‘Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity’.

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder…   It’s been a while since I last blogged so I thought I’d get back into the swing of it with a brand new shiny banner I created in InDesign (you like?) and a portfolio update. I’ve also been busy creating a new website purely for my portfolio viewing purposes for potential new clients, you can view that at http://www.mariebruce.com It’s a very simple minimalist design so that it doesn’t detract from it’s main purpose – and i’m super happy I managed to do the whole thing all by myself! I feel so grown up.

Now onto the good stuff. Let’s get re-aquainted shall we?

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A quick test with the stunning Eydis from Elite London. Photographed by Chris Nutt. I wanted to have some fun and experiment with different lighting, colour and textures and we were sent beautiful new face Eydis for the occasion. Eydis has gone on to feature in one the of the new Lisa Eldridge for Elle tutorials as well as various other editorials – she is destined for big things and with brows to rival Cara Delevigne it’s not hard to see why!

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Another beauty test with lovely Eliza also from Elite London. This was shot by the ever talented Marco (www.marcomajocchi.com) who is the king of beauty photography. Eliza had beautiful skin and need very little coverage. I kept the focus on her eyes using browns and golds taking the colour right up to her eyebrows. Healthy Mix foundation was used to perfect Eliza’s skin.

 

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You may recognise the set up of these images from a previous post where I got to go to Southend for the day. These images have recently been published by C-Heads magazine – http://www.c-heads.com/2013/12/05/lucy-anderson-and-steph-taylor-by-rosaline-shahnavaz-for-c-heads/ where you can see the full story!

 

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A couple of images from an editorial a couple of months back. Our model was Julia @ Joy (SA) and Storm (LON) who was the sweetest thing. The shoot was quite experimental and involved lots of psychedelic elements, 60’s vibes and British brands. The full story can be seen at: http://issuu.com/imute/docs/imute_magazine_issue_no.4

 

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Another editorial shot by  Benjamin Mallek ( http://www.benjaminmallek.com) in collaboration with Primitive London. Our model was lovely Cara who had gorgeous skin which I made luminous using Chanel Vitalumiere. The full set can be seen at: http://umagmag.com/2013/11/cara-lewis-benjamin-mallek/

 

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A couple of images from a quite beauty shoot with photographer Polly Hanrahan.  I just wanted to play around with shapes and textures and glitter. Nothing too thought out, just having some fun and seeing where the mood takes me!

 

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Two stunning images from Marco again, with Tamara and Viktorija at Elite London. Nice natural makeup was applied here to these beauties. From memory I believe I used sheered out MAC full coverage on Tamara (left) and Chanel Vitalumiere on Vik (right). The full set of images are all so beautiful with couture styling by Ricardo M Chiacchio.

I think that sums up most of what I have been doing the last few months in a nutshell.

For more makeup related goodness you can visit me on Instagram @mariebruce which I regularly update!

Oh yes, and I chopped all my hair off! What do you think?

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The amazingly talented Ky’Cut Wilson @ Percy & Reed was the mastermind behind the new do. Highly recommended!

I will also be doing a charity raffle in the new year to raise money for ‘Scope’ where I will be selling tickets to win a hamper of makeup and beauty goodies. So far the hamper contains several NARS products including some limited editions, my favourite mascara, some Nails inc goodies and an eye shadow palette. Once I am happy with the amount of products in the hamper I will be giving details of how to buy raffle tickets in the new year!

For now it’s cheerio, I will hopefully be updating a bit more regularly over the winter months as things become a little quiet on the work front so stay tuned!

Marie x

 

 

 

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‘Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine’.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…! Oh I do like to be beside the sea!!

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Yesterday I got to go to Southend-on-Sea for an editorial for Ballad Of Magazine. Going to such fun locations is such a plus in this industry, it puts the whole team in a good mood which in turn creatives positive energy making the days work a success and fun!!

The story we was shooting is based on the theme of Sugar & Spice – taking things from your childhood memories to influence and inform the images. We got to shoot two lovely models, Stephanie & Lucy, and here’s what I did with them..!

