Thursday, 9 October 2014


Hosted by international fashion makeup artist Julia Kur, a group of Melbourne bloggers got to witness makeup applications and learn about the gorgeous Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup range. In a previous article about mineral makeup, I confessed that I didn’t really know what all the fuss was about and couldn’t understand why those who use it are obsessively loyal. After trying the product featured in that article, I began to understand what all you devotees have known from the beginning.
I love putting on makeup. Not only does it make you look and feel better about yourself, but the fact that you can put something on your skin that actually DOES something to help it’s overall health and appearance, sans makeup, is like finding $50 in the pocket of an old pair of jeans. The presentation and demonstrations of the Jane Iredale product at the event, took me from someone who appreciates from the sidelines to a full blown convert.
The product I took home to try has now found itself in the premier spot in my bathroom cabinet. I have been using the gel eyeliners in black and brown every day, I’m loving the mascara for my poor irritated eyes, and I even copied one of the looks learnt at the event and it worked fantastically.
On the evening we were shown three different makeup looks, all inspired by current runway makeup trends and utilising the new City Nights Collection. The product did not fail to deliver the most gorgeous of looks and did not fall short in recreating the designer makeups straight from the catwalk. My favourite tip was using the gel eyeliners, not only as a liner, but also smudging all over the lid for an quick and easy smokey eye. The gel then sets to dry so you have a few seconds to blend, which it does seamlessly. Brown is a softer alternative than black, and it looks fantastic with a bit of the Jane Iredale 24k bronze shimmer pigment on top. It gives it a glossy, shimmery look to the lid. The green gel liner also looks fantastic for those who are a little more daring. Pop gold on top and you have an on trend, radiant, fresh smokey eye that can take you from day to night. It is so simple that anyone can do it.
The Jane Iredale range is comprehensive, which is rare with a mineral makeup line. You have liquids, cremes and powder foundations. Concealers and colour correcting concealers, pigments, shadows, lip gloss, lip shades, pressed powders and bronzers, liquid illuminators, eyeliners, plus gel liners. I could go on. The quality is of a professional standard and I would be confident using them in any professional makeup application or photoshoot. I find that some mineral makeups sit on the skin, get oily fast and move throughout the day. Jane Iredale pigment really sits into the skin, or appears to. The quality really wowed me, and as a liquid foundation devotee, I couldn’t commit to a brand of makeup that didn’t do a high quality liquid.
Another thing I loved about discovering Jane Iredale in more depth, is that there are no makeup rules when it comes to the range. As long as you are using Jane Iredale, you can put cream on top of powder and then add more powder without getting build up. You can blend creams and liquids even if you have already set with powders and when it comes to eyeshadows, if you make a mistake, let it dry and wipe away! Incredible. It seems to be (and is from my experience) one of the easiest makeup brands to work with and the result is clean and professional every time. Having said all this, I have also found that the products I have been using blend easily in with other brands of makeup that I am also using.
I believe that all makeups have their place, but for those of you with any skin irritations, sensitivities or even those who find there normal makeup causing their skin to be less than perfect, give Jane Iredale a try. Also, there is something very appealing about skincare in makeup, and makeup that is natural and pure. I know what I would rather put on my skin and when there is a fantastic product like this available, why load up on chemical based makeups?
For stockists of Jane Iredale check out  Images courtesy Jane Iredale.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

A few questions....

My friend Vesna of @vesnamua interviewed me for a presentation she had to do for her photography school. It was about makeup artists working in the photographic industry. It's not super 'in-depth' or anything, just a few light questions, but some of the information that came out of it I feel may be helpful to new makeup artists looking to work in the photographic industry.

How you entered your chosen role?
Freelance makeup artist.
First I studied and then once I completed my course I started to market myself though friends, social media and a website. I kept working part time in retail whilst building a client base and gradually, through word of mouth, hard work and advertising, I was working enough to go out on my own and freelance. 

What are your typical duties?
Typically I do makeup applications and hair styling. I may be required to design a look for a specific project, or it may be more of a collaborative process. I also am required to stand by for touch ups as required and then always remove makeup afterwards with high quality skincare. 

