How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

1. Before you reach for any products, curl your lashes. “It really opens up your eyes,”  Tip: You want to curl your lashes, not crimp them, so use a light hand and apply pressure at two points: the base of lashes and the middle.

2. You may think that dark shadow will make your eyes look smaller, but strategically placed colour actually does the opposite. Using a stiff brush and a matte brown shadow, smudge the colour below your bottom lashline, sticking to the outside third of your eye. “Just press it in,” Don’t apply any colour on your waterline. 

3. You may have heard you can apply white eye liner to your waterline to make your eyes appear bigger—which is true—but not very wearable. Instead, choose a pale, champagne hue. Apply to your entire waterline (the top, too!). If you’re still not getting the impact you want, try layering a champagne colour over white, which will deliver more punch.

4. Next, apply a wash of colour onto your lid using a flesh-coloured hue that corresponds to your skintone. “The colour should be slightly lighter than your skin and have shimmer, but no glitter!” 

5. Apply a thick layer of mascara to your upper lashes. 

6. A fan brush is an easy way to concentrate your mascara on the root of your lashes (which makes eyes look larger), without clumps on the tips of lashes (which makes eyes look smaller). Simply run a fan brush over a mascara wand and gently paint your bottom lashes.

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Wedding Dresses 1775-2014: Which would you wear?

Credit information: Silk brocade gown and petticoat, silk covered straw hat and silk satin shoes, 1780. Image reproduced by kind permission of the Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum Silk satin wedding dress designed by Charles James, London, 1934. Given by Mrs Alec Hambro © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Satin and layered tulle wedding dress designed by Pam Hogg, 2012. Courtesy of Mary Charteris. Rajputana wool coat by Bellville Sassoon, London, 1970. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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Basic Bridal Beauty Guidelines - Pre-wedding Shots

The day before the pre-wedding shoot:
+ Get your eyebrows professional trimmed (if you are unable to do it yourself)
+ Slap on a mask before heading to bed // Moisturise as much as you can.
+ Apply a generous amount of lip balm too.

On the morning of:

Step 1: Start with a clean and moisturised face, then apply lip balm and make-up base.

Step 2: Use liquid foundation or cream foundation for stronger coverage.

Step 3: Apply concealer only on areas that need the extra coverage like blemishes, dark and/or red spots. You don’t want to have a caked-up face.

Step 4: If you don’t have bronzer or a darker foundation shade, you can always use brown eyeshadow for shading. Apply it around the corners of your face – near the hair line, the sides of your nose (for a sharpening illusion) and the jaw areas (for a slimming illusion). Once satisfied, set with loose/pressed powder.

Step 5: Using an eye primer to help your eye shadow last longer. For this tutorial, I used pink as the base colour and bronze to overlap it.

Step 6: Apply white eyeshadow just at the edge of your eyebrow bone. Highlighting your brow bone will help define your brows, and give your eyes a fresh and widening effect.

Step 7: Time to draw your eyebrows! Don’t stand too close to the mirror while doing it, you’ll need to see your entire face to ensure it’s balanced out.
For the eyes, I used gel liner before a layer of liquid liner to help create a bold, longer-lasting flick. I wouldn’t recommend water lining; instead line as close as you can, from the top – you don’t want it to start smudging as the shoot (and heat) wears on.

Step 8: If falsies are necessary, I’d recommend those half sets that flare out into a longer end – mostly for comfort and easy application. It’ll also complement your lined eyes.

Step 9: Apply a shimmer stick to help pick up the light in photographs, enhancing the nose and cheekbones for that quintessential bridal glow.

Step 10: For a softer, delicate feel, use gold//silver shimmer for the under lines and brown//pink to finish it the other half.

Step 11: Apply a generous amount of blusher. You’ll need it, especially while taking outdoor shots because a natural amount will not translate in the pictures. Use a lip brush for precision, while applying lip colour.

Choose pink for a softer romantic look …

Or red for a classic chic look!

