How to do the dreaded ‘flick’

Hey guys, my goodness this week’s post has pushed me to the limit in terms of being able to achieve it. Over the past few weeks I have attempted on three occasions to film it for my Instagram, but it is so incredibly difficult to do while holding a phone at the same time.

I truly tried my best to get easy step by step photos for you to follow along to. Something which is usually easy for me, was made 100 times more complicated when trying to get photos of the steps, as pardon the pun, I usually just ‘wing it’ and never worry about the process being tidy, as I just fix it up at the end.

So without further ado, lets begin this tutorial.

The first thing to do is draw a line using either eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner, gel liner or a sharpened eyeliner pencil. This line is an extension of the lower lash line as shown in the photo above. Once you have placed the line you don’t need to worry about how long it is, as we can extend it later on.

Using small strokes, I move to the top of the line and drag it back towards the eyelid, filling in the gap as we go along.

Moving to the inner corner next, go slowly and draw a thin line from the inner corner to the outer corner. Move really slowly to ensure precise application.

The last step is to connect the line to the flick. This is really easy to do if you go slowly. When you have reached this stage, you can decide whether to thicken the liner or whether you are happy with what you have achieved.

I hope this helps you understand a little better how to apply liner.

This is a process which is easier to teach in person and can be covered in a 1-1 lesson. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Love, Sarah

How to apply concealer.

Hi everyone, for this week’s blog post I thought I would share some tips on how to apply concealer. Concealing is an extremely important part of makeup and if done correctly, can make a world of difference to the finished look.

I’m sure you have all seen videos or pictures over complicating it and have thought its probably too difficult to attempt. The photo below is an example of the areas you can apply a concealer in which the aim is to ‘conceal and brighten.’

As you can see, I have applied concealer under my eyes, on my eyelids as a primer for eyeshadow, the centre of my forehead and my chin. You can also apply it down the centre of the nose too, but lets not complicate it for today. Contouring works best when the centre of the face is lighter so that the perimeters can be emphasised, using products such as bronzer and highlighter. A few products I recommend for this part of concealing on a fair-medium skin tone is:

  • Collection Concealer Shade 0 or 1
  • MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer shade NC15
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer shade Vanilla

These are just a few of the concealers I love and the list could most definitely go on.

Up next you want to use either a beauty blender or brush to blend out the concealer into the foundation.

If you suffer from acne or perhaps the foundation you are using is a light/medium coverage, then you can use concealer to cover these problem areas. It is important that unless you have fair skin and no tan, to use a darker shade of concealer as shown in the photo above. Aim for a shade as close to the colour of your foundation as possible. The Collection Concealer in shade 2 or 3 is a great option for this. The main reason is that you just want to ‘conceal’ these areas and not brighten, highlight or draw any attention to them.

The next steps is to use either a pressed or translucent powder to set the areas you concealed, and the foundation too. Depending on your age and skin type will determine the areas that you need to set.

Once the makeup is set you are ready to add some definition to the face.

In the coming week’s I will do another blog post on how to contour and bronze, so make sure and sign up to receive an email notification when that goes live.

Thank you for reading,

Love Sarah xxx

The easiest way to apply false lashes

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a lovely day. For this week’s blog post I decided to show you a step by step guide to applying lashes. It’s one of those things that people are scared of and can never seem to get right. Perhaps one weekend you manage it on the first or second attempt and then the next weekend you fling them across the room in frustration. Does that sound like you?

Well I have taken some photos to try and explain each step as simply as possible. I will say that it does require good eyesight and sometimes I find that the people who struggle the most, maybe can’t see what they are doing. So make sure you have good lighting as well as a close up mirror so you can’t go wrong.

Before we begin, I will apologise for the quality of photos. I don’t photoshop or know how to edit so I did the best I could. Let’s get straight into it.

What do you need?

