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 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.

Why I became a Makeup Artist: My Story

So many of my clients ask me about my story. The story of how I got into Makeup Artistry and the places it’s taken me. I’ve learned in life that everybody has a story to tell. Whether grand or humble, we’ve all had experiences that have shaped us into the people we are today. So, without any fancy pictures, here is my story, straight from the heart. My story of why and how I became a Makeup Artist…

Ever since being a little girl, I loved playing with makeup and styling hair. But then again, a lot of little girls did exactly the same too. I grew up playing ‘makeup artists’ with my friend, I was influenced heavily by the makeup that my favourite pop stars wore and I subjected my mum to many hours of playing ‘hairdressers’ where she’d inevitably end up with high pigtails which I used to find particularly hilarious.

One of my first makeup artistry books came with a copy of J17 (I believe it to be this magazine anyway), my favourite teeny bopper magazine after graduating from Mizz, and it was a Bobbi Brown makeup guide. I read the book from cover to cover many times over and tried to re-create the looks. I thought she was an absolute goddess. She knew so much about every skin type, which colours worked for who and exactly how I could enhance my fair, freckled skin. Bobbi still is a makeup goddess by the way. She’s still an inspiration and a very influential makeup artist that’s helped to shape the industry. Soon after my Bobbi Brown book, I was given a Body Shop beauty book and was even treated to a blush from the shop too.

I started to wear makeup properly when I was in school, high school, that is. I was around 11 years old when I began to wear makeup daily and let me tell you, it was a disaster. I’d sneak my black Miss Sporty eyeliner to school in my bag as I got a severe roasting if I tried to leave the house wearing it, and applied it before 9am every morning in the mirrors over in the History block at school. I’d also apply a fairly thick slick of Bourjois Coupe de Theatre on my lashes (you know, the one where you could never quite cover the ‘white’ mascara that went on first), sweep a clear No7 brow gel over my almost invisible blonde brows, and apply a layer of strawberry chapstick to my lips. I thought I looked great, but in reality, I looked pretty terrible! As time went along, I started to wear foundation, it was called Dream Matte Mousse. It was exactly four shades too dark for my skin, slid away from my oily-skinned face before 11am and looked terribly cakey. Around this time, I also started to experiment with ombre eyeshadow. I’d wear a silver creme eyeshadow from Littlewoods on the inner half of my eye, and switch to a pink creme for the outer corner. My poor teachers must have thought I was straight off the banana boat.

As a teen, I really, really struggled with my appearance, and my skin in particular. I was bullied badly in school because of my hair colour, my freckles, my weight, how I walked, how I talked, for being ‘stuck up’, for being a prude, for being ‘a s***’, for being ‘a swot’…every contradictory slur you could imagine, I was subjected to. I was punched, I was kicked and I was pushed. I had my nose bust along with my lip, and I had beer poured all over me as I walked down the street heading home from the shop one evening. Sometimes the bullying came from boys much bigger than me, not just the girls. In the end, I felt so ashamed of how I looked because of these people, so I tried to cover my face in layers and layers of products to try and look ‘normal’. I was waking up two to three hours before school, and even college, to slather my makeup on. I tried many drugstore foundations that were all way too dark for my skin and in desperation, my Mum even bought me Estee Lauder Double Wear and a proper primer to try to help me. They were dark days. I didn’t want to live anymore, I felt ugly, worthless and like nobody would ever look at me and see anything other than a gruesome face.

After being hospitalised for being so poorly with my asthma and not recovering as I should, my lovey hospital consultant got to the bottom of why I was so poorly – the complete and utter distress of what was going on in my personal life. With the help of my parents, my doctor and a few friends, things gradually got better.

I continued on with my love of makeup and kept on experimenting daily, gradually getting to know the products that worked better for my skin. The nasty slurs from school were replaced by ‘Plastic’ and ‘Barbie!’ chants at college. I couldn’t win either way, but with better self-esteem, I laughed in the bullies faces and didn’t show any sign of being affected.

