The Custom Edition Palette

Hi Lovelies,


The Custom Edition is finally here! I’ve been waiting to share this news with you for soo long.

You can now create your own revolutionary refillable sculpted palette. Yay!

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This product is all about you. Choose your own pans and fill as you want. #SculptedYourWay

So whether you are a Royal Rose, A Golden Girl or a Bronzed Bombshell we have something for you!

And don’t worry we haven’t forgotten your favourites from the original and rose gold palette, you can simply custom build to your taste.

Here’s how you can create your custom edition palette;


Step 1; To get started select an empty refill palette which you can add your chosen pans to. The great thing about this is you should only have to buy this once, and the magnetic strip on the base allows your pans to stay in place without falling out.


Step 2; Create your look

The custom edition allows you to choose from loads of options including some favourites from the original and rose gold palettes. We’ve broken them down into three main looks, but again, the choice is all yours. Pick and choose from the range of bronzers, blush, cream base and powder based highlighters. This is #SculptedYourWay!!



Check out our three customised looks for various skin tones below :)

Introducing Royal Rose

This palette is perfect for those of us who have that classic, lovely porcelain skin and overall fair complexion. The colour palette is very much the pinky hues incorporating light bronze, cream champagne, opal glow and pinky hues.

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Royal Rose Custom Edition Palette



Let’s talk through the look;

1.1 Light Bronzer; We simply had to keep your favourite from the rose gold palette!

This is a gorgeous light coloured bronzer that you can use to sculpt the face and also double up as an eyeshadow. Choose this if you’re fair or wear a light tan. This is a great option to layer and build up to the shade you want!!

2.1 Pearl Pop; If you love a really dewy finish pearl pop is for you! This is the lightest cream base, again, taken from our original rose gold palette. This is perfect to use on the centre of the nose, tips of the cheekbones and a dab on your cupids bow for a really radiant finish.


3.1 Opal Glow; Next up have the fab new powder highlighter in Opal Glow. It gives an iridescent pearl finish to the skin, but you can also use it to open the eyes. Use in the same areas as your cream base. Choose this if you like your highlight light and bright :) Added bonus; this works against fair skin but it’s also really complimentary on a deeper skin tone too!

Introducing Blush - I’m so excited to finally share this with you! For our Royal Rose look I’ve chosen 4.1 Pinky Hues which is a light pink speckled blush. It has the most lovely rosy finish in a soft glow without being too shiny. Choose this if you like a pop of pink on the cheeks. It’s ideal for all skin tones.

And here’s how it looks :)


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Wecome Golden Girl


The Golden Girl palette is perfect for those of you who are naturally tanned or if you like to fake it (reaching for the tanning mitt ;) )

What I love about this one is the combination of rose gold and peach or pink blush that just gives that really gorgeous sunkissed finish to the skin.

Here’s how we filled ours;

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Golden Girl Custom Edition

1.2 Medium Bronze

The bronzer from our original palette is back!

Choose this if you are someone who has a natural colour, or like most of us who if you love to fake tan :)  It’s a deeper shade than the light bronze but you can still build to get a more defined sculpted effect, and again it doubles up as an eyeshadow.

2.2 Cream Champagne

It’s back! Your favourite cream base from the original sculpted palette. Like our previous look this is perfect for use on the tips of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and along the cupid’s bow for a radiant finish.

Choose This… if you don’t want your cream highlight to be too bright. This is almost skin colour so it gives a gorgeous radiant finish without being too obvious!

 

3.2 Rose Gold Glow

Fresh from our rose gold palette, this highlighter is perfect to pop on the lid of the eyes, along the tips of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and along the cupids bow for a champagne highlighted look that compliments all skin tones

 4.2 Sunset Sheen

The peachy pink finish that we love. This blush gives a gorgeous highlighted to the apples of the cheeks, adding to that dewy look. The peachy pink shade is ideal to compliment various skin tones and make-up looks. Choose This if you love your blush to give you a glow.

 Here’s how it looks!

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And finally we’d like you to meet Bronzed Bombshell


This palette is all about that sexy siren bronzed look, perfect for party nights. So whether you love a deeper tan or have sallow skin this is the palette for you.

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Bronzed Bombshell Custom Edition

Let’s talk you through the palette;

1.3 Deep Bronze

Brand new to the sculpted range, this bronzer has been created in a matte finish and deeper colour. It’s the perfect addition to a good tan as it gives a warmer complexion rather than a brown finish.

Choose This if you are sallow skinned or love a deep fake tan look.

2.3 Golden Hue

Another new addition to the sculpted range, this cream base is ideal for those of you who have a colour or like to use fake tan. For use on the tips of the cheekbones, along the center of the nose and along the cupids bow.

