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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.

VLOG: @HudaBeauty lashes in Claudia

By Andrea Claire · April 8, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

On our recent trip to Dubai we had amazing experiences including this balloon ride over the desert

So magical! Taken with my iPhone. *dusts shoulders*

When we travel, I like to check out grocery stores and beauty shops. Weird, I know - at least the grocery stores... beauty makes sense. 

This trip I had already come with the knowledge of Huda Beauty and was curious to try her lashes - which, FYI Kim K is apparently a fan of.

Watch this 15 second video of me sporting the Claudia lashes. I do find them to be a little heavier than what I'm used to with my Ardell faves, but they are massively eye enhancing and every woman seeks big eyes. I can see why KK is a fan and whether you're a Kardashian fan or not, you have to admit that they have amazing lashes. 

You can shop Huda Beauty here.  I bought lashes in Giselle, Coco Jo and Claudia. Samantha's I'm told are the best seller, alas Sephora was sold out of - but unless my travel math is off (I'm an artist; could be off) the prices look cheaper on Huda's shop vs what I paid at Sephora Middle East...<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">


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! 

Beauty Lust Haves || February 2015

By Andrea Claire · February 2, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Seriously! February?!  Time does NOT go by so slowly like Madonna claims. 

If you want to relive the past, my previous beauty lust lists can be found hereotherwise, no intro needed let's just jump into my latest beauty favourites.

Eye spy a new favourite eyeshadow! This is me. Considering I'm 43, *dust shoulders* not too shabby in the wrinkle department. Just like those who work out non-stop for killer bods, I'm kinda like a skincare / anti-aging fiend. Yes... I've had a little nip into the Botox and Thermage but skincare is also a massive commitment. Genes only gets you so far... urgh! Where was I? R-eye-t! Eyeshadow... 

Clearly there's a few on my eye here, but I'd like to draw attention to the liner which is based with a NARS grey pencil, but the one I applied over top with a bent liner brush is the one I want you all to get:

NARS 'Eye-Opening Act - Yeux Irresistible' Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive) $48.00 USD at Nordstrom

NARS Thunderball (top right) is a midnight grey. I've used it a bit more dramatically here too. A fairly versatile colour that most skin tones can wear. I was surprised by the lack of fallout too.

Erborian CC Crème HD Soin Illuminateur Haute Définition €15.90 at Nocibé (you can find it at Sephora France too) was introduced to me by my good friend and fellow artist, Sital Patel. After asking me if I had tried it, without hesitation she dropped it into my basket while we were in Sephora Paris last summer with an enthusiastic 'You're going to love it! It's amazing!' She was right. Don't be afraid of the 'radiance cream' on the label - the finish is beautiful with a slight blurring effect. It consists of magical ingredients that sheerily (word?) mimics your skin colour so it works on everyone. As a makeup artist, I always use the (germaphobed cleaned) back of my hand as a palette - I like the warmth of my body to help melt cream products into the skin for better blending. It's my thing; but I do find that when I apply this to the back of my hand first, it affects the colour when I use it on the person in my hot-seat so I've gotten into the habit of dabbing it onto my model's skin first and then stippling with a sponge. Brushes I find tend to keep the warmth out of products so I utilize sponges too now and again. We all have our bag of tricks.

Lightbulb Foundation and Sponge Set
 $55.00 USD at Shu Uemura - if you are looking for chalk-like coverage than buy this foundation (that wasn't a compliment) but the sponge though!!! Love it. It's buttery texture is beautiful for blending. 

Have you ever wondered why your selfies aren't as sweet as some? Lighting! It makes all the difference. Looking towards a light source helps but if there isn't one available to you, shine your own. Here are two examples:

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Boaring beauty will have you squealing your way to the cosmetic counters

By Andrea Claire · January 31, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

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<span>The 'latest' anti-aging craze is being tagged as originating from Korea but that just may get the goat of the porcine industry and have the US all up in hooves over it. 

Korea apparently has the one of the lowest pig populations in the world with China now hailing 1st place for boss hog; for many years the U.S was the 'hog capital of the world'. I guess it is possible that the labs order in the pig skin to render the collagen? I'm stretching. I have no clue.

A great piece on this collagen craze can be read on Daily Mail  and has a comment from someone who claims to work in biotech who says this:  "...it is almost impossible to break it up unless you're using the most severe methods. I doubt it is ..." read more 

Korea is definitely known as the beauty pioneer, not to mention that I had worked with a model years ago (she was roughly 23 at the time) who told me that she had just been to her dermatologist in Korea for pig fat injections... for anti-aging... Gosh those poor aging 23 year old's... 