Fast forward many years….

When things got serious and it became time to decide on my career choice and start working towards it seriously at uni level, upon my parents advice, I took the academic route and instead stuck to what I had always excelled at in school and college – writing. They told me that I needed to do something academic and that a creative career wasn’t stable enough. “Keep creative endeavours as a hobby rather than a main source of income“, they said. So off I went and enrolled on my degree to study Journalism. I managed to swing most of my stories around to a fashion or beauty angle and was quite happy plodding along learning more about the industry that my heart truly belonged to – the beauty industry. After three years, I graduated, and after much searching for a job in journalism, I didn’t have much luck. I was desperately unhappy – educated to degree level yet unemployed. I still kept dabbling in makeup and buying in products to write about on my blog which was now becoming a priority to me, and eventually, I enrolled on a short college course in Complete Makeup Artistry. My parents helped me to pay for my training and we agreed that I would work alongside them as their in-studio makeup artist and hair stylist for their makeover shoots once I’d qualified and gained enough experience. I’d gotten sick of spending my days dreaming about my dream rather than living it, and it was time for a change. For the first time in a long time, I felt excited about what the future might hold. Funnily enough. I was offered a job on an Illamasqua counter straight after I qualified – the result of having a foundation colour match and getting into conversation about my love of makeup with the counter makeup artist. I snatched it up as I knew it would give me the experience I needed along with higher training. My work there really opened doors for me – I got to meet and make over so many different people. I got used to different skin tones and types, and, one of my proudest moments, I finally faced my fear and applied winged eyeliner to a client! But although I loved making over clients and learning from the masters at Illamasqua such as David Horne, Alex Box and Daniel Busuttil, the job didn’t offer much in the way of a wage and I was struggling to keep up to my friends for social events, so when I was headhunted for a job that would allow me to use my journalism skills with a much more attractive wage packet, I took it on and moved away to Leeds.

Although I worked in an office, I still dreamed of makeup and geared all of my content once again towards a fashion and beauty angle. I travelled home during weekends to make over clients for shoots at our family run studio, and to apply bridal makeups and special occasion makeups too. I also carefully crafted my skills with SFX makeup and started to get heavily into YouTube and lost in a world of beauty vloggers and makeup tutorials. Pixiwoo and Lisa Eldridge were some of my favourites (and I still adore them today). After the breakdown of my relationship with my then boyfriend, I moved back home and travelled in to the office daily. It didn’t take long for me to have enough and hand my notice in. I wasn’t being challenged by my work and I was stifled stuck in an office all day. I felt like I was suffocating and needed to have a creative outlet. I came home and announced that I was setting up my own business, much to my parents dismay. It wasn’t that they weren’t supportive, it was just that they didn’t want me to struggle and were worried for what the future might hold with not having a guaranteed wage every month. They’ve ran their own business for over 23 years so know perfectly well of the struggles small business owners can come up against, and wanted an easier time for me. Never the less, I took the plunge and registered my business name and set to work.

Within two years, I’d been globally recognised for my SFX work. I’d gotten a great client base and even made new friends, I’d taken on extra training in media makeup and also improved my SFX skills along the way. I’d been able to teach my own skills to students at a college level and gotten into YouTube which in turn led to affiliations with some of the companies that I shopped at almost weekly. And most importantly of all, I’d gotten to create beautiful images for clients with the two people I loved most in the world – my parents. Things were starting to come together, and the hard times were starting to feel like they were worth it.

Fast forward again to today…

Today, makeup is still my full time job. I get to do what I love every single day of the week along with building up my YouTube channel and blog, all whilst learning and growing. And I still work in the studio with my parents too. It always amazes me how knowledgable my dad is about his craft and just how creative he is, and just how well we all work together as a team and as a family. My work is an ever-evolving process. Some days it’s hard, but some days, it’s the dream. My dream.