Choose This if you love being tanned, it’s too strong for fair or porcelain skin, but the perfect finish to a deeper tanned look

3.3 Golden Glow

Taken from the original Sculpted by Aimee Palette this is perfect to pop onto the lid of the eyes, and along the same areas as your golden hue cream base. It gives a gorgeous glow to your highlight.

Choose This If you prefer a golden finish to your highlight and just love that golden tanned look. If you have paler skin this may look too strong against your natural colouring.

4.3 Pure Peach

This is a full matte peach blusher which gives a gorgeous powdered finish to the apples of the cheeks.

Choose This.. if you are someone who is scared of blusher or doesn't like the rosy finish it gives. This is the perfect option to give colour to the face without being pink and the matte finish means there is no sheen.

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There you have it, the Custom Edition, #ScuptedYourWay. Never run out of one pan again, customise your look and wear it your way!

You can check out all products here

And if you’d like to follow the tutorial showcasing the looks check it out below!

With Sculpted by Aimee's latest launch you can now recreate your own revolutionary refillable palette. Start with your empty palette and fill with whatever pans options you can. 1 xBronzer 1x Cream Base 1x Powder Highlight 1x Blusher In this video I show you what each pan is like on!



Thanks for reading!!

Aimee xx



Meet Our New Sculpted Lip Quads!

Meet Our New Sculpted Lip Quads!

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Once you line the perfect pout you’ll never look back! And having spent the past two years developing the holy grail of lip liners, all our hard work has been totally worth it as Sculpted by Aimee Connolly is ready to change the beauty game once more with a stunning collection of retro inspired Lip Quads.

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Simply click to select your preferred colour, twist to release some product and pucker up to line those lovely lips! Available in two colour palettes, The Nude and The Pink Edition, each Lip Quad pen features four different lip liners all carefully chosen by me to suit a variety of skin tones, makeup preferences and lip shapes. And you can ditch that sharpener as these liners are ready to use on the go over and over again!

LIP LESSONS

Here's some of my expert tips on creating a picture perfect pout using our new Lip Quads!

  • For a fuller pout, line just outside your natural lip line. We all have a faint white line that we can follow, anything outside of this looks too unnatural. Then apply your favourite lippie!
  • Make your lip liner the star of the show by filling in your lips with a hydating balm for some texture. A great day time look.
  • To keep your lips looking great throughout the day apply your favourite Lip Quad colour all over the lips. This full colour matte finish will carry you through from morning until night.
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The Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Lip Quads are available to buy online priced at €29.99 at AimeeConnolly.com, Cloud10Beauty.com and at The Loop Duty Free, Arnotts Department Stores and pharmacies nationwide in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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How to clean your makeup brushes like a pro!

How to clean your makeup brushes like a pro!

It’s one of those tasks that everyone hates doing but trust me, it’s so important to wash your makeup brushes regularly! Not only does it maintain the quality of the brushes but it also stops bacteria spreading, resulting in unnecessary breakouts on your skin.

Do you wash your brushes every week? And if so are you really washing them correctly?! Just to make sure you are here’s some professional tips on giving your brushes the TLC they deserve.

 How Often Should you Clean your Makeup Brushes?

◦         Foundation and concealer brushes: Once a week

◦         Eye makeup brushes: Bi-weekly

◦         Other brushes that aren't daily users: Once a month

How to Give your Makeup Brushes an Intensive Clean

1.     To show your brushes some real TLC fill a large bowl with warm water and pour a small amount of mild baby shampoo or brush cleanser into it.

2.     Swirl the brush around the bowl and rub the brush onto the palm of your hand to help get the makeup out quicker. Hold the ferrule (the metal part) to ensure you don’t get that part wet. That’s where all the hairs are glued on to hold them in place so you don't want to loosen that.

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3.   Rinse your brushes, brush face down, under the running tap. Keep washing and rinsing until the water runs clear. That’s when you know your job is done!

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4. With a towel or cloth dry the brushes off reshaping them as you do before leaving them out overnight. Leave them to dry on a clean cloth or towel and just make sure that none are them are squished. 

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Top Tip!

Be careful not to carry loose brushes around. This is really bad for your brushes and they will break and get damaged. Keep them safe in our Sculpted black wallet instead!

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Clean On The Go

You can use a brush cleanser such as Ella and Jo Squeaky Brush Cleaner or MAC Brush Cleanser which will clean your brushes immediately. Or use an antibacterial spritz or spray for a quick clean in between uses. Anything with isopropyl alcohol or surgical spirits is generally strong enough to kill the bacteria and allow you to use them again straight away without having to wait for them to dry.

