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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.

Beauty Lust Haves || concealer, brightener and finishing powder 2013 roundup

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By Andrea Claire · January 2, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Eye brightener vs concealer causes confusion in many.

Here's the thing:

* If you look a wee bit tired, not full of dark circles, then an eye brightener may be all you need. 
* If you have dark circles, sunken eye sockets, scars, acne etc... then you may need concealer or possibly both 

Conceal first then foundation? Only if you're doing makeup in the 80s or going on stage.

Generally when you conceal first you are putting on too much makeup. Foundation formulas are so good now with many having a blurring effect to soften fine lines and cover imperfections, so the modern approach to concealer is to apply after your foundation, but only if you need it. Some chose concealer for touch-ups leaving the skin free of foundation. That's fine too.

Speaking of 80s; sculpting and highlighting a la the Kardashians is not a new technique. It's what us makeup artists learn - of course it's done well on them, but they aren't doing it themselves, and this flawless sculpted look is super high maintenance makeup. Sure, you can learn to DIY but bear in mind, it translates better on film than in real life so if you are starring on a (sur)reality show being followed around with LED lights and wind machines, then why not; sculpt and highlight away.

Of course a less cake-face way of doing it that beautifully translates to reality is to use a bronzer, blush and highlighter which is subtle but with enough shaping for selfies and buying groceries.

Concealers. Every company makes one and with my career spanning 23 years and still counting, I finally find a concealer that I like love.


Benefit Fakeup Concealer $24.00 by Benefit at Bloomingdale's

This hydrating crease-control concealer with Vitamin E and apple seed extract-hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look. Yes, yes and YES! I love the coverage. It lasts as long as I need it too. You can reapply in the day without it creasing or caking. The downfall, it's available in only three shades which aren't fully universal.

Benefit Oh La Lift Eye Brightener $22.00 USD at Macy's

An instant under-eye brightening boost. One of the most sensitive areas to stress: your eyes. Relief is in sight with Ooh La Lift-a formula of lightening botanicals and reflecting pigments that de-puff and firm the eye area. The great news is that it can be worn throughout the day and over makeup.

So, yea, what they said. I also like it around the laugh-line area to brighten and diffuse the deepening signs of aging. Laugh-line and funny bones; not so humourous.


Saint Laurent Touche Eclat $40.00 USD at Barneys New York

Light, luminosity, radiance. The award winning, must-have, take anywhere instant highlighter that banishes shadows, erases signs of fatigue and leaves your skin looking radiant. Touche Eclat is ideal at any time of the day over bare skin, under or over foundation, creme or powder. Suitable for all skin types.

See! Not once did they use the word concealer in their description. This not a concealer wand is handy though. Everything it is you can pretty much get the same with the aforementioned - so just pick one. I have both but then again - it's my j-o-b.


Master corrector $37.00 USD at Giorgio Armani

Corrective concealer in four color-balancing shades designed to target specific complexion concerns. Exclusive micro-fil technology allows for targeted correction, visibly concealing imperfections while light-reflecting pearls impart a halo of light imparting a seamless, flawless facial canvas. Corrective concealer shades include:

  • 1. pink: counteracts sallow, dull skin and effectively corrects yellow and olive pigmentation.
  • 2. orange: targets olive or darker skin tones to conceal under-eye circles, freckles, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.

Here's the thing with the Master Corrector - if you have dark panda eyes - get this. Apply it under your foundation. Mircle in a tube. Don't thank me, just send flowers.


Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage $32.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

Secret Camouflage contains a unique two-shade system, one to match the skin's depth of color and one to match the skin's undertone, making it possible for every woman to custom-blend her own perfect shade. The high level of pigment requires very little product to achieve perfect coverage.

  • After applying foundation, pick up the product with the Secret Camouflage Brush by dragging across both pans, saturating both sides of the brush.
  • Using the back of your hand as a palette, use the brush to warm and mix the two colors until you find the shade that matches your skin tone. Secret Camouflage is a true makeup artist's formula, so the more you work with the product the more easily you will be able to achieve perfect results.
  • Using feather-light strokes, apply Secret Camouflage to the darkened areas of the face: blemishes, shadows, scars, capillaries, the area around the nose, shadows under the bottom lip, and any imperfections that the foundation does not cover.

