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Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
Well, where do I start haha, I'm a wife and mother to 3 beautiful children that definitely keep me on my toes!! I have my own salon called The Rose Beauty Lounge where I offer a wide range of beauty treatments, including facials that are vegan and cruelty free, I am currently the only salon in the area that offers such treatment, I try to do my bit and only use cruelty free products where I can. I'm also a brand ambassador for Collagen Shots and an Arbonne Independent Consultant.
Have you always loved beauty and makeup and when did you decide to pursue it as a career?
Yes, I've always had such a huge passion for everything make and beauty really, since I was a little girl. I used to love sitting and watching my mum doing her makeup and would try and do it myself. I put lipstick on all my dolls and painted their nails, in a fashion anyway!!
Where did you learn your skills?
I did my beauty NVQ 2 & 3 training at North Lindsey College. Then I went on to further my skills with Airbase Make Up and trained with them in Leeds, then I did another course at Red 10 training academy doing Liquid and Powder nail enhancement course. And most recently also trained at Lincs BTMA doing Fashion, Photographic and media hair and make up studies.
Which kinds of makeup do you specialise in (bridal etc.) and do you have a particular favourite?
I specialise in bridal, and I feel so privileged to be apart of the brides special day, it's such an exciting time for them, and I love that I get to be apart of making it perfect for them. Also I absolutely love playing about and creating all kinds of looks. I really enjoy getting my hands dirty and creating special affects. Completely different to bridal!!
What are your favourite brands of makeup?
I'm currently using Arbonne cosmetics and have these in my professional kit also, I'm completely in love with the primer, honestly, it feels like silk on your skin.
What brushes do you use?
I have a few different ranges, I have a great range of Nanshy brushes, I love these as they wash so well and are so soft, they do a really good range which is perfect for my kit. I also use Arbonne and The Body Shop brushes, again, all are cruelty free.
What is your own daily makeup routine?
It's always crazy in my house in a morning, I actually don't know how I do it! But I have got myself into a really good routine now. I always do my skincare routine first, A good base will make all the difference to your make up. I then use a primer before applying my foundation, I use a brush as I find its so easy and quick to apply, then I always do my eyebrows next, then I continue to work with my eyes, I'm currently using a Christmas pallet I got from Arbonne, I love that I can use it for day and night. I lightly apply it for day, but for night, I will dampen my brushes slightly which then really brings out the pigments of colour. I will then but on eye liner, but before mascara I will then put my blusher on then a bit of bronze. Then I pop on a bit of lipstick. I do all this in about 15 minutes max. And somehow get all the kids in the car and away we go to school!!
How should we prepare our skin before applying makeup and what do you use to remove it?
Getting into a good skincare routine is key. I would recommend using skincare products that are right for your skin, ask your beauty therapist to help advise what products are right for your skin type, or your welcome to contact myself and I will happily help you with any questions you may have. Always cleanse, then tone, serum then moisturise, I also suggest investing in a really good serum, trust me, your skin will thank you for it. Im currently using, RE9 Intensive Renewal Serum, I love it, I saw a difference in my skin straight away. I found I wasn't having to use as much foundation, as my skin improved massively, fine lines were reduced and my skin tone became more evened out.
For the evening, cleanse your skin throughly, and use an eye makeup remover to make sure you get all eye make up properly. After you've cleansed your skin, then I recommend you use the Arbonne Intelligence Genius pads, just sweep over your face in an upwards motion, it will remove any make up that might be left on your skin, it's also like a gentle microdermabrasion. It really does remove all the dirt and grime from the day. Then apply your serum, eye cream and a really good night cream.
Who are your style icons?
Audrey Hepburn, she is just so elegant and naturally beautiful. Just perfection!
What are the biggest makeup mistakes that you see people making?
Young girls trying to look like Kim K. They are already beautiful and really don't need to go OTT with the contouring, they have youth on their side and already have great features. Seeing badly shaped eyebrows. People seem to really go massive when drawing on their eye brows, honestly I love to see natural features.
Finally, where can we see more of your work and of course, book you?
Thank you. Much Love, Lucy xxxx
By Sarah O'Connell on 17th January 2016