Foundation Basics & Reviews, Reviews, Tips, Uncategorized, Weddings

Makeup Forever HD Foundation Review

I had to review this foundation as it really is one of my favourites both for makeup clients and for myself. This is my “going out” foundation of choice.   I love so many things about it:

  1. It feels light on the skin but gives flawless coverage and you can wear it sheered out (or mixed with a bit of moisturiser) for lighter coverage or build it up for a full coverage.
  2. It photographs beautifully! This along with my Chanel Vitalumiere is an absolute essential in my kit for my bridal clients or for photoshoots as there is no SPF so it won’t cause flashback and make you look paler than you are.
  3. The finish is not completely matte, it still gives a lovely sheen to the skin.
  4. It does a fantastic job of covering skin imperfections with only minimal need for concealer and skin looks absolutely flawless.
  5. There are 25 shades so you will be well able to find one to suit you.


It is most suited to Oily/Combination skin but if you have some dry patches, you can use it, just be sure to prep the skin well (exfoliate, moisturise and prime with a good primer such as Smashbox Photoready)  If you have oilier skin, be sure to set it well with powder, and bring a compact with you for touch-ups as it can appear a little shiny across the T-Zone.

I find it’s best applied a small bit at a time with a stippling or buffing foundation brush rather than a flat one.  This gives the most flawless coverage.

If you have very dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend it as it can cling to dehydrated areas. You would be better off using Chanel Vitalumiere as that is great for dry skin.

I did a wedding at the weekend and used the Makeup Forever HD foundation on the bridesmaids so I thought I’d put a pic up of them instead of me since you all must be sick looking at me lol!  You can really get a good idea of how the foundation looks from this.  I used the shade 127 on Miriam (below) as she was quite dark, it’s similar in colour to MAC NC30.

MUFE HD foundation in 127
MUFE HD foundation in 127

Also just a note to say that before you buy a foundation, particularly a high end one like this which costs the guts of €40, make sure you get a sample and try it for a few days before you buy it as what suits one person, may not necessarily suit another 🙂

So will you be trying this out or is it already a favourite of yours?  Let me know below 🙂

Tips, Weddings

Bridal Series – How to find the right Makeup Artist for your Wedding day & what to expect from them

Most brides these days know the importance of choosing a professional Makeup Artist for their wedding day.  A good makeup artist knows how to apply makeup which will look good and, most importantly, last from the photos to the ceremony, all the way to the dancing at the end of the night!  He or she will also know what will looks good on camera and how to define your features so you glow with a natural beauty.


Here are some tips on picking a good makeup artist:

  1. Check their website and Facebook pages for pics of their recent work.  They should have a good number of pictures of real brides and not set up bridal photo-shoots, selfies or practice pictures from their makeup course!
  2. Don’t be afraid to contact them with any questions such as what makeup they use  (they should use mostly high quality brands of makeup) or whether they can offer skincare advice leading up to the wedding.
  3. Check what qualifications they have.  They don’t have to be working for a makeup counter but they should have recognised qualifications so that they are trained to do Bridal makeup.
  4. You should book your makeup artist 1 year to 6 months in advance of the wedding.  Some popular artists can book out 12 – 18 months in advance!  Especially for weekends or popular dates like bank holidays or around Christmas time, so tick it off your list early.
  5. This is a big one!  As tempting as it might be to get someone who’s not very experienced or “does their own makeup lovely”  to do yours on your wedding day – don’t do it!  Hire a professional.  As much as someone may be good at putting makeup on themselves and have plenty of selfies to prove it, trusting them to apply makeup to you & your bridal party on your big day is a different story!  I’ve heard so many stories of girls who got a friend or someone down the road  who did a 5 week makeup course to do their wedding makeup and it has turned out to be a disaster!  Remember your wedding photos last forever and so does a bad makeup job, so wedding makeup is the one thing you should not scrimp on and I can’t say that enough.  Also if someone is charging 25 a face to do wedding makeup, I would be wary, you really do get what you pay for I’m afraid and they may not have the skill and professional makeup in their kit to give you the look you deserve for your wedding day.


What you should expect:

  • Your makeup artist should give you a quote which includes makeup for yourself and your bridal party on the day.  Any trials will be priced separately and should be booked in advance of the wedding – A trial is extremely important in order to come up with the perfect look for you, so don’t skip it!  You can expect the trial to last for 1-2 hours and most are carried out at the makeup artists house, although they can come to you if preferred.
  • They should make a list of the exact products used on you and take pictures so that they can recreate the same look for you on your wedding day.
  • They should be able to advise you on a skin care routine to follow leading up to your big day.
  • If there is anything your makeup artist does at the trial that you don’t like, let them know and they can change it for you or adjust it on the day to make sure  you’re happy.  After all it’s only makeup so can easily come off or be adjusted by a good makeup artist.
  • If you don’t like everything that the makeup artist has done on you, you don’t have to book her/him for your wedding day.  It’s so important to feel like you will look your absolute best so if they have put too-dark foundation on you, that’s not exactly going to inspire confidence!  However, most true professional artists can match your foundation and colouring no problems and they are experienced enough to know what colours suit you.
  • You should have some idea of the look you’re going for prior to the trial, if you have something specific in mind and you have pictures to show (of a celebrity for example), that will be really helpful to your makeup artist.
  • Make sure you let your makeup artist know exactly what level of makeup you want on the day.  You may be someone who rarely wears makeup so wouldn’t feel comfortable with a smokey eye or bright lips and you might just want to look like a natural more pretty version of yourself with very light makeup.  Then again, you may be used to wearing a lot of makeup, including liner and lashes and you may want to go all out with a pretty, glam look.  If so discuss this with your makeup artist beforehand so there are no misunderstandings.  If you just say “do whatever you want, I’m easy” and then you don’t like what she/he does, you can’t really blame them if they had no guidance or at least a general idea of what you want.
  • Remember your makeup will probably be a little more and a bit more colourful than what you are used to, even for someone who doesn’t wear much makeup.  The reason for this is that it must be defined enough to show in the pictures and also applied well enough to last the whole day/night.  However, it shouldn’t be of drag queen proportions! (unless that’s the look you are going for!!)
  • Your makeup artist should be able to supply and apply false lashes, either strip or individual lashes for you and your bridal party on the day.

