Monday, 25 August 2014

#Brushes are a bride's best friend



Weddings are such joyful occasions, and I absolutely love transforming a bride on her special day. But beautifully contoured cheeks, the perfect blush, long-lasting foundation and star quality eyeshadow cannot be achieved without quality brushes.

I have written extensively on vegan friendly makeup brushes, as I truly believe they are now leaps and bounds ahead of natural fibres like goat and squirrel. The Nanshy brushes are perfect for bridal makeup as they have such gorgeous pearl white handles and come in really pretty satin pouches, making them an ideal pamper treat for any bride to be transformed on her special day.

On top of this, they are superb in quality and durability. I always choose dense foundation brush for my kit as they create a far more airbrushed finish when stippling on liquid or mineral foundation. 

No need to carry around my heavy airbrush machine when I am a master of the stipple! So it goes without saying that my favourite brush is the flat buffer foundation brush (fifth from the left), which is always a must-have in my pro makeup kit.

Blush and contour brushes also need to be dense in order to blend a softer, more natural look for brides. I love the weight of the Nanshy fibres, that feel soft, yet also blend product effortlessly.

In terms of quality comparison, the Nanshy range is very similar to Sigma, Crownbrush and also the limited edition QC Makeup Academy brushes. All these brushes are easy to clean, keep their shape and don't shed, which makes them great value for money, especially when I have to clean my brushes every day!

Nanshy have also released a diamond-studded brush belt, which is great for professional makeup artists who want to add a little sparkle to their wedding service. I like the fact it has loads of pockets, especially as I tend to carry two sets of everything for larger numbers of bridal parties.



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Brushes thanks to www.nanshy.com






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Thursday, 14 August 2014

#Twilash review - Seven amazing things you can do with this one mascara


I recently tried a new product called 'Twilash' and was quite intrigued by what looked like a mini space capsule!





The mascara comes with an ergonomic end, and some disposable makeup pads.






After watching the how-to video, I realised this was no ordinary mascara. If you look at the video, it shows how the end can be used to curl lashes and then, using the removal pads, take the mascara off cleanly.








After putting it to the test myself, I found that there were a lot of uses to this little beauty. Seven, in fact!



1. Curling your lashes


The ergonomic end is a pretty fool proof way of curling lashes, and is pretty effective and gentle. For anyone scared of using traditional lash curlers, this is a great alternative.


2. Curling fake lashes




So this is where it is very handy indeed. I can create incredible curl on false lashes in a way that I could never do before. And it takes only seconds!

3. Mascara for fine lashes




For anyone with super fine lashes, this mascara wand is perfect for dispensing mascara evenly without clumping. It creates a natural, no makeup look, with the focus being on the curl.



4. Makeup removal



The end that is a curler also removes mascara just as gently. For contact lens wearers, this is fantastic as no eye makeup residue clouds or gets into contact with the eye.


5. Gel polish enhancer


Removing the sticky top coat from gel polish needs a lint free pad, and these little Twilash remover pads are superb! 


6. Cotton bud holder



The packaging that comes with the Twilash mascara is so sturdy, it is great for storing travel essentials like cotton buds, small travel brushes and even mini lip glosses!


7. Tooth polish




Again, a great travel option and reall does make teeth lovely and shiny. The makeup remover pad goes on the finger, and then you add a little toothpaste or whitening paste. Rub over teeth and shine away!


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Monday, 4 August 2014

How to contour your makeup the #vegan way!

I have written extensively on vegan and vegetarian makeup and was delighted to recently be interviewed on how to achieve natural beauty on BeNaturallyou.

Vegan, all natural contour kits are almost impossible to come by, so I was delighted to try Haut's range of contour and highlight creams.


For anyone suffering from acne or breakouts, using non-natural derivatives can clog pores and cause havoc on the skin. With my move from London to Sydney, my own skin has been really temperamental, so I have slowly moved towards more natural brands for my own makeup. Ingredients like arrowroot powder, clay, organic rose hip oil and jojoba oil are anti-inflammatory, skin soothing and assist wound repair. On top of this, they keep breakouts at bay.

So when I found out Haut contained all these ingredients, I jumped at the chance to try the range! And I was very impressed.


from top, clockwise, aloe tint in marble, aloe tint in he's the one, white brightener, beige highlighter and yellow brightener. In the centre, Haut mineral foundation


I particularly like the 'aloe tint' in 'marble' pictured above, because it has so many uses! You can use it to contour, define and sculpt cheekbones, slim down the nose, anywhere you normally contour using your regular contour cream. It has a fantastic HD finish that photographs beautifully.

You can even create a gorgeous smokey eye or even a soft, smokey eyeliner using a small flat precision brush. I wore it on the beach on a hot sunny day of shooting and it didn't budge!

The beige highlighter and white brightener both work beautifully to highlight cheekbones and browbones. They have a very thick, creamy-to-hard formulation, which is great as they can be easily mixed with your favourite moisturiser to sheer them out.

For natural cheeks, the aloe tint in 'he's the one' has the perfect, not too matt, not too shiny finish, and is not as waxy as many other cream blush formulations on the market. It also photographs quite beautifully, which makes it a perfect organic bridal option. I love to blend a drop of paw paw cream with the tint to make a skin saving lip balm that is perfect for both summer and winter.




The mineral foundation

I tend to use Haut's mineral foundation more as a finishing powder over my foundation, as it has a good matt finish that sets my makeup all day. It is a little too sheer for skin like mine that needs more coverage, but it does set my makeup really nicely and stops shine. On top of this, I haven't had any breakouts from it, unlike talc formulations that really irritate my skin.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Top Sydney #fashion #model shares her #beauty secrets with Williamspromakeup!


