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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

What to do if your images have been stolen from instagram

I was recently mortified to see this picture, taken by my husband of my lips for promotion of my business, was stolen from my instagram and used for commercial gain by Sogeti Labs.

This infringement of my copyright completely outraged me, how dare a large business prey on innocent users of social media?

I put this photo up on instagram only a month ago, and was outraged to see it appear in an article on the Sogeti blog:

Good news!

I contacted the company via Twitter, Linkedin and sent them numerous emails. Fortunately they responded within 24 hours and removed the image immediately.

Where are we heading?

However this behaviour is rife in the digital world and completely unacceptable. Where are we heading? Has photography, makeup and art been so de-valued that businesses think they can just cherry pick our images for their commercial gain?

What to do if you feel your copyright has been infringed:

  • Contact the business or individual directly.
  • Highlight the infringement on social media, this is a powerful way to get the infringement in the public domain
  • If the image was stolen from social media, report it. In my instance, I reported the stolen image to instagram
  • Usually this is enough to ensure immediate action, but if the problem persists, you may need to seek legal advice
  • Legal action is a lengthy and expensive process, especially in the age where images are copied and used world-wide, so I advise a private correspondence with the infringer before proceeding to sue.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas party makeup tips for the festive season!

Want to add a touch of class to your Christmas event? Model and journalist Melissa Hanes shares her hot tips with Williamspromakeup
It is Christmas time and if you are anything like me, getting your makeup, hair and outfit must be on point for all those festivities.
Everyone tends to think that their makeup must match their outfit and suddenly everyone has a makeup meltdown! But let’s be honest, sometimes matching your makeup with your hot pink dress, doesn’t mean you need to have to walk around with pink eyes.. 
Being a model and a makeup artist has taught me that natural works best, and those bold dramatic smokey eyes are sometimes best left for the runway. You want to look and feel your best at your formal, with makeup that excentuates your natural features - with no dreaded camera flashback!
What to avoid: foundations that contain SPF. No doubt you will be taking lots of photos and selfies during the silly season and there's nothing worse than looking back at photos with high shine or flash back. Use a some translucent powder, particularly on your T-zone to reduce that shine.
Steer clear from black smoky eyes. Using too much black can over power your look, it can make your eyes appear smaller particularly for hooded eyelids and are almost guaranteed to smudge and crease, especially with all that dancing you'll be doing! Try using black in the outer corner of your eye to add depth to your look.
What to choose: Go with makeup that suits your eye colour and complexion rather than your dress. I found this eyeshadow palette by Kit Cosmetics, called Summer Fiesta (Nude eyeshadow palette) and was really impressed! The palette has beautiful warm tones that suits everybody. Using neutral tones can bring out the natural beauty within you without going over the top with lots of different colours that can take away from your look. My favourite features of this palette are the hint of gold reflects in each eyeshadow which adds a little natural sparkle to your look AND I love that you can use the eyeshadows wet or dry. Which means, if you want a really intense gold eyeshadow, you can use Mac Fix Plus or water to make the shadows look slick and metallic. 
How to use the Summer Fiesta palette:
1. Start off with the light pink shade, all over your eye lid with a shader brush.
2.   On a smaller blending brush and pick up a small amount of the light matte brown,  shade 7 from the pallete and work it slowly into your outer-V and crease.
3. Using the darkest shade 8 on the same small fluffy brush, blend the matte brown and dark shade together to contour and add more depth to the eye. 
4. Bring the whole eye look together by adding a touch of white (shade 1) in the inner corner of your eye and add a winged eyeliner for even more glamour. 
You can pick up this palette at any Mecca store for under $40. Finish off your entire look with a winged eyeliner and a nude or pink lipstick and you are prom/formal ready! 

