An interview with Richard Kavanagh author of ‘Love Your Hair’. MUST READ!

This is no ordinary hair book, these hair styles are super cool yet classic. The concept of the book is what makes it so unique, it is essentially a recipe book for hair. For every hair style there is easy to follow recipes. Including ‘Ingredients’ and ‘Time required’! Super cute and handy if you ask me. Not to mention the amazing step by step photos (shot by Stephen Chee) that make it feel like your are flipping through a high fashion magazine.

Firstly I would just like to say your book ‘Love Your Hair’ is so awesome, I had the privilege of working with you on one of the days of shooting for it and I fell in love with it before it was even printed.

Katy: What inspired you to write this book?

Richard: I love being witness to that moment when someone sees themselves and a little bit of happiness flows through them because they like what they see. Doing hair, you get to see that moment and it always gives me a buzz. I was researching for a regular spot on morning television, where i was showcasing the key trends from runways of the world and how they could be translated into wearable styles. The spot was popular and the network wanted me to do more than we originally planned for so i needed more content. I emailed a bunch of girls asking them what they’d hope to find if they found a book on a girlfriends coffee table that would help them with their hair. A couple people emailed back asking where they could get the book, so i thought maybe i better write it…

K: Seems like a good reason to write a book πŸ™‚ What are the top products or tools you simply could not work without?

R: My blowdryer, Mason Pearson brush, a curling iron, some Redken forceful, my Redken dry shampoo and my wool shake.

K: So who did you look up to when you first got into hair dressing?

R: The first seminar i went to was with a guy called Richard Kownacki. He talked about cowlicks and working with the individuals hair. I really admired what he had to say, the way he said it, and the thought process behind it. india miller, of douse vidal sassoon, and i was always inspired by the incredible jon sahag. not only for the work he did but also for the way he created the career he wanted…

What advice would you give the everyday girl? (other than buy ‘Love Your Hair’ that’s a given πŸ˜‰ )

i would say the first thing to do is work out what sort of hair you have. is it thick, or coarse, fine or thin? that way you’ll be able to work out what works for your hair and what won;t work for your hair…
What was your all time favourite job? β€œ
it;s hard to pick between the first time i did the prada show, the first time i did italian vogue and working with kelly osborne… each were super fun and exciting in their own unique way…

What mistakes do girls make with their hair that makes you cringe?

i think sometimes girls try too hard with their hair. they can sometimes overcomplicate a simple idea and it ends up looking trite or contrived. i love it when a girl’s hair looks effortless (even though i know how much work went into it). i like it when a girl owns her hairstyle. it makes me cringe when i see someone that looks uncomfortable in their look…

Thank you so much for being so generous with your information..readers I recommend you give ‘love your hair’ a good read..keep it on hand at all times to avoid bad hair days πŸ˜‰

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An interview with Martin Bray a.k.a glitter king :)

Head make-up artist of programs such as Xfactor and Australia’s Got Talent, Celebrity Make-up artist and king of special Fx, body painting and glitter πŸ˜‰ this guy has it all including his own pro makeup range! I’ve been lucky enough to have him be my boss for Xfactor..now I’m interviewing him just for you guys!

Katy: Top products you couldn’t work without?

Martin:- my new foundation (martin bray pro range Skin Perfection) goes on all skin types like silk. Very excited about it.
– black kohl pencil ( KIm Wong He ) , so soft and extremely black
– eye paints to put down on the eye before eyeshadow
– Modelrock fake eyelashes
– eyelash glue and every glitter under the sun.
– Martin Bray Pro Range( MBPR) pallets for lips ,cheeks and skin
– MBPR high definition loose powder.
– good quality brushes in general.
– waterproof liquid eyeliner

K: Amazing! What is your favourite job you have ever worked on?

M: Don’t really have a favourite. Each job brings different challenges, i did love being makeup director for Xfactor and Australia’s Got Talent. We normally work by ourselves, so It is great to work with a team of artists to create magic.

K: Yes of course! So what inspired you to become a make-up artist?

M: I was working in hospitality and after studying acting and dance many moons ago and I was craving a creative work environment that could make people happy.

K: Oh and you just happened to be amazing at it! Were there any particular make-up artists you looked up to?

M: In Sydney when I was starting out I looked up to 4 different artists who really helped me. Kelly Stratton, Linda Jefferies, Noni Smith and Jodi Oliver. Internationally, Pat McGrath.

K: Wow they are some VERY talented ladies. Now lastly I wanted to ask on behalf of my readers, If you could give one tip to the everyday girl to help her makeup application what would it be?

M: Make sure the foundation matches your body, not just your face and don’t “pack it on”. A little cream blush always livens up the skin.

