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I've never really been into the whole Kim.K extreme contour thing. Its all just a little too much for me... but then isn't that the great thing about makeup? That we can all choose to wear as much or as little (or even none!!) as we want? It's only makeup and frankly I'm really tired of all the makeup bashing going around. If it makes YOU feel good then that really is all that matters!
Anything that will make my clients eye makeup last through tears is a winner in my book and Iridis Cosmetics Eye Primer is most definitely a winner!
At themakeupchair we believe that our bridal clients will benefit from having a hair and makeup trial before the big day. But if you are a super relaxed bride, or just want the 'I did it myself' look, then you may be wondering is it really worth it, or is it just another expense to add to the wedding day list??
So what is airbrush makeup and what is all the fuss about? Is it really better than a liquid or cream foundation? Does it last longer? Will it cover all my spots without looking caked on?
For anyone new to airbrushing the questions are ongoing so I want to give you a little lowdown on the subject to help you decide if this technique is right for you.
So what is airbrushing? Ok so basically it is simply spraying makeup on to the skin. Technically a small air compressor uses gentle air pressure to push the super fine liquid makeup through the nozzle of the 'gun'. The result is a super fine mist of makeup that can be as sheer or full coverage as you want. The makeup itself is super highly pigmented (has lots and lots of colour) which means you don't need a thick layer to get great coverage. Awesome right? No more heavy cakey foundations!! Generally the application process is super quick and with the right skin prep it will hold up while you bawl your way through your vows (speaking from experience!)
But is airbrushing better? Now that depends on who you talk to. Really airbrushing is simply a technique just as applying foundation with your fingers is a technique or with a brush is a technique or with a sponge is another technique. And every artist has their own preferred technique. One they have mastered by doing it over and over again for years! So here's the truth....it's not the technique that's better...it's the artist and their product. Boom!! There I said it!!
Sarah & Matt
January 2013 @ Immerse in the Yarra Valley
Hair & Makeup by The Makeup Chair
It is such an honour when a bride chooses you to style her hair and makeup for her wedding day.
It's an even bigger honour when you have know that bride for over 20 years!! Sarahs wedding completes the family trifecta with me styling both of her sisters weddings as well.
Sarah and Matt are such a beautiful couple and their wedding was a true celebration of their love and devotion to each other.
Here's a little breakdown of Sarahs look.
Makeup. Sarah has the biggest blue eyes. She wanted a clean barely there makeup look with the emphasis on her already luscious long lashes. I prefer to airbrush all my bridal clients which gives me more control with building up the coverage. I'm LOVING Element2 which looks ahhh-mazing and once it's on won't budge through rain, hail or tears!! It was a ridiculous 41deg at the time of the ceremony this day but all the girls still looked fresh and glowing!
Hair. Sarah's' normal hair style is actually quite a short, textured and spunky do. I wanted to soften it for her day and give the illusion her hair was much longer than it is. By adding lots of curl and only pinning it softly I was able to create an 'up do' in her super short hair.
Is it bad to say that I don't really care? Only it's a bit hard to have an opinion when you haven't watched ANY of the nominated films!! I find motherhood and movies don't really go together...but then that's a whole other blog!
To me the whole Oscars evening is all about the hair and makeup!! I tune in to watch the glitz and pageantry of the red carpet and then turn my attention to Google to search out closeup images of makeup and hairstyles from every angle.
The clear favourite in the blogasphere has been Jennifer Lawrence with just the right amount of smokey eye. Her hair was twisted back at the sides and rolled into a neat low bun. To me though. Amy Adams was the epitome of a sultry and romantic bridal style. Her french roll was one of the softest and loveliest takes on the classic do I have seen in a while and the flick of black eyeliner and smokey bronze shadow really set off both her green eyes and strawberry blonde locks.
A couple of ladies really rocked a short do including Charlize, always faultless, and Halle, but Anne was the one who killed it for me by painting those gorgeous full lips lip with a bold pink. I often have brides say they are too nervous to try a bold lip because it will make their lips look too big! Well in a world where woman, and the occasional man, are injecting gosh-knows-what into their lips, take a leaf out of Annes book and go bold!! It looks ahhh-mazing!!
Both Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Rabbit (ne Chastain) nailed old Hollywood glam with their wavy tresses and Stacy Kiebler has demonstrated again why she has been able to hold Clooneys attention for so long. Her locks were rolled under and pinned for a romantic bob.
Well that's it for awards season 2013 but I'll keep my eyes peeled on the red carpet for more bridal inspiration throughout the year. If you want to know how to achieve these or any other red carpet look ask away!!
Time for a review so thought I would jump in with one of my favourite little products, the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar.
These little tubes of liquid lipsticks are so overly pigmented the tiniest drop would paint Aerosmiths mouth about 10 times!! It really is crazy how far they can go which should also be a word of warning to be super careful around clothing and carpets...and dogs and kids!! I have heard people say that the tubes pop easily, which would be a DISASTER in your makeup bag/kit/travelling bag etc, so while this has never happened to me I am super careful to pack mine in a small plastic container where they cant get squashed or leak everywhere.
OCC are living up to their name and are obsessively producing the Lip Tar in an ever growing rainbow of colour. The massive range already includes all the primary colours as well as black and white so the potential for creating even more new colours is only limited by your imagination.
For the professional artist out there, these babies are densely pigmented, long lasting and super easy to blend. The can be used in all sorts of creative ways although I would steer clear of the eyes because it does contain peppermint oil.
For the rest of you makeup addicts these are perfect for every day use and require very little re-application. I prefer to load up a lip brush that has a lid so I don't need to carry around the whole tube. Try Hush and Interlace for something soft and neutral, Stalker and Anime for bold and gorgeous or Grandma and Beta for an oh-so-hot-right-now orange statement lip.
But as very little is absolutely perfect in this world (Haigh's Chocolate Frogs being the exception!!) I do have a couple of little sticking points with the Lip Tars. If you apply too much product the colour will bleed and crack. I also found them quite drying on my lips but then I get that with pretty much any lip product. There is a Clear in the Lip Tar and it is recommended to apply this first to prevent all of the above. Also exfoliate the lips and let a little lip conditioner absorb before applying the colour in thin layers until you have built it up to the desired intensity.
And finally, all of OCC products are Vegan and Bunny Certified by PETA. Just more to love!!
I was hoping to bring you lots more red carpet inspiration from this weeks SAG Awards and the AACTA Awards, but sadly there really wasn't much to be inspired by! My favourites at the SAG's were from Aussie girls Rose & Naomi who had tressed to impress vintage style, while closer to home, Gemma Arterton showed us that braids and hot pink lips can look sooo pretty. And that, really, was all there was!!
So, instead, I have rummaged through the world wide web to find these gems from Red Carpets past. Enjoy!
Bring on the 2013 Oscars!!