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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: Vivian Pei

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By Andrea Claire · October 14, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Welcome to week three of the AZMondayMakeover! You can recap the first two here. 


There is a video above here. Don't see it? Please click on the post title.

Today's lovely lady is Vivian Pei. Vivian is a whiz in the kitchen. No really. She has an F&B consultancy business, does recipe development, teaches cooking, food stylist, organizes food tours.... Viv - am I leaving anything out?

before and after photos by Zurina Bryant

Now Vivian's before looks way more frazzled than one would expect. In all fairness she did just arrive after a frantic day of work and errands and we plunked her down without any real warning for her pic. (I don't even think she glanced in a mirror upon arrival) We let her open a bottle of champagne prior to sitting into my beauty chair - hey, we can be nice!

On Vivian I used:

Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 in Medium Plus $30.00 USD at M·A·C mainly under the eyes for added brightening.

 Followed by FACEatelier foundation in #7 (Tan)

Benefit fakeup hydrating crease-control concealer, medium $24.00 USD at Macy's

Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder $34.00 USD at Nordstrom

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder $30.00 USD at Ulta

NARS 'Pro Prime' Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base $24.00 USD at Nordstrom 

This eyeshadow primer is clear and allows a smooth base for shadow. I applied it from lash line to brow bone.

Benefit creaseless cream eyeshadow in R.S.V.P, $20.00 USD at Macy's 

Applied solely on Vivian's lid.

Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Colour USD at Nordstrom 

With Vivian's eyes open, I applied LM Lustre Eye Colour in African Violet into the crease - pretty sure the image is of Chocolate and not African Violet but it shows the same shimmery quality.

Maybelline EyeStudio Baked Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadow Persuasive Plum $6.79 USD at Walgreens

I applied a sheer layer of this marbleized eyeshadow. I love these shadows! The way they pick up light is pretty and Hello! Cheap and cheerful!!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner $23.00 USD at Macy's

I used a deep plum / black that is no longer available. Sorry Dudettes.

Lip Lacquer $25.00 USD at NARS Cosmetics

I applied foundation onto Vivian's lips which isn't necessary - and after hearing what Vivian had to say (watch the video) about her lips I wish i hadn't chosen to take them down so much but she still pulls off this look nicely and hey - it's not a lip tattoo. ;)

For Vivian's hair:

I blew out Vivian's hair with Marc Anthony bye bye frizz blowout cream, tonged in some waves, pinned one side back and then set the final look with Original Mineral Original Queenie.

CHI Air Tex Tourmaline Ceramic 1" Curling Iron-Red $60.00 at jcpenney

I gave Vivian what I have dubbed as 'The Hollywood Mullet' (sleek on one side; sexy, wavy party on the other)

This is the CHI iron closest to what I could find to my vintage CHI with the Marcel arm. sigh I m not a fan of the wands nor the spring armed irons. 

Let's talk about Vivian's dress by Lion Earl! I freakin' love this Singaporean label (I have yet to own one). Jewellery supplied by Singapore-based Killari.

find the team online:

Zurina Bryant

and me, Andrea Claire 

**Sure, we could make everyone over all slick and Vogue-y but I don't know anyone who can maintain that daily. Zurina and I wanted to show you - the feminine masses, that you can look great on your own terms without photoshop and scalpels.

Want to participate? Send us an email with  your photo and azMondayMakeover in the subject line to me and Z.

VLOG || #AZMondayMakeover: Nadia Daeng

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By Andrea Claire · October 7, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Nadia Daeng, freelance PR-ista (kinda like fashionista but for PR)

Busy Bee Nadia D has a passion for red; her favourite colour. Of course I had to resist the urge to give her a red lip.

(If you don't see a video below here - please refresh the title.)

Moroccanoil Medium Ceramic Round Brush 35mm A$25.50A$23.50 at Catwalk

Nadia's hair was blown out using a medium round brush, Original & Mineral Rootalicious on Nadia’s roots for added root lift and Morroccanoil Volumizing Mousse on the rest of the hair for a closer to god effect. Blowing out natural curls when you intend to use tongs gives you a smoother hair shaft, of course you can tong diffused curls as well.

BaByliss Curl Secret Hair Curler. £119.99 at Argos

On a recent trip to Canada I bought the Babyliss MiraCurl (Curl Secret in the UK) aka the curling machine that you will see in action in our makeover video. To my surprise I saw them for sale at Jeric Salon here in Singapore – I guess if the PR for Babyliss would have actually returned my call I would have had that info and perhaps would have also known that the Babyliss is not dual voltage (I'm using a Conair transformer thingy) like they told me at the supply store in Canada. Subtle enough?

