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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.

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.

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


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!

Brow pencil

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?


© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2015.

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.



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!

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2015.

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.


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.



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.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2015.

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