Make up artist Sally Bunting: “Never let your creativity be caged, let it out”

Words by Steph Hodgkinson

Make up artist Sally Bunting

Make up artist Sally Bunting. Image courtesy of Sally

Make up artist Sally Bunting, 21, has been freelancing for the past few years. She gives Polka Dots & Potions an insight into the highs and lows of her job…

Being a make up artist might seem like one of the most glamorous careers, but life as a make up artist isn’t easy. Freelancing is particularly difficult in the current economic climate, as make up artist Sally Bunting says: “It’s a very expensive career and the work isn’t always constant.

“It’s hard because people assume I can get to all the locations easily. There are always people who want something for nothing as well but the products are expensive, so I have to think whether it’ll be of any benefit to me and my portfolio.”

The 21-year-old from Sheffield has been freelancing for the past few years and does make up for everything from weddings and proms to music videos, photoshoots and fashion shows. She studied cosmetic, theatrical, special effects and media make up at Sheffield City College.

Sally's 'wound' special effects make up

Sally’s ‘wound’ special effects make up. Image courtesy of Sally

Sally is under pressure to get the look right to ensure her clients are satisfied with their makeovers. She says: “There is a certain amount of pressure, but I always emphasise that if they want anything changing that they tell me. I wouldn’t be offended.

“A lot of it comes down to personal preference, especially with weddings, but I include a trial with my wedding packages to prevent situations like that on their big day.”

Sally’s favourite shoot was one of her first shoots for a photography student. “Her theme was ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’. It was really fun, and I enjoyed how I had a theme to stick to, but each look was totally different.”

Sally on the set of a photoshoot. Image courtesy of Megan Smith

Sally on the set of a photoshoot. Image courtesy of Megan Smith

She says the highlights of the job outweigh the expenses, though: “One of the best things about the job is the proud feeling I get when I get the images back, or when I help to make a bride’s day special.”

Her dream client would be Lady Gaga or Marilyn Manson because “both are incredibly individual and their looks are very creative.”

So which products does she swear by? “There’s a discontinued No7 Highlighter, which I cherish! It looks amazing for any look, especially bridal makeup. Brand-wise I use a lot of MAC, Illamasqua and Ben Nye. I’m also HD airbrush trained, so I use Airbase for that.”

Although it can sometimes be tough, Sally’s found her ideal career. What’s her advice for aspiring make up artists?

“Save up as much money as you can! It helps when you can afford high quality brushes and products. Also, never let your creativity be ‘caged’, let it out.”

Make up by Sally, modelled by Sally

Sally modelling her make up techniques. Image courtesy of Sally

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How to create the perfect bun

All content by Steph Hodgkinson

Create this sophisticated up ‘do whether you’re hitting the town or simply wanting to try something different. Follow Polka Dots & Potions’ step-by-step guide to creating the perfect bun…

For this you will need:

  1. Hair doughnut
  2. Lots of hair grips
  3. Hair elastics

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  • Gather your hair into a ponytail – position this as high or low as you would like the bun to go.

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  • Next, slide the ponytail through the hair doughnut.

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  • Fan all the hair outwards around the doughnut to cover it up.

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  • Your hair will now be gathered around the doughnut and look like this.

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  • Secure the doughnut in place with 2 hair elastics.

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  • Finally, secure loose strands of hair in place around the bun with hair grips. Voilà, you’ve created a bun!

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Top 10 Nail Effects : Tried and Tested

By Bridget Owen

Nothing sets off an outfit like the perfect shade of nail polish, but now its not just about colours, its about having fun with effects too!

It’s only in the last few years that I’ve become especially interested in different effects that I can create myself at home. Without looking like they have been done at home!

My favourite nail varnish brands are OPI and Nails Inc. I go back to these brands as their quality always remains the same, but that’s not to say there are many other cheap alternatives that can work just as well!

I have ten favourite pieces for your nail essentials bag that will leave you with a shade and look for every occasion!

1. Base coat & Top Coat
Most importantly, a good base coat needs to be applied before you can start decorating with your favourite shade.

The nails need to be clean, dry and filed before you apply the base.

My top base coat is OPI, that comes in a small set with a top coat. You can buy both for £10.00 at Amazon.

2. Pastel Shades

Pastel pink and blue can look really fresh for spring and summer. Barry M sell a lilac shade called Berry Ice Cream – it’s perfect. Barry M have an extensive range of shades and you can buy them for 3.99-5.99 in Superdrug and Boots stores.

Illamasqua have created a special range of ‘speckled’ pastel shades, created to look like birds eggs. They are around £14.00 from Debenhams and other beauty retailers. The collection includes pink, blue, yellow and green.

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Credit: Llmasqua

 

3. Matte Effect Shades

Nails Inc Kensington Matte effect top coat has been designed to go over any shade and give it a matte effect!

I love this trick after looking for matte shades in 2012 this handy polish will make any shade look chic! I think it looks best over grey, black and brown shades!

Nails Inc. Kensington Matte shade is available at Debenhams, House of Fraser and online for £12.00.