KEVIN.MURPHY Texture.Master A$34.95 at Adore Beauty

I finished Nadia’s hair with Kevin Murphy Texture Master. I love the sexy, big, tousled beach hair. I did not tease her hair aside from a smidge on the top – that spray truly is a miracle.

Nadia before and after. Photos by Zurina Bryant. Jewelry by Killari

dermalogica Skin Kit, Age Smart $52.00 at Walgreens

With her skin based with all of my Dermalogica faves I moved on to my other fave: FACE atelier Ultra Foundation in #7.

*Nadia mentions that she often skips foundation because of the heat here in Singapore. Living in hot humid climates can be makeup challenging as sweaty skin can cause makeup to melt and powders to coagulate. If this is you then a primer for oily skin is a must unless you sweat like you are halfway through a Bikram session, in that case, primer is a waste of time.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder $24.00 USD at Bergdorf Goodman

Start by applying the foundation with Bdellium Tools Studio Precision Kabuki 957 brush and contour with foundation one to two shades darker (on Nadia I used FA #9) Take time to blend with a Beauty Blender in a soft stippling motion. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (an eye brightener) can be used on it's own or over concealer - I love this powder introduced to me by Dee Daly

I based Nadia's eyes with Bikini-Tini from Benefit Cosmetics and played with a few loose metallic pigments, gold copper and bronze mixing them with Bio-Oil for an added wet look/glow. MAC's Shroom was applied to the inner tear duct and the brow bone.  Black gel liner at the lash line and inner waterline to give the eye some me-ow effect finished with Revlon mascara. 

Bio Oil 125ml £15.00 at Very

Bio-Oil is known for many skincare uses but it also makes a great addition to your makeup. Traditionally Vaseline is used on the eyelid for shine but overtime can travel and crease - I find that the Bio-Oil will crease with eyeshadows a smidge but so minimal it's barely worth the mention. Another great use for this? Replacing the 8 Hour Cream used on the lips. I've never understood my peers' love for that cream and Bio-Oil has a smoother feel without the greasy leftovers.

I applied MAC Antonio Lopez for M·A·C 'Coral' Face Palette (Limited Edition) $46.00 at Nordstrom for added contour, colour and highlight. 

Anyone can be Pretty in Pink! These are my lips in the same colour as what I used on Nadia: CoverGirl Spellbound. On Nadia I lined her lips first with Gosh lipliner in Pink Peony.

Find us on social media

Nadia on Twitter

Zurina on Twitter

and me, Andrea Claire

This was our second AZMondayMakeover see our first here.

Deets on the Babyliss Curl Secret / MiraCurl

I do love this but then again I am a Gadget Queen. Anything new comes out and I have to play with it. I don't believe that this is a tool for every consumer unless someone is there to help you do the back of your hair - but it is fun. Watch the video above.

  • Hair is automatically drawn in to the ceramic curl chamber and softly held to heat the hair from all directions to form a curl
  • 2 heat settings, 200 degrees and 230 degrees for long lasting results
  • 3 timer settings with audio beep indicator for different curl effects
  • Automatic alternating curl direction for a natural finish
  • 2.3m swivel cord
  • 3 year guarantee
  • Ground breaking technology effortlessly creates beautiful, long lasting curls. Close the styler and the hair is automatically drawn into the ceramaic curl chamber where it is softly held and heated from all directions to form a curl. Then simply open the styler to reveal the perfect curl
  • Professional heating system for fast curl formation and long lasting results


Bobbed at the Emmys

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By Andrea Claire · September 23, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Rose Byrne
Claire Danes
Cobie Smulders
Christina Hendricks
January Jones

Merrit Wever
Michelle Dockery
Elisabeth Moss
Jane Krakowski

Beauty reads from around the globe

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

Of course I'm going to start off with a reco to read a story that I'm quoted in: Pixie cuts and face shapes

Alexander McQueen Painted Flowers De-Manta Clutch Bag $525.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

Off to an event and toting a clutch with no room for a touch up kit? My friend Faz has a brilliant solution on xoVain.

