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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Makeovers recapped || #azmondaymakeover

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By Andrea Claire · October 21, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

What woman doesn't love to play dress up?

Celebrity profile photographer Zurina Bryant and I decided to start a blogged Monday makeover series for the fun of it, beauty tip sharing and just downright fun. This would have been week 4 but we decided to do a little call-out and a recap.

Our previous ladies with their before and afters.

Hair and makeup by me, Andrea Claire. Photography by Zurina.

The call-out: Want to participate? We want YOU too!! The deal is: we get to play and post and you get a nice pic or 2 and some lovely tips. We are in the talks of sponsorship so if that works out maybe you'll get a goodie bag too  - but don't quote me on it.

To participate please email us here with AZMonday Makeover in the subject line.

VLOG || #AZMondaymakeover: RynaQue

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By Andrea Claire · September 30, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

I am so excited to bring to you #AZMondayMakeover, an online makeover series where I am collaborating with profile photographer Zurina Bryant.

As the title suggests this is something to look forward to as you are drudging your way to work on a Monday morning (or perhaps a Sunday night for those in other parts of the world).

You can expect a few tips and perhaps a giggle or two (we're shooting video - if you don't see the video at the end of this post click the title to refresh) and of course a before and after.

The photos are not retouched. We didn't want to makeover real women and then D.I them to death.

First up: RynaQue, a lifestyle/beauty plus size blogger. I met Q while doing some collaborations and attending events orchestrated by the fabulous Singapore PR firm Access Communications. Recently turned 21, Q has got a lovely, bubbly personality. Always smiling and happy. She is after all, happy in her skin.


For Q's hair I blew it out with Marc Anthony Curl Envy Strictly Curls cream since her hair is naturally curly it needs a little hydration thus the creamy texture with this product. I know it says for making perfect curls - I also find this product is great for a perfect blowout with bounce. For fine hair opt for the lotion version.

After blowing out her hair I flat ironed it and while the hair was still warm, I popped in Velcro rollers (you can see the glam happening in the video below). Velcro rollers are not used to create curl - it gives the hair a soft feminine texture. I lightly misted the hair in rollers with Kevin Murphy Session Spray. For the final setting spray I used Original Mineral Original Queenie to hold her blowout.

Can you guess the foundation?? FACEatelier in #8!! It really is the bomb dot com. If you are living in Asia you can order it from Luxola and from the rest of world you can use FACeatelier locator here.

The only cake that should be near your face... sorry Q - stalking your Instagram!

After my general foundation application I stippled more on Q's stubborn blemishes with the Beauty Blender sponge - bye bye blemishes! I like the buildable foundation method better then caking on concealer - the skin looks more like skin. (The above pic is later on the same day! Pretty right?!)

I chose to give Q a smoky eye using grey and pewter eyeshadows and a black gel liner using a mash-up of Ben Nye, MAC, Clio, Ardell and Revlon.


MAC M·A·C Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette


Chantecaille Gel Liner Pencil – Jet



These but in brown.

This is RynaQue's own dress. I believe she got it from ASOS where women globally love to shop. Jewelry provided by Killari

UPDATE!! Although like every woman RynaQue has success at ASOS this dress she is wearing is actually by FLOW. FLOW is a line under the Valiram Group, Malaysia. Recently it made its debut in Singapore at a pop-up site at ISETAN Scotts last month. It's only available online now for ladies staying in Singapore.

Find Q online
Website
Facebook
Twitter

**Musical side note: I have tried adding music to our time-lapse but alas - YouTube then restricts the videos to be played via mobiles now. le sigh I originally had tried editing with the empowering song Big Girls (you are beautiful) by Mika; then Q's request Happy in my skin by Philippa Hanna and then my friend Sarah Slean's vintage yet beautiful song Sweet Ones - all of these songs I have actually paid for. When I watch videos on YouTube whereas I like the music I buy it. I don't download - maybe I am not the norm but I can't steal which is what downloading illegally is. The naive person in me thinks: What the hell YouTube!! You are taking possibilities away from people buying and discovering new music... am I wrong?

Are you a musician with music I can use linking and crediting you? Please send me an email.

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DIY Dramatic Eye for NYE

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By Andrea Claire · December 27, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

The end may not be near but the end of 2012 is! Why not go out with a dramatic she-BANG.

model: Sage Dakota
makeup by me

I started with basing Sage's lid with Tom Ford's Noir Absolute (below)- the texture really grips the shadow. The edges are not the easiest to blend out after the shadow is on so make sure you smudge the edges before you apply shadow especially if you want a soft edge.

