June MK Pulse

Check out the new issue of MK Pulse showing you how to achieve that fabulous sun-kissed look!

Milton Keynes Pulse Beauty June 2015

MK Pulse is a local magazine serving Milton Keynes

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There’s a lot going on this month and with the Summer Solstice fast approaching, we are celebrating our longest day with the perfect sun-kissed look in our regular “How to Achieve” feature.

Fashion, beauty and horses! I’m being kept busy with our sporting calendar’s most glamorous event just around the corner; if you’re heading to Royal Ascot this month, make sure your makeup stays-the-course with our Race Day beauty checklist. Also, let’s not forget it’s Father’s Day on the 21st June and we have some super gift ideas for them.

So, whether you are heading to the Avebury Stone Circle, the Royal Enclosure or competing in the Woburn Classic Car Show (wish me luck readers), have a great month. Get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter - we love hearing from you! Using hashtag #PulseBeautyHQ to @MakeUpByGail @PulseMagazines.

SUMMER MAGIC - How to achieve the sun-kissed look


To achieve a glow for summer that looks natural and well-blended, follow these simple rules....

The absolute key to this look is subtlety, but make sure your skin is in tip top condition by hydrating and moisturising. Use cream rather than powder products to achieve that all important natural and dewey look and select products with a sheer or luminous finish.

NB: Do not be tempted to “over shimmer”, it will look fake and overdone!

Top Tip

Create a natural sheen on your cheekbones using a cream highlighter.

mac creame colour base

Apply MAC’s Creme Colour Base (£15.50) directly onto skin or over foundation with fingertips - quick and easy with an instant wow factor!



Burberry’s Beauty Sheer Eyeshadow Palette, Mocha No.2. Apply a sweep of gold on the lids and use the darker shades in the crease and outer corners. Really make your eyes pop by dabbing a small amount of the palest iridescent shade on the inner corners of the eyes! (£40.00)

burberry beauty sheer eyeshadow


Laura Mercier lip plumper

A slick of Laura Mercier’s Lip Plumper Lip Gloss in Bronzed Berry (£24.50) instantly plumps and hydrates your lips giving a sheer finish.


liz Earle cream glow cream

Colour Healthy Cream Glow Cream Blush in Camelia by Liz Earle glides onto skin like velvet giving a dewey finish. (£16.50)

Hot off the press.....

liz Luscious Lips

Luscious Lips

Check out Clinique’s new Pop Lip Colour and Primer £16.00

Choose from 16 gorgeous Summery shades. This luxurious yet weightless formula merges bold colour with a smoothing primer. Glides on effortlessly and the colour stays true, keeping lips moisturised for 8 hours.

race winner

Be a Race Winner

Uber glam or effortlessly elegant - avoid falling at the first hurdle!

  1. Choose your outfit and accessories before you trial your makeup look
  2. Focus on one feature - eyes or lips: Large hats and wide brims = lips: Small hats/ fascinators = eyes
  3. Use a primer (with SPF) under makeup for extra staying power and protection
  4. Use water proof/resistant products for extra long lasting results
  5. Choose a moisture rich lipstick (see Lucious Lips above) and keep it handy for any topups through the day

Father's Day Ideas

Taylor Bond Shaving Set

Taylor of Bond Street Shaving Set £32 John Lewis, Milton Keynes

Tom Ford Noir

Tom Ford Noir Extreme, 50ml £70

Acqua di parma colonia aftershave balm

Aqua Di Parma Colonia Aftershave Balm 100ml £40 John Lewis

Pulse Beauty is loving...

chanel water resistant eyeliner

The new Chanel Summer Collection, inspired by the blue skies of the Mediterranean!

This water and humidity resistant eyeliner comes in 15 shades and our favourite is Bleu Métallique. Stylo Yeux Waterproof, £19-23.

Tried and Tested

Tools of the Trade

smokey eye brush set

Do not come between a makeup artist and their brushes! I’m always on the hunt for good quality brushes and I guard them like the crown jewels!

I was keen to try out the Vintage Cosmetics Company’s range of brushes but would have been here all day! So I opted to trial the Smokey Eye Brush Set.

Given its very reasonable price tag of £16.50 for 3 brushes I hoped they wouldn’t disappoint (my smallest brush costs substantially more than these!). They certainly didn’t.

These brushes are made from synthetic fibres making them both hypo allergenic and super soft on the skin. Each brush is designed for an easy 3 step smokey eye application which works very well. And the ultimate test? Having washed them and patiently waited for them to dry, they held their shape perfectly! An easy 4.5 out of 5 rating.