 Ella & Jo is available online at Meaghers Pharmacy RRP €20

Ella & Jo is available online at Meaghers Pharmacy RRP €20

 Always apply directly to the brush and spray some onto a tissue, then rub the brush into the tissue to remove the product. If you're using isopropyl alcohol or surgical spirits make sure its diluted or not put directly on to your face or a client’s as it may cause a reaction.

Dealz also have 100% ispoprophyl cleansers for just €1.50!

I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful! How many of you are now going to go and wash your makeup brushes?

If you are considering adding some new makeup brushes to your collection then why not check out our Essentials Brush range here. The only kit you need to create fabulous makeup looks for day and night!

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Festival Beauty Essentials

Festival Beauty Essentials

For me Festival Beauty has always been about two things – convenience and longevity. You want to bring the least amount of products in your bag but what you do bring with you has to work really hard at creating the desired effect, whether that’s first thing in the morning or dancing late into the night!

I’ve been there. Doing makeup on location (read: in a tiny tent in the middle of a field!) isn’t always the easiest of tasks. You don’t have the best lighting, a decent quality mirror or even the best toilet facilities when you finally want to take your makeup off.

So, to help ease the tricky task of looking deadly at all times while you go about your festival fun here are my top five must-have beauty products that I just can’t live without.

1)    My Sculpted Rose Gold Palette – not only for contouring but bronzer for eyes and highlighter for under brows and the tear duct to create that wide awake look when you might not have had much sleep, or any at all!

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2)    Moxi Loves Eye Catchers - the essential makeup remover filled cotton bud that will be your saviour as you try to redraw your feline flick inside your tent on day two with a tiny mirror... trust me! This will also help to define your lip shape and clean up any general messes that may have happened along the way.

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3)    Stila Magnificent Metals - it's not a festival without a little glitter! I love love love these which is definitely no surprise to any regular followers. They have an applicator inside which I wouldn't necessarily use directly on the eyes unless you wanted full glitter glam. Otherwise pop some onto your hands and dab onto your eyes, side of the face, collar bones…wherever you're feeling it really!

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4)    A multi-tasking lipstick - any lipstick can double up as blusher once you're sure what colour blush it is that you want. I love MAC Brave lipstick as both. It's a deep pink but not too dark so only a few dabs of it and you're good to go on the lips and cheeks.

5)    The Cleanse Off Mitt should be your next festival essential and if I were you i would bring 2/3 with you so you can have a fresh one for each day you are there. With just a little water this will remove your makeup, you can use it with your cleanser to cleanse your face or with some soap and water to wash yourself. The handiest skin saviour ever!

And my final piece of advice? Have LOTS of fun!! Don't forget to tag me or DM any of your festival beauty looks, or if you've packed any of the products above. 

My Top Tips for Mature Makeup

My Top Tips for Mature Makeup

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I do mature makeup all of the time and always get lots of questions on the best products and application techniques! A lot of people fear mature makeup especially when I am teaching students but don't worry there really is nothing to worry about!

Anyway I thought I’d share my Top Tips with you:


1) Less is more

(I think this anyway but especially on a more mature skin!) so don’t go in with a heavy powder based foundation that will set and cake on the skin. Keep it light and use concealer on areas where you need more coverage. Whenever you're looking for coverage with a concealer you should be using a cream or panstick type as that will cover more in quicker time for you. Areas that need coverage are typically cheeks, chins and around the nose.

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua foundation, MakeUp Forever HD, YSl All in One Glow are all very popular options for a nice base.

2) Do The Brows

Make sure the brows are somewhat defined. A lot of women may have lost hairs from over plucking and are terrified of definition but the subtlest amount will do wonders for shaping the face! I often get women who sit down and are part terrified at me coming at them with a brush but its always ok in the end :) Shading the brows with a shadow or pencil will give a more natural finish to something like a gel if you're unsure!

3) Sculpting is a Must

Make sure you sculpt - and I’m serious when I say that! A bit of bronzer in the right places of the cheekbones will totally lift the face. Of course your Sculpted palette can totally help you out here and come in handy for my next tip too! Take the bronzer into their cheekbones and very lightly around the hair line depending on how much you want to contour and how much they open to makeup. Take it in steps and layer lightly as you normally would but especially because a lot of women may not be wearing a dark tan.

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4) Cream Highlight is Key

A cream highlight is an absolute must! It gives the most radiant finish to the skin that’s light and fresh looking. Use your finger and tap it along the tips of the cheekbones to give a soft glow. A lot of women can be conscious of fine lines and wrinkles around this area which is why a cream highlighter is the way to go - it wont set into any areas you don't want it to. This is actually why I originally included a cream highlight in my palettes! More importantly though if you find your 'fine lines', 'crow's feet' are very obvious on the outskirts on your eye well then pop your highlight along just outside these. It will still give you a gorgeous finish and highlight in the right areas but you won't feel paranoid!

