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Makeup can give you that special finishing touch for any prom look, so you can stand out from the crowd. Whether you are going for a low-key or high-fashion look, you want to make sure your makeup is done to perfection.

Although it would be lovely to have a professional come and do your makeup for the big night, this is not an affordable luxury for most people. We've got a few quick tips and tricks to help you take charge and get prom ready in no time, no stress.

Dress to Impress

You've probably spent a lot of time finding your dream prom dress, so it's important to centre your makeup look on it. Your makeup and dress should always compliment one another, rather than compete for attention.

For example, if you were wearing prom dresses in bright colours with embellishments such as this gorgeous number from JJ's House, a complimentary makeup look would be matching red lipstick with light eye makeup.

A heavily made-up eye area would be too busy for this style of dress and completely overdo your overall look.

If you're wearing a plainer style of dress like this JJ's House velvet gown, you can combine sultry, smoky eyes with your red lipstick as it's a makeup look that compliments the material and these styles of prom dresses.


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Mirrored Magnificence

It might not usually be a good idea to copy other people's work or ideas, but when it comes to makeup looks, it's practically a recommendation!

We often see celebrities or models made up in a way that we think will suit us too – prom can be the perfect place to try it out!

The key to making this look work can be summed up in one word: practice! If you leave it until prom day to try it out, chances are it will be a complete disaster – it might look like a mess or just not look as good as you thought it would.

Prom night is not the time to work this out.

If you want to mirror the look of your favourite celebrity, practice and preparation are the best ways for you to get there.

Testing 1, 2, 3

One of the biggest things most people forget to do is make sure their makeup looks good in pictures. This is something that again is best to practice and prepare before the big night.

Flash photography can wash out your skin and makeup, and can make you look pasty and startled! You would be shocked to know what the biggest culprit for this is: moisturiser – or more specifically, moisturiser with sunscreen in it.

The sunscreen reflects the flash, completely washes out your face and mismatches the tone from your body.

Make sure you plan ahead and check to make sure the face cream or foundation you use on prom night does not include sunscreen. If it's only a small amount, you can try and take photos to test how reflective it might be.


Influencers are on the rise at the moment, with a booming make-up and cosmetics industry and the ever-expanding social media platforms, branding is more lucrative than ever.

Make-up guru and general sass queen Jeffree Star has always vowed to be as honest with his fans as possible, even when it comes to his wealth.

It's no secret that he is ABSURDLY wealthy; as well as his YouTube earnings and side projects, he predominantly generates income from his giant line of cosmetics.

He has now promised to expose any brand who try to meddle with him and his CASH DOLLA in any way that he can, and boy does he have power.

David Dobrik was told by the make-up star that he earns $150 million PER YEAR. *Pause to allow shook people to gather themselves before continuing*

In his recent tweets, Star mentions how he was supposed to create a project which exposed make-up brand deals, but the brand he was working with pulled out in order to keep other clients happy.

He has now revealed how much they were offering to pay him for a SINGLE product; a jaw-dropping $165,000. Dear God.

He challenged another brand to come forward in the New Year to help him in his mission to discuss behind the scenes make-up brand deals, which would be fascinating to see.

It's sure to be a crazy end result, whatever Star comes up with.

Maybe we should try our hand at this make-up artist business?  


Kylie Jenner is renowned for her killer makeup looks, but when it comes to beating her face – Kylie relies on one MUA more than any other. 

Ariel Tejada, also known as Makeup By Ariel has been working with the Kardashian-Jenners for years, along with Chrissy Teigen, Shay Mitchell, Naya Rivera and Lilly Ghalichi. 

Kylie announced over on her Instagram story that her makeup guru is hosting a makeup masterclass for the public – and this time it's not too far away from us. 


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Ariel has previously hosted masterclasses in Australia, Kuwait, Qatar, The Netherlands and Iceland, but his next one is coming to London, UK. 