Step One:

Using tweezers, gently take the lashes from their packaging. If you are too rough you will damage them so peel them off slowly. For the purpose of this blog I have used a set of lashes with a very thin band and are more for creating length than volume. Lashes with a thin band tend to be lighter and easier to apply. Once you get the hang of them, then you can try heavier lashes with ease. I have previously applied mascara as well as some black eyeliner to blend in the band, so if you haven’t already done this then apply both of these products.

With larger lash bands the eyeliner will help blend in the lashes and this is important. For the lashes I have used in this blog, I could have skipped this part as the band is so thin.

Step Two:

Hold the lashes up against your eye to see if they are the correct length. If they are too long then you can carefully cut a little bit off the outer part of the lash- the longer side usually. (I forgot to take a picture of the scissors).

Step Three:

Once you have the correct length of lashes, take some Duo glue and line the lashes. I apply it directly from the tube, just be careful you don’t squeeze too much out. You can apply the glue on the back of your hand and then onto the lashes if that is easier.

As you can see I applied a generous amount over the lash band, taking care not to coat the lashes themselves. The most important part of the whole process now is setting the lashes down and leaving them for THREE MINUTES. Do not be tempted to lift them sooner as they will be too slippy and wet to apply. This is were most people go wrong and apply them immediately. If you wait until they the glue is tacky, when you place them on your lash line, they won’t budge.

Step Four:

After Three minutes, using the tweezers lift one of the lashes in the centre. Be sure to apply the correct lash to the correct eye. Usually in lashes like these the shorter lashes are usually for the corner of the eye.

Place the lash as close to your lashes as you can but still touching your eyelid. I place it in the centre, let go and then secure down each end separately.

Step Five:

After applying the lash to the other eye, I go back to the first eye and using the tweezers I squeeze my own lashes together with the false lashes and this helps them look like one.

The lashes should now be placed perfectly and will last all day/night.

My biggest recommendation is the Duo glue which you can buy from Superdrug and Boots. It will last you a very long time and is the best I have ever tried!

I hope this helps any of you who struggle with lashes!

Thank you for reading my blog,

Love, Sarah xxx

Two different ways to use the BPerfect Liquid Eyeshadows

Hey everyone,

Another week is here and I have a feeling this year is going to go as quickly as last year. My aim as always is one blog post a week and I asked my Instagram followers about whether they would like to see this post or not. 98% said yes so here it is! I hope the photo quality is ok, it is super hard without editing the pictures so I have tried my best!

I got lots of use out of these glitters over Christmas and I know some of you got them as presents too! My favourite out of the three shades is most definitely ‘Buzz’. In my opinion this is the most similar consistancy and formula to the Stila Liquid Eyeshadows. The pigment is just absolutely stunning! The rose gold shade is also beautiful and the silver is lovely on top of another eyeshadow.

For this weeks post, I am going to show you just two different ways of using this product. For a precise application I recommend using a detailed brush as shown in the photo below;

You will soon see why using a smaller brush is super important. The first eye look I am going to show you is the easiest option, of applying it all over the lid. Previous to this photo I have added a light brown eyeshadow into the crease and a deeper brown to really open the eye and lift it.

Using the brush I simply apply the product onto the lid and then blend the edges with a fluffy brush. It is super simple to do and looks as though you have put lots of effort in.

I added some black eyeliner and mascara to the top and a nude eyeliner to the bottom waterline. This opens my eye without adding any further darkness to the lower lashes. A slick of mascara and a set of lashes finishes the look!

For the second look, I done a smokey eye. I began with light brown eyeshadow in the crease which I then faded into black. To add some drama, I used a Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner to create a flick.

I then took the small detailer brush as used before and began to create my look;

I went along the line of my eyeliner slowly and added the liquid glitter. This is so easy to do as you don’t need any glue and you can get a nice clean line.

What I love about this eyeshadow is that it dries almost instantly. If you have oily eyelids then you will need to be sure to prime your eyes correctly and make sure they are set.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I loved doing it. Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for the next night out you may have! Thank you so much for all the support and please be sure to follow me on Instagram as I try to be more active on there.

Instagram- sarahmccaffrey_promakeupartist

Have a wonderful week and I will be back next week with another blog post.

