Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry » Barnsley Makeup Artist & Beauty Writer

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    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.

My tips for perfect brows and my favourite all-in-one brow product of 2015

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Eyebrows are a huge part of my makeup routine and I really like to make sure that my brows are neat, groomed and pencilled in. Brows are so important to your makeup look as they help to frame your face and can really make or break your look if you don’t get them just right. As you’ll know if you read my blog regularly, I had my eyebrows cosmetically tattooed on back in 2013 and I still regard it as the best decision I could have made for my face. (You can read more about this here).

When I had my brows tattooed, I opted for a natural hairstroke brow which means the tattoo is so natural and fine that I have the option to wear a fresh ‘no makeup’ brow or use a pencil to add more definite and depth. In this post, I’m going to share one of my favourite ways to define my brows with you, and the best part is, you can achieve the same look with just one product!

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So, my favourite method for getting a lovely, sharp defined brow is to use an eyebrow pencil. My current favourite is the No7 Beautiful Eyebrows Pencil in Brown which is available from Boots. I love this pencil as the tip is nice and firm but soft enough to create a brow that looks defined but not like you’ve just gone on in there with a sharpie and had a field day. The other great thing about this pencil is that it has a spoolie on the other end so you can comb out the brows and shape and soften as you go. The perfect two-in-one brow saviour!

Before and after brows

Here are my tips on how to create the perfect brow with the No7 Perfect Eyebrows pencil:

  • Make sure to wax, thread or tweeze any stray hairs that don’t fall into the shape you’d like for your brows
  • If like me, your have fair brow hairs that you’d prefer to be darker and more defined, use a soft tint every few weeks
  • Brush brows upwards and outwards with a spoolie to make sure all brow hairs are facing in the same direction and brows are neat and groomed ready for filling in
  • Start on the underneath of the brows and fill in gently with pencil to your desired shape – keep the colour lighter to the inner corner of the brow for a more natural look and concentrate the colour on the outer tail of the brow
  • Draw in the upper line of your brows and define your arch as needed
  • Brush the colour through with a spoolie as you go to avoid harsh blocks of colour along the way
  • Fill in the inside of the brow lines you have created using soft, feathery strokes to the depth you desire

What’s your favourite brow product?

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Beautiful Bridal with Terie

This weekend I had the pleasure of travelling over to Skipton to make over the absolutely gorgeous Terie ahead of her wedding day. The day took place at the Devonshire Fell Hotel which is an amazing venue with breathtaking views of the beautiful countryside. The day was blessed with bright sunshine which just added to the amazing scenery.

I’ve actually known Terie since our University days when we were on the same course together, so I was honoured when she asked me to be a part of her special day by making her over. She has to be the absolute calmest bride I’ve had the pleasure of making over – the atmosphere in the room we were getting ready in was so calming and serene and completely different to any other bridal on-the-day makeover I’ve attended.

 

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As you can see from Terie’s final look, we went for gorgeous glowing skin with a subtle yet defined eye and a creamy pink lip. The perfect combination for a blushing bride! I think Terie looks absolutely stunning in her bridal makeup, she could certainly pass for a magazine cover bride. I wish her all the luck and love in the world for her new adventure as a Mrs! Congratulations Terie and Oliver!

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Makeup Tutorial: Cooking on your contour and combatting fine under eye lines

The savvy makeup artist trick in this post has been around for quite some time, but is not massively recognised. We’ve all been there where our under eye concealer has either slipped off throughout the day or settled into any fine lines that we might have, and we all know how infuriating that can be, right? From fine lines to enlarged pores, there’s always something threatening to run our desired flawless finish. Using today’s tip can help to keep your concealer in place all day and can also sharpen up your contouring for that magazine cover finish along with giving a gorgeous, smooth finish to your skin that will last longer.

‘Cooking’ on the makeup has been a technique used by drag artists for years and years and is an amazing little trick to really sharpen up your lines and get a strong finish. I find inspiration from a lot of drag artists who are the absolute queens of contouring – they have an abundance of lessons for us to learn from their experience of becoming experts in reshaping their faces ready for their transformations.

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For this tutorial, you’ll need: Your regular foundation, a lighter cream/liquid concealer, a darker cream/liquid contour colour (use a darker foundation or even a cream eyeshadow), a loose setting powder in a light colour (must be loose, finely milled powder, a pressed powder will not work) and your regular bronzing powder if required. For my own face, I used the following:

– MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NC15

– Make Up For Ever foundation in Ivory (for the highlight) and Mat Beige (for the contour)

– Sleek Face Form Contour Palette in Light

-Estée Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder in 1.0 Intensity

Here’s what you need to do, step by step:

Step 1
Apply your regular foundation and add your lighter concealer in the areas you’d like to highlight. I put Make Up For Ever foundation in Ivory under my eye area in a triangle shape, down the bride of my nose, over my cupid’s bow, and on the centre of my forehead and chin. As soon as you’ve applied the concealer, blend it in gently with a damp beauty blender. I used my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge but and damp sponge applicator will work.

Step 2 
Add your contour colour and blend in gently with your damp beauty blender as before.

