Celebrating 50!

If you are on Facebook, and depending on your interests, the chances that you belong to a group or two, is fairly likely.

Earlier this year, I joined the group UK Makeup Addicts. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a makeup addict, but prefer to keep an interest in, and an eye out on what people are doing with their new purchases in an industry now worth 4 billion a year in the UK.

UK makeup addicts have over 50,000 members and it is fair to say, the majority of the group are in their early twenties to thirties. Every now and again, someone the other side of forty will pop up, and it is these occasions that keep me going.

As a teenager, living in the rural countryside of South West England, the only makeup I could get my 1980’s hands on, was a range in the local Spar called Cover Girl, endorsed by US model Cheryl Tiegs. I loved the packaging with her expensive hair, perfect teeth and firm skin and in my naivety, I believed that if I bought the highly-perfumed compact powder and mascara, that I would (totes) look like her- Needless to say, It didn’t happen.

Makeup brands that were big in my time were Miners, Rimmel, Max Factor, Maybelline, Almay and Avon and like most teenagers, I experimented with makeup.

Photo Trude Bosence

I would constantly pick the wrong colour of foundation or powder. Starting off with deep orange, (with accompanying tide-marks) progressing to pale beige and eventually ending up with my perfect match. mortuary white. (not its specific name, but looking at old photos, I can only describe it as goth horror)

Meanwhile, my sister was being lavish with her pink miners cream blush and doing a fine impression of Ziggy Stardust. This along with her self-made mullet (she was at art school, so it was fine) was just about the icing on the cake.

I had no clue about skincare or the first thing about how to apply makeup. The only brushes I had at the time, came with the compacts and they disintegrated after a few uses.

The choice of products were minimal compared with today. On-line shopping, YouTube tutorials and celebrity make-up artists didn’t exist and high definition foundation was another 25 years off.

One afternoon while I was perusing through the makeup group, I saw a woman around my age pop up. Enter Trude Bosence. A vivacious 53 year old makeup artist, hair stylist, stylist and photographer from North Devon. Trude asked everyone what they thought of her photo and fingers on buzzers, I was straight in there with ‘you look great’ (which she did) and with a relief I can’t express, at seeing someone my age posting a photo of herself.

 

Trude Bosence

Within a short space of time Trude and I hit it off, and spontaneously agreed to do a photoshoot a week later.

As a former model, I know the pressures on the makeup artist, stylist and photographer and although photo shoots can be fun, they can also come with a few time constraints. There is no time left to get creative.

Doing a shoot with Trude would have none of these restrictions. For either of us. There was no agenda, goal, deadline, or pre-conceived ideas. This along with her super friendly and relaxed attitude would make it a load of fun!

Trude’s pink flamingo studio was ultimate. The main part of her studio was taken up with a selection of props, backdrops, and lighting equipment, while a well designed end section was her dedicated makeup bar. This says nothing for her incredibly well stocked rail of clothes (many are vintage) along with a good selection of shoes, wigs and accessories. A one-stop shop for a complete head-to-toe makeover!

Trude in her pink flamingo dressing room

As well as meeting and making a new friend in Trude, I watched us working together and it got me thinking about what 50 means to me.

Reaching 50 is definitely one of those milestones everyone talks about, but it is also far more than the sum of its parts.

Reaching 50 is about taking opportunities when they come, and not turning down invites. It is about being spontaneous and trusting in yourself and your instincts.

It is about not taking yourself, or anything too seriously, and laughing out loud as much as possible!

It is about only surrounding yourself with kind, positive and authentic people.

It is about saying yes when you mean yes, and no when your heart tells you no- No questions asked!

Reaching 50 is about owning and loving every part of who you are, and who you have become and about being unequivocably comfortable in your own skin.

Reaching 50 means you don’t need permission from anyone for the way you dress, look, walk or talk. You got this far didn’t you? so keep going!

Every now and again Trude and I would laugh loud and raucously in the shoot-

We’ll show them how its done”

Trude, I think we did it!

 

If you have lost your confidence, fizz, style and self, somewhere in the maze of life, then get in touch for a free consultation and discover how a colour analysis, wardrobe plan or personal shopping trip will help to boost your confidence and give you a fresh start. You will wish you had done it sooner!

Contact Trude Bosence for information on her photoshoots via her Facebook page.

