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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!!
Way back in the 90's, for those of you far too young to remember, Poppy was the undisputed lipstick queen of Australia. Her lipstick only range of on-trend matte hues enjoyed cult status and a loyal following for years. Sadly though it all came to an abrupt and sad end thanks to some shonky investors. Clearly not matte lovers!!
Fast forward 20 something years and a new young Aussie lass, Melbournite Joanna French, has thrown her tiara in the ring to be crowned the next queen with Shanghai Suzy. The lipstick only makeup range consists of densely pigmented, on trend colours that smell like bubblegum. Hello Hubba Bubba flashbacks!! Twice yearly a new range of limited edition colours are released and after only having just released it's fourth range since its launch in 2013 the brand has quickly caused a stir in the industry. I first stumbled onto the range when my gal pal at Ruby&Hope became a stockist and after trying on every colour I immediately applied to be a stockist. Cruelty free, vegan, smells like bubblegum and is insanely cheap...What's not to love??
Each super crazy densely pigmented lippy comes in either a matte or nourish formula and now just hot off the press, a shimmer (OMG Miss Veronica!!) and the colour payoff lasts for ages! Now normally my lips would recoil into shrivelled prunes 100 feet from a matte lippy but Shanghai Suzy somehow managed to find a balance between flat matte perfection and a non moisture sucking formulation! To that I say THANK YOU!!
TMC stocks their 'cheap & chic', and let me say 'cheery', range for clients to purchase for touchups (the real reason of course is so I have an excuse to own them all myself!!) but if you are after a particular shade make sure you check in with us before the day to confirm it is in stock. These little babies are limited edition and sell out quickly.
Which is your favourite Suzy?
When I first tried the Beauty Blender is was BIG NEWS! I had been converted to using a sponge!! Ok well not entirely. My favourite toy in my kit will always be my airbrush, but when it comes to blending out concealer before I spray I had always been a brush girl. And it’s been that way for two decades ago! Having never been able to re-create the same flawless skin finish with either my fingers or those stupid triangle sponge thingys, I was reluctant to give the Beauty Blender a go. I mean come on… it’s just a sponge!!
But I was wrong! This perfect little hot pink, egged shaped wonder makes applying the perfect foundation base so quick and easy. It’s brilliant for both personal and professional use and I have to say I have been super impressed with how easily it helps pimples, scars, pores and even fine lines disappear. (Assuming you’re using a half decent primer and foundation to begin with.) It feels lovely in the hand and all my clients have commented on how soft it feels on their skin. It comes in a bunch of colours and there is even a super tiny mini version for even more precise application. These little babies are meant to be used WET so give them a good soak and squeeze first and then use a press and roll technique to get a beautiful finish. They work beautifully with both my Urban Decay and IRIDIS concealers.
At AUS$30 for just 1 sponge it is a lot to pay, but then it really is SO much more than a just a sponge. The Beauty Blender is washable and reusable and if you lovingly care for it using its very own Solid Cleansing Bar, it will reward you with a perfect base many, many applications into the future.
Available in store or online at Sephora and Crush Cosmetics this is definitely one to use both in the kit and at home!!
Full disclosure. All products and tools I review, unless otherwise stated, have been paid for and, like them or not, all opinions are completely my own. No one pays or bribes me, although you are welcome to try :) I only review products I love and use both personally and professionally in my kit.
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.
Once upon a time couples would buy disposable cameras and leave them on the tables for their guests to snap happy pics of each other. Now tech savvy couples are just using Instagram to help capture their big day. Simply choose a hashtag, preferably one that hasn't been used before, and let all your guests know what it is so they can tag any pictures they upload. It's an insta-fast, insta-cheap, insta-cool way for your guests to share your wedding with you through their eyes. #loveit
Last I checked these kids were up to 185 posts! Congratulations Priscilla & Dion!! Wishing you a happily ever after xx
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Ange & Tom
Photographer Jo Cush @ www.fotojojo.com
Hair only by The Makeup Chair
These two are simply the cutest couple! From all the smiles and laughter in these gorgeous photos by Jo, you could not guess at the ridiculously difficult week they had to endure leading up to the wedding day, which is a true testament to love conquering all!
Ange wanted her hair up in a classic bridal style to set of her gorgeous gown, with her veil tucked underneath a decorative piece at the back. If you want to wear a veil but not cover your head then wearing it low allows for your hair to be showed off. First I set Anges hair with hot tongs and pinned in place until the curls completely cooled. The back section is pulled into a high ponytail that is then sectioned and looped into curls and pinned. The front was twisted back in sections. For the bridesmaids I swept all their hair to one side, plaited the hair into a fishtail braid then pulled out the loops before pinning it into a low bun behind the ear.
The other week I got to reprise my role as assistant to Natasha Severino for YSL at Myers AW fashion show at the VRC ladies luncheon. I love these jobs where I get to play with pretty product and pretty faces all day.
The look Natasha created for us to follow was stunningly simple and bang on trend for what you will see this coming winter. So here's how to copy it....
1. Exfoliate your face paying particular attention to the forehead and cheeks. We want super smooth, buffed skin here ladies.
2. Buff on an illuminating foundation. We used YSL's Le Teint Touche Eclat, but you could also get the same effect mixing an illuminater, like BECCA's Skin Shimmering Perfecter or MAC's Strobe Cream, with your normal foundation.
3. Conceal any marks or darkness and then apply a highlighter under the eyes, on cheekbones and anywhere else you want to shine. In this case we used YSL's Touche Eclat but again something like BECCA's SSP works brilliantly here because of the way it diffuses the light. Remember, you want soft glowing skin, not a shiny grease pit!
4. Blend a taupe brown over the lid and up towards the brow and out. We heavily lined the waterline with a dark chocolate brown pencil and coated curled lashes with 2 coats of black mascara.
5. Comb brows and lightly fill in for a natural shape with brow pencil. The idea here is to give definition without making the brows the focus.
6. Contour cheeks and around hairline with bronzer and finish the cheeks off with just a hint more bronzer on the apples. Stick with a matt powder so you don't over do the shine factor.
7. Paint the lips in your chosen shade of Burgandy. Keep it matt and keep it bold. Use a flat lip brush to create a perfect line from the inner corners towards the middle. Blot with a tissue and reapply to build the intensity and help it to last. For a true matt finish either try the OCC Lip Tars or MAC's matte lipstick.