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Stephanie had the most gorgeous skin. I used plenty of strobe cream on her high points for extra dewiness and glow. For both of our girls I created a similar looks with slight variances. I made Stephanie’s brows more defined and used less colour on her eyes and more bronzer. I used a mattifying moisturiser by Elemis (smells lovely and lemon-y!) due to the heat – I didn’t want the girls skin getting to oily/slippery under the intense heat we’ve been having lately. I used MAC full coverage as a base and buffed it in with Real Technique’s Expert face Brush – one of my favourite brushes!

 

 

 

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Here’s Lucy’s first look. Lucy had such long eyelashes – just look at those shadows they are creating! She also had quite untamed eyebrows which I love so I decided not to fill them in but to gel them into place and build up a stronger eye. I also used full coverage by MAC as Lucy’s base matching to her natural colour. Some contouring and moisturised nude lips and our beauties were good to go!

And one of the girls together… I used the dark lip colour on Lucy in some of the looks for some variance in the final images. Note to self, I NEED that fluffy white jumper!!

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All in all a great shoot once again with a great team and a great location. Here’s a few more behind the scenes images I snapped throughout the day!

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All images were shot with film – I can’t wait to share once the magazine comes out in print!

In other news, I just purchased This Works ‘In Transit Close Up’ which claims to be a moisturiser-come-primer which I can’t wait to use on my next shoot – I may possibly write a quick review of it once I’ve decided if it will make my kit or not! Also, I have FINALLY found my perfect blue nail varnish – I love blue nails, and this, Blueberry by Barry M, is now my ultimate staple. With it’s gel formula is also super shiny and long lasting!

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Thanks for reading, any q’s or comments welcomed!

Marie x

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‘Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution’. Alexander McQueen.

So I’ve just got some images back from an amazing editorial shoot I did a few months back which I’m now allowed to share!

The shoot took place in a really cool studio in East London called provision – really loved that place, must keep it in mind for future projects!

So our lovely model for the day was Hannah from Storm who can be seen here with some very minimal natural make up on by me:

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The brief was very Alexander McQueen inspired. A lot of natural decay & taxidermy. Our model was to have a lot of contouring, and her eyebrows blocked out. Fun!

Here’s some behind the scenes I snapped whilst we were getting down to business:

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And here was my make up station. A nice big huge space for my kit with the biggest mirror, love! I would like to point out that this was post-make up application and not beforehand, i’m not THAT messy ha.

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For eyebrow blocking there’s a few methods one can use to create an illusion of a brow-less face. One way, which was the first way I learned, is to use wax. Essentially it involves using your thumb and a lot of pressure to smooth the wax over the brow to seal the hairs in place. The second and most favoured method is to use Pritt Stick! For this, you basically want to slide one layer of pritt stick over the brow, and then use a spatular and dig a chunk out of the glue stick to smooth over the brow once the first layer has dried. As with both methods it’s then a case of building the concealer up in layers and powdering in between for extra hold.

Hannah previously had a bad experience with the pritt stick method when another MUA did not remove it all after the job therefore she was not so keen on having them removed that way, luckily I brought with me both my glue AND wax!

The wax version is a little harder to work with however with a sharp eye I managed to get rid of those brows and was able to jump in at any point to smooth anything over. The wax I use is by Kryolan which can be found online or at Charles Fox in Covent Garden, London.

As this shoot was a few months ago, I can’t fully remember all of the products I used but I can definitely remember a few..

For Hannah’s complexion I used MAC’s Full Coverage in a blend of two shades. For all of you who have used full coverage before and know how thick it i, fear not – just use less and mix it with some Strobe cream. It gives a really nice coverage to skin and has that dewy effect at the same time owing to the strobe cream. I use this a lot on my models and it has a really great staying power. For Hannah’s eye contouring I used a mix of medium and dark browns from my MAC palette and I know Satin Taupe was definitely used A LOT. For contouring I used Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in shade 52.

