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    Welcome to the home of Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry. I am a globally recognised professional Makeup Artist, Makeup Tutor and Beauty Writer based in Barnsley. I am also new to YouTube! 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 - or terrifying and gory depending on the time of year! Please note: this is a PR friendly blog and I welcome PR enquiries.

Vote for me in the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017!

Vote for me in the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017! | Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Vote for me in the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017! | Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

I was so thrilled to wake up and receive an email to say that I’d been nominated for the Bridebook.co.uk Wedding Awards 2017! For those that might not know, Bridebook.co.uk is a one stop destination for couples to plan their whole wedding with ease online. Labelled as a personal wedding planner, Bridebook.co.uk brings together a team of industry experts along with expert advice and handy checklists to help you to plan your special day the modern way.

I set up a profile over on Bridebook to advertise my wedding makeup services quite some time ago, and now, I’m so happy to be nominated for such an amazing award! The County and Category finalists will be announced in January, and the winners will be chosen by a selection of Bridebook.co.uk experts including Mary Berry, Bobbi Brown and Jimmy Choo and announced in February 2017.

This is an amazing opportunity to be recognised in the industry and I wanted to ask my beautiful clients past, present and future along with my loyal readers to vote for me. Voting takes a matter of seconds and is done in the click of a button. Simply follow this link to my Bridebook.co.uk business profile and hit the ‘Give a Vote’ button to register your vote.

I truly appreciate each and every vote, and even if I don’t manage to qualify for a place, I’m so grateful to have even been nominated to start with.

Thank you so much to everybody that has shared, voted for and supported me so far.

Do you need a professional makeup artist for your special day? Click here to view my wedding services and pricing.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

November 2016 Beauty Favourites

Welcome to my November 2016 Beauty Favourites post and video! I love favourites posts and videos so much, it’s always fun to see what my fellow beauty lovers have been fan-girling on during the month, and I love discovering new brands and products in the process.

As I’m subscribed to two beauty boxes, both Lookfantastic and Glossybox, I always seem to fall in love or lust with one of their products each month. This month, Lookfantastic has me loving the Model Co Blush that they sent out in their LFSPARKLE boxes. They got the colour just bang on for me this month, Peach Bellini is pretty much the exact same shade I’d have chosen had I been picking it out for myself, and I was desperately in need of a new flush of colours for my cheeks so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

I filmed this video a little ahead of time this month, on Black Friday to be exact. So, for that reason, please excuse the crazy hair and makeup I’m wearing. I’d created a makeup look especially for Black Friday when the urge to film came over me, and knowing I have a hospital procedure coming up at the end of the month that will prevent me from filming any other time, I just went ahead and rolled with the urge.

I hope that you enjoy watching my November 2016 Beauty Favourites video. Please do go ahead an subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I’d love to have you on board. If you have a suggestion for any videos you might like to see in the future, leave them in the video comments section and I’ll do my best!

Shop the video
Zoeva 129 Luxe Fan Brush
Vichy Dermablend Foundation
Dr Organic Organic Vitamin E Pure Oil Complex
Model Co Blush
Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light
Blue Snowball Mic

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

10 Do’s and Don’ts for your Wedding Day Makeup

Wedding makeup can be dangerous territory for the unsuspecting bride. From the ever-dreaded hidden flashback of certain foundations to dodgy fake tans. So what should you do and what should you avoid when it comes to makeup for your special day? Here are my 10 do’s and don’ts for your wedding day makeup…

1. Book in with a professional for your wedding day makeup
No, this is not a sales pitch but actually very good advice. All too often I’ve had brides calling me at the last minute hoping to book in when they can’t get their wedding makeup quite as they’d wanted it to be. From cakey foundation to wonky eyeliner – booking a professional will take the pressure off you on your day, and you can take peace of mind in knowing that your professional makeup artist knows exactly which products to use and which to give the boot when it comes to bridal makeovers. Nobody wants to have a mental breakdown over false lashes on their wedding morning, that’s your time to sit and sip your champagne and enjoy a good old pamper so call in the professionals and keep it drama-free.

2. Adopt a skincare routine and stick to it
Getting into a good skincare routine before your big day will ensure that you look and feel your most radiant. Professional skincare specialists and dermatologists will be able to tailor advice to suit your individual skincare needs and help you to set up a regimen to have your skin looking the best it can. Any makeup relies on a good base. Just like building a house, you’ve got to have those foundations set in place before you can build your masterpiece, so getting your skincare in check is half of the battle. Drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, eating healthily and getting the exercise you need will all aid your skin in looking amazing for the big day.

Wedding Makeup in Barnsley | Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Beautifully polished, timeless makeup always looks stunning for bridal makeovers

3. Invest in your makeup
Your wedding makeup needs to last all day and into the evening and also withstand any tears. Your guests will probably be wanting to shower you in hugs and kisses a plenty so it’s important to make sure that your makeup is both waterproof and won’t transfer. If you’re planning to do your own wedding makeup, it’s really worth investing in a long-wear foundation, waterproof mascara and great setting powder to make sure your makeup is looking its best throughout the day. Some makeup artists like myself offer makeup lessons specifically for brides so that they can learn how to apply their own wedding makeup, get recommendations on products to suit their skin, and also learn how to get the longest wear from their makeup.

