With a career that has spanned over 20 years, Paula Callan has worked with some of the most talented and inspirational people in fashion, TV and film. Top of Everyone’s Wedding Make up Artist wish list, So of course she was our first choice when we decided to up skill our Elm Beauty Makeup Application.
The excitement was building as we heading to Dublin towards Dylan Bradshaws our location for the day, all wondering what new tips we would learn, on arrival we were greeted by a beautiful reception area and taken upstairs to meet Paula. That’s when the nerves kicked in what would she be like? Well she couldn’t of been nicer to us so kind and welcoming and willing to share all her inside tips of the trade and her go to products with us.
Paula thought us some of her tips on how to get that flawless looking makeup. We now do make-up a little different at Elm so you can have that dewy, glowing skin, that Paula is famous for.
Flawless makeup starts by prepping the skin. What is so important to do for makeup is give cleanse the skin. At ELM we use decleor essential cleansing milk, we remove it using hot towels and then tone the skin using decleor essential tonifying lotion. It is important then to mositurise the skin to allow the perfect application. We apply an oil balm all over the face, decleor aromessence neroli (hydrating night balm) is amazing for this. A serum containing hyaluronic acid is then applied, we love Skinceauticals H.A Intensifier (helps boost skins hyaluronic acid levels, giving the skin overall plumpness and firmness).
After prepping the skin we then move on to starting the makeup. To get that amazing glowing skin, we apply Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (shade 3) all over the face using a flat foundation brush (we use blank canvas F81). A lot of peoples makeup tends to come off or not sit on their nose or chin as they are oily or dry. To stop this from happening we apply Fenty Beauty pro filter instant retouch primer just using our fingertips. We then move on to foundation, one of our new tricks that we love is using a small brush (such as blank canvas F40). The reason for this is you can buff the product more where more coverage is needed on the skin and you have much more control.
Of course we had to get some of the amazing products that Paula uses!
The products we added to our makeup bar was the fab Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood filter. This product can be used as a primer, highlighter or overall foundation. The Hollywood filter gives the skin an amazing glow and also makes lines and pores smoother!
We also added Kevyn Aucoin, the Sensual Skin Enhancer. This multi-tasking skin enhancer is all you need to achieve that even, flawless looking complexion. It can be used as a concealer, foundation, highlighter (choose one shade lighter) for contour (2 shades darker) or even mixed with your moisturiser for a lightweight skin tint for that even effect. The ingredients honey and jojoba oil combine to nourish skin for a healthy, dewy glow. This concealer is brilliant it will literally cover any blemish!
Another AMAZING product we added is the Fenty Beauty pro filter instant retouch primer. This oil free face primer smooths the look of pores, evens skin tone and texture, and instantly absorbs shine without that feeling of being dry or chalky. That means smoother foundation application and longer makeup wear.