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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.

How glow can you go?

By Andrea Claire · April 10, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Paula's selfie from behind the scenes yesterday from our ad shoot. Hair & makeup by me

The biggest tip I can pass on for getting your glow on, is to minimize using powders, even if they're diffusing and light reflective they still leave a powdered feel. Paula here is wearing the bare minimum of powder. </p>

Cream Colour Base (not the colour I used) $21.00 USD, M·A·C

Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! $30.00 USD at Bloomingdale's

After my usual Dermalogica skin prep, I blended cream foundations and concealers (mainly Bobbi Brown) with MAC's cream colour base in Hush, Benefit Watt's Up (using the warmth of my fingertips so the products melt like buttah seamlessly together). Next I layered Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar sculpt & highlight (powder yes; a must have: yes!) and FACE atelier's Peach Glaze Blush (powder) 

Paula's eyes: I started with DaLish Cosmetics E01 cream shadow and layered with Bad to the Bronze Maybelline 24hr cream tattoo, and with a pencil tip brush I applied Himalia NARS dual intensity eyeshadow smudging into the top & bottom lashlines, brow bone & inner corner was Charlotte's highlighter from the Filmstar palette. Some lashes and Benefit Rollerlash. </p>

NARS Lip Gloss, Orgasm $26.00 USD at Beauty.com

Lips: Laura Mercier Baby Lips liner and NARS Orgasm lipgloss. 
*Truly the key for glowing makeup is to allow the skin to radiate. Powdering therefore should be minimized. For the overly slick, just powder your t-zone if you must, but leave the rest. </p>

MAC Blot Film $16.00 USD at Dillard's

<p>Blot film is your friend. 

BEAUTY BLAHS?! Do you suffer the dreaded camel knee?

By Andrea Claire · February 5, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

*This post should come with an 'I'm a little saucy minx today' warning. Beware of sarcasm, and I may have used the word 'penis' once... darn, that'll be twice now.

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In beauty history we've learned:

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  •  facial exercises*  (above) to keep firm and lifted 


  •  'see ya later 'gator!' all over body creams

  •  lip scuffing to reduce dry lips and keep them soft and plump

And now I bring you the fight against camel knees (and elbows)! Not as rude as the dreaded toe, but just as irksome! 

Our knees and elbows have taken a backseat for a while now and I know many who complain about either the feeling of the skin or the appearance. The complaints of the appearance of our knees makes me giggle a bit - I'm not trying to belittle your knee-phobias but - knees, just like a penis, are not the most attractive things in the world - but both serve a purpose and sometimes at the same time. C'mon! That's funny!  

The dehydrated texture we can do something about, and just like our faces, if you take proper body care by exfoliating with scrubs and re-hydrating with creams, your knees and elbows will not suffer the consequences from lack of attention.

Here are some products to target these problem areas:

dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Salts $28.00 USD at Nordstrom  - of course I have this in my Dermalogica cabinet!! LOVE. You know I'm Dermalogica OBSESSED - HINT: Ladies, you'll want to tap click that!

LOVE me some oil / salt scrub combos! This Leaves of Trees product is (do we still say) AMAZEBALLS! I've had elbow issues lately and when I use this in the shower they feel like butter in the warm spring Canadian sun - breezy and fresh. I follow with one of their skin butters too. 

DIY'ing your own concoction with coconut oil, sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon juice works.

Follow with creams or body butters.

Josie Maran 5-pc Ultimate Argan Oil Moisturizing Collection $85.00 USD at QVC

I like to:

  1. get into the shower
  2. get my skin damp
  3. turn off the shower
  4. rub my exfoliating product all over for a few minutes using a soft cloth
  5. rinse 
  6. pat excess water but while still moist apply body creams focusing on troubled spots

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**Did you see this latest Crisco beauty tip?? Well, it's not new but great as a reminder that Crisco's hydrogenated cottonseed oil (fat remains solid at normal storage temperatures) can help hydrate your knees too! Animal lard is great for beauty as well, but that can gross people out.  