You can check the Rose Gold Palette out for yourself here :)

5) Blush is Best

Add some blush! It’s very common for women to have high coloring, redness or broken veins in the cheek area and so sometimes they’re afraid of blusher. There’s lots of different tones in blush so you don’t have to go all rosy on them. I'm a fan of this Mineralise Blusher from MAC because its softer in consistency. What looks very pink there comes out quite soft. I also love a good peach matte blush and something with a soft sheen to add more glow.

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6) Lock in the Lips

Keep the lips defined. For me a lip liner is an absolute must and make sure when choosing a colour that you don’t for anything too nude or wishy washy - you don’t have to go statement but you want to make sure the lips are seen and have some colour.

Some of my most popular Mother of the bride or mature makeup lipsticks are; MAC Faux, Brave, Plumful, Cosmo, Syrup... these are just off the tip of my head but they're fab on!

And there you have my top tips for applying makeup to more mature skin. If I've missed anything please don't hesitate to contact me on any of my social media channels or via email and I'll respond as soon as I can or equally just comment below.

 

Thanks for reading <3

Aimee xx 

VIP Cover Shoot with Pippa O'Connor

VIP Cover Shoot with Pippa O'Connor

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It’s always lots of fun working with the powerhouse that is Pippa O Connor. I could probably paint her face in my sleep at this stage I’ve had the pleasure so many times… and I think she probably knows all of my tips from our shoots and the many fashion factories too! 

On this occasion I was getting Pippa ready to shoot the cover of VIP Magazine’s July issue. Naturally given the time of year we wanted to keep it soft glam and dewy and that’s exactly what we did. Today I’ll give you a closer look at her product list.

So starting with the base. Pippa and I are very alike - we love a glowing finish and that doesn’t mean shiny for any gals with oily skin who fear the word dewiness. Don’t worry!

I used Becca Cosmetics Priming Veil to keep her makeup on for longer and then I applied some Mac Strobe Cream into the edges of the face for some extra glow under the foundation. We went for one of Pippa’s favourites (and mine too!) which is the NARS Sheer Glow foundation in shade Stromboli. This is a great tan shade with a nice undertone.

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The key to creating a dewy finish without the shine? I used MAC Blot Powder to set the face. This is a finely milled pressed powder so it’s good to reapply without caking or setting on the skin. Given it was a warm day I wanted something slightly stronger on our side too! On set days I would top up the model a lot or as needed so it’s important to use products that don’t cake.

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As we all know I’m a big fan of highlighting the cheeks! I used my Sculpted Rose Gold Edition palette starting with the bronzer into the hollows of the cheeks, lightly around the hairline and down the sides of the nose. I then pressed the cream champagne highlighter into the tips of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and cupid’s bow to highlight these areas. And let’s not forget blusher - one of my favs which we used in MAC Springsheen.

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Pippa doesn’t need much done to her brows as they are done so well by Kim O Sullivan however a little definition never hurt anyone. Here I added some of the Benefit Ka Brow lightly into the base of the brow to maximise the shape.

For the eyes I put my Rose Gold palette highlighter under the brow with some of the bronzer into the crease followed by MAC Saddle to add a little more definition and then popped the lid with the new Charlotte Tilbury Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette. This is gorgeous but quite creamy so just watch out if you have quite oily lids!

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Then into the sides of the eyes I shaded some darker brown from MAC in the colour Brown Down to lightly smoke the edges. I did a little flick using Inglot Gel Liner in 77, applied some of the Penneys individuals lashes on which are just amazing for easy definition and volume.

I also popped my Rose Gold palette highlight down the centre of her shins too whenever her lovely legs were exposed! For the lips I used a fabulous lip liner for definition with MAC Brave lipstick.  This is a gorgeous strong pink without being fuchsia or neon and is such a popular bridal colour too. I added some clear gloss into the centre very lightly for one of the shots too.

All Pippa's makeup looks were created using my Sculpted Essentials Brush Set! Click on my online shop here to avail of this month's VERY special offer - when you purchase the Essentials Brush Set you now get a Sculpted Double Ended Brush absolutely FREE!

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Bearing in mind Pippa is of course fabulous and barely needs any of these products but for an occasion it’s nice to get your makeup done and feel glam. I also used one of my brand new products soon to launch which I am nearly losing sleep about with excitement/impatience at this stage!

Until next time! If you have any questions you can find me on Facebook and Instagram or just drop me an email.

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VIP Magazine Shoot Team

Photographer: Lili Forberg

Styling: Aideen Feely

Hair by The Green Room

Makeup by Aimee Connolly

Big News for Sculpted Fans!