The Hunger Games and CoverGirl collaboration!! STUNNING! Makeup geeks can geek out on this with Beauty Geeks.
Beauty Editor dot ca has a great view on copying celebs hair and how it doesn't always translate at home. I have many clients that bring me pics of what I like to call: wishful thinking hair - I remind clients that celebs have us glam squads to doll them up. You have to be ready to accept that your hair may not be Red Carpet worthy every day - not to say you can't have celeb styles but you need to have realistic expectations and think about your lifestyle (which your hairstylist should communicate with you on this - read some hairstylist communication tips here)  

Are you getting SARS from your handbag? FLARE's got this Bag-teria breakdown.

Find some other great beauty reads this week? Share them. That's allowed. :)

DIY hair extensions

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By Andrea Claire · June 15, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Many women dream of having a hair change and as a hairstylist I hear those fears of ' would short hair be too much work?' or 'growing out my hair will take forever' and of course we have fear of the unknown - 'will that haircut suit me?'

Real* hair wigs are a quick alternative to any extreme hair change but if it's length you desire or added volume and body a simple hair piece can get you from va-voom to va-VA-VOOM!

Clip in hair set available for $667.99 USD at International Wigs

There are so many pre-made pieces and falls on the market but you can easily DIY and get your monies worth and more.

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These are real hair wefts. This is what you want to buy. The prices vary depending on length - I have seen packages anywhere from $40 - $120+ USD; you only need one package for a head of hair.

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Weft clips are what you need to sew onto the hair weft. I have seen these 2/ $5 and a package of 12 / $10. Shop around.

These are my DIY hair kit pieces.

Step 1: Get some lace and cut a 'pattern' with regular paper to the size you need for your piece. The top layer should measure from just behind your ears going ear to ear; the second piece will be less wide and so on.  Note: Dollar stores sometimes have wide lace on spools.
Step 2: Sew pieces onto the lace starting from the bottom piece first. You can do this by hand or with a sewing machine
Step 3: Sew the weft clips on. Use 2-3 clips depending on the width of the piece

TIP: It's better to  style, curl or straighten the hair once it is clipped into your own hair - this makes it easier to blend the hair into your own hair.

This is the lovely Liv Lo that I did hair and makeup for on an ad job (wait on those details for when the job is released)
Liv has a lovely bob that was easy to work with my clip in DIY human hair pieces.

TIP: When adding in hair pieces don't have them too close to your hair line or too close to your crown and be mindful when you put your hair up- where the hair separates you can see the tracks and that's not pretty. Oh Britney.

Alternatives to clipping in hair extensions:

Hair wefts (or tracks) can be sewn onto a braid using a special rounded needle so you don't perform a lobotomy at the same time.

Simply using eyelash glue along the tracks works beautifully as well. Try Ardell DUO Clear Eyelash Adhesive  $6.99 USD at Sally Beauty
Use the same way you glue on eyelashes - allow the glue to become slightly tacky and then press onto the scalp on a clean parting. There is actual hair glue available but that is made to last 2-3 weeks and if your desire is for a photoshoot or a night out this works more on the temporary side and adheres nicely. To remove use something oily to break down the glue - ie olive oil or coconut oil.

*It is important to use real hair to have the ability to heat manipulate the hair as well as believability. There are high heat tolerant fake hair pieces but in my professional opinion they still look fake. If you are a company who makes heat tolerant fake hair and want to challenge me on that, feel free to send me some to play with.

Punk Rock is the new Stepford Wife

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By Andrea Claire · June 4, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Can I just say how much I love my hair? I like that I have a natural beachy texture and a natural ginger colour - so far I have no greys... on my head anyway *sigh* 

So what's a girl to do when she loves her long hair and her hair colour but wants a little change? Why, put in a big blue chunk of course! 

This is me bein' all hip and cool with my blue hair.

Super easy to DIY so my 23 years of experience helps but is not required. You just need guts and some bleach.

L'Oreal Creme Lightening Kit $9.99 USD at Ulta

step 1: grab some foil and some hair bleach, pull out a lock of hair and snap to it - wrap the hair with bleach in foil so you contain the fabulousness.
step 2: wash out bleach towel dry and apply effect colour - wrap the hair with the colour again in foil - bla bla, see above.
step 3: party like a rockstar

*Darker hair may require a second bleaching to get to the base that you need for a better impact with the effect colour.