Don't forget to tighten up the lash line with a fine brush - details Ladies - we don't want floating lashes!


Tom Ford Beauty Noir Absolute For Eyes  $35.00 USD at Neiman Marcus BTW - you could wear this on it's own on your lid dragging it out like a smudged cat's eye which will give you a grungy Rockstar look or simply use it as a liner.


Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad, Crushed Amethyst  $75.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

  1. I applied the highlighter (top left from the quad) to the inner corner of the eye
  2. The matte colour (bottom right) I applied into the crease and blended up to the brow bone
  3. The brighter amethyst (bottom left) I applied onto the lower lash line and swept across the lid


Eye Brows in Brunette  $15.00 USD at M·A·C was used for a slight fill in.


L'Oreal Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara $9.99 USD at Ulta - Sage has killer lashes so I didn't use the primer on her.

Because everybody and their daughter wants to contour these days... Sage's base was a combination of FACEatelier Ultra Foundation in 0+, 2 and 4.


Powder Blush / Pro Palette Refill Pan  $17.00 USD at M·A·C

I used MAC Cosmetics Azalea blush (pictured) and then blended the crap out of it - then blended some more... and then some more... the colour is really strong for pale skin but I love it!


Lip Lacquer  $24.00 USD by NARS Cosmetics in Chelsea Girls to finish off the look. I am LOVING this lip pot and just may have to snag some other colours. The texture goes on smooth but not sheer.

If the blush is a little too 80s for you, choose a softer colour or skip blush altogether.

This was the back of Sage's hair - I'll tell you how to do this chic deconstructed updo soon!

[Sage will be off to college soon and #stuffZoiesays is a little too young for these beauty blog posts of mine...I'll have to stockpile a bunch of posts with Sage or recruit more volunteers!]

Beauty Lust Haves: December

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By Andrea Claire · December 9, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Remember - Lust Haves because I LOVE them and you MUST have them. Every month I will post my new beauty faves.

1. Original & Mineral Original Queenie 'set and forget' the key words by O&M. Developed in Australia the formulation freezes hair in place with a flexible, brushable hold. I LOVE it. No flakes and it blocks humidity from attacking my 'dos.

2. I.Myss foundation stamper. Yup. 'Foundation stamper'... it vibrates and you literally stamp the product on. Yes; I laughed BUT it works. The impractical side for a makeup artist is the applicator isn't usable in our kits as the sponge pad can't really be cleaned face to face like a makeup brush - this is great for personal use. I love the way it stamps like a large stippling brush blending as you apply it. I have no idea where to get it outside of Singapore (Watsons here). It is a Korean brand - perhaps PSY will include them when you purchase his next CD.

3. Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion spf 50 pa+++ - I was given this in my swag at a recent AMOREPACIFIC dinner at the St Regis - everyone at the table was freaking out over it. The coverage is amazing but it doesn't feel heavy. The only problem is that the colour is limiting - basically anyone darker than me can't use it and they don't seem to carry a variety of shades. The problem with 'one size fits all' foundation colours is they don't fit all.

4. Miller Harris Citron - I am slowly creeping back into the world of fragrance. I spent the 80s addicted to Poison by Christian Dior and suffered through years of migraines, possibly due to 'poisoning' myself.... I have a few scents slowly building up my perfume arsenal and Miller Harris Citron is the latest addition. A fresh scent with hints, hearts and tones of Sicilian lemon, Spanish orange and Jamaican lime, cool mint and basil and a complex base of green moss, Moroccan cedar and cardamom.

5. Softpoint Sponge Applicator by M·A·C - I love this sponge because of the ability to get into the hard to blend areas i.e around the nose and the soft tissue around the eye. The texture is softer than the Beauty Blender (which btw has not found it's way into my kit) so it makes a smoother blend in general for the skin - my Beauty Blender became a cat toy - true story... get the M·A·C Softpoint instead.

Hair Affair with Andrea Claire || IMEDEEN

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By Andrea Claire · July 15, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

 

 

The people who have brought you beautiful skin in a tablet is now bringing you beautiful hair & nails in a tablet! IMEDEEN capsules are formulated with silica, biotin and B-vitamins. The hair and nails then grow out from the root stronger. Nourishment begins from the inside.

 All you need to do is take one capsule a day with a glass of water.

