Sunday, 12 May 2013

What's in my make-up bag - Daytime edtion

Over the past couple of weeks I've been transitioning to more light-weight make-up in preparation for summer.  Although judging by the weather this weekend, I needn't be in too much hurry!  With a 15 month old on the loose, I generally don't have much time to spend on getting ready, so my focus is on a quick, natural finish with plenty of luminosity to disguise the general lack of sleep!

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer - this is a recent purchase and I'm super happy with it.  The finish is really beautiful and it's perfect coverage for every day wear.  As long as I'm careful not to rub my face, it holds up well.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - I use this under my eyes and the coverage is great.  Love the fact that I don't have to worry about it melting away throughout the day.  Brilliant for the price.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - A setting powder with a little extra coverage.  Leaves the skin with a luminous, rather than powdery, finish.

Suqqu Eyebrow Liquid Pen - My hero product of 2013.  Post-pregnancy brows have not been a pretty sight but this pen is amazing! It's so quick to use and exceptionally natural-looking.

Urban Decay Naked Palette - A bit of an impulse purchase that I'm now regretting.  Too much glitter, fades quickly.  Its saving grace is that there are a good variety of shades, but if I had to buy it again, I wouldn't.

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Eye Liner - I realise liquid liner wouldn't be everyone's choice for everyday eye make-up but for me it's the quickest way to good definition and stand-out.  This is the best liquid eyeliner I've tried.  The wand is really easy to use so I can line my eyes in seconds, the liner isn't too glossy and has never flaked.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Gold - I don't line under my eyes every day, but if I do want to this is what I use.  Beautiful colour and the formula is a dream.  Hands down my favourite eye pencil.  Ever.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara - I don't like this mascara.  I should have stuck with Max Factor Masterpiece.  Enough said.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul - I rotate blushers fairly frequently (before this I was using Nars Blush in Deep Throat) but this is a perennial favourite.  Lovely rosy glow.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle - Not an every day product but I whip a bit of this across the tops of my cheekbones if my skin is looking particularly tired.

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment in Rose (not pictured) - A truly moisturising balm with a hint of rosy-pink.  Smells lemony and yummy.

Laura x

After months of neglect.....

I've well and truly been neglecting my blog, but I'm back with a new resolve to update more regularly! Thank you to everyone who's stuck with me and there'll be a new post coming later today!

Laura x

Friday, 26 August 2011

Langley Priory Photoshoot

Photography: Butterworth Photography
Styling: Adore by Chloe
Hair: Simon Tuckwell (Sutherland and Barnett)
Make-up: Laura Harrison
Dresses: Grace Couture
Flowers: Tineke Floral
Venue: Langley Priory

Laura x

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Exciting news!

Things have been a bit quiet here at Make-up of the Day for a while and that's partly related to some exciting news I have to share!

I'm pleased to be able to tell you that I am expecting a baby!  I'm 14 weeks pregnant and baby is due in early February.

Don't worry, this isn't going to become a baby blog, but I will share odd little bits about my pregnancy journey from time to time.

I haven't been posting as much lately and much of that is down to how busy I've been with bridal make-up for weddings this summer, but also I've been incredibly tired so any free time has been dedicated to relaxing (well, sleeping!).

Aside from the tiredness and nausea, my skin has been suffering and for the first time in my life I've really needed concealer, and I've been much more dedicated in my applications of body moisturiser!  

If any of you have any tips for beauty products great for pregnant women, I'd love to hear them!

Laura x

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Devos photoshoot

It's full-on Bridal season so time for blogging is very limited at the moment, but I wanted to share some of the things I've been working on recently!

Fashion students are busy pulling together their final collections and here are some pictures from a shoot with Chris Harris Photography and 2nd year Fashion student designer Jess Devos.  Hair and make-up by me.

How to recreate the look...

The designer wanted to create a mysterious English rose look.  I created a soft smokey eye using shades of grey and plenty of mascara, a pretty soft pink on the cheeks and lips and fresh, youthful glowing skin.

Try MAC eyeshadow in Print, L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara, Bobbi Brown blusher in Sand Pink and Urban Decay lipstick in Peroxide. 

Laura x

Friday, 27 May 2011

Royal Wedding inspired shoot!

Some pictures from our Royal Wedding inspired photoshoot, styled by Chloe from Love Making It and published on Love My Dress and in Save The Date Magazine

I created two make-up looks - one which was very much inspired by Kate Middleton's personal style, and a "rock and roll princess" look.  Find out more about how to re-create Kate's look here.

Behind the scenes...

Photography -
Styling – Chloe from 
Stationery -
Cakes & chair covers - 
Jewellery - 
Wedding dresses - 
Hair styling – Simon from 
Make up - By me!
Bridesmaid Dresses - 
Flowers -
Venue - 
China Hire -
Videographer – 

Laura x

Thursday, 26 May 2011

My Everyday make-up

Being a make-up magpie I LOVE to know what other people keep in their make-up bags so I thought I'd share the products that I currently love and use everyday...
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base 

This is one of those useful combination products which gives my skin moisture and a base ready for foundation - makes my skin feel more smooth and plump and my foundation glides on over the top.  The only thing I don't like is the heavy glass jar, so be prepared to scoop some into a travel container.