*I vividly remember when I was in elementary school (grade 6-ish) reading my step-mother's Chatelaine magazine with an article on facial exercises and actually doing them because A) I clearly needed that at that pre-pubescent age and B) clearly I was shallow from a young age

Gnossem behind the scenes

By Andrea Claire · December 29, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

* click the title if you do not see a video *

I love shooting with Gnossem.

First - they believe in creativity and teamwork.

Second - they have amazing clothes. 

It's boring when you don't work as a team.

In the words of Diana Vreeland: Don't be boring.

Hair & makeup by me using Yaby, Charlotte Tilbury, Da Lish Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Kevin Murphy and Original Mineral.

Video was by me too using my Canon 600D.  There was a song: Prince Diamonds and Pearls but YouTube muted it. Copyright. sigh AND I need to work on my focus... it'll get there; but some of the soft focus works - we call that art.

The first Mrs Expat Singapore beautified by me!

By Andrea Claire · November 22, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

(this photo was sent to me via Katrina, all other photos of Katrina are mine taken with my Canon 600D)

Congratulations to Katrina Stehle for winning the Mrs Expat Singapore crown! 

Let me share with you her beauty crown & glory by me! (yes, stretching for a tie-in; you can deal)

Always start with great skincare; it makes your makeup apply effortlessly - but you need to take care with eye creams; if they're too emollient then they may cause your makeup to slide and travel.

Dermalogica is my preferred skincare and a staple in my kit.

The eye cream to own:  Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm 0.5 Fl Oz $50.00 USD at <a target="_new" href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r849">Amazon.com


Whether an expat wife or a 17 year old model in my chair you can expect this luxurious moisturizer to be applied: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $41.00 USD at <a target="_new" href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r101">Ulta


Primers are tres importante for beauty queens. I love the NARS Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15 $34.00 USD as it helps create the lit from within, perfect skin appeal

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup, 30mL $64.00 USD at Neiman Marcus


Armani Maestro Fusion Compact Foundation $64.00 at Barneys New York - yes, I used two Giorgio Armani foundations. Different coverages for different needs and that's all you need to know. 


For those of us Pretty in Pink, L'Oréal Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Pink $12.99 USD at Ulta - similar to FACEatelier's Facade, it's mousse-like application is sheer and gorgeous.  

For perfect highlighting and contouring this is a MUST. Just pause and order this now: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, 16g $65.00 at NET-A-PORTER.COM - question though: I haven't had the opportunity to try this on darker skin tones... anyone? Feed back? I find it's great up to level 7, but that's as far as I've gotten. (reference: level 1 is Casper level) 

I applied Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Painted Purple onto Katrina's mid-lid to start, not totally obvious but it does help her eyes pop;$6.99 USD at Walgreens

I applied colours from Bobbi Brown 'Scotch on the Rocks – Warm Glow' Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) $75.00 USD at Nordstrom along with a hint of tight-lining using the LWGL in Black Scotch.

on Katrina's lips I used MAC Cosmetics Private Party (satin) &?, layered with NARS Lip Gloss in Sixties Fan (not shown) $26.00 USD at Nordstrom

Ardell Natural Lash - Black 110 $3.99 USD at Ulta

Top Shop False Lash mascara - yes! I LOVE this mascara!!

I used Ardell Brow Set in Clear to add slight definition with the brows. I didn't want a 'here comes Julie's brows' look because, well, she's Katrina... and I'm not a fan of drag queen brows on women, especially when you have on false lashes - you don't want to hit the beauty point of no return as a woman! 

Our first 'do I set on a Parlux med-size barrel tong after blowing out Katrina's hair with Original Mineral's Rootalicious and bed-dazzled (tousled) it with Aveda's Pure Abundance powder (must have!!) and then held it in place with Original Mineral Original Queenie.

