As you know by now, I’m a major brush junkie. I probably have around 150 makeup brushes, with about 100 on regular rotation in my kit. It helps out on jobs when I don’t have time to be sanitizing brushes in between faces and also if I have a busy week and no time to wash them it means I still have some in my belt. My favourite ones I have multiples of which helps out too and when they get old I use them for creative work involving body paint and products that stain or damage brushes.
I was given a set of Makeup and Glow brushes at the end of 2010 and have loved them ever since. These brushes are remarkably well priced for the quality of them, they are on par with MAC in terms of brush quality and durability. The foundation brush is probably the best flat foundation brush I have ever used and the white goat hair brushes are nothing short of brilliant. Pricing is between $10 and $30 per brush which is insanely good value, or you can buy them in a set of 24 brushes for less than $300. I bought a set for my mum and she adores them, and I’ve recommended them to so many other makeup artists and students about to start their makeup training and they love them just as much as I do.
I’ve compiled a list of my top 11 (couldn’t cut one out to bring it down to 10, I’m sorry!) for you, and I think if you are an everyday consumer and you had no other brushes and just the 11 I’ve mentioned you would get by happily. After over two years of solid work (they would get used and washed around 4 times a week) they are still in tip top condition and I expect to have them for a few more years before slowly starting to replace them which I will have no hesitation in doing. For pricing please see the M&G Website and the girls will be able to answer any questions you have also.
Have a fabulous week everyone!
A few months back I was hired to work with photographer Glen Krohn on a hair collection for Tigerlamb Hair Salons which are based here in New Farm and Teneriffe in Brisbane. It was a massive day with seven models and around about a dozen talented hairstylists creating some amazing imagery. These images will be popping up in hair magazines around the world in the coming months and I am looking forward to seeing them in print.
Again, with most of my work I like skin to be the focus – for this particular job I used paw paw ointment on the high planes of the face and body to get that super wet and burned in look and it photographed beautifully. The rest of the makeup involved soft colours on the eyes with white eyeliner, no mascara (to make the eyes look big and beautiful but not to take the focus away from the hair) and washed out brows (some of which were bleached on the day, others were just brushed up and left natural). Lips were smudged out and a mix of nudes and bright colours.
Photography © Glen Krohn
Hair by Tigerlamb
Styling by Ashleigh Kelly
Makeup by Gemma Elaine
About a month ago I was thrilled to be asked to do makeup for a campaign for accessory and fashion label knots + knits by megan todd shot by the amazing Sam Thies. Megan’s designs are absolutely gorgeous and the team for this project was nothing short of spectacular. Our gorgeous model Brooke (Chic Models + Dally’s Models) is a beautiful, leggy, porcelain skinned model who is simply perfect (this girl is going to be huge!). The makeup brief was to transform Brooke into an uber-bronzed, free spirited glamazon. The amazing Paula Kelly from Sublime Hairdressing gave Brooke super long, voluminous tresses with the assistance of tape extensions and wefts that blended perfectly with her natural hair. Super Stylist Sarah Birchley sourced an eclectic mix of both designer and vintage clothing and shoes that were both relaxed and cool at once.
Makeup wise we were going for bohemian bronze. The biggest part of my job on the day was the skin – not just the face, but all over! We were wary of Brooke getting a spray tan as the look we were going for was more of a chocolate bronze rather than a golden tan. Enter MAC Skinsheen Legspray in Dark. This product is an aerosol mousse that you buff into the skin (with either hands or a buffing brush) to get an instant bronze sheen to the skin that washes off with soap and water in the shower. It has a beautiful chocolate tone and can be layered to get more dramatic results and the finish is a delightful sheeny glow with a hint of pearl which photographs brilliantly. Makeup wise, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation was used in a mixture of shades #128 and #173 and old faithful Bloom Bronzing Powder and MAC Golden Bronze Loose Powder to define and sculpt the face and contour the eye sockets. Lips were a mixture of MAC Mocha Lipstick and Love Nectar Lipgloss and later on in the day we added a neon liner made up of a custom mix of MAC Chromacakes and Neo Orange Pigment.
Now just to buy one of these awesome bags! There are soooooo many amazing ones, it’s difficult to choose! For the full campaign see the Knots + Knits website.
About six months ago I gave up a weekend of my time to work on a project for Soften the Fck Up, an Australian grass roots movement focusing on interrupting the process of suicide by getting people to talk to each other about depression rather than taking their own lives. The single proudest moment in my career as a hair & makeup artist is being able to be involved in this project as it’s the one that can offer the greatest benefit to someone – life.
The video “Better if You’re Around” has been launched today so I’m asking a small favour. Watch the video, check out the website, talk to someone you think may be in need and SHARE with the people in your life. It’s time to Soften the Fck Up. www.softenthefckup.com.au
I must admit I don’t buy from lower end cosmetics houses very often, except for waterproof mascara for my kit (I go through a tube every two weeks and can’t justify spending more than $25 on it). I was stocking up on said mascara recently and spied this new liquid liner at the Maybelline stand. It looked ok, said it was waterproof, looked like the tip was fine, and was about $13.00 so I thought I might as well give it a go.
