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The beauty industry is for “dumb” people.

So a lot of people seem to think that the beauty industry is for “dumb” people who “couldn’t do anything else with their lives”.
I ask those people if they’ve actually thought about what these jobs entail for a moment.
You need an understanding of biology to understand the structure of the skin, hair, nails etc and the proteins that they’re made out of and what substances will or won’t harm them. You need to understand what will or won’t blind or burn or irritate somebody before you put it on their body. You also need to know what that rash, lump or redness means and if it’s a contaminant that will effect your other clients… Much like a nurse.
You need an understanding of chemistry to understand which chemicals are irritants, how their properties effect the absorption of other compounds and which products will cause reactions amongst each other than can be harmful or helpful. You need to mix dangerous chemicals (especially in hairdressing and beauty) and know how to apply them to someone else’s body without seriously injuring them AND make it have a cosmetic effect.
You need an understanding of colour, both to enhance and to hide different physical afflictions on someone’s body. What will add something more beautiful and what will hide tiredness, a rash, a bruise, acne. What will make someone’s skin look less stressed and more youthful. What will suit different skin tones. What will hide age or illness.
You need an understanding of shapes and symmetry that will rival an architect or an engineer. How to make an optical illusion with things that are part of a physical body and hide perceived flaws to accentuate perceived goodness. You need to be precise with angles to make sure you do this properly… A millimetre is the difference between success and failure.
You need an understanding of psychology. Why someone wants to look a certain way, why someone is hesitant to change their appearance (and often identity or race) or embrace it. You need to understand how to read body language from a stranger and make sure they’re comfortable and listen to stories that you normally wouldn’t hear from someone you’ve just met.
You need to understand business. People will do anything to convince you that your work is worthless when you work eight to ten hour days on your feet. How to price yourself based on both time and materials and travel.
You need to be strong. You’re on your feet while people sit in an office, your arms will ache from having them up at someone else’s face or hair for hours of the day. Your back will be screaming after contorting yourself uncomfortably and your feet will be in agony most of your waking hours.
It’s not an easy job. It’s not a glamorous job either as you spend most of your day touching other people’s bodies and bodily fluids, oils and hair. It’s actually quite gross sometimes, but it is rewarding.
My question for you if, after all this, you still seem to think it’s a job for people of lesser intelligence: why do you allow people who you think are stupid to put things on your skin or eyes or trust them with scissors and volatile chemicals.

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End of year post/sorry for the lack of updates

Hi guys, I’ve been incredibly tied up these past few months due to a new job and several personal endeavours that needed attention.

I am pleased to announce that I will be updating more regularly over these next few months as I start to wind up my working year in time for the busy holiday season.

In the meantime, please feel free to take a look at the new layout and you will also notice that I have added a price list to my page.

 

Thanks for your ongoing support,
Kate.

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MOLOTOV PIGTAILS first giveaway!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!! I’m pleased to announce that I will now be offering one-on-one make-up lessons as a service. They will be available in person (as a make-up application with lesson) or on Skype for those living interstate, overseas or just time poor. TO CELEBRATE, I WILL BE GIVING AWAY TWO COMPLIMENTARY HOUR AND A HALF MAKE-UP LESSONS (in person only valid in Melbourne, Australia).

The winners can pick whatever they feel like learning in an hour and a half, whether it’s day to night looks, how to select products and brushes or more in depth looks for cosplay, vintage styling or models wanting to brush up on their skills for photo shoots.

Simply share this post and ‘like’ MOLOTOV PIGTAILS hairstyling and make-up on Facebook to enter. Winners will be randomly selected on September 3rd 2013. Entries will also be available via instagram shortly (@prozacpromqueen) Good luck.

Where have I been? Plus dandy andy

….Well, actually, a few job interviews. My computer has been in and out of repair for the last six odd weeks and I’ve had a few jobs which for various reasons I will not be sharing on my blog.

This Sunday (the 21st of July), I will be working with my good friend Ashley on a Film Noir style short film. She will be styling (major wardrobe envy!) and I’ll have the task of creating beautiful 40s style hair and makeup looks on the actors.

