Joanna Blair's Blog, News & Tips on Hair & Makeup

Joanna Blair - Melbourne makeup artist



STUDENT PORTFOLIO SHOOTS – WHAT’S INVOLVED??? From the selection of models from Melbourne’s top agencies, to communicating with designers, photographers, florists, jewellers, milliners and even furniture specialists (the French Antique dealer was a highlight!) – it’s always exciting to sit with my team as we go over ideas, themes, colours and what’s trending internationally to arrive at “The Look” for…read more →

Learn perfect makeup for each face

I loved doing this look on @lilysloann  When I’m working on a face I’m immediately looking to design the perfect makeup to suit that individual face: *  Eye Shape – is it almond, round, droopy, heavy, close together, far apart? *  Eye Colour – what exactly is it? Cool blue, warm blue, hazel, dark brown, golden light brown, green? *…read more →

Amazing Student Portfolio Photo Shoot – last one for 2019

My last student portfolio building photo shoot for 2019 was a fantastic success. The theme was ‘Caribbean Chic’ – my team who all work together to make these shoots worthy of publication never let my students down. We went for a really colourful and bright look, backed up with palm leaves as a back drop. Beautiful styling by Melissa Maier…read more →

Highlighter – important to make skin uniformly highlighted, including the skin showing on your body

    Highlighter – matching the shine of the skin on your face to your body is really important. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Highlighter can really amp up the look of the skin on your face but you need to remember that our skin continues onto the rest of us, it isn’t disconnected from the neck down! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So when you’re highlighting the…read more →

In Makeup Class today – using purples / plums / maroons

In my makeup class today I’m teaching my students variations of using the colour purple – including plums and maroons. This colour combination is particularly good on green eyes as green is opposite to purple on the colour wheel – therefore when they are side by side they intensify each other.  

Hairstyling Course Graduates doing paid Hairstyling work 5 days after finishing my course

So proud of last weeks Hairstyling Course students, to come out of a course and feel confident enough and skilled enough to attract paying clients is fantastic. Below are two examples of students who finished last week and this week are doing paid professional jobs!  

Creative Halloween Makeup from some of my makeup course graduates!

So great to see the talent and creativity my makeup students have!!  

How to build an industry standard makeup portfolio

Building a high quality, professional makeup portfolio is vital to your business as a makeup artist. For this reason I offer exclusively to my students the ability to build a stunning portfolio to kick start your business: With the photo shoot, it is optional and I only allow four students per shoot – this means I can work one on…read more →

Why it’s vital to work on each other in my makeup courses

In class I get you to work on each other; there are a couple of reasons for this: 1) You get to work on a different face each lesson – this gives you the opportunity to experience different skin tones and skin textures (very important when choosing the type of products, particularly foundations and shimmers) to apply to the client;…read more →

Makeup & Hairstyling Graduate does TV commercial for Earth Choices company

Graduate Bridget Sophie has just completed filming a  TV commercial for Earth Choices detergent – it was a really fun shoot, and very relevant in these times of climate change and environmental damage.  Now screening on all commercial networks