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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: House of Holland AW15

I wasn’t long back from the amazing designs of Milan Fashion Week when I was offered the opportunity to travel to MBFW Tokyo as part of the AOFM Pro Makeup Team to work on the AW15 Showing from House of Holland! As you can imagine I jumped at the chance.

So I thought I would take a few moments to share some of the images with you. I LOVE Henry Hollands designs and he’s such a lovely guy too which just tops it all off.

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Milan Fashion Week AW15 Makeup Trends

I had the pleasure of working on the makeup team at a few of the shows at Milan Fashion Week this season and wanted to share some of the images with you. The collections and makeup were all totally different for each designer, but equally as beautiful.

OPENING SHOW FOR MFW: Chicca Lualdi FW15

 

Next up was the new Collection for Nicholas K FW15

Next up was the AMAZING FW15 Collection from Sergei Grinko.

Becoming a Bridal Consultant

I’ve been writing this blog for two years now, but I’ve only just realised that I’ve barely introduced myself! I reckon it is about time that I told you about myself, my background and explain why I’m qualified to write all these articles about wedding dresses! My name is Catherine Massey, and I am 32 years old.  I have been running the family bridal boutique for the last nine years, and just so you know ‘bridal’ was never my plan!

Catherine Massey, Cathedral Gowns

My mum and aunt decided to open the boutique when I was 18 and in the midst of my A-level exams.  To tell you the truth, I barely even noticed. I took myself off to university in England and four years later, after completing my degree (BSc Hons Communications & Society from the University of Leicester), I moved home with the plan to get a job in PR in Belfast. It was the middle of August aka bridal mad season, and mum was run off her feet and needed a hand, so I went to work with her. That was 9 years ago!

Cathedral Gowns, shop front

Somehow I got the bug for bridal and it turned out that I was actually pretty good at it. It’s bizarre to think how this all came about by pure accident, but somehow everything I had studied had somehow led me to be doing this.

My favourite subject at school was history of art and I can hardly believe now how much that prepared me for what I am doing – I reference something I learned there nearly every day. And as for my degree… I use it all the time, especially my marketing and PR skills.  However, more than anything, it was the film studies portion of my degree that informs my decisions regarding looks, details and accessories the most. If you’ve ever had an appointment with me you’ve probably heard me get excitedly geeky about ‘old hollywood’ and the imagery of ‘film noir’. Even just today I told a girl how her look in a particular dress was very ‘Veronica Lake’ and described the kind of way she should wear her hair.

Cathedral Gowns, wedding dresses on a rack

Sometimes it feels like fate brought me here. One of my first bridal clients was a girl I went to primary school with, her name is Katrina. During her time visiting us she told me how she’d always known that this is what I would be doing when I grew up.  Apparently all I ever did at school was draw dresses – if I wasn’t going to be a designer she was sure I was at least going to be doing something in the fashion realm!

I started out as a bridal consultant, but as time has progressed, mum passed on more and more responsibility on to me and now I am running the boutique and take care of everything except the accounts. I get to go to trade shows, meet the designers and buy our dresses.  Whilst I enjoy all those adventures the part I love the most is meeting brides and introducing them to their dream dress!  There is nothing quite like the buzz of suggesting a dress to a girl, and watching her fall in love with it. I never thought a job could be so fulfilling but I genuinely leave the boutique every day with a smile on my face, and I never dread having to go to work!

Article by Catherine Massey

Catherine has been writing Bi-Weekly Article for us since the 8th May 2012 and is our very talented Bridal Specialist. Catherine is a Bridal Stylist for their family Bridal Boutique, Cathedral Gowns. Find them onlineat http://www.cathedralgowns.com or on Facebook.

Any questions, email catherine@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Full moon, Half-moon… Total Eclipse!

It has always been my go-to nail art.  It’s so quick & easy, yet the end result always oozes high maintenance chic!  The half-moon manicure has been around since the 1920’s, along with a blood red lipstick the ladies of fashion back in those days also loved some foxy red nails.  The style has varied throughout the years; the first half moon manicure was painted with only one nail polish, leaving the half-moon blank with no polish at all.  This style eventually evolved in the 1940’s & it then became fashionable to also leave a French tip blank at the free edge of the nail as well as the half moon.  As seen below in an amazingly retro Cutex advert.

