Beauty, makeup

Patrice’s Must Have’s.


Check out my favourite products for the week. This range is perfect for skin spots and to lighten marked skin. I have noticed great improvement in my skin tone. Available now at Patrice’s Art of Beauty.

1 – Image Vital C Cleaner

2 – Image Vital C Masque

3 – Image Vital C Serum.

Beauty, makeup

The Hottest Makeup Look to Hit 2015

EVERY season we’re treated to a new variation upon “natural” beauty.

Almost more of a non-trend than a trend, the aim is to achieve a raw, natural-looking beauty using make-up to conceal flaws and to define features rather than to completely transform (and yes, that means no mascara). The only make-up used at Alexander Wang and Balmain was a little concealer where it was needed, whilst at Christopher Kane, Guido Palau merely washed and dried hair before adding a little oil to tame any frizz. At Emilio Pucci and Giambattista Valli, eyes were given a wash of pale colour to hollow and enhance shape, whilst Lucia Pieroni complemented messy plaits with illuminated skin for a “Nineties supermodel glow” at Giles.


In essence, it’s a look that’s all about using as few products as possible to create a look that is fresh, modern and real. As Guido Palau told us backstage: “Doing as little as possible but still looking good is the most modern thing that you can do right now.”

Beauty, makeup

Can We Turn Back The Time Of Ageing With Facial Massages?


We hear that yoga improves flexibility and gives us a feeling of relaxation. You know that the gym can help us lose weight, but did you know massaging the face can help with ageing?

The team behind skincare brand Decleor have released a 5 minute video called Decleor Gym Lift.

We do love Decleor and we provide the Ultimate Decleor facials at Patrice’s Art of Beauty so we will definitely be trying this.

Beauty, makeup

Love Your Skin This Winter


When the winter months kick in, it can have an effect on the skin, causing everything from roughness, tightness red sore sensitive even cracked or peeling. Colder climates can be tough on your skin.

Cold temperatures often mean low humidity, which dries out skin. Bitterly cold winds strip the skin of its natural oil and water within the skin, which are there to protect your skin. This can leave the skin feeling dry, wind burnt, sore and dry hands and chapped lips may develop. Some skin conditions, such as eczema, can flare up during the cold weather.

 The cold weather is not the only factor that will cause these skin problems. Our first instinct when it is cold is to try and keep warm. In your homes, work place and offices the heating will be on, so now we have dry air inside which will cause the oil and water within the skin to again be drawn out.

Here are some protective measures to prevent upsetting your skin this winter

Do we need to change our skincare as the seasons change?

Yes; as the cold weather changes, the way we look after our skin needs to change. First look at your cleansing product, a Gel cleanser or a cleanser that leaves your skin tight, could be too much for the skin in the winter. Using a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin is key to a healthy skin, that tight feeling after using some cleansers does not mean your skin is any cleaner it means you have removed too many natural oils. In the winter we need to hold on to those oils.

What about my day cream, should I change that?

Moisturising the skin is an important part in combating the effects of the weather. A day cream has to protect, hydrate and, the most important part is that it has to prevent water loss in the skin. It should keep the skin smooth and prevent any dryness or irritations. Modern day creams will not be thick and heavy they will feel light but still give the skin the natural ingredients it needs. The secret is if you are outside a lot or when you have been outside is to reapply your cream when you get back in. We need to drink more than one glass of water a day to hydrate the body in cold weather you may need to apply our face creams more than once.

Some of my favourites are Decleor Harmonie Cream, Decleor Hydra Floral, Image Prevention + Skincare Moisturiser as well as the Image Vital C Serum for extra hydration.

All available at Patrice’s Art of Beauty now.


The Art of Contouring and Makeup Blending.


The Art of Contouring and Highlighting

For those of your starting out with makeup, the idea of contouring and/or highlighting might seem a bit overwhelming. And if you’ve seen people who contour or highlight incorrectly, you might think to yourself, “Why on earth would I want to look like I have huge brownish/orange streaks on the side of my face and big white circles under my eyes?!”

Fear not beauty lovers, contouring and highlighting shouldn’t be scary, and once you learn the techniques behind it and why it’s done you’ll be wanting to try it out for yourself. So let’s get started!

First things first, let’s talk about light!

So you just got done applying your foundation to your face, your complexion looks even and you’ve disguised any blemishes or areas you might want to cover. However, by applying one color all over your face, you removed pretty much all of it’s dimension. As your face has curves and is not a flat surface, it should look like it has some depth to it.

So with that being said, I want you to think about your face. Now think about light hitting your face. As light travels across our faces, it causes the areas that it hits first to become highlighted. Those areas are highlighted because the stand out from other areas of the face.

So what areas will the light hit first on our faces?

– Forehead

– Cheekbones

– Brow bone

– Bridge of the nose

– Chin

Now think about the areas of your face that aren’t getting hit by the light. The areas that are getting hit by the light are going to cast shadows on those other areas of the face. This is where contouring comes into play. Contouring is about emphasizing the areas where those shadows can appear.

So what areas of the face get cast by shadows:

– Hallows of the cheeks

– Jawline

– Under the chin

– Crease of your eye

– Sides of the nose

– Under the tip of the nose

Then why should I contour/highlight?

As I mentioned before, highlighting and contouring is going to add dimension to your face. Think of it like this, any area of the face the you highlight it going to stand out and sort of bring that area forward. Any area of the face that you contour is going to make that area recede back and look like it’s further away from you.

You can use highlighting and contouring to sort of chisel your face in way. Have you been dying to make your cheekbones look more pronounced? By highlighting on the tops of your cheekbones and then contouring underneath of them you’ll make them look like the area below your cheekbones is sunk into your face a bit more and the tops of your cheekbones pop out a bit more, hence making them look more pronounced.

So, the areas that I mentioned that get hit by light first are the areas where you should highlight with makeup. The areas that get cast in shadows are the areas where you can contour with

NOTE: Like any other makeup you apply, you need to make sure you BLEND when you highlight and contour so it looks as natural as possible and you don’t have any harsh lines.

So now that you have a little information about contouring and highlighting you might be wondering what products/tools can you can use to achieve the desired effect?

You can use creams or powders to contour/highlight. It’ll really depend on your skin and what type of look you like. Creams are great because they tend to blend better and you can apply them before you put on your liquid/cream foundation and blend it in so it appears very natural. Powders also work really great as well. If you have oily skin, you might want to try a powder.

There are a few different brushes you can use to contour as well. I’m not going to list particular brands, I think it’s more important to talk about the way to use the brush. Each brand is going to have their own version of it so you can find one that is in your price range.

1. Flat top brush

The flat top brush is great for applying contour to the hallows of your cheeks. You can put product on the edge of the bristles and apply it to the hallow so you’ll have a line. Then use the flat top to buff out the edges and get a nice, natural smooth looking contour.

2. Angled Blush Brush

I really like to use an angled blush brush for contouring and highlighting because it follows the natural shape of a face very nicely and you can drag the brush to add color and then buff away the excess to get a nice finish.

3. Pointed Blush Brush

The pointed blush brush is great because it can fit into the natural curves of your face. This type of brush is great for applying contour to the hallows of your cheeks and a highlight on the tops of your cheek bones.

4. Small Contour Brush

A brush like this is great for applying contour/highlight to areas like your nose. Depending on the size of your face, you might be able to use this brush to apply contour/highlight to your cheeks, chin, and forehead as well.

5. Crease Brush

You can’t forget about the eyes! Using a brush like this, you’ll be able to apply a dark shadow to contour your crease and/or highlight your brow bone.