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Choosing a primer

A lot of people ask me “what’s a primer?”, “do I need a primer?” Or “what’s the best primer?”

There is no such thing as “the best” for any makeup product. I am not brand specific with my own work because different products work well with different skin, what suits my skin tone and type may not suit your needs.

I can, however, give you a guide on what a primer is and how to choose one.

Primer is a product applied to the face before makeup application. It usually has no properties that improve the condition of your skin, though it will act as a barrier to make your skin hold moisture from your moisturiser, smooth out uneven skin tone and prevent makeup from being absorbed into the skin, meaning you use less product and it will last much longer. Some primers also have colour correcting properties or make your makeup waterproof. Whether you need one depends on how much makeup you wear, the purpose of applying it (everyday looks may not require the same amount of preventative measures as night looks or photographic makeup) and your budget.

So what type works better for my skin? Well there are a few kinds or consistencies of primer. For very dry skin or mature skin that needs a little tlc, a more “wet” primer such as NARS pore refining primer or napoleon perdis autopilot are great for stopping your makeup from being absorbed into the skin (which will dry it more!), giving a more dewy finish and leaving your face feeling and looking soft.

Oilier skin types or skin with an uneven texture due to scarring, blemishes or deep set lines benefits more from a thicker, oil free primer with lots of silicone. It washes straight off with makeup remover, so it’s not the dirty word it is in the world of hair care. A thicker, more matte primer will leave a velvet like finish on your skin. It stops product entering your pores, has an extremely smoothing effect and this disguises any texture on the skin as well as providing a barrier from oil to keep your makeup looking fresh, not shiny, without an overly matte finish.

Combination skin or those who need some colour correction would benefit from a consistency somewhere in the middle of these too. Your skin will feel lovely and soft, look fresh without shine and you can get some great primers which will even out skin tone.

My picks of the primer world:

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NARS pore refining primer.
It has a luxuriously soothing feel and keeps dry skin from looking dull. It can be a little pricey, but a little goes a long way. Definitely an investment for drier skin types or those desiring a dewy finish.

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Napoleon perdis auto pilot primer.
Another moisturising primer for dryer skin, this primer is award winning with good reason. A little less expensive than the NARS option but by no means lesser in quality. Many women swear by the auto pilot range.

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Too faced primed and poreless “pure” primer.
This is my current primer of choice as I have extremely sensitive skin. It shields your skin from pollution, gives a flawless finish to makeup and still gives off a glowing finish to makeup without allowing oil to ruin your hard work. It also has an intense smoothing effect on blemishes or lines and feels lovely and rich against your skin.

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Stila one step correct primer.
This is a cult product worldwide. This hardworking primer not only has a semi matte finish, but also corrects the skin tone in three different ways. Perfect for those with combination skin types, making your makeup last that little bit longer or those with a lot of redness in their cheeks or skin that seems to look a little dull after makeup application.

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Smashbox photo finish primer.
My old favourite, this is a product I go to when applying makeup on various clients. There is a formula to suit every kind of colour correction you could think of, plus the original formula for those who just seek a natural glow in every look. The redness correcting version (which looks green in the bottle but comes out clear) is my saviour in winter time or if I have blemishes because it disguises them under the foundation so well that I barely need to conceal. It’s more moderately priced than the stila formula and it lasts ages, definitely a great investment.

I hope this has been a useful guide, let me know what you think.

Do you have a favourite primer not listed here or want me to review a product for you? email me .

Product review: NARS semi-matte lipstick in heatwave.

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So I’m monogamous when it comes to lip colours. Once I find a colour I like, it will take hell or high water (or the discontinuation of that colour) to convince me to change. Enter NARS lipstick.

Several years ago, Mecca cosmetica opened a concept store in Melbourne central called “Mecca maxima”, combining them with their sister store kit cosmetics and selling their most sought after products and a few other cult products usually in available at their counters.

I worked nearby and went in to kill time. I was looking for a shade similar to the (at the time) unattainable MAC lipstick in morange. I found heatwave and fell in love. Less orange than morange, less coral than MAC’s “lady danger” and a nice matte finish. The price set me back a little bit, but I was a woman possessed and I vowed to only wear it on special occasions to save the precious lipstick as long as possible.

The next day I caved and applied it the next morning. I started work in the evening but went out all day and forgot to take it with me for touch ups. I was immediately taken aback after eating; it was still there and strong as ever in colour.

When I finished work at 11pm that day, the colour was still there and only a teensy bit less intense than it was during the day… I had done my makeup at ten o’clock that morning and obviously eaten and drank throughout the day! My foundation had started wearing off, my eyeshadow and blush were faded yet my lips were still a startling red.

This product has become my staple for days I won’t be able to touch up or nights out when I risk bleeding lipstick after a few drinks.

The pros:
– incredibly pigmented
– long lasting
– suits most skin tones and hair colours

The cons:
– costly (here in Australia it retails at around $60!)
– can be a little drying so remember to apply lip balm between wears and use a lip primer.
– I’ve fever found another red lipstick I’ve loved as much.
– now I need to find a foundation as long lasting.

Have a product you think I should review? email me with your suggestions!

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.

Shoot with Daniel O’Brien and Erica Rose

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Photographer: Daniel O’Brien
Model: Erica Rose
Make-up/hair: Molotov Pigtails hairstyling and make-up (me!)

These are just a few of the phenomenal shots taken with Daniel O’Brien and the gorgeous Erica Rose. She absolutely smoulders in real life and it was actually really intimidating working on somebody who oozes sex appeal like that. Or maybe that was a little thing called envy. Either way, the shots turned out great.

For bookings or info on glamour looks, email me for more information.

Bridal/editorial shoot with Harmonique Photography

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Photographer: Harmonique Photography
Model: Sandra Wong
MUA/Hair: Molotov Pigtails hairstyling and make-up (me!)

I did this shoot back in December last year (2012) in Harmonique Photography’s studio in Newport.
Our model, Sandra, had flown in from Macao and we were blown away by her beauty and had a really great day working together as a team.
The theme was initially bridal, but it turned into editorial bliss as we realised we could create much more powerful looks than we initially expected.