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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Beauty tip! Rethinking lipstick: the diamond application

By Andrea Claire · February 6, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

As a hair & makeup artist who's been working for... a looooong time, it's been challenging for me to do nothing post-surgery; doctor's orders - no work for two months! URGH How to keep one, as my mother says: 'busy & amused?' By playing with my beauty kits of course!!!  

Today I bring you: the Diamond Lipstick Application. Ta-Da! [no applause please, just throw money!]


I started with Trust in Red  M·A·C 'Pro Longwear' Lip Pencil $20.00 USD at Nordstrom.

Make an 'X' on the lip bow, and a 'V' on the lower lip leaving you with a diamond shape in the middle; continue with outlining your lip.

The star of this lip show is Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red. Apply on outside the diamond cut-out. The awesome thing about the CT's lippy is the tube shape - if you aren't a fan of lip brushes, you can apply directly from the tube with ease and precision. 

The inner diamond shape I filled in with Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color, Flamingo $50.00 USD at <a target="_new" href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r6&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512&pid=popsugar&pdata=354512">Neiman Marcus


As a final touch, I added a highlighter to the upper line of the lip bow and also, just below the lower lip line. Roll a cotton bud along the line for a soft blend. Try Mally Beauty Mally Lip Defender Clear Magnifier and Highlighter Duo $29.00 USD at QVC


*I know that from when we were all little girls mimicking our mothers (and some fathers), the habit of pressing and wiggling our lips together with fresh lipstick is hard to resist; but please try to resist. Not only will you muddy the colours together but this can cause your lipstick to travel and bleed outside the line. 

Give this lip a go and feel free to tag me on Instagram so I can see your version; whether a makeup artist doing this on a model or doing it on yourself! 

#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&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

Lipstick shades of yesteryear that still influence today's beauty

By Andrea Claire · November 6, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Lipstick sure has made its mark in the various eras and we definitely have seen a major lipstick comeback but then again, we could say that these iconic lip shades never go out of style.</p> <p>"You know how to whistle don't you?" Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not, 1944

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

Get the look with:


Noir Collection Lipstick - Rouge Noir $24.00 at DERMSTORE

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<span style="font-family: Verdana;" face="Verdana"><span style="font-family: Verdana;" face="Verdana">60s - NUDE LIPS Brigitte Bardot. Twiggy - known for her dolly lashes paired with a pale nude lipstick

Get the look with:

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

<span style="font-family: Verdana;" face="Verdana"><span style="font-family: Verdana;" face="Verdana">70s - DISCO FROSTED Anjelica Houston and Farrah Fawcett. Two totally different looks but with such iconic beauty impact. Anjelica - the exotic beauty vs  Farrah - skate betty /girl next store both with a hint of gloss and frost.

Get the look with:

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

<span style="font-family: Verdana;" face="Verdana">80s - HIGH IMPACT PIGMENTS Iman Supermodel. Cyndi Lauper. Madonna. Sure bubblegum pinks come to mind for the 80s but we did have a rollover from 70s punk - a vampy matte 

Get the look:

MAC Dominate

<span style="font-family: Verdana;" face="Verdana">90s - RED LIPS Gwen Stefani brought new life to the iconic red lipstick

Get the look:

Bite Beauty in Tannin
**My biggest tip for wearing lipstick: after lipstick application form an 'O' with your lips around one finger then slide it out which keeps your lipstick off your teeth. Just don't do this in front of a date as it may send the wrong message. </p> <p>[This post was originally sent to ELLE.com to use for pro-tips]

TV host Linda Black plays Music Mom for Motherhood magazine

By Andrea Claire · April 24, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Motherhood magazine asked me what I thought would be a fun story for their April issue themed music -of course a little playtime for mom with the help of Linda Black and photographer Zurina Bryant!</p> <p></p> <p>*You can click on the images for a closer look of what hair and makeup products I used, plus a few tips. </p>

Linda's hair colour I do using Original Mineral which is free from ammonia, ppd and resorcinol!! Ask your stylist to use a more eco-friendly and human-friendly hair colour like Original Mineral.