The class is being held on December 8th, and we have copped some cheap ass flights with Ryan Air for just €12 quid. 

The exact address of the event has yet to be announced, but it's hinted to be in a London Central location. 

'Ill be teaching you all the Techniques to achieve my signature look that helped skyrocket my career to what it is today,' Ariel wrote over on Instagram. 


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According to the event page, the masterclass will run from 1pm to 4.30pm, with doors at 12.30. 

'During the class Ariel will be demonstrating his famous signature full glam look. There will be a short break after the look has been completed.'

'After the break, there will be a Q&A – this is when you will have a chance to really connect with Ariel. Photos will be taken after the Q&A.'

There are three ticket tiers, Standard, VIP and Exclusive VIP – which give you first access to Ariel in a meet and greet.  

The perfect event for the makeup lover in your life, we think. 



Now more than ever, women (and men) are embracing their insecurities, whether it be their size, hair colour or skin. 

This is a message we support 100%, and we find it so refreshing when people support eachother and spread messages of support. 

One lovely lady who is doing just that is MUA Bronya Humphreys, who suffers from facial eczema. 

Bronya's condition, which she was born with, took a turn for the worse after she gave birth to her ADORABLE daughter.


Here is a little side by side. I've been trying to be more confident regarding my skin, as it's so bad I currently struggle to leave the house I'm so embarrassed of my eczema. Thank you for all the kind comments I've received on my last post. I want to prove that you can be beautiful even without makeup. Skin condition and all. I love the way I look when I'm fully glammed, but that's only one side of me. The other side is someone who is a human; with human emotions and gets hurt just like any of you. I want to show you that both sides of me are beautiful, and both sides of you are beautiful too! You do you. Whether you want to wear makeup everyday, or like me you need to take time off to care for yourself and look after your skin. Whatever you do, do it with confidence:) #confidence #sidebyside #bareskin #natural #makeup

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Despite the fact that she finds herself dealing with her eczema every day – she still focuses on what she loves. 

Makeup is Bronya's passion, and she is bloody good at it.

It would be easy enough for the mum-of-one to ditch the pursuit of makeup, due to the fact that it involves showing her skin off to the world. 

However, she perseveres, refusing to let her condition get the better of her. 

In a recent post on Instagram, Bronya spoke about her skin, and what it is like to live with such severe eczema:

'I have eczema. I have a skin condition. I have had so many hateful comments recently regarding how I look. When I wear makeup they say I'm fake. When I don't I'm a gross zombie. And can I just say, I am not my skin condition.'

She continued: 'I am a lovely, caring, beautiful human, and you don't deserve to even be on my page let alone be leaving awful comments on my pictures. All I want on my page is to promote self love. You are all fantastic.'

The talented MUA then reminded her 71,000 followers that they are all amazing, no matter what.

'You are all brilliant. Please. Please. Please. Ignore everyone who makes awful comments. YOU ARE AMAZING. Since I got a lot of followers I have had so many hateful comments. Just because I have a lot of followers doesn't mean I don't have feelings!'

'Basically what I'm trying to say is f**k anyone that shits on you. You are so much better than that. I love you all. Chin up. There's a lot of hate in this world but I'm there for you. Shoot me a message. I may take a while to get back to you but I'll be there for you.'

Now, that is a message we can get behind! Bronya, you are a KWEEN. 



We could listen to James Vincent talk cosmetics for hours… and hours… and hours. (No seriously, we're obsessed.)

A make-up artist of incredible acclaim, James' list of clients includes the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Lady Gaga, so we were all ears when he decided to give an appraisal of Irish woman and their techniques.

While appearing on Today FM's Dermot and Dave Show in recent days, James provided a professional insight into the cosmetic trends currently doing the rounds in Ireland, and it sounds like we could all do with an injection of creativity.

While James acknowledged that "Irish women are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world", he's noted that we appear to have a paint-by-numbers technique (our words, not his) when it comes to our faces.

