‘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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‘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.

Look #1

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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?!

Look #3

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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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‘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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‘If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy’. Part I

This week has certainly been a busy one, so I purposely kept my Saturday free so that I could catch up on some missed sleep, possibly hit the gym, take my mum out for some birthday shopping… And of course post my first piece of content on this blog! As this week was such a busy one I shall be doing three separate posts instead of one huge one so bear with me!

On Tuesday I had my first bridal trial for a lovely lady and her darling mother. My blushing bride wanted quite a simple, chic make up, obviously something that would stand the test of time, parred with a classic feline flick and some soft definition to the eye socket area. When thinking in terms of wedding make up you need to think about how you are going to prep the skin ready for the base so that you know it’s going to last all day and night.

My bride had quite a few open pores around her nose and cheeks and some dryness around her chin area. With this in mind I used a very light moisturiser, and focused it mostly around her dry spots. I gave her a mini facial massage and really worked the moisturiser into her chin where her dryness was. Even with dry skin you don’t want to use too much of a rich moisturiser as the make up has to last; you want to layer it thinly where you need it most.

Next step was to tackle those open pores! I used a primer which was silicone based so that it would act as a filler for those pesky pores. I smoothed the primer with my hands over the larger areas of the face (chin, cheeks, nose and forehead) and voila! Hello smooth gorgeous skin! Some brands that do really nice silicone based primers are Smashbox, Make up Forever and Laura Mercier. After the skin prep was complete, I swiped a bit of Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream on my brides lips and worked MAC’s Strobe Cream into the outer/higher planes of her face (cheekbones, bridge of nose, sides of forehead).

The foundation I chose to use was, of course, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Coverage. This stuff needs to be worked into the skin quite quickly as I feel it ‘sets’ almost as soon as it touches the skins. With this in mind I tend to pat (slap) it into the skin using my hands. An odd technique but I love it and it works! It also really plumps up the skin!

Unfortunately I forgot to take a before and after picture of my bride, but I will definitely get one of her on the day so that I can show you all. She loved her final look and I asked her to keep it on all evening so that she could report back to me and let me know how it felt and sat on her skin. Some of the other products I used on our bride were: ‘Luna’ by MAC (highlight), Make up Forever HD Powder, ‘Blacktrack’ by MAC, ‘Satin Taupe’ MAC, ‘And on Bronze’ Maybelline Gel Eye Shadow.

Next up was her mothers make up. Her mother, oh what a darling she was. She was so excited to have her make up done. She said she hadn’t worn mascara for years! She was such a interesting woman, we talked about the 60’s which was ‘her decade’ (her words not mine) and we spoke at length about Biba Make up, her friends who used to mimic the Biba girls big lashy eyes and of course the fashions of the 60’s. I love talking to older ladies and hearing first had what it was like to grow up in such influential times. Gah!

So our lovely mother of the bride wanted a look that went with her lilac a dusky pink outfit. She had really good healthy skin and her prep was quite simple. I chose to use MAC’s face and body on her as with older skin you need a base that’s quite moisturising and face & body seemed to sit perfectly on her skin. I chose a few shades of purple from my Smashbbox palette to create a very soft purple eye, using the darker shades in her socket line for definition. For her lips I used about three different shades from my Kryolan lip palette to create a sort of orange/red satin lip colour.

Again, as I get older and my memory fails me I didn’t take a before photo however I DID manage to capture an after photo of our lovely lady, here she is:

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What do you think? Doesn’t she look glowing!

So that was my Tuesday, I spent about 4.5 hrs in total at the trial. I must say these ladies were so lovely that a lot of the time we spent talking about boats and the 60’s and traded mother in law stories, however upon leaving I felt confident that they both loved their looks and were indeed very happy.

On that note I shall depart. Until next time.

Marie x

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