Love, Sarah

Tutorial- How I fill in my brows in eight easy steps

October is disappearing before our eyes and this is the second time I have attempted this blog post. My goodness it is not easy to take good quality photos of yourself as well as trying to remember to document the whole process. I take my hat of to anyone who videos themselves for Youtube because I don’t think I could manage it!

Before we begin, the pictures are unedited and raw and a little disclaimer* – these are the way I do my brows, every client asks me for a different look in regards to their brows and of course I do what they ask.

I have tried my best and I hope my description will help you all in learning how to create your own unique eyebrows. To show two different styles, my left eyebrow is how I personally  like them which is more defined than the right. Everyone has their own idea of what the ‘Perfect brow’ is and I hope my method makes it a little easier for you.

Without further ado, lets get into it.

Up first are the products that I like to use;

My two favourite products at the moment is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and Illamasqua Brow Gel. There are lots of cheaper versions of both products and I use both for different reasons, which I will show you next.

Step One: Brush through your brow hair and make sure all the hair is facing in the direction it should be

Step Two: I use the Illamasqua Brow Gel and a brush to create the first and most important line, from the front of the brow to the arch as you can see above. As I have very little hair at the front of my brow, I bring the product a little closer to the front so that I can brush it upwards later on. If you have lots of hair here then you probably won’t need to start your line as close to the beginning. The reason that I don’t use the brow pencil for this, is because it is quicker for me to get an accurate line with the gel product.

Step three: Using the same product and brush I bring the product in a straight line down the tail of the brow. (See my Milani blog post for another great product that I often use).

Step four: Brush through the eyebrow to disperse the product gently through the eyebrow, taking care not to ruin the line you have just created.

Step five: Using the eyebrow pencil for a softer look I begin to create hair strokes throughout the brow to fill in any gaps.

Step six: Using the spoolie and no extra product I begin to brush the front of the brow to create a faded look as well as the illusion of hair.

Step seven: To tidy up the area and ensure that the base line is nice and straight, I am using a flat concealer brush and a tiny amount of any concealer.

Step eight: Next up I use a small eye shadow brush with some highligher to highlight under the brow bone. This will draw attention to the highest point of the brow and emphasise the arch, which in turn will lift the face.

For a more defined brow:

On the other side I have defined the brow and made it more rounder. This is the preferred style that I love and it is just a case of making it more parallel than I did on the other side. To keep your brow looking as natural as possible then you would follow the structure of the brow like I did above. On my face the picture below is best suited to me and I make the lines more structured and free flowing. To do this I try and forget about the eyebrow that I have and create a new one. It is so important to keep brushing the product through with a spoolie. Always add a small amount of product, building it up to avoid making a mistake.

There are so many types of eyebrows and there are different products that you may need to apply to tame your brows if the hairs are very long. All these types of questions are what is covered in my 1-1 lessons were I can show you how to create the perfect shape for your face.

Don’t be discouraged if you try this and it doesn’t turn out well. It really does take practice and you can easily achieve this look. There are some really great budget friendly brands out there, such as Primark’s own brand, which have great eyebrow products. I use a variety of products depending on the age of my clients, so it is definitely not  ‘one product suits all.’ I suggest that you build up your confidence with cheaper products and then branch into other more expensive brands when you get the swing of it. This way you can see which type of product that you like to work with and then you aren’t wasting your money. It doesn’t matter the price of the products that you are using, as long as you follow the steps you will easily find the best method for you. Everyone will find something that works for them and you will too.

Benefit have some amazing products and you can find them in Debenhams and ask them for advice on shades and different options.

If you have any questions please leave them below or if you would like to book in for a 1-1 lesson and would like more information then get in touch.

Lessons last 90 mins and cost £45 (£50 inc. lashes). You will learn step by step how to achieve a full makeup look and you are encouraged to bring along your own makeup and brushes  so that I can advise you properly on what you are doing right/wrong.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and I hope you found it helpful. Don’t forget to subscribe to my email list before you go, that way you will get notified every time I upload a new post.

Love, Sarah