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I wonder if this 'recent' trend just gained some legs because someone took a trip and then their Instagram likes skyrocketed adding to a new found popularity...  
I've been doing my best to collect a lot of information on this to share with you (lord knows I have time) - I've found the earliest tidbit of info dating back to 2006 on pork collagen in supplements, but there isn't much to read there and the link is broken so I'll save you that wasted time. 
Using animal by-products for beauty is certainly not revolutionary and neither is pig fats in beauty. Pig by-products can be found in hair care, cosmetics, ice cream and more. Fatty acids from pig gives you that pearl-essence in shampoo?! Also high street creams with glycerin... most likely pig glycerin.

Abattoirs (less grim word for slaughterhouses) typically look for ways to sell everything but the squeal; chances are you've already smeared snout on your snout.

see also

Modern Farmer


I even have the name of my skincare line picked out: The Farmer & the Belle copyright Andrea Claire.

So - would you try these products or only when pigs fly?

#hipreplacement for the under 45

By Andrea Claire · January 29, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

They say that the key to having successful social media posts is being able to reach out to people with professional information or topics that they can relate to while tying in personal experiences that connect you with others or an audience. 

Being a beauty pro, women are interested in my pro tips and tricks; gosh-golly-gee, who isn't interested in hearing shortcuts to looking fabulous! What else? An enabling shopaholic. A natural redhead, and then of course, being a mom of three; two young women (20 & 18) and the entertaining #stuffZoiesays… that's clearly a lot for someone who is not a blogger with a blog

My main career focus has never been 'writer' – I'm sure that's very clear to many of my journo-friends and also why this outlet has random postings… I'd rather be working on a supermodel than writing* about it… but here I lay, practically bedridden; day 6 of 60 of my medical leave post hip replacement.

Bored? Where to buy. 

First time here?? My medical drama recap

Before my slice and dice, I started the #hipreplacement research. I needed to find others whom I could relate to since hip replacement, although not common in 43 year old women, it's not uncommon either. So I write this for those like me, who are tired of helpful grandfathered anecdotes.

I know that personally, (especially the past two years) I've had days where I've had extreme physical pain that has affected how I look (tired) and also my attitude. Let's call it 'pangry' - not unlike its cousin 'hangry'.

Pangry: pain that affects your mood where you're just crabby for no other particular reason. I also suffer hangry issues, so on days with excess pain and hunger anyone near me was pretty much facked.

"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."

You see that #QOTD often. Everyone has something to deal with.

"My mommy is having surgery and my daddy doesn't know how to do manicures." 
#stuffZoiesays (6) went to the nurse's office while I was in hospital because she broke a nail... Resourceful child.  


Whether a devastating broken nail, an illness, your jeans shrunk, debt, death of a hamster etc etc... what does not kill you makes you stronger…

I returned home on January 27th after 4 days in the hospital.

Getting into the taxi at the hospital was a bit of a gong show which included me leaning on my walker, yelling in a morphine rage at the lineup of cars beginning to honk as my husband, hospital staff and driver stared at my forth attempt to get in.

Yes, I was cursing.  No. I'm not exaggerating. 

Before you leave the hospital I would suggest you research a clear way of getting in and out of a vehicle. It's not fun. Glad that's over for now.

Home supplies checklist

  • toilet seat raiser
  • walker (perhaps if granny** is done with hers you can borrow it)
  • crutches
  • grabber thingy
  • ice packs
  • white board I've listed all my painkillers and medications with times that I check off as I take them. I refresh the times as I go – ie if I nap. Generally I'm not clueless but a drug hazed memory is a tad unsafe.
  • support system whether virtual strangers ['sup Cleveland!!] or FaceTiming friends... oh, ya - I do have a husband. Our relationship hit a new level as he  regularly lowers me to the toilet... he leaves. I can't cross that line.
  • tequila nope... just checking if you're paying attention
  • scar therapy

I know that I said I hate talking about this but… I highly recommend a high fibre diet and any stool softening whatevers that they recommend; don't poo-poo them. Another gong show. That's all I'm gonna say…

Have a story to share? Link or comment below, that's ok with me.

And, for those who think I'm sharing too much… www.getalife.com 

Bell Let's Talk. I know some people tell you to keep silent about ailments; but strength comes in numbers. Don't go it alone. 

*FYI -I do like writing. It's just another creative outlet for me. If you like my writing and want to pay me for it, I'd happily accept; your money is good here.   