Next Saturday (the 27th of July) I shall be shooting with Mark Hillyer and Jessica M to create some interesting art together. Several looks and I’m posting my inspiration board to Pinterest, so take a peek. However, I can safely say that one main look I’m hoping to acheive is inspired (not a blatant copy! I despise plagiarism!) by Andy Warhol’s iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Deborah Harry and countless other people and inanimate objects he screen printed during his time in The Factory.

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This is very personal to me. Andy Warhol is one of my idols. He created an artistic space for so many people and revolutionised high art by refusing to conform to it… or to create his own brand of high art. I want to be someone who can turn the ordinary into high art and make the already fantastic into tangible, memorable, iconic pieces of artwork. So hopefully I’ll be able to pay homage in a way that I feel is appropriate.

In any case, I’m still alive and will hopefully be posting more often now that I’m -touch wood- using a computer that works once more.

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Make-up tutorials on youtube

Michelle Phan, one of the most popular beauty gurus on Youtube.

As we all know, make-up tutorials have absolutely boomed in recent years on Youtube. Many of the online make-up and beauty gurus have minimal to no training yet seem to provide incredible advice and always look fantastic AND have become well known enough to generate an income from these videos.

I am in two minds about this for a few reasons. Firstly, the advice given is usually something that suits the person providing the tutorial, but it may not suit the viewers as almost no make-up looks suit everyone. All of our eyes, our lips, our brows and our shades of skin are different. Providing step by step instructions, including the name and colour of products used, for something that suits you personally may not suit the masses.

Secondly, these tutorials often disregard hygienic practice. Make-up products can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Telling your viewers that’s it’s ok to use expired products or to use beauty products designed for a particular skin type may cause irritations, rashes, minor burns or allergic reactions. It is negligent to give out advice to people on how to care for their skin or bodies unless you are trained in this field or have had a chance to individually examine their skin type to ensure their safety.

Thirdly, the focus tends to be on eye make-up and brows and the base often is (no pun intended) brushed over. I don’t feel it’s fair to provide a tutorial for a full face yet not really cover the basics on applying a base, contouring, concealing etc. This is how you can tell an amateur from a professional- the base is the most important part of a full face because (again, no pun intended) it sets the foundation for a good look to become a GREAT look.

However, on the plus side, many people don’t feel confident in applying their own make-up, want to see how different products work or want to try something different for a night out or special occasion. It’s fantastic to constantly learn and strive to absorb knowledge in a field that you are passionate about. The top beauty vloggers and bloggers are outstandingly talented and demonstrate application clearly, they take the time to listen to their viewers wants and needs and deliver varied tutorials to suit these needs.

So basically, I’m conflicted because I feel it’s important to take advice from someone who knows what they’re doing and won’t suggest you do something potentially hazardous to your health. I also feel like women are often focused more on the products and as a result, poorly colour match their foundation (a pet peeve of mine) or apply their make-up in a way that is less flattering to them than they deserve. On the other hand, it’s great to learn something new and most of the online gurus are fantastic.

A few tips to keep in mind when watching tutorial videos:

1. ALWAYS follow manufacturers instructions with the products you use, this is your FACE and you don’t want to risk a rash, or worse, blinding yourself.
2. Regularly throw out your products- especially mascara and lip gloss. Your face is covered in bacteria (no matter how clean you appear to be) and so is the air around you. Every time you put the applicator back into the bottle, you are contaminating your product with germs… the longer you keep this product, the more germ laden it is. Don’t want to throw your stuff out all the time? use disposable applicators, you can get them at chemists and beauty suppliers.
3. Be creative- try to tweak the looks you emulate to find something that suits you. Remember that blending is your friend.
4. Don’t go out and buy all the products listed, different products work well on different people and better known brands aren’t always the “best” products available, they’re definitely not the cheapest either. If you have a similar product at home, try it before you break the bank trying to keep up with what your favourite youtubers have in their arsenal.

On that note, I was thinking of making basic make-up tutorials aimed at educating people on application skills that will improve their make-up application in the long run, as opposed to singular looks. I’ll be doing some of those too, of course, but I believe it’s important to learn fundamental skills like applying a good base, adjusting looks to fit your features or if you wear glasses and natural, neutral looks that can be built upon to suit the wearer. What would you like to learn? leave a comment or email me with suggestions.