What have you learnt about the photographic world by working as an H/MUA?
Its a wonderful and creative world to be a part of. It’s really energetic and vibrant especially when your working with a photographer, particularly for fashion, which I love. It is transient by nature, so you can never really hold on to anything for very long.

What is one of your biggest goals regarding your field?
I’d love to work for a publication I really respected like RUSSH or LOVE magazine. My beauty aesthetic is completely in line with those magazines so would be a pleasure to work with them.

Do you find yourself assisting the photographer ever? If so, have you learnt much about photography through that? 
The most i’ve ever had to do when working with a photographer is hold the reflector. Which I don’t really like doing because then they are reliant on me to get the shot and I might need to jump out to fix a hair out of place. Mostly, on professional shoots the photographer has an assistant to do that so as not to compromise my role in the production. The photographer may ask me questions in regards to the shot, but that is really only ever on relaxed shoots where I may be close with the team and it’s more of a collaboration. On most shoots there is a hierarchy and the photographer is on the top, so you don’t normally get in their way. 

Any advice for other muas (when working on photoshoots)

Definitely be confident. It takes a while to get your confidence levels up, but never feel like you can’t jump in and fix something that needs fixing. Even if the photographer is on a role or ‘in the zone’. The hair and makeup are your creation and you have to take ownership of it. It doesn’t become property of the photographer once they start shooting, so jump in there if need be. Having said that, there is nothing worse than a mua stepping in every five second to do a touch up when it’s not needed. Usually they are just uncomfortable and feel like they need to be doing something. If it looks good then stand back and let the model and photographer work. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sav Sav

I found these photos published online from waaaayyyyy back. They are stills I did for an accessories label called Sav Sav. I tried to get a look at some of the images but never got sent any of the finals. In freelance world you get busy and forget what you ate for breakfast that day, so it can happen that you forget about jobs you did too. This was one that I competely forgot I did. I was blown away when I was deep in blog land and up pop these images I worked on over a year ago! H&MU by moi. Photography by Nadeemy Betros xx


Last week I had the pleasure of popping into the newly renovated Trophy Wife salon in Bridge Road, Richmond which has just been converted into an all-round beauty space, housing some of the loveliest brands such as EvoShanghai Sally and Kester Black and more. We were celebrating owner and creator Chelsea Bagan’s collaboration with nail polish guru and Kester Black creator Anna Ross. The two teamed up to bring us a fabulous booklet of wonderful nail polish designs in cute and quirky colours, entitled The Hand Book, along with a range of colours that have the mark of the collaboration on the bottle.
Everyone at the launch was there in great spirits and there to support a brand and salon that are fast becoming Melbourne icons on the beauty scene. It is fabulous to see two intuitive and bubbling businesses come together to create a range that is fun, accessible and really encompasses the summer vibe we are all longing for. The colours are soft mauve, glittering silver, bright citrus green and gorgeous nude pinks. Perfect for all occasions and styles.
I spoke to Kester Black‘s Anna Ross during the night, and she described the process of collaborating withTrophy Wife‘s Chelsea Bagan as very natural. The two met and it was an instant creative soul mate connection. Anna says of Chelsea that she got her “vibe” instantly and everything just flowed in the collaboration. She also showed her things that she had never thought of before or thought might not work, but instantly knew it was the right creative direction for them to take.
For those who haven’t tried the Kester Black polish, you may have heard me rant on in previous articles.  I won’t go into much more detail other than saying it is now the one and only polish I will use.  The new range of colours from the collaboration as well as The Hand Book, can be ordered online at the Trophy Wife or Kester Black websites. The Hand Book is a must have and great for a gift, so hop to it.