To me, makeup is special. It helped me through dark days, it taught me to have fun again and more importantly, it taught me, even when you’ve had a bad day, you can take a look in the mirror, wipe it away and start a fresh again tomorrow. It’s not just a red lipstick, its confidence in a tube. It’s not just a concealer, it’s the secret to giving that teenager the confidence to walk down the street with her head held high when she has a blemish she’s ashamed of.

Makeup has the ability to give confidence, to change a life, to evoke a smile or even a tear. It empowers women to be confident and stand up and be counted. Makeup taught me many things as a teenager, but most of all, it taught me how to accept myself for who I am once again and to appreciate the face that makes me unique. And if I can teach just one person that very same lesson that I learned, then choosing makeup as my career was the best choice I did ever make.

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January 2016 Glossybox Unboxing

The first Glossybox of 2017 has landed through my door, and once again, it’s a lovely edit and in collaboration with Deliciously Stella – Instagram foodie extraordinaire. I was so happy to open the box and see a few little gems that I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on and try, but I’ll not ruin the video by telling you all about them right here!

I always like to pick a hero product out of the box every month, and this month my hero product is The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Trimony eyeshadow. A gorgeous aubergine shade perfect for a smokey eye or adding that deep depth to a cut crease! I only mentioned in Wednesday’s post that The Balm is a brand I’m so fond of, so I was really excited to receive this. Plus the packaging is right on. The eyeshadow is amazingly pigmented so I can’t wait to have a proper try of it during the week and give you a verdict – I’m sure I’ll be a fan!

I hope you enjoy watching my video – give it a thumbs up if you did and don’t forget to hit that subscribe button if you’re new. I’d love to have you on board and it’s totally free to subscribe too!

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What’s in my daily makeup bag? The £168 face

As a makeup artist, the contents of my daily makeup bag are ever changing as I fall in love with different products on a somewhat weekly basis! But I have a few staple products that I just love too much to switch out and that are pretty much permanent features in my makeup bag.

For my every day makeup, I love something that’s quick (ahem, fairly) and something that looks polished. I also want something that will last the day and look fresh from my first appointment in the morning, right through to my last in the evening.


What’s in my daily makeup bag?

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation
This is a firm favourite of mine and came in especially handy when I was really suffering with acne. It covers everything with minimal effort and doesn’t feel thick or heavy on the face. It’s also non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores and contribute to more breakouts. I use the colour Opal. I find that applying this with a damp sponge is key – my favourite for this foundation is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This drugstore concealer packs a real punch and really does offer lasting perfection! It’s my favourite concealer that I’ve ever used in the whole wide world and I go through loads of these both in my personal makeup bag and in my professional kit too. I use the colour Fair.

Ben Nye Neutral Set
This miracle product is intended for heavy duty use – it’s perfect for stage and film performers as it controls perspiration throughout the day and is completely translucent so doesn’t distort any colour that’s applied underneath it. It’s an oily-skinned girls dream and works perfectly. I ‘bake’ this onto my skin using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to place it onto my face, then dust away a few minutes later with my Sigma brush.

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer
I LOVE this product to death! I picked it up on impulse and hoped it wouldn’t be too dark for my fair (lighter than NC15) skin, and it was an absolute dream! Easy to build up, not so pigmented that it applies too heavily and just the right hue for contour or bronzer for my skin tone. Also, look at the packaging…what’s not to love! I also use this on my eyes as a multi-tasking product to define my crease so it cuts down on space in my makeup bag when I travel.


What’s in my daily makeup bag?

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
As you might have already guessed by now, The Balm is a company I rather like. Mary Lou is the perfect gorgeously pigmented highlight for pale skinned girls like me. The sheen is beautiful. Not glittery or chunky at all, just that gorgeous ‘wet-look’ glimmer that’s sure to get you noticed all the way from the moon. This highlighter is just an absolute dream and to be honest, I could kick myself for not stocking up on it earlier than I did.

Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in Lace
This palette is gorgeous for a fresh pop of colour. It’s even great as a transition shade for the eyes if you’re feeling a little fresh with your makeup look that day. I tend to use the first two shades – Crochet and Guipure – to add a gorgeous flush of colour to my cheeks. Go steady with this product, it’s highly pigmented so it’s easy to apply too much but don’t worry too much as it’s pretty easy to blend out.

Illamasqua Brow Gel in Glimpse
Brow Gel can sound scary to the novice makeup enthusiast, but believe me, it’s as easy to get a natural looking brow with gel if you so wish. I love a good power brow, and this gel in particular is excellent for creating just that. Easy to work with, smudge-proof and great value for money. You’ll be able to see how far down into my pot I am, and I’m more than happy to report that the formula is just as it was when I first bought it. No cracking or drying out what so ever. I like to apply this with my fine angled brush from Sigma.


What’s in my daily makeup bag?

Benefit Ready, Set, Brow!
I was introduced to this product when I visited the Good Ship Benefit in London with Lookfantastic and let me tell you, it’s a game changer! If you have slightly unruly brows that tend to shift about during the day, then this will be your bestie. The gel formula is easy to apply with the wand included, and it doesn’t dry down white like some brow gels did back in the day. I know you unruly brow girls will remember this well, I know I certainly do. The gel won’t crack or crust on the brows, but it won’t budge throughout the day either so there’s no worry of any brow disruption. Even on a windy day.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Penelope Pink
This lipstick was inside one of the drawers of my Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar and ever since I first swatched it, it’s been a winner! Just the perfect shade of nudey pink, this lipstick is gorgeous both on it’s own or with a gloss. The creamy formula feels so comfortable on the lips yet doesn’t wear away at the slightest hint of a cappuccino throughout the day. If you love shades like Honey Love or Velvet Teddy from MAC, I think you’ll love this. The packaging is so stylish too so I love having this on display, and using it feels all the more luxurious.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre Lip Laquer in Sweet Stiletto
When I was younger, I was 100% a glossy-lips kinda girl, as I got older, I switched over to the matte side. After getting this gorgeous lipgloss (I love how Charlotte names it Lip Lustre – so delicious!) in my Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar and swiped it across my lips, I was instantly reminded why I loved gloss so much! I love wearing this shade either on it’s own or over my Penelope Pink lipstick. It’s a beautiful peachy shade and is super pigmented too. It’s got that irresistible shine without being jammy or thick on the lips. Just what I want in my glosses.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara in Black Vinyl
A real bristle brush, amazing length and volume and beautiful packaging. What’s not to love? This mascara isn’t my usual waterproof preference, but when it makes my lashes look so long and full without falsies, I can forgive it and bypass that small detail.

The total cost for my daily face makeup is around £168. Although this sounds pretty steep, when you factor in the cost per wear, it’s a matter of pence per day which I think is pretty good going. These products are all super long lasting on the face, come in great sizes for the price and will also last the test of time.

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January 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing

Hello my loves, it’s time again for the arrival of the Lookfantastic Beauty Box! This is the first box of 2017 and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival since before the start of January because I’ve just been so excited to see what the team come up with for a fresh new year!

I’m pleased to say that the box didn’t disappoint and was full of some lovely new products that are going to come in amazingly handy over the next few months!

I won’t ruin my video completely by talking about all of the products, but I was so pleased to see a pair of slanted tweezers from The Vintage Beauty Company (in Rose Gold no less) as tweezers are always an absolute must! As I mention in my video, I was very naughty and used my old tweezers for a spot of light DIY and managed to bend the tip out of shape. Very silly I know, but alas, the makeup gods have seen the error of my ways and blessed me with a shiny new pair now that I’ve learned my lesson.

I hope that you enjoy watching my video below. It was so good to be filming again even if the lighting was terribly annoying. If you’d like to shop any items mentioned, see my list of products below the video that you can click right through to and add to your shopping bag.

If you enjoyed my video, be sure to hit the thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so that you can be updated whenever I upload another.