Hi everyone!  We have some exciting news this week..

Sculpted, my debut product of a palette and brush has just expanded its shelf space!

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Sculpted is all about the easy way to contour your face giving you killer cheekbones in seconds!

The palette consists of a powder bronzer, a powder highlight and a cream highlight.

The powder bronzer is amazing to enhance your cheekbones and it's also a gorgeous eyeshadow on - either on its own or for a smokey eye! 

The golden sheen powder is a highly pigment golden glow. Its not glittery so flattering on all skins and it also works so well as an eyeshadow.

The cream highlighter gives the most beautiful radiant glow to the skin. It is the epitome of a dewy skin and works wonder on all ages! 

The Double ended brush is your essential guide to perfect contour.

One side is fluffy perfect for blending your bronzer seamlessly into your cheekbones but its thin enough to ensure less room for error (i.e. that not half your face is contoured only your cheekbones, this is essential). The opposite brush head is a tapered one which makes the precise placement of your highlight so easy!

For a full tutorial on Sculpted click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V0vTd8NbM0

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Following its recent success launching into The Loop Duty Free at Dublin airport and into pharmacies nationwide the award winning palette and double ended brush is now available in Arnotts Department Store.

This is a first for a cosmetic startup brand like Sculpted and I am so excited!!

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I launched it into store as part of their annual Style Sessions event where I did a Masterclass using a combination of their brands and of course my own Sculpted - The crowds that showed up for this were amazing! I am so excited!!

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Thanks to everyone for their congrats and well wishes, its exciting times here!!

Sculpted The Academy

Hello from a busy Sculpted The Academy HQ!

This week marked the first official week of Sculpted The Academy and it was fantastic! September is always the busiest time for enrolment and we are excited to say we now have 4 different classes enrolled in the academy.

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Although the academy has been in the making for nearly over a year Aimee marked it officially with a great night of celebrations back in August with lots of familiar faces there on the night to support.

 Aimee with Tara Anderson otherwise known Tara Makeup, Pamela Laird and Nadia El Fadaroussi.

Aimee with Tara Anderson otherwise known Tara Makeup, Pamela Laird and Nadia El Fadaroussi.

Aimee has worked endlessly completing her teacher and assessor training  over the last year in order to get VTCT centre approved, which we are excited to say ....has happened this year!!

The approval of VTCT has welcomed the new 12 week course “The Art of Photographic Makeup”, which is a fully recognised course by VTCT and perfect for anyone wanting to further their career in makeup.  The course features an amazing kit with top brands including MAC, Benefit, Make-Up Forever, Rimmel, Flormar to name a few!! Over the 12 weeks the students will do a photo shoot, lots of different makeup looks as well as all theory based content created by Aimee herself.

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Aimee has taught makeup courses on behalf of other academies for years, which sparked the initiate to start her own academy. Her expert knowledge and experience in the industry has lead her to open an academy dedicated to practical and valuable learning. Her signature 6 week course is one she has been delivering for nearly 4 years now and is a big hit for those who want to improve their own makeup and learn for themselves. Its also perfect for those teasing with the idea of becoming a makeup artist, this of course is still available in the academy and is as busy as ever! The 12 week course however is of course longer in length with all the bonuses of a qualified course.

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We had a great first week meeting lots of new faces and groups and we're looking forward to seeing how their progress goes.

It is an exciting time in the academy with lots more to come, these sought after courses are not only a guaranteed sell out but a gateway to your future career in makeup! 

 

If you'd like to contact Aimee directly you can do so by emailing mail@aimeeconnolly.com and if you'd like any further information on enrolling or what each course entails you can find all info on the 6 Week Course & 12 Week Course  here

How to POP Your Blue Eyes....

Hello!

 

So it has been a while since I have updated this blog but I'm on a mission to hopefully do one a week and change it up as I do! 

First up is something I get asked as a makeup artist all the time!... Whats the best colours to wear for a particular eye colour? Lets start with blue eyes and below are some of my favourite ways to style them..:)

Incase you didn't know, its back to basics with this one - the optimal shade for a blue eye or in other words the BEST shade for a blue eye is actually orange! Without getting too technical they're opposite each other on the colour wheel which is what makes them so.

However, I know not all of us are confident enough to wear blasts of oranges and coppers on the eyes so fear not you can still pop the eye and opt for a gold! It’s in the same colour family so it will still do lots of work.

 

 
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Lets start with the eyes....

Personally I love using highlighter as eyeshadow, it gives a gorgeous pigmented look to the eye and saves you lots of time! 'Golden Sheen' from my Sculpted palette is amazing for the inner corner of the eyes, as well as under the brow bone and on the cupid's bow. Warmer shades from the Urban Decay Heat palette like copper, gold, peach and brown will really help make blue eyes pop too - see images below.

