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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style… Comments Off on Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style…

Posted on March 14, 2014 by admin


Everyone’s favourite emerald themed holiday is here once again. This year St Patrick’s Day falls on Monday 17th March, so if you’re planning on celebrating our Irish neighbours’ holiday in style, then we’ve got some fantastic hair and make-up tips with a holiday-themed twist!

St Patrick’s Day eye-shadow

If you’re partying after work on Monday, but you want a great look to wow your co-workers (or you don’t have much time to spend on your make up) then this fantastic tutorial by Emma Pickles to create a shimmering green style that looks fab during the day and glamorous in the evening.

Shimmering emerald eyes


If you’ve got a little more time to spend, and you fancy being even more creative (and eye-catching) with your make up, why not create this shimmering look using a number of different shades of green and a small amount of a glitter.

Fluttery feather eyelashes


Alternatively, you might like to choose a much bolder look using a selection of emerald and gold shimmering shadows and false eyelashes.

St Patrick’s Day nail art


Whether you’re looking for ways to finish off your St Patrick’s Day outfit, or if you just want to create a subtle look with some creative nail art, then these St Patrick’s Day nails will really work a (lucky) charm!

St Patrick’s Day hair


Depending on how committed you are to celebrating St Patrick’s Day then you might want to consider opting for an emerald tint to your hair. Alternatively, you can throw on a green wig, and resume to your natural hair colour the following day.

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Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes Comments Off on Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes

Posted on February 10, 2014 by admin

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During these chilly wintery months, there’s no better time to cosy up with a great book and revisit your favourite characters. The 6th March is World Book Day and to celebrate our love of literature, schools across the globe will be encouraging kids and teachers alike to spend the day as their favourite character.

If you’re a teacher struggling for ideas for this year’s costume, then let Fancy Dress Ball be your source of inspiration. We’ve got loads of clever character ideas to help you put together a winning costume for this year’s WBD.

Fantastic Mr Fox

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Roald Dahl was famous for creating dynamic and imaginative characters. Check out these excellent Fantastic Mr Fox costumes which use Wes Anderson’s characters from the big screen adaptation for inspiration.

Oompa Loompa

Another Roald Dahl inspired costume are the Oomap Loompa’s from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Once you’ve got your costume sorted, check out this excellent video tutorial from Pinkstylist who show’s you just how to get that orange Oompa Loompa make-up just right!

Mary Poppins

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Just a spoonful of sugar and a dash of creativity and you can transform yourself into PL Travers’ beloved magical nanny. This costume is a simple one to throw together, and effectively finished with the right make-up and hair. Check out this brilliant video tutorial from JoeyBBugg, to help you finish your look.

Pippi Longstocking

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Created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking is one fictional character who never goes out of style on World Book Day. The trickiest part of the Longstocking look is achieving those gravity-defying pigtails. One suggested method is to use wire in your braids to hold them upright.

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If you’re worried about having headache-inducing pigtails during a full day of teaching, then why not consider these stunning fishtail plaits instead?

Elizabeth Bennet

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If you’re going for a more classic character, then Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a simple and timeless look that can easily be achieved. Finish this look with a stunning hairstyle of loose curls.

Got some great ideas for your character costume this World Book Day? Why not share them over on our Facebook page!

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Get the Look… A Very Glam New Year’s Eve Comments Off on Get the Look… A Very Glam New Year’s Eve

Posted on December 20, 2013 by admin

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When the presents have been opened, the last of the mince pies have been eaten and the excitement of Christmas is behind us, there’s still one more celebration to look forward to before the festive season comes to an end.

New Year’s Eve is the best time to shed that onesie you’ve been wearing for the past week, throw on a fabulous dress, some heels and glam make-up to complete the look.

If you’re in search of fantastic make-up ideas to add the final touches to your NYE outfit, then look no further! We have some great ideas for you right here.

Shimmering Purple Eye-shadow

Christmas is all about gorgeous gold, bright emerald and ruby reds. So when it comes to New Year’s Eve you can opt for colours that are a little less festive and more subtly glamorous.


This shimmering purple eye make-up is a stylish look with a small amount of glitter for that extra touch of NYE glam.

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Using a combination of dark and pale shades works well to create a multi-tone shade. The use of glitter and a white shadow works well to highlight the brow line and corners of the eye.

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Lilac greasepaint will work well to sustain the look throughout the night (and the morning for those partying ‘til dawn). Used alongside this purple, pink and white pallet you’re sure to create a long-lasting and dramatic look.

Alternative looks

If you’d rather have something little less subtle and go for a glitterier look to see out the old year, then check out this silvery eye-make up using a combination of grey, silver and white eye-shadows and completed with a touch of sparkle.


If you don’t want to use a Christmassy gold colour for your NYE make-up, then how about opting for something a little more neutral such as this shimmering bronze colour?


Another great idea is to ditched the bolder eye-shadows and concentrate on creating a more striking look with eye-liners. Start by sweeping a subtle, pale shade across the eye-lid, then use a combination of black eye-liner to create the dramatic wing-effect and gold glitter liner to highlight the wing and corner of the year.


Get the full look!

If you fancy going for a look that’s glam, festive and long-lasting then check out this excellent make-up tutorial from LoveLaughAndMakeup

This subtle yet elegant look is attained simply by combining a number of different shimmering and matte eye-shadows and completed with a bold red lipstick.

There are simply loads of ways to complete your glam NYE looks. If you’ve got some great make-up ideas then why not share them on our Facebook page?

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