Alexandra from Love Island is an MUA & these are her best tips

Alexandra from Love Island is an MUA & these are her best tips, including the weird undereye bag trick she swears by…

Whether you thought Laura was the real MVP of Love Island, or that Jack and Dani’s landslide win was well deserved, we’ve got to say, we think our real-life BFF would actually be Alexandra.

Did you notice how whenever any of the girls had a big date or night out in the villa, she would use her makeup artist skills to transform them into absolute goddesses? Now that’s a good friend to have around.

GLAMOUR recently caught up with the stunning brunette to chat about her favourite products, teen makeup mistakes, and the weird trick she uses to banish undereye bags…

Before heading into the villa on her search for love, Alexandra spent the past four years working as a full-time as a makeup artist. A career choice that was spurred by an accident…

“I actually used to be a ballroom dancer, and I got injured and I had to have surgery on my knee, which kind of put me out of dancing”, says Alexandra.

“And by that point I hadn’t gone to university, and I knew I wanted to stay in the creative field, so I thought ‘well what do I love the most and what am I good at?’, so I went on to do a makeup course and haven’t looked back since.”

Despite her on-screen success, when asked if makeup artistry is the career she’ll continue to pursue, her answer was an ‘absolutely, yes’.

And with career highlights like creating looks backstage at Paris Fashion Week – “the couture shows were amazing!”, working with Rick Astley – “never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down“, we don’t blame her.

Alexandra admits she was probably the one who took the longest to get ready on Love Island, but during the day this would only be ten minutes or so, as the girls didn’t wear much makeup.

“I would cleanse my face, put on a tinted moisturiser and my classic, pink Vaseline, and maybe pluck out any stray hairs underneath my eyebrows.”

A morning routine very different to her teen days when she ‘had the thinnest eyebrows ever, wore Dream Matte Mousse all over my face and way too much powder’.

And when it comes to beating under-eye bags, her surprising secret is using haemorrhoid cream, Anusol.

“It helps the blood flow and soothes as well as moisturises the skin”, she says.

Best makeup tips

Not only is Alexandra amazing at doing her own makeup, but we sussed out a few of her clients and damn sis, check this out:

So of course, we stole her top 3 makeup tips:

  1. Apply powder on your t-zone area first and then lightly dust everywhere else so you don’t end up looking too cakey.
  2. Apply your eyebrow products on the end of your brows first, then use the excess product on the front of your brows, to achieve that feathered look and keep the heaviest bit of product on the tail.
  3. I apply highlighter on my Cupid’s Bow and just the centre of my bottom lip to make them look a bit fuller.

 

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Everything you need to know about lip liner

We’re here to sing the praises of lip liner — because it really is necessary. Annnnd HD Brows have just launched a new line of lip liners (see what we did there!) called Lip Defines.

Over the past several years it seems the notion that lip liner is outdated is well…outdated. In case you’ve been avoiding this little wonder for your lips, let us fill you in on what you’ve been missing. Because lip liner can do magical things.

Lip liner adds definition to the lips

Who doesn’t want full, defined lips? Lip liner is the ticket to the perfect cupid’s bow. We find that pairing your lip pencil with a lighter, highlight pencil will keep the lip line clean and can create lift and definition to the lip. (This trick works wonders on thin upper lips.)

Apply the lighter pencil in bow of the lip, right above your lip liner shade to lift and highlight that area. And when gravity takes a toll we start to see the corner of our lips turn down, use the lighter pencil or concealer to highlight those corners creating a lifted and sculpted look. Try HD Brows Highlighter and Lip Defines.  

Lip liner prolongs the wear of any lip colour.

Applying lip liner before your lipstick or lip gloss helps prevent the colour from bleeding or feathering–making it a dream for dark lipstick lovers. We suggest using lip liner as a base. Simply lining and filling in your lips with a pencil will give your lip colour something to adhere to, thus increasing its staying power. If all that lip liner seems a little daunting, start with a clear lip pencil. Clear pencils do the same job as all the other shades.  

Even the lipstick averse can appreciate lip liner.

