Last weekend I was invited to a rather unconventional baby shower, where the focus was less on choosing baby names and more on looking chic. We had a Jemma Kidd ‘at home masterclass’ which saw two lovely ladies from the Jemma Kidd Academy come and teach a room full of ladies how best to do their makeup. You can book these masterclasses for a group of girlfriends at a cost per head of around £20, with all the tools you need being provided. The lessons last about two hours and you can learn anything from the perfect daytime look, to smokey eyes and red lip combos, applying your slap and being ready to rock and roll into the night knowing you look your best. We had the smokey eye ‘dramatic evening look’ lesson, a really enjoyable and relaxed session that took something that otherwise could’ve been quite intimidating and made it easy to follow and replicate. Here are some of the tips I picked up from the makeup experts…
Tip 1: There are two types of cosmetic brush – natural and synthetic. Synthetic brushes should be used for creams and liquids as they don’t absorb the product and prevent germs from settling or breeding. Natural brushes should be used for powders as they have ridges within the hair surface that hold product and make application easier.
Tip 2: To ensure you have a flawless complexion, start makeup application with your eyes and apply base second. Not only will this reduce product usage as you’re only applying once, but it will ensure your smokey eyes and dramatic colours are perfect against your skintone as you won’t have to cover up any mistakes.
Tip 3: When applying liquid eyeliner, start from the outside and work inwards, applying in thin lines first and building up to the thickness you require. Apply in little dashes rather than one long stroke, as this gives you the flexibility to ensure your line is accurate in small stages. Eyeliner should be applied to the roots of lashes and end by the tear duct for a precise look that blends into the natural shape of the eye.
Tip 4: To create the perfect smokey eye with no fuss, apply eyeshadow in
a ‘V’ shape against the bottom of the lashline (the outer half) and up
the side of the eyelid. If you apply a fair bit of product you can then
blend easily in circular motions, using a natural brush, towards the
center. Keep applying and blending until you achieve the desired result,
but smaller steps make a subtler smokey eye.
Tip 5: The trick to applying mascara is that it’s all in the wiggle – the brush should be applied to the root of lashes and ‘wiggled’ to the end to lengthen and separate. Don’t comb or brush lashes as no product will be effectively applied, but use the wand to coat lashes in a sideways motion.
Tip 6: When choosing foundation, be aware of your skintone – if you tan you’re more likely to have a yellow base, but if you burn you’re more likely to have a pink base. This will form the basis of your colour choices, with a lot of the more premium brands offering shades based on warm or cool tones.
Tip 7: Cream blushers are much more flattering on older skin as they don’t sit into creases or dehydrate the surface. Powder blushers are harder to blend and can often be over used so you end up looking like a clown; cream blushers can be blended effectively and applied to the apple of the sheek for a subtle injection of colour that looks a lot more natural.
Tip 8: Red lips are often hard to wear, but if you get the right red for your skintone half the problem is solved. For pink skintones choose a blue based lipstick, for warmer skintones go for a orange based red, and for cooler skintones pick out a blue based red to flatter you.
I would thoroughly recommend one of these sessions if you’ve ever wondered how to create a flawless eye or apply blush effectively. The sessions are not for the sole purpose of selling product (although you can buy all the products with a 10% discount on the day if you so decide) but for the education and experience of women. Being someone that knows quite a lot about makeup and application techniques, I thought I wouldn’t learn anything new. However, my makeup passion was refreshed and my skills honed… All in just a few hours.
To find out more about Jemma Kidd Masterclass@Home visit their website. Classes can be booked for any number of people, in the location and at the time of your choice.