Cutex Polish

As with all fashion and style nail art has not been left behind, our techniques and products are continually progressing along with the style of nail art we are choosing to apply.  However, this manicure has held its position as one of the top dogs and most popular styles to date.

Nowadays we are spoilt for choice and we can now mix things up a bit; using more than one colour of polish for the body of the nail and also the half-moon/French tip detailing and we also have the luxury of thousands of different shades of nail polish, picking a colour according to our mood or what the weather is like outside.  This is why this manicure is so versatile, once you have ‘nailed’ painting the half-moon shape (pardon the pun) you can go crazy and mix ’ n ’ match lots of different colours and polishes to create nails for all different occasions!

This is where I let you all in on a little shortcut to the perfect half-moon shape.  This technique doesn’t need a steady hand or even a talent for painting nails.  Just slap the polish on and away you go!  I even found this amazing tutorial online that walks you through the manicure step by step.

Half Moon Manicure

So begin by choosing your two colours of polish.  You can opt for a metallic and coral combo… or a red and fuchsia colour blocking combo… or a monochrome black and white combo… the possibilities are literally endless!

  1. Once the difficult task of picking your colour scheme is complete, start by preparing your nails as I explained in my previous post & apply your base coat.
  2. On top of your base coat apply the colour you want your half-moon to be – only apply one layer of this polish.  Allow it to dry for 5 minutes…

…This is where things get interesting!

  1. You know those little annoying white circular sticker things you always had kicking about at the bottom of your school bag but never really had a use for? (I think their technical term is actually ‘hole reinforcements’… naughty!) Well these are the key to the perfect half-moon! Stick one of these little stickers on each of your nails, just below your cuticle at whatever depth you want your half-moon to be & make sure the edges are all stuck down tight to your nail plate.
  2. Now apply your second colour of polish.  Getting right up to the edge of the sticker on your nail, making sure the whole nail plate is evenly covered – don’t be afraid to paint over the edge of the sticker!  Depending on the consistency of your nail polish this may require two coats.  Leave your nails for 10 to 15 minutes… relax, maybe watch a bit of E! Fashion Police or have a cuppa… just be careful not to smudge!
  3. Once you are sure the polish is adequately dried you can now begin the delicate procedure of ever so slowly peeling off the little stickers from each of your nails.
  4. Et Voila! The perfect half-moon manicure is now complete & you did it all by yourself!!  All you need to do now is apply a super shiny topcoat & treat your cuticles to a slathering of oil.

Half Moon Manicure

It really couldn’t be any easier and it looks fabulous.  One of my all-time favourites!  I hope you all enjoy recreating your own 1920’s inspired half-moon manicures at home, be sure to let me know how it goes.

Article by Louise Henry

Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert.  She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75. 

Any questions, email louise@thebeautycloud.co.uk or find her on Facebook

Nailing the Unconventional: Nails by Mei

Mei KawajiriI am constantly browsing the web, keeping an eye on nail art addicted celebs and their amazingly talented nail technicians to find out what the latest colours and trends are.  Whilst browsing Instagram a wee while ago I came across an insanely talented Japanese artist called Mei Kawajiri.

Mei is based in New York and is now one of the most sought after nail artists in the fashion industry, splitting her time between her regular clients and high end fashion, editorial and photographic nail appointments.

Her style of Nail Art is like nothing I’ve ever seen before and nothing I could ever imagine being able to do myself.  She doesn’t use any stencils, stickers or stampers.  Everything is intricately hand painted and each individual set of nails are like a piece of fine art.

Nails by Mei

Her work has been showcased in the likes of Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to name just a few of her latest projects.

Nails by Mei

Mei takes inspiration from literally everywhere!  Still life objects, musicians, geometric patterns, high end fashion designers, food, nature… The list goes on!  She sculpts many of her designs using different types of gel, giving the nails unusual and unconventional shapes.

Nails by Mei 3

Although some of her nails aren’t suitable for us ladies during our everyday lives I just can’t help but admire her innovative nail art designs and how she can turn a simple bunch of flowers or plate of sushi into a beautiful set of nails.