"The thing that is strange to me is that everyone starts to look alike. I just walked through the department store on the way here and everyone has the same face," he surmised.

Joking that this may cause problems on the city's dating scene, James added: "I can only imagine how confusing it is for straight guys at the pub when you meet a girl. She walks away and then comes back over and you don't know who you were just talking to."

James did, however, say that cosmetic trends do tend to sweep major cities meaning that it's not surprising we tend to sport similar make-up styles, with James confirming that New York also has 'a look'.

Delving further still, James has noted the particular features we tend to accentuate in a similar way. saying: "I think if you look at Dublin right now, the brow is very specific, the bronzer is very specific, and it creates a look where people start to look similar."

"That's why I say individuality is really what it should be all about. You know, make up should make you feel individual," he advised.

Fair enough.



From high heel contouring to using fidget spinners as hair curlers, we thought we had seen it all when it came to wacky beauty tricks. 

However, we were clearly mistaken, as became evident when we saw the latest video shared by Huda Beauty. 

The now viral video comes from MUA Veronica Rose, who has been using a particularly slimy ingredient in her beauty regimen – snails.


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Yes you read that right. 

You might be thinking that beauty gurus would use any old prop to get clicks and views on their videos, and we're not surprised that you're sceptical. 

But Veronica specifically declares in her video that 'this is not click bait.'

'It is said that snail slime can help reduce wrinkles, clear up acne, reduce pigmentation, and scarring.'

'Snail slime has recently been heralded by cosmetic firms as a useful beauty ingredient.'


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'Several upmarket facial creams now include the shelled slug’s mucus.'

'Try at your own risk! I've always loved snails as a little girl so they don't gross me out.'

While we may have been a fan of playing with garden snails when we were five, we'll have to pass on this slimy beauty ingredient…



A make-up artist, who double-jobs as a waitress, has made headlines this week after she shared an uncomfortable experience on social media.

Kelsi of wingedandcountoured took to Instagram over the weekend and revealed that she was the butt of a cruel jibe when two teenage girls found fault with the service in Kelsi's place of woRk.

Outlining the incident for her followers, Kelsi wrote: "Two girls around 16 years old came in and I was their waitress. I took great care of them and everything was great until I dropped the check off."

"When I returned to pick it up, they demanded to speak to a manager because they 'didn't have enough money' and I 'didn't tell them exactly how much their food was going to cost them' even though they had the menus for a good 20 minutes before they decided what they wanted."


When people try to hurt your feelings over your makeup, good thing I know my #makeup was #flawless to meStory: two girls around 16 years old came in and I was their waitress. I took great care of them and everything was great until I dropped the check off. When I returned to pick it up, they demanded to speak to a manager because they 'didn't have enough money' and I 'didn't tell them exactly how much their food was going to cost them' even though they had the menus for a good 20 minutes before they decided what they wanted. Long story short my manager would not discount their food because they shouldn't have ordered food they couldn't pay for, and it was not my responsibility to tell them while they were ordering how much it costs after tax and everything. They 'magically' had a card to put it on and this is the 'tip' they left me. GIVEBACKGIVEAWAY! My give away is open now till the 22nd

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"Long story short my manager would not discount their food because they shouldn't have ordered food they couldn't pay for, and it was not my responsibility to tell them while they were ordering how much it costs after tax and everything. They 'magically' had a card to put it on and this is the 'tip' they left me."

Sharing an image of the customers' bill, Kelsi's followers learned that the teenage girls opted not to tip their waitress, instead writing: "Here's a tip: contour is supposed to blend."

Refusing to let the remarks ruin her day, Kelsi shared an image of herself and wrote: "When people try to hurt your feelings over your makeup, good thing I know my #makeup was #flawless to me."

