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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.

MINX it up

By Andrea Claire · June 21, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Nail polish - can be frustrating; literally watching paint dry. If you are like me, you lose patience and never leave enough time to let them dry. I've done my nails before bed and woken up with 'sheet' marks on them; I've left the spa immediately to find them smudge from  the inside of my handbag trying to dig out my keys. Oh, the drama... of nails.

Well - recently I wrote a bridal beauty article for theeventfulplanner.ca and came across MINX nails, (via twitter, actually). MINX is essentially a very cool shrink wrap technology that heat seals onto your nails - stylish AND functional. 

 I've been taking on clients since I have perfected my technique. During my MINX 'training', I have discovered a couple of great things about them;

1) If you are a nail biter, it makes it impossible to bite through the nail armour therefore you get long nails! I have a client who is excited to get her second set, this time put on her newly grown out nails.

 2) If you have a nail split mid-way on your nail plate, no need to try to mend with glue or tissue and clear polish - the MINX nail armour seals the split from snagging as it is covered, you can easily grow it out. Plus, ZERO drying time, means you don't have to sit in the spa for 20 minutes reading the old fashion magazines over and over and over.

MINX nail armours come in a vast amount of styles - you get to be a kid in a candy store wanting them all. My favourites are tweed, snake skin, gold studs, lace - ok, my list can go on and on and on.

How long do they last? Well- I have had clients wear them from 1-2 weeks (pedicures a lot longer - up to 2 months). It really depends on you. One of my clients, a hairstylist as well, got 2 weeks out of them and she was shampooing and blow-drying every day. Another client, a real estate agent got 1 week - she was fussing with keys all the time admittedly using her nails as tools; oy, you can lead a horse... (**MINX states manis last 4-8 days, so any extra is gravy!** )

 How much does it cost? The going rates are$50- $75 US per mani, depending on technician and armour choice. Why so much? Well, if you think about it, it's quite reasonable. Most women find their nail polish chips within the first 24 hours of getting a manicure - unless you are a Princess and have handlers who do everything for you. The steps to a MINX manicure start with a clean manicure, cuticle work, filing etc - so you aren't losing but gaining more in longevity and cool factor.  

Want to get MINXED?  The Minx Salon Locator is a click away to find your nail tech in your city.

 Hand photographer, clearly I am not, but the nails are very cool! Pink, black with silver polkadot, tweed, snake skin and lace. Check them out:




Andrea Claire's Beauty Portfolio

By Andrea Claire · March 28, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I have had the pleasure of working with many talented people. These are some of my favourite shoots past and present.

To see more please click to see my agency's website, Judy Inc or my official website AClaireBeauty.

Thank you for visiting my site!


Andrea Claire

1st stop: Shipley's Do-nuts 2nd stop: a gym somewhere... help!

By Andrea Claire · March 28, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Food, the way to a man's heart and a woman's friendship - well, my friendship anyway! Shipley's Do-nuts was a nice surprise find. I was meeting up with some other moms with toddlers and one of the ladies brought them - twice! I knew we would be instant friends!

Sausage and Cheese Kolaches are a little on the addicting/evil side; doughy cheesy goodness! We call these pigs-in-a-blanket  in Canada - maybe we say Kolaches too but I never heard that word before. Of course they are totally non-fat! HA! Click to see the nurtrional value - um, ya... we had 2 EACH!! (not Zoie, my teenagers who were in the deep BG - camera shy, pfft my children? Go figure!) I did wash mine down with a bottle of water, this must have some sort of cancelling out the bad, right?? Humour me. Suffice it to say: THESE WERE A HIT!


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Zoie's sprinkle donut looked good, and strictly for the sole purpose of the blog I had to try it. The icing tasted like manufactured strawberry flavoured sugar - yuck. She didn't finish it either. Jamie Oliver would be proud... or maybe not.

I had a cinnamon twist - delish! Sage, a cream-filled donut and Blaire, a cinnamon roll. Sage and Blaire did not touch their donuts which are currently calling out my name from the kitchen counter. I will resist!  