K: Great tip! Thank you so much for chatting with me today πŸ™‚

Not only is he a great artist, but martin’s range of products are amazing..I could not live without his cream blush palette that I use on cheeks and lips. They are available at http://www.lehved.com.au

I could go into detail about his amazing work but it would take pages and pages so check it out here at his website:

http://martinbray.net/newweb/

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Get beach pretty!

So we all know it’s a big no no to wear makeup to the beach (unless you are snooky or Paris Hilton) you still want to look pretty, but if you wear makeup you may walk into the water looking glam but walk out of the water looking like a drowned rat..sorry had to be said.

Here are my solutions to get beach pretty!

1. Use invisible zinc tinted daywear sunscreen, this gives high sun protection and also a bit of coverage..best of both worlds! Be sure to reapply and always apply sunscreen 20mins before sun exposure otherwise you risk it being ineffective.

2. Use Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream colour to add a pop of colour to your cheeks..it’s water resistant but be sure not to rub it off..shade 5 is what I use but there are a few colours suitable for cheeks.

3. Make sure your brows are in nice shape..use a clear brow gel to brush them into place..it won’t last after swimming but it won’t leave any stains on your face.

4. Curl your lashes (preferably with a high quality lash curler such as shu uemura) and use a clear gel on your lashes as well.

5. Apply a lip ointment such as lanolips lip ointment with colour..not only does it give you some colour but it’s also SPF 15.

6. Lastly coat your hair in a hair oil, it protects your hair and when the oil heats up in the sun it acts like a treatment.

Slip, slop, slap! Xxxxx

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Refresh in the new year!

It’s a new year and I found myself sifting through my personal make-up kit thinking 1. I never use half of this stuff, 2. It all needs cleaning, 3. I want all new make-up…I had to talk myself out of buying new makeup (I own a ton!) but I did buy a new eye palette I must admit.

I’m not sure how you organise your make-up but I have one draw that holds everything and one smaller sectioned bag that is my “everyday case”.

Having a smaller case with your basics makes your routine more efficient instead of spending forever trying to find things.

I organised, cleaned and replaced now it feels sparkly and new. Here’s how!

1. Take everything out of your case and set this aside.

2. Wash your case with soap and water, providing it is the sort that can be washed like this if not then use baby wipes.

3. Wash any brushes that were in your case (see my tools maintenance blog to learn how). Sharpen any pencils such as lip, eye, brow.

4. Sort through all the makeup you removed and take out anything you haven’t used in weeks (you can always put it back, but you will probably forget about it) this step is some what therapeutic I must say :).

5. Once you have chosen the makeup you definitely use. Clean the exteriors of the products with baby wipes so they look shiny and new again.

6. Finally once your kit and brushes are dry put everything back in, have a spot for everything that way it’s easy to find and you can have an extra two minutes sleep in the morning hehe πŸ˜‰

I have pictured my personal kit below (don’t judge me!) my personal makeup is not as luxurious as the makeup in my professional kit, I often experiment with different brands on myself before buying them for my professional kit..any questions on what products are feel free to ask xxx

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Applying false lashes for New Years? Here’s how!

Firstly get a proper lash glue, the best I have used is DUO lash glue. This comes in the white (that turns clear) it also comes in a dark grey colour perfect for a smokey eye. The glue that comes in the packet is poor quality and will not last the whole night.

Once you have the right glue, next is choosing the right lashes. When choosing lashes for a DIY application it’s really important to get great quality lashes. The better the quality the easier to apply and longer they will stay on.

You can tell the quality of lashes by looking at the base of the false lashes. If the base is clear or thin that is what you want. This means the lashes are light and flexible not only will they look more natural but they won’t be heavy and stab the corners of your eyes when you blink (yay!).

If you are applying falsies for the first time I would recommend getting a full strip lash (rather than individual lashes, they are tricky to apply on your own) also I would practice applying them before the day so it’s not stressful.

The brands I would recommend are “Helen Dowsley lashes”, “Smoke and Mirrors lashes” if you can’t get these then M.A.C cosmetics and Katy Perry lashes in Priceline..although I would not recommend every type of the Katy lashes for your first application, I will put a picture of the ones that are most natural below. If you still don’t know what will suit you, Helen Dowsley lashes have an app! Yep! You can try before you buy (pictured below).

So! Now you have you lashes how the on earth do you apply them?!

1. Do your eye shadow and liner before application.

2. Curl your lashes then put a light application of mascara just to cover any eyeshadow fall out.

3. Before putting glue on the lashes gently remove them from their container and place them on your eye lid to measure if they are to long for the length of your eye. If they are longer than the length of your eye use nail scissors to make them shorter. This is referring to the strip of the lash not the actual lashes themselves. Trim the outer length of the lash, then measure the piece you cut off and do the same to the other lash.

