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Been thinking about a one to one make up lesson for a while now, any recommendations please?

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BarryStar Sat 11-Feb-12 17:33:17

I feel as if I've been wearing the same make up, day in and day out, for ever now. Well, actually, I have been wearing the same make up day in and day out, no 'feel' about it. My excuse is that I have fairly dark colouring, and so very few colours suit me, other than the ones I use religiously.

However, its got to the stage now where I feel like some sort of ageing hippy, and I feel like one of those batty old women school girls laugh at. I need updating. I need new ideas. I need inspiring. I need a complete overhaul.

I'd like a proper makeup lesson from someone who really knows their stuff. I'm a bit reluctant to use department store beauty counters because I feel that they must have an agenda to sell their own products? I live in the south east so can get into London fairly easily, or actually, I'm willing to travel (yes it's that bad!).

Does anyone have any ideas/recommendations please?

RillaBlythe Sat 11-Feb-12 17:39:06

Interesting. I don't wear make up at all because I don't know how, I've wondered abou having lessons... Not sure if I can be bothered to start now. Be nice to know for DD unlike my own mother

mrsmartin Sat 11-Feb-12 17:43:57

If you are serious about learning then you can't go wrong with the Jemma Kidd make up school. They treat you like royalty and show you all the tricks. You also get a goody bag at the end of it.

http://academy.jemmakidd.com/

BarryStar Sat 11-Feb-12 17:45:34

If I could get away without wearing any Rilla, I would. However, without any, I look like a man. Sadly, it's now got to the stage where, even with some, I look, um, eccentric?

Think its a nice thought re your dd though. Mine would rather die than take advice from me I feel ...

mrsmartin Sat 11-Feb-12 17:46:33

P.S - I learnt how to do my make-up by watching the make-up shows on qvc and experimenting. And I do my make-up better than anyone else I know (I don't mean to sound smug - it is just that JK school is £200 and I learnt it all for free). But if you want an expert crash course then the JK school is the way to go

BarryStar Sat 11-Feb-12 17:47:10

Oh mrsmartin, thanks. Yup, I'm most definitely serious, things is desparate. Are you Mrs James Martin perchance?!

rubyslippers Sat 11-Feb-12 17:51:30

I know an amazing make up artist whose based in the south east (London is easy for her to get to)

She's brilliant

Pm me if you want the details

Hopefully Sat 11-Feb-12 17:53:02

The Lisa Eldridge site has lots of good tutorial videos.

If you want to throw money at it in a big way, getting your colours and make up done with House of Colour/Colour me Beautiful/an independent stylist could be an option?

mrsmartin Sat 11-Feb-12 18:00:31

barryy - no I'm plain old (or rather young) Steph martin - sorry grin

I have no idea who this lisa eldridge woman is - off to google as people seem to look to her as some beauty guru - hope it isn't another lauren luke!!

Anyway - Jemma Kidd = professional make up artists, great make up to learn with, lovely environment (take the train as apparently there is bubbly wink) and zero pressure to buy.

mrsmartin Sat 11-Feb-12 18:03:58

Ms eldridge is good - I'm think you could learn a fair bit but if you only have old claggy make up at home you would need to fork out to get the product to practice with.

Havingkittens Sat 11-Feb-12 18:07:11

I could probably help you. Have PMd you some info.

BarryStar Sat 11-Feb-12 18:08:55

I'm very taken with the Jemma Kidd idea, I want someone to actually look at me and say "this will look ok on you" etc. If I try and learn myself from a YouTube tutorial, I forecast disaster - but thank you for the suggestion anyway Hopefully.

ruby, I will pm you if that's ok.

BarryStar Sat 11-Feb-12 18:12:47

Ooh, Havingkittens, just seen your post, off to read your pm. Thanks.

ItsRoxie Sat 11-Feb-12 18:25:54

LittleBird are currently doing a deal on the JK school for £60 instead of £200. Seems to be only the Perfecting Skin course or a bespoke course at home options though, not 1:1.

Have used Littlebird for their offers before and they're fine, similar deals to Groupon etc.

mrsmartin Sat 11-Feb-12 18:34:37

Oh my word roxie that is a great deal - I've just bought it and will have a couple of friends over to do it at home - no time to go to london. Never heard of little bird but will use again (use groupon all of the time).

Barry why not get the offer and just have them come round to your house - it is basically a private consultation for £60 - bargain.

BarryStar Sat 11-Feb-12 18:35:16

Not heard of Littlebird Roxie, thanks for the info.

BarryStar Sat 11-Feb-12 18:50:15

Have pm'd you Havingkittens.

mumzy Sun 12-Feb-12 08:52:26

My colleague had a make up session at Selfridges just before her wedding and she looked amazing definetly recommend it

violetbunny Sun 12-Feb-12 09:36:23

Bobbi Brown offer makeup lessons at their counters - just phone the counter and book in advance. I had one and it was really great - they went through all the steps of applying everything (skincare as well as makeup).

Clytaemnestra Sun 12-Feb-12 13:46:53

I get a lot out of Temptalia, she's a bit ad heavy nowadays, but if you look in tutorials then you should find some really useful things for base as well as for more going out style looks.

pluckingupcourage Sun 12-Feb-12 14:17:28

I think that youtube is your friend here. Lisa Eldridge has great videos with suggestions on products/techniques for looking your best, not too theatrical (and suggestions for different age groups). Or you could find (out of the many youtube makeup artists) one that matches your colouring?

GeetTallBird Sun 12-Feb-12 19:29:43

I really like Pixiwoo and Lauren Luke on YouTube.

fluffylegs Sun 12-Feb-12 20:07:28

Does the Jemma Kidd school only use JK products though? You'd want a makeup artist who is not affiliated with a particular brand wouldn't you?

TerraNotSoFirma Sun 12-Feb-12 20:23:45

They use all different brands at JK school.

Maraki Sun 12-Feb-12 23:08:51

Second Bobbi Brown. If you book in advance, they will give you a full makeup lesson for free. Their makeup is gorgeous and not 'drag queen' style and hey if it's good enough for the future queen of England....(kate)

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