Ok - so.... WHO ARE WE WEARING? I'm sure you are DYING to know!

On Andrea Claire:

Sunglasses- Marc Jacobs

Top - JoeFresh

Cardigan - Forever 21

My makeup (which was minimal, thus the glasses from running out the door in hunger):

Cargo Cosmetics One Base - as a light concealer











MAC Cheeky Bronze - on my cheeks













On Zoie Jean:

Heart sunglasses from Target's $1.00 bin!

'I Believe in Fairies' t-shirt from Gymboree.


FYI: Toddlers do get a sugar high. On our way home we needed to wander around Home Depot until some guy in a hideous orange apron helped us out. Zoie ran up and down the nail and hammer aisles screaming and laughing with her teen sisters spotting her for safety. I needed a 'swing clamp' for Zoie's tree swing, which is still in a slump by my front door. Instructions say 'swing clamp not included', Home Depot guy says he would NOT trust the safety of a swing clamp. Shame on you toddler swing manufacturer!

If you know how to 'install' this swing... do let me know!

Thanks for reading!


Andrea Claire 

Lady Antebellum, Sweeter Than Honey

By Andrea Claire · March 26, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

 Recently I had the pleasure of  flying from Austin,Texas to Toronto, Ontario to do hair and makeup for Lady Antebellum. The only challenge I had was I arrived in Toronto and my luggage didn't! Thankfully I had 24 hours before I had to be on set with Lady A. (A gazillion phone calls (zero name dropping) to the airline got me my luggage at 6:30 pm the night before I needed to be at the band's hotel at 5:00 am!)

I don't even know where to begin! The days were long but the company always remained fabulous! (I think I overuse the exclamation mark but, I believe in this post, it's worth it!)

While I can say country music does not monopolize my music collection I do own some Dixie Chicks, I do turn up the radio when Shania is on and I am now a proud owner of a Lady Antebellum cd! I guess you can say I am a fan of the cross-over country music.

While listening to Lady A answer many interviewers' questions a few answers stuck in my mind, one being: Like music for the music, not the genre. Well said and so true. Charles, Hillary and Dave were troopers going from station to station, performing, q & a's etc - and in-between while we were driving around they were still sweet as pie ... err... honey, of the American kind, just see for yourself:

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This photo borrowed from MuchMusic, At Home with Trevor Boris. This was my last day with Lady A. I loved Hillary's dress!

 It was a great two days, I was thrilled to be a part of the energy. A HUGE congratulations to Lady Antebellum and their success.

In this photo Lady Antebellum with my assistant Earl. Good for him jumping in for a photo. Truth be told, I always want to snap a pic with the people I work with but I always think their time with me should be solitude and relaxation, not another photo-op. I may change my mind on this... :)

Curious as to the beauty products being splashed around?

Sure - I'll share!

Over the 2 days I used various products on Hillary, here are a chosen few to list:

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm to die for eye cream that I use on everyone

FACEatelier #3 foundation

MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul

Kevyn Aucoin Prime Creme Eye Shadow in Pristine

NARS Eye Shadow in China Blue

Cargo Eye Lighter (my new tearduct love!)

L'Oreal Voluminous mascara

Stila Lip Glaze in Blackberry and Marmalade

Hair, again various products, namely Bed Head Hard Head hairspray, trust me a little goes a LONG way!



The guys appreciated my Clean And Clear Blotting Sheets, oil absorbing film that has ZERO makeup, they're a conversation starter too. 'What's that??' is often heard as you press them on someone's face. I tend to forget not everyone knows all about makeup.

 What did I learn in my 2 days with Lady Antebellum? I do like country music (check out track 8 Stars Tonight on the Need You Now cd - awesome song) AND I will never check my makeup kit on the way to a booking! (will be purchasing a Zuca Pro carryon for future travels!)  

