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MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING GRAD ON KMART AD CAMPAIGN

Makeup and hairstyling graduate, Vanessa Harlem, was booked for hairstyling and makeup for the latest Kmart advertising campaign over the weekend! Evidence of the high calibre work (paid work!) that my students experience in the industry. Having a strong knowledge and skill base directed at what the industry truly looks for when booking not only talented and skilled hair and…read more →

Makeup for photo shoot on the Beach

A little bit of turn back time – we shot this on a pretty cold day on a pristine beach down near Phillip Island I think it was. Our model – Claryssa, only clad in a 10 metre long piece of chiffon, was a trouper with the chilly wind and a Spanish Arabian horse that wasn’t particularly keen on the the…read more →

How an icon does winged eyeliner!

Love the close up detail of seeing how an icon does her winged eyeliner! In this case – Italian actress Sophia Loren Notice the little ‘dog leg’ at the outer edge to compensate for the skin fold.  This makes sure when she’s looking directly ahead, her eyeliner is straight! (Also helps hide the skin fold itself ). I use this…read more →

New Individual lashes from Modelrock – much easier to apply!

With the huge amount of choice out there for what type of lashes to use when you’re applying fake lashes, my personal preference has always been to use individual lashes (small ‘clumps’ or ‘flairs’ of lashes bound together that are applied individually) as opposed to ‘bar’ or also called ‘strip’ lashes – where the lashes are all on one bar,…read more →

Demand for Makeup Artist who can apply ‘Natural’ makeup

So lucky – I did Anna’s wedding just two weeks before the shutdown! Little did we know what lay over the horizon. Not everyone wants heavy, or much more makeup on their wedding day than they would normally wear. Anna originally had trouble finding a makeup artist that could do a natural, best version of her vision of herself (I’ve…read more →

HOW MUCH INPUT SHOULD A CLIENT HAVE IN THEIR MAKEUP APPLICATION?

Below is a response to an email I received from a potential student telling me of her experience when she went to a cosmetic counter to have her makeup applied. Unfortunately the makeup artist did zero consulting with her, and she ended up looking nothing like herself, wearing eyeshadow colours that she would never normally wear, and overall feeling extremely…read more →

Hairstyling Student makes front cover!

Wonderful to see one of my successful hairstyling students – Hannah Walsh, on the front cover of Gippsland magazine ‘Gippslandia’. Hannah completed my hairstyling course with tutor Emma Jean of Emma Jean Bridal Hairstyling back in February. Hannah’s family own a successful hair salon ‘Heirloom Salon’ in Traralgon, whereby Hannah will be doing a lot of the special occasion and…read more →

Makeup for Channel 9’s Brodie Harper

As with everyone else at the moment, I am home due to the Corona Virus restrictions, and find myself with no excuses to get out of doing all the jobs at home I’ve been putting off! One of those jobs being to clean out the cupboard under my staircase. Going through all sorts of paperwork, I came across the newspaper…read more →

Student Makeup Portfolio Shoots – What’s involved?

It’s always exciting to sit with my team as we go over ideas, themes, colours and what’s trending internationally in makeup and hair to arrive at “The Look” for my student portfolio shoots. From there we select models, communicate with designers, photographers, florists, jewellers, milliners and even furniture specialists (the French Antique dealer was a highlight!). The set is created…read more →

STUDENT MAKEUP PORTFOLIO SHOOTS – WHAT’S INVOLVED?

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 →