Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry » Barnsley Makeup Artist & Beauty Writer

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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.

Val Garland Creative Project: Heavy Weather

As many of you will know, I was recently chosen to be a part of Val Garland’s Makeup School with Mastered. I have just completed my first creative brief which I wanted to share with you all.

For this project, we were asked to choose our own brief – mine was inspired by Billie Marten’s song, Heavy Weather. You can see my inspiration boards below.

‘Heavy Weather’ lead me to think of storms, crows and dark, gloomy, melancholy days…

Next up, I took a look at some inspiring makeup images that I found over on Pinterest. Please note: I do not own these images, they are from various artists.

Next up, I took a look at some inspiring makeup images that I found over on Pinterest. Please note: I do not own these images, they are from various artists.

Texture played a big part in my project brief - from crackles to grain.

Texture played a big part in my project brief – from crackles to grain.

When I’m thinking about an upcoming makeup look that I’d like to create, I find it so helpful to make mood boards and to take a look at other artists and pieces of art work. Inspiration can be found everywhere right from the pattern on your wooden coffee table to the way a dandelion clock floats away in the breeze. Sometimes it’s hard to tune in and be inspired. My main inspiration for this project came from the aforementioned song, Heavy Weather by Billie Marten. It all stemmed from sitting and working in my makeup room in Manchester, the fire blazing away behind me warming the cold room, the rain lashing against my windows and dark clouds casting a gloomy shadow over my laptop. I started to look for a song that was as melancholy as I felt and Billie’s Heavy Weather was perfection. I played it over a couple of times as I worked away and then suddenly, inspiration hit and I was up and away with my theme.

I started to experiment with texture using MAC eye shadows buffed in gently with a Real Techniques contour brush

I started to experiment with texture using MAC eye shadows buffed in gently with a Real Techniques contour brush.

I experimented with a glossy, dark eye and feathered brow achieved with a dark eye pencil. I also used a pigment to splatter onto my face to add a little texture.

I experimented with a glossy, dark eye and feathered brow achieved with a dark eye pencil. I also used a pigment to splatter onto my face to add a little texture. I kept the lips looking dry and chapped with the help of a little latex and MAC eye shadow.

When applying a more avant garde style of makeup, I think it’s so important to incorporate textures to create interest. As my theme was all about stormy weather and crows and the deep, dark, rainy days, I wanted to add a glossy eye, clumped lashes, sore, chapped lips and a spattering of pigment to look like that horrible mud spray you get all over your legs when a car passes you by too quickly in the rain.

I tried my hand at customising lashes but decided the lengths really took away from the glossy eye - I cut the lashes right down for my final look into chunky, feathered clumps.

I tried my hand at customising lashes but decided the lengths really took away from the glossy eye – I cut the lashes right down for my final look into chunky, feathered clumps.

I also thought about customising a pair of lashes to go with the look. I applied feathers and glossy string that I got at the craft store to the lashes but ended up cutting the lengths down as they seemed to hide the gloss of the eyes too much. They were a little too bold for my liking.

Using DUO lash glue, I created a dry, chapped effect on the lips to make them look

Using DUO lash glue, I created a dry, chapped effect on the lips to make them look ‘weathered’ and sore.

To create the sore, chapped lips, I used my DUO lash glue to blot onto the lip then added a little MAC eye shadow to alter the colour slightly. It was pretty hard not to peel this off before getting a photograph!

I was thrilled to receive lovely feedback from Val herself over on Twitter!

I was thrilled to receive lovely feedback from Val herself over on Twitter!

I’m so fortunate to have an amazing photographer of a dad who likes to spend time in the studio with me shooting and teaching me about the art of photography. He is and always will be my first choice to ask to help me with projects. I honestly don’t know anybody else who has the patience, skill and abundance of passion as he does. I often refer to the studio as my happy place, but really, it’s the people in it that make it so, and that’s all down to him and my mum. Yesterday, we spent absolute hours in the studio shooting and downloading these final images ready for my project deadline today.

After much work and a lot of studio time, here is the final result of my first creative project, Heavy Weather. Photography is by my wonderful pap, John Divers.

After much work and a lot of studio time, here is the final result of my first creative project, Heavy Weather. Photography is by my wonderful pap, John Divers.

