About Soirée

Soirée Makeup was founded by professional makeup artists Jennifer Makin and Danielle Bravo. The duo provide a luxury makeup service to their clients throughout the North West; specialising in bridal and occasion makeup.


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The Surprising Skin Benefits of Being a Vegan

An image of an Avocado, a great vegan ingredient.

Choosing to a live healthy vegan lifestyle isn’t a decision that anyone should make lightly and it wasn’t one I committed to overnight but once I experienced the benefits for myself, I never looked back! One massive positive for me was the effect it has had on my skin. In the post below I talk about healthy vegan ingredients you can include in your daily diet and skincare routine to help you achieve a flawless complexion.

My skin transformation is definitely attributed to an increase of fruit and vegetables and a decrease in processed, sugary products (mainly dairy like cake or chocolate). Fruit and vegetables are an amazing source of antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamins C and E, which reduce the appearance of wrinkles and brown spots. They are also high in fibre, which helps to flush out toxins in the body. When the body has to work extra hard to detoxify itself it can cause skin conditions such as hives and rosacea. Eating vegan reduces the amount of toxins you put into your body anyway so, more vitamins + lower toxins = clearer skin!

I have found what works on the inside often works on the outside too, so my standard Friday night facials are already sorted now my fridge is always full with all the natural goodness a girl could need to make amazing at home spa treatments.

Whether it’s going on your face or in your mouth, here are some vegan skin saviour ingredients to look for in the kitchen:

  • Virgin Olive Oil– Olive oil is full of anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating Squalane. Squalane is believed to help fight free radicals in the skin that are caused by the sun’s UV rays.
  • Oatmeal– Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory antioxidant properties, as well as being deeply hydrating. It also contains Saponins which is a mild cleanser, great for sensitive skin.
  • Strawberries– Strawberries contain Salicylic Acid that can help to unclog pores and reduce acne. They are also rich in Vitamin C, which is great for brightening the complexion.
  • Lemons– Lemon juice is a natural astringent. The citric acid makes for a natural exfoliator and the Vitamin C helps to brighten any dark spots.
  • Bananas– Bananas are high in Potassium, which is amazing for moisturising dehydrated skin. They also contain B-vitamins which protect the skin against free radicals that cause premature ageing.
  • Avocados– The Omega-3 fatty acid in avocado is also wonderful for repairing skin damage, such as dark spots and acne scars. It also helps to hydrate and strengthen your cell membranes leaving you with radiant skin that’s supple and smooth.
  • Soy Yogurt– Soy brightens the skin and fades pigmentation marks. It also contains lactic acid, which is a mild exfoliant.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil– Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. It can penetrate skin and hair better than other oils making it an excellent moisturiser.

Some of my favourite at home vegan face mask recipes come from Peaceful Dumpling



We can’t use all healthy vegan food as skincare however it will still help to improve your skin from the inside out! I get a lot of protein from sources like beans, nuts, and tofu which are all high in Zinc. Zinc really helps to stop inflammation, prevents redness and any new pimples developing.

Ever since I opted for a plant-based diet my skin look has looked radiant. It turns out you really are what you eat… and when you eat healthy goodness it shows all over your face, especially when wearing an Avocado facemask! I’d love to hear if you’ve experienced any benefits from eating vegan food or made any homemade skincare! Comment below or hashtag #teamsoirée so I can find you.


Danielle x

How To Create Faux Freckles

Jenni wears Faux Freckles for the second time

The Look

Chantel Jeffries models Faux Freckles on InstagramEmbracing your damn self has never been so cool! Look at Winnie Harlow blowing us all away with her confidence and her beauty 😍 We have had so many of our clients embrace their natural markings recently; from birth marks, moles, freckles and everything in between and they are all so stunning! Freckles are certainly having a moment, with many celebrities loving showing theirs off on the red carpet… and on Instagram of course, a la Kylie Jenner! Even those who aren’t naturally blessed (Chantel Jeffries) have been faking the beautiful markings and rocking the look! It’s become pretty popular, so popular in fact that I decided to try some Faux Freckles for myself…

How I created my Faux Freckles

Jenni wears faux freckles for the first time

End of Day 1 of Faux Freckles, I was enjoying it so far.

I was a little concerned because I don’t wear a heavy base anymore and I wanted them to look natural so I used a very light hand. I applied my foundation as usual using Mac Face and Body Foundation in C1 and then I used my Mac Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Duck dotted all over the bridge of my nose, onto my cheek bones and over any moles already on my face. Then I dampened my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge with Lush Eau Roma Water and patted over all the little marks I had created.

Jenni tries Faux Freckles for the first time

Day 2 of Faux Freckles and I was happy with the natural effect I was able to achieve using a sponge.

They were still a little obvious for me so I added some of my foundation to the sponge, blended again and voila! My face had freckles… and I was into it!

I wore them for a few days and received a fair few compliments. I will definitely try them again whenever the sun shines, which isn’t all that often in Manchester unfortunately. If you want a stronger look apply the initial dots darker and don’t add foundation to blend them out, you can take them onto your forehead and around the eyes too. Be creative, the more random the placement, the more natural they will look.

What do you think?

Let us know if you try or have tried the Faux Freckle trend in the comments below or by hashtagging #teamsoirée.

Jenni x


Skincare – My Current Routine

Jenni's Current Skincare Routine

My Skincare 101

A good skincare routine is essential. It makes us look better, it smells good and feels great when you do it right … but a skin care regime can take up those precious few minutes we’d rather be in bed on a Monday morning and I get it!

Improving our skin helps us feel fantastic with bare skin #thebagsundermyeyesaredesigner but also our makeup apply better, last longer.

This blog post is a sneak peak into my own current skincare routine – not that I’m claiming to be perfect, there are definitely odd nights where I drift off into blissful sleep with my mascara still on.