As I was finalizing her coiffe, some random dude came over and said 'Do this!' and started to 'scrunch' her hair. <strong>*horrified face*

</strong>No, I did NOT beat him with my hairspray can... I really can't stand when people who don't do hair do shiz like that... So, ladies (and guys) don't do that - it can actually create frizziness and squash your set. I'm not really sure what he thought he was trying to accomplish and after doing hair & makeup for 25 years, I don't need help from a random... I can't even...

Girl, you werk that updo! 

Katrina and I have very similar colouring but (I do many skintones and types cuz I'm a pro like that) I just can't pull off a red dress like she can. This updo I do'ed in 15 mins... ok, maybe 20. Pressure was on! She hadn't won yet! I left shortly after I did the 'do since I had been shooting an editorial all day before heading to Marina Bay Sands. and got a lovely text from Katrina, I bet minutes after she was crowned:

<em>"Thanks so much for the amazing hair. makeup, support and confidence"

</em>Clearly a confident woman but super classy and confident to express appreciation. 

:) Anytime Katrina!! It was great fun! 

Reinventing contouring and highlighting

By Andrea Claire · June 10, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Let's start by stating the obvious - yes, I'm naked. I want to talk about skin.

As a makeup artist, I've received many kudos from peers and clients about the way I do skin. The constant remarks include the coverage that doesn't look/feel heavy, the glow, the blending and simply 'that skin!'

Mirroring the Dermalogica philosophy, I break the face down in many parts since not every area has the same needs:

  • oil-prone areas ie t-zone, needs matte textures 
  • dry or dull areas need glowy textures
  •  coverage? What needs more ie concealer or stick foundation
  •  added highlights? Where? Usually the 5 highlight points on the face
  •  aging skin? What needs a lift / firming product?

You will see that I have applied the products in a camouflage appeal. No strong lines ie contouring, because not everyone desires the Kardashian Kontour. For blending purposes too, softer edges that overlap blend easier. I use a mix of brushes, fingers and sponges for blending and most with a tapping/stippling motion. My fave beauty tool of the moment is a no-name vibrating foundation sponge out of Korea.

Always start with skincare - which I assure you - I am Dermaloigca'ed up pre-makeup.

 The makeup I am wearing is here. What you see is what you need to get.

Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30 $48.00 USD at Ulta Silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Formulated with a natural neutral tint that helps balance tone and enhance radiance. Peptides and Age Smart actives help firm and shield against MMP and free radical damage, as sunscreens shield against sun damage. Wear alone over your moisturizer for simple results or under your foundation for smoother makeup application with long-lasting coverage. I apply this all over the face.

Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation - B10 $69.00 USD at Barneys New York An anti-aging foundation infused with an award winning serum, Forever Youth Liberator Serum combines 24 hours of non-stop hydrating properties to smooth and nourish the skin with patented Color Tune-Up Complex to correct dullness giving you a newer, brighter complexion. This foundation I have applied into my cheek hollows and up my temples and at my jowls for a lifting feel.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation $36.00 USD at Sephora A shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation formulated to hides imperfections, evens out skin tone, and matify with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. Stay flawless for hours. Apply on your t-zone, and yes, this works! Burberry also makes a lovely Velvet Foundation that gives you a matte finish.

NARS Illuminator $30.00 USD at Lord & Taylor I love Hot Sand, a peach champagne. Lighting the skin from within is the glow you want to muster, a luscious light-reflecting radiance. Tap it onto the five highlight points: brow bone, cheek bones, bridge of nose, mid-chin and bridge of nose - some makeup artists like to hit mid-forehead, I'm not a fan; in fact, rarely do I pop it on the chin - I do however love applying under lip colours to the bow of the lip and for open necks tap onto your décolleté.

Julie Hewett's Shimmy I tapped onto my lip bow and a hint over my crow's feet (what crow's feet?! sigh) 

Bobbi Brown's Illuminating Face Base I love under the eyes for brightening when a full on concealer isn't needed. This doesn't seem to be online anywhere so I wonder if it's a special duty-free at the airport item because that is where I bought it. Bobbi Brown: is that correct or can we find it at the counters?