Lip liner is not just for the red lip loving set. Even if you’re not a big lip wearer, you can still benefit from lip liner. Pick a nude shade that is close to your natural lip colour and lightly trace the natural lip line to define the shape. Buff out the edges into the centre of the lip with a brush and layer with a clear gloss. We love HD Brows Lip Defines in Nude. It’s the no muss no fuss solution to a pretty pout.  

The right application makes a big difference.

For a smooth gliding application and a fluid line, we recommend prepping lips with a light lip balm before applying lip liner. Part your lips slightly (this will keep your lips closest to their natural shape) and apply the liner using light, short strokes. Always follow your natural lip shape–overdrawn lips are not a good look. If you start to draw the pencil across your lips and it tugs the skin, then the pencil is too hard. Try sharpening the pencil and warming the point between your thumb and index finger to soften it.  

Have we converted you into a lip liner lover? Tell us.

“I Got a Lash Lift, and OMG — the Hype Is So Real”

Carrie Carrollo from Popsugar tried and tested a lash lift.

My eyelashes and I have always had some beef. While I lust after long, wispy lashes, they’re short and naturally straight, and they refuse to stay curled for more than an hour at a time. I’ve tried my fair share of solutions — fibre mascaras, growth serums, and falsies, for example — but they all felt like a chore to apply. After trying them all, it started to look like eyelash extensions were my only hope.

But no matter how many Yelp pages I combed through and sketchy Groupons I narrowly stopped myself from buying, I couldn’t justify the cost and upkeep of extensions. I was prepared to accept a life of subpar lashes, but then something seriously magical happened: I discovered a Lash Lift!!

Like the name would suggest, a Lash Lift is a treatment that adds a semi-permanent curl to your lashes for 6-8 weeks! — at a time. Think of it as a mini version of the hair perm your mum sported in her glory days, sans regretful throwback photos. While extensions can easily run you over £150 and require touch-ups every three to four weeks, LVL Enhance Lash Lift’s have an average treatment price of £45, and the amount of aftercare maintenance is only applying the ‘Lash and Brow Conditioning Serum’.

I’ve become fully confident going mascara-free.

I’ve become fully confident going mascara-free when I’m in a rush and, to be honest, just feel prettier in general. Best of all, I haven’t touched a lash curler in over 12 (yes, literally 12) weeks! To see why I’m never turning back, read on for the full low-down on every step of the process, plus photos and tips.

 

How to Prep

The only thing you need to know is to arrive at your appointment with naked lashes. We all have places to be, so it’s OK if you’re coming from work with mascara-coated lashes (it will be removed pre-treatment), but it makes the entire process smoother and faster. As soon as you lie down on one of the comfortable beds, the *transformation* can begin.

 

What to Expect

From beginning to end, a lift is completed in 4 steps and takes approximately 40 minutes. It goes a little something like this:

Step 1: Choose your curl

Similar to extensions, you (and your natural set of lashes) have some say in the final product. Mine grow extremely straight, so my technician and I made the joint decision to go for the most dramatic look. Those who already have a bit of curl may prefer the “natural” option, and if you’re not sure which to choose, you can try something in between.

Step 2: Clean eyelids and lay down a shield

Annnd we’re off! The first order of business: protecting your bottom lashes by placing under eye treatment pads over them, directly below your water line. This ensures they stay out of the way and won’t accidentally get curled with your top lashes. Next, the area is gently cleaned to remove dirt and oils and a more gentle version of false eyelash glue is swiped onto your lids, aka the bonding gel. After it gets tacky, a shield (selected based on your curl of choice) is placed down.

Step 3: Glue lashes onto shield

Once the shield is safely in place, your lashes are adhered to it using the bonding gel in an upward-sweeping motion. This is done to “set” the shape of the curl for the entire process.

Step 4: Add lash lifting balm

When it comes time to do the actual lifting, the lifting balm is applied to the lashes, starting just above the root, which breaks down and resets the bonds in your hair. In simpler terms, it’s exactly what makes perm treatments as long-lasting as they are.

If you suffered a hair perm horror story in your younger days, be warned that it may induce some temporary hair PTSD. But if you’re a perm virgin like me, just know the scent is quite strong. I never felt any pain or burning. After they’re fully saturated, the lifting balm is left to sit for a few minutes dependant on the type of your lashes.

