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Weddings are fun but big fat Asian weddings are something else - bold, bright and larger than life. I make no apologies for being bias here – Asian weddings blow other nuptials out of the water. Outfits are colourful and sparkly and make-up and hair is on the point.

This Easter I saw my friend tie the knot and it was a privilege to be part of the momentous occasion. Good food, cake and everyone – and I mean everyone (aunties and uncles the most!) – was on the dance floor before the main course had been served.


I bought my dress from a designer called Aamir Baig in Karachi, which I absolutely love. I was a tad nervous about what to do with my make-up because it had to compliment the outfit and that meant bold eyes and lips. I was worried that with one false move I would look like a tranny.

My beloved Hourglass liquid lipstick Icon served as the perfect red shade. Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Glamour added a flush of colour to the cheeks and Illamasqua’s Gleam in Aurora acted as a highlighter. For the base, I went for Illamasqua’s Skin Base in No12 in partnership with Hydra Veil.

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For the eyes I blended Avon’s Supershock Gel Eyeliner in black along the lash line and outer corners, Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner in Infinity on the lash line, Inglot’s Eyeliner Gel in gold (No 95) as a base on the lids and packed the Body Shop’s Colour Crush eyeshadow in Gorgeous Gold on top with the dark brown shade from Daniel Sandler’s Beyond Sunset quad blended in the crease. I also added a tiny bit of Illamasqua’s Liquid Metal in Surge in the inner corners.


Finally I finished off with Eylure Naturalites lashes (No 161). I can only apologise as one seems to be making a break for freedom in the picture below. Do forgive me, this was taken at the end of the evening after nine hours wear and a drive back from Southampton to London:


The sad thing is I don’t get to play around with make-up and bold looks as much as I used. This wedding injected some fun back into what make-up should be about and I have realised I must make more time for it. Who knows, I might share some more looks on the blog…


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Saturday mornings for me means that much needed lie-in I look forward to at the end of every working week except at the weekend just gone, I was up earlier than I wake up for work, heading for one of the most congested parts of central London – Oxford Circus – to watch make-up artist and friend, Daniel Sandler host a make-up seminar.

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It’s the second one Daniel’s held this year, attracting a lot of attention and enthusiasm from women keen to watch and learn from Daniel in how to create fuss-free make-up looks that take you from day to play and more importantly, to be confident about it because there is this awful tendency to market make-up for those with Photoshopped complexions. And it really feels like a class – held at the London College of Fashion’s main auditorium with face charts and pens handed out to every attendee.

The mind behind the seminars and the host is Daniel’s partner, Simon Vallance who deserves a special mention for his fantastic bespoke electric blue suit by KG Bespoke.

danielsandlerseminar_1The theme this time was Christmas Party Looks and with the shops awash with beauty products for the festive season, it is a little overwhelming what to go for. Daniel demonstrated how to vamp up your look with a handful of products and without breaking the bank.


One look was smoky Cranberry eyes on the first model, Amanda using Bourjois’s new Color Edition 24 Hour Eyeshadow  in Prune Nocturne as a base on the lids and Daniel’s quad Beyond Sunset packed on top. The finished look was so flattering with Amanda’s blue eyes and it’s got me thinking I should do this look on myself too because it suits all eye colours and skin tones.


Then it was my turn to hop onto the stage to be a model for Daniel’s final look. It sounded like a great idea when we talked about it in the run up to this event. Then I clapped eyes on the camera projecting onto the big screen in HD and it was quite a different story. HD is made for David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries, not for my visage. *cries*

danielsandlerseminar_6 danielsandlerseminar_11 danielsandlerseminar_10 danielsandlerseminar_12I’m not one to err on the side of caution when it comes to wearing bold make-up so Daniel had my utmost approval to ramp things up. When I saw the colours he wanted to use, I wasn’t surprised he was so excited. Daniel went for peacock shades with Tom Ford’s Emerald Lust quad, his Instant Tan as a blusher and finished off with a sensational pair of Shu Uemura lashes he had been hoarding for years and gothic lips with his (sadly discontinued) Micro Berry lipstick. The entire look took less than 30 minutes and it was right up my street! I have been neglecting aquatic shades for so long and I realised they’re such flattering shades I should wear more often.


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It’s well worth catching one of Daniel’s classes. Not only does the man have the patience to encourage and inspire those afraid of make-up, he adores his job and is profoundly honest. You needn’t fork out a fortune to look good and it’s not difficult either.

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* I was an invited guest of Daniel Sandler

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IMG_5166Hey, it’s the weekend and I just wanted to give you the heads-up on something exciting happening next month. Make-up artist Daniel Sandler will be revealing his tricks for how to glam up this Christmas with a live demo at the London College of Fashion on Saturday 9th November.

Promising to be uncomplicated and with easy-to-do looks, it’s also a great chance to meet the man himself and ask him anything you’ve always wondered when it comes to wearing make-up. What’s more, yours truly will be a model for Daniel on the day (on stage – eek!). I’ve told Daniel he can go completely crazy. Daniel, I don’t do dull, OK?

There are still a few tickets left but hurry as the last event was sold out.  To book, click here. Maybe I might see you there?

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