My makeup work as seen in a Lancome advertorial shot by Jingna Zhang for Bazaar (Singapore)

Side notes:

You will notice that nothing is powder - it's all creams. Cream textures are my preference and I rarely use powders unless it's for a bride or red carpet affair and then I keep it to the bare minimum. My preference is FACE atelier's Ultra Matte spray; I powder on special requests. True story.

Concealer. sigh... this is a product that is over-sold like powder. In my 24 years of creating perfect skin, it's a product that if I dig out, it's rarely. Many people think of makeup rules and steps and therefore think that every step is a must. Not so. I am here to burst that beauty bubble. Step out of the overhead light and then see if shadows and eyebags still exist. Not everyone needs to conceal.

That's all folks. My flawless skin tricks, from me to you.

#AZMondayMakeover || Teresa, SKY Pilates

By Andrea Claire · May 12, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

BAM! Come hither...

Good Morning this Monday Makeover Day! The day after Mother's Day; and how fitting - we have Teresa, mother of one who has gone from frumpy housewife to MILF. No, she was never frumpy, nor is she a housewife; we were all just joking around.

Teresa Woo is the founder of Sky Pilates.

Watch the transformation and our cheeky selves in the video below.

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A little repeat cuz she looks AMAZING! No Photoshop ladies!
The beauty breakdown: 

As always, the Andrea Claire broken record: I started with  Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $41.00 USD by Dermalogica at Ulta

Choosing a primer with some light reflective pigments diffuses fine lines and other skin imperfections. I used NARS Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 $34.00 USD at Barneys New York

The new NARS Matte Multiple Multi-Use Colour can be used for Lips & Cheeks $39.00 USD at Neiman Marcus. I also love the neutral shades for sculpting. Just swipe directly to areas like your cheek hollows and blend with foundation. I like to apply these along with foundation when sculpting, not as a separate step - this ensures that you don't end up using too many layers of makeup. Say no to cake face.


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick $44.00 USD at Neiman Marcus is available in 24 shades. The updated formulation is seamless and weightless giving you that perfect skin appearance. I LOVE this new formulation.

I prefer to apply the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge $26.00 USD at Neiman Marcus along with the foundation and multiple stick prior to any finishing/setting powder. Simple makeup rule: APPLY LIKE TEXTURES TOGETHER. Sorry for shouting but sometimes you ladies need to be yelled at. I'm talking to YOU pink-frosty lipstick wearers, it's way past the time for an update!

My favourite matte multi and pot rouge combo tends to be: NARS ALTAI with Bobbi Brown Powder Pink; the same combo that I used here on Teresa. 

Pearl, mica and Zinc adds to this oil-free Mineral Finishing Powder by Laura Mercier, $34.00 USD at Neiman Marcus. Because of the zinc, it does have a natural SPF but don't let that replace your regular SPF. A favourite of my friend and ex-assistant cum fellow artist, Dee Daly who shared this with me, knowing how little I like powders. Thanks Dee! LOVE this stuff!

Another Andrea Claire broken record beauty staple: Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow $20.00 USD at Ulta. I use and tell everyone to get Birthday Suit (colour not as shown); a champagne hue that suits everyone.

I used the top right colour from the NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette 1 ea on Teresa's eyeshadow cocktail. Get this limited edition palette while (and if) you still can!

Also in the cocktail is Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad, Orchid Haze $78.00 USD at Neiman Marcus. If you like eyeshadow, you need to own Tom Ford's. I have about six. They are lush and easy to blend. See Orchid Haze on another eye that I did here.

I used Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Mahogany at the lash line and in the waterline. These pencils are Bobbi's gel liners now in pencil form and a must-have. Her gel liners are on my fave list.


