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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.

DIY Dramatic Eye for NYE

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

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

model: Sage Dakota
makeup by me

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

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

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

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad, Crushed Amethyst  $75.00 USD at <a target="_new" href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r6">Neiman Marcus


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herringbone braid chignon

By Andrea Claire · December 3, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

When I was in high school there was a girl who had her hair perfectly coiffed and frozen in place - from the front - the back was flat as a board - sure it was the 80s but that was no excuse. Even before I got into hair and makeup I noticed these things and wanted to help.

At one point in time - The back of your head looks RIDICULOUS! - meant it truly looked ridiculous - case and point in the aforementioned story.

Now 'The back of your head looks RIDICULOUS!' - means your hair looks amazing!

Here is one 'fab from the back' chignon:

  1. Blow out your hair with a round brush
  2. Secure into a simple side ponytail - hide the elastic with the hair
  3. Fishtail the ponytail
  4. Wrap and pin the tail flat against your head - each time you can play with the chignon shape.

Not sure how to herringbone a.k.a fishtail? I show you here on Yahoo! Glam Up!

At Home Brazilian Blow Out

By Andrea Claire · November 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Who better to test out a DIY boxed Brazilian blow out but a trained professional ? C'est moi!

Andrea Claire, licensed hairstylist since 1993, lent her hair to science.

Using the Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector, I wanted to see if the claims are true.

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Yes. It is a chemical treatment.

It is mild. My hair still feels like hair.

I certainly have fuller, smoother hair as the claim states.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that my ends that looked like they were in need of trimming seemed to be temporarily smoothed out which would indicate a temporary split end fix. [I must say here that a permanent fix on split ends is called a haircut]

Would I do this again? Yes!

Need some blow-drying tips? Check out where I gave Faz a little lesson on how to 'Blow Like a Pro'


Zoie Jean, 3 Year Old Manicure Prodigy

By Andrea Claire · September 14, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

All my children have the gift of beauty. It's a curse. Blaire can do a mean herringbone braid, Sage can contour and blend...


Zoie has mastered the art of painting on nails, just watch:


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Kidding aside, you can find MANY tres cool DIY manicures on YouTube. YouTubers and bloggers have taken pros out of the high intricacy game. You can watch and learn how to bedazzle your own nails. The feather manicure, marble manicure, the newsprint mani, etc… can all be found under the tutelage of a beauty blogger... well, maybe not Zoie's. This manicure is hard to master.



Pamplona Purple by OPI was the colour Zoie Jean chose. Purple is her thing right now.

For more info on current nail trends check out my article on Yahoo! Singapore.

Teen Beauty Blunders

By Andrea Claire · May 2, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

In today's world being a teenage girl is harder than ever. The competition between girls at school no longer stops there. With Facebook Frenemies (inner monologue: honesty box is a huge irresponsibility from the creators) - social media has taken Mean Girls to the next level. 

Why not turn it around? Empower yourself. Extingusih the negative. Embrace the positive.

Inspire from your favourite celebrity model or actress; we always will. But bear in mind these cool girls are loaded with stylists, makeup artists and retouching at hand to keep their image beyond perfect, without beauty blunders. 

Since the general public aren't loaded up with their own beauty team here are a few common beauty mistakes teens make and how to fix them.

BROWS. Addicted to the tweezer? Time and time again we see over-tweezed, misshapen brows. Brows should not look like commas or expose the brow bone or stop immediately after the arch or...  over time too much tweezing can shock the roots causing the brows to not grow back.

Fix-it: STOP! Put your tweezers down and run away from them. The more tweezing on a misshapen brow the worse it looks. There is help available for you:

  • Browhaus has a semi-permanent tattoo service that allows you the time to grow your brows in without the maintenance of filling them in every day (avoid permanent tattoo makeup)
  • Seek a Pro 'Brow Architect' in your area. Magazines often cover best brows and how to get them. Not every waxer knows how to do a great brow.
  • Pick up a brow kit that includes brow colour, stencils and thorough instructions.Try Anastasia Kit for Perfect Brows and Eyes (pictured)  or Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Foundation. Cake Face? Too much foundation be it in powder form or liquid is not necessary and does not look good either. If you are covering up skin eruptions go to a dermatologist as too much makeup can aggravate your skin causing more issues and this could lead to dullness and scarring. Powder makes me shudder. I never recommend it unless it's for a special function. (a quick dusting for setting your makeup is all you need) If you are thinking 'But Andrea, I am really oily and need powder.' A select few will need it BUT - your oily skin will oxidize changing the makeup tones throughout the day. *Excessive skin issues = Dermatologist visit.