4. Get your DUO lash glue and squeeze a little on the back of your hand, get the end of a make-up brush dip it into the glue and run the glue along the base of the false lash (don’t be heavy handed with glue). Dot a tiny bit more glue on either end of the lash this helps them to stay stuck even when you blink.

5. Wait for the glue to dry a tiny bit before applying the lash, you can tell because it starts to go from white to yellow before turning clear. When it starts getting a bit yellow you are ready to apply. Take your time, line it up and make sure it’s as close to your lash line as possible, use a cotton bud to push them right in close.

6. If something goes wrong, you may have to take them off and repeat the application again. Make sure you peel off any glue that is on the false lashes. Before trying again.

7. Once your lashes are on, it’s important to make sure they blend in with your eye makeup. I find the best way to do this is to use gel eyeliner and and angle brush apply eyeliner along your lash line.

And voila! Lashes! See it’s not to hard. New Years makeup in my opinion should be super fun party makeup, as well as long lasting and kiss proof πŸ˜‰ so finish off the New Years look with a kiss proof lip stain like Benetint, and their Moonbeam highlighter on your cheeks..gorg!

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Gone away for the holidays and forgot your makeup kit!? Solutions here.

You have gone away on holiday, you go to pretty yourself up only to realise you forgot your makeup 😦 noooo! Never fear..I took a trip to my local supermarket I will navigate you to the totally usable cosmetics.

The main problem with supermarket cosmetics are lack of shade choices and there are usually no testers. Here are some tips πŸ˜‰

Foundation: Mabellline Fit Me foundation. They won’t have your exact shade, I would buy a light shade and a dark shade, mix these to get a perfect tone for you. Put a tiny bit of your moisturiser to make the foundation a bit more sheer.

Lips and cheeks: Kate Moss developed a lipstick line with Rimmel London these come in great shades and have an awesome watermelon smell. As well as lip colour these make a fantastic cream blush.

Mascara: Rimmel Scandal Eyes, these have awesome brushes. They tend to dry out after a few weeks but perfect for a holiday mascara.

Eyeliner: Maybelline Eyestudio gel eyeliner, not only does this last the whole day but it comes with a brush. You can use it for a thin line or smudge and blend to give a softer effect.

If you don’t have makeup remover I would also recommend Huggies fragrance free baby wipes. Why not makeup remover wipes you ask? Because these can have irritating fragrance and leave an oily residue on the skin. As well as being over priced.

Another handy thing to have on holiday is Batisse dry shampoo, keeps your hair less oily between washes and smells nice (it’s a bit strong so make sure you like the smell before purchasing).

Happy Pretty Holidays xoxo

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Lanolips update! X

Christmas came early for me today! Lanolips sent me these beautiful gifts, when I did a post on their lip treatment I mentioned how I had not tried the Lemonaid lip aid. I finally got my hands on it. It’s sooo nice and totally yum, it’s made with natural lemon oil. It smells amaze! Not only this but it naturally exfoliates the lips πŸ™‚

They also sent me two gorgeous lip ointments with colour and SPF15 (I’m totally loving the mulberry πŸ˜‰ ) andddddd a 101 ointment multipurpose balm, (this product I have previously blogged about as my fav lip treatment) thank god! I was running low in my kit πŸ™‚

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Keep your make-up amazing for the whole day.

Firstly it’s so important to set your foundation. Use a translucent powder (such as make-up for ever HD powder) after applying foundation, concentrating on areas that you become oily through the day.

People always ask me how to keep their make-up on? To be honest if you are a human, make-up will come off (if you’re an alien, I’m sure you have invented something amazing). Taking a few minutes after eating to touch up makes a whole world of difference!

This is what I have in my bag to keep fresh for the day..

Laura Mercier “Secret Camouflage” concealer (yes I am mentioning this product again) this is perfect for the bag because there is two shades to cover any redness or under eye darkness.

Essence “I love extreme” mascara. I love big lashes and I re apply this to keep them big throughout the day.

Lanolips “101 ointment” for a moisturising lip treatment and any other dry skin problems.

Ysl “glossy stain” in number 17. I keep this in my bag for when I want a colour pick me up.

Mac “so sweet, so easy” cremeblend blush. Because it’s a cream blush it can double as a pink matte lip colour.

Cortas “orange blossom water” I pour this into a small spray bottle, I use this instead of perfume and it’s also great to spritz on the face during the day to freshen up. (Bottle pictured below).