SEPHORA COLLECTION Upside Down Mascara $22.00 USD at Sephora - the CRAZIEST looking mascara wand to date, but I love it. The wand ensures coverage all around the lashes. I do find this formulation a little tar-y and cake-y so keep your Tweezerman iLashComb handy.

Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Pink Mauve $22.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

Another you have to have it, NARS Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls, $25.00 USD at Saks Fifth Avenue. These NARS lip lacquers are a must.

Kicking it old skool with Teresa's hair, I dug out my Velcro rollers. They are great for movement with the hair. I prefer to flat iron hair first, which helps to smooth the cuticle. I show you the proper way in the video above.

GHD Gold Professional 1" Styler - US 2-pin plug $225.00 USD at <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r27" target="_new">NET-A-PORTER.COM


Conair® Think Big® Self Grip Velcro Rollers - 9 Count $8.99 USD at Target

Finish the hair with a spray of Original & Mineral Original Queenie hair spray. Andrea Claire's broken record beauty must-have. It has old skool hold without the old skool flakes and build-up.

Concept, direction, editing and copyright by Andrea Claire.

Camera operators: Zurina, Diana and Andrea. Andrea typically provides the soft focus, but she's working on that!

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+. I will never stop participating in the fantasy side of fashion and beauty but reality isn't so bad either.

Want to participate? Anyone can as long as you are in Singapore. Email me, Andrea Claire with #azMondayMakeover in the subject line. Please also attach a recent photo yourself.

Andrea Claire

Andrea Claire 2.0

By Andrea Claire · February 1, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
I've been somewhat chillin at home post-surgery; I had a labrum tear fixed in my right hip. </p>

Being told to sit on the couch and relax for 2-3 weeks is like torture for me. I've started this little post-surgical vay-cay by cleansing my condo; ridding it of trash and demons. Long overdue.


<p>Now what?
Caught up on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.</p>

Now what.