Shop the video

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Slanted Tweezers
Pixi Brow Tamer
Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Trifle Cosmetics Liquid Glow
Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara

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Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

January is not always an easy month to handle, with the hype of the festive season behind us, January can have us feeling a little dull and lacking in energy. Sometimes, it’s lovely to be able to pamper yourself, but at the time of the year where the purse strings are usually a little tighter, it’s not always possible to go visit a spa for that lovely pick me up. With that in mind, I thought I’d share my top five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues.

1. Take a luxurious bath
Baths are one of my most favourite things in the world. They’re comforting, relaxing and luxurious all in one and can be just what you need for that little pick me up when you’re feeling run down. I’ve been loving using my Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepperpod Body Wash as both a bubble bath and body wash for a little replenishment along with my Miaroma Lavender oil or my Miaroma Eucalyptus essential oil (which are currently in the penny sale!) Lavender is amazing for relaxation and the eucalyptus is refreshing and invigorating, especially if you’re suffering with a cold!

Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

2. Give your hair a treat
Once a week, I love to spend a little time on my hair and give it a real pamper as it always makes me feel much more put together and looked after. Sometimes, I’ll smooth pure organic coconut oil all over my dry hair a few hours before I wash it as a deep conditioning treatment. I’ve been absolutely besotted by the System Professional Luxeoil Keratin Restore Mask lately which is soo deeply conditioning and nourishing that my hair feels exactly as it does after a salon treatment. The mask is fortified with an expert blend of Jojoba, Argan and Almond Oils and smells like a beautiful marzipan concoction. It’s absolutely divine and my number one favourite. I’ve recently been using the Grow Gorgeous Strengthening Oil on my hair daily too – it has such an unusual smell that reminds me of woodlands and winter. It’s meant to strengthen and protect hair along with restoring shine and makes my hair feel lovely! It’s a lightweight formula so doesn’t weigh hair down or make it look greasy, just nourished and smelling totally gorgeous.

Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

3. Treat your nails to some love
There’s nothing that makes me feel less groomed than uneven, chipped or messy nails! Sometimes it’s hard to keep your nails looking beautifully manicured if you’re constantly using your hands or if you simply don’t have the time, so try to take a little time for yourself and fit in an at-home manicure session. I keep my Lookfantastic nail file on hand in my beauty drawer at my desk just in case I need it throughout the day, and also keep my tube of Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepperpod hand cream on hand to moisturise my hands throughout the day. My current favourite Nail Polish is from Next and it’s a gorgeous shimmering champagne colour called Ballet Shoe. It doesn’t tend to chip on me as easily as others. I find I get much more wear out of this colour, and if it does chip away at any point, it isn’t noticeable so I’ve time to fix it up before anybody notices!

Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

4. Give your skin a pick me up
Skincare is such an important part of my daily regime, so I really love to look after it as best I can. This means using my Dr Organic Manuka Honey face Mask several times a week and moisturising twice daily with my Doctor Organic Pure Vitamin E Oil Complex. My skin tends to verge on oily, but using this gorgeous pure Vitamin E oil has made such a huge difference to how my skin behaves throughout the day. If your skin isn’t getting the moisture and oils that it needs, it actually overcompensates by producing more oil, so the myth that you can’t use oils on oily skin is really just that, a total myth.

Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

Five beauty pick me ups to try at home to banish the January blues

5. Get inspired with a good book
Getting lost in a good book can be a great escape from daily life and a great inspiration too! I’m currently listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo on Audible that’s helping me get motivated to shed my old belongings that are no more of use to me. I’m also enjoying browsing my way through ‘How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are’, A witty account of all the things the modern Parisiennes are cool for, and how to navigate your life with the mysterious, confidence and va-va-voom that we’ve come to expect from those French females we so admire. Covering men, beauty, culture and everything you can think of in-between, it’s a really good read and definitely food for thought.


So, now your nails are looking gorgeous, your skin and hair is rehydrated and you’ve had a lovely luxurious bath with a new book, you hopefully should be feeling a little more refreshed and ready to hit the rest of January running!

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