For more information on the range visit www. and
Photos courtesy of Georgia Pollard, and Kester Black.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Barely There Bridal Makeup

Your wedding makeup is supposed to be the makeup that makes you your most beautiful you. It’s supposed to highlight your best self and make your partner’s jaw drop on seeing you walk down the aisle or however you choose to make an entrance.
Some brides are big makeup wearers and like to look as glam as possible on their special day. This is completely fine, however, if it’s not your style, I strongly suggest keeping it as natural as possible on your big day. In fact, the best bridal makeup is makeup that makes you look like a genetically blessed version of your self, with a little something special, not like you are obviously wearing makeup at all.
For a natural, healthy, youthful and stunning bridal look, here’s how to get it. Note: Paired back, this can also make a fabulous day wear or going out look depending on what subtle changes you might make.
My favourite type of bridal skin, is dewy, plump healthy looking skin. So prep the skin by applying a rich moisturiser and massaging it in thoroughly.  For our lovely model Jess, who turned up with clean moisturised skin, I skipped this started off straight away with a primer. I used the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer ($45), which is fantastic in creating soft supple skin.
For the foundation we used L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint ($24.95) which I applied all over the face with a sponge, building where necessary. This foundation gives an extremely natural healthy skin finish, with a lovely glow. It is a sheer foundation, so I would recommend using something heavier for those who need extra coverage. Jess has fantastic skin so this was perfect for her, we just builded application around the nose and under eye area.
Next we concealed under the eye with Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer ($14.95) in number 10. For the under eye area you want to use a concealer that is slightly lighter than you foundation, just to give highlight and lift. For any blemish covering, your concealer must be the same shade as your foundation. Jess only needed a little extra coverage under the eye, so I applied the concealer lightly with a brush and pressed in with my fingers. Once concealer has been applied and smoothed out, set with loose powder by pressing in. I usedLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($58) under eyes and will keep aside for final powdering.
Now the eyes are the major focus of bridal makeup, you want to enhance what you have, but in my opinion keep heavy smokey eyes for the hens night. Unless you love makeup and typically wear it a little heavier, you definitely don’t want to do something crazy on the one day you want to look like your best self. You may regret it. So for eyes I like to use soft browns, taupes, pinks and nude tones and accent with a little eyeliner or darker shadow in key places.
For Jess we decided to highlight her gorgeous blue eyes with a fabulous taupe tone called Smoke fromArbonne Cosmetics ($27 each). I washed this colour all over the lid and then used another Arbonne shade called Sand in the crease. Next I took a deeper grey brown shade from the Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Sand Palette  ($110) and added depth into the corner of the eye and crease, creating a sort of “C” shape going from the outside corner of the last line to the outside end of the crease.
Next we lined the eyes with black eyeliner. I used MAC Eye Kohl ($32) then pressed a dark grey/black shadow from Bobbi Brown ($40) into the eyeliner to make sure it sets and doesn’t budge. Lashes were coated withModelCo Lash Extend Mascara ($20) , which isn’t a volumising mascara but separates and adds length to lashes. For more lash volume try Maxfactor Masterpiece Max in Black ($23.95).
Once the eyes are finished, make sure that the base is clean and there is no fall out from the eye. I then added some extra glow by dabbing Vani-T Highlighter in Angel ($40.95) on cheekbones and outside of brow bone and along bridge of the nose.
I like to keep bridal makeup light and fresh and don’t usually like to go too heavy on the cheeks, unless appropriate. For Jess, we used Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur ($28) which is a fabulous shimmery bronze pink shade blusher. I applied this along the cheekbones lightly and accentuated the rosiness by usingBourjois Blush in Rose d’Or ($20).
To finish the look I lined Jess’s lips with a Nude lip pencil and filled with Maybelline Colour Sensation inTantalising Taupe ($16.95). A fabulous and versatile shade that suits almost everyone.
The final touch was a bit of light pencil in the brows and a dash of gloss.
For a more dramatic look try NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park ($39) for the perfect crimson pout.

For bridal makeup trials and consultations please don’t hesitate to contact me via my website or at
Arbonne product can be bought from your trusted Arbonne representative. All the fantastic Arbonne products supplied to me were provided by the lovely Kate Henderson. Kate can be contacted on 0414754102 or She will be more than happy to discuss your skincare and makeup needs over a cup of tea.
All Maybelline, L’Oreal, Max Factor and Bourjois product mentioned in this article can be purchased at Priceline Stores.
Bobbi Brown, MAC and Laura Mercier product can be bought at most David Jones Stores throughout Australia.
Benefit and MAC products can be bought at MYER stores throughout Australia.
All Model Co product can be bought online at as well as selected department stores.
Vani-T product can be bought online at
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