** A BIG thanks to Borman, EMI, The Green Room and of course to Lady Antebellum for a great day!

 **Look for Hillary in an upcoming InStyle magazine shoot! Curious if they let her keep her gold metallic Minx nails I put on for her**

Red Lipsticks: Uncapping The Red Truth For You

By Andrea Claire · March 11, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


photo courtesy of: Maybelline New York


Choosing to sport red lips can be bold, daring, trendy, glamorous and classic or, e) all of the above. But really, any one can pull off a red lip.

Determine your own natural lip colour as well as your lips’ natural undertone; use this to inspire your red shades– ie if you naturally have a light lip shade with a slight berry undertone, for drama you can choose a dark lipstick with a berry undertone. 

Mysteriously Yours

Dark plums can be a rich, demure option, suiting everyone and especially those with yellow under-toned skin.  Try: Benefit’s Lipstick in Sassy-Frass, a lustrous texture with a magenta hue or M•A•C Lipstick in Dubbonet , a deepened claret with a creamy texture



Berry Pretty
Gentle berry toned reds, such as blackberry, cherry, raspberry are an easy way to add colour if you just can’t cross over to the true red side. Try: Maybelline New York lipsticks in Soft Azalea or Pink Bloom

Mellow Yellow Reds
Yellow reds, known to be softer reds, are best with blue under-toned skin; whether dark or light skin if you are generally ‘pasty’ or ‘ashy’, this is you. However, this red comes with caution, if you have yellow teeth, they will be exaggerated with orange or yellow red lipsticks. Try: M•A•C Lipsticks in Lady Bug with a lustre or Brave Red Lipstick with a creamy, wearable texture


Bluish reds add more glamour and classic appeal.
M•A•C Lipstick in Russian Red - a matte red stays on really well

or M•A•C Lipstick in Ruby Woo, a vibrant bluish-red

Gloss Appeal

Modernize your lippy by adding clear gloss to your red of choice or try one of these red glossy laquers:
Chanel liquid lip lacquer in ROUGE ALLURE LAQUE DRAGON - intense rich colour with a shine that lasts for hours.
M•A•C Lipglass in Russian Red – glossy, intense bluish-red

Redding tips:

• Get longevity with your red lipstick by basing your lips with a red stain or even food colouring.
• A red lipstick must is to use a red lip liner, which helps to seal the edges to prevent bleeding of colour. Apply over your entire lip which helps with the longevity of your lipstick. Try M•A•C Redd lip pencil
• Still unsure how to pick a red that will suit your skin tone? Apply a strip of scotch tape on the back of your hand, mark with various red lip shades – pick your favourite. 
• Nice day for a Red Wedding? Get ‘Vow’ ready, close your mouth around your index finger and slowly slide it out – this is a trick to keep the lipstick off your teeth.  (Be aware of who’s watching you do this, it’s not very ladylike, but it does do the trick!)


Vlog: Batter Blaster: Pancakes In A Can?!?

By Andrea Claire · February 28, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

In another attempt to branch out from beauty - mainly because I believe myself to be clever, funny and full of great ideas; here is a little video I did this morning with Zoie Jean on Batter Blaster, pancakes in a can!

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If you like my make up, I am wearing:

FACEatelier foundation #2

MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Brunette on cheeks

Jemma Kidd Dewy GLOW All Over Radiance Creme in Iced Gold

Kevyn Aucoin Goddess eyeshadow

MAC Greasepaint Stick as my liner

 L'Oreal Paris Black Collagen Mascara

Joe Fresh Beauty Lip Stain in Tangerine


 Floral dress - Urban Outfitters, Baggy Cardigan - Collective Concepts, Luxe Apothetique in The Domain                                                                  




 Booties you can't see but now I can write off - Lady Shoes from Marshall's





Little Zoie Jean - this photo cracks me up. I had others where she was staring at the can looking puzzled but this one takes the [pan]cake!
















Batter Blaster & Butter PAM from the local HEB in Austin, Texas

Get Plucked not Bushwhacked!

By Andrea Claire · February 17, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

There are so many brow faux-pas; over-plucked, over-drawn, over-bleached and just generally over-killed bush-wacked brows!