Hot tips: Always remember to use a good eye primer! Primers are trending for a reason, they are vital for any makeup look. They prevent that oily crease line from occurring, brings out the most out of the eyeshadow colours and makes blending a breeze. MAC's Soft Ochre paint pot works wonders for heavier coverage, or try Smashbox's eye primer for light to medium eyeshadow application. 
If your wanting a healthy glow to your look and can't afford those expensive highlighters, eyeshadows are not just for your eyes! You can use the lightest shades from the Summer Fiesta palette as a highlighter for your cheek bones! Yummy!
Also, to ensure you get the most wear out of your makeup, try using a setting spray, like MAC fix plus, you will find most brands have a similar spray. Just a sprits or two can make all the difference and also freshen up your face just before you step out. 
Or if you feel like pampering yourself before your event, why not get your makeup done professionally by the makeup artists at Williamspro Makeup? 

Melissa is a model, makeup artist and journalist. Her experience spans editorial, fashion and runway. She also works as an actor for television commercials, print and films. Melissa has her own youtube beauty channel.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Runway red lips and nails

Want to incorporate this season's runway hot red shades into your makeup routine?Willamspromakeup correspondent Melissa Hanes takes a look at the latest products straight from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Red is undoubtedly one of those colours that suits everybody. As a model, when I think about incorporating red into my makeup routine, it
s usually for a night out or a glamorous photo shoot. Pin up makeup is one of my favourite styles for photo shoots, thick winged eyeliner, red lipstick and red nails: Its an all-time classic look that has stood the test of time.

If you are going to use a red lipstick, one of the most important steps that should not be missed is, lip liner. It can save you from smudging and bleeding disasters, which for both runway and the camera, is not a good look!

I received a sample bag from Sydneys MBFW including a Savoir Faire red lip liner and an AYU red nail polish. Of course, I expected a high calibre of products! Most of the brands were up and coming, for instance Savoir Faire has a limited range of products at a luxury price tag as I found out from their website. AYUs nail polishes were also hard to find online to compare price point and product range. Here is my verdict:

Lining the lips

Red can be a hard colour to use and mistakes are seen easily, particularly on the lips. I picked up this red lip liner from the sample bag, by Savoir Faire Cosmetics in red shade 08. And with no question, it lines the lips perfectly.

Unlike creamy liners, the dry texture when applying assures you that it wont budge all day. Dry lip liners take a little getting used to, since they are not as smooth to apply as creamy ones. But you will definitely see the long lasting effect it has on your lips. To give you a better idea and comparison, MACs Spice lip liner is very similar in pigment and texture, but a much drier version. Or if you are on a budget, you can pick up a creamy lip liner in almost any shade from Essence for $2. Crazy, right?

If you are looking at using a lip liner to use as an entire base, you might want to use a creamier consistency, as dry pencils dont apply easily on wet lips. Which is why Savoir Faire delivers on lining the lips perfectly.

Matchy nails

I love matching my makeup with my nails, red lips and red nails are classy! This polish by AYU PerlLacquer is quite impressive for a brand I have never heard of. I applied my first coat, I was expecting a see through or washed out red, which is pretty normal for most nail polishes, but to my surprise, one coat, looked like applied two coats!  So, out of habit I still applied a second coat, and the beautiful red got more intense and rich in colour.

The polish is enriched with pearl protein and pearl powder which protects your nails and makes me feel a little bit fancy. It also has a gel like consistency and dry time is up there with the rest, although I was disappointed when I noticed after one day of wearing the polish it began to chip.  However, thats easily avoided by using a strong top coat. In saying that, I would highly recommend this nail polish for photo shoots as it has almost full opacity from one coat, dries quickly and has incredible shine.

If you are a girl on the go, and need a polish to last a few days at school or work, (or at survive typing all day) you might want to try something a little longer lasting like OPI or a toxin-free alternative like Intensae. But all in all AYUs polish is a quality product and you wont be disappointed.

Front image from MBFW Sydney 2014
Model: Grady Wulff, Chadwick Models
Designer: Zhivago

Melissa is a model, makeup artist and journalist. Her experience spans editorial, fashion and runway. She also works as an actor for television commercials, print and films. Melissa has her own youtube beauty channel.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Is social media making you a makeup addict?

In the past ten years, youtube videos heralding 'makeup hauls' and instagram photos of endless supplies of makeup have changed the way we consume beauty purchases. It has become the norm for girls as young as thirteen to showcase their drawers and drawers brimming with designer makeup on their social media.