Apologies to O&M who emailed me saying that Rootilicious should be corrected to Rootalicious - hopefully sales weren't affected too much by confused buyers.

<p>Notice the Face Lace I used in the Rock'n'Roll Mom? I am LOVING this cool makeup applique!

A behind the scenes video can be found here.

Get the popstar look: Singer Inna Modja

By Andrea Claire · March 24, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

On my latest trip to Paris I discovered Inna Modja listening to MTV France while getting ready for our daily adventures - just like MTV anywhere they seem to loop the playlist so I heard Inna Modja's French Cancan a gajillion times; I was addicted and continue to listen to it at home (I bought it off iTunes -which, btw: I buy all my music)


(there should be a video here - if you don't see it, kindly click the post title - OnSugar is having issues me thinks)

I watched La Fille Du Lido recently and immediately wanted to shoot a music video or fashion video - her hair, makeup and styling are all stunning and inspiring. I shouted out to her official Twitter account to see who her team was - if her people respond I will share that info.

This is a screen shot that I took from her video. Stunning right?

Get the look

black|Up Cosmetics shop here.

Maybelline 24 Hr Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal. Find more colours here. I LOVE these. Cheap, cheerful and they don't budge until you wash them off.

MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved - one of my favourite black go-to pencils because you can work them and they don't bleed. Apply heavily and smudge with a cotton bud for a softer edge.

Tom Ford lip & cheek stain in Tainted Love. I LOVE this and it's easy to work with. Tainted Love is not on their website - I believe it was a limited edition so you may need to ask at the counters. Hurry.

Hair: Clearly au naturel. But if you have curly/wavy or kinky hair go here for tips - these ladies are in the know. Love their tips and curly hair philosophies.

Check out Inna Modja's Youtube channel here.

*Note: I did not do her makeup but kudos to who did! And Ms Inna: if you come to Singapore I'd gladly coiffe and poudre you. ;)

(I used love a lot in this post - which is odd since usually I'm bitter with tainted love - just kidding.)


New work || Cosmo Singapore

By Andrea Claire · March 22, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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Cosmo Singapore
April issue on the stands now! [yes, you see the return of the other page because it's a scan. sigh]

photography: Micky Wong
styling: Janice Pidduck
hair & makeup:<strong> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.aclairebeauty.com">Andrea Claire

image source: my behind the scenes Instagramming.

model: Yana K / UpFront Models Singapore</span></span>

Products I used:

On her skin: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream, FACEatelier Ultra Foundation
On her gorgeous wolf eyes: Tom Ford
Cheeks: MAC
Lips: NARS Chelsea Girls - love this so much you have no idea.

Update: oh yeah... I did hair too. duh - I've been using Original & Mineral a lot lately. I LOVE them. Original Queenie to humidity proof hairspray and it doesn't smell like Grandma's comb-out!

I got this damn bee in my bonnet

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

So I am doing a general sweep across the board but with the latest keywords I saw today: "Beauty Guru Burns Hair" - omg! *rolls eyes*

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.thefreedictionary.com/guru"><strong>Guru - A<span class="st"> leading authority in a particular field.

</span></strong></a>Let's reign in this word - shall we?


People: She is a poor child (ok - teen - still a child) with a curling iron mishap (not a Guru) - which apparently someone advised her that it's the TRESemme product that caused this damage. Um. No.