Fix-it: Start by mixing an oil-free moisturizer with your liquid foundation before application which gives you an instant tinted moisturizer. If coverage is what you are going for use a foundation that is a known favourite with makeup artists. FACEatelier Ultra Foundation (pictured) or Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Airbrush Foundation

DIY Haircuts & Colours I know it looks easy, but speaking as a licenced hairstylist for ...uh,  a really long time.... it's not, we just make it look cool and easy. If you feel compelled to cut your hair, aside from telling you to resist the urge, if you are possessed by the scissor devil, think: less it more. Colours, my Love, is a whole different ballgame.

Fix-it: Haircuts - If you have really made a mess of your hair you will need to make an appointment to get it fixed.  Too choppy? Soften the ends by cutting into the hard edge with the points of your scissors, point cutting. Never cut your hair with a lot of tension as hair has movement and cowlicks and pulling down too tightly will cause the hair to spring up in different lengths.

Colour- First rule: COLOUR WON'T LIFT COLOUR. What does this mean? Well, if you decide to colour your hair dark brown then in a month you think blonde seems like a fun idea, it won't happen. You will end up a colour-cross between a Calico kitten and some Japanimation character - your roots (where your natural colour is) will lift, the mid-lengths and ends may or may not lift, but if it lifts it won't be even and it won't be pretty. The only way to remove artificial colour for a drastic colour change is in the salon as a professional will have to strip out your colour. This multi-chemical processing is harsh on your hair and will damage it.

Fix-it:  So, you didn't listen to your mother and you are now purring like a Japanimation Calico. You can get a semi-permanent hair colour from the pharmacy to temporarily fix your colour. Avoid trying to fix with a permanent colour as it can only get worse. Semi-colours stain the hair and therefore are your best bet to even out a fresh 'oops'. Try L'Oreal's Healthy Look (pictured) Not confident in your DIY skills? You can always call in the professionals.

 Got questions, comments or a beauty blunder of your own to share or get help with? Leave them on the comments below.


Top 10 Beauty Faves for August '09!

By Andrea Claire · August 7, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

In no specific order, the latest and greatest beauty products added to my kit:

  1. JK Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin complexion enhancer available at Target, which is where I am spending my time these days! This beauty veil is stunning on it's own or mixed with your foundation for a dewy glow. Since it reflects light, there is a gentle diffusing feel to it camouflaging fine lines, imperfections and pigmentation.
  2. Weather Works by John Frieda - Shampoo, conditioner and style sealant creme, the trio's claim: 'seals out style-ruining weather effects'. Tried, tested and TRUE! In Austin Texas anyway where I have relo'ed to.  Whether I straighten, air dry or curl, my hair lasts all day y'all!
  3. MAC lustre lipstick in Most Popular - I would classify this as a rich purple-pink that would suit all. I love it with clean skin, subtle cheek colour, little mascara and MAC Shroom in the tear-ducts - pretty-oh so-pretty! 
  4. Skin Food's Avocado Lip Balm - enough moisture without leaving your lips slippery so layering lippy on top is fine since you don't get the 'lip bleed' like other lip balms can cause.
  5. Joe Fresh matte lipstick in Ruby - for that true Coco red - to die for for fall! Cheap and cheerful- the score with this is the red is a GREAT shade, there is no 'flavour' like some cheap lipsticks have AND the packaging seems to 'click' so the lid does not randomly come off in your bag. Available in Loblaws grocery stores around Canada.
  6. REVLON magnifying mirror - No one really likes to see their imperfections magnified x10 BUT this handy tool helps with those fine hairs in the 'unibrow' area- another plus - if you are a spaz for applying dark lipstick applying while looking into this mirror will give you a perfect pout. Obviously this tool I use personally and not on jobs - when I am working on beauty specific jobs I have my specs :)
  7. Joe Fresh Faded Violet eyeshadow - purples are in for fall beauty. This violet is a soft sheer colour, for more of a punch layer this on top of charcoal or black liner - I prefer MAC's Powerpoint liners to layer on as they are smudge-proof and therefore your shadows will stay put.
  8.  Sephora Express compact eyelash curler - a little tricky at first to figure out so as not to pinch your lid but, once mastered you get a great consistent curl to your lashes. Don't forget to curl in 3 steps - roots, middle and ends. Most women curl the roots only which give a sharpness to the lashes; creating a curve gives you sexy doe-eyes.
  9. Batiste Dry Shampoo - I have used this for years but have noticed it is now available more globally. This is fantastic for humid weather, oily scalps or just stretching in-between washes. On fine hair, a little spritz at your roots will give you volume and the beauty about this trick - it will help your 'do last all day since it will absorb oils and heavy pollutants throughout the day.
  10.  Yaby - ooooh! Where do I start? The Yaby make up line has so many gorgeous products! My fave this month - the Pearl Paint Palette! Say that 10x fast! No need to be a make up artist to have fun with this palette - any age, any time - the colours are stunning and the blendabilty is to die for!