  • 10 Minutes: Fine, Dry, Sparse Lashes 
  • 12 Minutes: Average, Healthy Lashes
  • 14 Minutes: Thick, Coarse, Dense Lashes
  • 16 Minutes: Extremely Thick, Coarse, Dense Lashes

Step 5: Remove lifting balm and apply the Volumising Fix

The lifting balm is removed with a Q-tip and a second formula is applied. My tech referred to this as Volumising Fix to essentially lock everything in. I’d like to mention that by this point in the treatment, I was on the verge of entering full-on dreamland. In other words: it’s extremely relaxing.

Step 6: Clean lashes 

The Volumising Fix is removed, and a tint is applied. After the final timer goes off, the process is complete! The tint is removed, and your freshly curled lashes are carefully detached from the shields. The cotton pads and shields are discarded, and the area is thoroughly cleaned.

For aftercare, Nouveau Lashes ‘Lash and Brow Conditioning Serum’ must be purchased as an extra boost of strength and nourishment – similar to a clear mascara. Like they say, you wouldn’t skip conditioning your hair, so why not do the same for your lashes. Containing a complex blend of multi-vitamins and conditioning actives, this new and improved conditioning serum is the ultimate conditioner for lashes and brows. Packed full of nourishing goodness, used daily, this serum provides lashes and brows with all they need to appear instantly conditioned, as well as provide long-term benefits to help give a fuller appearance. Powerful anti-oxidants also help protect lashes and brows from everyday environmental pollutants. When used beneath mascara, it can also act as a primer. Suitable for both lash extensions and natural lashes, it’s the perfect aftercare item for our LVL treatment. The hypoallergenic formulation is gentle on even the most sensitive eyes.

Find your nearest LVL Lash Lift Technician: https://nouveaulashes.com/salon-finder/

Aura Spray Tan Machine

Aura Elite Black Compact Spray Tan Machine, available to purchase from The Beauty School, is ideal for mobile therapists or salons. This is a fantastic machine by Aura Tanning and comes ready to use with Spray tanning motor, Spray tan Hose, Spray tan gun, Spray tanning solution pot, power adaptor, and manual.

The Aura Elite Compact spray tan machine is an ideal unit for lightweight to medium use for home, mobile or salon use. The Aura Compact is a powerful yet easy to use unit. The design also incorporates the Wagner innovative spray tan tip creating fine atomisation and low over-spray, maximising the solution output.

The Aura Elite Compact spray tan machine has a quiet turbine motor with spray gun storage holder. The ergonomic design gun with easy solution output control makes this a great choice of unit. It is a high quality spray tanning machine with washable filter to protect the motor. This spray tanning machine is among the professional leading brand range, with German design.  

A fantastic unit at a great price: £129.99 + VAT.

  • 150ml solution cup 
  • 2.0m hose (robust hose)
  • 230V 50 hz                                                  
  • 280W power consumption
  • Weight apprx 1.6KG                                              
  • UK Plug 
  • 2 year manufacturers warranty. 

Top 3 Brow Mistakes

OK, we get it. Eyebrows are HUGE right now — literally. The full, bold, natural brows that swept the beauty world last year have proven to be anything but a passing phase. They are going strong and so are the endless products that aim to help us achieve the brows of our dreams.

However, brows are not something to be taken lightly and one wrong move can throw your whole upper facial area out of whack. We want to help you avoid catastrophe of brow mistakes, so we consulted with our brow expert and elite trainer Katie Everitt.

Mistake #1: Over-plucking the centre 

There is a common misconception that brows must align with your nostril, but they should actually align with the top bridge of the nose. Separating brows too far apart makes your natural facial features appear wider.

Mistake #2: Over-trimming brows 

Avoid over-trimming brows, as it can create a choppy and uneven brow. Actually, very few women actually need trimming. When trimming, brush upward and just trim the hairs that stick out noticeably above the rest. You want to keep brows looking neat and even, but by keeping them naturally feathery you are also promoting a lusher brow. And never trim into the arch! It will result in a flat brow. Also always tweeze in dull lighting and avoid magnifying mirrors, as they can cause you to lose perspective and over-tweeze.