I've been considering fighting the aging process with a little help from injectables for a while now. A common topic of course in my industry but also amongst my private clients who see me to get their hair done. I have to say, I had preconceived notions about Botox, fillers etc all based on Hollywood. </p> <p>I have no desire to look like the notorious cat lady, nor do I care to own Nicole Kidman's forehead; plus there are many stereo typical ladies who lunch here in Singapore who aren't capable of revealing their emotions with simple facial expressions. But, after many conversations with clients who have revealed that yes, in fact they have had Botox or fillers done - well, I was a bit surprised at my own naïveté leading me to believe that Botox = crazy face. 
My Botox trepidation reminds me of my mother who said to me when I was in labour with my first daughter (Sage) : "Don't be a hero; if you want pain relief, take it."
Proudly,  I never did. Popped that baby right out as well as her sisters, all sans doping. *pounds chest*
But aging, that's something different. 
I have been lucky that my genes allow me to age extremely gracefully, I'm sure my freckles help too - often mistaken for being years to a decade younger than I am. 
So why jump on the Botox bandwagon? I have often counseled clients who have asked me if they should get it done by responding with:</p> <p> Don't get things done for others. Get tweaks and enhancements done because YOU want them.
So yes. I look young for my age but lately when I've been putting on my makeup, time is fleeting; I see more fine lines developing around my eyes. Duh, I am 42 but those fine lines slowly turn to crevices and that's NOT ok with me, for me. This is not me telling you, my reader, if you have fine lines go get Botox; this is me saying it is a case by case basis and how you feel about you. 
I went to the dermatologist whom one of my clients swore by, Dr Komathy Rajaratnam. I've been recommending her to clients for years and they've all been über happy but I've never ventured in.
Walking into her office she smiles with eye contact "So what brings you here to see me today?"
Fine lines, and they are not crossed. 
She listens as I tell her about my apprehension. I have been proud of my slow aging process. I am a religious Dermalogica user. She does acknowledge that for my age and skin tone I am doing remarkably well and actually do look ten years younger than my age. I could hug her.
I tell her that the fine lines appearing around my eyes are seeming to be rapidly increasing, heavy eyelids run in my family, which I am starting to see signs of and my jowls,  I am not happy with. Again, this is for me and how I feel. 
I told her that I am not interested in looking overly injected and that I do want people to see that I can express emotion. 
The doctor examines me more closely and says that it's perfect timing, getting something done just as the signs of aging start - at 42!  She suggests a total of 16 units of Botox that would go around my eyes and slightly across my forehead and some Thermage on my face. </p> <p>
So moving forward - I commit to clinging on to my youth. [video above - if you don't see it please refresh the post title]
Starting with Thermage </p> <p>Thermage treatments are all about energy – focusing radiofrequency energy to kick start the body’s own natural renewal process. Like most smart technologies, the process is relatively simple – it’s a combination of heat energy to treat deep tissue, and cooling effects, to protect the skin surface and deliver better patient comfort. And our latest evolution of Thermage includes patented Comfort Pulse Technology – gentle vibrations and interspersed cooling that make your Thermage treatment even more comfortable. Even so, it’s important to remember every patient’s circumstances are different, so for specifics, it’s best to consult your Thermage physician. Thermage.com
My face is cleansed and prepped to begin the Thermage. </p> <p>
Thermage works by stimulating the collagen cells with radio frequency for reproduction, lifting, firming and melting some of your fat away. 
At times it is mildly hot and painful. The doctor expresses that my tolerance is higher than the average - a trait of us redheads. It is key to tell the doctor when it's feeling too hot so she can turn it down. She gave me a pain scale of 1-5 and told me to vocalize when I'm leaving a 3; you can get burnt.</p> <p>
Seeing one side done, you immediately see the difference.  I have gotten RF facials regularly at Qi Mantra where the results are less dramatic but you can see them. The difference is Thermage results will last 2 years vs an RF facial where results last 2 months at best. 
Next up: Botox. You can see me get injected in the video earlier on in this post.
Seriously. What took me so long?!? 
I kid. 
I have booked appointments with the Lifestyle Clinic and then cancelled last minute, but this time I was truly ready. 
I am thrilled with the results and stare at myself in the mirror frequently raising my eyebrows and crinkling my face to see the results. I am not frozen in surprise, I am freshened and relaxed looking. Lord knows I could use a little relaxing.
Just enough. I tended to have a slightly lazy right eye too which I believe now looks to be more open and balanced.
I have heard from many clients that Botox can hurt or feel like a bee sting. Dr Komathy had applied numbing cream - I never felt a thing. </p>

<p>Granted the before (left) is slightly different lighting-wise but... Behold! Youth restored! 
The marionette lines are diminished immediately and apparently Thermage continues to accumulate results 2-3 months post-treatment. Things are definitely looking up.

Yes. I succumbed to Botox. And Thermage. I think I can deal.

Beauty Lust Haves || primer & foundation 2013 roundup

By Andrea Claire · January 1, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

hair & makeup by me for Bazaar (Singapore), styling Alli Sim
photographer Jingna Zhang

Many artists become known for various traits of their expertise and one that I commonly hear back about myself is my detailed attention to skin and my ability to create a flawless finish. A flawless finish isn't only in the hand of the artist but also the products used. Skincare plays a huge part of course, but the next few steps are crucial too.

I'm sure by now many of you know that if you want your makeup to last, you need to use primer; Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30 $48.00 USD at Ulta. Skin Perfect Primer is one of my faves because the active ingredients are pharmacy grade which means the actives are more powerful providing added skin treatments versus a simple cosmetic primer.

<em>Velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Peptides and Age Smart actives help firm and shield against MMP and free radical damage, as sunscreens shield against sun damage. Wear alone over your moisturizer for visible smoothness and luminosity, or after moisturizer application and before foundation to help fill fine lines for a lasting makeup finish. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.


Nars Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 $34.00 at Barneys New York

This NARS primer I've used many times as well. It's radiance under makeup is beautiful without looking shiny. There's a difference between radiant skin and shiny skin. This is a great primer to use when you're looking tired and puffy - either after a night of indulgence or hard work keeping you up to the wee hours.

