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The Perfect Red Lipstick – Pat McGrath Matte Trance has just been released

If you’ve been trying to find the perfect Red Lipstick – this one is really worth a try! Pat McGrath (unquestionably one of the world’s most successful makeup artists) has recently released her lipstick collection – Matte Trance – amongst which is ‘Obsessed’ – a bright orange / red; or if you prefer a blue / red – ‘Elson’ is…read more →

British Vogue – my artwork being selected for Vogue Gallery in the prestigious September issue!

                   So excited – my painting “Golden Ideas” was selected for inclusion in the September edition of British Vogue!! (third painting on the top line). Even more special as the September issue, in the fashion industry, is the most anticipated, highest selling and largest volume each year. Very happy!!!

Cleopatra Makeup – iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor applying her makeup for her role in 1963

The iconic Elizabeth Taylor applying her own makeup for the legendary 1963 film – Cleopatra. This film made history for a number of reasons (apart from the great love affair that developed between Elizabeth and Richard Burton) – it went so far over budget that it nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox (it was only the success of The Sound of…read more →

OMBRE LIPS – Givenchy launching next month

OMBRE LIPS!! – Next month Givenchy is launching a new range of lipsticks that colour and contour all in one stroke – called Le Rouge Sculpt Two Tone lipstick. Basically the outline of the lip (contour) has a darker, more graphic finish, whilst the main part of the lip has a brighter, laminated finish. There’s five colours in all, and…read more →

Colour Block Trend in Makeup

Just looking at one of the makeup trends to go down the runway recently for Chanel Fall 2017 – it’s called the ‘Colour Block’ trend (Chanel makeup designed by Tom Pecheux). It’s a bit reminiscent of some of the makeups we saw back in the 1980’s!! The front cover of one of Wham’s biggest hits, and also Culture Club’s Boy…read more →

MAKEUP CERTIFICATES – Accredited / Not Accredited – are they important in the industry?

In a word – NO!! I’ve got a Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup (makeup for feature film) and God knows how many other certificates from here in Australia as well as Los Angeles – I have never (EVER!) been asked for my certificates (whether it’s a bride, photographer, producer, designer etc) – the ONLY thing that has ever gotten me work…read more →

Featherbrows – the new trend for eyebrows?

Just when you thought the brow craze had been exhausted – here’s another idea! It’s actually the result of two makeup artists (Stella Sironen and Leevi @leevittu) doing what makeup artists tend to do in their down time – playing around with looks and ideas – and this is the result! Leevi divided Stella’s eyebrows in half and then used…read more →

Why we don’t look like celebrities – because they don’t look like them either!

A lot of people are aware that Photoshop is used in magazines quite regularly – but a a lot of people are not aware that even papara!zzi shots can be photoshopped before being published. It’s quite surprising just how tweaked and re-shaped the image of the person is – and why it can be somewhat unrealistic to try and emulate…read more →

GRADUATE STUDENT DOES 30 WEDDINGS AFTER TRAINING WITH ME ONLY 2 YEARS AGO!

It makes me so happy to see my students really doing well and achieving their dreams after they have finished their training with me. Bessie Seal trained with me only 2 years ago and has accomplished 30 weddings in the past 12 months!!! A fantastic effort.   Getting a business going takes a strong commitment to yourself to have the…read more →

Magical enchanted forest for today’s photoshoot

As a makeup artist no two days are the same – everyday brings new people to work with, new colleagues to meet and collaborate with and new locations to discover! Today was no different – I was working with one of my favourite people – who happens to be a very talented bridal designer – Angela Marcuccio. Angela has been…read more →