Mistake #3: Going overboard with product 

Everyone wants fuller, bolder brows, but some can go overboard with the brow pencil. Katie suggests toning down the intensity, and going no more than a shade darker than your brows. This will enhance your brows and bring out your eyes without exaggerating them. Brows are meant to enhance your features, not to distract from them. A good brow pencil should give the illusion of natural hairs and not look like it’s tattooed on.

Why not try HD Brow Browtec or Brow Define, which comes in 3 different shades?

Report Suggests Lash Extensions Are Becoming More Popular Than Mascara

But if the wand is still your fave, don’t fret.

If getting serious is part of your beauty routine [i.e. lash volume], you’ve likely been introduced to the world of extensions and LVL Enhance lash lifts. It turns out that these procedures might be becoming even more popular than mascara itself, if a new report is any indication of the trend.

Love Island’s Sam Bird turns to professionals for eyebrow makeover

Make over: Sam Bird, 23, has new eyebrows as he turned to professionals for help on Sunday evening, after being cruelly mocked on social media over his uneven brows

Love Island’s Sam Bird turns to professionals for eyebrow makeover after being subject to widespread mockery over his non-identical brows.

He has a new girlfriend after making things official with his Love Island beau Georgia Steel. And now Sam Bird, 23, also has new eyebrows after turning to professionals for help on Sunday evening, after being cruelly mocked on social media over his uneven brows.

Just before the personal trainer appeared on Love Island Aftersun, celebrity make-up artist Marcos G transformed Sam’s uneven facial hair with the help of HD Brow’s Eye & Brow Pro Palette. The eyebrow brand captioned the snap: ‘Have you seen Sam Bird’s brow transformation? Celebrity MUA @marcosgmakeup used our Eye & Brow Pro Palette to help even them out. #LoveIsland.’ And the make-up artist who made the magic happen shared the same picture on his own Instagram page, with Sam commenting: ‘Thanks you lovely man x.’

Fans on the reality star were delighted with his makeover, with one person celebrating: ‘Thank goodness. No more one eyebrow in Brighton and one in Huyton!!!’ ‘Whoever fixed Sam’s eyebrows deserves an OBE #loveislandaftersun’ added another. And his brow transformation has proved to be a hit with the ladies, with Instagram user commenting: ‘His eyebrows are even for once !!!!!!!!!! Looks way sexier with even eyebrows.’ ‘I noticed his eyebrows looked good on telly. He’s fit now,’ agreed another.

However, some fans still haven’t got over the butchering of his eyebrows which occured pre-Love Island. ‘lol whoever did it to him in the first place should be named and shamed,’ slammed one Instagram user. When Sam Bird first entered the villa, fans were distracted by his wonky eyebrows – as Twitter was swarmed with comments over his bizarrely mismatched facial hair. A host of viewers penned the adage: ‘Eyebrows should be sisters not twins’, while others insisted he should fire his beautician immediately. 

At last! 'Whoever fixed Sam's eyebrows deserves an OBE #loveislandaftersun' added another

While he was set to send temperatures soaring, he caused a disturbance with his eyebrows due to the fact they featured an alarmingly mismatched appearance.

Matchy matchy: A host of viewers penned the adage: 'Eyebrows should be sisters not twins', while others insisted he should fire his beautician immediately 

Twitter users penned: ‘I know eyebrows are sisters and not twins but this new guy- Sam’s eyebrows are not even related. #loveisland… Why has the new boy sam got two different shapes eyebrows?? #LoveIsland… ‘Does that Sam bird have uneven eyebrows or is it just my eyes?… Sam I know your new so will give it a minute but on sight babes your eyebrow lady is cancelled… ‘That new lad Sam needs to sort his eyebrows out before he gets in that villa, does his eyebrow lady hate him? #loveisland… They say that eyebrows should be sisters, not twins.. But damn that new sam guy has adopted brows bloody hell… 

6 Tips to Make My Lash Extensions Last Longer

 

Any lash addicts in the building? YEAH! Well then you NEED to follow Nouveau Lashes on the gram. Nowadays we don’t have the time or patience to apply fake eyelashes every day. (We barely have enough time to use an eyelash curler!) So it’s no surprise that lash extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years.