I bought a few of these colours from Sally Beauty as requests from clients were on the rise for a little splash of fun. I also bought a few bottles of 'Beyond the Zone' colour and that in a word sucks - it washes right out - literally a waste of time. Meanwhile back in blue hair land- this Ion Brilliance Color is going nowhere, the pigment has lasted so far (to my hb's dismay) 7 weeks!

This is the back of one of my clients' heads.

[BTW: I am not calling us Stepford Wives. I'm just being cheeky - clearly we are cool]

My client posted a pic of herself on Facebook with the caption 'Don't tell my mom!' 


Don't tell your mom that you are FABULOUS! 

The beauty of having a splash of colour under the top layer of your hair is that when you need to be the conservative mother at the PTA you can hide the colour with strategic combing and pinning.

I happen to know first hand that there is a certain HBO TV host with a splash of colour - if you are guessing Oli Pettigrew you are...wrong! He wishes. It's his better half, Linda Black.

Hey!! Let's do a giveaway shall we?? First one to get a screen shot of Linda on HBO with a glimpse of that hair colour will win a little beauty something from me! Upload the HBO screen shot onto my Facebook. It may be impossible because her network hairstylist may have taken the conservative road and hid that sucker. Good luck! I do like to give a challenge where the end equals free beauty products. 

*Yes 'colour' is spelled two different ways here. One is the American product and the other is because I am Canadian and our spelling is better. ;)

TV host Linda Black plays Music Mom for Motherhood magazine

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By Andrea Claire · April 24, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Motherhood magazine asked me what I thought would be a fun story for their April issue themed music -of course a little playtime for mom with the help of Linda Black and photographer Zurina Bryant!

*You can click on the images for a closer look of what hair and makeup products I used, plus a few tips.

Linda's hair colour I do using Original Mineral which is free from ammonia, ppd and resorcinol!! Ask your stylist to use a more eco-friendly and human-friendly hair colour like Original Mineral.

Apologies to O&M who emailed me saying that Rootilicious should be corrected to Rootalicious - hopefully sales weren't affected too much by confused buyers.

Notice the Face Lace I used in the Rock'n'Roll Mom? I am LOVING this cool makeup applique!

A behind the scenes video can be found here.

New work || Cosmo Singapore

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By Andrea Claire · March 22, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Cosmo Singapore
April issue on the stands now! [yes, you see the return of the other page because it's a scan. sigh]

photography: Micky Wong
styling: Janice Pidduck
hair & makeup: Andrea Claire

image source: my behind the scenes Instagramming.

model: Yana K / UpFront Models Singapore

Products I used:

On her skin: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream, FACEatelier Ultra Foundation
On her gorgeous wolf eyes: Tom Ford
Cheeks: MAC
Lips: NARS Chelsea Girls - love this so much you have no idea.

Update: oh yeah... I did hair too. duh - I've been using Original & Mineral a lot lately. I LOVE them. Original Queenie to humidity proof hairspray and it doesn't smell like Grandma's comb-out!

Aveda's Catwalks for Water in Singapore

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

Two posts in one week on Aveda? Crazy I know - but you have to see Zoie's hair flip. Zoie got a blowout at the event!

You can't get any cuter than that! [taken with my HTC One S using the slow motion setting - video above click the post title if you can't see it]

Move over Dakota Fanning...

It was a great event. I hesitated on bringing Zoie as the last time I brought her to an event the ladies at Escentials took care of her and her three year old self skipping around the store - she was three... but hey! If the Beckhams can bring a mini me then so can I!

It was great learning for Zoie too. I explained to her that Aveda has Catwalks for Water so children everywhere get fresh, healthy water.

"Mommy, they are just like superheroes!" stuff Zoie says

This sentence confirmed my decision in bringing her. Making the world a better place needs to be shared with our children. They are our future - more accurately - they are their future. They are the future for the world. Information and education is key. 

Sneak peek! I was a little spoiled as I was invited to the Singapore Aveda preview. Just when you thought it was a wig... Who wore it best? 

I never photo stalk. I have tried and failed because I feel guilty infringing on people's privacy. I'd be a lousy paparazzo but come on - this woman looks Tres chic and lovely. However, I do want to give her a few burgers and cookie dough but that's jealous me talking. According to the ladies at ERIIN her name is Rana and she has a fashion blog - Bonjour Singapore.

*Did you know that Aveda hair colour is up to 99% naturally derived? So when your colour is washed down the sink it's ok if it goes back to nature. Pretty sure the same can be said about Original & Mineral.

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