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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.

(Gn)awesome with Gnossem this holiday season

By Andrea Claire · December 3, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

*Turn your volume down before hitting play so you don't hate me... music by HOLE. (click the post title again if the video doesn't appear)

Here's a little teaser that I shot with my Canon 600D with the lighting help of Tomas, Gnossem's resident photographer. I'm trying to make use & practice my skills from my TISCH ASIA cinematography course that I took. (Don't expect Spielberg-esque it was a fairly basic two month class.)

The rough and ready gel liner is Bobbi Brown Black Scotch from her holiday collection. I promise to update the beauty notes... I am running to my Derm Goddess and I can't be late!  

I collaborated with online shop-til-ya-drop boutique: Gnossem for this holiday editorial (watch this space). They are also having a pop-up shopping event today & tomorrow. Tomorrow, December 4th, I'll be on hand to share some beauty holiday tips with you or you can flip through my portfolios as I'll be kickin' it old school with my chic leather books. 

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&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512">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=r1&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=35451201&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512">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.

Register for a hands-on 'own that look' Bobbi Brown's Surf & Sand workshop

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

Are you in Singapore and interested in attending the Bobbi Brown Ultimate Summer Beauty Essentials workshops to find out how to own that look?  

I have five slots per session for June 11th to give away waiving the $80 commitment.

Pick a slot and email me with your name and handphone number.

First come, first beautified basis: 

<span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri">JUNE 11th

11am: Romantic Cocktail Chic</span> 
1pm: Natural Sunset Glow 
3pm: Romantic Cocktail Chic 
5pm: Natural Sunset Glow 

*Note: I am not leading the workshops, but I may pop in - I can always use a new gel liner or shimmer brick!

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#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.

[If you don't see the video here, please refresh the post title to load it]

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&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512" 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

#AZMondayMakeover || Paula, Chatter PR

By Andrea Claire · May 5, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
After a few months hiatus... (I had two surgeries. Please do send flowers) </p>



Meet Paula Robinson, Chatter PR

She's a mother of two on the go. We can all relate. Feeding the kids, rushing to get the family dressed and out the door so we can get to work. We don't always have time to coiff and powder. Hey, that's life right?!

Why hello there Mrs Robinson!!! Are you trying to seduce us?!?

There is a video below here. If you don't see it, please refresh the title. You might want to watch just to get Paula's makeup tip using Post-its!

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Balm $93.00 at Barneys New York


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Warm Sand and Natural $44.00 each at Neiman Marcus


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


SEPHORA COLLECTION Upside Down Mascara $22.00 at Sephora

Tweezerman Folding iLashcomb, Pink $12.00 at <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r6&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512" target="_new">Neiman Marcus


Tweezerman Lighted 10X Mirror $16.00 at Neiman Marcus


Dior Glow Maximizer Primer $42.00 at Dillard's

** All prices are in US dollars **


Find Paula on:


Real Housewife Of Singapore


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.

Andrea Claire

VLOG || #AZMondayMakeover: Vivian Pei

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

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


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

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

before and after photos by Zurina Bryant

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

On Vivian I used:

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

 Followed by FACEatelier foundation in #7 (Tan)

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

Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder $34.00 USD at Nordstrom

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

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

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

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

Applied solely on Vivian's lid.

Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Colour USD at Nordstrom 

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

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

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

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

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

Lip Lacquer $25.00 USD at NARS Cosmetics

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

<strong>For Vivian's hair:

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

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

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

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

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

find the team online:

Zurina Bryant

and me, Andrea Claire 

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

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


Beauty Lust Haves || July 2013

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

Ok, a little later than the normal time frame for my Beauty Lust Haves. Apologies as I was in Thailand for a shoot then travelled to Canada (where I am now) to visit family and do a little work - so without further delay, my beauty picks for July:

Let's start with this MiraCurl by Babyliss! Beautiful curls in 10 seconds (per section, not your whole head!)  Um... I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it! Watch my Instagram video here of Stuff Zoie Says gettin her hair did and then of course the little Diva telling me to 'stop touching her hair!' LOL

What the MircaCurl is, is a nano-titanium curling machine! And... DUAL VOLTAGE!! Yes - friends in Singapore - when I am home I can create MiraCurls with your hair!!

(thanks to Le Salon in Kitchener for the demo!)

SK-II Signs Eye Mask were part of a package given to me to fall in love with prior to me speaking at an SK-II event in Singapore. Loaded with antiaging benefits and vitamins to hydrate and diminish fine lines -- this has become part of my personal skincare regimen and pro-kit staple as a pre-makeup prep for some of my models. Excellent for those who feel that their under-eye area needs extra TLC. I love how concealer glides on without caking post use.

Sheene Choco lip balms from Thailand that I found in Singapore are gorgeous. Not as thick as the NARS lip lacquers that I love but a similar look for a fraction of the price. Contains cocoa butter and camellia japonica seed oil to moisturize and protect with a splash of sheer colour. Pictured above is me wearing all three!

Duty-free beauty gets me everytime and my recent shoot in Thailand was not exempt.

My faves from my recent plane purchase:

Bobbi Brown Illuminatiing Face Base - a primer that adds to the glow from within as well as contains 25 broad spectrum sun protection. Safe to say I have a little Bobbi Brown in my kit. [this product doesn't seem to be on their website so possibly Asia exclusive or limited for purchase on Cathay]

Armani Maestro foundation my bad; it's not a foundation- this does however remind me a lot of MAC's Face & Body (Foundation) and an original Hollywood starlet oil-based foundation that the name escapes me but I can visualize the delicate glass bottle... eventually the product name will pop into my head.