Wedding makeup 3

On the day:

  • Your makeup artist should arrive early and in plenty of time to do all of your bridal party.
  • You can expect each makeup application to last 30 – 45 minutes (more for the bride or for smokier looks) so be aware of that when planning hairdresser timings etc.
  • The makeup artist should stay for touch-ups prior to you leaving your house.
  • They should be able to provide you with a sample of the lip products used on you and your bridal party for touch-ups during the day but you should carry your own powder or blot sheets if necessary.  The makeup artist can buy these for you and give them to you on the day, so just ask!
  • Finally, your makeup artist will always appreciate it if you send them a professional photo (for their portfolio) after the wedding which clearly shows the makeup of you and your bridal party 🙂

Wedding makeup 2

If you have any further questions or would like to book me for your wedding makeup, check out my website at: or

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All pics above are of weddings that I have done makeup for 🙂

Skincare, Tips, Uncategorized, Weddings

Bridal Series – Getting your Skin in Good Condition for your Wedding

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I do a lot of bridal makeup and one thing I always advise my brides is to look after their skin in the months leading up to their wedding.  Notice how I said MONTHS and not WEEKS!!  Yes – that’s how long it takes a good skincare regime to really start benefiting your skin!

You can hire the best makeup artist for your wedding day but if you’ve not done the preparation on your skin, there’s only so much they can do to make your skin look its best.  A makeup artist can cover redness and spots but they can’t do much about the texture of your skin, i.e. if your skin is dry and flaky, your foundation won’t sit well and your makeup artist can’t achieve a flawless look.  So that’s why it’s vital to ensure you’re doing all you can to look after your skin in the run-up to your wedding.  Plus the stress of planning a wedding can really take it’s toll on your skin so you should really make the effort to look after it.


Your Skincare Regime from 12 – 6 Months prior to wedding:

  1. Find the right  skincare regime for you and stick to it.  Religiously!!  A good makeup artist should be able to advise you on your skincare needs also so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.  What you use will depend on your skin-type & condition but some of the best skincare products I’ve found are from La Roche Posay, Vichy, Liz Earle, NUXE, Clarins and Yon-Ka.  Yes, some of these brands are expensive but believe me it’s worth it for the beautiful glowing skin you’ll have on your wedding day.
  2. Every morning and night, get into the habit of Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising your skin, also use a light eye gel or cream first thing in the morning.
  3. If your skin is particularly dry use a good rich night cream or serum to restore and revitalise while you sleep.
  4. Twice a week, exfoliate and use a face mask specified to your skin type.  For a good exfoliator, I prefer a peel one that uses AHA’s to take off the dead skin rather than grainy particles which can irritate your skin.  One I used in the run up to my wedding was the Yon-Ka Gommage which is a clear gel that you leave on your face and then gently rub off, it has no grainy bits and your skin is, literally, like new afterwards.  So I love it for that reason.  It also lasts a long time too so it’s a good investment.


Special Care for your skin:

You may also decide to book a course of Facials leading up to your wedding.  I’d highly recommend this as it leaves your skin in such good condition.  Again, I’m a huge fan of Yon-Ka facials (I swear I don’t work for them or am not paid to promote them, they’re just my favourite type of facial/luxury skincare brand 🙂 )and I booked a course of 5 facials for myself a few months before my wedding and I’ve no doubt that this was responsible for the lovely glow I had on my wedding day!

I had a mixture of the Le Grand Classique which is a deep pore cleansing facial and the Hydralessence which is a long-lasting deeply hydrating facial which plumps out any fine lines you may have.  Plus the products have a gorgeous relaxing scent which really helps you to relax and feel pampered, something every bride needs!  You should have your last facial about a month prior to your wedding as they can cause some spot outbreaks (which isn’t a bad thing, as it’s just drawing out all the impurities) and you want to give your skin a chance to get over that prior to your big day.

Body Skin Care:

Don’t forget your neck and décolleté in your skincare regime also.  This area is often neglected and needs to be cleansed, gently exfoliated and moisturised too since it will be on show on your big day.

Also remember to exfoliate and moisturise the skin on the rest of your body, especially the parts which will be on show such as the shoulders, back and arms.  If you plan on wearing false tan on your big day, this will also help the application to be smooth and streak free.

Beauty from the inside:

It never does any harm to start taking vitamin supplements, Omega 3 oils and various skin, hair and nail preparations are good ones to supplement your diet with also but again, you need to be taking these for months prior to the wedding.

Drink as much water as you can to help keep your skin hydrated from the inside.  8 glasses a day is recommended so keep a large water bottle filled at work and sip on it regularly through the day.

If you have any questions just let me know and watch out for other helpful wedding makeup & beauty tips to come on my blog!