Having worked with top designers around the world, Tiffany Winteler is fast becoming one of the most in-demand models in Sydney. I have had the pleasure of working with Tiffany Winteler on a number of shoots and she is so talented yet so down to earth. Here is what she had to say when I interviewed her.

Above shoot:
Location: Newtown
Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
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How long have you been modelling?
I've been modelling full-time since finishing uni and before that I was doing it on the side while

at uni and working. However I think it's only when you do it full time that you can invest enough 

time into getting better.

Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
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What were your favourite jobs/campaigns?
I'm not sure really, there have been so many shoots that I've really really enjoyed!

I think one of the best things about modelling is that you get to meet so many interesting 

people!

Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
(c) www.thebodyparade.com


How do you keep your skin so flawless?

To be honest I think I've been quite lucky with my skin because only now do I treat it more 

carefully because I need it to be good. 

I think the best tip is drinking a lot of water but to be honest I still have to remind myself to that 

each day.

Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
(c) www.thebodyparade.com

 What are your three beauty must-haves in your hand bag?


It will have to be a face cream, a concealer and a mascara


How do you handle the pressure of castings?
I guess I go into them expecting not to get the job and if I do it's a great surprise:)

Hair and makeup Williamspromakeup
Model Tiffany
(c) www.thebodyparade.com



What is the one thing you recommend to girls starting out modelling?


Trust your instincts and don't get pressured into anything you don't want to do.


Find out more about Tiffany at www.facebook.com/tiffanywintelermodel or visit her 
Instagram page: @tiffanywinteler


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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

How to organise a large #bridal party to be ready on your #wedding day



Having a large bridal party is becoming more popular now than ever before and why not? It makes the morning so much more fun when you have a large party of your friends an family to share the experience of the magic that is the morning hair and makeup makeover. Recently, I created these beautiful hair and makeup looks for our beautiful Northern Beaches bride and her bridesmaids, with my expert team member Lia who also has a background as a studio makeup artist. The images are by the talented Philippa Enid.


Beautiful natural bride with plenty of time to spare for pre-wedding pics!
Hair and makeup williamspromakeup
(c) www.philippaenid.com


So how can you all be ready on time and have fun in the process? Here are some easy tips to take the stress out and put the pamper back in your pre-wedding hours.

1. Prepare ahead of time


Preparing a very excited bridesmaid
(c) www.philippaenid.com
Your hair and makeup team should be experienced enough to allow plenty of time so as not to rush you all. Starting too early and everyone becomes weary, starting too late and it is a very unpleasant mad rush to finish before the cars arrive.

I suggest for bridal parties of over 5, allowing at least four hours and having a team of two hair and makeup artists in hand. Ensure you have spoken with your hair and makeup artist to compile a list of who is getting ready when. Given my media background, I simply draft a call sheet for my clients, as I would do if I was working in film or television, so that everything runs smoothly and efficiently.

2. Don't let the bride go last


Cool calm and under control
(c) www.philippaenid.com
I highly advise brides to be the first or second to have their hair and makeup done. This is so there is adequate time to hop into the dress, prepare the veil and have some down time to meditate on those glowing minutes before walking down the aisle. As much as it is nice to have a sleep in while bridesmaids get ready, the result is running a risk of something distracting you last minute, the flowers arriving late, a member of the family bailing out on the wedding causing emotional havoc, or any other unforeseen distraction that could cause delays. So be organised, sleep early, wake up early. I also advise brides to have their hair and makeup done, and while the rest of the bridal party is prepping, have a decent meal. It will most likely be the last chance you eat for a very long time. A decent protein smoothie will keep you full for hours without bloating you out. You can always touch up your lipstick last minute.

3. Less is more
Effortless beach beauty
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(c) www.philippaenid.com






Sometimes we can all get too bogged down in the detail and forget to just relax and go with the flow. A natural, effortless look that is easy to maintain throughout the day will save you time and money. If your wedding is outdoors, try an up do or a half up style that is wind-proof for both you and your bridal party. If your bridesmaids dresses are vibrant and colourful, keep makeup neutral to balance out the overall effect. I love the natural look for brides, with soft pinks and smokey plums. They photograph beautifully and look timeless in photos.



Effortless beach beauty
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(c) www.philippaenid.com



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Monday, 9 June 2014

Model beauty secrets with the amazing Mary Bianco

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A model with over three years' fashion, commercial and editorial experience, Mary Bianco is one of the most versatile models on the Sydney scene. WIlliamspromakeup talks to her about her beauty secrets, and how she survives the competitive industry.

What have been some of your favourite jobs so far?

My favourites were my TV commercial role in  theTrade Secret 2013 campaign and also my very first billboard for Western Sydney TAFE campaign. I have also been in a promotional video shoot in the Hunter Valley for the 2015 Asian Cup, modelled for MixnMatch Co label and the Vizcosa Boutique store, the Silver Bullet haircare brand, appeared in a Gareth Jay & Joe May music video and, of course, worked on a high fashion shoot for WIlliamspromakeup.


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How do you keep your skin so flawless?

I always moisturise. I am using Cetaphil, a simple daily facial moisturiser with SPF 15 which protects my skin from the sun.


What are your three beauty must-haves in your hand bag?

I only have my chapstick lip balm to moisturise my lips and my Kate Moss Rimmel London 'kiss of life' red lipstick in matte. 

How do you survive the pressure of castings?
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I handle it by having the confidence in myself, focus on what is needed at the casting. I try not to worry about who I am competing with. I go to castings to represent myself and/or my agent and I try to do it to the best of my ability.

What is the one thing you recommend to girls starting out in modelling?
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Give it a go! Be yourself and believe in yourself and take that opportunity.




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