<span data-ft="{"tn":"K"}" id=".reactRoot[54].[1][2][1]{comment333621193416314_1638723}.0.[1].0.[1].0.[0].[0][2]"><span class="UFICommentBody" id=".reactRoot[54].[1][2][1]{comment333621193416314_1638723}.0.[1].0.[1].0.[0].[0][2].0"><span id=".reactRoot[54].[1][2][1]{comment333621193416314_1638723}.0.[1].0.[1].0.[0].[0][2].0.[0]">When a friend posted the video on my Facebook personal page asking what I thought; this was my answer:

"OMG. 1st - Poor girl! (why would she post it??)
2nd - this is what is wrong with social media - everyone wants to be an expert.
3rd - You should keep the temperature of your tongs to your hair type - her temp was obviously too high
4th - the hair should be around the tongs for an average count of 12 seconds - she had the tongs on that strand for 21 seconds.


"I have to say - I felt ill for her when her hair burnt off."


"[FYI - I always go by how the hair is feeling when I am curling hair so I just tested the count per curl - yup - 12 seconds but always adjust it for your hair!]"

This middle school girl now has an FB page that of course yahoos are jumping on with insults - which I am sure she is deleting but words hurt people and sure she has a sense of humour to put this out for everyone to see - but let's remember - she's a child. Play nice.

This for me is not about that poor girl - it is that straw.

It's like everyone with a camera phone or web-cam are suddenly experts because they own a brush.

My photographer friends liken this to owners of DSLRs - I prefer to rely on my HTC One S and Instagram.

Not long ago I was at a blogger event here in Singapore where I currently perch. During the event the bloggers in attendance began to scoop up all the display products and drop them in their bags like it was their own personal 5-finger discount. (PS: that's theft)

I. Was. Horrified.

I thought everyone knew that samples were given by the PR companies as they left (um - have you heard the term swag bag?) and the displays are the hard work of the PR companies to make the room look pretty and feature the product.

Another blogger presentation I had gone to, a group of about 10 bloggers showed up in a pack one hour late and if that wasn't enough - they giggled their way through the door.

No apologies. Loudly took  their seats. PR company started the presentation over! From the beginning. Adding on another hour to my morning. I. Was. Horrified.

Many bloggers seem to be thrust into the world of media without the knowledge of how to conduct themselves.

Frankly - life rule of thumb: Mind your P's & Q's.

Now - I am not saying all bloggers are created equal. I am not anti-blogger.

I do know some fabulous bloggers who don't regurgitate presskits and keywords supplied to them by the PR companies but those I find to be writers already.

Many magazine editors advise young hopefuls to start blogs for the experience which allows their work to grow. Why should a YouTube channel be any different?? (but just clear away your knickers and trash from the BG - we don't need to see all your business)

I think beauty blogs are great to have - it can be an outlet. It can be a building block. A stepping stone. Or they can annoy and enrage. W<span>e all use them as reference and referrals. But are they experts or beauty editors? Some, yes.

You have to do your research. If your blog is about opinion that's one thing but if it's about teaching - PLEASE learn the subject. So many times I have read or witnessed someone tell 'you' to blow on a makeup brush to get off the extra powder. NO. Don't do that. You are blowing bacteria into your brush and then applying it to your eye.</span> Tsk tsk. Makeup artist hygiene 101.

I've started to turn down blogger invites which means my evenings may free up - but I'm not a blogger. My peers are not bloggers - well that could be argued a tad... My peers are fellow hair & makeup artists, stylists, editors, writers and yes some bloggers.

I can't speak for the events globally but at least here in Singapore there seems to be a two-tier media system  - print media, TV and some more on the porthole side of the Internet and then... [dividing line] || bloggers. Media events here don't tend to open up to hair and makeup artists unless they have a blog... but then we should be attending media events with the editors and writers we work with which equals peers.

A common complaint I hear from hair & makeup peers back home and here in Singapore:  if they want to be invited to beauty events now they need to start a beauty blog - a trick to get their feet in the door of beauty events. WHAT?! Not a long-listed editorial and celebrity resume and a $5,000+++ hair & makeup kit that we constantly reinvest in - not always with discount - WHAT?! {crescendo

Kevyn Aucoin (RIP) was quoted years ago about how he had a label-free kit. Didn't endorse any one line; had a revolving door of products. I can't remember where I saw this but food for thought.

