Makeup Artist

Saturday 14 November 2020

AYU Makeup Tutorial

A gorgeous, dewy makeup tutorial using
products and brushes. I was thrilled to try these really great products. Easy to use, especially if time isn't on your side, long lasting and great for all skin types. 
Plus, it's great to support Irish

These products are going straight in my makeup kit to use on my clients.

AYU was founded by renowned Irish makeup artist and tutor, Suzie O'Neill.

A fresh, bright makeup look for you to try.
A x



Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Tutorial

I am thrilled to tell you that I am working with Charlotte Tilbury Makeup to offer you all a DISCOUNT CODE of 15% off ANY PRODUCTS ON HER WEBSITE!! You know how much I love her products so I have been bursting to tell you this news!
I am launching this offer with a full
Charlotte Tilbury
tutorial for you all, but especially for my beautiful brides during this lockdown. I have done a step-by-step makeup tutorial for you to do on your wedding day, a guidance to help you along and help you choose the right makeup products for your special day.
To avail of the 15% off, you must be a new customer of CT( you don't have to be a bride) Apply this code at the checkout: MMSIE00x99Ny , And that's it!! (if you have ordered from them already, you can use another email address).
During this tutorial I use
Sarah Keary Make Up
Brushes which are amazing!! Sarah is a well know MUA and you may have seen her work on Pippa O'Connor's social media. She's one of her go- to makeup artists. I have been gifted these brushes and I have a 10% discount code: ANNETTE10
Lots of good news this evening and I am so happy to hopefully help some brides out there and also to be able to give you all a discount code for some amazing CT products.
Thank you all so much for your support during this time. As always I have the most amazing clients and friends.
Annette x


Sunday 23 August 2020

Acne Mechanica from face masks

Wearing face masks have now become part of our daily life. And more than likely you're getting a few blemishes that you may never got before. I have found that after a few hours of wearing a mask, I break out along where my mask has been. More so, if I am wearing makeup. So back I went to my beauty therapy bible from collage and found out a little more information.


Acne Mechanica is a skin condition we get from wearing our masks. It is caused from heat, abrasion and friction. It is also quite common with sports players who wear head bands or helmets too. Heat causes pores to dilate, leaving them open for any debris to accumulate. Continued friction from our masks irritates the skin and the pressure seals in warmth, debris and dead skin against the skins surface. The three of these together cause a build up of bacteria, resulting in pustules and papule on the skin.


Keep your skin as clean as possible. Double cleanse the skin every night and try use an oil based cleanser to dissolve any makeup and oil that have built up during the day. You could also use an anti inflammatory product with tea tree oil as the main ingredient. If using a tea tree oil on its own be sure to mix with a carrier cream, as it can damage the skin when used neat. Use a warm face cloth or flannel to remove the cleanser. Keep the skin hydrated with serum and moisturiser.


Salicylic Acid: This works deep in to the pores to break up the dead skin and will prevent a build up of product on the skins surface. The most effective way to use this is through a cleanser 2/3 times a week. Try La Roche-Posay Effacer Micro-Peeling Gel Wash €22.95

Glycolic Acid: This is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and is found in a lot of our skin products at present. You may also find this as a key product in chemical peels. It is effective in reducing existing blemishes. Use this once a day, preferably at night time. Try The Ordinary Glycol Acid 7% Toning Solution €9.99

Benzoyl Peroxide: This product works by increasing the skin cell turnover rate and clearing dead skin cells, bacteria and oil from the pores. You can pick this up in pharmacies over the counter in a gel like form.

Retinol: Start by applying this product once a week. It speeds up the process of shedding dead skin cells but be careful as it can also irritate the skin. An effective product that can be used to reduce inflammation and minimise oil on the skin. Try The Inkey List Retinol Serum €11.99


Opt for fabrics such as cotton or linen which will allow the skin to breathe and sweat to evaporate. Be sure to wash it after every use.

If you have found any products that have helped you with blemishes or you have any skin questions,  let me know in the comments below. 

A x

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