[Hair by Andrea Claire for L'Oreal Paris, Canada]

The people at IMEDEEN invited me to speak at their event. As IMEDEEN says, you need to nourish your body from the inside first which gives your hair [and nails] strength. I will be talking about different hair types, proper care for your hair and hair trends. The basis to all good hair days aside from great cuts, is the health of your hair. Some of my celebrity clients have included Lady Antebellum, The Veronicas, Sarah Slean, Anita Kapoor, Serina Redzuawan and more

 

[Manicure by Lisa Logan]

I am also thrilled to be sharing the stage with Lisa Logan, celebrity manicurist based in New York. Lisa is known for tantalizing the talons of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Madonna and more... Recently Lisa collaborated with MINX coming out with her own exclusive line of MINX nails.

Managing Director of IMEDEEN, Maureen Law will also be speaking at the event.

Afterwards we will all be on hand for Q&A!

Date: Saturday, 13 August 2011
Time: 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Registration starts at 12:45pm
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore (Level 2)
190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 238646
Programme:
1:30pm - 2:30pm Pre-event Activities
2:30pm - 3:45pm Gorgeous Hair Affair - with Andrea Claire
Nail it! - the Lisa Logan way
Top to Toe Gorgeousness - the IMEDEEN way
3:45pm - 5:00pm: Tea Break

For more info and to buy tickets here

One show sponsor Vedure spa will be on hand to do express manis! On hand / manis... get it?! :D

 

This Season, It's All About The November Issue

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By Andrea Claire · October 14, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

In the world of shameless self-promotion; I am thrilled to share some links to editorials and stories I collaborated on for November! Now, I do realize I am taking advantage of 'bragger's rights', but I do promise you some helpful tips are on these links and it's not just about 'Me-Me'. 

[NOTE: Please click on the pink links to see more.]

Harper's Bazaar, Singapore had invited me to be one of their Beauty Judges for the Bazaar Beauty Awards. Another beauty judge was Grego, a fellow hair and makeup artist who I worked with on a Lancome/Bazaar shoot. I adore Grego! Contrary to this photo:

Photo credit to wicked photographer and friend Jingna / Zemotion

Check out my Bazaar little teasers here and here, and don't forget the issue I believe is out NOW!

Simply Her Singapore featured me in their Luxe For Less - ah, yes! The shopaholic in me was validated! I also did hair and makeup for the fashion spread.

Motherhood magazine I wrote a beauty story on Beauty & The It Bag; essentials for everyday and what you need for you trendy makeup bag.

Her World and ELLE has me quoting some fun little tidbits.

The Singapore American Paper is printing a censored version of my Japan Airlines fiasco.

In the U.S, I have a DIY manicure beauty story in austinwoman magazine on the DIY manicure inspired by my Marble Manicure blog that EVERYONE seemed to love! Thanks EVERYONE! (ok - this one is actually in October - but I do have another story in November - LUXE face creams!)

In Canada's GLOW magazine I was asked about some of my favourite beauty products. Check out what we top hair and makeup artists' are recommending as the 'Best In Beauty' products! (mine is page on 80, #34!)

Whew - I certainly do get around, don't I! ;)

Run out now and stock up on your November issues! XO

A HUGE THANK YOU to all for picking my beauty brain! 

xo

Andrea Claire 

Bazaar Beauty Judge

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By Andrea Claire · August 4, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I was recently asked to participate as a Beauty Judge for the Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) Beauty Awards, November issue (2010).

Being a hairstylist and makeup artist of 20 years, I pride myself in keeping up with the Beauty Joneses remaining current in my field. This includes reading up on ingredients, recommendations and testing out new products. As you can imagine, I, beauty geek, was honoured to be given this task!

Well, the magazine called to confirm that I was home to accept my boxed beauty bundle as the courier was about to leave their office; 20 minutes later my concierge rang up to my suite 'M'am, you have some hair product delivery. Shall I send it up?'

Ok.  First, hate being called 'M'am'.

Second. Some hair product??? This is not how I would have described it.

I opened the door to find the courier with a dolly full of crates!

I was a kid in my very own candy store! For roughly 6 weeks, donned in my inconspicuous labcoat (the fashion industry uniform: an LBD) my life was immersed in luxurious creams, lotions, gels, fragrances, masks, powders, pigments.... you name it - I tested it.

If this wasn't work related you would have had to do a Beauty Intervention ala SATC's Charlotte and the rabbit episode! And this felt probably as good - if not better!