 

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Given that the eyes are working to bring out the blue its nice to match the whole face and keep the look in sync, in fact its one of my fav ways to wear my makeup!

To do so think about your blush and lip colour carefully and try and choose complementary ones.    

One of my FAV blushers is MAC Springsheen or you can go for a more affordable one like the Wet n Wild 'Apricot in the Middle'.

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MAC Springsheen

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Wet n Wild Apricot in the Middle

 

Then for lips its nice to stick to that peachy theme again and here there are so many options that I would be here all night trying to write them down. However some forever favourites are MAC Pure Zen or Shy Girl or....

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MAC Pure Zen lipstick 

 

If you prefer a liquid Lipstick version you could go for Meet Matt Hughes from The Balm in shade ‘Doting’.

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One of my go-to nude lippies would have to be ’Be my Baby’ by Rimmel its the perfect shade day or night.

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You don’t have to stick to this to make your eyes pop but it will definitely do the most work for you. It’s so nice to have a system in your makeup like wearing gold on eyes and continuing that peachy theme through your blusher and lips so it all works together.

 

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So there's a little insight into how to work your blue eyes and some of my go to products. I will of course be covering brown and green also..I'm not that biased :)

 

Let me know if you enjoyed this piece and if there are ant other topics you would like covered here! 

 

Aimee x

 

 

Some top tips for Skiing!

So I had promised that I would do a little blog post on skiing and some tips I found from going this year!

 

Firstly we went to Ischgyl Austria - such a gorgeous place!! We flew into Munich and then John drove to Austria it was under 3 hours so not a bad commute at all. We were so lucky because we had so much snow in the days before we arrived so it was like a literal winter wonderland! With that said though it was freezing so my number one advice is to wrap up and layer up if your place is anywhere like ours. I'm talking -9 degrees ..... hypothermia weather! Haha

We also stayed in a hotel called Hotel Sonne, pricey originally but it included all our meals so looking back it probably worked out better! It also had a spa which was divine!

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What to wear;

The trick is to have good body armour that'll stick to your body and keep your warm. I made that mistake day one and I was so cold going back up the ski lifts that I couldn't go back skiing after 2pm!

 

So I took this pic in the snow... gas but to give you an idea of all the layers!

 

Under armour top, zip top, fleece ski jacket is and bandana is what I wore on top. If the resort you go to is warm you'll probably find yourself sweating inside and cold on the outside ... not in our case! 

For my lower half I had under armour leggings then my ski pants and ski socks. When skiing the boots are really tight so I would recommend having one wooly pair of ski socks and then one thin thermal pair. I found after two days my legs were killing me in the boots so having the thinner socks was so handy so they could actually breathe!! You can also pick up supplies like this over there too.

I actually got all my clothes in a mad rush one day by chance in the Sports Direct store in Limerick. It all came to under 300€ where sometimes you could pay just that for a jacket! Definitely worth a look.

 

Après ski:

Everything is very casual when skiing most go straight off the slopes so you'll find a lot still have their ski gear on! I would definitely leave the heels at home! My biggest plus this year was digging out my ugg boots. I wouldn't say I have worn these since I was about 14 but they were so comfortable, warm and socially acceptable over there!:)

 just so you can see exactly how casual it was...

just so you can see exactly how casual it was...

Switch into jeans and a nice top if you want for apres ski but all I would say is that there is no pressure to do so or get dressed up. In the particular place we were in it was really buzzy. They had like 3 main bars and then a club. We actually never ventured as far as the club but it seemed really busy! The fact that is starts earlier than usual and then skiing is an early start anyway it doesn't go on too late.

Ischgyl has lots of other stuff to do like tennis, Cinema, bowling etc so we covered just about all the activities! (And yes tennis was of course indoor)

Essential products;

 

These are some of the saviours that I brought in my suitcase and so delighted I did!! My image cleanser to keep my skin clean and fresh against such harsh weather. I use this at home all the time too so it was an easy choice.

My p20 spf - SO important!! Just because you may not be able to see the sun does not mean that you won't be susceptible to wind burn or skin damage - I popped some of this on every morning and it's great because it absorbs into your skin so quickly. I would bring this in your bag with you up the mountain too especially if it's very sunny as with all the taking on and off of your bandana you'll most likely rub some off.

Bioderma moisturiser/serum. I love this because it's lightweight yet great for hydration. I applied it about 3/4 times a day, haha! Feels great under makeup too.

