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  • Hello beautiful…

    Welcome to the home of Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry. I am a professional Makeup Artist, Makeup Tutor and Beauty Writer based in Manchester. I am fully insured and a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology. I like to make people look and feel beautiful.

The Val Garland School of Makeup: I got accepted!

Val Garland School Of Makeup

Val Garland is one of the most sought after makeup artists of our era. Creating looks for major fashion brands and magazines around the world, she has graced the covers of many an iconic publication. Not only a talented artist, Val is also the kind of lady you’d love to meet day to day, for a coffee and a chat perhaps.

I was so excited to hear about The Val Garland School of Makeup online course once it launched with Mastered and even more excited to learn that the course would offer up real industry opportunities along with expert guidance not only from Val herself, but from special guests like Vivienne Westwood, Nick Knight and NARS to name just a few. I was interested to apply as soon as I heard about the opportunity and limited number of spaces available to enrol, but thought I’d never get selected so didn’t apply immediately.

A couple of days of pondering later, a message dropped into my LinkedIn message box telling me all about the school and asking me to apply and to show my work to the school. I threw caution to the wind and poured my heart into my application explaining my current situation as a makeup artist and how I’d love to progress further.

I didn’t expect to hear any positive news back, but within an hour I had an encouraging email thanking me for my application. The next day, I had another email telling me about the prospectus. The next day, today, I had another email sharing a little behind the scenes snippet with me of Val working and a lovely compliment about my current makeover work over on my Facebook page. I was thrilled to receive such a nice compliment and it absolutely made my day. I didn’t expect to hear anything else at all apart from maybe a ‘thank you for applying, you have not been successful this time…’ after all, so many makeup artists, artists and aspiring artists are longing for a place on this course. I can’t even tell you how excited I was to open my inbox and see an email from the school with the title, ‘Congratulations Rachael, you’re joining Val.’ My heart felt like it had stopped for a moment, I’d been accepted!

I’m over the moon to have been accepted onto the course, so much so that I burst into tears as soon as I found out and got straight onto the phone to tell my nearest and dearest. I’m so excited to learn alongside some of the most talented, promising and innovative makeup artists from across the world and to develop my skills and portfolio to a fashion edge.

This is just the opportunity I have been waiting for and I can’t wait to grasp it with both hands. Brushes at the ready…lets go!

I secured a place VAL

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2015.


Water Resistant vs Water Waterproof – what’s the difference when buying mascara?

Panda Eyes

When buying a mascara, it’s so important to know the difference between water resistant and waterproof. Yes, it might sound the same – they both withstand water, right? Well, technically yes, but there’s a huge difference and it’s a difference that will have a massive impact on your makeup depending on which you choose.

So, what’s the difference?

Water Resistant mascaras can resist the penetration of water to some degree, but are not totally waterproof. They may withstand tears and the moisture of your eyes on a day to day basis, but encounter a rain shower or a pool party and your mascara will most definitely find it’s way down your face creating that Panda eyes effect.

Waterproof mascara is resistant to complete water submersion so you can go swimming or cry away without running the risk of ruining your carefully applied mascara in the process. Waterproof mascaras can be a little drying to lashes which can cause them to become brittle, so I recommend using a lash serum on an evening after prolonged use of waterproof formulas. If you don’t want to splash out on an expensive serum, Vaseline works just as well.

So there you have it, the difference between water resistant and waterproof!

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2015.

Restless Legs Syndrome: What’s disturbing your beauty sleep?

So, this post isn’t really beauty related in the fact that I won’t be talking about makeup or giving out a tutorial on a look that I created. However, it’s something I really wanted to share with you all as I know so many people are affected by this and what affects your health can affect your skin, therefore affecting your beauty routine.

Today, my post is all about the absolute fury-inducing topic of Restless Legs Syndrome, RLS for short. Now, if you don’t suffer from this and don’t really know what it is, it’s an extremely irritating and common condition that affects the nervous system and creates an overwhelming urge to move the legs – sometimes even the feet, calves and thighs. Everybody explains the feeling differently, but for me, it feels like a tension slowly rising up through my legs and back causing my muscles to get tighter and tighter until all of a sudden I can’t stand it anymore and just have to move around to relieve the symptoms. The only problem is that moving only temporarily gets rid of the sensation and it can come back within seconds. It can lead to an abundance of sleepless nights and irritability which really takes its toll after a short while.