Now, I don't feel its right to point out my favourites until the issue is out, (mark your calendars to purchase Bazaar, November 2010!) but from time to time I will post a breakdown of what beauty products I tested and the results I have found. (here's one) Some products I was amazed by in an 'if I hadn't seen the results myself, I would never have believed it' fashion. And, yes, yes, OH yes! I did see some ageing reversal from tubes at home.

 I have... err.. HAD a shallow-ish wrinkle in-between my brow that was taken care of within 2 applications... no word of a lie.

Glamoxy Snake Serum

'This revolutionary oxygenated, viper-inspired serum contains syn-ake; a neuro peptide that mimics the effects of the Temple Viper's potent venom to instantly lift the face, freeze muscles and plump fine lines and wrinkles.'

Now, the key word here is 'mimics'. I don't like snakes unless they are on my feet. (I kid; illustrating that I don't like snakes - they give me the hee-bee-jee-bees.)

Check back to see what product had me looking like an organic beef-steak tomato.

 Desired result or no? You be the judge - you know I was.

Summer Beauty happened so fast.

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By Andrea Claire · April 4, 2009 · 0 Comments ·


Across the board runways showed us variations of beauty. For me this
is a great statement for women as not only are we many from various
backgrounds but we don't always want to stick with 'a look' for 2
months until the next season tells us what to wear.

Summer 09 shows pantone colour, we see monochromatic neutrals and we
see bold brows. In order to translate runway to everyday keep in mind
the less is more theory: inspire from the strong pigments but apply in
sheer dusting's of strong pigments or apply lippy with fingertips for a
stain effect.


Some of my top picks are:

Michael Kors: the lips are a creamy coral-orange highlighted with a
gloss. try FACEatelier lipstick in Coral Reef paired with a thin layer of
lipglaze in Artic Gold. The strong lips are complimented with a
dusting of golden bronze with a peach undertone swept across the face
concentrating on the cheeks, forehead and bridge of nose. Dab your
powder brush into your bronzer and then into FACEatelier Peach Glaze blush gently
sweeping on your face - start with cheeks for concentrated colour and
without adding more product, dust the remnants over the rest of your
face.

 

 TIP* At the cocktail party - lick the lip of your glass prior to
your sip, your saliva is just the thing to avoid your lipstick
transfering on to it. If there's a cute guy in your eyeline and you are single work that glass edge ;)

Gucci: Season after season, Gucci tends to be my favorite make up
inspiration. Summer bold eyes are taken where no eyes have gone before
- peacock blue with black smudged kohl. The runway showed the blue
blended from the inner corner right up to the to eyebrow, the kohl is
applied at the lashline on the top lid and carried around slightly
thicker on the bottom lid. To translate this eye to be wearable -
apply the blue to your eyelid and for day, use a charcoal grey shadow
instead of black. Apply the grey with a pencil-tip brush for a less
percise, smudged-look.

My fave grey kohl - MAC Powerpoint pencil in Grey Utility, for a great blue use FACEatelier's Cerulean Blue.

 TIP*
Apply your eye make up prior to your foundation - this way any
coloured flakes dropping onto your skin can be cleaned away and
therefore not smudging into your already made up skin. (powder under
the eyes to catch flakes will cause your make up to cake and crease
)
or try www.shadowshields.com - I've tried and tested these - AMAZING! And they will also double as a guide to even your make up if you need an edge to follow.

 

Donna Karan: This is a beauty look that truly is stunning and ready-to-wear.                                                                                             No need to soften this. The mixes of metalics on the eyes, slightly bronzed skin and biege-pink lips - a trend that
is wearable by all and quickly applied! This can be your 7 minute make
up regime! The eyelid is based with a neutral brown but don't shy away
from reflective shades - shimmer is always flattering! The best
invention since the foundation brush, shimmer on the inner corner -
this is a great compliment for every woman - whether applied on it's
own or with a smokey eye you have instant starlet eyes! (Shimmer
shadows and pigments are great too as they also create depth and shape
on the eye.) FACEatelier Copper on the lid mixed with FACEatelier Shimmer in White gold
on the inner corners of the eyes, a light dusting of bronzer and the finishing touch, YSL 
Touche Brillance #7 
- a perfect make up for any summer occasion - day or
night.


TIP* Apply the shimmer into your tearduct area with your pinkie
for a less than perfect natural look - fingertips are the best blenders!

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