James read face tan. I love this brand because it's feels like its not doing damage to the skin, almost like itsmixed with skincare. This face tan is gradual so you won't be a different race the next morning! I loved this because of the lack of makeup at least you could fake a bit of 'natural colour' haha.

St Tropez Lip protection SPF 30 - absolutely everyone needs one of these skiing your lips will be cut in half if not. Even if it's not very very cold going against the wind continuously will just dry the life out of them. Anyone that this has happened to will know how painful it is but if your lips get burnt it is nearly unbearable SO keep lathering this on and you'll be fine!

What I was missing here and really felt it when I was away is a body moisturiser. I love love the Bioderma atoderm which is also great on kids! I found my legs etc were quite dry part cause of the cold but also with such tight clothing everyday. When I got home I was straight into the shower to exfoliate and moisturise so I definitely think you should bring one of these with you!

Then my Yonka Eyes and Lips cream so that they were kept nice and fresh :)

MakeUp;

 

With regards to makeup like everything else it's very casual, I think it always is though when you're surrounded by European girls they definitely have a much more relaxed approach to makeup, that's why the face tan was handy.

We actually didn't have an adapter for the 5 out of 7days so I couldn't even straighten or curl my hair and it was probably the best thing to happen because it wouldn't have made a difference. Going skiing youd pop it in a plait or ponytail and sure from the wind / snow it'd be wavy (curly in my case) by the time you got home!

I did a quick look some nights for dinner and again was probably wearing more than most. I love the bourjois healthy mix foundation because it's lightweight, affordable but gives a good coverage yet not too heavy. I also had the false lashes applied which was so handy because you look a lot dressier than without and you have to do nothing!! Give it a lash are who do mine and have done for the past 2 or more years.

I kept things simple with just a kohl liner, my SCULPTED set of course (you can get that here),MAC Springsheen blusher and Benefit brows of course! 

 

 

A very brief run through of what I brought and things I noticed but hopefully some of you will find it helpful! I am aware that skiing wont apply to everyone but comment on any topics you would like me to write about more :D However if you havent been skiing you NEED to go it is one the best holidays you'll ever do!!

 

Happy hump day! 

Aimee <3

Christmas Gift Ideas <3

So I have been featuring a gift guide edit every week in December in my column for The Sunday World but I thought I would compile them all into one here for you all to have a read through. 

If you're someone that hasn't bought one thing yet well then don't panic because neither have I! Hopefully this article will give us the inspiration we need :) 

They are all my picks at random but ones that I either have or have seen/heard  a lot about so I think there are no worries in people loving them!

 

1) SCULPTED by Aimee Connolly €24.95 & €12.95: 

So this is obviously my baby product that I released just over a month ago and unfortunately has sold out in most places which I know is so annoying for those that wanted it for Christmas! There is a full list of stockists on the website if you want to check them out you can click

It is all about the easy way to sculpt your face containing one bronzer and 2 highlighters with a double ended brush to make the whole process that bit easier :)

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2) Pippa Palette €34.99; 

I think at this stage we all know Pippa and we know that anything she touches turns to gold! Her palette has been around for a while and is a continuous best seller - it contains, 5 matte eyeshadows, a blush, highlighter and bronzer for that on the go beauty. My top picks from this would have to be Dodo & Tobi - amazing shades and this is a guaranteed love for anyone you are buying for! Fantastic palette at a great price and available here: http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/products/pippa-for-blank-canvas-palette.html

3) Blank Canvas Master Series One Palette €34.99; 

Keeping with the palettes theme this is one that nearly 90% of my students have and it is amazing. It is all bar one matte eyeshadows full of warmth meaning they are great on all different eye colours so its a suitable gift no matter who you're shopping for. They are very easy to blend and you get one shimmer colour 'Goddess' which is really nice to highlight the tear duct or under the brow! You can purchase here; https://www.cloud10beauty.com/blank-canvas-master-series-palette-one.html?gclid=Cj0KEQiA-MPCBRCZ0q23tPGm6_8BEiQAgw_bAgNb8t5rEITpBRSmg943dkhmUIgxOxmjweNr3lVp9vYaAmfs8P8HAQ 

4) Golden Goddess Collection by Marissa Carter €14.95; 

 

This is the ultimate trio for a highlighting queen in your life. Stocked with three very on trend shades; Ice Goddess, Rose Gold & Golden Goddess. These amazing light weight oils that you can wear on your body or face. A lot of my bridal parties use them and if you're trying to give the illusion of a slimmer arm/leg then focus it into a thin line in the centre of your limb - it'll work wonders in the pics :) Cocoa Brown is available in pharmacies & penneys nationwide! 