Honourable mention: Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm - yes, I speak about this miracle product to everyone I know! I seriously get asked by strangers what I use in my eye area. When I have my teenagers with me people gasp out-loud and ask what I use. This is my fountain of youth!  As long as people guess I am 25 I will keep using this eye cream!



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Bridal Portfolio

By Andrea Claire · August 5, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Hair & make up on below images by Andrea Claire

Also check out: Wedding & Travel magazine, Singapore/Malaysia - August 2009



You Sexy Motherpucker!!

By Andrea Claire · March 6, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

I recently acquired from F3 (my Fabulous Friend Faz http://thedramadiaries.livejournal.com), a little gift she snagged me on a trip to Bangkok.

 Always intrigued by A) cool packaging B) new products and C) lip plumpers, I couldn't wait to plant this on my kisser!

I plan to add some before and after shots of my lips cuz, I really can't believe it - it works!! I've read the packaging and ingredients, I'm not sure what the active ingredient is at it stings like a motherf.... well, you know; but hey for the pay off of great lips - who cares! Beauty is painful.

There is a hint of an underlying chocolate flavor which is nice; and whenever I apply it I hear Prince singing 'You Sexy MF' as if the lip goddess is plumping me up. Look out Jolie - there's some new lips in town! http://www.imeem.com/kobegracie/video/Ywbcdnah/prince-sexy-mf-video-tv-video/



 Purchase at www.target.com or in the UK, www.boots.com


Techie Mascara

By Andrea Claire · February 16, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

So, I bought this wonder $50.00 mascara. The vibrating head is pretty neat. But, are the claims true?

  •  Does it curl? No.
  • Does it separate? No.
  • Volume? Yes.
  • Length? Sure.


The one thing I notice about applying it on myself, the rotating head coats it throughout my lashes from all angles.

Do I feel that it is it worth $50.00? No. I'll stick to my favorites, Shu Uemura eyelash curler and L'Oreal Voluminous.

From Sears to Superhero!

By Andrea Claire · February 11, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Over the years of my career it has been a pleasure watching many fellow Canadians further theirs. I never thought I was the patriotic type but I have to say I have worked with many talented people over the years and I do feel a sense of Canadiana pride - 6 degrees of separation of Kevin Bacon - I am 3 degrees away. I worked on an actress who was dating Edward Norton, who was in a film at the time with Kevin Bacon. KB and I are practically BFF's! :)

'Back in the day', when I was working at Civello Salon & Spa, http://www.civello.com, one of our clients was Shalom Harlow. I was starting my career in hair and make up and Shalom's modeling career was taking off. The next year I saw her on Fashion Television being interviewed backstage of the runway shows.

Well, over the years I have worked with many talented people; Daria, Coco Rocha, Lisa Forsberg, Kelly Rowan, Alanis Morrisette, Sarah Polley - the list continues and I certainly don't want to turn this into a name-dropping resume.

One very talented Canadian girl who is certainly catching eyes these days - Malin Akerman! I had the pleasure of working with Malin years ago in Toronto and to say 'I knew her when' seems cheesy but a little brie can be tasteful. :) I remember working with her  right up to her move to LA and to see her up on the big screen, she certainly looks 'home'.

So, from Sears to Heartbreak Kid to The Watchmen http://www.watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com- kudos to Malin! My only wish, that I knew how to do somersaults in high heel black boots!


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