Without further ado, here are a selection of the final images that I personally love.

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What do you think? Probably not an everyday look for the office but I love the flow of the images, the styling and the dramatics of the props.

 

I hope you like my latest offering 🙂

Marie x

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‘My escape is to just get in a boat and disappear on the water’.

Recently I was part of a very exciting shoot which took place on a boat on the canal in West London. One thing to know about me is I LOVE boats. In fact, one of my many aims in life is to get my skipper license so that I can sail my own boat one day. So yeah, love the things.

I was lucky to be in the company of so many talented and creative people that day. The owner of the boat, a ridiculously cool cordwainer who makes amazing accessories from leather was the perfect host, sailing us to various locations for the shoot, telling us about the history of the canal and the grand surrounding buildings. We sailed through the picturesque Little Venice and eventually moored in Camden Lock where there were hundreds of folk out drinking along the waterside and the rooftop bars – watching us as we captured the final look of the day and wrapped up.

Some behind the scenes I snapped during the day. How adorable is the husky we had for company?

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We had a male and female model on board (literally) and I was Hair & Make up Artist for the female model, Lera. Although I didn’t get a snap of Lera pre-hair & make up I have managed to find a pretty natural shot which I’ve sneaked from her book. Here is the lovely lady.

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Lera had gorgeous eyes and really full lips – a dream to work on basically! I decided to use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in a mix of shades 51 and 53 until I reached Lera’s perfect skin colouring. There were three looks required for the whole shoot, but only slight variances, nothing too drastic which required me to change the whole look completely.

As this shoot was for submission to a magazine I’m not allowed to share the final images online however I can show you some of the beauty images that were pulled out for me to use for my book.

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This was the first look where I used some golden shades from my MAC palette to create a golden brown defined eye. Unfortunately the harsh sunlight took away a lot of the shimmery golden-ness from the eyes but I’m kind of loving the rusty effect it has created. On Lera’s lips I used a couple of shades from my Kryolan lip palette and slicked my Tarte LipSurgence over the top for some added colour and shine.

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Here in look two I upped the ante a little, with some stronger contouring (although not visible in this image) using my Dainty Doll blush in 003. For lips I removed the first layers of products with Bioderma Crealine H20 on a cotton pad, smoothed over the foundation and concealed around the mouth area before lining with MAC’s ‘Redd’ lip liner. I filled in Lera’s lips with Russian Red, also by MAC and patted an orange coloured lipstick (Kiss Me by Sleek) for a subtle 3 dimensional look. How luscious do our models lips look here?!

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And finally look three. I used a mix of deep reds from my Kryolan palette to create this deep glossy red shade and brightened Lera’s eyes using my favourite highlighter Luna. I can’t wait to share the final editorial when it comes out, not long now!

Which is your favourite look? I think mine is the last, teamed with those wavy glossy locks I created with my straighteners!

Over and out.

Marie x

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‘Age considers; youth ventures’.

Thursday had me working with a new photographer, Chris Nutt. Chris takes beautiful photographs of beautiful boys and girls.

In the studio today we got to play with the ever so handsome Ross, winner of this years Elite Model Look. At just 16 years old Ross was scouted in London’s Covent Garden whilst out shopping with his mum.

I was excited to work with Ross as I was there at the final where I watched him walk the catwalk in front of hundreds of people and the judges. He was crowned winner out of 11 competitors and the standards were very high. Here is a photo just before the winner was announced.

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So, Into the studio came a very tall (6ft 1!) young man all bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to have some photos taken for his book. As a make up artist you’ll often be asked to do natural grooming for male models. Although it’s not as exciting as working with girls, it’s always real fun and laid back, and Ross was no exception.