Alright now, off you go! Work it, you blushing bride, you!

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Wedding Make Up Tips from Ita Kelly of Polished | Mobile Make-up Artist | Sligo | Galway | Donegal | Monaghan

Applying makeup is not that different to painting a wall. If the surface is gritty and bumpy no matter what product you use the skin will look bad. I always ask brides to do a mild scrub before their makeup application this will remove the binding that stick the dead cells to the surface of the skin and give your face a marble like surface. Start prepping now to make sure your skin is at its best for your wedding makeup. 

  • Exfoliate twice a week to remove dead skin cells. 
  • Cleanse morning and night with a lotion based cleanser, water based foaming cleansers can be dehydrating as water is drying to the skin. 
  • Use a hydrating mask once a week. 

We love and stock the clean skin active REN range in our salon. I cannot advocate the benefits of Vitamin C and retinol enough. I have a degree in science, specialising in anatomy and physiology aswell as being a beauty therapist for many years so i have done alot of research into aging. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative. Vitamin A is the only vitamin to have a wealth of scientific evidence behind it for its anti aging effects. If you have enough time 3-6 months using these products would make your skin radiant for your wedding day. REN do a fabulous anti aging range. And Always apply your moisturiser 10 minutes before your makeup, otherwise your makeup will slip off and you wont give your moisturiser the chance to work its magic. 

For your Body we love St Ives. Cheap and Very effective from Tesco or any pharmacy. Grains will leave your skin super smooth for fake tan application. And lastly the best way to hydrate your skin is buy drinking lots of water. 

Get in Touch anytime if you would like to chat about your skin. I am here to help you and offer free advice.
Best of Luck with the rest of your wedding preparations.
Your Helping Hand,
Ita Kelly Proprietor of POLISHED Hair & Beauty 

Our Headquarters are in Sligo. Our therapists and stylists cover Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Donegal. Mayo, Cavan, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Galway, Clare. We do a fully Mobile Service for Wedding Hair and Makeup as well as tan, nails and eyelash extensions in your area.

How To Contour Your Face

You’ll need two different colors of face makeup. You can pick up a contour palette, or just use foundation. Use one shade lighter than your skin for highlighter, and two shades darker for contour.

1. To start, take your lighter color and apply it on the top of your cheekbones, under your eye area, down the bridge of your nose, and in an upside-down triangle on your forehead

2. Next, you need to soften the surrounding areas. Gently blend the edges of your highlighter with a flat foundation brush.

3. Next, apply your darker hue. Apply the darker formula in the hollow of your cheekbones, down the sides of the nose, underneath your chin, in the depth of the temples, and along your hairline

4. Once you have your darker color in place, gently blend the edges, working section by section with a blending brush.

5. Gently blend the color on your forehead up into your hairline to create a halo effect.

6. Contour applied on the side of your nose creates a shadow effect, which makes your nose appear more angular.

7. After you blend with a brush, you’ll want to soften any edges—contour should be subtle! Take a clean, wet sponge, and gently press over your foundation to pick up any extra product. The pressing motion will give a seamless finish.

8. Dry skin can skip powder, but if you tend to get oily, you’ll want to set your work with a translucent powder.

And you’re done!

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Mini Interview with Aileen Coffey of Remarkable Beauty | Mobile Beautician | Kildare | Portlaoise | Tullamore | Newbridge

How long are you in the industry?

I have been in the Beauty industry for the last 7 years.

What is your favourite treatment?
It would have to be a facial, they’re so relaxing and your skin feels amazing afterwards.

Best Skincare/Hair product/make up?

Acadamie scientific de Beaute, beautiful products for face & body.

Best thing about your job?

Being a mobile therapist, it’s great to be able to give ladies the opportunity to be pampered at home.

Who do you most admire in the industry?