Speaking to Seventeen.com, Kelsi admitted that the remark initially hurt her, saying: "For a second after reading the comment, I was kind of hurt and worried that my makeup looked awful. But, that quickly went away. Because I know makeup and there isn't only one way to do it,"

"Makeup is an art and doesn't follow any kind of rules. A couple months ago I would have let this ruin my day and eat me alive." she continued.

Reflecting on her reason for sharing the cruel comment online, Kelsi simply said: "What I want people to know is that everyone is so beautifully different. We are so different and there is not a single 'right' way to do makeup, there's billions of them!"

Kelsi has been inundated with support from members of the public, with one writing: "Seen your story on fb and had to check you out! You're f*cking flawless!"

"Seen the story on FB as well. Just wanted to let you know that your makeup is flawless and idk what their problem was."

You do you, Kelsi.



Get excited, beauty lovers!

Urban Decay's Naked Palette is a cult makeup item, and the nude selection and its sequels the Naked 2 and Naked 3 have become makeup bag must-haves. 


 Now, Urban Decay is releasing a brand new Naked Palette, and this one is hotter than the rest. 

The Naked Heat palette is coming for those of us who live for a warm, cranberry eye. 

The palette has a few traditional (albeit warm-toned) nudes in the mix, but it is unique to the rest thanks to the reds, pinks, peaches and cranberry shades it features on its spectrum. 

The 12 'amber-hued neutrals' are ideal for a sexy summer eye look, and we can even see some of the mid tones working as gorgeous blushers. 

The amazing new palette launches officially on June 30, so we'll be saving our pennies up for the end of the month!



There has been a contouring craze sweeping Instagram since Kim Kardashian introduced the technique to the world, but now the tools used to apply the look are getting out of hand. 

We thought we'd seen it all when one MUA used the heel of a Louboutin shoe to get that sharp AF cheekbone shadow, and when that girl used her boyfriends' testicles to blend her foundation, we knew we'd had enough internet for one day. 

Now, Instagram famous MUA James Charles has introduced another unique tool for creating the perfect contour. 


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The world is obsessed with fidget spinners at the moment, and there isn't a primary school-aged kid in the land who doesn't have one of these nifty little toys stashed in their pencil case at this very moment. 

As well as being a distracting toy for the under-12 set, the contraption is apparently ace when it comes to blending a contour and highlight, as demonstrated by James. 


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The MUA used the swiftly spinning sides to meld his under eye highlight, contour his nose and create sculpted cheekbones. 

We're kind of tempted to try the tool for ourselves… 



So, summer may have only just begun, but it's never too early to start thinking about Halloween inspiration right?

Meet Mimi Choi, the Vancouver-based beauty guru taking makeup artistry to the next level.

The 31-year-old uses her incredible makeup skills to create a whole host of intricate optical illusions that'll make you look twice.

“My face is a blank canvas where I can practise my art,” Mimi told Metro.

She creates her masterpieces by using black eyeliner and clever angles to create negative space.

“I hope that my strange creativity can inspire people to think outside the box", she writes on Instagram.


Been doing makeup in front of this mirror inside of my bathroom for more than 3 years now (10+ years if you count those university years when I did my own clubbing makeup, etc) No fancy lights, backdrop or even a chair — I've always enjoyed standing in that little gap between my sink and my toilet and painting away for hours. I like tight spaces, it makes me feel secure. Sometimes I have music on, sometimes my cat sits in the sink and falls asleep while watching me… It's therapeutic. I'll be moving to a new place soon which means that I will have to adapt to a new painting environment. It's both scary and exciting at the same time because I've grown so attached to my old makeup spot. But I'll adapt and maybe it will finally motivate me to invest in better equipments. _________________________ "INCEPTION" #makeup illusion inspired by a photoshopped image of Paul Ryan. Used @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada pencil and liquid eyeliners plus matte eyeshadows for this look. Lashes are all @houseoflashes "Knockout" falsies except for the littlest ones that I had to paint on. All hand-painted, took 3 hours.