*Notice that final sentence: "any imperfections that the foundation does not cover" What I said above. Now, LM does mention using this under the eyes. I personally find this product way too drying and anyone that applies it I can see the creasing. In my opinion, it's better used for covering acne scars and mountainous oily zits because of it's dry texture.


LAURA MERCIER Secret Brightening Powder

$24.00 by Laura Mercier USD at SpaceNK

I have never been a powder fan. OK, maybe when I was in high school; but this 80s New Waver used so much CoverGirl compact powder that my face cracked and bled one night. True story. Horrified with what powder did to my skin, I've stopped using it and highly encourage others to take a pass as well.

But.... This (insert arrow pointing up). Shared with me via Dee Daly (who was once one of my assistants many moons ago, and now that girl's portfolio rocks like the rockstar that she is)

Dark shadows are a thing of the past when you use this weightless powder. The micronized pigments brightens and doesn’t settle into fine lines or pores. Do NOT apply it all over your face but I do like it on the highlight points as well. They say that it's formulated for all skin types but it will lighten on darker skin a little too much so be careful. Also - skin types doesn't say skin tone to me. Type would be oily, dry, sensitive. Tone is the darkness/lightness and cool/warm. Watch for your product's beauty wording so you don't get suckered in.


Transparent Finish Powder - Clear $28.00 by Alison Raffaele at DERMSTORE

A lightweight finishing powder for setting makeup and controlling shine. Alison Raffaele Transparent Finish Powder - Clear

See that word 'Clear' ? Yes. It is. Faz and I prove it here on xovain It's finishing which means the final step before you move on to colour. However, if you use a cream blush I would apply that under your foundation or just before your setting powder. I'll get to that and more in the next beauty roundup.

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Beauty Lust Haves || skincare 2013 roundup

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By Andrea Claire · December 28, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

I decided that the Lust Haves for December could be delayed and then I'd stretch it out over a beauty fave series wrapping up 2013.

 Starting with step one: skincare

If you follow my blog or my Instagram you won't be surprise that I am starting with Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel

Recommended for all skin conditions, its a soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. Calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts soothe the skin while natural Quillaja Saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris. Contains no artificial color. Gently lather a small amount of gel on moistened hands and apply to dampened face and throat. Rinse with warm water and repeat for professional cleansing results. Follow with Multi-Active Toner and recommended Dermalogica Moisturizer.


I ran out of my above favourite cleanser and in a pinch I bought The Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish 3.38 fl oz (100 ml) $16.00 USD at Beauty.com

Truth be told, my skin which resembles a delicate flower tends to break out with The Body Shop's skincare so I was hesitant but know that the Vitamin C helps to brighten dull skin (and I was having a dull skin moment) I bought it.

I do find that I can't double cleanse like I do with my Special Cleansing Gel because it makes my skin tight if I do, but I did see my skin brighten up after using it for two weeks. Yay for birght skin!

This Body Shop cleanser removes dull skin cells and reveals a radiance with a gentle, exfoliating face wash that will leave your skin smooth and revitalized. Contains Amazonian Camu Camu berry which is known to have one of the highest contents of Vitamin C in nature. Antioxidant Vitamin C encourages production of collagen, improves elasticity and protects against damaging environmental aggressors. We have never tested on animals. Similarly, we insist that our suppliers have not tested their ingredients on animals for cosmetic purposes. This product is 100% vegetarian.


SKII 'Facial Treatment' Essence (2.5 oz.) $100.00 USD at Nordstrom

This toner was given to me in an SKII package when I spoke at an event for them. The smell is a little off-putting at first but as it absorbs into your skin it goes away. I speak to many women who avoid toners because they claim they make their skin tight - if this is you then you are using toners that 99.9% of beauty pros would NOT recommend. If anything makes your face feel tight then you need switch products.

