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If you are doing bridal work or just want your own makeup to last more than 5 minutes then you definitely DO need to use primers. Every company seems to have one on the market but, from my own experience, they don’t all do what they should do, improve the texture of the skin and help makeup last longer.
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!
Not too long ago the terms 'cruelty free' and 'luxury makeup products' were not synonymous. "Cruelty free" equaled hippies in tie dye with homemade, hand-mixed mineral foundations and berry stained lips. And while personally I am very fond of my tie dyed makeup maker sisters, the truth is that those products were just not that suitable for professional use. Sure, for everyday use, natural mineral makeup is a great option but it just didn't stand up to professional use when a client is paying good money to have a product that will last an entire day through tears and sweat.
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!!
Photographer Melissa Findley
Stylist - Charley Greenfield
Featuring Natascha Elisa
Hair & makeup - Pippa @themakeupchair
Ok so this video is not new but somehow I missed it first time around so thought I would share incase you missed it too.
Ending Animal Testing in the cosmetic industry is something we at TMC are rather passionate about. It is simply not necessary to test mascara on bunnies and mice for us to know that it is safe to use it ourselves.
The ABC's The Checkout put together this tongue in cheek segment about how the cosmetic companies are trying to keep us all in the dark. If you thought your favourite companies were cruelty free then you really need to watch this.
As always we at TMC will continue to try to source and use only cruelty free brands. But unfortunatly sometimes this line is a little blurry. Some of our favourites are OCC, Urban Decay, Yaby, Shanghai Suzi, Graftobian, Lime Crime and Paul Mitchell. While most of these are not your common department store or pharmacy brands, they are readily available online. Let us know what your favourite brands cruelty free are.
Looked in the mirror lately?? I just bet all those late night Christmas drinks and days spent fighting for a car space at shoppingtown are beginning to leave the unmistakable signs of fatigue all over your face! Right?
Here are 4 quick fixes to get you all merry and bright again!
1. Be a scrubber!! Get rid of that dirty dull top layer of skin with your favourite exfoliator. Just make sure you moisturise after to stop your skin drying out.
2. Time to shine! Use a skin illuminator to make your skin glow. If you’re a little adverse to some grease lightening, then just apply it to your cheeks and around your eyes. Check out my BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Review here.
3. Take cover!! If you’re feeling tired, chances are you have packed a little extra baggage around the eyes. A good concealer will match your skin tone. You should be able to wear it without foundation and not look odd. If you’re feeling extra dark under there mix a little of your illuminator into the concealer before applying, touché eclair style!!
4. Go smoke free! No this isn't an anti smoking message, although it does make your skin look crap...just sayin! I LOVE a smoky eye as much as the next gal but if your demons involve bags and circles under the eyes then try just using a highlighting shadow on it’s own with lashings of mascara. If you need a little extra oomph, line the inside of your eye with a black, brown or charcoal pencil and apply some falsies!
What I’m using right now.
St Ives Apricot Scrub. www.stives.com
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector. I’m in LOVE with Opal. www.beccacosmetics.com
TimeBalm. I adore this concealer and it has now replaced all others in both my personal and professional kit. Not currently sold in Australia!! WT!?? Try StrawberryNet if you trust they are not fakes. http://www.thebalm.com/makeup/timebalm.htm
Makeup&Glow eyeshadows. #10 Fairy Lights or #101 Star Dust are simply gorgeous on their own but you could also experiment with #21 Powder Pink, #26 Soft Lavender or #31 White Ice Blue. At just $5.50 a pan these shadows are soo affordable so you can play with a few. www.makeupandglow.com.au