I’ve suffered with RLS for quite some time now and it had been so much worse since I made the move to Manchester. I was tossing and turning all night getting more and frustrated and unable to sleep. I tried walking more, giving up caffeine on the evenings and trying to nail down my sleep routine but it just wasn’t working for me.

Recently, I started Yoga with Ellen Kay and after my first yoga session with Ellen, I had my first full nights sleep in over three weeks! I was absolutely thrilled. No restless legs, no nightmares when I did fall to sleep, and no disturbances in my sleep the whole night long. For the first time in months, I woke up feeling refreshed and actually pretty happy.

I was so pleased to have not experienced RLS that night that I took up yoga on a daily basis. I also upped my iron intake with supplements (something that is said to sometimes help with RLS) – and I’m pleased to say I’m now one week on without experiencing RLS and on track to sleeping more peacefully which is actually a miracle for me going on the past month.

I wanted to share this information with you as it really helped me to get back my sleeping pattern, release a lot of stress and wake up feeling more refreshed again. We all know how much being tired can affect our lives and we all need our beauty sleep to help us along. To read about the full details of RLS, take a look at this link here where you can find out about the causes, treatments and outlook.

If you’ve found any other ways to relieve your RLS, I’d love to hear from you!

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2015.

Chantelle’s Transformation at Divers Photography

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing one of my regular clients, Hollie, who visited us at the Divers Photography studio for her second shoot with us. This time, Hollie brought along her lovely sister Chantelle who would be enjoying a makeover with me and a little hair pampering before having the same beauty shoot experience as Hollie had previously.

The image below is Chantelle’s before and after image – how gorgeous is this girl?!

Chantelle Before and After

I am just blown away by Chantelle’s transformation image. She has an amazing eye shape and tone that can carry off a smoky, winged out eye absolutely beautifully. I chose deep ground browns for Chantelle along with a pair of fluttery lashes to really make her eyes pop. For the brows, I used the amazing La Femme eye pencil in Blonde to add a defined yet natural hairstroke brow. Like me, Chantelle naturally has very fair blonde brows but she also has a lovely natural shape to her brows that frames her face perfectly.

For the lips we kept things pretty and natural with a mix of pink and neutrals to create a ‘your lips but better’ look.

I think Chantelle looks absolutely amazing! I’ll look forward to sharing more makeover portrait transformations with you all soon.

Image: Divers Photography
Makeup and hair: Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2015.

I’ve finally arrived in Manchester!

After a major battle with BT to get an internet connection over at my new home, I’m finally up and running and can bring you my first blog update since my move to the city!

I’m really excited to start my makeup work again from next week over here in Manchester and once my makeup room is completed, I’ll be able to get cracking with my appointments and blog posts once again.

It’s been a week full of hectic rushes and settling in, and I honestly don’t even know where these first five days have gotten to. It’s currently a very rainy Good Friday and I’ve just had my first venture into the city with my two beautiful pooches where we visited the dog friendly Kosmonaut for pizza and fries. I’ve never been able to dine out with my dogs before so this was a real treat for me. The dogs seemed to enjoy their visit – you can see Alfie fast asleep in my bag on the picture below! After our lunch, we stopped by Takk on the way home for a takeaway coffee (also dog friendly). I might add that Takk seems to be a little hidden gem in the city and the coffee there is absolutely beautiful – the staff are also extremely welcoming and friendly. Takk serves lighter roasts which are popular in Nordic countries and have stronger fruit flavours which really do come through in the smoothest way. I tried the flat white and it reminded me a little of christmas cake for the rich fruity notes and had a gorgeous smoky note that lingered nicely. As somewhat of a coffee addict, I think I’ve found a little slice of heaven that I’ll be returning to frequently.

So far, I’ve found Manchester to be welcoming for both myself and my dogs, and I’m looking forward to our upcoming adventures in a brand new city. If you know Manchester and think there’s some cool places I could check out, please let me know! I’m totally new here and don’t know many places just yet. Your suggestions would be welcome!


I’ll be back to the good old blog again with my makeup work very soon, but in the meantime, here’s a picture of the makeup that I wore today. I’ve been enjoying shimmer-finish shadows lately with a black liner flick and a wash of coral-pink over my lips.


I hope that you all have a fabulous Easter weekend!

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2015.

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