4. Make sure that any waxing is completed no less than a week before your big day
Waxing your brows on the day of your wedding is a huge no for several different reasons. Number one is that waxing often causes redness (which yes, can be covered with makeup) and bumps on the skin (which cannot be covered). Number two is that primers and foundations won’t be able to adhere to the skin properly if there are any traces of wax left behind.

5. Make sure to arrive to your bridal trial or on the day with a fresh face
There is nothing worse as a makeup artist than having a client turn up with a full face of makeup for their appointment. For one, it eats into the appointment time having to remove the makeup and re-prep the skin, and for two, the skin can become irritated with the amount of removing and re-applying involved. When my clients arrive, I need to see their skin clean and clear – it gives me best grounds for an accurate consultation and ensures that all of the products I use will work in synergy with their skin type.

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for your Wedding Day Makeup | Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

6. Stray too far from your trial look
Bridal trials are there for a reason – they help you to see how the makeup will wear throughout the day, whether your skin will react to any of the products, whether you’re truly comfortable in your chosen makeup look and also, how the makeup will photograph. Changing your mind on the day is a big no no and causes extra stress and pressure for both yourself and your makeup artist. You’ll want to look back on your wedding images with pride and happiness and still be thrilled with how beautiful you looked. Making drastic changes will guarantee that you won’t feel like yourself and could even give your unsuspecting groom a bit of a shock as you descend down the aisle too!

7. Go overboard with the fake tan
Fake tans can be the absolute devil when it comes to bridal makeovers. Streaky, uneven and even smelly at times. A lot of the time, fake tan looks unsightly on wedding photographs too and it can be a real nightmare to colour match. And lets not even talk about the horror of that orange glow transferring onto your pristine white dress. If you really must have a tan for your big day, have it applied professionally two to three days beforehand so that it looks more natural on your skin and has time to settle in. It’s also important to make sure that you also have a tan before your trial if you intend to have one on your big day to ensure colours are matched properly and the final look is what you anticipated.

8. Choose too much glitter
A little glitter on the eyes can look absolutely beautiful, but this is your wedding day and what’s fashionable right now won’t necessarily be up there in years to come. Avoid going for looks that are too trend-led and stick with beautifully polished, classic makeup that will stand the test of time. A little collarbone, cheekbone and brow-bone shimmer will look beautiful, but splashing the glitter around on the body or hair rarely looks good – in fact, it can even look like dandruff on your professional images, and nobody wants that on their big day.

Wedding Makeup in Barnsley | Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Choosing a key feature to play up such as your eyes ensures your wedding makeup looks flawless, defined and truly stunning

9. Go too heavy
Going overboard with bridal makeup is never a good idea. Yes, the makeup does need to be a little heavier to last all day and define your features for your professional photographs, but this doesn’t mean you have to go HAM on the contour, smokey eyes, brows and lips. All too often brides see beautiful makeup looks on Instagram that play up every single feature of the face all at once, but what they might not realise is that most of those images are heavily edited and don’t look so cute in real life. If only we could walk around a Valencia filter on all day hey? Choose one or two key features to play up and let the other aspects of your makeup fall gently into place around them.

10. Let anybody else tell you what you should or shouldn’t have
So, this might sound quite contradictory after the whole tone of this post but hear me out. Brides can be under immense pressure from their parents, bridesmaids and friends as to exactly how they should look for their wedding day. If you’re a girl who wears instaglam makeup daily and wouldn’t be seen without your scouse brow, then do you on your wedding day! Know your own mind. While taking advice can be helpful, if you don’t feel like yourself in the makeup you’ve chosen for your special day, you really won’t enjoy your day as much, feel confident or like your wedding images. Your wedding day is special, you get to be a princess for the day and feel and look absolutely stunning, so make sure you get exactly what YOU want. Makeup is all about individuality, let your inner self shine through and you’ll never look anything less than beautiful.

Do you need a professional makeup artist for your special day? Click here to view my wedding services and pricing.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

111SKIN Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask review

Hydrogel masks are seriously big news in the beauty industry. Proven to deliver product deeper into the skin than regular masks, we’re starting to see more of these gorgeous, luxurious treats arise than ever before. I received the 111SKIN Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask with my November Glossybox, and as a lover of these types of masks, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Just lately, I’ve been suffering with a horrible chest infection which has needed lots of antibiotics and steroids to take care of. True to form, as soon as my body feels stressed on the inside, it shows on my skin, so the mask couldn’t have come at a better time as I was definitely in need of some facial pampering.