 

5) Benefit Girlesque Christmas Gift €59.50;


So Benefit always have the most amazing packaging and this Christmas is no different along with some amazing deals also! This funky kit contains they're real mascara, benetint , porefessional primer & Hoola bronzer. Three of these are my favourite products in general so to get them all together discounted in a set is amazing! Available from boots.ie

 

6) Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look in a Clutch €108;

 


I adore the Charlotte Tilbury range and it makes the most luxurious makeup gift in my opinion! I just think she got it so right! In these sets you get a mini mascara, a lipstick, an eyeshadow set & 2 creamy eye pencils - just amazing! It also comes in a fabulous clutch which you can rock at night and make the most of your purchases. This is great value given all that's in it.  

 

7) Bellamianta Christmas Gift Set €34;


This is all about the fake tan which nearly every girl in Ireland will go mad for! It contains their full size rapid mousse, tanning mitt & a sample of their body lotion. Their mousse is my favourite product of the range so getting these extra bits with it is just amazing! Its dark but comes up golden & dries in an instant so you can hop straight into bed! It also comes in a luxurious Christmas box so you can gift in style. You can buy it here; http://bellamianta.com/product/bellamianta-mousse-christmas-gift-set/

 

8) Instyler €99;


This in my opinion is the ultimate hair tool that every girl should own. I use this any time I'm going anywhere noteworthy and it gives the biggest bounciest finish to the hair. It's a curling and straightening iron giving you the best of both worlds. My favourite way to style it is to use the the curler just for the ends to give it a lift without looking too 'done'. Once I have dried my hair,I take big section and wrap them around  the wand and its done in minutes! Anyone I show this to falls in love with it! Instyler.ie - http://www.instyler.ie/product/instyler-max-black-32mm-2-way-rotating-iron/

9) Inglot Diamond MakeUp Case €60:


This is one of the cutest makeup boxes I've seen. You don't need to have a makeup artist in your life for this to be a worthy present, any makeup obsessor will do! It's compact enough to bring on the go, fits a lot more than you would expect and it looks good enough to jazz up your dresser too. Inglot also have a selection of sizes so you can be sure that you'll find the perfect one! Inglot.ie - http://inglot.ie/accessories/cases/makeup-case-black-diamond-mini-silver.html

 

10) MakeUp Workshop €100: 

And sure it had to be done to include a voucher for my makeup workshops :) These will be 4hrs long and it will be a practical class where you get to work so that you can be sure you'll definitely learn a few things! Every goodie bag will be worth over 55€ AND will include my my SCULPTED palette and brush. The Dublin workshop will be Jan 29th & Galway March 5th. You can purchase your tickets here  

11) Hydrafacial Voucher from the Beacon & Face Dermatology Clinic Sandyford €150; 

This is the dream for any pamper lover but it actually does the skin unbelievably good! The staff in this salon are so so lovely and thorough that you know exactly what state your skin is in leaving. The hydrfacial is broken up into a few different steps or processes all aimed at extracting, hydrating & exfoliating the skin. I had this done and my skin was glowing after AND I plan to go back once a month too! This is also brilliant for any brides to be in your life for that all important prep:) Check them out at; http://www.beaconfaceanddermatology.ie

My Bridal Diaries; Tara's Spanish Dream

My Bridal Diaries; Tara's Spanish Dream

Up this week I have a throwback to Tara’s gorgeous wedding in Marbella, Spain (quite appropriate given the freezing cold in Ireland today!)

I was flown over to Marbella & driven up to this amazing villa in the hills where Tara and her bridal party were waiting...

My Bridal Diaries; Ellen Ryan

My Bridal Diaries; Ellen Ryan

This week we’re talking Winter Weddings!! 

Ellen is the boss lady of the extremely busy & thriving YellowMachinePr so being her own boss & running a wedding is tough...

My Bridal Diaries; Kim Jacobs

My Bridal Diaries; Kim Jacobs

First up out of my magical brides is the beautiful Kim Jacobs who celebrated her big day on July 17th 2015 in Ballybeg House. It was so beautiful that even OneFabDay.ie just had to feature it!! 

Filming Xposé

Filming Xposé

So my first Xposé segment went live last night and the response has been AMAZING!! Thank you all for tuning in and I am glad you enjoyed it and most importantly picked up some tips...

Lisa Connon's Wedding Make Up

Lisa Connon's Wedding Make Up

So I know this blog post is well over due BUT I just got sent the images from the amazing photographer John so I wanted to keep it until then. As most of you know back in September I had the pleasure of working over the in the lovely land of Florence Italy to beautify Lisa and her bridal party for her big day.

Where it all began...

Where it all began...

So I get questions all the time about where I studied, how I got into makeup, if its all I do and how I built the brand! Questions I get daily – ones that I do try to get back to all the time but sometimes it can be tough.