This unique pitera-rich product moisturizes to improve texture and clarity for a more beautiful, glowing complexion. It also helps stimulate the natural renewal process of the skin's outer layer to rebalance and bring harmony to your skin. Women are so passionate about it that they describe it as their 'holy water.' It contains over 90% pure pitera, the seemingly magical ingredient found in all SK-II products. Rely on it daily to moisturize instantly and renew skin's surface for a smoother texture. Skin absorbs the benefits almost on contact. The result is supple, smooth, radiant skin.

I've been using Sheep Placenta serum for about a year now. It doesn't smell at all so I don't get the heebee jeebies. At first I thought it was weird and a little gross but the results are truly amazing. I know I've joked about the #nobotox #faceof42 but the truth is - I don't have Botox and I'm reaching 43. sigh From the neck up I'm doing ok... 

Baaa-nefits of sheep placenta:

- Stimulates skin cell renewal thereby reinvigorating old cells and generating new healthy cells. The result is an increasingly youthful appearance.

- Provides intense hydration to skin, returning firmness and suppleness while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

- Reduces pigmentation and diminishes appearance of age spots, blemishes and discolouration.

- Promotes a smooth, translucent skin complexion.

- Increases skin elasticity thereby reducing saggy appearances.

- Encourages rapid healing and reduces scars.

- Returns vigour to dry, aged skin with young and radiant looking skin.

- Help balance skin's natural sebum production and reduce open pores

If animal products give you the willies (I bet readers in the UK have a different visual here) then let me suggest to you SKIN INC whose wide variety of serums come from plants. They have a plant placenta that I've tried - the sheep placenta gives me better results but the vegan one does work. I also have a customized Daily Dose by SKIN INC that I use every day.

Frankly I'd be better of financially to just get the Botox vs the investment into my skincare arsenal. I kid. Kinda.

I see many clients who share their Botox and filler stories with me. Some have left me in shock and awe at how great they look and they can make facial expressions! LOL. I believe that one day I'll break that no Botox/filler seal; and when I do it will probably be here with Dr. Komathy Rajaratnam. I had a client who moved away but had her work done here and raves about her and since I've sent many her way with the same rave reviews.

WAIT! How did I go from skincare to where to get your Botox??!! Moving on.


Hands-down the best moisturizer that I have ever used: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $40.00 USD at Ulta

I love this under makeup for anyone I work on too - regardless of age and skin type. It really helps glide the foundation on. 

A medium-weight cream that maintains skin's moisture balance while improving its texture. Deep-moisturizing Lecithin and Aloe Gel nourish while extracts of Mallow, Cucumber and Arnica soothe and hydrate the skin, helping to restore suppleness and tone. Antioxidant Grape Seed Extract plus vitamins A, C and E reduce free radical activity while the light, emulsive protection helps shield against dehydration and pollution. Contains no artificial fragrance or color. Professional recommendation advised.


SK-II Signs Eye Mask $110.00 USD at Saks Fifth Avenue

I've stashed a few of these in my makeup kit. They're great for models and celebs who are jetlagged and overworked. I also love them for pre-Red Carpet or pre-bridal makeup.

Designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area. A soft cotton mask, drenched with moisturizers enhanced with Pitera and an exclusive Cell Treatment complex, hydrates deeply, smoothes fine lines and revives the eye area. Comes with 14 pairs.


Dermalogica Age Smart MultiVitamin Power Firm $56.00 USD at Ulta

If you are a skincare company with an eye cream that you believe is better than this please send it to me. I'd kindly review it. I've used this since 2004. I've tried other eye creams along the way. It is part of my job to be in the beauty know. La Mer? Creme de la break the bank. Don't waste your money. Tried it. Not a fan. And if you are a cry-baby about silicones in your skincare and makeup then you need to research more. Silicones are not bad for your skin. I actually look for silicone in foundations because of the non-comedogenic and slip properties.

Combat visible lines around the eye area with this powerful firming complex of skin-rebuilding antioxidant vitamins, protective Silicones, and Red Seaweed Extract. Contains no artificial fragrance or color. An infusion of vitamins A, C, and E help accelerate skin's natural repair process, strengthen elasticity, improve smoothness, and defend against Reactive Oxygen Species (free radicals); Silicones melt gently into skin to help diminish fine lines and smooth texture; Green Tea helps soothe irritation.