The 111SKIN story is a really incredible one – when Dr Alexandries started his practice, he found that it was difficult to find effective skincare that would help skin heal efficiently after cosmetic procedures. After dedicating himself to research, he discovered that skin ages faster in space because of environmental extremes, so he sought to collaborate with space scientists responsible for the wellbeing of astronauts. Together, they created the patented NAC Y² formula which included key ingredients used by astronauts in extreme space conditions where accelerated ageing is proven to occur. Astronauts travelling to space are exposed to extreme radiation and no gravity that causes rapid skin ageing, so the most advanced supplements, topical treatments and medications need to be given to them to reverse the damaging process.

The first product created by Dr Alexandrides with the Space Scientists was a serum to help patients heal after surgery named ‘Dramatic Healing Serum’. In addition to the dramatic healing results, the serum also had potent anti ageing and protecting benefits. Soon, demand for Dr Alexandrides ‘Dramatic Healing Serum’ became so high that he was approached by several retailers to create a range based on the unique formula which became 111SKIN – a skincare range of products designed to stand up and protect against extreme conditions named after Dr Alexandrides’ Harley Street Practice where it all began. What a story!

This particular mask is a new limited edition especially for the festive season that possesses a whole host of clinically-inspired, skin-boosting properties – one of these being crushed gold. Not only does the mask look absolutely beautiful for the addition, but the crushed gold actually aids circulation to improve skin’s vitality.

The gold revitalises dull complexions and restores the skin with a lovely boost of radiance, reduces inflammation to help improve the appearance of blemishes and also diminishes the visibility of age spots and sun damage. Everything you need ready for party season to ensure you’re looking your best for all of the christmas time festivities!

111SKIN Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask review | Rachael Divers

111SKIN Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask review | Rachael Divers

I applied the mask onto my cleansed, dry face and the first thing I noted was the beautiful soft smell. Girly, feminine and luxurious. All the makings of an exclusive spa product but in the comfort of your own home. The next thing I noticed was that the mask felt a little thinner than other hydrogel masks I’d used before, so you need to be careful not to tear it as you manipulate it to fit your face shape. As with any hydrogel mask I’ve tried, there will usually be a few areas that are harder to fit than others and the mask may slide around a bit if you don’t take the time to sit still and relax during wear, so this is a great time to snuggle down with a cup of tea or your favourite book while the mask works its magic. The mask is to be left on the skin for 20 minutes before removal. After removal, you can let your skin absorb the remaining essence by gently patting it into your skin then continuing with your regular moisturising routine.

111SKIN Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask review

111SKIN Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask review | Rachael Divers

Immediately after removing the mask after my 20 minutes was up, my skin looked fresher, more radiant and overall much smoother. I absolutely love masks like this as you really do see an immediate result and your skin instantly feels cooled, soothed and generally, just a whole lot better. I was so impressed with how smooth my skin felt and I was even more impressed with just how much more brightened it appeared.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that my skin is ultra sensitive, so I went to bed wondering if I’d break out overnight. I’m more than happy to report that my skin didn’t react negatively what so ever, and I woke up to a fresh complexion that still felt smooth and comfortable.

The mask retails at £20 and can be purchased from 111SKIN by clicking here. 

This is an amazing addition to November’s Glossybox – considering Glossybox is £10 per month for five beauty products – and I’m so glad that I received it just when I really needed that little boost. If you’d like to subscribe to Glossybox too, please click here. I’ve been subscribed for over a year now and absolutely love receiving my little monthly treat, especially when it contains such beautiful products like this mask!

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light review

Selfies are more popular than ever before, and with the growing trend for ‘Instaglam’ (the glamorous selfies that pop up all over the popular picture sharing app), it’s no wonder that the market is pandering to our needs for the best gear to nail that all important self portrait.

As a makeup artist, a great lighting and camera set up is so important to me when it comes to Instagram as I really want to be able to showcase my work and make sure that all of the gorgeous colours and textures used really pop on screen. I was so thrilled when my friend popped by for his Halloween makeup this year and brought me a gift – the Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light! If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a small battery operated portable LED ring flash light that clips onto your mobile phone in seconds and provides you three extremes of lighting at the click of a button; Subtle Glow, Medium Glow and Super-Glow. The light has 36 LED lights around it and is pretty impressive to say the least.

Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light review | Rachael Divers

Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light review | Rachael Divers

I couldn’t wait to test it out with my glittery eye makeup looks and see if it would really help the colours to pop.

I applied my makeup as usual and clipped the little light onto my phone and used the front facing camera to snap away at my makeup. You can see the results below.

Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light review |Rachael Divers

Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light review | This picture was taken without the ring light. Whilst the lighting still looks lovely and the glitter shows up well, the eyes are a little duller and lacklustre compared to the next image.

Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light review |Rachael Divers

Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light review | This picture was taken with the ring light on it’s highest Super-Glow setting causing the glitter and eyes to pop and the skin to look contoured and smoothed

I’m so pleased with the light and think it’s a really great addition to any selfie lover or makeup artists kit. I’ve even used this to throw light in on my beauty product images that I’ve been reviewing for my blog so it’s a real winner for me. If you want something that’s handy to carry around on the go and will help you show your work to its best, then I’d highly recommend looking into it.

The Beauty Works Instaglam Selfie Light is £19.99 and can be purchased from Beauty Works by clicking here.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.


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