Myface Mymix Foundation in Fair 01 

I constantly recommend this foundation to clients.  It's incredibly well priced, gives great coverage, is well pigmented and looks very natural on the skin with just a hint of radiance.  It's one of the few foundations that doesn't look patchy on my nose by the end of the day and any shine can usually be patted down or blotted away with a tissue.  My only complaint is that the fairer shades do lean a little pink, but I rectify this with a yellow face powder and it balances out for me perfectly.  I wear this almost every day and prefer to blend it with my fingers.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque

I am very prone to bluish skin on the inner corner of my eyes and to truly cancel that out, an orange colour corrector is needed.  As a make-up artist I keep this product in my kit and find that the shade Bisque works well for most caucasian skin tones, even very fair skin.  Don't be alarmed by the peachy tone, it won't look that way on the skin as the blue and peach will cancel each other out.  If you can see the peach - you've used too much!   I apply with my fingers or the Bobbi Brown Cream Blending Brush.

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer in 01 Light Neutral

Perfect for underneath my eyes where I have no dark skin but just want to even out, brighten up the skin tone and reduce the appearance of puffiness. It's well pigmented so use sparingly - I only need a pin head sized amount for each eye, and I run any excess over my eyelids as a make-up base.  I apply with my fingers or the Bobbi Brown Cream Blending Brush.

Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC20

Total hero product, everyone should have this in their life!  I'm always surprised MAC don't promote this more but Powder Foundation seems to be a bit out of fashion.  A shame, because it's such a useful product.  On days where you don't have time for a full base, a generous dusting of this and you're done.  If you have applied a liquid foundation, it doubles as a setting powder and gives a boost to the coverage.  This powder foundation does have incredibly good coverage and wears very well.  Even if I was wearing this on it's own all day, I'd only have to touch up once or twice before going out on the evening.  I like to apply this with a large fluffy powder blush and buff into the skin.

MAC Quad with Retrospeck, Patina, Charcoal Brown and Mystery

I've assembled a MAC quad with a few basic and multipurpose eyeshadows so that I can create a variety of looks with minimal products.  Generally I use a wash of Retrospeck on the lid, Patina in the crease and smudge Charcoal Brown on to the top lash line (over Teddy pencil, see below) and on it's own underneath the eye.  I have Mystery if I want to darken up close to the lash line.

MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy

A lovely warm and flattering brown.  The texture is very smooth and easy to smudge but lasts pretty well throughout the day (even better if set with eyeshadow).

Clinique High Impact Mascara

I don't think I've ever found a mascara that I unconditionally love, but this ticks most of the boxes and it's certainly my most repurchased.  It doesn't irritate, smudge or flake, looks pretty dramatic in one coat and pretty well defined.  

MAC Eye Brows in Fling

A self propelling, thin pencil with a soft waxy texture.  It's very easy to create natural definition and fill any sparse areas in the brows.  Fling is suitable for blond hair so I use it to add some warmth to my brown eyebrows as I have blond highlights.

Clinique Quick Blush in Hurry Honey

This is a bit of a gimmicky product, but it works.  The brush and blusher are built into the tube, you rotate the lid before pulling the brush out to load the blush powder.  How much you turn the brush controls how much product is loaded.  The brush isn't amazing, but it works well enough to apply and blend with and saves carrying a separate brush.  What I really love though is the colour - Hurry Honey is a perfect nude-coral with a touch of radiance.  The orange tones are very flattering to cheeks that are prone to redness by helping to balance the high colour.  If you've always been a bit scared of blusher - this is a great place to start.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Ming

Lovely texture, not at all drying and applies like a liquid lipstick.  Ming is a beautiful pink which brightens up the face.  

Laura x

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Modern Wedding

As we head firmly into wedding season, I've been taking part in quite a few bridal photoshoots and last Sunday was a Modern Purple-themed wedding shoot with the fantastic Wedding Stylist Chloe Adlington from Love Making It.  

Chloe's photoshoot was inspired by a glamorous purple velvet sofa at The Vicarage Boutique Hotel in Southwell.  For the shoot her colour palette was purple, black and white and all the detailing used simple shapes and lots of sparkle.

The make-up look I created for the bride used soft, smoky purples on the eyes and pretty pink cheeks and lips.  The bridesmaid's eyes were lilacs and greys, with a natural flush on the cheeks and lips.

Photography: Alex Jones
Hairstyling: Simon 
Wedding dresses: Grace Couture
Cocktail dress: Shade

For more details about the shoot and for more pictures, visit Chloe's blog at  It's a treasure trove of beautiful ideas!

Laura x

Monday, 14 March 2011

Kate Middleton inspired make-up

Last week I did the make-up for a Royal Wedding inspired shoot and I created two make-up looks - one which was very much inspired by Kate Middleton's personal style, and a "rock and roll princess" look.  You can see the pictures here as they've now been published and here's my advice on how to recreate her look.

Kate Middleton's make-up is generally very natural, glowing and classic.

Make sure your skin is well moisturised and use a radiant foundation or tinted moisturiser with a dewy finish to keep skin looking fresh with a healthy glow.  If you're feeling particularly dehydrated or suffering from dull skin, try a radiance boosting product such as Clarins Beauty Flash Balm or Laura Mercier Secret Finish underneath your foundation.

Keep eyeshadow very neutral with a slight shimmer.  Kate sticks to a cool colour palette of greys, blues and browns.  Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Wash Eyeshadows are perfect for this look, try Heather Mauve or Rock.  Place the shadow over the lid and up to the crease.  To add definition around the eyes gently smudge a very fine line into the top and bottom lashes right to the inner corner.  The key is to keep the line sharp and use a soft grey or brown - try Laura Mercier's Kohl Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey. 

Kate's cheeks have a very natural flush so try a cream blusher rather than powder.  MAC's Cremeblush in Lillient is a beautiful rosy shade (but sadly being discontinued) or a tint such as Daniel Sandler Watercolour in Cherub.

Keep lips totally simple with just a clear lipgloss or a light sweep of colour with Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Apricot.

Laura x
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