Do you have a fave skincare product? Wrote a review on one you'd like to share? Go ahead and link it in my comments.

Recap of the previous Beauty Lust Haves

Selfies for Science!

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By Andrea Claire · December 27, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Prior to the holiday season I bought myself a few new palettes... I was 'Christmas shopping' when items for me just happened to fall into my basket. *wink*

I also received some lovely palettes and other beauty items from beauty companies  who support my editorial/celeb work. Job perk: free beauty.

Some of these items will be added to my blog but I've decide to start #acselfiesforscience on my Instagram as well so when I try something new you can have a quick look perhaps with a tip or two and whether is comes with a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Why selfies for science? You've heard the term 'for the sake of science' - well I won't be testing my beauty products on Zoie's new bunny...

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In this first #acselfiesforscience Instavideo I've used three colours from the Too Faced These are a few of my favorite things limited edition palette.
In the video I said one of the colours was chocolate strudel. Clearly I was in the festive mindset of eating chocolate. Actually the three colours that I am wearing in order of application are:

Crisp Apple Strudel
Dark Chocolate
Party Time (excellent)


SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Bent Liner Brush #23 $17.00 USD at Sephora

*The Dark Chocolate and Party Time I applied with a bent liner brush. Everyone needs to own one of these brushes. They are a must have for your brush collection. Great for precision lining and geometric wing-tip liner.

Here I am wearing [not sunscreen on my chest apparently :( ]



MAC M·A·C 'Mineralize' Moisture Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
$34.00 USD at Nordstrom

 

Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT - Radiant Touch 2.5  $40.00 USD at Sephora

I just discovered this 2.5 at the airport on my way to Cambodia. The .5 series is for warm undertones - just using the 2 washes me out.

*This is not a concealer but to add luminous highlights and lift but sometimes all you need is this with your foundation.


Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish in Scene to be Seen from the holiday 2013 collection $33.00 USD at M·A·C

Using Laura Mercier expert eyes 2013 palette: Guava on my lid, Primrose in crease, Bamboo on the outer half of my lid and smudged a little into my crease.

Maybelline Falsies, my new favorite mascara

 

Stila Lip Glaze In Kitten $22.00 USD at Rent The Runway

#AZMondayMakeover || Dina

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

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Dina is our latest #azMondayMakeover subject. The eldest twin (her sister Diana is Zurina's assistant), Dina works in the shipping trade.

Shop Dina's makeup look


MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 in Medium Plus $30.00 USD at Dillard's


Alison Raffaele True Concealer, Skintone 4 - $25.00 USD at Beauty.com


Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer $30.00 USD at Macy's My fave for sculpting and shading.


Blush NARS The Multiple in Puerto Vallarta $39.00 USD at Lord & Taylor


MAC Palace Pedigreed
(pictured) is what I used but it is unavailble so try Plum Dressing instead!

Star Lash Brow pencils have a great angled tip for a seamless application, even if you are brow-application challenged.


Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara - Black Drama $6.99 USD at Ulta is the mascara to have. Cheap and cheerful!

I used Black Up Cosmetics 2n1 Jumbo pencil in #4. Off to Paris? Visit the Black Up counter at Sephora or their free-standing store.

*Hint* Their store gets you more 1-on-1 attention.

photography by


hair, makeup, directing, editing, concept and sarcasm by

Want to participate? Email me a photo with the subject line AZMONDAYMAKEOVER.

Why our little makeover project? Speaking for myself, I am tired of women being bullied into beauty with visions of photoshopped perfection that is impossible for us to actually achieve day to day. Beauty should be fun that doesn't breed insecurities but empowers.

xo
Andrea Claire

ps - I am home with the flu so I reserve the right to make corrections here later.

#AZMondayMakeover || Adlena, Platform PR

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By Andrea Claire · December 16, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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Our latest #AZMondayMakeover is

yummy mommy-to-be Adlena, Platform PR. Beautiful both before and after.

Get the look:

First I applied some Dermalogica skincare to Adlena's skin which included the SkinPerfect Primer to help smooth the texture for an even application of my favourite FACEatelier Ultra Foundation.



Then I applied Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer ($30.00 at Macy's) to beef up that pregnancy glow.


