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RAW artists!

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I’ve been asked to showcase my work for RAW ARTISTS on Thursday, September 19th!

RAW is an amazing, worldwide community created by artists for artists. They showcase visual art, photography, music, performance art, film, fashion and hair and makeup. It’s an amazing networking opportunity for those involved in the arts as well as a pleasant night out for those interested in these fields.

If you would like to support me and other artists from melbourne, tickets are available here (for $15).

I’m so excited about this event! Hope to see you there.

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Photoshoot with Jess Mm and Mark Hillyer!

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Photography: Mark Hillyer
Model: Jess Mm
Make-up/hairstyling: Molotov Pigtails Hairstyling and Make-up.

This was a really fun shoot to undertake. I initially drew inspiration from Andy Warhol’s iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, though what resulted was a little more special.

Jess is an absolutely gorgeous model and very fun and easygoing- in short, amazing to work with. Mark likes to think outside the box. Together, we deviated from the original plans and decided to make this more bubblegum editorial. Something surreal, yet still tangible and identifiable.

The make-up took a ridiculously long time as I had to colour match the contours, highlights and foundation in an airbrush to a bizarre shade of bubblegum. Jess looked sunburnt until the eyeliner was applied near the end of the application. Glamorous. However, she was an extremely good sport as I styled a waist-length wig into a pseudo bob and fiddled with the base colour until it looked right.

Thanks so much to both of you for your extreme patience and creativity that you added to a half-baked concept I brought in to you both.

What do you think of the shots? let me know below.

xx

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.

XXX

The deal with false lashes.

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So basically, I get asked all the time about “what the deal is with false eyelashes?”

Does one wear them everyday? special occasions? never? Will I look tacky with them on? etc. I’m going to take the pain out of considering them as an option.

  1. Most people are not the loveable make-up fanatics I seem to surround myself with. Not everybody wants to be flamboyant and attention grabbing in their appearance during the day (or their work/school won’t permit it). YET the false lashes most people gravitate toward look something like this:

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This is not going to look natural and ‘come hither’ during the daytime. They will look like you are wearing false lashes. This will look doll like and they will tickle your eyebrows as you blink and talk and make your lids feel heavy and tired if you’re not used to wearing lases.

Lashes like these:

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Will look waaay more natural… but still add drama and mystery to your eyes. The reason these lashes will look more natural is because of the spacing of the fibres. The base should ideally be a little more dense to add depth to your eyes, but the ends should be wispier, there should be a good distance between each hair (just like your real eyelashes). This is the stuff that romantic looks are made of. Make this your mantra. These are your bridal lashes, first date lashes and night time lashes for those who don’t really want or need heavier, longer, dolly-like effects.

Of course, there are many girls (and guys) who I mentioned before who are comfortable wearing lots of makeup during the daytime hours. Ignore this part and keep doing what you’re doing, I love you.

2. Cheap lashes often look cheap. This is a tragedy as many of the most coveted brands of false lashes cost upward of $25. Ouch. Don’t dismay! They can be worn several times, provided you don’t lose them and store them in the case they came in, and will not feel heavy or look suspiciously shiny. Oh, and many wig shops, costume shops, ballet/theatre shops and the good old guys at Kryolan stock more affordable falsies. The secret is in buying lashes made from human hair (not as icky as it sounds, plus that’s what you’re spending an odd $50 on at Shu Uemura) as it’s lightweight and, being hair, isn’t too glossy or stiff. I highly recommend that Melbournites like myself check out Creative hair and wigs or Kryolan on little collins st for affordable (around $7-20) lashes, whether you’re after flamboyantly long drag lashes or natural looking individual sets.

That being said, if you’re going to a nightclub or somewhere not bright enough to give away your choice of falsies, I would probably still get the bulk packs for $1 on eBay. I always have some on hand as emergency lashes for photoshoots or if I’m going to a bar where it will be too dark to be obvious. They’re made of nylon and the thicker sets look quite hard and shiny, but for a night out, who really cares?

3. When in doubt, go for individuals. What I mean by this is that when you have an occasion which requires looking “done” but you’re not quite sure what the boundaries are. Maybe a work party, a partner’s birthday in which you’ll meet their friends/family for the first time or a wedding. Or maybe just for those who are super aware of when they have cosmetics on their skin and don’t like to feel like they have it shovelled on.

Whatever the reason, individual lashes are fantastic because even though they’re not re-usable, they’re versatile. You can wear them just on the outer corners of your upper and lower lashlines and look instantly more awake, alluring and doe eyed. Just from maybe two little clusters on the bottom and three on the top. That’s about 5mm of lashes and a world of difference. If your lashes are sparse in some areas, you can fill in the area. If you want to look fluttery, put many clusters on the outer corner and space them further apart as you reach the centre of your lashline. Too easy.

4. Fortune favours the brave. This should be your second mantra. Your catchphrase. To hell with what people think, if you want pink feather lashes that go up to your forehead then wear them. You only live once (unless you’re James Bond) and there’s not much point in worrying about something as trivial as other people’s opinions. Give them a reason to stare and act like a superstar in disguise or pretend to be a Russian socialite. The great thing about drag queens is that the only criticism they care about (in regards to their own appearance) is their own. Life’s more fun that way anyway.

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Sugarpill Cosmetics. “Jealousy” lashes pictured.
I love sugarpill. Their brand is amazing, affordable, cheerful and the customer service is to die for. These lashes are only $6. They’re vegan and tried and tested by yours truly and many amazing drag queens. They sell individuals (in both black AND bright colours) and nineteen sets of strip lashes, plus DUO eyelash adhesive. Too perfect. The only downside is that you’ll want to buy everything in their entire range.

Shu Uemura.
I’ve used enough of their pictures on this post to make a fair point, I’d say. They are the rolls royce of false lashes, strictly for make-up connoisseurs. However, they are quite pricey (especially the more playful sets) and the use of real feathers and hairs does not make them suitable for vegans.

Kryolan.
Kryolan is a brand with an amazing history. It’s the official brand of the Miss Universe pageants, yet they also sell fake blood by the litre. Their lash selections are just as eclectic with countless designs ranging from natural to oh-my-god-what-the-hell-is-that-on-your-face?? on the bravery scale. Their prices vary and you can find solutions to suit any occasion in both synthetic and human hair options (fantastic news for vegans or those weirded out by human hair use).

Illamasqua.
Again, I love this brand. They sell a decent range of lashes which are halfway on the affordability scale (obviously dependent on which set you buy) and stock both individuals and strip lashes. Vegan options are available and many bizarre collections hit from season to season.

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Swagger Cosmetics. Primadonna girl lashes pictured.
Again, another independent, vegan brand! They’re affordable at $12 a pair and although their range is smaller than sugarpill’s, they are unique, adorable and each pair is striking in its own way. This is a brand to watch, I can see big things coming from them.

Dollywink.
The cult Japanese brand. This is where you will find the adorable, deer in headlights lashes that are so popular in South-East Asia. They can be difficult to get outside of Japan, but many Asian cosmetics stores sell their range (as well as Shisedio Tsubaki shampoo, which you should also check out!) and a quick online search will always help you find a set a little more cheaply.

Of course, there are countless amounts of brands to buy from. You can buy heaps of great pairs in local chemists and beauty suppliers. MAC obviously make great lashes too, but you guys already know that.

What’s your favourite brand of false lashes? Hate them or love them? Leave a comment below or send me an email.

Do you have a product you want me to review? send me an email and we can make arrangements.

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.