I dropped about $800 euro on Tom Ford Beauty when I was in Paris recently. I've given them credit in my editorials here a) hoping to build a relationship and b) because I truly used the product. I sent the tearsheets over. Aside from an obligatory reply on their end - that's all she wrote. I'd get better love from them if I was a blogger.

The importance of including artists: We suggest things to magazines that we like. We use products on celebrities. We have private clients who want a shopping list of our faves and we may just have a Facebook page for sharing our work and must-haves.

Yes my rant has some slight disconnections here and there.


Poor baby girl with her hot tongs. I hope you get on Ellen for a new haircut. Rock something asymmetrical!

I don't boycott beauty bloggers or beauty YouTubers and for a little proof - here is a YouTuber who has great hair stuff.

BUT remember: Experts are experts for a reason and we will show you how to avoid burning your hair off. (poor baby girl)

My rant. My blog. But I'm not a blogger. I am a senior hair & makeup artist for 23 years and counting - from Canada living in Singapore


Miami Bitch meets Cuban Drug Lord

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

Actually Sofia Johan  / DIVA Models are both Swedish.
The blonde hair, bronzed skin, warmth of the sun made me think of Miami Vice (the TV show with Don Johnson, not the horrible movie) meets Scarface. I kept yelling out 'cocaine!'  - No, I don't do drugs. Yes, I think I'm funny.

Why models need to do yoga.

Products used on Sofia:

Dermalogica (skincare)
FACEatelier (foundation)
MAC Cosmetics (cheeks)
Tom Ford Beauty (eyes)
Benefit Cosmetics (eyes)
Ardell Eyelashes (2 pairs of wispies - one black on brown!)
NARS (lips)

Products used on Johan:

Dermalogica (skincare)
FACEatelier (foundation)
NARS (bronzer)
Laura Mercier (top secret - wink)

Hair products on both:

O&M Original Queenie

Marc Anthony Strictly Curl Lotion (I love this for round brush blowouts too - which I did on Johan.)

Team credits:

photography: Boon Chian

hair & makeup: Andrea Claire

styling: Xindi Siau

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/">


Runaway Bride: Destination Bridal Beauty

By Andrea Claire · February 9, 2013 · 0 Comments ·


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<span style="font-size: small;">So you are flying off to get hitched at the latest and greatest resort in Bali? Bora Bora? Fiji? Niagara Falls (Canadian side of course)? A hair & makeup artist may not be in your budget to fly to Paradise Island and your options to hire locally may be limited. The cost of being a ladder wielding bride may mean that you are having to DIY your bridal beauty. Here is your makeup how-to from start to finish:


Step 1 - Skin prep: hopefully you are the glowing bride radiating from within with your love but if your skin is a stress mess - blotchy and broken out calm by exfoliating with raw sugar followed by a calming masque. SPF is your last step before your makeup. To keep your oils at bay on your big day I recommend using an oil-free moisturizer which minimizes shiny skin in photos too. Try Dermalogica's Oil Control Lotion or for normal to dry skin use Skin Smoothing Cream. You can boost your spf coverage by adding in the Solar Defense Booster spf50 to any moisturizer.

<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: small;"> Step 2 - Primer: Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer with its active ingredients it’s the first of its kind to offer a blurred line between skincare and makeup - speaking of blurring... The pearl essence also helps to diffuse fine lines and pigmentation prepping the skin for foundation.

There are other primers on the market that I like such as Laura Mercier Foundation Primers which also come in a variety of choices from matte to radiant, and have travel sizes too to minimize packing space.


<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: small;"> Step 3 - Flawless Base: FACEatelier Ultra Foundation is the ultimate second skin foundation. Hyper-pigmented yet breathable leaving your skin smooth and flawless. I have been using foundation virtually exclusively in my work since 2004.