Rachel Mc Adams

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Mini Interview with Malvina Barrett the Makeup Artist

1. Tell us a little about yourself

I hate this question! I’m a wife, a mother and a makeup artist. I live in the country side, which I 

love. I have two dogs, Zeus and Socks and hens! I collect weird stuff of sentimental value. I value 

honesty and loyalty. The things that move me the most is when someone does something small 

for me, something I wouldn’t expect like a text to let me know there is something on the TV I might 

like – silly things like that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside! I like to swim, practice Pilates and 

walking but there must be a purpose, like collecting sticks to start the fire! I love my wellies and my 

wheelbarrow for that very reasons.

2. What made you decide that being a makeup artist (MUA) was for you?

I started out as a beauty therapist. I always loved doing makeup for clients and I knew even from 

college that I had a flair for makeup a lot more than my fellow students – I guess I can see people, 

I can see their potential, I sometimes look at people, like in waiting rooms and wish I could get my 

hands on them! I have a good eye and see their hidden beauty. I moved on from beauty therapy 

by studying makeup artistry with Louise Constad who is a celebrity makeup artist in London. That 

course opened my eyes to so much and I realised then that this is what I really wanted to do. I 

then went on to study for the international qualifications (ITEC) and went out on my own 

freelancing. I remember feeling so energised and a little scared at the same time but knew this 

move was so right for me. I felt so happy that I was working everyday doing something I love and I 

still feel like that to this day, I feel lucky.

3. Do you use/have a favourite brand? If so, why?

I use a lot of the top designer brands such as MAC, Laura Mercier, Chanel, Shiseido, Nars, Bobbi 

Brown together with the professional brand Makeup Forever. Out of all of them MAC would be my 

favourite! I have a lot of MAC in my kit and love their brushes too. Brushes are my tools and are 

so important to my job, the MAC brushes are of good quality. I like some of their foundations too 

as they have a massive range of shades, textures and tones. I also use the MAC eyeshadows as I 

find they have a lot of pigment in them as apposed to other brands which have a lot of fillers, you 

can notice this as the eyeshadows become airborne very easily when used if they contain a lot of 


4. What do you find is the most common mistake women make when applying makeup?

They select the wrong foundation. I see this a lot when I am doing a makeup lesson with a client, I 

get them to bring in their makeup bags with them so I can have a route around! Very often their 

foundation is shades darker than it should be or it is the wrong foundation type for their skin and 

they are wondering why it is wearing off by lunchtime.

5. Why is it important for someone to use a MUA instead of doing it themselves or getting a 

friend to do it for them?

If someone wants to look the best they can be then a makeup artist will see and have the technical 

know how to go about achieving this. When someone is presented to me, I see them as a blank 

canvas and can straight away see their potential, I will see things like for example; they have 

hooded eyes, so I need to apply a technique to make their eyes bigger or they have big open 

pores so I will factor this in when selecting a foundation so the texture of their skin will be smooth 

like a baby’s bum!

6. What is your most unusual request?

I did makeup for a wedding a while back and the best man had a black eye which I camouflaged, 

he had a great opening line about getting his makeup done that morning for his speech!

7. What is your favourite or perhaps the most exciting aspect of your job?

My favourite is seeing the end result and the look on my clients faces! On occasion, there have 

been tears when someone has forgotten about themselves, forgotten to take time to be good to 

themselves, perhaps not bothering with makeup anymore and has just gotten used to looking the 

same way, then when their makeup is applied they realise that prettiness is still there, they feel 

good about themselves, it can be a wonderful boost to their confidence. I always get really excited 

just before I work on a magazine photoshoot or TV, the adrenalin starts to pump, when I worked on 

TV3 and TG4, there was the excitement of live TV, because you know there are no second 


8. What gets you up in the morning?

My son! He likes to cannon ball us first thing in the morning like on Garfield; he climbs up on the 

bench at the foot of our bed and jumps!

9. What tips or advice would you give to someone wanting to become a makeup artist?

Watching an experienced makeup artist in action will help you learn so much, try and find someone 
you admire and ask if you can assist them. Hands on experience is key.

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