Yes, the process can be tedious (with appointments lasting 1-2 hours – sometimes we nap!) but the end result is worth it: Our lashes are longer and much fuller, plus our makeup routine is cut in half – there’s no need to curl our lashes or coat mascara on them. And because they’re dramatic, we don’t need to wear any other eye makeup. (We’re SOLD!). So with lash extensions forever on the rise in popularity, especially in Ireland, we take a look at 6 key tips to make your extensions last longer and help keep them intact.

  1. Sleep on your back.

This might sound like a crazy request (unless you already sleep on your back), but it’s really important directly following your application, since the glue takes a while to dry fully and you’ll otherwise get weird kinks. After a night or two, resume your normal sleeping position.

  1. Give your lashes a little — OK, a lot — of TLC.

When removing your eye makeup (liner, shadow, etc.), gently go over the area with a cleansing wipe instead of placing cotton pads or puffs over your lids – not only could you eventually weaken the extensions and mess them up, the cotton fibers get stuck on lashes (not good). Nouveau Lashes ‘Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser’ and ‘Lash & Lid Cleansing Brush’ are LIFE SAVERS!

The gentle foaming cleanser is designed to encourage effective lash and eyelid hygiene by removing potential irritants, whilst thoroughly cleansing and conditioning the eye area. The hypoallergenic formulation is gentle on even the most sensitive eyes. Key anti-ageing ingredients also provide intense hydration and moisturisation to allow the skin to better defend itself against environmental aggressors and other ageing effects. 

Pro tip: This cleanser is the perfect way for your to clean your Strip lashes (allowing for re-use), your make-up brushes and it also removes traces of strip lash adhesive on the eyelids

Use this cleverly designed ‘Lash & Lid Cleansing Brush’ with your ‘Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser’ to thoroughly clean the lash and eyelid area. Working with the foam texture of the cleanser, the varied bristle layers clean deep into the lash and lid area whilst respecting lash extension bonds. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the ‘Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser’ to use at home on your natural lashes as part of your beauty routine or as the perfect aftercare product for our lash treatments.

  1. Lube them up.

You might think keeping your lash extensions dry is smart, but they actually stay nicer, longer, when they’re oiled up (this helps keep them flexible). We recommend Nouveau Lashes ‘Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum’. It contains a complex blend of multi-vitamins and conditioning actives, this new and improved conditioning serum is the ultimate conditioner for lashes and brows. Packed full of nourishing goodness, used daily, this serum provides lashes and brows with all they need to appear instantly conditioned, as well as provide long-term benefits to help give a fuller appearance. Powerful anti-oxidants also help protect lashes and brows from everyday environmental pollutants. When used beneath mascara, it can also act as a primer. Suitable for both lash extensions and natural lashes, it’s the perfect aftercare item for our LVL treatment. The hypoallergenic formulation is gentle on even the most sensitive eyes.

  1. Comb them out.

To prevent any criss-crossing or wonky-looking lashes, use a spoolie wand or a clean mascara wand. Close one eye, place the spoolie on top of your lashes, then roll the brush over lashes to keep them defined.

  1. Resist playing with them.

Your eyelashes shed naturally, so when you have extensions, this will help push them off. If an extension looks out of place, avoid playing with it or twisting or pulling it off — you’ll risk losing your natural lashes. Let them come out on their own, and use a spoolie to brush them back into place in the meantime.

  1. Didn’t get the chance to book your removal appointment?

Nouveau Lashes carefully formulated ‘Lash Extension Remover’ removes Individual Lashes applied by your Nouveau Lashes Technician during our SVS, Extend and Express treatments. The gentle, kind to skin formula effectively and comfortably removes lash extensions in the comfort of your own home, whilst conditioning your natural lashes and reducing any risk of damage. Please note that this product is not intended for use with Strip Lashes.

Pro tip: Cleanse eyelids and around eye area with Eye Make-up Remover to remove any residue after using the product.