey you want to go.  This applies to all different occasions.  When applying any colour, whether it is lip colour, eye shadow or blusher, the best way to apply any of these products is to always start with a little on your brush, tapping off the excess and building slowly.  Your Makeup Artist will be a pro at blending, he/she will know how to enhance your features by contouring and blending products to bring out the features you wish or mask the features you don’t.   

 In conclusion, if you have an important occasion to attend and want your makeup to look immaculate it is best you seek out a good professional makeup artist who can take control and give you a flawless and beautiful look.  It is also quite relaxing and stress free knowing that someone else knows exactly what to do whilst you sit back and get pampered.   

 Thank you for reading,   Have a great day x

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Individual Eyelash Extensions - Why so popular?

Posted on 25 January, 2012 at 15:07 Comments comments (2)
Eyelash extensions have taken the beauty industry by storm.  They are the latest craze and are getting more popular by the day.  But why are they so popular?

I started off working as a makeup artist 6 years ago and one thing I noticed from my clients needs were 'how can they make their eyes stand out?"  I love doing peoples eye makeup because there are so many ways to enhance a persons natural features using a variety of products along with an artistic technique, but the one thing that finishes off an eye makeup look is lashes! I always applied strip lashes for my clients as I think it creates such a beautiful shape to the eye.  Whether it be long and full glamourous or subtle natural lashes, they always make a difference. 

After I realised the increasing popularity in false lashes, I decided to get myself trained up as an eyelash technician.  This was the best thing I could ever do as a makeup artist.  A semi permanent way to lengthen and thicken a persons lashes and enhance their eye shape.  Not only could I give someone beautiful natural looking eyelashes, but they would last weeks and weeks and look fantastic with beautiful eye make-up. With the variety of curls, lengths and thickness's, I could create all different types of looks.  Whether it be a a few extensions on the outer lashes to create an Audrey Hepburn sweeping lash or a full glamourous Kim Kardashian look, it gave me the opportunity to really give my clients a beautiful set of lashes.  

Lash extensions, in my opinion, really make you feel beautiful.  These days its hard to get a good mascara that will last and create that look you want.  Having extensions also eliminates the time spent in the morning putting on your mascara.  When I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror with no makeup on, I love seeing beautiful lashes, it always makes me feel good.  Another bonus is that no one can tell you have fake lashes either, they look so natural as if they had a magical growth spurt over night.  Even if your not used to them, you can always start off with a natural set and build on the fullness and length.  They are great for holidays and special occasions as they are designed to last until you are due for infills.  The water and chlorine wont affect them and you wont get a run of mascara down your face when you swim or even when you have a good cry. 

I really believe in the treatments I provide to my clients.  I would never offer a treatment if I didn't rate it a 10 out of 10. My clients love them and return time and time again for infills.  Check out my client Testimonials and see what they had to say about them.

Thanks
Sahar


Strip Lashes - How to apply yourself

Posted on 25 January, 2012 at 13:51 Comments comments (5)
Ok so one question I get asked frequently is "How can I apply strip lashes myself?"

All you need is a mirror, clear lighting, a pair of tweezers, your lashes, adhesive and a steady hand.
It would be better to apply your eye make-up first, eyeshadow and eyeliner (to avoid the falling dust from your eyeshadow onto the lashes).

  • Firstly, remove your lashes from the box and rest them so that they are not fully stuck to the packaging.  
  • Place a blob of your Duo eyelash glue onto a clean palette (or the back of your hand), then using an orange wood stick, dip into the glue and line the false lashes lash line with a thin coating of glue. Less is better as too much glue will firstly look clumpy and secondly slip and slide all over the eye when you try to put them on.  
  • Once you have done this, wait for 15 - 30 seconds for the glue on the lashes to get tacky, don't wait too long, otherwise the glue will dry up and you will not efficiently be able to stick them on.  
  • If you are applying the lashes to the right eye, you will want to be holding the lashes with tweezers, in the right hand for ease of application.  You do not necessarily need to hold them with tweezers but generally is easier to control.
  • If you have a mirror stand, position it to be facing you from an angle where the mirror is looking up at you or you can hold a hand held mirror in the left hand and position the same way.
  • Slightly tilt your head backwards so that you are looking down into the mirror to get a good stretch of the eyelid.  This will give you better access to the area that you need to stick your strip lashes to.
  • Place the centre of the strip lashes to the centre the skin directly above your lashes (this is the lash line), keeping the strip lash as close as possible to your lashes, but do not stick them too your actual lashes.
  • You can now put your tweezers down as the strip lashes will stick by themselves, you now have more ease of sticking the rest of the lashes down.  So gently press down the corners.  You can tilt your head in different directions to get more of a stretch on the lid to make this easier for you.
  • Repeat on the other eye remembering to change hands for ease of application.
You now have a perfect set of lashes and all that is left to do is add a bit of mascara to bond your natural lashes with the false lashes and you are good to go.  The lashes will stay on all day and all night so you wont have to worry about them falling off.


To remove the lashes, just close your eyes and from the outer corner of your eye, gently peel the lash away from your skin.  If you remove them correctly, they will still be in tact to re-use over and over again.

Strip lashes that I would recommend for a natural yet glamorous look are Eyelure's Naturalites range or MAC strips No.3's or No.4's

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Eyeliner Feline Flick

Posted on 25 January, 2012 at 13:47 Comments comments (12)

One thing I get asked all of the time is "How do you get your eyeliner so straight and sharp?" So I thought this would be a great tip to blog about.

Most people tend to use liquid eyeliner or those less confident use a pencil to create a feline flick.  However, I personally use neither.  I remember when I first started experimenting with eyeliner, I couldn't for the life of me get it on and looking good.  I soon learnt that I wasn't using the best type of liner to create the look I wanted.  I soon discovered gel eyeliner.  Now ladies, this is my number 1 recommended product.   It is so easy to work with and lasts for so long providing you keep the lid securely tightened so it doesn't dry out.  I like to use MAC's Fluidline Blacktrack however there are loads more out there on the market. 

THE BRUSH:
To apply the liner, I like to use MAC's 210 brush (see in picture) as its so fine and easy to work with.  I find that most artists recommend and angled brush (MAC's 266 brush) however, I find it quite difficult to use on myself on the inner part of my eyelid.  Also with the 210 brush, you can get a really fine line and build up the thickness as you go along.

I normally dip my brush into the gel and pop some on the back of my hand as the gel can dry out if you leave the lid off for too long.  It also helps, to remove excess product of the brush and will distribute the gel evenly throughout the brush hairs.

THE EYE LINE:
I then look down into a mirror (this will stretch the eyelid and give a better view of where you are going to apply the liner)  and I find it helps to dot along the lash line creating a dot to dot. Starting at the inner corner of the eye, make strokes from each dot to the other.  You do not have to do your whole eye line with one stroke.  Doing so, I find creates a wonky line.  Using a 210 brush will give you such a thin line that if you do go a bit wonky, you can just go over it, creating more structure to the line. 

THE FLICK:
Once you are happy with your eye line, then go onto your feline flick. I also use the same concept with my flick. I firstly make a tiny dot of where I want my flick to end which also helps me decide the direction of it.  This helps to guide you so that both sides look even.  Generally, you want the flick to go in the direction from the corner of your outer eye to the end of your eyebrow. This will create a natural and flattering shape to your eyes.

Remember to wash your brush with a drop of shampoo and warm water and leave flat to dry. Not washing will wear the hairs and damage the brush.  You will also get a much more precise line with a fresh brush.

Good luck guys and let me know how you get along,


Sahar

www.belladonnabeauty.co.uk

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