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

Joanna Blair - Melbourne makeup artist


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  

How to make eye colour pop!

Eye makeup colours: Mimicking the actual colours in the iris (coloured part) of the eye is something I love to do. Here you can see by picking out the greens and the golds how much it kicks up her natural eye colour. This colour technique works particularly well if you’re wearing a neutral tone outfit – also for bridal; the…read more →

Best lip colour to wear

FOOLPROOF LIP COLOUR? – what colour should I wear? Anything ‘Rose’ toned works really well I find (not too brown or too red). This colour gives a healthy look to the face and compliments any skin tone and eye colour (swipe to see!) The only thing to bear in mind is your skin tone:  The paler the skin, the softer…read more →

My makeup graduate Nominated for Makeup Artist of the Year!

Finalist for Makeup Artist of the Year & up for Face2Face Beauty Awards – my graduate @bridgetsophiestudio is kicking major goals. This is Bridget’s entry for the Face2Face Awards – inspired by her favourite makeup brand – Christian Louboutin (and using Christian Louboutin products), Bridget has used red in keeping with his statement red soles of his famous shoes. Christian…read more →