But has it gone too far? In financially dire times when it has become harder than ever to save to buy real assets, like property and shares, women are frittering their money on makeup that not only loses its value as soon as it is purchased, but is also a 'consumable', meaning it will need to be used and disposed of eventually.

I have written extensively on the makeup addiction epidemic that is spreading across the world and I must admit, I have been there myself. For me, makeup shopping was a very intense sport and I loved every minute of it. The result? An insane amount of makeup and little left in the bank account. So here are the lessons learned from beating, or at least reducing, makeup addiction.

Every habit takes six weeks to break

Try a social experiment - do not purchase any new makeup for six weeks. Document your progress. if you slip, ask yourself why you purchased something - was it necessary or an impulse? Often an emotional response triggers an impulse purchased. And then this happens - see the picture on the below, right. Five cartons of makeup...

Be creative with what you have

Sometimes we get caught up with the next big thing we forget to slow down and enjoy what we have.
Take time to create new looks with existing products. For instance in the shoot above, I decided to experiment with my urban decay eye pencils in black and silver to create an ombre lip.

Swap with friends

Have a swap night over a few drinks and swap new, unused makeup with friends. You can even give each other makeovers with your new hauls!

Find budget alternatives

Beauty doesn't have to break the bank. There are loads of budget dupes on the market that rival or even beat premium brands in terms of pigment, texture and wear.

Makeup artist discounts

If you are a makeup artist, only purchase from distributors that can offer you a trade discount. I am a big fan of camera ready cosmetics, and MAC also offer 30% to professionals.

Consult with a makeup artist

If you are unsure what to buy, spend a little on a professional consultation. I provide sessions to clients all the time, where I demonstrate what can be achieved with their existing collection, and suggest perhaps two or three items that they really need to update their look. I have also consulted beginner makeup artists starting out so they don't waste their money on oodles of makeup from the outset.

Find something else to spend on

I discovered something far better to spend my money on - a really nice place to live. I stopped spending on makeup, expanded my business, worked hard and saved to purchase a beautiful manly flat where I can now enjoy beach side living with my husband - all within one year of moving back to Sydney. It took sheer determination, hard work and commitment, but the proof is there - it can be done!

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Pink lipstick look book

Want to know this season's hottest pink lipstick shades? Williamspromakeup correspondent Melissa Hanes reveals her fabulous favourites.

Why is pink so great? Because pink is so flattering for every skin tone, age and outfit. There are so many shades of pink, and there is pretty much one pink shade to suit every person on the planet! OK I may be exaggerating a little, but you get the idea, there are a lot of pink lipsticks out there. So here are my favourites, and why.

My favourite baby pink  
I am a huge fan of Too Faced and their Melted Lipstick in shade Melted Peony is simply to die for! This shade is super pretty during the day, perfect to go out for lunch with the girlfriends or cocktails at the races.

The slight fuchsia tone brings out the colour in your complexion and brightens your whole look. On the lips, it has a creamy, near matt finish that is so flattering and not at all drying.

Bright Pink

Feel like showing off? Maybelline Color Sensation 904 in Vivid Rose is perfect for when you want something a little more bold and vibrant. 

This bright pink adds a pop of colour to your makeup look, so keep the eye makeup simple, soft and smokey to balance it all out. It is also a great alternative to a traditional red lipstick.

The Everyday Pink

Revlon Lip Butter in shade 025 Peach is my all time go-tolipstick. It's perfect to pop in your hand bag and great for lipstick emergencies!  Because of its sheer consistency, it will match virtually any makeup or outfit you are wearing and will keep your lips moist and soft all day long.  It also has a tiny hint of gold shimmer, so cute for summer!

I love the classic, subtle pink hue that is perfect for work, study or play. It is not as long-lasting as more pigmented professional HD formulas, but it is excellent for anyone wanting a natural, polished daytime look.
What are you three favourite pink lipsticks?

Melissa is a model, makeup artist and journalist. Her experience spans editorial, fashion and runway. She also works as an actor for television commercials, print and films. Melissa has her own youtube beauty channel.

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