Photo Trude Bosence

Photo Trude Bosence

Photo Trude Bosence

Photo Trude Bosence

 

Rachel and Trude- It’s a wrap!

Make Mine A Makeover!

There are thousands of how to beauty videos on-line these days.

Some are really informative and well done, while others drag on for ages before getting to the point.We spend on average thirty seconds on each new website we come across, so there are a few things to get right if you want someone to stay on yours.

For me, a good makeup tutorial should not take away from the main theme. Makeup and how to apply it. The backdrop should be clean and not distracting (I don’t want to see someone’s messy bedroom!) the lighting should be good and light the face from all sides. If a voice is not easy to listen to, I’m also out of there!

One of my favourite makeup tutorials is from expert makeup artist Lisa Eldridge. With over a million subscribers, she is unflappable, consistent and has a flawless quality all her own. With tutorials, beauty advice and insider knowledge, Lisa has worked on leading magazine covers, photo shoots, fashion shows and collaborations with major beauty brands.She literally eats, sleeps and breathes the stuff!

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Knowing how to do my own makeup (as a model) and applying it for my clients for colour analysis and makeup sessions, I am fairly confident with using it and love playing around with different products, ideas and colours.

As with everything in life, there is always room for improvement and a chance to develop skills, so I asked a couple of friends if they would volunteer for some makeup sessions in exchange for a mini photo shoot. Here’s what we came up with!

Nutan(below) inherited dark circles under her eyes and usually wears no makeup. I Used Kryolan’s orange colour corrector and mixed it with foundation and applied with a brush. We evened out Nutans skin tone and lifted the whole eye area giving her a more youthful appearance.

Nutan

Laura likes makeup but doesn’t wear it everyday. To make her blue grey eyes and (Sarah Jessica Parker hair!) stand out, I evened her skin tone out and added a warmth to her cheeks with a peach blush. I finished this off with a slightly blue red lip colour to make her teeth appear even whiter and Laura got to working on her poses like a pro!

Laura

The important thing to know with makeup, is you absolutely don’t have to spend alot to achieve a flawless look.

It is all about technique. Using the right technique with the right product, can take your look to another level and give you a really polished salon finish.

Remember: Makeup (like colour) should always be a part OF you, not apart from you!

If you want a makeover and would like more information on what a makeup session can do for you, or you want to volunteer for a before and after photo and a mini photo session, please get in touch!

rachel@rachel-moss.com

Make Me Up Mr Ford!

I have wanted a Tom Ford makeover for a while now. I was after a glamorous ’50’s postcard look based on a lipstick I already had my eye on. I asked Nafsika, my lovely Italian consultant to do a makeup befitting the said lipstick, Wild Ginger. The colour is reminiscent of 1950’s Hawaii and I wanted to wear it, even if I couldn’t be there!

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Lipsticks have an instant transforming effect to the face. If you don’t want to go heavy on the eyes, then go for a punchy lipstick with a striking colour. You can look instantly made up with a lipstick. After the eyes, the lips are the second most expressive part of the face and people will concentrate on one or the other when talking, so make them count!

Nafsika applied everything to my face with brushes including facecream, highlighter and foundation. You can of course use sponges and fingers to apply these products. She probably couldn’t opt out from using the exquisite brushes made of horse hair, since the cost of a complete set could fly you to Hawaii and back and still give you change for dinoir!

There is no obligation to buy, but of course, you will be seduced by any number of the products used or on display. Since I already wanted to purchase the lipstick, there was no contest. So there!

Verdict: The makeup photographs well and that is what the brand is all about. Strong. confident. sexy. glamorous. It is not however a makeup where you could pick a pint of milk up without getting a few looks, but I loved how it made me feel.

Walking home, I am sure I could hear the sound of palm trees rustling in the breeze…

Products used: Foundation- Traceless foundation stick ’03 Fawn’ -Illuminating highlighter pen in ‘Dusk Bisque’ -Powder ‘Ivory Fawn’ -Eye shadow from an eye quad ‘Golden Mink‘ and ‘Cocoa Mirage‘ Eye -Defining pencil ‘06 Midnight‘ -Mascara Extreme Mascara -Bronzing powder, ‘Gold Dust‘ -Blush ‘Ravish‘ and Lipstick ‘Wild Ginger‘