Diary Of A Makeup Artist: Week 1 With Lara

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The lovely Lara Himpelmann is back on your screens yet again, with a spanking new feature of ours. To give you a real insight into the beauty industry we are giving you an insight into industry bods working weeks to show you the products they can't live without and find out WHO (aka hello celebrities) that they are using them on. So, without further ado, take a peek into an experts diary.

Monday : Lipsy campaign shoot with Lottie Tomlinson

Campaign shoots are always loads of fun, usually at a beautiful location and with a big crew. This time we were shooting in a 1950s LA Suburbia-style house (sadly not in LA) with décor to make Wes Anderson jealous. A "pastel palette" was the colour brief for the day, so I worked with the stylist to figure out which makeup looks would work best. Lottie is a bit of an Instagram celebrity, with a massive 2.6 million followers! Famous for being a makeup artist herself (no pressure, then) as well as being Louis from One Direction's sister, so is pretty used to the limelight, and knows her beauty stuff! I used my favourite base YSL Touche Le Teint Eclat foundation £28.50, blended with a little Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation £26.95 to give the extra coverage needed for under the bright studio lights. This foundation is a dream, and a little goes a really long way.

Lottie is a huge eyelash fan, so I used the wispy wonders of Lash Magnifigue (the French know their stuff, they are quite magnificent) for a fluttery finish. Lips can really dominate a look, so I kept it cool and modern with a sky-blue limited lipstick from MAC in ‘Umbrella Sky’. A brave choice, but it’s only lipstick, right? Find similar here.

Tuesday: Jimmy Choo Ecommerce Campaign

Makeup doesn’t always have to be about faces, shooting today for Jimmy Choo meant body makeup was just as important to get right. One of the only products I’ve found that has truly mastered it is MAC Face and Body foundation. It does exactly what it says on the bottle, a fool-proof guide to perfect pins. Dubbed ‘an instant pair of tights in a bottle’, mainly by me, it will revolutionise your summer bare-leg worries.

Wednesday: L’oreal Colour Trophy Live

Super sensitive skin can be a bit of a nightmare, especially combined with a 30 minutes prep time! The model was reacting o EVERYTHING I pit on her face, so not ideal in the short timefrace. It’s not ideal, but don’t panic I know the best fixes for skin that's having a tantrum! My go to fix for inflamed, reactive skin is La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray £3.50 to calm the skin, followed by Bioderma Sensibio AR - Anti Redness Cream £25.31. It really did the job and skin equilibrium was restored. For red, blotchy skin, I try to avoid using a high coverage base as this can make things worse overall. Instead, I buffed in Estee Lauder Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector (EE cream) £34.00 (yep, it’s the new thing after BBs and CCs) then used a little Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer £20.52 to hide blemishes.

Thursday: NOTION Magazine Editorial Shoot

Today was all about boys grooming, shooting an editorial with 2 models for NOTION magazine. Editorials are always fun and creative, and a great excuse to guinea pig new products. Today, I’m loving Laura Mercier Face Polish £26.00. Suitable for all skin types, even super sensitive, this exfoliator doubles up as a milky cleanser, and doesn’t compromise on either. It didn’t leave the face red or blotchy, which can be the case with some exfoliators, so it will be definitely staying in my kit staples and bathroom from now on, hopefully my boyfriend won't see this and steal it!

Friday: West Ham New Kit Launch Campaign

I’m not much of a football fan, but today was pretty cool nonetheless. West Ham have a new kit launch, so I was on hand giving mini-facials and beard oil rubs... It’s a hard life. Luxury skincare brand – Rodial sent me an amazing haul that I’ve been really excited to try out, and the players loved it. I started the players mini facials with the highly acclaimed Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm £50.00, hailed for the wonder ingredient - bee venom to plump and firm fine lines and wrinkles. You’re probably thinking, oh no! What about the bees?! Yep, me too. I ruthlessly researched it and found that no bees were harmed in the process due to extracting venom from the hive, rather than the bee. Phew! Next is Rodial Snake Serum £89.99 and again, no snakes were harmed. It basically mimics the effects of a snakebite on the face, which sounds pretty brutal, but really it just gives a mild freeze like effect to reduce expression lines over time; and it smells great too. It went down surprisingly well with everyone and felt really luxurious. Finally, Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Day Cream £34.00. This is fast becoming my most favourite moisturiser, ever. It uses colour correction technology to give an instant radiant, healthy glow. Perfect for dehydrated - oily skin, it really does deliver to everyone. The ‘super-food’ part includes Rose-hip seed oil, goji berry, wheat germ oil and pomegranate extract. Mmm…note to self – do not eat.

So there you have 5 days, 5 unique insights into the world of makeup. For further examples of Lara’s work check out her fab instagram @larahimpelmann or get in touch via her website www.larahimpelmann.com

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