 
Nothing wrong with a little drama-mama! That pop on the eye is Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Metallic Merlot (not pictured) $32.00 USD at Sephora


MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: Smokeluxe ($40.00 USD at Dillard's) If blending is an issue for you then get these Pearlfusion palettes. They are so easy to blend. We makeup artists like that too - sure we can blend that powdery matte stuff with our trained fingers but why bother?

*In the video we chat about the typical Asian eye makeup: black liquid liner smothering the top lid. Now, although this look isn't bad (it is a look after all); it won't give you an opened eye look. Dark colours will typically recede. So, if you have Asian eyes or even a hidden eyelid that's hooded with ageing choose something a little more vibrant on the lid and create a shape with a fake crease. Refer to the video for a visual on this.

Eyebrows are softly defined with Starlash brow pencil.


 
 I lined Adlena's eyes using Maybelline's Color Show black kohl and then applied this miracle mascara that landed in my lap during a recent shoot for Cosmo - love it! That pink/green tube - not a fan, but this? Yes. I like it a lot. Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara Blackest Black 202 $8.99 USD at Walgreens

I'm a fan of focusing the drama on one thing or the other so I chose a subtle lip with NARS Prego Prego Pago Pago.



Hair is straightened for a little edge with my beloved CHI Dual Voltage Ceramic Hairstyling Iron, 1 Inch Plates $170.00$119.00 USD at drugstore.com

Creates Silky Shiny Hair Instantly Versatile "all in one" ergonomic design Straigten, curl, flip, style Professional salon model Flash quick heating Swivel cord 1" Ceramic plates Heats up to 200°C/392°F Automatic dual voltage adjusts to where you plug it in.


Photography



Want to participate? Email me a photo with the subject line AZMONDAYMAKEOVER.

Why our little makeover project? Speaking for myself, I am tired of women being bullied into beauty with visions of photoshopped perfection that is impossible for us to actually achieve day to day. Beauty should be fun that doesn't breed insecurities but empowers. I feel that enough voices are out there putting the beauty industry to task; let's actually do something about it.

Our images are proudly photoshop-free!  

xo
Andrea Claire

#AZMondayMakeover sponsored by Luxola || Beth

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By Andrea Claire · November 18, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Welcome to another episode of the #azMondayMakeover, an online collaboration with Zurina Bryant where we leave the extreme photoshopping to the beauty campaigns. 

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This week's makeover subject is Beth, a mom and yoga instructor.

before and after photos by Zurina Bryant

Beth's beauty (all products available at Luxola):

Rouge Bunny Prelude in the Clouds - a multi-purpose, water-based highlighter that you can mix with moisturizer or foundation. I applied this as a step one for a lit from within glow under the foundation

Rachel K CC Cream - applied under the eyes to smooth out the skin tone

FACE atelier ultra foundation #5 - truly a foundation unlike any on the market; a buildable second skin that allows your skin to breath

Bloom Cosmetics concealer

Bloom Cosmetics cream blush in Coral -
a lovely flush of colour, creams are great for dehydrated and/or aging skin

Smooch Cosmetics duo eyeshadow in Suede

Maybelline Gel Liner - using a hard edge from a folded tisse helps when applying a slight wing-tipped liner

Magnifibres brush on false eyelashes paired with black mascara - I'm getting addicted; Tammy Faye would love this product too.

Dr. LIPP original balm mixed with Edward Bess Eternal Passion

Hair

Blowout fine hair with Rahua Voluminous Spray and then flat iron for a modern, edgier feel.

Sponsored by


In collaboration with

Next week we makeover the OZ SuperNanny!

Here is Angela / OzSuperNanny's before.

Why #azMondayMakeover? Our industry does have an element of fantasy, especially when we are using 17-21 year old models in campaigns targeting the 30+ or the body types 000 to US size 6. I will never stop participating in the fantasy side of fashion and beauty but reality isn't so bad either.

Want to participate? Email me, Andrea Claire with #azMondayMakeover in the subject line. Please also attach a recent photo yourself.

xo
AC

#AZMondayMakeover sponsored by Luxola || Laila

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By Andrea Claire · November 11, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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This week's azMondayMakeover is Laila who is pursuing a career in research and development with early childhood education - explains why we got along so well... I can be a little childish.
[I think I called Laila 'Layla' in the video - let's just pretend it's my Canadian accent, eh! Sorry Laila!]