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The makeup artist formerly worked as a school teacher but says she wasn't satisified by the job and needed a new challenge. 

“It felt like it was too late to change my career, but my mum was so supportive that I soon realised it was ok”, she told the Metro.


A few of the #makeup illusion pieces that I've done lately • 10 days till the #MIMLESORIGINALS MAKEUP CONTEST ends! Thank you for all the lovely creative submissions so far! Remember to submit by December 31st 2016 if you haven't yet to win $300CAD+ worth of products and get featured! See below for contest rules. _____________ I get it — nothing in this world is 100% original. When I create, I usually get my inspiration from my surroundings — patterns that I see on clothing/wall/architecture, a texture in nature, paintings, photography, emotions, etc, and I try my best not to look at other makeup artists' work to get my ideas. I would like to encourage you to do the same and draw your ideas from different places other than makeup that fuel your imagination! So devour old and new films, paintings, poems, photographs, music and conversations to get your inspiration, and create a makeup look that is authentic, surprises and uniquely your own! _______________ The contest is LIVE NOW and ends on DECEMBER 31st 2016 11:59PM PST so challenge yourself to create your very own original signature looks! Here are the instructions on how to enter: 1. Follow @mimles on Instagram. 2. Tag at least one person who would be interested in participating in comments. 3. Post your ORIGINAL makeup look with the hashtags #MIMLESORIGINALS and #MIMLES, and tag me in the photo/video so I won't miss it! 4. You can post as many looks as you want but it has to be a BRAND NEW LOOK created for this contest. Tagging old work does not count for this competition. 5. Please state what you're inspired by! No recreations of other makeup artists' work please! 6. Contest is open to EVERYONE from all over the world. Good luck and have fun with this! I am excited and cannot wait to see what you come up with! #makeupcontest #makeupcompetition #contest

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She began to practice her skills in her parents bathroom and soon realised her creative potential.

Mimi also operates as a successful makeup artist for weddings and events, but her 156,000 Instagram followers are mostly interested in what jaw-dropping illusion she will come up with next. 



Move over Manny Gutierrez, there’s a new makeup king in town and he’s taking Instagram’s beauty scene by storm.

Meet Jack, the 10-year-old boy from the UK whose fierce contouring skills are putting us all to shame.  


Highlight goddess!!!!

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A video tutorial in which Jack shows off his impressive talent went viral late last week and has since racked up over 45 million views.

Since joining Instagram in February, the makeup guru has gained almost 50,000 followers and it’s not hard to see why.

Jack has mastered a huge range of looks from toned down nudes to dramatic smokey eyes, while we're over here still struggling with the concept of winged eyeliner.


#makeup #makeupforboys #makeuptutorial #mua

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Jack's tutorials have received huge praise so far, with many asking the young MUA to teach them everything he knows.

One Facebook user wrote: ''God if this was my son, i would sit him down and have a serious discussion about this. I would begin this with "Master teach me everything you know!"  damn he's got skills!''

One things for sure, this boy has got skills beyond his years. 



If you are a fan of makeup and beauty, then you're probably already well acquainted with Inglot.

The brilliant makeup brand is responsible for some of the most covetable pieces in a gal's makeup bag, and now shopping for new beauty bits is all the easier. 

Inglot have launched a new and improved website to cater to MUAs and makeup lovers, and the new site will be faster and easier to navigate, so finding your favourite pigment shade will be extremely easy. 

The website has a completely new look, with brand new features including the Inglot Social page which allows Inglot addicts to keep up to date with Jane Swarbrigg's blog, as well as posting regular updates about all the Inglot courses, masterclasses and workshops we could ever want.

Other exciting new features will include a Meet the Team section, and Events Page which will be updated weekly with all the latest information on various Inglot events nationwide. 

It's also completely suited to mobile users, so shopping on the commute will be dangerously easy. 

Excuse us for a moment, we've got a certain site to check out…