Palmers ” cocoa butter hand cream” to keep my hands soft, as well as protected from the sun whilst driving.

It also helps to keep a pressed powder with a bit of coverage in your bag, this will cover discolouration and absorb oil (Mac studio fix is good for this). If you don’t want to add coverage and don’t like powder, the smashbox antishine is a cream that takes away shine through the day. This product can also be used as a primer if you are extremely oily.

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Keep it fresh! Tool and make-up maintenance.

Why isn’t that mascara looking good anymore? Why do my makeup brushes look dull and barely work? Nothing has changed! Well to you I say again πŸ™‚ …

One of the main parts about keeping makeup looking fresh and beautiful is looking after your tools. This means washing brushes and keeping an eye on makeup expiry dates.

Mascara: Approx every 3 months (I’d make it three months at the absolute maximum in terms of performance you will get).

Mascaras need to be replaced regularly because they can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Also when air gets into the container it drys up and gives a poor performance compared to when it was first purchased it (don’t pump your mascara wand up and down into the container this will put more air in, it’s better to swirl the wand whilst in the container. This grabs the mascara that has been pushed to the side).

Foundation: Approx 12 months

Powder foundations last longer than liquids, the ingredients of liquids can separate especially if kept in warm areas (best to keep your foundations in cool places). If left in the heat it can also change colour and smell.

Lipsticks: Approx 12 months

Air drys some lipsticks quicker than others. Glossy ones tend to last longer whereas matte ones dry out quicker. If the lip sticks consistency changes, it stops sticking to your lips properly or the fragrance differs that is a definite sign that it’s done!

Brush cleaning!

This part of your routine is super important. It means that the eye shadow, powder or blush you use will be the true colour you choose rather than a mix of what you wore yesterday and what you chose to wear today. Makeup brushes are a ground for bacteria to grow, keeping them clean can be extra important to people that suffer from acne.

If they are you personal brushes and you use them for the same colours everyday you can wash your brushes once a week. If they are brushes used on different people they MUST be cleaned before touching another face, if you don’t clean them you can seriously risk infecting someone with something such as conjunctivitis (this is why you never share mascaras and make-up artists use disposable mascara wands).

Some people choose to use an alcohol based brush cleaner, the brushes are sprayed or dipped into the alcohol and brushed on a tissue until makeup is removed. These are handy because the alcohol drys very quickly. In my case I prefer to use this as a last case scenario for cleaning my brushes. I use an anti bacterial soap under super hot water then dry with a hair dryer between uses, I believe this is the most hygienic way to do it.

If they are you personal brushes and you are doing this routine once a week, I would use an anti bacterial soap under hot water, rinse then apply hair conditioner. Leave conditioner on the brushes for about five minutes rinse realllly well under hot water (this makes them super soft πŸ˜‰ )

Always make sure to pull the brushes through your fingers to remove excess water and get them back into the shape they came in so they dry properly. Leave to air dry on a paper towel and they will be as good as new!

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An interview with Stephen Moleski Hollywood make-up artist to the stars.

Stephen Moleski is one of my favourite make-up artists, I came across him when I was curious about how Kim Kardashian acheived her iconic make-up look. I found a video Stephen had done. It was a step by step tutorial with a bare faced Kim (video below) not only did he start from absolute scratch but he showed exactly what products he used and was so incredibly generous with his information and so so talented.

Considering Stephen is based in L.A the thought of meeting him had never crossed my mind. I began working on the second season of xfactor doing makeup, I heard through the grapevine that Mel. B (scary spice) was having her own make-up person coming from L.A.

I showed up for work as usual and walked past the judges make-up room. You would never believe my surprise when I saw Stephen Moleski..I almost died. He was just as lovely and generous in real life and now I am lucky enough to be able to interview him just for you guys πŸ™‚

What are the top products you couldn’t work without?

Products I have to have are Beauty Blenders and my lashes (www.smokeandmirrorsbeauty.com) and YSL powders.

Your lash line is so amazing, you even designed some especially for Kim Kardashian. She’s one lucky girl (lashes pictured below). Who was your mentor?

Kevyn aucoin, he was my inspiration from the day I met him!

You are so lucky to have met him! What is your favourite job you have ever done?

Doing what I love, making women feel amazing!

So every job is your favourite job because you make women feel beautiful?

Yep!

Aww that’s awesome. What inspired you to become a makeup artist?

I fell into makeup artistry by luck, but I studied art as my major for 18 years before that.

Any advice to the everyday girl for her makeup application?

Keep it simple and use sunscreen always!

That great advice, especially for girls in Australia! Thanks for your time πŸ™‚

Smokey Eye Tutorial with Kim Kardashian

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