Let's see what's in my Luxola sponsored box of tricks this week...

Unretouched before and after photos by Zurina Bryant.
Face atelier ultra foundation #6 I love this foundation and have used it since my Stylin' Gypsies makeover days. Whether for brides, models, celebs - this is my base of choice. It has a lovely blurring effect on the skin which helps to diffuse and smooth imperfections while still being breathable without feeling weighed down with makeup.



My rekindled love, the makeup sponge 2.O aka The Beauty Blender. What I love about this tool is that you can apply your foundation as sheer as you like or build up your coverage and it blends beautifully. Think of a rolling action versus rubbing to blend out edges and lines. 

Zoeva SunPower palette is really pretty; loaded with colours that are versatile and long-lasting -better payoff than what you typically expect lower price point cosmetics. Zoeva doesn't clog your pores nor dent your pocketbook.

From the Zoeva 88 eyeshadow palette I used a lush, matte green and bronze shades which complement each other as well as look great on Laila. The pop of green flashes as she blinks inspiring from the dress but not taking over the whole look - which can happen if you put too much focus on your eye makeup.
 
TIP: To intensify the colour pat it on versus a sweeping motion.

Shadow Shields are the notorious protectors of the undereye, saving beautiful makeup from fall out, two eyes at a time.

TIP: Use the Shadow Shields as a guide for a wing-tip liner or as a hard edge for other fun geometric makeup techniques.

I chose Julie Hewett's Nude Noir because it has a lovely subtle shimmer and is very hydrating. The Noir collection by Julie Hewett is one of my favourite lipstick collections - they are double pigmented and contain camellia oil which helps to heal and moisturize.
In the bow of Laila's lip I used a fine liner brush and did a little highlight with this Smooch Dare to Bare duo using the lighter shade on the left - although I could have given her a bronzed 'stache for Movember...

Tip: To help prep and prime lips for a longer lasting lipstick mix a lip balm with brown sugar to exfoliate. Dr. Lipp original nipple balm for lips (and any cracked nipples that you may be dealing with)

Hair was simply tonged, teased and given a little texture with O&M Surf Bomb spray

Thank you to our November sponsor:


In collaboration with:

**Why AZMondayMakeovers? I feel that as a woman in the beauty industry for 23 years and counting that I owe it to you to show honest beauty without retouching.

Our industry does have an element of fantasy, especially when we are using 17-21 year old young ladies in campaigns targeting the 30+ or the body types 000 to US size 6. I will never stop participating in the fantasy side of fashion and beauty but reality isn't so bad either.

Everyone is beautiful - at least on the outside; it's your actions that show you what beauty lies within. 

xo
Andrea Claire

Want to particpate in the makeover fun? Email me with a photo and the subject line #AZMondayMakeover

Beauty Lust Haves || November 2013

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By Andrea Claire · November 8, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Remember: Lust Haves because I love them and you MUST have them. See my faves recapped over the last year here.


Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation $36.00 USD at Sephora

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+
Those who know me know that I'm pretty loyal to certain brand of foundation, but it's also part of my job to know what else is out there. I recently purchased this MUFE foundation in #30 aside from being a little too peachy on me, it is amazing - long-lasting, keeping the oils at bay. I'm not a fan of powder* so it's a nice balance having a liquid with a matte finish. There's cornstarch as one of the main ingredients which helps to re-absorbs oils. Mat Velvet+ is great for people who have oily skin, an oily t-zone or live in a humid climate, like me sweating in Singapore. I am lucky that at 42 years young, I have very minimal fine lines. I do find that this foundation accentuates the little I have so if you have fine lines to deep crevices, I would recommend that you use this on your oily bits (t-zone) and then choose a separate moisturizing foundation that is more forgiving on ageing skin.

*The biggest issue I have with powders is that it fills in fine lines, exaggerating them making you look older. Show of hands who wants to look older? Yeah 16 year old girls trying to get into a bar... you guys need to powder... a lot; go back to your rooms and get your homework done - trust me, you want to grow up fast but when you are grown up you want to turn the clocks back.