Well I’m thrilled that I did, because this is the best liquid liner I’ve ever come across – it’s super black, super fine, super soft, super easy to use and is super value for money! Seriously, I’ve had so many clients ask me what it is and where they can get it – every single person is just astounded when I tell them it’s just a cheapie. It is so easy to work with and even after extensive abuse (I sanitize the tip in alcohol before I use it on a new person for hygiene purposes) it’s still going strong. If you’re a fan of liquid liner and are looking for an alternative to what you are currently using – go and pick one of these up. Love it!
Have a wonderful week everyone, and stay dry and warm if where you are is wet and cold like Brisbane is at the moment!
About six months ago I was in Mecca and was shown a range of skincare from a brand called Eve Lom. Named for and created by a renowned London facialist, the products are simple yet effective. My two picks from the range are the Cleanser and the Day Cream. I also have tried the TLC cream which I will post about also.
The Cleanser is like nothing I’ve ever seen before – it kind of looks like someone filled a jar with Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment – it’s super thick. Suited to all skin types, the cleanser is designed to be spread over dry skin (makeup or no makeup) and massaged all over, including the eye area. The first thing that hits you is the amazing aroma – natural ingredients of cloves, eucalyptus and chamomile. These active ingredients along with Cocoa butter nourish the skin instantly. Once it’s massaged into your skin, wet a muslin face cloth (you get one with the cleanser and can buy more separately) with hot water and hold over your skin to allow the balm to warm up on your face. Repeat this step twice. Next wet the muslin again with hot water and begin to remove the cleanser, along with any trace of makeup – this stuff is amazing. Finish off by rinsing the muslin again with cool water and hold to your face again to complete the ritual. At first I thought it seemed like a really long drawn out process but it’s really quite fast and as the muslin exfoliates your skin and removes makeup whilst using it, it actually saves time and product by using it. After about 2 weeks of using this product, people were commenting on how good my skin looked. Six months in and I can’t turn back, my skin is bouncier and more radiant, less dehydrated and much calmer. I only use this as my evening cleanser, my morning cleanser is my trusty Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. The Eve Lom cleanser is not cheap, but a jar last for ages – you use about a pea size each night. It also comes in 50mL ($68AUD), 100mL ($115AUD) and 200mL ($186AUD) sizes so you can pick the best one for you.
The Day Cream is also interesting. It’s quite solid also and reminds me of an old fashioned cold cream. Key ingredients of cocoa butter, glycerine and avocado soften and hydrate the skin instantly. After a few minutes the cream will sink in to your skin and end up with a matte finish – so perfect for those who need hydration but don’t want to feel overly shiny. This is my perfect Summer moisturiser – it’s simple, hydrating and soaks in very quickly so doesn’t feel heavy. My skin appears smoother and more even in tone when I use it. Now that we are getting into winter I am forced in the direction of a heavier product, but will be right back to this when the weather warms up again. A 50mL jar retails for $76AUD.
The TLC cream is designed to be used once or twice a week when your skin is in need of a pick me up – for me I use it either at night or on a day where I’m going to be hanging around the house. The consistency is almost sticky, like a cream meets gel with an almost honey like texture. Ingredients of glycerine and calendula make this moisturiser super hydrating – like nothing I’ve ever used before and the Rose Otto has an amazing fragrance and soothing properties. This cream is a bit of a rescue product however on me it may be a fraction too rich as I do get one or two tiny pimples if I use it more than once a week – perhaps the TLC Radiance cream would be better suited to me. The TLC cream retails at $115 for a 50mL jar.
The Eve Lom skincare range is available in Australia at Mecca Cosmetica & Mecca Maxima
I know, I’m slack. This poor blog really doesn’t see much love these days as I’m so busy working. Which, of course I can’t complain about because I have the best job in the world, but I thought I’d sit here today and do some posting to try and get back into the swing of things.
I recently worked on a couple of projects for up and coming Brisbane label Ash to Gold. If you haven’t seen their stuff I urge you to check it out as it is amazing and the girls have received international media coverage following their MBFWA debut showing as part of the New Generation parade last week in Sydney. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to join the girls in Sydney due to prior commitments but they seriously knocked it out of the ballpark. The latest collection is entitled Future Fragments and I had a lot of fun on the lookbook shoot transforming the beautiful Fleur Templeton into an alien babe to model the line.
For makeup the girls were looking for an ethereal alien look so I gave Fleur a dewy skin (MAC Face & Body Foundation), did some heavy contouring (MAC Harmony Blush), extreme highlighting (MAC Emphasize Powder over the top of MAC Chromacake in White), and a nude lip (Revlon Colourstay Lipstick in Smooth Nude). We decided to add a pop of colour in the lash department so I coated Sherani #46 False Lashes with MAC Lash Mixing Medium with a custom green mix of MAC Chromacake and applied the same mix to Fleur’s top lashes also. Bottom lashes were left nude with MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl on the inner rim.
Photography: Fletcher & Black
Model: Fleur Templeton @ Chic Management
Hair: Chris Lawless @ Arc Creative
Makeup: Gemma Elaine @ Embellished Makeup
Styling: Samantha Ashton + Chantelle Cox