Follow with your concealer as needed - most women I find overuse concealer. Make sure you are lit from the front and not from above when applying your makeup - GREAT lighting is needed for a proper makeup application. My latest concealer fave is Laura Mercier's Undercover Pot which is also great for traveling as it contains a concealer for under the eyes, a camouflage for breakouts and a little setting powder.

You won't see me recommending powders often in foundation nor for setting - powders age you. Who wants that? But for the sake of your wedding makeup after your base is complete powder minimally! I LOVE Alison Raffaele's setting powder - it's the best in the biz as far as I'm concerned - truly for all skin tones and skin types without accentuating fine lines. I've tried the Amazing Cosmetics Setting Powder - that one is ok too.

Eye brighteners are NOT to be mistaken as concealers but often are. Move over Touche Eclat! Tom Ford's Illuminating Highlight Pen is a must! Conceal as (and if) needed and then use an eye brightener to perk up tired eyes. Eye Brighteners are reflective to help diffuse fine lines and tired eyes so over-application can leave with you with white blotches under the eyes with flash photography - yes use this but sparingly.

<strong>Step 4 - Blush/Contour/Highlight

</strong>You can never go wrong with my blush faves that happen to be the cult faves of many makeup artists and celebs.
From top left: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze on it's own creates a beautiful dewy colour and contour with its prism quality, NARS Laguna or Soap & Glory Solar Powder make great contours, NARS Copacabana for that dewy highlight (replacing my soon to be bankrupt Jemma Kidd All Over Dewy Glow) and of course NARS Orgasm for that err...uh... flushed glow. 

Step 5 - Eyes:


<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: small;"> An eye primer is a must especially for brides who need eye makeup to stay put all day. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base which is colourless or Benefit creaseless cream shadows available in select colours for a light champagne base (Birthday Suit) up to a smoky base - they are also slightly reflective which adds depth and a little forgiveness if they aren't applied with the accuracy of a pro's hand. 

This is wear it gets tricky. Do you want a simple natural eye or a smoky eye? Whatever your choice, refrain from being too on trend with your big day beauty. The latest blue eye shadow is going to be an eye sore in 10 years - you want to display your pictures with pride not cringe at what was in style. Classic gowns, hair and makeup is the way to go.

A classic eye which is also influenced by the 40s:
*Using a shimmery neutral cream shadow applied from lash line to brow bone. Benefit's Birthday Suit is my #1.
*In the crease apply a medium shade for contour. Try MAC Wedge or Laura Mercier Coffee Ground
Apply a gel liner at the lash line using a bent liner brush to help with precision
*Use a Red Carpet eye popping trick with MAC Shroom applied to the inner corners of the eyes.
*Curl lashes and apply your fave mascara

If you are keen to do a classic smoky eye with more of a matte texture try Tom Ford Titanium Smoke palette (pictured).

An easy Smoky Eye:
</span><span>*Base your lid with a cream shadow - I like to use bronze for green or hazel eyes, earthy plum for brown eyes, amber for blue eyes.
*Smudge a dark brown shadow at your lash line top and bottom and into your crease
*Line at your lash line and into your waterline with a smudgeable liner - I prefer to use black and smudge it with your brown shadow but you could opt for dark brown. My go to eyeliners are Tom Ford Beauty or MAC Powerpoint
*Lots of mascara and fake lashes if you can master them. Only use Ardell Lashes

Step 6 - Lips

My two favourite lips for weddings: Red lips or nude lips; leave the frosty pink at home for your 80s themed party.

The best reds are Julie Hewett's Noirs pair with Givenchy Rouge lip liner

Nudes lippies: NARS Chelsea Girls, FACEatelier in Cameo, black|Up in #1 pair with Givenchy #12 lip liner or FACEatelier Cameo lip liner

Check back soon as I will do a DIY Bridal hair post soon.

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