Nails by Mei

If you want to keep up to date on Mei’s latest nail art escapades you can follow her on Instagram @nailsbymei or find all of her work on her Tumblr http://nailsbymei.tumblr.com/

If you have any favourite nail artists you think I would like to take a look at, whether they are your local Beauty Salon or an international nail technician to the stars, be sure to let me know!

Article by Louise Henry

Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert.  She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75. 

Any questions, email louise@thebeautycloud.co.uk or find her on Facebook

Kylie’s Secret to Hair Success

After my little bundle of joy arrived this year my Saturday nights took on the official title of ‘relaxed night in’.  As a result, I’ve found myself increasingly hooked on a bit of Saturday Night TV with The Voice becoming a main attraction in my tele-viewing schedule. Why? Well, it’s mostly due to a certain pint-sized Australian who never fails to add a touch of glamour and interest.

In homage, I thought I’d take this opportunity to take a look at some key Kylie looks.

Kylie Minogue

Our first look is the ponytail.  This isn’t the ponytail of the playground.  This is a trendsetting sophisticated ponytail which has a Bridget Bardon feel to it.  With that little bit of extra height and its soft feminine edge this simple style has been transformed and oozes sex appeal! Ponytails are the little black dress of the hair style world – a classic that never goes out of fashion – and Kylie shows us exactly why.

Kylie Minogue

The second style I’ve picked out is Kylies’ effortless looking tousled curls. Again, a simple and effective style statement with curls created so that they go in different directions, giving that natural undemanding look.  Finished with a centre parting this hair style has a distinctly youthful feel.

Kylie Minogue

The final Kylie look I’ve chosen is her groomed voluminous blow dry.  It’s smooth but has bags of volume and body.  It retains a soft natural feel through the ends with a gentle bend – bringing in that key element of femininity that is key to Kylie’s look.

Kylie is proof that at 45 you can easily rock looks that are bang on trend – her secret, incorporating in a soft feminine feel! 

No Mascara is the New Mascara for AW14 according to London Fashion Week

I had the pleasure of flying over to work at London Fashion Week at the weekend. What can I say – IT ROCKS! The level of organisation and sheer beauty was phenomenal.

One of the shows I was working on was the Bernard Chandran AW14 Show. The designs were edgy, sexy and really packed a punch. They were mostly leather which just oozed sex appeal. The collection was designed with a masculine edge which delivers an element of power to these designs. AND THE BOOTS…. Do I need to mention those boots?! #Want #Need

I was there as part of Nora Nona’s Makeup Team! Boy is she a born leader and a pleasure to work with. She is a woman who knows exactly what she wants and she has a beautiful way of making it happen.

Across the different shows which I worked on, there was one common denominator. Nude on Nude on Nude!  AW14 is all about the flawless nude skin, which also meant – NO MASCARA! I have to admit, I did have a mini heart attack at the thought of models going on the catwalk with no mascara. I am a big mascara fan, I think it really changes the whole look of your makeup when you add it in. But I have to say, the results were flawless. It takes a lot of time to create a nude makeup fit for catwalk and I admit that when it was done, I didn’t even miss or notice that the mascara wasn’t there. It was all about contouring and skin!

Another trend on the AW14 Catwalk was dewy skin and I don’t mean the odd bit of shine on the cheek bones. Light reflecting creams and facial oils were in full swing on the catwalks of London Fashion Week. I worked with Nicola Moore on the Tessa Edwards AW14 show as well and the idea was to almost make the skin look like plastic. It was glossy all over – Usually this is a big no no in terms of makeup, but on the Catwalks of London – It worked!

Tessa Edwards designs were a big contrast to those of Bernard Chandran, but stunning none the less.  From pleats, metallic’s and monochrome the Tessa Edwards AW14 show captured the biggest trends this year but with a twist.

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Tessa Edwards, Tessa Edwards AW14, TEAW14, Metallics, pleats, fashion, london fashion week, LFW, nuala cambpbell, makeup, mua, make up artist Tessa Edwards, Tessa Edwards AW14, TEAW14, Metallics, pleats, fashion, london fashion week, LFW, nuala cambpbell, makeup, mua, make up artist

So if you want to know what the up-coming trend in terms of Makeup for AW14 – It’s Nude on Nude! But remember, its nude with a punch! Start practicing your contouring skills now!