Step 3
Apply your concealer colour again (if needed – I wanted to add to the hightlight) over the top and underneath your contouring and pat in gently. I also added a tiny bit more under my eyes.

 

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Step 4
Take your loose powder and pat it onto the areas you’ve added concealer where you’d like to seal and highlight your makeup. If you have darker skin than me, Banana Powder will work beautifully here. It’s a little too yellow for my skin tone which is why I opt for a more Ivory finish.

This is where we get the really sharp line of the contour so make sure you keep the edges as neat as possible. You need to pat a very generous amount of powder onto the area so it’s layered on pretty thickly. Chill out with your Santa beard for a few minutes while you allow the powder to do its thing and settle into the skin. I don’t recommend leaving the house at this stage. Not even to greet the postman.

Step 5 
Take a soft brush and very gently take off the layers of powder in long stroking motions.

Step 6
Ta-da! Your cooking is complete! Smooth over as needed or add your regular bronzing/contouring powder to add more depth as required.

The great thing about using this method is that the makeup can look as lovely and natural as you like, or as heavy and glamorous as you like. I prefer my contour to be more blended and softer for the day time so I gently diffused mine with some extra powder.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race inspired makeup

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I’m quite literally seven seasons late to the party, but I’ve recently found a pretty big love for RuPaul’s Drag Race! I love drag makeup and artists like Miss Fame just take things to a whole new level, so it’s shocking that I haven’t really ever watched the programme despite the hype. Anyway, after discovering my brand new love, I decided that today would be the day that I wore a drag-inspired makeup look.

I created this look using my MAC shadows in Wedge, Mystery and Mythology along with Illamasqua’s Gel liner. These images are of course filtered to show off the makeup to its best. I hope that you like the look!

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And to finish with – an edited version!

  

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Review: Spectrum Brushes 7 Pieces of Heaven Limited Edition set

IMG_3726Back in February, I received a gorgeous set of makeup brushes from my boyfriend as a birthday gift. I promised that I’d write a review on them in the coming weeks and so, here it is!

I’m really lucky to have a boyfriend who has always encouraged my makeup artistry and always showed interest in my work, so I was thrilled to receive this beautiful set that I’d been lusting after over on Instagram for weeks.

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The set I received was the ‘7 Pieces of Heaven’ limited edition set which came in a sleek black faux leather case – excellent for both travel and displaying your brushes on your vanity. The brushes have black handles with a purple gloss ferrule and mixture of ombre purple to black hairs. The set contains the following brushes:

– Angled Foundation

– Powder/Bronzer

– Angled Blush/Contour

– Concealer

– Angled Shader

– Angled Brow/Liner

– Lip

The Angled Foundation brush

This brush is a cross between a buffing brush and a stippling brush but I find it to be too hard to be a buffing brush and too coarse and prickly to be a stippling brush. It’s like no other foundation brush that I’ve ever come across and no matter how I use it, I can’t seem to get along with it. You can try to stipple the foundation on with it, but of course it doesn’t have the stipple brush structure that you need to blend and buff the foundation in. I’ve found that if I use this as a buffing brush for my foundation, it removes my foundation as I go as the bristles are so dense and hard.

Powder/Bronzer brush

This is a fabulous little brush for powder and bronzer and also great for highlighting. I like to use this brush on any areas I’d like to add a little luminosity to such as my cheekbones. It’s slim enough to use for highlighting but also wide enough to distribute a healthy dose of bronzer across the face naturally.

Angled Blush/Contour brush

Another great brush for blush and contour. I use this brush solely for contouring and find it to be a great shape and cut to get right under the cheekbone without looking too harsh. The soft bristles help to diffuse the colour in a more natural way so that you can build up the contour naturally and to your liking. A firm favourite in my collection.

Concealer brush

The concealer brush is great for concealing or adding contour creams to the nose and cheekbones. I love to use it both for concealing and also for cream eyeshadows. The synthetic bristles are fabulous for cream based products as they don’t tend to absorb as much product as a real hair brush would and will also wash and wear much better with this kind of makeup application.

Angled Shader brush 

The angled shader brush is my new favourite brush for concealing under my eyes. The angled shape makes it easy to follow the eye contour and get right into the corners without actually poking yourself in the eye.

Angled Brow/Liner brush

Although I don’t use this brush for my brows, I really enjoy using it to add a small amount of powder product under my lower lash line to line my eyes and also to diffuse gel or pencil liners on the upper lash line.

Lip brush

I usually use most of my lipsticks right from the bullet, but when I do need a lip brush, this one is fab. The bristles are strong yet pliable and allow you to get that precise, sharp line that you need for cover-girl lips. I also love using this brush for adding a small dab of highlight on the inner corners of my eyes.

Here are the two makeup looks I created with the brush set – one night out and one natural. Please excuse the bad lighting, our hotel wasn’t too great for finding a good spot with good lighting to show the makeup off very well!

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Overall, I really enjoy the Spectrum collection brushes for my own personal use, and I love seeing them on my dressing table as they’re just so pretty! A really fun, cute set that are enjoyable to use and lovely as a gift for any makeup lover. The set retails for £24.99 and was available from Spectrum Collections here – however, the set is currently out of stock.

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