I have a few products in my skincare routine that I’m loyal to and others that I buy on the go and switch in and out monthly. I used to work near a Lush store so this brand is featured heavily as I couldn’t go on my lunch break without buying at least a bath bomb at one point. There are a few other brands, too. I’ll take you through the what and the why …



Johnson’s Face Care, Makeup Be Gone Moisturising Wipes – Boots, £3.49

I know face wipes aren’t the best for my skin but let’s be practical … I am lazy and I hate getting my face wet unless I’m in the shower or bath so when I just want to get the initial layer of makeup off my face it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s over. I use the Johnsons Makeup Be Gone, Moisturising Wipes, for dry skin. They feel super wet and oily which I like as they work fast and don’t leave my skin feeling stripped. If I’m making an effort not to use wipes I like to use a cream cleanser with cotton pads. The Vitamin E Cream Cleanser from The Body Shop is lovely.

Eau Roma Water, Toning Water – Lush, £8.50

I am obsessed with anything with a rose scented so I love this toner from Lush. I spray it onto cottons pads and run it all over my neck and face. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. I also spray this on my beauty blender to apply my foundation so I have a nice hydrated, glowy finish.

Enchanted Eye Cream – Lush, £13.95

This is my desert island skincare product. I used to find, no matter what concealer or setting powder I used, I would get a horrible cracking, caked look to my under eyes and I was not loving it. After starting to use this eye cream my eyes felt so hydrated; whatever product I used would glide onto my skin and my under-eye circles were massively reduced. I have bought about 4 of these now and haven’t looked elsewhere, it lasts me ages.

Full of Grace Serum – Lush, £8.25

My skin has always been crazy oily and I’ve just learnt embrace and love the glow but a few years ago when I was mid-uni and stressing my skin became really combination – I was still oily but also would get the nasty dry breakouts on my nose and forehead whenever I was run down or stressed out and my moisturisers just weren’t doing the trick. I tried this serum and found it really soothing and calming on those areas. Now I use it morning and night, even before makeup. My nose does go shiny throughout the day but my skin feels great and that’s what powders are for! If you want to avoid the shine I would recommend using it as just part of your evening routine.

I switch it up moisturisers between day and night as using an SPF in the day is really important to me and giving my skin that extra hydration at night equally so.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti Wrinkle, SPF 30 – Boots, £10.99

My day cream is Nivea Q10 Plus Anti Wrinkle, SPF 30. I’m not crazy in love with this product but it does the job. I haven’t burnt, I don’t mind the scent, it absorbs quickly and I find it easy to apply my makeup on top of. When this bottle has finished, I really want to try the La Roche Posay Facial Fluid spf 50 as I have read great reviews.

Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe – Nip + Fab, £19.99

This was an impulse buy but will forever more be in my beauty bag. It’s quite a thick cream that applies really smoothly to my skin making it feels instantly plumped, smoothed and firmer. It does say you can use both day and night but I’ve found it nearly impossible to apply face makeup on top of as the cream creates a film over the skin but I would definitely recommend you to try for a night cream.

Grease Lightning, Spot Treatment – Lush, £6.50

I am prone to hormonal breakouts and I’m okay with it, everyone gets spots, so who cares? When I get a particularly painful or red spot I apply a little of this this treatment all around the area. It reduces redness within a few hours without drying out my skin and simply peels off in the morning. It’s definitely not a product strong enough for severe skin problems but I would recommend if only you get the occasional blemish.

Bubblegum, Lip Scrub – Lush, £5.50

This is a definite investment if you love wearing matte lip colour. Rub a little on, rinse off and voila new hydrated lips. Bob your favourite balm on before you go to bed and your pout with be perfected by the morning, ready for colour.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – Boots, £27

Eight Hour Cream is my favourite lip balm, it’s also great to apply to any dry patches of skin and groom your brows with as well! I always keep a tube on me. Some people don’t like the smell, it doesn’t bother me but you can buy unscented.

Rosy Cheeks, Face Mask – Lush, £6.95

I’m really into face masks of any kind, I used to be obsessed with the Cupcake mask from Lush which targets oily skin but as my skin’s started to change a little I’ve really wanted to add hydration wherever I can so started to use the rose face mask – the scent alone sold it to me, it smells so beautiful. You have to keep the Lush Face masks in the fridge and they have an use-by date, so I always try and make time for a mask twice a week. It just makes me feel so good to take that time to relax in the bath or watch one of my favourite films whilst letting the ingredients calm and soothe my skin.

Coal Face, Facial Soap – Lush, £5.95

I try to exfoliate my skin with this once to twice a week as I can get a build up of black heads on my nose. If I over exfoliate my skin it just makes it feel really dry and irritated so this is enough for me. It lathers up quite well as a few fine grains break off the product that I can feel whilst massaging my face but nothing too rough. It smells of liquorish which I wasn’t a fan of to begin with but it works, so I’m willing to let that go.

St. Tropez Self Tan, Sensitive Bronzing Lotion Face – Boots, £21.50

With so many amazing sunless tanners around I avoid letting the sun touch my face without spf to reduce wrinkles and sun damage. I like to use gradual tanners and apply this twice a week just to give my bare face a little colour.


This may sound random but prevention is better than the cure. The skin around our eye area is so thin and fragile and can often show signs of ageing first. Be a diva and wear sunglasses whenever you’re outside, your skin will thank you for it.


Starting a daily skincare routine can seem like a hassle but trying new products and finding out what really works for you can be fun… and addictive! I promise you it’s worth the effort – for your skin long term but also because it helps you find time just for yourself!

Let me know your skincare favourites in the comments below or by hashtagging #teamsoirée, I would love to try out some of your recommendations.

Jenni x


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