Saturday, 17 December 2011

A few of my favourite S/S 12 looks.. and how to achieve them!

Jeremy Scott

“Daisy Duke goes to Paradise City” – Val Garland


Charged Water Face & Body Lotion (available Spring/Summer 2012) — hydrates and perfects skin
Face & Body Foundation — applied lightly to even skintone
Studio Finish Concealer — applied as needed to perfect
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Foundation — blended over “hot spots” through the middle of the face
Preferred Pink and Fully Ripe Lip Quad Palette (available Spring/Summer 2012) — blended on the cheeks for a doll-like shape
Immortal Flower Powder Blush (available Spring/Summer 2012) — dusted over the cheeks to set
Cork and Burgundy Lip Pencils and Coffee Eye Pencil — applied to the cheeks to create freckles, alternating tones to give depth and dimension

M·A·C Pro Black Crème Liner — applied on the upper eyelid with a slightly winged tip, thicker in the center, and very tight to the inner corner of the eye.
Additionally applied straight across the lower eyelid, leaving a space between the lower lashes and line
Coffee Eye Pencil — applied with 266 Small Angle Brush through the socket and blended with 219 Pencil Brush
Dazzlelight Eye Shadow — applied with intensity through the inner corner to highlight with 219 Pencil Brush
43 Lash — applied over the upper lashes
Zoomblack Mascara — blended through the upper lashes and 43 Lash
Haute & Naughtly Black Mascara — applied to the lower lashes, powdered with translucent powder, then re-applied once again for a “Dusty Springfield” effect

In Synch Lip Pencil — blended over the entire lip
Enchantee Kissable Lip Colour (available Spring/Summer 2012) — applied over the lip to finish


The Blonds

“Think Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress and Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie” – Kabuki


Mineralize Charged Water Face & Body Lotion (available Spring/Summer 2012) — applied with fingers to hydrate and smooth skin
Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation — applied with fingers to achieve a medium-full coverage and natural matte finish to skin
Select Cover-Up — chosen in a lighter shade and blended down the nose and under the eyes with 195 Concealer Brush for a highlight
Prep +
Prime Transparent Finishing Powder — dusted all over the entire face with 116 Blush Brush to set
M·A·C Pro Shadester Sculpting Powder Pro Palette — blended under cheekbones and over temples to contour with 116 Blush Brush
Immortal Flower Powder Blush (available Spring/Summer 2012) — blended over the apples of cheeks with 168 Large Angled Contour Brush for a flush

Untitled Paint — blended onto the eyelid as a base and highlight with 195 Concealer Brush
Blacktrack Fluidline — a thick line was drawn on the upper lashline, through the crease, winged upwards, and lined underneath
the eye with both the 266 Small Angle Brush and 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush
M·A·C Pro Shadester Sculpting Powder Pro Palette — applied with 224 Tapered Blending Brush to contour the inner crease and down
the sides of the nose to accentuate the entire shape of eye
36 Lash — trimmed and stacked on the outer corners of the eyes
Optimum Black Opulash Mascara — applied through the upper lashes
Lingering Brow and Duck Powerpoint Eye Pencil — blended together to define and sculpt the brows

Flamingo Lipstick (available Spring/Summer 2012) — blended over the entire lip from the bullet
Stripdown Lip Pencil — applied to define and enhance the fullness of lips

Donna Karan

“A sporty, sexy eighties Yasmin Le Bon” – Charlotte Tilbury


Charged Water Face & Body Lotion (available Spring/Summer 2012) — hydrates and prepares skin
Face & Body Foundation — applied in tones matching the chest in order to warm up the skin
Select Cover-Up — lightly applied only where needed to even skintone
M·A·C Pro Mid-Tone Sepia Cream Colour Base — applied with 168 Large Angled Contour Brush under the cheekbones for a soft contour
Luna Cream Colour Base — applied to upper cheekbones for a highlight

Luna Cream Colour Base — lightly applied to the eyes with fingers above bare lashes
Hodgepodge Lip Pencil — used to create freckles just under the eyes

Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil — defines the lip line with a bit of a pointed bow
M·A·C Pro Full Chocolate and Most Mocha Lipsticks — mixed together and applied to the lips with 231 Small Shader Brush


Sunday, 11 December 2011

Florence on the January 2012 Vogue UK

Florence Welch by Mario Testino UK Vogue January 2012

The lovely Florence working those tones perfectly for Vogue UK. Shot by Mario Testino and makeup by, of course, Val Garland.


Ren Harvieu - Through The Night

Saturday, 10 December 2011


Completely loving the Aztec trend slipping round at the moment. Visually the bold block colours and the clashing prints inspires my makeup and makes me want change my wardrobe to suit my new obsession..

<3 House of Harlow

What Ive been waiting for..

This editorial spread from the December 2011 Marie Claire South Africa is perfect... The use of light and shade on the face is incredible. I love the pastel lip colour, a disconnected liner (massive fav of mine for a while now..) and the highlighting and contouring- really creates a strong visual. Team that with Va Va Voom hair, a gappy tooth and you have yourself a 60's Barbarella look. HAWT!


Photos: Oracle Fox

Sunday, 4 December 2011



Saturday, 3 December 2011

Tumblr love...

Just a few images to get be excited for my week at work...


Fabulous makeup…. Must. Do.


Lindsey Wixson backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012


Daphne Guiness

There are only a few artists in this world that follow their own lead, set the example, inspire the masses, write their own rules. A few names would pop into your head.. Gaga probably being on top of that list, with a limited few under her.

One name that rarely pops up in a mainstream way, but is starting to slowly.. is Daphne Guinness. HUGE in the fashion world, and a household name in her native England, this lovely lady has been a very prominant figure within fashion, covering all bases from journalist, designer, collector of haute couture and many more.