Blur Makeup Room in Toronto is everything to us pro makeup artists and beauty addicts. I bought this bdellium Pink Bambu 959 brush when I was in the TDOT teaching an editorial hair class - these vegan hairs are gorgeous. They feel so soft and delicate on the skin. I use it for blending foundation and powder on the skin.

A behind the scenes pic from a beauty shoot using my iPhone. Grace is a stunning Asian model with Ave. She has flawless skin (and dark hair - that's a wig)- book her.

Stila - magnificent metals - the payoff with these is insane. I'm still playing with texture. I find them a little difficult to blend the edges as they tend to hard stop but I've literally played with them only a few times. This above image has the Lavender on the lid and Titanium from crease to brow then I layered on some MAC pigments. These would look stunning as a simple liner too.


MOROCCANOIL® Treatment Light $16.50 USD at Nordstrom

The coveted Moroccanoil has a light version- it's been around for a while but I just found it here in Singapore at Wheelock Place (many products are hard to find here).  I prefer to use the light version pretty much on anybody because it's not heavy. If you've ever complained about having dry slightly frizzy hair this product is for you. It's perfect for hair living in tropical conditions since we're always under the hot sun; add in swimming - chlorine is a cuticle killer.


Beauty Blender - The Original Beauty Blender Double (N/A) - Beauty $28.95 USD at Zappos Couture

I have decided to revisit the Beauty Blender - amazing for blending and to get slightly heavier coverage for bad skin. Stipple foundation or concealer over blemishes/acneaic skin for a beautiful blend. Avoid the grocery store knockoffs because the sponges can have a slightly rougher texture. 

CLEAN Organic Brush Shampoo. sigh Many models still complain to me that artists don't clean their brushes. I worked on one model in Singapore who said to me excitedly "OH! You're the famous one who uses brush cleaner!" Photographers have told me that many models express to them how much they adore that I take care of their skin. I'm sure that I am not the only one here in Singapore that is mindful of the skin of the person in my beauty chair but for those who aren't: tsk tsk! [That's me virtually finger wagging you] 

This brush shampoo conditions and cleans. You swirl your dampened bristles into the solid, create a little foam then rinse under the tap.

*Obviously on set prepping many faces in one day we need to use a quick drying cleaner like Ben Nye or Cinema Secrets but these can be harsh especially synthetic hairs. I personally have a gazillion brushes so I tend to set aside the brushes I used on one person and pull out clean ones then wrap my day with washing all of my brushes preparing for the next shoot day.

What are your faves of the moment??

Lipstick shades of yesteryear that still influence today's beauty

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By Andrea Claire · November 6, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Lipstick sure has made its mark in the various eras and we definitely have seen a major lipstick comeback but then again, we could say that these iconic lip shades never go out of style.

"You know how to whistle don't you?" Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not, 1944

  
50s RED LIPS - Elizabeth Taylor. Audrey Hepburn. Grace Kelly. Many screen starlets come to mind for the 50s but no one better than Marilyn Monroe.

Get the look with:


Noir Collection Lipstick - Rouge Noir $24.00 at DERMSTORE


60s - NUDE LIPS Brigitte Bardot. Twiggy - known for her dolly lashes paired with a pale nude lipstick

Get the look with:

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color, Blush Nude $49.00 by Tom Ford at Neiman Marcus



70s - DISCO FROSTED Anjelica Houston and Farrah Fawcett. Two totally different looks but with such iconic beauty impact. Anjelica - the exotic beauty vs  Farrah - skate betty /girl next store both with a hint of gloss and frost.

Get the look with:

Noir Collection Lipstick - Nude Noir $24.00 at DERMSTORE you can add a clear coat of MAC Lipglass to get your disco on

80s - HIGH IMPACT PIGMENTS Iman Supermodel. Cyndi Lauper. Madonna. Sure bubblegum pinks come to mind for the 80s but we did have a rollover from 70s punk - a vampy matte 

Get the look:

MAC Dominate


90s - RED LIPS Gwen Stefani brought new life to the iconic red lipstick

Get the look:

Bite Beauty in Tannin
 
 
**My biggest tip for wearing lipstick: after lipstick application form an 'O' with your lips around one finger then slide it out which keeps your lipstick off your teeth. Just don't do this in front of a date as it may send the wrong message.