Primed. Revived. Radiant. NARS Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 dramatically extends and transforms the appearance and vibrancy of makeup. Weightless and oil-free, it minimizes signs of fatigue to leave the skin luminous and revived. Get primed for a vibrant complexion.

FACEatelier Ultra Foundation will forever make this list. Do you live in Asia? It's on sale here.

Ultra Foundation is a silicone-based emulsion that floats on top of the skin, doesn't crease or flake, and lasts all day long.  Hydrating yet oil-free, it obscures tiny lines and pores to ensure a smooth finish.  No primer needed!  It's built into Ultra Foundation, thanks to the super sophisticated, silicone-based formula.   Another bonus - it sets without powder, preserving the youthful, dewy finish.

The silicone molecule is bigger than the human pore, allowing Ultra Foundation to form a lightweight, breathable second skin that is both moisture and oil resistant.  It is truly non-comedogenic and is ideal for troubled or mature skin. Ultra Foundation's top-secret formulation creates an optical blurring effect that diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and gives the illusion of a smoother, more uniform and naturally dewy finish.  No wonder it's the foundation of choice for stars like Fergie and Lady Gaga! <strong>FACEatelier.com [and I confirm every word. Nothing but LOVE for FA]


MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation $36.00 USD at Sephora

This liquid is shine controlling, oil-free and water-resistant. Formulated to hide imperfections, even out skintone, and mattify with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. The result is flawless and lasts for hours. I've started using this recently and although it has a complete coverage it doesn't feel heavy on my skin.

TIP! In the digital world where everyone seems to have become paparazzi, you need to be flawless for those surprise tagged photos that you wake up too. Balance your foundation's finished look by using MAT Velvet in the T-Zone and your other fave foundation everywhere else.

Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Foundation SPF20 $69.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

Youth Liberator Serum Foundation offers medium-to-full coverage and skin-firming benefits which now at the young age of 42 I need to reap. With its 24-hour hydration and SPF 20 coverage you can look dewy and flawless as the fine lines start to dig deeper. I bought this recently at Changi airport enroute to Cambodia. Flying out? Check your airport's Duty Free shops. Many beauty counters offer travel-only deals that are worth perusing. 

This anti-aging foundation is infused with our award winning serum, Forever Youth Liberator Serum. Youth Liberator Serum Foundation combines 24 hours of nonstop hydrating properties to smooth and nourish the skin with our patented Color Tune-Up Complex to correct dullness giving you a newer, brighter complexion. From fair to dark complexions, Youth Liberator Serum Foundation corrects, unifies and evens all skin tones, giving the skin an instantly younger appearance.

Available in 10 universal shades. SPF 20 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Illuminating Powder Foundation Refill - 20 Watts $28.00 USD at <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r953" target="_new">DERMSTORE

</a>It's no secret that I'm not a pusher of powder. The dangers of powder on the skin can leave your looking chalky and full of lines. True story: us makeup artists, when on a job where we need to age someone by a few years we simply add powder. So with that being said, I also need to be up on various products that suits everyone's needs. The only powder that I've stumbled upon so far that I love - this Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation, a silky, lightweight powder that conceals imperfections and illuminates the skin.

Tip: Just like liquid foundation, you shouldn't be reaching for your powder foundation for touch-ups throughout the day. Instead, touch-ups should be with a blot film ( to control oiliness) or a skin brightener (revive tired skin). Foundation should only be reapplied if you have the flu and just snotted off your foundation or post make-out session. 

What's your go-to primer or foundation?

Review my complete Beauty Lust Haves 2013 roundup here.

Beauty Lust Haves || skincare 2013 roundup

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 <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r132" target="_new">Beauty.com

</a>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 <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r1" target="_new">Nordstrom

</a>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

#AZMondayMakeover || Adlena, Platform PR

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 <strong>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.



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!  

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