Credit: Pandora’s Nails

 

4. Nail Caviar

Nail caviar has only recently been seen in the beauty industry but is already available for you to do yourself at home.

The effect is created by many little balls sat together on your nail to create texture- very much like the look of caviar.

Different brands sell nail caviar, but a brilliant cheap version is Nail Constellations by MUA.

They come in 5 different colours and are available at £3 per bottle. They’re so easy to use- apply a base coat and then pour on the beads to the nail to stick them on.

I bought ‘Libra’ and this is how my nails turned out on first attempt!

Remember, if you’re using nail caviar just paint and stick beads to one nail at a time. Once all your nails are done, go back over them with a base or top coat to keep the caviar beads in place. If you have any gaps you can stick more beads to the clear top or base coat too!

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My Caviar Nails

5. Feather effect

Nails inc have created a creation of feather inspired nail polishes. These multicoloured confetti like strands go onto your nails in a clear polish to sit on a base coat or alone. I love this effect, and the cute little bottle it comes in! Nails inc shades can be bought for £10-£15

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Credit: Nails Inc

 

6. Glitter!

We all love to get out the glitz and glam for girlie nights out and dressed up dates- but how about for your nails?

On first seeing this trend, it reminded me of painting my nails for the first time, using cheap glitter from a girls magazine- but OPI had bigger ideas for glitter.

The James Bond Skyfall collection flew from shelves at Christmas as OPI brought out their special collection for the new Bond release.

I bought 5 of the shades from the collection, consisting of bright reds, sultry greens and glittering golds. Their is also a special edition ‘man with the golden gun’ which has real 18k carat of gold in.. Could you get any more luxurious?

Glitter can be over-done, but can also be worn in so many ways. It’s all about being creative and seeing what will work.

Fur effect

Yes, I know, fur effect nails sound a little different.. But this is how they look!

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Credit: MUA

 

The fur again sticks to nail varnish much like the caviar effect.

You can buy a little pot of fur effect by MUA from Superdrug stores or online for £3.

This is the effect I’ve had most doubts about- but the finishing look of the nails is really good and the effect is really unique.

8. Magnetic effect

It’s simple to create this effect. Magnet nail polishes are available to buy from Boots and Superdrug for around £5.00 for Barry M shades and around £10.00 for the Nails Inc. version.

Each bottle of varnish comes with a magnet in its lid. After you have coated your nails with varnish, you hover along the magnet over the top of the nail creating a ripple or wave effect which you can see below!

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Credit: Nails Inc

 

9. Nail foils/wraps

Without a steady hand, nail wraps can be a nightmare to apply and look professional.

I first tried Primarks own nail wraps, which were Zebra print and only cost £1. It took hours to do both my fingernails and toes.

The nail wraps were much too big for my fingernails and toes and cutting them down was really difficult.

Once I’d got the right size the wrap would no longer be sticky or there would be an air bubble when I tried to apply the wrap.

I have since tried Superdrugs nail wraps (£4.99). Again they were too big and really fussy to apply to look professional, but they were a better quality and made an impressive leopard nail effect.

If I was going to use wraps again, I’d go for some from a trusted beauty retailer like Superdrug or Boots, I wouldn’t buy them from clothes shops such as Primark or New Look.

I’d get a really cute design too, like these beauties!

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Credit: Beautyblog

 

10. Nail art pens

So you’ve tried magnets, fur, caviar and all sorts of other beauty crazes. Now it’s time to get creative and do your own! Express yourself 🙂

Nail art pens are brilliant! Sally Hansen has a brilliant range of pens for any design you can imagine.

I love creating cute little floral designs, daisies are my favourite for summer- but it’s so hard to paint them on my nails without these pens! (They usually look like fried eggs.)

So go ahead, mix and match your nails and see what effects you could achieve…. without the hefty salon prices!

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Credit: Sally Hansen

You can go into any large Debenhams store across the country to find a Nails Inc counter, where you can test all these effects on your own nails, and get a beautician to show you what you can achieve too!

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Kim Kardashian gets extremely painful facial

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is known for her beautiful looks and earlier this week on her hit show Kourtney and Kim take Miami she shows how far she is willing to go to look good. “I love trying anything that makes you look and feel youthful,” she saidThe Armenian beauty tried out the latest beauty treatment the ‘Vampire facial’. The procedure consists of firstly drawing blood from your arm before the sample is splashed onto the face using little acupuncture needles.Kim who is pregnant with rapper Kanye West was in obvious pain and discomfort throughout her treatment “Oh my God. I will never get a facelift if it feels like that.”

The reality star tweeted a pic mid treatment
Not only did the procedure look terrifying but were the results even worth the torture? After her procedure Kim quizzed older sister Kourtney Kardashian to see if she noticed her new ‘youthful’ skin. Mother of two Kourntey bluntly replied saying that she thought her sister looked exactly the same.


Here are some pretty disturbing images of Kim during her treatment. If you’re a bit squeamish then look away now.

Polka dots and potions think this beauty craze is a lot of pain for very little gain. What do you think?

Bethany de Thierry