[This post was originally sent to ELLE.com to use for pro-tips]

VLOG || #AZMondayMakeover sponsored by Luxola: Annia

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

 
*If you don't see a video above here, please refresh the post title

This week's azMondayMakeover is Annia, a risk director for an investment bank.

We thank Annia for taking a risk with us!

Never be afraid of a colourful palette. The best way to tackle an overwhelming number of colours is to simplify. Decide on your look before jumping in brush first. As you can see - I decided to give Annia an edgy tight-lined eye with dark colours.

Products I used to create Annia's look:

Dr Jart+ Pore medic recover pre-base
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everyone needs a primer to suit their specific needs whether colour correcting, smoothing pores etc

Face atelier Ultra Foundation using #1 and #3 
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apply the lighter colour under the eyes and where you want to subtly highlight

BLOOM secret weapon concealer kit
-for blemish touchups and precise correcting

On Annia's cheeks I used a little bit of a Zoeva bronzer into the cheekbone hollows, along the jawline - essentially any place you want to add sculpture and shape and then lightly buffed the cheeks to blend out the colour a little


Zoeva 88 eyeshadow palette

In the eye crease use a medium to light brown colour, more of a neutral shade to create shape.
Apply the crease with the eye open looking directly into the mirror which works on most women. Different eye shapes will have a different need for crease placement and as we age our eyes tend to become a little hooded and therefore you need to create a crease. This way of applying the crease also helps with Asian eyes or deep set eyes
 

For the dramatic tight lining I used a mix of black shadow mixed with a deep shimmery bronze applied with Sigma Beauty Waterline Liner and then filling in the waterline with an eye pencil.

*I LOVE this Sigma Beauty brush - truly a must have!

Magnifibres brush on false eyelashes and a black mascara
- these fibres really build the lashes 
-apply a coat of mascara, fibres then another coat of mascara

I applied Bloom's Coy on her lips
- I love this because it's a product you can use on your cheeks and your lips
-choose a lip liner close to the lip shade you're using

**TIP: As we age our lip line naturally fades so definition is key for a strong lip shape

We chose the final after shot with Annia's own hair loose and down but I wanted you to see how easy it is to play with texture and hair pieces. This is a screen shot but definitely watch the video for more tips! 

I used Rahua volumizing spray um... for volume *wink* and O&M Surf Spray for added texture.

-blowout hair with a volumizing spray not only focused on the roots. When you apply a volume enhancing product throughout the hair shaft you get the benefits all over.
-spray with a little bit of beach spray which gives the hair a little bit of texture so it's not so flat not so smooth, you want the texture - that's chic
-section the hair above the ears towards just below the crown and wrap a piece of hair around the base as if it were a ponytail, adding a couple pins to lock the hair in place
-continue to do in as many sections as you would like and feel free to wrap some track hair extensions around the base of each section to give it length and added thickness
-I prefer using natural hair versus synthetic hair because synthetic hair doesn't have the same kind of texture, you are limited with synthetics as cannot use heat
-synthetic hair also tends to look artificially shiny so it doesn't blend in well when taking photos or frankly, even just in daily life

**TIP: If you don't have the budget for real hair dull down the synthetic hair using dry shampoo, but DON'T attempt to heat style as it will melt.

Want to participate? Email me, Andrea Claire, with the subject line #azMondayMakeover

All products for the #azMondayMakeovers in November are sponsored by

In collaboration with:

**Why AZMondayMakeovers? I feel that as a woman in the beauty industry for 23 years and counting that I owe it to you to show honest beauty without retouching.

Our industry does have an element of fantasy especially when we are using 17-21 year old young ladies in campaigns targeting the 30+ or the body types 000 to US size 6. I will never stop participating in the fantasy side of fashion and beauty but reality isn't so bad either.

Everyone is beautiful - at least on the outside; it's your actions that show you what beauty lies within. 

xo
Andrea Claire

 

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