“It’s not a foundation, it’s a complexion perfector. A whole new generation of make-up that feels incredible, looks invisible and makes skin appear luminous every time. Anyone can wear it!!!”- Linda Cantello, International Make-up Artist for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics from Georgio Armani online

Beauty behind the scenes. A pretty lip must be shared.

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

image source: me with my HTC ONE S

This is Melissa, Singaporean model/actress represented by Looque in a behind the scenes photo that I just had to share - I mean - look at that lip colour! I'll get there...

On Melissa's already flawless skin:

Skin: Prepped with Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream and IPSA On the Peak Eye Aesthetics - an amazing eye cream (why am I sharing this with the models - note to self: covet)

Foundation:  A combination of Dermalogica's Covertint in Medium with FACEatelier Ultra Foundation #1

Cheeks: Again with a combo, in order of application: MAC Cosmetics Posey Cheekblend Blush , Bobbi Bown Shimmer Brick Bronze in the hollows and Jemma Kidd All Over Dewy Glow in Iced Gold as a highlighter.

based with black|Up Cosmetics Intense Radiance Eye Shadow in ME04 from lid to brow bone and Mono Eye Shadow in MP04 at the top & bottom lash line
Tom Ford Onyx Eye Defining Pencil in the waterline
NARS Hollywoodland soft touch shadow pencil on the inner corner
Revlon Photoready 3D Volume mascara in Blackest Black

Le BIG finish:

Lips: GOSH lipliner in Pink Peony with Tom Ford Flamingo lipstick

The past couple of days I've been shooting with globe-trotting photographer David Dobson - his work is gorgeous AND he's a nice guy. See, fashion isn't just full of bitches... I kid.

Speaking of... 

Here's another behind the scenes I took from our shoot with members of [the] Collective - left to right: Angelique Nicolette Teo, Linda Black and <strong>Mohini Sule. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thecollective-asia.com/">

</a></strong>I know - I work with really ugly people. sigh<strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.thecollective-asia.com/">


A Coral Flush: fresh Spring makeup

By Andrea Claire · January 5, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Happy New Year! [It's the 5th so still ok to say this for 2 more days.]

Now that we got 2012 out of the way it's time to plan getting out of hibernation for our Spring makeup hauls! Living in Singapore makes it a little easier to visualize warmer weather makeup because it's tropical here and summer all year 'round. *bragger alert!*

Yesterday I was on set with Cosmo Singapore for a March fashion story - since it's not a beauty shoot I can show you the makeup that we were all loving! *pats self on back*

<a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/aclairebeauty">image source

</a>This is the lovely Oksana S with Upfront models Singapore. I predict, like a few other models that I have worked with recently, that she is going places.

On Oksana I used:

Let's start with the lips since that colour is gorgeous!

  1. I based her lip with Givenchy lip pencil #4. Givenchy has the best lip pencils on the market. The colours are lush and apply smoothly - zero tugging! I line and fill in so you don't end up with the harsh lip lined look which is very Soccer Mom *shudder*
  2. I then applied the OCC Lip Tar in Cha Cha. I have a love/hate with OCC Lip Tars. I find that they are a little messy - you have to use them extremely sparingly otherwise before they set the colour creeps into the teeth - but once they set OCC Lip Tar is going no where. I find they work great as a primer since anything you apply over top goes on like silk.
  3. I finished with FACE atelier's Lip Glaze in Paradise. Totally digging this combo.

Now we can rewind from the start:


Dermalogica - I know - quelle surprise! Everyone I doll up gets Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream [  [{$39.00 USD at Ulta] on their skin as it gives me that best skin texture to work with. The key to great makeup is the skin you are starting with and I find the smoothing cream helps in giving me a smooth base... can I use smooth one more time in a description? Urgh - can you say thesaurus?

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35- Light  $42.00 USD Barneys New York mixed with a little FACE atelier Ultra Foundation #1

Savoir Faire Concealer $46 SGD - I didn't use the powder - not a fan of powder under the eyes unless you are trying to look older - not many of us are... just the 15 year olds trying to get served.


On the lid I used a MAC colour that of course, is discontinued. sigh I have a habit of that - but you could use MAC Gorgeous Gold - that's close to what I used.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder £11.00 at Boots I used this both as an eye contour and a cheek contour.

I used Onyx (middle colour) top and bottom at the lash-line from the Bobbi Brown 'Extreme Party' Eye Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive) $75.00 USD at <a target="_new" href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r1&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512">Nordstrom


At the brow bone and inner corner of the eye I used NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland $24.00 USD at Sephora

I filled in her brows with a Brunette MAC brow pencil from their new brow line which has recently launched! The Strawberry Blonde brow pencil is perfect for me so those who ask me in person if my hair is brown can stop... clearly I am a redhead - temper and all.

MAC 'In Extreme Dimension Lash' Mascara (Premiering at Nordstrom)  $20.00 USD  at Nordstrom I LOVE testing out new MAC products. This mascara is amazing - zero clumping, no smudging and holds a curl.


As I mentioned above - I had sculpted Oksana's cheeks with Soap & Glory's Solar Powder first.

MAC Powder Blush in Supercontinental $20.00 USD at Nordstrom with its satin finish it has a l<span>ight-refractive sheen-style finish adding subtle highlights to the skin - but I love a good highlight so I added more with two products - the NARS Miss Liberty and...


Jemma Kidd makeup School DEWY GLOW in Iced Gold £18.95  at Zalando - I have heard the rumour that Jemma Kidd is going under... anyone have the full scoop?? I hope that's not true but if you haven't added this to your beauty arsenal then hop to it Beauty Bunnies as this is a <strong>LUST HAVE.

TIP! </strong>Apply this FIRST before you add any powder product - you can layer the Dewy Glowy over powder but powder finishes will get a little disturbed so best to layer your creams and liquids together before your powder products.

Oksana's behind the scenes selfie. You can follow her on Instagram.

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