For the grooming I kept it simple, cleansed his skin and massaged the cleanser in for a mini facial massage to get his blood moving and waken the face. At 16 years he he really didn’t need much doing as he had the gift of youthful skin, therefore I used a thin layer of MAC’s face and body, and concealed just where he needed it. I gelled his brows into place, and mattified his skin and moisturised his lips and he was pretty much ready to go! With male models you only really need to apply what is needed, to enhance the looks and not change them too much, and to keep the texture of the skin looking as natural as possible.

Apologies that I didn’t get a closeup, but here is Ross in action after I released him from my make up chair!

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I’m sure that he’s going to have an amazing modelling career, I will post the final images once they are ready 🙂

Have a super smashing great weekend.

Marie x

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‘Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art’. Part II

Wednesday saw me making up the absolutely stunning Michaela. Michaela is the kind of beauty that stops you in your tracks, literally. She has a face full of adorable freckles, huge, I mean HUGE eyes and full plump lips with very long voluminous dark hair. Boy was I in awe of her. And what a lovely girl she was too. I was very lucky to have such a great canvas to work with.

Michaela had very normal skin, not too oily and not too dry. She has some small blemishes to the sides of her cheeks, but nothing that a bit of make up couldn’t disguise!

Here’s a selection of some of the products I used on my model.

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List of products and shades:

Bioderma Crealine H2O (magic water!), MAC Strobe Cream, Chanel Vitalumiere in 20, MAC Select Cover Up NC23, MAC Luna, Bobbi Brown Cream Blush in Powder Pink, Selection of MAC shadows, MAC Zoom Lash, No7 Lip Liner in Nude, Make up forever HD Powder, Dainty Doll Blush (I use for contour) in 003, and Revlon Lipstick in ‘Nude Attitude’.

I gave Michaela a mini facial massage when moisturising Benefit’s Total Moisture into her skin. I then used strobe cream all over for that under foundation glow! The brief was to create a purple smokey eye and a nude lip so I looked at Michaela’s skin and feautres and picked these products accordingly. As she had beautiful freckles I didn’t want to cover them up completely and so I used Chanel Vitalumiere as her base. This foundation is one of my favourites (mostly I love the scent ha!) but it gives a beautiful light/med coverage and a gorgeous glow to the skin, perfect for our model.

Being the numnut I am I didn’t take a before photo of Michaela, and I was going to take a retrospective before photo after I removed the make up after the shoot was complete however she wanted to keep it on, so that failed ha! But here’s a couple of photos I took after I applied her make up with and without my flash.

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Isn’t she gorgeous? The purple goes really well with her colouring and her dark hair and brows. HER BROWS, I forgot to mention, were amazing. With the strong eye they really didn’t need anything adding to them so I used my usual trick of ‘glueing’ them in place and voila, that’s Michaela’s look complete.

I should also mention that in the background of the first image is Louise O’Keeffe (http://www.louise-okeeffe.com) who is an amazingly talented fashion illustrator. Go check her work out! I plan on purchasing some (a lot) of her prints for my house!

What do you think about this look? Simple but gorgeous I think. Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Until next time…

Marie x

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‘I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way’.

So, THIS just happened. I FINALLY created a blog. Granted, at present it’s not so sophisticated, and I definitely haven’t got this whole html, widget and links thing nailed, but boy am I on my way.

Forget first job interviews, meeting the parents, driving test; THIS is the real ball buster. The kind of stuff that keeps you awake at night… The infamous First Blog Entry.

So, without further ado, let me introduce myself.

My name is Marie. I’m a London girl, of average height and average looks with an above average fondness (edit, infatuation) for Make up, Skincare and Fashion and Life. Oh and the sun. Always the sun.

What Love & War Paint aims to bring is a view of the life of a Make up Artist from the inside out. It will be a platform for my obsessive ‘behind the scenes’ photo snapping, before & afters, pro product reviews and anything else I find amusing or share-worthy along the way.

I do hope you enjoy, feel free to shoot me a message to let me know your thoughts, and in the meantime I’ll be polishing up on my blogging and technological skills to make viewing Love & War Paint that little bit easier on your mince pies.

Oh yes, that’s me. I’m the lesser of the two furries.

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