Before you blindly tweeze, take these helpful tips with you to an evenly lit window. (over-head lighting will cause shadows interfering with a proper shaping)


  • Start by combing your eyebrows straight up and trimming with eyebrow scissors. Be careful not to trim too short otherwise you will have spiky eyebrows. Try Tweezerman’s Brow Shaping Scissors & Brush
  •  Tweeze excess hairs in the direction of hair growth, which makes a clean tweeze. Try Tweezerman’s Slant Tweezer
  •   Fill in brows with short, quick strokes whether using shadow or pencil. If you tend to have oily skin try MAC’s Penultimate, a quick drying brow marker for a stronger, more defined look.
  • Highlight the arch of your brow for added lift. Hint: use the same highlighter in your tear ducts for a glamorous pop to your eye that looks stunning in photos. Try Make Up For Ever’s Star Powder 926















*Not sure what to tweeze? When in doubt, a natural brow is best. Take away the obvious and leave the rest. Try Two-Faced Brow Envy Kit which includes a stencil giving you all the answers in one little box.

DIY Cowhide Purse anyone?

By Andrea Claire · February 8, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


I drive by these 'cow hide' stands all the time.

Texas, where the state flower is a steak; I'm thinking of supporting local farms by buying a DIY handbag kit.



This puzzles me. 'Made in USA... or Mexico" Is it ok to be vague? I thought listing ingredients and the origin was important. "May contain nuts, dairy, sand, dirt, red dye #5 .... or it may not. We may have included vitamin C or D.... or maybe we didn't" By the way - this a package of Gummi Bears.

Putting the Yummy back into Mummy

By Andrea Claire · January 10, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Mommy Morning Make Up

From frumpy to fab; getting you out the door and into the kiddie car pool in under 10 minutes<op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op>

As a mother of three, celebrity make up artist, Andrea Claire also finds it hard to look the part 24/7.  But you can steal secrets from her makeup regime – which takes so little time you could almost tell people “Make up?  No time!  I wake up this way!” <op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op>

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1.       Use tinted moisturizer in place of plain moisturizer.  Why?  Tinted moisturizer adds luminescence to the skin and coverage in one step combining separate steps for moisturizer and foundation.

2.       Add bronzer to the cheek hollows and eye contour.  Subtle bronzer slims the face and adds a healthy glow and bonus:  bronzers pop any eye color.

3.       Brush on a little peachy-pink blush slightly above the apples of the cheek.  Placing the blush above the apples of the cheeks avoids the ‘Dolly’ look.

4.       Line the eyes with an earthy, cool brown shadow. Why cool brown? Warm shades will exaggerate tired puffy eyes. Why shadow? Shadow, unlike liner, is softer in texture and when you have limited time, go for the quick and easy application method which is also forgiving with make up mishaps.

5.       Curl lashes and apply 2 coats of mascara to the top layer of lashes. If you have circles under your eyes, avoid mascara on the bottom lashes, which only adds to the dark circles.

6.       Awaken tired eyes by applying a champagne hue into the tearducts and browbone, which both lifts and brightens.

Andrea Claire’s faves for your Morning Mommy Make Up bag: <op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op>

Jemma Kidd pro finish moisture tint spf 20 tinted moisturizer

NARS  South Beach bronzer

FACEatelier Peach Glaze blush

Yaby  Earth eyeshadow

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon mascara

MAC Shroom eyeshadow

Carrying around excess baggage? For extreme measures, conceal under the eyes. Try YSL Touche Eclat<op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op>

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Uber tired? Pull hair into a ponytail between your occipital bone and crown; instant awakening facelift! Goody's no-slip elastic for the chic mom on the go.<op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op>

Frazzled mom? Translate to tousled Yummy Mummy, spritz hair with hairspray, wrap in a bun and leave up while doing your make up – loosen & shake it baby! Hair will have great texture. Spray to hold. L'Oreal's Elnett hairspray <op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op>

Bed head from sleeping with no time to wash? Dry shampoos not only minimize oily roots but will give great long lasting lift to the roots. Batiste Dry Shampoo<op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op><op></op>

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