As you can see from the images, I made slight alterations to the final look as I went along. I also added tiny little Ostrich feathers to the brows that I cut down to create that fuzzy, crow-like texture. I also decided to add a little plum lipstick to the eyes to add a punch of colour – I used the same plum to add a little detail onto the chapped lips.

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Here’s a close up of the detail.

I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my creative process and finished result!

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Zuca Pro Artist case review

Zuca Pro Artist

After struggling to haul my kit around in various bags and cases for the past two years, I decided enough was enough and went in search of something more convenient. I’d always heard rave reviews about the ZÜCA Pro Artist case and after careful consideration, I decided that this was definitely the case for me!

Here’s the specifications:

  • 41” Telescoping handle
  • Aluminum alloy frame is light, super strong and rated to safely support up to 300 lbs
  • The removable, hand washable, Insert Bag is made from premium water resistant 1680D ballistic nylon
  • 4” Lightweight polyurethane wheels absorb shock and make for a seriously silent ride
  • This case meets FAA specifications for carry-on baggage
  • Gear platform to carry additional load
  • Feet, made of nylon 6, go easy on scratchable surfaces
  • Chrome plated, rust resistant screws
  • Dimensions: 19.5” height, 10” width, 13.5” depth
  • Weight (frame and bag): 9.3 lbs
  • Weight (with accessories): 12 lbs

The case is described as, “a flawless new collection for artists on the go who value organization, style, and perfection. What more could you ask for? Protect and organise the tools of your trade and travel in style with our new ZÜCA Artist Collection, – tailored for the artist in you!” It includes; 1 Small Utility Pouch (2.75″D x 6.75″W x 11″L), 4 Large Utility Pouches (2.5″D x 7.75″W x 11″L) and 1 Matching Travel Cover which are all lined with durable, easy to clean clear vinyl (my favourite type of material for transporting my makeup – easy to see and a dream to clean!) which fits inside the ZÜCA case.

The ZÜCA Pro Artist case comes in a few different colours, but being an all black errthang kinda girl, I chose the black case with the black frame which I think looks really smart. I have to say, I’m totally in love with this case. I’m the kind of person who loves to sit for hours organising and stacking and cleaning and just generally having a good mess around with things and the amount of storage bags and pockets that come with the ZÜCA Pro Artist case just make this heaven for me! As you can see from the picture below, my kit fits more than comfortably inside the case and I even have room to slip in a few extra cosmetic pouches, my brush belt and my business cards. The case also comes with a built in seat so you’ll never be without somewhere to sit if you’re on the go or waiting for a call time.

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What I love most about the ZÜCA Pro Artist is just how compact it is – I took a picture of the case at the side of my beautiful little Lily just to give you all an idea of the actual size. Pretty dinky, right?! You can also see the rain cover that came with my case – something I didn’t know would be included but that was a welcome surprise!

IMG_0153I’m really pleased with how sleek and professional the ZÜCA Pro Artist case looks and feels and I’m excited to be able to use it on shoots and makeover jobs. I’d recommend it to any makeup artist who needs the convenience and ease of a portable makeup case.

What do you use to travel with your makeup essentials?

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Rose Gold Smokey Eyes

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Yesterday was a terribly stormy day over in Manchester and myself and my two pups didn’t much fancy battling the elements to take a walk. I decided to take a couple of hours out to sit and play around with some of my new kit makeup. The look I created was with the gorgeous Peaches pigment in Rose mixed with Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Stag and MAC’s Typographic, Poppyseed and Handwritten along with a good dose of Fluidline in Blacktrack. I also used MAC Mineralise in Soft and Gentle to subtly highlight the brow bone.

IMG_9751 I love the rainbow sheen of the Peaches pigment – the photographs just don’t do this beautiful pigment justice but then again, the weather was so horrible outside that my house wasn’t exactly filled with lovely natural lighting to take a good shot! I hope that you like the look!IMG_9752

 

**Just a side note – I will be back in Barnsley this weekend and next weekend so if anybody would like to book an appointment with me for special occasion makeup, please do send me a message to enquire about availability.**

 

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Chanel and Dior catwalk inspired eyes

Catwalk eyes

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Here are a couple of pictures of my lovely client from this weekend, Kayleigh. I was so pleased when Kayleigh told me she wanted a dramatic, dark smokey eye – I knew it would suit her really well. I used a few different products from Illamasqua, Urban Decay and MAC (listed above) to create this look and went for a slight purple undertone to compliment Kayleigh’s gorgeous eye colour.

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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

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