Her close relationship with Isabella Blow (another extremely important name in the fashion industry and personal friend and muse to McQueen..before both committing suicide) was extremely important to her and became evident when, after Blow committing suicide upon her news that she had cancer, The Honourable Daphne Diana Joan Suzannah Guinness purchased all of Blows wardrobe, for the sole reason to “prevent Issie’s possessions becoming mere morbid memorabilia… to preserve it.”

The reason why I have chosen now to blog about Daphne is because there have been a number of beauty collaborations between her and some top cosmetic companies, in 2010 one being with NARS but only recently has she gone publicly about her upcoming collection with MAC! Daphne has been a massive supporter of MAC for many years and uses MAC artists personally, regularly.

So! Watch this space for more information on what to expect!

Vogue Italia

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Recent work of mine..

Did a shoot shortly before I left London and here are a few images from it...

Monday, 28 November 2011


Sometimes you can find it in your eyes, in a movie, on public transport, in your childhood home, in the outdoors.. love is everywhere. And whilst it inspires you, motivates you and blinds it genuine..real...relatable?

I have had the privledge of coming home to the weddings of two close friends- both from very different parts of my life; two very different people but both with the strongest link it made me so very emotional... L.O.V.E

The past two weekends were such amazing weddings for a few reasons.. One, I got to be apart of them- doing the makeup for both bridal parties and both results making me so proud of my job ( pictures to follow on the amazing looking girls and how stunning their dresses/hair and makeup looked); two, the communities of friends and family I was able to be surrounded with for both friends and three, most importantly- the raw, uncompromised, natural love that both Amy & James and Ailie & Dave had for each other.

Its such a rare thing to find people who are true to themselves and their love for their partner. To be around them, to see first hand that at the end of the day for their amazing weddings- every single guest walked away filled with the love that they had for each other. All guests had moments of being choked up, eyes filled with tears and the lump in their throats.

I have been to many a wedding and worked with many a bride, but knowing these two girls so well and being able to spend their days leading up to the big day with them was overwhelming. I walked away inspired by how easy love can be. For the mutual trust, respect and protection they had for the other... it was like nothing I had seen before. Dont get me wrong.. I have an amazing boyfriend, an amazing relationship and everyday I feel blessed to have him in my life. But every relationship is different and I believe there is alot to be learned by others.

And it brings me to the thought that has been sitting with me since these two very uniquely individual weddings...

You can strip your life of money, expectations, drama, work, others hatred and insincerity.. you can strip it bare and all you have left is you. You and your community. To be surrounded by those that love you, understand you, protect you, want the best for you, would give the world to you and who need you. That is all you need.

Every day I work towards living a life free of judgement, burden and negativity.

I think it was put perfectly by an amazing wordsmith and lovely friend (and fellow blogger) Jem Thomas aka

'Real men dont love the most beautiful girl in the world, they love the girl who will make their world the most beautiful'.

Miami 2 Ibiza ♕

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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Life warranty...

Whats the most annoying complaint you have about wearing makeup? Well given that I talk to hundreds of women a week and see first hand their issues..I think I may have it! The biggest complaint I get is how makeup wears. Issues so common as patchiness, breakthrough redness and makeup looking obvious on the skin are every womans problem.

The reasons for this are numerous but mostly because people are putting their makeup straight on top of moisturised skin. When you do this they become intermixed.. thus preventing the mosituriser to really penetrate into the skin and also, breaking down the foundation so it doesnt stick.

Makeup artists dont recommend primers as a gimmick. They do it because there is no reason why we would go to all the effort of making you look and feel beautiful, if its only going to wear off or not give you the effect you want. For most clients I work with, they require their makeup to last. If its due to the longevity of the event- a wedding (from early morning start to the end of the reception), a red carpet event, a long day shooting.. I could go on.. ;)

I have used so many primers, some I have hated, some I have liked but after so many recommendations from other artists I have been using Laura Mercier's Hydrating Primer for a fair while now. And it is amazing!

Having been really busy since coming back to Oz- with its hot, sticky climate, this has been a blessing. So again, remember to put emphasis on the preparation of your skin, rather than all of it on what your covering it with.



Since coming home to Australia, and being somewhat out of the music scene, Im so happy to have thrown myself back into it heavily. Australians make me proud, for their passion for independent/non maintsream music. They love an unsigned artist who challenges music, rather than produces music for the masses.

Gotye has been around for years, an artist which was dicsovered by these music loving aussies... but since my return hes gone big! This tune featuring Kimbra is lovely.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


Yay! Though GAGA has been the most successful MAC Viva Glam ambassador ever..even releasing not one lippy but two..Its time to add a little more excitement to the Fund! Mac released during the week the visual for the new campaign- showing Nicki Minaj and Ricki Martin scoring the important gig!

Last year, MAC and Nicki Minaj did a soft release of a limited edition pink lipstick called Pink Friday to coincide with the release of her album 'Pink Friday'.. and to say it flew out the doors is a total understatement. So I think MAC used that opportunity to test the waters on the popularity and thats why its my guess that they are releasing it. But they are releasing two pink shades, not one.. so exciting! Out in Feb and I love the idea that a lipstick bought can help people affected with Aids/HIV so much. So far the campaign has raised A$224 million. And hats off to David Lachapelle on an amazing visual..keeping in tone with the MAC vibe.

Pink is my favourite colour: Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin do their bit for charity, promoting Mac's Viva Glam lipsticks

Inspiring makeup from other obsessed selves..

I love you Zach

The purple owl

Public display of affection

Certas Coisas

Live like its the last day

My fav new nail art looks...

wild child


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