**I'm allowed to make the granny jokes. You cannot unless you've had this surgery under 45 too. I don't make the rules. I just play by them... Actually... I made that rule. 

Lust Haves returns!! AC's Beauty Lust List: loved by me that you must have!

By Andrea Claire · January 15, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Happy New Year beauty peeps!!! 

Here we are embarking on 2015!

I know that I have not been keeping up with my beauty faves like I've been keeping up with the Kardashians. The lust haves of Andrea Clairehowever I had discovered that somebody was pulling off my idea and my knickers knotted. Sure... I don't own the copyright to a hair & makeup artist monthly of new favorites -and we all know that copying is the biggest form of flattery me so I should be super-duper flattered... But it really gets my goat (hair) when people (namely ex-assistants with less than a year of experience who you chose not to work with anymore because they don't want to learn, they want to steal) do this...

But on the note of being flattered and I've had quite a few emails (thank you so much) from people asking me if I was ever going to resume my beauty lust haves, so because you're blowing up my ego, here you go... *winky face*

Top of the Andrea Claire beauty pop charts, let's start with makeup:

Charlotte Tilbury. Man oh man everything I have tried from her line I have loved!! My number one request to Ms Tilbury: Would be can you please make a liquid or cream version of your Filmstar? 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, 16g $65.00 at NET-A-PORTER.COM

So one could guess Filmstar is on the beauty lust list. I love how it photographs be it via selfie or pro for editorials. I can say in real life looking within 10'inches of a mirror it can look cakey but, as I say to clients - look at your makeup conversational length away - it's a better perspective for your makeup and if anyone is nose to nose with you I would hope it's for a make out session, in which case, who cares what your makeup looks like... It better be getting smudged!!

image via <strong><a href="http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/collection-exclusive/" target="_blank">L'Oreal Paris UK

</a></strong>The next up what you need to have is L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche collection exclusive aka celebrity barely nudes lipstick line (I hear they have a red line too). I love the creamy textures and the pigments are intense without being dark because they're barely nude, duh. What I love about these too, is that you can compare your skin tone to the celeb who best reflects your skin tone for your daily go-to nude, but the colours can crossover so don't get stuck on just one! 

Whenever I travel I LOVE checking out grocery stores for local snack foods and pharmacies for beauty products. Recently I was in Jakarta, Indonesia for a beauty campaign shoot and in Watson's there they had a brush line: Masami Shouko; I bought a few of their pro brushes (so cheap!!) the foundation brush #19 is amazing! Synthetic, dense hairs, tapered at the tip for a smooth application of your foundation, concealer or even use it for cream contouring and highlighting. What makes this unique with some of the cheapo brushes that I've come across is the fact that there are a lot of hairs - very important for the ability to pick up enough product.

Is it ok to have a human being on your Lust Have list? Don't worry HB - it's not what you think... not THAT list.

I had the pleasure of working with Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach, recently. A lovely man who is changing the meaning of  the word: DIET. Seriously - if you don't know of him yet,you NEED to jump onto his Instagram, like, yesterday. 

As Joe and I were diffusing in his coiffe-y time with me, we chatted about how many people believe that you need to starve yourself in order to lose weight and get fit... who wants that?!! We have a digestive tract for a reason!!! Well, Joe shows you how to work out AND eat. I don't think I could muster the correct words to express how charismatic Joe is (I'm sure the writers for Cosmo SG can handle that in their upcoming feature). He cares about all of his 108k and growing followers; currently he answers every email addressed to him personally and one lucky fan of his on his program (a client of mine) got a personalized video message by Joe himself!!! I was telling him about her and he said 'hey let me send her an encouraging video message!' That's just the kind of guy he is. My client was speechless with a simple 'OMG!!' 

He has amazing recipes and fitness advice, tips and regimens!! A good fit to get fit! Beauty is inside and out!! What are you waiting for??? Oh, finish reading this post first...

Curly Qs: Let's finally get this straight!!!! If you want to help lift and shape your curly hair then I highly suggest you click here and order the DevaFuser! (which wasn't sold separately before...) 

Countless clients of mine over the years have complained about their uncontrollable curly hair. Some succumbing to *shudder* rebonding because they just give up. Please don't give up. And I promise you that if you diffuse your hair, you will NOT look like you are skipping on the Good Ship Lollipop. I promise to do a blog on how to diffuse curly hair... watch for it!  

Previous Lust Lists.

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.

(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. 

NEW!! Beauty contributor for How To Be A Redhead!

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

How to be a redhead? Pretty sure I've got THAT down-pat

Read the full article here 

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! 

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